Information on lifestyle of owning an Am. Staffordshire terrier, Pit Bull. Training tips, health-nutrition needs plus the latest on current laws affecting dog owners in America.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Surgically removing voice box of dogs in Minnesota Puppymill


Dateline: Little Falls, Minnesota
Crime: Surgically removing the voice box of animals

Below is a story that I just can’t believe I’m reading in the 21st century. Published in Minneapolis Star Tribune by reporter Paul Levy, it educates us on a situation where a man wants to surgically remove the voice box of dogs to be able to start a puppy mill in his rural area.

Two things come to mind: First, he should have the procedure done to himself first so he can experience what he is about to do to these animals.
Second, why is there such a procedure anyway? I am guessing Veterinarians don’t have to take a hypotactic oath for their patients.

Please read the article, and then click on the petition to do what we can to stop this from happening. It’s unheard of that we even have to put together a campaign to stop this kind of thing in today’s world. My hopes were we would have evolved past this kind of Neanderthal thinking, but here lies an example of someone who has not yet “evolved”.

One voice at a time can change the world.
Animals are here as a test to our character.

Paul Levy, Star Tribune
Last update: February 03, 2006
Little Falls kennel had violations, USDA files show
Gary McDuffee, who intends to open a dog-breeding operation in Morrison County, had said there have never been complaints against him in his 25 years in the business. USDA records say otherwise.
It was the size of the proposed 600-adult small-dog kennel in Belle Prairie Township - and McDuffee's comment that he planned to surgically debark some of the dogs - that generated a "Stop the Puppymill in Morrison County, Minnesota" Internet petition, which has collected about 12,000 signatures

McDuffee, 52, who said he will retire from his special education teacher's job at the end of the school year, refused to say when his new kennel will open. He would say only that he planned to sell puppies to pet shops and private owners nationwide and that his dogs wouldn't be sold for laboratory purposes.

The county board has been inundated with so many complaints from across the nation that the commissioners no longer list their e-mail addresses on the county Web pages.
Roger Nelson, who owns the Belle Prairie township farm next to the new kennel location, said he plans to appeal the board's decision not to do any additional environmental studies of how dog manure might affect area wetlands.Marshall Tanick, the Minneapolis attorney hired by a group fighting the dog kennel, said Nelson's suit would be filed within the next week and an additional suit, challenging the conditional-use permit that allows the kennel is expected to be filed as well.

MDA Minnesota Department Of Agriculture!

On line petition

Morrison County District 1
Commissioner Tom Wenzel
20754 Highway #10
Little Falls, MN 56345
McDuffee, Gary and Wanda / Jason McDuffee
Happy Tails Kennel
1805 Riverview Dr., Little Falls, MN 56345
Ph: 320-632-3870
Cell: 320-232-9090
Fax: 320-632-8315

Friday, March 03, 2006


TRAINING TIPS FOR YOUR PIT BULL-American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is preferred for families where it is the only dog. If you have more then one canine, owning only one “Bull Terrier” type of dog is also recommended.

Two “Bulls” in a pack and the whole dimension of the dominance order is off balance. Nature would never put a Labrador or Retriever type of personality in a pack of bull terriers. The pack would devour the outsider. But one Bull alone with other types of breeds can work well with the proper set up and introduction. Also the way you treat your pack will help the entire process be understood by all members.

Positive, positive, positive is the word that expresses the best way on how to train a Bull. The breed has no fear of a certain type and will always look its master right in the eye. Repetition of the SAME basic word every time the action is required (plus a snack and acknowledgement of the deed well accomplished) will give your Bull the tools they need to understand a large vocabulary. The breed WANTS jobs to do everyday and will ask to do them if given the chance to show their desires. (Our bull knows where her harness is and brings it to you when she is bored and wants to get out of the house.)

A tired Bull is a good bull. This dog type has an active mind and you need to be the type of owner that takes care of the mental as well and the physical health of this type of intelligence. If ignored and left to dwell on their own, bulls lives are torture. They want to think, they DO think a lot, everyday, in every situation, the Bull is ALWAYS on guard anticipating the packs and the alphas next move. It is how they see their role, their job. The brave one, the one who rides first into battle, to save the kingdom they run headfirst into the trouble to stop it from ever getting to the master.

NEVER NEVER NEVER hit your Bull. Ever! You may be able to use that type of obedience training on other breeds but NEVER on a Bull type of terrier. To correct them, use a stern voice. The breeds’ attention to detail allows them to differentiate the tones in your words and it won’t take too many times for the dog to know when you are mad, just by raising your voice. (Very much like a toddler does when learning the rules.) Once again I must stress, never raise a hand to your Bull. This signals to this breed that violence and physical actions are ok to demonstrate your intentions. The dog at that moment is given permission to do the same. In their eyes it’s how the pack is being managed. Never hit your Bull.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Americas Dog is getting the shaft

The controversy over the American StaffordshireTerrier or better know as the "Pit Bull" stems from a misconception about the bread as well as ignorant ownership by the handlers. The Pit Bull Terrier is the dog featured with little orphan Annie, Buster Brown and the Our Gang comedy. All fun loving pets willing to do anything to make its owner happy. That is actually an accurate description of part of this breed’s personality. Observant, attention to commands and a willingness to please are the Bulls accolades as well as its downfall. Owners use this loyalty aspect of the dog as a tool for manipulation in its transformation of a family pet to a fighter. AKC breeders and handlers will tell you it is part of the American Staffordshire personality to be aggressive to other dogs. In judging the terrier group, they will stand off Airedales, Fox Terriers, etc. to each other as part of the evaluation of the “true charter” of the type of breed. The judge will never stand off two bull terriers to each other, they will stand them alone. It is part of the dogs inherent personality not to be friendly to other dogs. Not a fault, but a trait. The same way a herding dog tries to gather any large group into a circle. It is part of who the dog is. Now cities like Chicago are looking to ban the bred all together, instill fines for ownership, registration and notification to your homeowners insurance company about their “high risk” client. Outrageous! The city has SO much more it needs to do with its time, this is not the issue council members should be debating. The only reason the dog controversy is before ANY counsel is the emotion behind the crime.
Dog bites especially to children are horrendous at times and ones that kill make headlines for days. To be killed or maimed by the family pet or SOMEONES family pet is high on the emotion scale, understandable so.
But with high emotions come rash decisions, which in the long run never prevail to accomplish their original intent and only punish honest owners in bad situations. Very seldom are emotional based laws affective on the true problem situations and more often than not encompass passive individuals not linked to the real problem.

No more laws use the ones we already have. The ones that jail abusive OWNERS. Owners being the key word here. Owners not the animal are at fault completely. If your two year old finds a loaded gun in your house and kills or maims with it, the system will not punish the child, but the PARENT. The OWNER. I’m sorry to make the “gun” comparison but it’s really a direct analogy to the responsibility of being an owner of something that can cause harm. You don’t make the gun or the two year old be the defendant in this crime, you make the parent or the “owner” face the charges. Applied law should reflect the same for bad owners, not reflect a certain bred, as the dog that bites the most people in the world are Chihuahuas.

In like a lion, out like a lamb,

The Wild Redhead