Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Happy New Year to pet/animal owners everywhere! 

And a BIG thank you to those that have helped spread the word about my blog, whether you linked to it on your own blog/website, forwarded posts, or just  mentioned it to friends...THANK YOU!

As long as the AR groups continue toward their ultimate goal of "animal liberation", I WILL BE HERE.

As long as the AR groups continue to DUPE the public out of millions of dollars in the name of "animal welfare", I WILL BE HERE.

As long as it takes to WIN the war for owner/breeder rights...I WILL BE HERE.

Until next year, hugs to you and your dogs(or whatever animals you own)!

Now, how about this for a new year's resolution?...RESOLVE that in 2009 YOU will become MORE vocal in fighting for YOUR rights that the Animal Rights groups want to take away...RESOLVE that in 2009 YOU will become ACTIVE in letter/fax campaigns when anti-pet/anti-ownership laws rear their ugly heads.

Do it for yourself, do it for your fellow dog fanciers, do it for the pet owners/breeders of the future, but most of all, do it for the ANIMALS.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sports Illustrated Gives HSUS a Much Needed Black Eye

I don't give my "4 Paws Up" stamp of approval easily. I believe this is the first time I have ever done so for a magazine, as all forms of media tend to side with the Animal Rights point of view and look up to Animal Rights groups for comments regarding animals and animal husbandry issues, namely the Humane Society of the United States.  Or as I refer to them:  The Hypocrites' Society of the United States.

Sports Illustrated writer, Jim Gorant, has written an excellent article entitled "What Happened to Michael Vick's Dogs..".  The issue, which features a pit bull on the cover, goes on sale today.  I highly recommend reading it. Tissue alert!

"PETA wanted Jasmine dead. Not just Jasmine, and not just PETA. The Humane Society of the U.S., agreeing with PETA, took the position that Michael Vick's pit bulls, like all dogs saved from fight rings, were beyond rehabilitation and that trying to save them was a misappropriation of time and money. "The cruelty they've suffered is such that they can't lead what anyone who loves dogs would consider a normal life," says PETA spokesman Dan Shannon. "We feel it's better that they have their suffering ended once and for all." If you're a dog and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggests you be put down, you've got problems. Jasmine has problems. "

Let us look at this for a moment:  The HSUS, AGREEING with PETA, took the position that trying to save the dogs was a misappropriation of time and MONEY. 
If that is TRULY how the H$US felt, then WHY bother BEGGING for dollars to "help Vick's dogs"???  Especially when the H$U$ felt they ALL should die?

What I would personally LOVE to see happen is the public that donated their hard-earned dollars, believing that money would be used to CARE for the Vick dogs, DEMAND an investigation...DEMAND to know WHY their money given in good faith, was NOT used to care for those dogs AT ALL?
Though I'm not a regular reader of Sports Illustrated, there are many millions of sports fans that are...many of those folks being animal lovers...many of those probably donated thinking they were helping the dogs.
It's up to us...the fine citizens of the United States of America, to DEMAND the truth.  To once and for all EXPOSE the HSUS and their ilk for what they truly are...propagators of half-truths and downright deception.  Just ask Wayne's "Aunt Harriet" ....hehe (in response to an article from the Baltimore Sun)

Aug 17, 2008

Interesting piece of fiction. However, it is time for a reality check. I am Wayne's Aunt. You can call me Harriet.

I am really surprised that Wayne Pacelle, my nephew, would re-visit Michael Vick or Hurricane Katrina.

Let’s examine his request for "special donations" for Michael Vick’s dogs. And, before we do that, first you must understand that at no time … that means NEVER for the animal rights’ faithful … were these dogs in the care, custody, and control of the HSUS. They wanted these dogs dead. That was recommended by the HSUS to be their fate. HSUS had "no business" telling anyone what to do with these dogs once they were no longer considered as evidentiary.

Pacelle hires criminals. Case in point is John "JP" Goodwin, the HSUS “dog fighting expert." What exactly are his qualifications you might ask? What was Wayne hoping to find on the resumes of prospective candidates for this position... DOMESTIC TERRORIST perhaps? The FBI has Goodwin higher up the food chain than Al Qaida!

Goodwin is a high school dropout who set fires. When he couldn't sit down in an intelligent fashion to get his point of view expressed in any other manner, he simply set another fire. Would you like to see his photograph in his ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT t-shirt?

In a telephone conversation that I had with HSUS office last August, I asked about the credentials and qualifications for JP Goodwin. This was the quote I vividly recall from that conversation …“Are we to judge people by their past actions? We have many people working here from PETA & ALF!!”

Good God! Pass the collection plate and tell me how to apply. I actually have a few degrees that Wayne might consider useful. Oh, let me re-think that. He would have a serious problem with me. My brain is NOT pre-programmed to the Tower of (Pacelle) Babel. I am not fast tracking to buy his baloney. He can't sell it to me. Since I was never a PETA-trained "operative", he wouldn't be able to flip my switch and hardwire me to his way of thinking.

Pacelle, my nephew, is an AR zealot at the controls of a cash-generating machine. No less. No more. His agenda is so clear that it is transparent. Irwin, the former Prez, was an "ordained minister." Boy, that sure came in handy when he appealed from the animals rights' pulpit to SEND MONEY, SEND MONEY, SEND MONEY.

Every time there is a fire, flood, or crisis in the United States, you can bet your last dollar that Wayne Pacelle and his “volunteers” will be there for a photo opportunity and, within hours, he will be pleading for more money.

Pacelle knows his ship is taking on water. His days of rhetoric spewing are numbered. There are too many eyes watching him … and … following the money!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Lie Down With Dogs, Wake Up With Fleas

Ok, so the whole purpose to this blogging thing is to educate the animal owning masses on the dangers the Animal Rights groups pose to us.  So, in order to do that, my blog needs exposure.  That means linking to other blogs, websites, posting in forums, etc.  I try to put my blog out there where Joe-The-Dog-Owner will see it.  The more exposure, the better, right??

Tonight I was visiting some blogs that I read often when I came across an eye-catching widget for a site called Dogtime.  Hmm, that sounded promising:  a site for dog lovers that I could potentially list my blog!  I began to prowl around the site 'cuz you never know these days...

One of the first things I checked out was their Partners link.  Call me a skeptic, but before I ever clicked on that link, I had a sinking feeling I knew what I would find.  And it wouldn't be good.  Nope.  Not at all.

There it was...a logo for none other than the biggest, wealthiest, lying-est, most deceitful Animal Rights group of them all:  The HSUS.  My heart sank. 
Maybe the powers that be at Dogtime aren't aware of the HSUS' true agenda...maybe they have fallen victim to their propaganda like millions of other well-meaning folks in the United States??  Maybe they don't know about "One Generation and OUT"...

Does Dogtime NOT realize that by aligning themselves with Animal Rights groups (that cleverly disguise themselves as animal welfare) that they are HELPING to push their agenda of no pet ownership, much less the agenda to wipe out purebred dog breeding??  Does Dogtime NOT realize that the HSUS is an OPPONENT of  the NO-KILL shelter movement?

Be careful with whom you lie down with...those fleas are a bitch.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Do you "get it" when it comes to our rights as animal owners? Is there one particular issue that you are most vocal about..BSL..MSN.."Guardians" vs Owners?

The Endangered Owner blog wants you...yes, YOU, to help educate the masses by becoming a guest blogger!

Have you written an article or essay pertaining to the issues at hand? If so, I would like to feature it here.

Don't be shy! Contact me!

Monday, December 22, 2008

ALERT: Join The Crusade AGAINST The HSUS..Pass It Forward

Fellow Anti-Animal "Rights" blogger, petdefense, has just posted an excellent idea on exposing the HSUS.

We CAN expose the deceptive Humane Society of the United States without hiring an expensive p.r. firm...Animal owners are quite capable of doing their own public relations by way of the internet, blogs, email, forums, etc...All we have to do is USE those tools to OUR advantage the same way the ARs have done for decades.

If you have a blog, simply pass it forward! Send it to your email lists and post in forums! (But please, do so responsibly, don't spam, k?) What are you waiting for??? JOIN THE CRUSADE AGAINST THE HSUS!

The following is from the petdefense blog:

Do you know one of the fastest methods of marketing used to quickly gain other participants, which can be exponential in breadth and scope –is by using levels of people. Just pick out say 10-50 as an initial goal, and all you do is forward this article. That’s right. This is just to inform people of the truth. Many pet owners or fanciers, business owners or community people have tons of friends and others who would like to KNOW the truth. People who want to buy a dog. People who don’t know about HSUS.

Make sure to tell THEM to do the same thing with 10-50 emails. This is VITAL. Do not spam people. Either send to someone you know, or post it online somewhere (blog, forum, newspaper blog replies, Kijiji forum, wherever..) This is for education purposes. HSUS hires telemarketers. We don’t need to hire telemarketers because we already have enough people.

We have way more people than HSUS does. Especially if each person does what is stated above. If you know anything about math, (exponential power) you can see that we can get millions of postings and emails. And when millions of people know, they tell others. That is how Obama got a lot of people to vote. Email and posting online.

You know how rumors get started and end up as “urban legends?”

Well, we are going to make this one a non-urban legend about HSUS.

If you doubt the ability to get this done, then you haven’t been online enough. Word travels so fast online, it can take the place of 100 news broadcasts because so many people see it AT THE SAME TIME. HSUS is like Peta— but with the Political Push.

HSUS spends millions on programs that seek to economically cripple meat and dairy producers; eliminate the use of animals in biomedical research labs; phase out pet breeding, zoos, and circus animal acts; and demonize hunters as crazed lunatics. HSUS spends $2 million each year on travel expenses alone, just keeping its multi-national agenda going. That’s from, but it makes no difference. It’s all true.
Still not convinced about HSUS fleecing the public? and [ And make sure to see paragraphs below, which tell about HSUS' involvement in different lawsuits.]

In 2005 Wayne Pacelle announced the formation of a new “Animal Protection Litigation Section” within HSUS, dedicated to “the process of researching, preparing, and prosecuting animal protection lawsuits in state and federal court.” [Note: What this really means is that HSUS becomes involved in LEGISLATION aimed at stopping the selling of pets, notably dogs; HSUS puts videos on mainstream TV and then tells the public to donate, while saying HSUS is "stopping" milled dogs--but behind the scenes, they are advising cities to implement sterilization of all pets, no buying, no breeding of animals, and forced adoption of shelter animals, not buying from stores; HSUS attempts to pass laws pushing MSN, forfeiture of dogs, and restrictions of pets including no tethering, etc]

2000………….HSUS sent avowed member of Animal Liberation Front (ALF) JP Goodwin overseas on an “anti-fur” junket….less than a year later he was titled ‘legislative affairs staffer” and now (2008)–Goodwin is claimed to be an “expert” in dogfighting by HSUS, however when in court to testify as such, the court found he was NOT an expert. He may have experience being in prison, but he’s not an expert on dogs.

Goodwin stated in 1997, to the Deseret News, regarding a fire causing nearly $1,000,000 in damages to a slaughterhouse, “We’re estatic.”

HSUS hired Miyun Park, a DC anti-meat activist, who was acknowledged in 1999 as a financial benefactor of No Compromise magazine, a publication supporting ALF, which promotes arson/other violent tactics. Park was named in at least 6 federal wiretap warrants in the SHAC7 case (which resulted in 24yr total prison time for perpetrators)

2003, Ariana Huemer, HSUS govt affairs employee, apparently wrote a check to Daniel Andreas San Diego, who is presumed responsible for 10 pound shrapnel bombs detonated in 2003 at two CA biomedical research companies. One bomb had a secondary devise, timed to go off after firefighters arrived on scene.

In addition to the HSUS flagship offices in Maryland and DC, the organization’s global network includes control over the following legal corporations (this list is evolving as new information becomes available):

Nonprofit affiliates:

Alice Morgan Wright-Edith Goode Fund (DC);

Alternative Congress Trust (DC);

Animal Channel (DC);

Association Humanataria De Costa Rica;

Center for the Respect of Life and Environment (DC);

Charlotte and William Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare (DC);

Conservation Endowment Fund (see ICEC) (CA);

Earth Restoration Corps. (DC);

Earthkind Inc. (DC);

Earthkind International Inc. (DC);

Earthkind USA (DC);

Earthkind USA (MT);

Earthkind UK [ also affiliated with the International Fund for Animal Welfare];

Earthvoice (DC);

Earthvoice International (DC);

Eating with a Conscience Campaign (DC);

HSUS Hollywood Office (formerly The Ark Trust Inc.) (CA);

Humane Society International (DC), which also operates the International Center for Earth Concerns (ICEC) in Ojai, California,the Center for Earth Concerns in Costa Rica, and the Conservation Endowment Fund in California;

Humane Society International Australian Office Inc.;

Humane Society International of Latin America;

Humane Society of the United States (DE);

Humane Society of the United States (MD);

Humane Society of the United States (MT);

Humane Society of the United States (PA);

Humane Society of the United States (VT);

Humane Society of the United States California Branch Inc. (CA);

Humane Society of the United States New Jersey Branch Inc. (NJ);

Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust (DC);

Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust (KS);

Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Land Trust (OK);

Humane Society of the United States Utah State Branch (UT);

Humane Society University (DC);

Institute for the Study of Animal Problems (DC);

Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature (GA);

International Society for the Protection of Animals (UK);

International Wilderness Leadership Wild Foundation Inc. [d/b/a The WILD Foundation] (CA);

Kindness Club International Inc. (DC);

Meadowcreek Project Inc. (AR);

Meadowcreek Inc. (AR);

National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (DC);

National Humane Education Center (VA);

Species Survival Network (MI);

Valerie Sheppard Humane Society University (DC);

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Center (MA);

World Federation for the Protection of Animals Inc. (DC);

World Society for the Protection of Animals (DC);

World Society for the Protection of Animals (IA);

World Society for the Protection of Animals (ND);

World Society for the Protection of Animals (VT);

World Society for the Protection of Animals - Canada;World Society for the Protection of Animals - Deutschland;

World Society for the Protection of Animals International (UK);

World Society for the Protection of Animals UK (UK); andWorldwide Network Inc. (DC).

For-profit affiliates:

The Humane Catalog (VA);

Humane Equity Fund [defunct] (DC);

Humane Society Press (DC);

Humane Society of the United States Connecticut Branch Inc. (CT);

Humane Society of the United States Virginia Branch Inc. (VA);

World Society for the Protection of Animals (MA);

World Society for the Protection of Animals - Australia;

World Society for the Protection of Animals Executor Services (UK);

World Society for the Protection of Animals Trading Company (UK).

This list may not be completely updated, but was at time of initial printing by

HSUS is responsible for helping Louisville KY come up with the draconian pet laws now the subject of a federal lawsuit (2008), in which the COURT denied the amicus briefs of HSUS TWICE (in other words, the Court refused to allow it to be filed)

HSUS submitted to the Denver Fed Appellate Court this year (2008) an animcus brief claiming that dog breeds can be identified with 99% accuracy without bothering to explain such “accuracy” is only considered to be for entertainment purposes, not scientifically used as a reliable test at this stage (for breed)– due to the testing being in infancy stage. HSUS also submitted an amicus brief on the R. Stevens case, and Stevens was found not guilty in a precedential case on free speech issues (2008.)

HSUS is going around the country offering $5,000 for info leading to conviction of “dogfighters” and has purposely engaged in orchestrated raids of large and medium kennels of dogs, purposely killing ALL the dogs upon seizure, even when the court verdicts led to acquittal of the owners. HSUS solicited donations for the Vick dogs when they did not HAVE custody of such dogs!! In fact HSUS wrote letters advocating the dogs should be killed. Soliciting donations for dogs one doesn’t have amounts to fabrication. Lying.

HSUS purposely engages itself with local humane society groups so that HSUS can be involved in KENNEL RAIDS of small dogs, with the intent being that all such dogs will be seized and taken. HSUS often uses Best Friends, ASPCA, Last Chance for Animals and the like, to help out. No charges of abuse or gross neglect need be filed, in fact in one case, it was set up to seize the animals by saying there was an “environmental” violation of putting dog urine in the river. HSUS then broadcasts such RAIDS across the United States, and then helps groups sell the dogs the week following the RAID.

HSUS purposely has “merged” with other large AR groups (Doris Day, etc) and thus can more easily manipulate the MEDIA because of the excessive amounts of DONATIONS from misleading the public………………

Please forward to others who will do the same! The truth about PETA has been out for awhile, but HSUS credibilty needs to be hit with the sledgehammer. And it’s now Hammertime! AB1634 was defeated in CA with massive numbers of opposition. We need to do the same, only MORE–against HSUS.

This is just one spoke in a large wheel of many people who don’t like liars trying to force their methods down our throats……………Make sure to see Gerry Spence’s take on corporations (like HSUS) that use propaganda to dumbdown the public on TV (see Petdefense, or )

BSL, MSN, Guardianship...Which Topic Would You Like To See on This Blog?

I'm asking you, my readers, to help me decide which topic(s) I should write about in upcoming posts.

Please take a moment and vote in the above poll. You may choose more than one answer.

BSL?? MSN?? How about "Guardianship vs Ownership"?? All of these topics are detrimental to dog owners and the dogs themselves. To be able to effectively defend your rights, you need to know WHAT these things are and WHY we must all unite as ONE voice to STOP these misguided laws.

Is there something you would like to see here that is not listed in the poll? Leave a comment and tell me what it is. (you can even do so anonymously)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

HSUS Selects New U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

The H$U$..oops, I mean, Obama, has named his pick as the new Secretary of Agriculture, former Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack is praised by both The Humane Society of The United States (the H$U$) and The Fund for Animals
This is soo NOT good news for animal owners.

It's no secret that The H$U$ has been trying for several years to re-write the USDA guidelines pertaining to dog breeders so that us hobby folks come under the same umbrella as the commercial breeders. (Remember the PAWS Legislation, anyone?) With the final defeat of PAWS, came a promise: "We'll be back..."

Follow along as I connect the dots....

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is a promoter of AR written legislation and was Obama's mentor in agriculture...

Obama is the FIRST presidential candidate to EVER garner public support from The Humane Society of the United States (in its 50-some-odd-year history).....Illinois Senator Dick Durbin authored the soon-to-be-introduced in 2009 PUPS Legislation (another AR attempt to push hobby breeders under the USDA umbrella under the guise of stopping 'puppy mills'-- whatever that word means).

The Puppet-Master

So, now the Animal Rightists have the perfect set-up for their socialist driven agenda...Dick Durbin wrote the law, Obama has pledged support for animal protection laws both publicly and in his HSLF questionnaire (Humane Society Legislative Fund)...and now Obama appoints Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (Colorado) as Secretary of the Interior...oh...and another bunny/tree hugger fave, Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA...

All of these individuals....Durbin, Obama, Vilsack, Salazar, Jackson...were heavily endorsed by the H$U$...

Wonder if Obama realizes he is merely a puppet....with the deceptive and pro-vegan Humane Society of the United States pulling the strings???

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

4 Paws Up: The Monthly National Legislation Report!

I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of work and level of commitment needed to put The Monthly National Legislation Report together! 

This site lists* by state* laws that impact dog and other animal owners, such as BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), MSN (Mandatory Spay/Neuter), breeder "permits", and all the rest.  Also, alerts are given for upcoming city/council/county meetings where proposed laws will be discussed or voted upon.  The report also covers laws in other countries.  If you are a dog owner, this site is a MUST READ...remember:  Forewarned is Forearmed.

The report is compiled monthly by volunteers, Ken Sondej of the Silver State Kennel Club, Inc, and Linda D. Witouski of the Myrtle Beach Kennel Club, Inc.  These two individuals deserve our thanks and deepest gratitude for being in the trenches, keeping all of us informed, devoting many, many hours (I'm sure) to keep YOU and ME informed. 

Protect your dogs, protect your rights!  Stay informed!  The information is there...choosing to turn a blind eye to the laws that will impact all of us is a terrible disservice to the dogs we profess to love.

What are you waiting for, subscribe to The Monthly National Legislation Report NOW!  Just do it, k?

Friday, December 12, 2008

"GOT 50?"..How To Take Back Our Rights!

The following is an email that I wrote explaining simple things that *we* can do to combat the Animal "Rights" movement and their bunny-hugger foot-soldiers. There are tons more ideas...this is just a primer!

If every one of us that own and/or breed animals, would make a commitment to educating the public -at- large on the dangers of the AR movement, we could drastically turn the tide!

We must take back our rights that are being stripped away one by one. It will take talking to people and explaining the AR agenda. But if every animal owner would commit to a personal pledge to talk to at least 50 people (neighbors, co-workers, family, fellow dog fanciers, auto mechanics, doctors, you get the picture), just 5 minutes out of our day, when the opportunity presents itself, think of what a dent we could make in changing the war on public opinion. Take the "Got 50?" challenge! It will work!

How do we take back our rights? It won't be easy. What we all must do (no matter what breed, no matter if one breeds or not) is work to change the arena of public opinion. There are far more animal owners in this country that take care of their animals than those that abuse/neglect them. We have to change the tide and become the "experts" in the areas of animal welfare/husbandry practices, NOT national special interest lobbying groups. Who knows better how to care for a litter of puppies? Breeders who have their hands-on their animals on a daily basis, or the H$US...

1. Take back "our language": The ARs have successfully over the past few decades determined which words will be used to "describe" this breeder from that breeder, this owner from that one over there. Part of winning the battle will be to take back our language. It's a powerful thing. We have to STOP letting them define who we are. STOP putting the power in their hands.

a. Words like 'puppymill' and 'backyard breeder' are derogatory and are used as part of their divide and conquer strategy to turn breeder against breeder. And it's worked. Keep in mind there is NO LEGAL definition of these terms. They are both subjective and highly devisive as both terms mean different things to everyone. We must stop using these two words. If someone doesn't agree with the way "Suzy Q' breeds or "raises" her dogs, fine. Labels like these are subject to change at any time by the ARs...REMEMBER: there are no "good" breeders in their eyes, so no matter what one does with their breeding program or how they raise their dogs, it will never be good enough.

b. Stop using words like furbaby, pet parent, etc...: While these words conjure up fuzzy-wuzzy feel good feelings, they take away from the fact that animals are indeed, animals. Not human. Animals are our personal property. Period. The ARs have convinced JQP that thinking of animals as property means one doesn't care or love their animals. It also insinuates that someone who uses these terms (vs someone who does not) TRULY cares MORE about their animals...Again, devisive terms.

c. "Guardian": Has a definition in the law already. If we, as owners, are changed to "guardians" under the law, this opens up a whole new can of worms. Namely, our animals won't be our property anymore, since the word "guardian" in legal terms refers to humans and has limits as to what one can and can't do. We seriously DON'T want to go there. We are OWNERS, plain and simple. Using this word won't make someone take better care of their animals as proponets claim. It does, however, put animals one step closer to human status...which is part of their game plan.

d. "Adopt": Again, animals are property. Whenver money exchanges hands for an animal, whether it's from a shelter/rescue or a breeder, it's a sale. This in no way means that I am against rescues or shelters or that I don't realize what great things these folks do, but we have to call a spade a spade. Again, it's a term designed to solicit emotion and cause divisiveness. It doesn't make someone a better owner because of where they obtained their dog. I've known many, many people who have "adopted" that can be just as abusive as people who have "bought" from a breeder. Humans are adopted, dogs are bought/sold.

2. STOP Donating to the H$US and PeTA: Tell your friends, etc, what they are REALLY about. Stop donating to the very groups that will use your hard earned money against all of US! Instead, donate locally to a shelter or rescue, where the money will actually be used FOR the animals: instead of going to fund major lobbying groups. (Friends Don't Let Friends Donate to H$U$ or PeTA)

3. Get To Know Your Local Media: Newspapers, tv, radio....someone with a blog. Make relationships with them and issue press releases when your club or group is doing something good. The media jumps at the chance to cover anything the mighty H$US says...we have to become more public in our activities. They may not be receptive at first, and not everything will get picked up. BUT, persistent, well written press releases about what your group is doing will get attention. Write press releases for every dog show, responsible dog ownership days (my club got GREAT coverage on ours) etc. Write columns for your local paper: training, ownership, housebreaking, LEGIALATIVE local paper has asked me from time to time to write about Rottweilers, it's great P.R. and it's free! Start your own blog, these get picked up by search engines and are a FREE way to get our message across! (I just started mine this week)

4. Write Letters To the Editor (LTE): With the Holiday Season here, our enemies will be out to solicit funds from our wallets. Write a LTE explaining how these groups DO NOT use their money for your local shelter or to help animals. Explain that the H$US relies on the very confusion that their name invokes to get donations from well-meaning animal lovers across the country. EXPOSE them for what they are, but be FACTUAL. ( There are many sources to get this from, if anyone needs help, I'm always available via private email.) More FREE exposure to our cause!

5. Make Your Club/Group More Public: Many, many average pet owners feel those of us in the fancy are "snobby" and "unapproachable."...Also, the public at large has no clue what purebred dog clubs are about. Take advantage of community-type fairs and set up an information booth explaining the benefits of purebred dogs and their ownership. Become the voice of true "animal welfare", explaining that national special interest groups have no day-to-day interaction with animals, WE DO. Support a charity or cause that the public an easily identify with: raise money for a local search and rescue team, set up a "walk with the dogs" for "x" cause...Name a "dog hero" of the year and publicize it (our club did this as well). There are many more ideas, but you get the picture. As a result, your club/group may get fresh, new members. AND you've created a feeling of "good will" in the community.

There is no "magic pill" to any of this. And there are lots more suggestions.
Remember: The ARs have had decades to brainwash us and we aren't going to change public opinion overnight. But by all of us working together for a common cause (protecting our rights to own and breed), we CAN turn the tide.

The most important thing to remember is this: This is a war of "US" vs "THEM". The "THEM" in this war isn't breeders/owners we don't agree with or don't like, the "THEM" is the Animal Rightists and their foot-soldiers. THEY are the enemy. STOP the fighting amongst ourselves...NOW. Before it's too late for any of us.

"Got 50?"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Card Exchange: Something Positive For The Holidays & Our Dogs

I was out of town yesterday dropping off my bitch, "Tori", to go to a Rottweiler Specialty.

When I finally got home last night, I was elated to find a positive email. Thus, the reason for this post. And I just love a challenge, don't you???

The question I'm frequently asked by folks who are new to this legislation stuff is, "What can I do to help?"

Of course, my response is to write, fax or call the powers that be when something comes up law-wise that is not favorable to responsible dog ownership or breeding....let the lawmakers know that whatever law du`jour they are proposing doesn't sit well and if they proceed in passing it, they have lost a constituent...a.k.a "a VOTE".

Likewise, all of us should write/call/fax when lawmakers/decison-makers actually do a 'good thing'. (Which isn't that often when it comes to dogs/animals these days )

We are face-less in this fight for our rights, and so are our dogs. Lawmakers need to know that there are REAL people with REAL dogs out here that care about what they do in regards to laws that effect us.

I am pleased to announce the joining of forces between the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) and the American Rottweiler Club . Two parent clubs that definately "get it" when it comes to the fight for dog-owner/breeder rights and the animal "rights" agenda.

Please take a moment and read the following, and then JUST DO IT! Send out a lousy extra 12 Christmas cards to *your* powers that be WITH a picture of you and/or your dog(s). Become more than just a "letter" to the politicians...a picture is worth a thousand words, folks.

The point of this Challenge is personal contact between dog owners and legislators. Sure, they
hear from us when we fax or email about a piece of legislation but we all know they rarely read
those messages, they simply tally pros and cons. A card will be a personal, positive contact.

The aim here is to have each official receive a Christmas/Holiday/New Year's greeting from their dog (cat) owning constituents. We ask that you send cards to your Governor, district officials as well as your city and county officials. At best this would only involve sending an extra dozen cards which will have you and your dog's (or cat's) photo and a comment such as those listed below. If these officials are people you voted for, state that you have supported them in the past and hope to continue your support. If you did not vote for them let them know that depending on their position on dog related issues, you would certainly consider changing party affiliation to support the candidate most sensitive to the interests of their pet owning constituency.

If you own Conformation dogs, include a win picture or photo of you, the dog and ribbons and
trophies. Sign the card “Proud owner of an AKC Champion (breed)”.

If you own a dog with performance titles, include a photo of the dog out duck hunting, with the
sheep, whatever, and sign the card, “Proud working partner to a (title/event) dog. i.e. “Proud
working partner to a Field Trial Champion (breed)”.

If you own a dog with a CGC from AKC, include a photo of you, the dog, and the certificate. Sign
the card, “Proud owner of a Canine Good Citizen (breed)”.

If you own a Therapy Dog, include a photo with you, the dog, a Senior Citizen or hospitalized
child. Sign the card, “Active partners bringing joy to shut-ins, Mary and Fluffy”.

If you own a Tracking Dog, especially one certified for Search and Rescue, include a photo of
yourself and the dog - preferably working or “in uniform” and sign the card, “proudly serving the community of (city/county) with Search and Rescue efforts, Mary and Sport”.

If you own a Service Dog, include a photo of the two of you, or of the dog and it's backpack or
performing a service like opening the door or retrieving something. Sign the card, “Blessed with
the service of “Fluffy” my service dog and constant companion, Mary Smith”.

If your dog assists with a reading program in the local school, include a picture of you, the dog
and some kids and sign the it, “Proudly helping children to read better, John and Rex”.

If you are a Judge, include a nice BIS win photo with everyone looking good, you, the handler, and the dog. Sign it, “Proud judge of AKC dog shows, Joe Judge, Lic. ####”.

If your dog does agility, include a really nice action shot of the dog and sign the card,
“Enthusiastic participants in the sport of Agility, Speedy and Mary Smith”.

For friends/family who own dogs obtained from a shelter or rescue, include a photo and sign the
card, “Proud Adopter of Charlie, rescue dog from (shelter/rescue group), The Jones Family”.

Puppy buyers should send cards stating “sharing our lives with a (breed) purchased from a
responsible hobby breeder, The Smith Family”.

Kennel & Training Clubs, vets, groomers and rescues should do the same with messages like:
· Successfully hosting all breed shows in (city/county) for XXX years.
· Successfully helping owners train their dogs to be good citizens in (city/county).
· Providing quality medical care to (city/county) pets.
· Keeping (city/county) canine residents well groomed for xxx years.
· Proudly re-homing “thrown away” dogs and cats in (city/county) to new forever homes.

ALWAYS use “owner”, “owners”, “owned by” - NEVER use the words “guardian”or“caretaker”.

We think you get the drift here what we are looking for - positive contact from constituents to
elected officials. If enough people do this, including friends and family with photos of them, the
kids, and the family pet(s) signed “Happily sharing family life with our (breed/mixed) dog(s)”,
legislators will realize just how many constituents are out there with pets. You could even neatly
write at the bottom of the card, “My Dog Votes”.

Naturally, you would be free to elaborate on your card, but keep it simple, not related to any
particular legislation.

The cost of a couple more Christmas/Holiday cards, stamps, and photos is negligible compared
to what you will suffer should anti-dog legislation be enacted in your community, county, or state.

In the case of state or federal officials, the cards should be sent to their home/district offices - not their State Capital address.

Please crosspost this DPCA/ARC Challenge to appropriate lists and all kennel clubs, trainers,
judges, veterinarians, groomers, and pet owners. Together we can make a positive impression on our officials - let them know we are out there; let them know we are voters; let them put faces to their 2 and 4 footed constituents.

The American Rottweiler Club has partnered with the DPCA in issuing this Challenge. Will your
club or organization join us?

Thank you,
Dana M. Johnson Jan Cooper
DPCA Legislative Director ARC Legislative Chair

It is suggested that kennel clubs post this Challenge on their websites along with the
appropriated addresses for state and local officials – making it very easy for members and friends to participate in this effort.
Art Work by Deborah McClelland, Jarde English Cockers
(Note: Although Jan Cooper is no longer the ARC Legislative Chair, the American Rottweiler Club stands behind this project.)