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September 28 2020

French Bulldogs Return to Jordan on Hold: For Now

Here’s the latest alert from counsel for Chicago French Bulldog Rescue which was released late last night: “Out of ongoing concern by Chicago French Bulldog Rescue for the health and welfare of the 15 puppies rescued from a warehouse at O’Hare International Airport, I have informed all relevant agencies of the government and Royal Jordanian…

September 25 2020

French Bulldogs at O’Hare Airport Turns Out to be a Russian Ruse

The story of 30 dogs, mostly French Bulldogs, that landed on Royal Jordanian Airlines at O’Hare Airport in Chicago and were hidden in a warehouse without food or water for days just got crazier. It turns out that, according Mary Scheffke, founder/president Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, that these dogs were a part of a Russian…

September 21 2020

Bonking Dog Trainer Jeff Gellman Turned Away

Using kindness to teach dogs wins out. By viewing his own videos it’s clear that Rhode Island-based dog trainer Jeff Gellman is abusive. Gellman was scheduled to appear at Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett, IL. Oct 3-Oct.4. A core group and many other voices (thousands) participated in social media to impact change, and Bark Avenue…

September 16 2020

Aversive Dog Trainer and E-Collar Fan Coming to Chicago Area

I have received many comments (appropriately so) asking what to do about trainers who use clearly abusive techniques like those seen in this video by trainer Jeff Gellman (see post and video below). Living in Chicago, I was notified that Gellman is scheduled present a seminar in suburban Bartlett. Does Chicago want to see this…

September 16 2020

Identifying Animal Abuse for What It Is

Dogs are now overwhelmingly considered family members. Tragically, that doesn’t stop some from bullying, doesn’t stop some from mental or physical abuse. In my view this is never an explanation for “saving” an animal since we KNOW there are other ways to communicate with dogs and to change behavior using various positive reinforcement techniques. I…

September 11 2020

Cats Saving the Day, Helping Humans to Deal with COVID-19

A new study published last week in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections (published September 1, 2020) suggests that cats may be catching the novel coronavirus at far higher rates than thought before, which could mean they have unique ways of fighting off the virus. Researchers are now confirming this is indeed the case, and the…

August 21 2020

New Proposed German Dog Laws: Including Walking Dogs Twice Daily

Imagine going to jail for not walking your dog twice a day. Some canine advocates in Germany are barking with joy and others are growling – what do you think of the new proposed German law mandating walking dogs twice a day? The new proposed German dog law is wide-ranging, and I wish we had…

July 28 2020

Cat in UK Diagnosed with COVID-19: Update on Pets and COVID

A 6-year old female Siamese cat has become the first animal in the UK to be infected with SARS CoV-2 causing COVID-19 according to the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Christine Middlemiss. The cat’s infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge, England, on July 22, according…

July 27 2020

New York Moves to Ban Sales of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits Sold at Pet Stores

California, Maryland and Maine have banned the sales of dogs, cats, rabbits at pet stores and New York State appears set to follow. On July 21, the New York State Senate voted 48 to 12 to stop the selling dogs, cats and rabbits at retail brick and mortar pet stores. In New York they are…

July 1 2020

What Really Happens to Dogs in Hot Cars?

What really happens to dogs in hot cars? Of course, I wasn’t going to subject a dog to the hot car to find out. So I put on my wife’s fake fur coat, as many dogs wear a fur coat year-round, and also put on a winter hat so I might experience the heat more…

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