A Poor Dog Found Tied to a Rock, Left to Die

A man (Wyatt Erb) and his wife were walking by the Neshaminy Creek in Bristol Township, PA, when they spotted a motionless dog by the rising waters of the creek. Contrary to instinctual nature, the dog was not moving despite the fact that the waters were rising. Mr. Erb noticed that the female emaciated dog was tied down to a rock. He quickly took some pictures of the dog for documentation and saved her.

The poor dog showed signs of years of abuse. She suffered from eye infections and had an untreated tumor on her hind leg. She is believed to be between 8–11 years old. Apparently, she reached “the end of her purpose.”

The police is searching for her owner and if there’s a record of previous animal abuse, there will be consequences. If not, the fine will be around $100.00.

Police are searching for her owner, and they say that if that person has a history of animal abuse, he or she could go to jail. Otherwise, Gaffing believes it will just result in a fine of around $100.00. Really? I think there should be stiffer penalties for such a heinous crime. Some human beings do not deserve to be part of the human species.

The dog is being transferred to the Bucks County SPCA, which is busy spreading the word to get her adopted to a good home via its Facebook page. The heartbreaking case has stirred up a lot of media interest.

From what I hear, Bucks County SPCA has already given her a name—Brooke—and is accepting donations for her care. Once the dog has arrived at the shelter and been assessed, the facility will post an update. Here’s hoping that she’ll get the home she deserves.

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Source: DailyNews

Canine Bonded Pair Prove that Animals Feel Love

Dudley and Bailey

These two basset hounds are my adopted pair. They were bonded and they needed to be rehomed. Nobody wanted the tricolor basset (Bailey) because at the time, she was 10. The red dog (Dudley) was younger. But I knew what it means to separate a bonded pair, and I was not going to do that. We really wanted only one dog to keep company to our basset hound (Carrie). She now has two more companions.

Carrie and her companions: Dudley and Bailey

And now, I’m ready to point out why I posted these two pictures. I just recently read how a dog that bonded to his shelter mate traveled 10 miles  from the home of his adoptive humans to the shelter his cell mate was left at. This 70-lb dog braved busy streets, railroad tracks, lonely fields. It didn’t mnatter to him that it was cold and he was hungry. He found his cell mate all within 24-hours. Luckily for him, his adoptive humans understood his needs and adopted his shelter mate. Here’s the story for your entertainment:

News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 5, 2013

Canine pair prove puppy love is real

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Ben would do anything for love.

In fact, the 41⁄2 year-old, 70-pound dog ran away from his new, adoptive home in Youngstown Meadows; traversed 10 miles across busy streets, railroad tracks and lonely fields; braved the cold and his own hunger; and somehow, some way, in about 24 hours, found his way back to the Terre Haute Humane Shelter.

Devoted: "Ben" gives "Jade" an adoring look as they pose for photographs in their new home Friday afternoon. They've been adopted by Jason and Courtney Lawler.
Jade

And there, he rejoined the love of his life, his soul-mate and the mother of his children, Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix.

But this love story doesn’t end there.

When Courtney and Jason Lawler, the couple that had adopted Ben, realized the two former strays would not be happy without eachother, they adopted both.

The story of Ben’s trek to find his girl “is amazing,” Courtney Lawler said Friday. The Lawlers knew Ben and Jade were close, and even stayed in the same pen at the shelter.

But initially, the Lawlers decided one pet was enough, for many reasons.

They have a 3-year-old rambunctious son, and Jade seemed “a little more skittish than Ben,” Courtney Lawler said. THHS staff believe Jade was a stray her whole life, until she was taken to the shelter. Jade is not used to being around people.

For a long time, Ben and Jade were strays who lived near Fruitridge Avenue and Fort Harrison Road; different people on the north end, including staff at Benjamin’s Family Dining, made sure they were fed, said Debbie Floyd, president of the Humane Society board.

Ben

“Anyone who travels the north end would have seen them,” said Floyd, who works in that area and also fed them.

When Jade got pregnant last summer, “We trapped them and took them to the shelter,” she said.

Ben and Jade remained together at the shelter for several months. “They were a bonded pair,” said Charles Brown, shelter manager.

When Jade had six puppies, THHS adoption counselor Kali Skinner took the mother and puppies home to take care of them for eight weeks, and eventually found homes for all six puppies. Jade was timid, but a “very caring mother,” Skinner said.

Jade and Ben were then re-united at the shelter, until the Lawlers adopted Ben. While Ben had plenty of food, and a warm, loving home …

Home sweet home: A carricature of Jason and Courtney Lawler watches over "Ben" Friday afternoon in their Youngstown Meadows home.

“When a man loves a woman, can’t keep his mind on nothing else. He’ll trade the world, for the good thing he’s found,” or so goes the Percy Sledge song.

The Lawlers had Ben for about three weeks. On Dec. 28, while Jason Lawler was taking out the trash and talking on his cell, Ben saw opportunity, shot out the door and ran. And ran. And he didn’t look back.

No one’s sure where exactly the path of love took Ben as he made his way to the shelter at 1811 S. Fruitridge, but he got there by last Saturday night.

While he wanted desperately to be with his mate, he did not want to get caught, either. Shelter workers tried four hours on Sunday to get him  — even using Jade as bait.  “He knew it was a trap,” Skinner said.

Jade was inside a fence, and Ben was out. She must have been warning him, because he would not go inside. He did, however, “kiss her through the fence,” said Skinner, one of several who worked feverishly to capture the street-savvy Ben.

The shelter workers renewed their efforts on Monday, New Year’s Eve, and finally used a dart gun to tranquilize and slow him down, although he put up a long, hard fight once again and it took another several hours before they captured him.

“The story, the emotion and the energy it took to track this fellow and get him back to the shelter was amazing to witness,” wrote Sue Berta, a shelter volunteer, who helped recapture Ben, a carmel-colored German Shepherd and husky mix.

Ben and Jade were “visibly happy to see eachother, barking and wagging their tales,”  Brown said.

On Thursday, the Lawlers took the re-united couple home; they had adopted Jade. Ben likes to hide under a bed, while Jade lies on a mat beside him. Both are shy animals uncomfortable around strangers, and the Lawlers hope to receive assistance from a shelter volunteer trained to work with such animals.  “It will take a lot of time and patience in working with them,” Courtney Lawler said.

She described Ben as “content and happy because he has Jade,” while Jade “still has a lot of puppy to her.”

Floyd is grateful to the Lawlers for taking both dogs.

Ben and Jade “want to be together. There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives,” Floyd said. “They found love with eachother and that what’s make them happy … Hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”

Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

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The bionic basset hound: The touching story of Bumblebee, her vulnerable owner and a bond that will melt your heart

I just found this article on the Internet about a woman, 34, named Heather Thompson who was born with cerebral palsy, has a child-like mind, and is afflicted with dementia as well. But Heather is in love with her basset hound, Bumblebee. And Bumblebee is in love with her.

Like Heather, Bumblebee is afflicted with a horrible disability. She was born without a foot on her left front leg.

Here’s the article in its entirety. (The original article can be found here.)

Best friend: Bumblebee, a basset hound with a bionic paw, has formed a close attachment with her owner Heather Thomson who suffers from dementia and learning difficulties

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Basset Hound Finds Shelter Just Before Giving Birth

A beautiful, stray, full-breed basset hound was found wandering the town of Norborne, MO. The police brought her to Richmond veterinarian Dale Stewart’s Town & Country Animal Clinic because Norborne lacks boarding facilities. NO sooner was she settled in the Stewart’s veterinary clinic, the basset gave birth to 7 beautiful puppies. As no one claimed the mom and the puppies, they are going to be up for adoption in about 6 weeks. The pups will cost $65 for females or $50 for males. The mother will be $100. All the adoptions will include either spay or neutering, vaccines and deworming. More information is available at (816) 776-5306. if you are near that area and are interested in adopting a basset hound, you may consider one of these pups or the mom.

Dog Raising Money for Cancer Research after Running a Half a Marathon in 2011

Every May, the University of Maryland hosts a yearly half marathon to benefit the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. On May 15, 2011, at around mark mile 5 of a 13-mile run, a goldendoodle named Dozer escaped his invisible fence (I am not a fan of such fences, by the way, especially for basset hounds) and joined the runners. No one was aware that the dog was running solo—hr even stopped at water spots and drank from the water cups. Dozer crossed the finish line with other runners at 2 hours and 14 minutes, as this video shows (the “shoes” on his paws are really muddy spots):

Dozer’s owners were frantically looking for their dog. They couldn’t get in touch with the local shelter, as it was closed for the weekend. So, they emailed a few neighbors who informed them that they saw Dozer join the 2,000 marathon runners. After contacting the University of Maryland, Dozer’s owners were able to see the video showing Dozer crossing the finish line, but unfortunately, Dozer was not found anywhere. Luckily, Dozed showed up in his yard the next morning, limping and with muddy paws. A visit to the vet assured them that Dozer was fine. Dozer received a medal for his participation in the marathon from the marathon organizers.

Dozer, as he did in 2012, is raising funds (he raised over $25,000.00 last year) for the next Marathon this coming May 11. Please visit his page, and if you can, donate to this worthy cause.

Also, Dozer has his own FACEBOOK page. Just be sure to LIKE it as well.

Poll: 99% Of Human Beings Would Prefer Big, Slobbery Hound Dog Pope

Leave it to the Onion to come up with the silly stuff I am reprinting here. My apologies to anyone who is offended by it. As a basset hound lover, I really appreciate a good joke featuring the basset breed.

NEWS IN BRIEF • Religion • Pope • News • ISSUE 49•10 • Mar 5, 2013

WASHINGTON—Ahead of the College of Cardinals’ upcoming conclave to select a new pope, a Gallup poll conducted this week found that 99 percent of the global population would prefer that the next head of the Roman Catholic Church be a large, slobbery hound dog with big, saggy jowls. “When presented with a variety of options, respondents across all demographics were nearly unanimous in voicing their preference that Vatican ceremonies, including Easter and Christmas masses, be presided over by a droopy-eyed basset hound with a big, tall pope hat sitting atop his floppy ol’ ears,” said pollster Diane Warnell, who noted that well over 9 out of 10 of those surveyed, including Catholics, expressed a strong desire to see a ceremonially clad dog pontiff roll around on his back in St. Peter’s Basilica, bark to a large crowd of worshippers from a Vatican balcony, or place his front paws up on a table and steal a ham sandwich right off of someone’s plate. “The remaining 1 percent of respondents, however, said they would be open to a hound dog pope if the big guy tuckered himself out after a day of sniffing and chasing and took a doggy nap right there on the altar.” According to numerous reports and allegations, the only hound dog in contention for pope, Cardinal Bruiser, is believed to have sniffed the genitals of at least 32 minors.

Eight dachshund-mix puppies found in a sealed bin

I am in great favor of adopting a rescued dog. If you would love to get a purebred, AKC dog make sure that you go to a reputable breeder. They charge more for their puppies, but you can be sure that you will get a well-cared for puppy whose mom and dad were carefully screened for any disease, and if for any reason the puppy doesn’t fit your home and family style, the breeder will take the puppy back. At the same time, I don’t believe that dogs should be bred so that the children can experience birth. If you are not an experienced breeder, you should not breed your dog.

Apparently, a dachshund dog in Arkansas was bred and the puppies were not wanted. So, instead of taking the dachshund mix puppies to a shelter or a rescue organization, the douche that owned the female dog decided to get rid of the pups by putting them in a plastic bin. The bin was sealed and the eight pups were left behind a church. Luckily, the pups were found before they died. One of the pus was immediately adopted by someone at the church and the remaining seven were taken to Rocky Ridge Refuge—a rescue organization in Arkansas that provides sanctuary for all types of animals. As of today, there are five males available and as of Sunday, one of the males will be taken, leaving four puppies looking for a furever home.

You may follow the plight of these puppies on Facebook.

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Please spay and neuter your pets.

Basset Hound Rescued from a Drainage Pipe

According to The Seattle Times, on Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Seattle, WA, a cute 4-year-old basset hound named Nina got out of her yard and decided to go on a little adventure. Little did she know the trouble that she would find herself into. Nina, apparently, fell into 30-feet inside a drainage pipe. Her owner, after finding her missing, called 911 and four firefighters were dispatched to get her out. They tried to coax Nina out of the pipe, but either she didn’t want to cooperate or found it difficult to manage to get out. So the firefighters dug through several feet of dirt and created a hole in the middle of the pipe to lift her out. But, in order to get her out, Nina needed to get closer to the hole the firefighters made. Nina, being a true basset, was not cooperating.

The Seattle Public Utilities workers were called, and with a camera mounted on top of a small, remote-controlled vehicle, the utilities workers were able to nudge Nina toward the hole and thus enabling the firefighters to rescue her. Nina was lifted out of the drainpipe and reunited with her owner. The whole rescue ordeal took 90 minutes. Hopefully, Nina learned her lesson.

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After 10 long years, Ginger, the basset hound is reunited with her original dad in Nashua

By ERIN PLACE

Staff Writer

Jamie Carpentier had never gone to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua’s website. But late one recent night, the Nashua resident felt the urge to log on and peruse the animals up for adoption.

He came across a 13-year-old basset hound named Ginger, without a photo attached, and read the write up on her.

It was the right name.

It was the right age.

“It can’t be her,” he said. “It’s been so long.”

Carpentier lost touch with a basset hound named Ginger about a decade ago when he got a divorce. Unbeknownst to him, his ex-wife gave up Ginger to the shelter in 2003, and the dog was adopted by an older couple.

Fast forward a decade and Ginger’s owner could no longer care for her, releasing her to the Humane Society in October. It’s a tough situation when an older dog is sent back to the Nashua shelter because it’s harder to adopt them, said Noelle Schuyler, event and outreach coordinator for the shelter.

“He did the right thing, what we always ask people to do is to bring dogs adopted from us back to us,” she said about Ginger’s owner of 10 years. “It was tough for him to surrender her. She was clearly very well loved.”

Ginger spent months at the shelter during that second stint until Carpentier looked a little deeper into the dog he read about on the shelter’s website that night.

It was her.

After a rocky three months for Ginger, she was reunited with her first dad, Carpentier.

“People who can’t afford dogs and give them up, you always wonder, ‘I wonder what happened to my dog I used to have?’ ” he said. “At least I get to find out the ending. … It’s funny, her name stuck with her throughout.”

Ginger’s homecoming wasn’t the easiest. Schuyler and shelter vet technician Kerry Hildebrand became her foster moms. Both women opened up their homes to the older dog while they searched for her forever home. Three times they thought they had a home for Ginger, and three times it fell through.

“It’s just amazing because we thought they were both pretty definite,” Schuyler said about two of Ginger’s potential homes. “It was kind of an emotional roller coaster. … She’s clearly thriving but she’s kind of an older dog and we wanted to get her into her forever home. The hours that Kerry put in screening potential families that fell through, that was tough.”

Then came Carpentier. He emailed Hildebrand asking her to send him a picture of the dog.

“When I saw the picture, because I had the other (puppy) pictures, I said, ‘That’s her. That’s her. This is going to kill me,’” he said. “I had just lost a dog on Dec. 24, a white boxer. He was ill. I said, ‘No more dogs, I’m done.’ ”

“They were all sitting in the office comparing (the photos). It was kind of fun; I could hear everyone talking in the background,” Carpentier said. “I was a little hesitant. What do you do? I said, ‘No more dogs.’ ”

That’s when Carpentier sat down with his family and talked with them about finding Ginger. He decided he wanted to see her and went down to the shelter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Schuyler said there was a crowd waiting for Carpentier and the big reunion with Ginger. She was laying on a blanket, a bit groggy from her nap.

“She heard my voice. I walked up to her and she kind of gave me a couple of licks or kisses. And I was like, ‘She knows who I am, she remembers my voice,’ ” Carpentier said.

“She went over to him and Kerry and I were both watching. She had never gave us kisses,” Schuyler said. “When she started licking his face, that was that moment you could tell she knew.”

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Source: The Telegraph

It’s Official: Michael Vick Owns a Dog

It is official, Michael Vick owns a dog. The Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback served 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges and has not expressed an iota of empathy towards the dogs he killed and harmed. The ASPCA has expressed serious concerns about Vick’s ability to own animals:

Vick’s journey toward rehabilitation and redemption has not reflected any direct concern for the wellbeing of animals, and we’ve never heard him express a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. Rather than talk about the horrors and brutalities of dog fighting, Vick has instead chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught. Vick’s actions have been simply self-serving and not remotely expressing remorse. Because of this, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick’s ability to be a responsible pet guardian.

In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, Vick stated that his children pine after having a dog: “I still deal with my kids each and every day, and for the last three years, not being able to have a dog, because of my acts, I just don’t think that’s fair.” Mr. Vick however, doesn’t talk about the unfairness he has enacted:

He killed 13 dogs by hanging, shooting, electrocuting, and slamming them repeatedly on the ground. And let us not forget that he engaged in horrific acts such as throwing family pets into the ring for dogs to attack, along with the more garden-variety abuse of fighting dogs.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about the fact that Mr. Vick owns a dog. The truth was uncovered when this picture that showed an opened box of dog biscuits on his table. was inadvertently was sent out via his Twitter account:

Then, after he realized that a secret was unearthed, the picture was removed and a reacted photo that did not show the tell-tale box of dog biscuit was placed instead:

Nonetheless, the public was incensed and Mr. Vick made his announcement official:

I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals.

I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change.

Let’s hope this new dog will be loved and cherished the way all dogs and pets deserve to be loved.

Let us not forget the dogs that Michael Vick destroyed and the dogs that have been saved and are now loved by other responsible and loving people. And, furthermore, let us not forget the dogs that have not been able to be rehomed and are living their lives in the Best Friends Sanctuary.