Saturday, August 16, 2008

PA, Awards, Raffle & Love

Sometimes humans are beyond belief.

A few months ago, Oprah Winfrey aired a show dedicated to puppy mills and opened a lot of eyes to the squalor and abuse these breeding dogs and their puppies endure. The ones investigated for her show were located in Pennsylvania, mainly Amish country. And evidently some of those puppy mill owners don't have a lick of kindness in their bodies, as evidenced by the fact that recently, when two Mennonite "kennel" owners were told after a state inspection to get medical attention for 39 dogs with flea and fly bites, they shot all 70 dogs in Elmer Zimmermans E&A Kennel and all 10 dogs at his brother Ammon Zimmerman's neighboring A&J Kennel.

Now, this flea treatment might sound despicable and way over the top extreme to us kitties and woofies, but it is currently legal in the state of PA. Still, the breeders could have turned the dogs over to a shelter. Or to a rescue group. Thankfully, the Zimmerman brothers have surrendered their kennel licenses. This will save any future mass killings at their hands but how many other dogs have they killed in such a manner?

House Bill 2525, which was introduced in May and is supported by Gov. Ed Rendell, would require that only veterinarians euthanize dogs in commercial kennels. It doubles the minimum floor space for cages, requires outdoor exercise and solid flooring, prohibits the stacking of cages, and requires veterinary checks annually or during each pregnancy. It would also make other changes, such as set kennel temperature standards and mandate 24-hour water availability. (What's with the current law that water only needs to be available to them for 6 hours a day?)

There is also H.B. 2532, introduced by Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, to prohibit owners and breeders from performing tail dockings on dogs more than 3 days old, debarking, removing the dewclaws on dogs more than 5 days old, or cesarean sections. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that these procedures should only be performed by a licensed vet, so why were the unskilled and untrained performing them? (That's a rhetorical question.)

So, any of you kitties or woofies who live in Pennsylvania, please ask your human to call and/or write your elected state officials and let them know you support these changes to the current crappy PA dog laws. There are good kennels and breeders there, but let's do whatever we can to stop the low-life, abusive "kennel" owners.


The Great Percy Toe Raffle at Cat Stephens has been extended to Wednesday, August 20, 8 AM, EST. The winner will be announced before 10 P.M. Wednesday. So if you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you better hurry over and check out the beautiful fleece blankets his grandma made to help raise money for his upcoming toe surgery.

We received the from Tesla, "fur always keepin us all up ta dats on da worlds surroundins!" Thanks, Tesla. We try hard, but these naps eat up a lot of our days, and we often fall behind.

The rules for the Brillante Weblog Award are as follows:
* The award may be displayed on a winner’s blog.
* Add a link to the person who you received the award from
* Nominate up to seven other blogs.
* Then add their links to your blog.
* Add a message to each person that you have passed the award on to in the comments section of their blog.

We would like to pass this award on to Milo. Milo is new to the blogging world but he has a nifty blog.


And JFF received the Gold Card from Socks, Scylla & Charybdis because "they are always working to make things better for all cats and doggies." Whew! No wonder we're so tired all the time.

We now must give the award to 5 friends. Four of these friends must be dedicated followers of our blog. One should be a new blogger and live in a different part of the world. Each awardee must link back to whomever gave the award. That sounds easy enough, except it is really hard to just pick 5 friends but here we go.

Poppy Q. We used to read blogs but were afraid to leave comments. She challenged lurkers last year and lured us out of anonymity.

Sassy. She hired Percy for the Christmas CCSI and we met even more bloggers.

Millie. She was the first blogger we actually met when we found the story of her rescue and followed her to mom Lynne's.

Castle, the late Storm's brother, who has a fairly new blog and lives in the UK.

The Taylor CatSSSSS. Sam, Sassy, Seaborne, Spats and Summer - we enjoy your blog and auntie Deb is a caped crusader in disguise .... she helps so many.

And if you can spare a few moments, drop over to read Dream Mom's first post after taking some time off from blogging this summer. Despite the trials of life, a positive outlook and her love for her disabled son shines through her words.

Pee Ess: We had such a time fitting a post in today, we forgot to post this. Moki's post reminded us. This is an email we received and if you'd like to participate .....

My name is John Carson and I handle all the social media work for GCI Canada, a PR firm in Toronto.

One of our clients is Mars Canada, the producer of Whiskas Temptations. They recently filmed some cat-training videos hosted by trainer Rick Parker that you can see here:

Mars Canada is considering filming a second series of videos, so I am identifying prominent cat bloggers to get their opinion on the format. Please would you take a few minutes to watch one (or all) of the videos and let me know (1) what you think worked, (2) what didn’t and (3) any other suggestions on what you’d like to see included. If you could post a link to the video on your blog for other cat lovers to see, then that would be appreciated, as the more opinions we get the better.

Mars Canada wants to reach the people the videos are aimed at to ensure good quality information, and using social media as a new way of doing that.

Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you can help as part of the cat-blogger community ... all my contact details are below if you need further info.

Many thanks,
John (click on name for email address)


  1. Wrong, wrong, wrong - I hate people like that - I just do not understand how humans can be so cruel.

  2. w00f's JFF, dat sooo sad all those puppies...congrats on ur awards....

    b safe,

  3. Congratulations on your awards!

  4. Wow. I wish Maine would look to Pennsylvania for its legislation.

  5. Congwatulations on youw awawds!!! That is tewwible about those bweedews..I will tell my fwiendses in Pa..I don't undewstand the wowld...smoochie kisses

  6. i really appreciate your blog. you keep me posted on animal news i might miss otherwise. thank you

  7. Thank you so much for my lovely award! I've put it in my Trophy Room!

    Milo xxx

  8. Oh, Buddy, pleaz dunt howlz! I really duz likez woofie doggiez lotz and lotz! OK?

    I jist likez to playz twix on dem. OK?

  9. I will never understand such inhumane treatment. I am crossing my paws that both of those bills will pass! I cannot imagine anyone voting against it.

    Congratulations on your awards!

  10. concatulayshuns on tha awards. we're glad those bad peeps surrendered their licenses. we hope they nefur hafe any pets again. we hope tha laws get passed fur better animal treatment.

  11. concatulayshuns on tha awards. we're glad those bad peeps surrendered their licenses. we hope they nefur hafe any pets again. we hope tha laws get passed fur better animal treatment.

  12. No worries about me not being penned up during the day. My daddy has been working at home in the garage welding, so he is home. At night, I stay in the house with my mum. You are very caring to worry about me. My mum worries even when I am in my pen.

  13. Jan, you always have the most informative posts!

    Um, you did leave a note on our blog saying that our mommy was having eye surgery. She's not the one having eye surgery. But thanks anyway!

  14. I wish I could help the bill pass in PA. It would definitely be a leader in puppy mill reform. Congrats on your awards! All ya'll work so hard for us animals!

    love & wags,

  15. Congrats on the award!

    I just don't get it. How can people be so cruel? Maybe their punishment should be to have to live just like they treated the puppies.

  16. Wow, there was a lot of info packed into that post!

    That is so terrible about the dogs - I just can't understand some beans.

    Congratulations on your award!

  17. I hate to hear about puppy mills like this. It makes me very sad.

  18. Hi Jan ,thanks for visiting :) You have a very thoughtful post with lots of things to think about. It is so sad that some humans are mean and cruel!! May they all fall down and get stuck in poo!!!!!
    Purrs Mickey

  19. Congratulations on your awards, buddies! That is a very important message you shared. My momma doesn't understand why puppy mills are allowed to run as "businesses" in any state. And we can't figure out why someone would think shooting doggies is a solution to any problem.
    Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

  20. What a way to treat fleas - why not just dip the animals and get rid of the fleas; talk about cutting off one's nose to spite the face!

    licks & slobbers

  21. Hey you guys! You left a message on our blog saying, "...What happened with our friend Deetz being thrown out of the Ao4? Deetz is very caring. " I have no idea what you're talking about; I wouldn't throw someone out of the Ao4! And I haven't met Deetz. ???
    Tail wags,

  22. Hi again! Thanks for the comment. There are a LOT of pups and kitties who joined the "Operation Bring Beau Home" mission that I don't even know about! Unless they specifically asked to also be Troopers in the Ao4, they aren't on that list. They're sort of "auxilliary" members - does that make sense? I want as many bloggers as possible to have that badge up and didn't want anyone to think they had to "join up". Ha roo!
    I don't know who asked Deetz to take it down, but it wasn't me! :(
    Tail wags,

  23. thank you so much for my awardie - and congratulations on all of yours :)

    those people in PA sound horrid. my meowmiehas come across some really sad tales during her search for a friend for me...humans can be so cruel :(


  24. jan have you heard about this?


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