Jan has always hated that humans chop, crop, cut, mangle, whatever to make their dogs look "more pleasing to the eye" than God originally created them. We woofies and kitties agree with Jan. And for those who have not yet heard, we have some good news for our 4-pawed brothers and sisters.
"Banfield, The Pet Hospital, the nation's largest network of animal hospitals, has announced it will no longer do tail docking, ear cropping or devocalization on dogs.
"Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Banfield is the nation's largest general veterinary practice, with more than 730 hospitals and 2,000 veterinarians nationwide.
"Tail docking and ear cropping, both quite common, have become more controversial over the past few years. Last year, the American Veterinary Medical Association passed a resolution opposing ear cropping and tail docking of dogs, "when done solely for cosmetic purposes," and encouraging the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards."
You can read the rest of the article by Elizabeth Weise in USA TODAY by clicking here.
We furries are naturally against tail docking and ear cropping. Grrrr, the idea of anyone chopping off our ears -- especially Buddy's long, beautiful ones. His ears add such character to his face. Or our tails -- Merci's full, furry one or Sam's wagging weapon of mass destruction.
And we are most certainly against devocalization, a subject we recently posted on, "Say No To Debarking."
We haven't figured out the problem with leaving comments in Firefox on certain blogs yet. A couple of you have said the same thing happened to you after you updated Firefox but it started working again in a day or two. Ours is still not working. We didn't change anything so we haven't a clue. It was suggested we clear our cache. It was done, done, done, done, done .... No luck. And we're out of ideas. We do not want to switch to IE, as at least one blogger has had to do, so we really need to resolve this.
(PS: Since making this post, we have located the problem and made the appropriate change. Have no idea what happened since all we did was say yes to an update. But we can now leave comments on blogs again.)
We are checking Firefox help and this is prominently displayed. This is not a firefox program, so everyone needs to check their version and update it if necessary.
Security notice: Due to a critical and widely exploited vulnerability in Flash, please install the newest version of Adobe Flash (version 10.0.32.18) from Adobe's download page.
And here is a news article just issued on the problem. There is a link you can use to check whichever browser you are using, not just Firefox, so you can update. If you have more than one browser on your computer, check each one separately.
This is a chorus making the sound of rain -- without instruments. (It's the video we intended to send our friends recently when we goofed and put in a link to the Devocalization video. ) We think you will enjoy this one. It's very realistic.