Friday, July 31, 2009

Good News for Ears and Tails

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 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.


  1. I hear woo!
    I'll wag in support!!

    AND BARK MY HEAD OFF if I want to!!!

    Seriously, that is yet another khool aspekht of blogging...we get to see how breeds are supposed to look since many outside the US are smarter than we khurrently are ;-)


  2. This is impressive. WE have done this with Girl Scouts, but the numbers were small. This large group and the addition if lighting and thunder make it wonderful!

    We are glad that some Vets are starting to stop the cruel things they do to dogs and cats

  3. I would love to move to Portland for 5 months of the year & work for Banfield. I'm not a Vet., but I think I like their style. It would get me out of this heat in Vegas. Thank you for sharing the video. It was great.

  4. i have had that issue with firefox. sometimes if i hit submit a second time the blog comment will post...

    glad to hear about banfield's decision.

  5. Hooray for Banfield!
    I downloaded Adobe 9.1 three weeks ago when I got my new computer. I just went to the site to update to a later version and it tells me that I already have it. It doesn't make sense if they are telling paople to upgrade to version10.

  6. Silly mum, she just looked through her install and uninstall programmes.It is Adobe Reader which is 9. Adobe Flash is 10. She should pay more attention.

  7. We are so glad that more doggies will get to keep their ears and tails. We thinks doggies look purrfect just the way they were born. ~S,S,C & F

  8. Very good news about the not docking/chopping. We think it so sad and is very happy it been banned in this country. However some naughty peoples try to get round it by saying they is gonna be working dogs.

    We look soo better natural. We had not even heard of debarking till we saw it on another blog and it shocked and appalled us that it could even exist!
    ~lickies, Ludo
    pee ess: Very cool video!

  9. That is good news, tails, ears or whatever part should be left alone to be what they are naturally meant to be.

    We had never heard of the de barking before. That is an awful thing to do to a dog.

    Holly & Zac...XX

  10. We switched to Firefox because we were having so many problems accessing many of the blogs. So far we haven't had any problems with Firefox.

  11. That is excellent news! Yay for Banfield! We hope all other veterinary hospitals and practices follow their example.

  12. Those are good news! I wish something like that could be done here where I live!
    Kisses and hugs

  13. I would be very sad if someone decided to chop off my tail!

    Huffle Mawson

  14. That is very good news indeed!!!

    Love, uSSSSS

  15. That's great progress, now what about stopping declawing cats, another unnecessary, mutilating cosmetic alteration.

    P.S I loved the rain video

  16. That is very good news I hope the humans learn and appreciate they shouldn't torture poor woofies just to fit in with their ideals. FAZ

  17. The mom and dad take us to Banfield and are happy dat this was done. Our v-e-t said she did not ever support this type of stuff and she hoped dat it wud stop. We now know she got her wish!

  18. That's great news..I'm barking loud and clear for my furry bretheren the other side of the big pee.

    The video of the rain was very convincing, made me bark again about 1 minute in when the thunder started!

    Wiry wags Eric xxx

  19. Have a peaceful weekend, furriends!

  20. That is good news from Banfield. No more cruel treatment.

    Glad you figure things out. We use Firefox too, hope we don't run into that problem.

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  21. Hey Gang,
    How are y'all doing today. We hope that you're keeping Jan on the straight and narrow path. We know a single word that covers both docking and cropping when done for cosmetic purposes. It's "mutilation." Losing a tail because it got run over by a truck is one thing but chopping of a tail because someone has decided that should be a breed standard is assinine.
    - TBH&K


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