Should Puppy Mills be Banned?

I recently read a story about an individual who is trying to get puppy mills banned.

Many people do not realize that puppy mills even exist or fully understand how cruel they are to the animals under their care and protection. Puppy mills see dogs as just a cash crop. They feed them the bare minimum, do not give them any veterinary care, keep them in cramped quarters and put them down when they can no longer reproduce or serve any purpose.

Nicholson’s proposed scenario would have stores working with pounds and rescuers to sell puppies at a commission. Stores could maintain databases of dogs available from area rescuers and sell products and costly services such as grooming and pet-sitting, Nicholson said.

A handful of large cities, including Los Angeles, have banned the sale of commercially bred puppies.

“The culture is moving toward this ordinance and it’s in the best interest for the pet store industry to retool, because it’s coming,” Nicholson said Monday, her 55th birthday. “People don’t want to spend money on cruelty when they know it’s cruel.”

What is interesting is that due to the strong vigilance provided by animal advocates and their level of effectiveness with the puppy mills, many of these operations have switched to online business models where it is easier to operate in secret. Internet sales of dogs is very loosely regulated, if at all.

While the internet is still the domain of backyard breeders and wannabe designer dog breeders who concoct some crazy creations like the pomsky and many others, they are being dwarfed by the puppy mills.


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Flea Bites & the Plague – Signs of the Apocalypse

Surely…the end times are nigh!

I bring to you another crazy story about the Bubonic plague and the lovely state of New Mexico.

A third case of Bubonic plague has been confirmed in New Mexico this year.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, a 52-year-old man from Santa Fe County contracted the plague. A 15-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl from Torrance County were the first two cases. They have since recovered.

The article goes on to mention that the following steps should be taken to avoid contracting the plague:

  • keeping pets from roaming and hunting
  • cleaning up areas where rodents live
  • keeping pet food away from mice

Did you know that the Bubonic Plague or “Black Death” that ravaged Europe was caused by Oriental rat fleas?  Fleas would feed on the rats and then humans who lived in close contact with the rats would get infected and contract the disease.

I am not sure how realistic it is to keep your cat or dog from roaming or hunting.  But, obviously, if you are a cat or dog owner you should be taking preventative measures by applying/giving your animals flea medication.  Here is a great resource if you are looking for the best flea treatment for your dog! It is hands down the best place I have found that gives you easy to understand explanations about each product.

Okay, so maybe the apocalypse isn’t upon us…just yet.  I am pretty sure that the Bubonic Plague is not a serious threat.  But, isn’t it just a matter of time before some new outbreak occurs and millions of people across the globe die?





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Miami man kills wife, posts picture on Facebook

Seriously! This just happened.

Breaking news on Google is a report that an actor from the television series Burn Notice killed his wife and posted a picture of her dead body on his Facebook profile page.  Whoa!

According to county records, Medina and Alfonso married in April 2012, got divorced and then were re-married. Facebook also removed Alfonso’s profile page.

The grisly photograph shows the woman in black leggings, her legs bent back at an awkward angle. Her left arm and left cheek are bloody. It appears that she fell dead in front of the oven in the kitchen.

Medina, on his public Facebook account, describes himself as property management supervisor and an actor for the Miami-based crime drama Burn Notice.


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Friend Gives Away Soldier’s Dog

The DogFiles posted a heartbreaking story about a soldier who returned home from the war only to find out that the person who was left to care for his pooch gave the dog away via a Craigslist ad.

I am not joking.

When Brandon Harker returned home from his nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, he was especially looking forward to being reunited with his yellow Labrador Retriever, Oakley. Oakley was placed in the care of someone Harker considered to be a friend, but the person proved to be untrustworthy, having given Oakley away with an advertisement placed on Craigslist.

Who does that? Talk about an unforgivable sin.  I am literally at a loss for words to describe what an utter “douche move” this selfish act was.  The dog’s owner has been unable to track down his baby boy.

Harker has placed another ad on Craigslist in an effort to find his beloved dog:

“[Oakley] has a unique coat, on his face he has spots of a darker yellow (champagne) he also has spots of the same color going down his sides and legs. If anyone has any information on this and can help me please do. I am just trying to get him back to me since he was wrongfully given away or sold with out my permission while I was deployed. I will also be able to verify the dog is mine because he is micro-chipped and registered to me. Once again thank you to everyone who sees this and tries to help.”

If anyone would understand the travesty of a soldier’s missing dog, it would be the Dog Files fans. Let’s support 1st Lieutenant Brandon Harker, who has served our country, and help find his dog. Any information regarding this case should be directed towards Harker’s Craigslist ad.

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Going on the 15 Day DL

As any fantasy baseball fan can attest, you never want to see your player land on the 15 day disabled list.  Odds are you are going to miss at least 13 games of production and you just never know if your guy is going to come back after the 15 days or if the problem will linger.

In head to head fantasy baseball leagues where you play a head to head schedule it is even more damaging.  If your guy gets injured in the early part of the week, you put up a donut for the entire week with that roster spot.  Then you most likely cant play him for the next two weeks because he will miss most of the third week of action.  So, a 15 day stint can easily turn into a three week loss of stats.  Ugh.

Well, I am going to be laid up for a couple of weeks if all goes according to plan because I am having ingrown toenail surgery to take care of some pincer nails.  The recovery will take at least 15 days because my toe is screwed up something awful.

Wish me luck!

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Russian Whore or Russian Spy?

You be the judge!

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Gunsmithing – A Dying Breed?

Long before there ever was such a thing as a gunsmith, there were many other different kinds of smiths.  You had blacksmiths, silversmiths, goldsmiths and many others.  And the number of individuals with a “smith” in their career title has dwindled dramatically.

Gunsmithing isn’t a very lucrative profession, except for the upper echelon of long time professionals that have crafted a niche business out of servicing a certain segment of the gun-owning population.  Technology has made the manufacture of firearms so much cheaper and the cost of repairs can easily exceed the cost of throwing the defective firearm away and purchasing a new one.

However, one wonders if gunsmithing needs to make a comeback or will make a comeback in light of the shifting sentiment in this country towards gun ownership and guns in general.  Out of all the smithing careers, gunsmithing may be the most important since it can ensure the supply of arms and weaponry…especially for a citizenry underseige by a tyrannical government.

It might not be the most realistic option as far as a stand alone career option, but you may want to seriously consider exploring educational options just so that you can possess a skill set that is dwindling.

I came across a website called Ditch College and they have a section devoted to gunsmithing.  If you are interested in attending gunsmithing school you may want to give their site a look.  They are devoted to exploring careers that do not require a four year degree and explore many different career path options besides gunsmithing.  If you ever wanted to find a solid career that does not require six figures in student loans and  a home mortgage sized monthly payment upon graduation they have a list of several careers that do not require a college degree.


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