DogFest 2012 benefiting the Baltimore Humane Society – October 6th, 2012

The Baltimore Humane Society will be holding the dog extravaganza known as DogFest 2012 this Saturday, October 6th 2012.  It will be a fun filled day of activities for both humans and pets and will help raise much needed funds for the Baltimore Humane Society.

Contests will be held for Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Dancer, or Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike.  There will be a few celebrity judges from local TV and radio stations like WBAL-TV's Jennifer Franciotti, MIXX 106.5's Maria Dennis, WYPR's Sheila Kast, or MAGIC's 95.9 Lolo and even other celebrities are expected to come by.

Kids will enjoy the crafts section, Moonbounce, face painting by Fantasy Faces, and Shakespeare animal scenes acted by The Shakespeare Factory.

Let friends, family, and neighbors know about DogFest. You don't even need a dog to come by!

There is Free Parking on-site and remember to avoid traffic by checking the alternate driving routes on the DogFest website.  To save time and standing in what will definitely be a long line, you can buy tickets online too.

What: DogFest 2012!

When: Saturday, October 6th 2012 / 10am – 5pm

Where: Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Cost: $10

For more info visit: http://www.dogfest.org/

 

English Shepherd Puppy in Eddie Bauer Catalog

We got the new Eddie Bauer catalog this morning and I noticed something interesting on the cover and first page, an English Shepherd puppy.  Take a look!

Not only I am fairly sure it is an English Shepherd but it looks lot like Cody did when he was a puppy.  Sable coloring with a splash of white here and there including the “white socks” as we like to call them.  While this Eddie Bauer catalog puppy is cute, we obviously think that Cody was a much cuter puppy.   I guess Cody should have done some dog modeling! 🙂

UPDATE: The puppy featured in the Eddie Bauer catalog is NOT an English Shepherd.  It is actually a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  A lot of people actually think Cody is a duck toller so it's not surprising I think they look like English Shepherds.  Even Eddie Bauer got it wrong as this was in the catalog:

Darwin is a New Brunswick duck tolling retriever.  He's enjoying a break in his training to become an avalanche rescue dog at the Crystal Mountain ski area near Seattle.

I noticed the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever community is a little upset since there is no such thing as “New Brunswick duck tolling retrievers.”  I am sure there some duck tollers live in New Brunswick though.

My Endless Supply of Free Tennis Balls

Tennis Balls always seems to get lost and wear out quickly at the dog park and our backyard.  We seem to be running to the store every other week to get a new set of tennis balls.  The other day I was able to snag some Free Tennis Balls though. How and Where? Our local tennis courts!

I noticed our local tennis courts always have a lot tennis balls outside of the fence.  Usually people knock a few out of the courts, it's inevitable.  I assumed that most go get the tennis balls after they finishing playing.  However, walking by the tennis courts with Cody and Sierra over and over, I realized this was a wrong assumption.

If a ball goes over the fence it seems most tennis players don't bother to pick-up the balls.  It's too much hassle!  This means my two English Shepherds very happy dogs.

As you can see we got quite a lot of tennis balls.  I will keep walking by the courts once in awhile to see if there are more tennis balls.

Seems I have hit the jackpot and now have an endless supply of tennis balls.  Just a good tip if your dog (or dogs) keep destroying or misplacing tennis balls.

Don’t Fly United Airlines With Your Dogs! They Could End Up Dead!

Can you imagine paying an airline $1800 to fly your dog (not including the airplane tickets for yourself by the way), then your dog ending up at your destination dead?  That's exactly what happened to supermodel Maggie Rizer's beautiful Golden Retriever, Bea, on a United Airlines flight from New-York City to San Francisco.  On her blog Bea Makes Three Maggie posted this:

Two weeks ago, on our way back to San Francisco after a great summer vacation on the east coast, Beatrice lost her life due to the negligence of United Airlines.  I’m writing this with my anger aside, in the hopes that someone looking for advice will read this and not make the mistake of trusting United with their pets as we did.

Beatrice had a perfect health record.  She received a full examination and a health certificate four days before the flight, as is required by the Pet Safe program. This program is United’s branded on-board pet safety program. In addition to Pet Safe’s stringent requirements, we took every extra precaution we could think of.  Both the dog’s kennels were labeled front to back with emergency numbers, flight information and warnings.  Their kennels were purchased specifically for the measurements and design specified by Pet Safe.  We purchased special water bowls which we filled with ice to ensure that the water wouldn’t spill and that it would last longer. We drove the six hours to New York City from our house in Northern New York State, so the dogs wouldn’t have to make a connecting flight.  We paid United Airlines $1800.00, in addition to our plane tickets, to ensure the safety of our pets. Albert and Bea were very prepared travelers.

When we arrived in San Francisco to pick up our dogs we drove to the dark cargo terminal and on arrival in the hanger were told simply, “one of them is dead” by the emotionless worker who seemed more interested in his text messages.  It took thirty minutes for a supervisor to come to tell us, “it was the two year old.”  Subsequently we requested that our dog be returned to us and were told that she had been delivered to a local vet for an autopsy. Whatever thread of trust remained between us and United broke and we then insisted that she be returned to us for our own autopsy by our trusted veterinarian, Shann Ikezawa, DVM from Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. Over the next two hours the supervisor’s lie unraveled as it became clear that Bea was right behind a closed door the whole time and he had been discussing how to handle the potential liability with his boss who had left and sticking to the divert and stall tactic that they had been taught. Eventually Bea was returned and we drove her to the vet at midnight.

Maggie was obviously very through and Bea was a perfectly healthy dog.  What is most ridiculous about the situation is not only United Airlines negligence but the way they have gone about handling it.  Well… not handling!  Maggie continues:

It will be two weeks since Beatrice was killed by United Airlines and since then United has refused to give us any information about what happened to our beloved little Bea other then, “our internal investigation does not show any irregularities, as evidenced by the fact that your companion dog and other animals on board did not suffer the same fate”.  I’m not sure why the fact that the other dogs were not killed clears United Airlines but, they seem to think it does.

Of the many reasons I don't fly United, this now just gives me another reason to NEVER fly with them.  It's clear United is more worried about a lawsuit (which Maggie should definitely pursue at this point in my opinion) then actually telling the Rizers' useful information, issuing an apology, or giving them Bea.

I am writing this to help make people aware that airlines are incapable of ensuring the safety of our pets.  All it takes is for one employee to not follow the proper procedure and then like me, your dog is dead.

I can’t say exactly what happened to Beatrice on the plane two weeks ago.  If United had been able to be honest, it would have helped us to find closure.  All I know is what the necropsy told us, Beatrice died from heatstroke.  It is said to be an agonizing death.

I can't imagine how heartbreaking this must be for Maggie and her family, since the death of Bea could have been easily avoided.  If you read the entire post on Maggie's blog you can clearly see the airline was extremely embarrassed and obviously was/is flustered by the situation.  I am not sure what United expects to happen with such poor handling of this situation though

The story was been picked up by the auto blog Jalopnik and several other major new publications.  Maggie's post has 191 comments. 1800 Facebook likes, and 207 Tweets as of this writing.

I can only hope that the story gains more steam and more people hear about it.  I would be furious is this happened to Cody or Sierra.

 Rest in Peace Bea

 

Mt. Washington Swim Club Dog Day

A few weeks ago our pool, the Mt. Washington Swim Club, closed for the season since it's starting to get cold.

The pool people decided the last day would be a “Dog Day.”  They invited members to bring by their dog (or in our case dogs) for a swim.  We took Cody and Sierra to the pool but they were not to keen on getting into the water.  Sierra kept jumping on us nervously and Cody seemed a little nervous too.  They saw the other dogs swimming and thought “Do we have to do that?”  We didn't make them get into the water but did encourage them to try to get in to no avail.

As you can see other dogs were having a blast in the pool though.  I hope they do the Dog Day at the pool again since it was a lot of fun bringing Cody and Sierra by even though they didn't go swimming.  Hopefully they will do it again next year and let dogs stay in the pool a little longer.

It was sad to see the pool close!  Don't you wish Summer could last forever?

Pyrates For Pups Maryland SPCA Fundraiser – September 21st, 5-9pm

The Maryland SPCA along with local Baltimore food trucks and Heavy Seas beers will be holding a fundraiser “Pyrates For Pups” tomorrow night, Friday September 21st, 2012 from 5-9pm.  The fun event will be located at Swann Park in downtown Baltimore and will feature live music by Hanover Blue.

Admission to Pyrates For Pups is free but a percentage of the food and drink sales will be donated to the MD SPCA so they can continue to do great work for homeless animals in Baltimore.  So be sure to go down and stuff your face with delicious food from Baltimore's best food trucks and great beet for Heavy Sees.

If you are looking to add to your loving family there will be adoptable dogs on site.  The dogs will be dressed up like pirates, which should make you want to adopt them!

If you have a dog (or dogs) there will be an off-leash play area at the Downtown Dog Resort & Spa.  So this will be a great happening event for area dog lovers who want to have some fun all while benefiting a good cause.

Parking will be available at the onsite parking lot and there should be some spaces around the neighborhood.

What: Maryland SPCA Fundraiser

Where: Swann Park, 296 W. McComas St., Baltimore MD 21230

When: Friday, September 21st from 5-9pm