The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a great organization that focuses their work on saving and caring for abused or neglected animals. They go into the most disgusting places to save animals; and many times the animals don't trust them and react harshly. Even though they know the risk of their job, it doesn't stop them from helping one bit. Awhile ago the Gwent police called RSPCA after they had busted a man for drug related conditions. The police stated that there was a dog in very poor condition that they needed to pick up. When their team got there the had to cover their noses and mouths because the smell was that unbearable due to the week's worth of dog urine and faeces all over the house. His name was Blacks, an 18 month old brindle greyhound. They were able to coax him out of the house where they then got a good look at him. In the article they wrote, “He was shaking, timed and very unsteady on his feet. Shockingly every bone in his body was protruding including his ribs, hips, spine and backbone.”. He weighed only 32 pounds when a normal male greyhound should weigh anywhere from 60 to 88 pounds. This poor dog was barely ½ the weight he should have been. Luckily this dog had a great appetite, and was ready to eat as soon as he could. Within just one month he was up to 50 pounds.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Guest blogger this week is Liana Hetticher.
The way a dog is raised is the way the dog will act. “According to the ASPCA, 1.2 million dogs in shelters are euthanized each year. Different studies show that 800,000 to 1 million of these are pit bulls.” People often blame the dog its behavior when in all actuality, it is the owner and trainer you should be blaming. If a pit bull, or any dog for that matter, are raised in a friendly and safe environment, then the dog will not see a need for aggression unless shown otherwise.
In Montreal, Canada, a city wide ban on pit bulls was put into place. A new city council meeting was organized for December 14th, 2016. In this meeting they will discuss the ban that was put in place, and instead, discuss bylaws.
This is a list of the top ten “dangerous” dogs. Notice that number one is a pit bull. Pits’ are often identified as the most dangerous and vicious dogs, most of the time, they are actually very temperamental and loving dogs. They have to be raised correctly though; just like any other dog. The last dog on this list is an Akita, they are equally as loving if raised right. Stop blaming the dog and take a step back to observe the owner’s behavior.
Before you get a dog, especially a dog with a hyper personality. Do not get a dog of this breed, and just expect it to behave and get along with every dog and person it meets. You need to socialize your pit bull, you need to reward more than reprimand, as a puppy, they only have about a 5 second attention span. Try and reward and praise your pit bull as a puppy and their good behavior will continue on into adulthood where they will mellow out, within one to two(1-2) years of age.
The problem is not the breed, the problem is the owner/trainer. If you raise a pit bull to be aggressive, if you purposely dock their ears to look “badass” as many would say, if you hit, talk down, and reprimand your dog more than you reward it, you will have a very aggravated dog on your hands. If you nurture your dog, if you love and show affection, if you reward and redirect instead of reprimand when an accident happens or it does something wrong, you will have an understanding dog to work with. Pit bulls are very smart animals, they will understand what you are saying, they understand the tone of your voice. They want to please you, they crave your affection. Your dog may just be a small aspect in your life, but to them, you are your dog’s entire world. They rely solely on you for comfort, food, safety, and love. If you fail to love your dog, your dog will fail to love in life.
Passion Post: Pit BullsSomething that drives me crazy is the way that people can be afraid of certain dog breeds. Many people say that pitbulls are vicious dogs who can't control their tempers because they've been bred to fight. It doesn't work that way. That's like saying every generation of your family. Or my family, all have the same temper and all have the same amount of aggression. Just because one dog was raised to fight doesnt mean its puppies will grow up and want to fight also. It's in the way you raise a dog that makes all the difference. As a owner, it's your job to teach them right from wrong. All puppies love to chew and bite but if you reprimand them they will soon realize it's wrong; it's the same process of potty training them. Animals want to be loved just like any other creature; and that's exactly what they deserve. There are 12 states who have wanted and tried to ban pit bulls, when the real problem is actually the owner. I have 3 pitbulls and they are the sweetest, most loving dogs you could wish for. Now of course they are protective, just as every good dog should be. They are only aggressive when they need to be and that's because they were raised right. If a dog attacks you, you must have been doing something wrong; or maybe it's just how the dog was raised. It's wrong of us to blame this problem on one breed of dogs like they can't be controlled when I’m sitting here saying they can. Not only am I saying they can but they are, in many homes and families. For dogs to loose their lives due to uneducated and careless owners who didn't take the time to train them is wrong. We need to take a stand and educate instead of euthanasia, and teach rather than remove.
Passion Post: Animal Abuse
By, Rickiyah McGrady
One thing I don't understand is how people can abuse animals. How can anyone look into the big sweet eyes of a innocent animal who just wants to be loved and physically hurt them? I feel as thought it's almost our duty to care and love for them. If they could speak to us things would be different; but since they can't it's up to us to be their voice. After all, they were here long before we were and we practically took what they had to call home. Humans are such invasive species and we build and build with no concern of the other species around us. Our population is growing at an exponential rate and we are doing nothing to slow it down. There is only one earth and to take everything like it's ours without realizing were hurting other species is so very wrong of us. We will use nearly any animals as profit and many times do not think of them as living beings. We put them in small cages and tanks they can barely move around in, just to put on a show. We pay to watch these animals suffer when we know where they really belong and that we’re wrong to enjoy is. We still do it. Humans take advantage of the resources we are so lucky to have and don't give it a second thought. Can you sit for a minute and just think, how sad would it be to have children and have them never get the chance to ever see a giant panda, or a polar bear, or even a rhino, just because we are so wrapped up with our own agendas and we don't care what we take out, or what we have to do to get what we want. It's time for the human race to wake up and realize it's not all about us, and if we want to continue to think that way then our time on earth will be shortened.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
I loved being a puppy. I loved my mom and my siblings. We would play all day long everyday and it was great. We had people too and they gave us anything and everything we ever wanted. When we all got a little older our people said they couldn't take care of us all anymore and that they would need to find us new homes. We were all really scared but we knew that it would be an exciting new adventure.
New families started visiting us and they were all so nice. Eventually my siblings started getting taken away and I was really happy for them but also really sad. Soon it was just me and my mom and she was always sad thinking about my siblings. I got to stay extra long with her and I cherished every moment. One day a family I've never seen before came and picked me up and took me with them. It was weird because I never got to say bye to my people and they weren't even around to see me leave. My mom was so mad that it scared me. She was barking and growling and she was trying to bite them but they were so fast that she didn't get to them. I cried all the way to their home. They weren't as nice as the other families my siblings went with. They had young people who would hit me really hard and the older ones would sometimes kick me. They named me scratchers because I'd always be itchy. I was always outside in the hot sun and had no shade or water. Everything I ate I would have to get out of the garbage and run and hide so they didn't see me and get mad. I even made a hole in the fence and I would go out and the nice neighbors would feed me yummy food and it would make me so happy, but they never wanted to love me like my first people did.
One day a new family moved in across the street. I watched them through the fence as they put all their stuff inside. There was a nice looking girl with a little girl, two cats, and even a dog. They seemed so nice I was excited to meet them. I never saw much of them in the beginning because they stayed inside a lot of the time. One day when they came out they were playing in the front yard and I had join in the fun. They were so nice and rubbed my belly and even gave me snacks! They reminded me a lot of my first humans. The dog they had was really scary. He chased me all around the yard but I thought is was fun! That night when they went inside I slept on their porch hoping they'd let me in. I did this everyday for a week. One night they tried driving me home, but right when I got home my owners put me out back so I ran right through the fence back to their house. They put me back in the car and while driving me home I jumped out the window and sat on their porch until they got back. These people were good and I wasn't going to let them go.
They let me stay the night for the first time that night. The little girl was so excited she cuddled with me all night. I couldn't remember the last time I was that happy. They fed me and loved me like no others. I knew my old owners wouldn't care if I stayed here, they didn't love me like these people did. Everyday we’d go run outside, and when it was time to come in I would sit at the porch until they let me in. I knew that if I tried hard enough they would let me stay forever; and they did. They reminded me Samson and they even made my itches go away! I was so happy and nothing could ever beat this. Every night I’d play with the girl and then cuddle up with her and my new friends; the cat Coco, and the little dog Iggy. This family was perfect for me and I was perfect for them.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
In my environmental science class we learned about weather patterns which made me think about how that affected the migration patterns of birds. Birds migrate to different places depending on the season and weather greatly effects when they are on the move and when they are stationary. Although there are many other contributing factors to their migration patterns weather is one of the most influential.
Just like humans, rain doesn't make for the most perfect traveling conditions; and the same goes for the wind. Animals are extremely affected by their surroundings. Their timing, energy, physical health, and even their whole course can be changes due to weather conditions. For example, when running in the wind it makes it a lot harder if you're running against the wind but a lot easier if you're running in the same direction of the wind. Running with the wind gives you a extra push and makes it a little easier. Considering that animal migration has a lot to do with weather patterns, we can predict that with these current big climate changes known as global warming we will be seeing new migrations.
There is an estimated 3,000 animal species just from the Western Hemisphere that will have to relocate themselves. They will make their paths avoiding human and natural barriers and try to find a place to live that is more temperate and comfortable for their species. Not only are these climate changes affecting animals but humans too. Less than one month ago 600 people belonging to an Alaskan village voted to leave their home because of worries for coastal erosion.
Environmental science and animals are not the same but instead animals are apart of the environment and its science. They coexist and as the environment can help the animal the animal can also help its environment flourish.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
RSPCA handles many cases of animal abuse and cruelty everyday. Animal abuse is something that is very serious today and needs to be stopped. A recent case of animal abuse is about a dog who had been found broken and hurting. He was thought to have been hit by a car. But as the dog was checked out they found things such as burns on his face, eyes, and bruises to his groin. With further investigation they RSPCA found out that this was a horrible case of animal abuse. The day after the dog was found 2 boys turned themselves in and admitted to the crimes they had committed and made sure to tell the police about their other two friends that were involved. These four 16 year old boys all together kicked, punched, burned, and fed this six month old puppy drugs until he was left for dead with a broken leg and neck.
Animal abuse sickens me. What these boys did was completely brutal and barbaric. Nothing upsets me more that an innocent animal being hurt for no reason. Animals give us humans unconditional love when the majority of us don't deserve it whatsoever. They are the only things in the world that live without judgment, ignorance, or crudeness. These boys only sentences were being disqualified to own an animal for 5 years and to pay a total of $5,791. These boys should never have the right to own an animal again. During an interview with one of the boys he was just simply annoyed with the fact that he had to be there and felt no guilt or remorse for what he had done to that poor puppy. This puppy named Chunky still flattens to the floor and flinches with just a raise of a hand. He will never live the same or feel as safe as he should again just because these boys had nothing better to do that torture him. Animals have no voice and can't speak for themselves which is why we need to stand up for them. They deserve to be treated with respect just as humans do and have the right to be protected.
Friday, September 23, 2016
I'm choosing to write about animals because I have had a passion for them for as long as I can remember. Throughout every rough patch I've gone through in life I can remember my pets helping me through them. I connect with them instantly, and I believe they are the only things on the earth that know how to truly love. Animals are family and truly man's best friend. Sadly, animals don't have their own voice, so it's our job to protect and love them like they unconditionally love us .
I will be talking about animal cruelty, rescues, and the importance of animal therapy and what it can do. Animal cruelty is any case of excessive abuse or even just animal neglect. All my animals throughout my childhood have been recuse and it was almost as though they adopted us. Animals are very soothing and can help many people get through hard times or even just keep them company.
I hope people can read this blog and want to make a difference for animals. I want people to not be afraid to report a case of abuse or neglect and know that they are making the right decision. I also want people to get a better understanding of animal therapy and get a deeper look into the things it can accomplish.