Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Punxsutawney Phil. Valentines for Chained Dog's Week. 7th-14th. Feb.

Phil, the weather predicting groundhog stands on the shoulder of one of his handlers John Griffiths while looking at other handler Ben Hughes, after the Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and winter has ended on Groundhog Day, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


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Most of us a in the grip of this fierce storm, which is going to continue for several more days, so I don't know how Phil can be so sure about the next six weeks, but I hope he is right.

But in the meantime there are dogs who are suffering and dying in the cold.

"People chain dogs for a variety of reasons, however A.S.K. (All Species Kinship) encourages pet guardians to make their dogs a real part of the family by bringing them inside. Dogs that are unable to be brought in are provided with weekly assistance from A.S.K.

After guardians see their dogs positively interact with A.S.K. volunteers, many start to transition their dogs into inside living; families which cannot enhance their dog's quality of life may decide to relinquish dogs so that they may be rehabilitated and re-homed."

Many cities and states are banning 24/7 chaining;

"Although the practice of 24/7 chaining is pervasive in many parts of the country, states and cities have started to pass laws against the practice. So far four states have passed limitations on chaining: California, Texas, Connecticut, and Nevada.
Hundreds of cities and counties have passed limitations or flat-out bans.

Meanwhile, countless backyard dogs are spending yet another winter in the cold. Often, they shiver day and night in hole-ridden doghouses, suffer from thirst because their water is frozen, and pace neurotically from lack of exercise and attention.
Perpetually chained dogs often become aggressive from their constant confinement, thereby posing a danger to people, especially small children."

"Join us February 7-14th for Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week. OUR GOAL in our 9th Season is to SEND OUT 17,000 VALENTINES TO CHAINED or PENNED DOGS.
We are striving to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs in a positive delivering Valentines, a brochure and a treat coupon to dogs living outside all over the U.S. and into other countries where we have representation, such as Canada and England."

Nonprofit Seeks Students and Groups to Create 17,000 Valentines for Chained Dogs

“Winter is the best time to reach out to those who chain and pen their dogs, and what better excuse than Valentine’s Day to send these forgotten animals a little love,” says Tamira Thayne, founder and director of the eight-year-old nonprofit. “Every winter our rescuers see dogs that have frozen in the snow, suffered frostbite, or otherwise endured horrific living conditions because of the longstanding misperception that it is ok to chain a dog outside in any kind of weather.”

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Unchain My Heart
Love is...Rescuing a Dog Love is...Rescuing a Dog

Love Is...Rescuing a Dog! No more chains for Man's Best Friend.

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It is too cold to do anything outside.   When I take the dog boarded in my workshop outside on a retractable leash, she quickly does what she has to do, and leads me right back to the workshop door.  She wants back in!  Funny, her 'Mom' says she doesn't like to be indoors at her regular home, I don't believe it.  But there is a stinky cat box in there.

I hope you and your animals are staying warm today.


Judy and Emma said...

Hope the dog isn't snacking in the cat box! :P

Sandra said...

People who chain dogs outside in the cold should be chained themselves and see how they like it.

Gypsy said...

I think the dog would be much happier staying with you. You no doubt treat her more kindly all the way around!

pidge said...

Rusty has tried to get out everytime we open the door today, but we just take him out long enough to do his business, then back in he comes. He is used to having 3 long walks a day, and when it is this cold he only gets one. He is only 4 months, but I know dogs get frost-bite too. He is too young to know what is best for him yet.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comments, Judy, Sandra, Gypsy and Pidge.

Judy: I don't know what "Big Girl" does when she is at home, if she has any sense she will leave the cat's box alone.

Sandra: Chain them up, then hang, draw, and quarter the folks that don't think about the comfort of their animals.

Gypsy: The dog is very sweet, but I wouldn't want to commit myself to a dog that large. I feed my dogs very expensive dog food, and she would eat up my grocery money, too! Also, the additional cost of the heartworm and flea prevention would be a big item.
If I were to have another big dog, it would be a Standard Poodle. Two reasons, they are so smart, and they don't shed.

Pidge: Big Girl gets very excited when I put on the leash, but she soon wants to come back in again, too.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

I love our flexi leashes when in the motorhome. If it's dark or raining, I just let the dog out the door, let the leash extend, and then shut the door on the leash, with the retractable handle inside the motorhome. I watch out the window, (taking note if they leave a dump to pick up) and then let them back in again when they are done!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard