Monday, December 12, 2011

Lab Dogs FREEDOM. Internet Puppy Sales. Sportsmanship? Barking Dogs. Rescue. Happy Dogs. Marconi. French Soldiers Killed. New Computer.

For "Mammal Monday":

Seen at a rest stop:




Beagle Freedom Project.

"Our second Beagle rescue who have lived their entire lives inside a research laboratory."

"These beagles have known nothing except the confines of metal cages. They have known no soft human touch, no warm bed, no companionship, no love. They have never been outside or sniffed a tree or grass. Finally, after years of being poked and prodded, these beagles are FREE!

ARME got the call that a facility was willing to release them to us after they had been used in several tests. We picked them up on June 8th and now they are all in loving foster homes, and one has already been adopted. If you are interested in adopting any of these special beagles, please email us at:

If you cannot adopt, but would like to help, ARME is a non-profit organization and we rely on your donations to continue this work. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation. You can donate here:
PLEASE DO NOT BUY PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS! You can see their faces now..... buy only products that have the cruelty-free symbol."


Internet Puppy Sellers Exposed

Humane Action

humane action


"NBC's "Today" show aired the shocking results of a new Humane Society of the United States investigation linking a massive Internet dog seller, Purebred Breeders, LLC, to cruel puppy mills. HSUS investigators visited and researched many of the facilities that sell puppies online through Purebred Breeders and found dogs living in shockingly poor conditions. HSUS attorneys also filed suit on behalf of customers who bought sick or dying puppies from Purebred Breeders.

The winter holidays are the busiest puppy-buying season of the year. Help us spread the word about the danger of purchasing puppies online.

Watch our video; then take action today to urge the USDA to immediately close a loophole that allows large-scale puppy mills to sell puppies online without being licensed under the Animal Welfare Act or meeting even basic animal care standards."

Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

P.S. Have you purchased a sick puppy over the Internet? Tell us»"


DO NOT BUY FROM PET SHOPS OR ONLINE, it just perpetuates the misery.

"Puppy mills are large breeding facilities where dogs live in deplorable conditions, often without necessary food, water, or veterinary care. This is a look inside:





Barking Dogs.

"Few days ago I was sitting around a table with some dog loving friends when one of them asked me about barking problems.
This is a HUGE problem for many dog owners and my friend had concerns about her neighbors.  She had just moved into a new place and her neighbor complained that her dog barked all
day.   I mentioned a bark collar.
"No way would I put a shock collar on my dog!" was the response.
"I never said an electronic collar," was my reply.
I then explained how a citronella spray collar can be very effective without inflicting pain on the dog.
This is where it can get sticky with dog owners and trainers.
Dog training really is quite simple. Here it is explained in one word:    CONSEQUENCES!
If you want your dog to continue doing a behavior, apply a positive consequence.
If you want your dog to stop doing a behavior, apply a negative consequence.
A negative consequence does NOT have to hurt or harm your dog.
A citronella spray collar applies a negative consequence the second the dog does the behavior (barking).
Dog quickly learns that when the collar is on, barking is unpleasant, result - no barking.
Bigger result - owner does not have to deal with angry neighbor or find new home for dog.
I think that is a pretty good trade off for the dog and owner.

If you'd like to learn more about consequences and how
to stop certain behaviors using humane methods, check
out  All the best,   Eric."


From Me:  This is hit home to me as I had told Mindi that I wouldn't take care of Caesar anymore until she got one of these humane collars, but she didn't, so I had to put up with his barking for two days.  I am too old for that!


Concerned Citizens Make a Difference.

"Two women tried everything in their power to help over 100 dogs in a desperate situation in Macon, Miss. But the situation was out of control. They needed help, so they reached out to The HSUS' Animal Rescue Team."


Now Some Happier Dogs:

"Awesome and Wonderfully talented, smart, happy dogs & what a trainer! A fabulous example of dogs and trainer having fun.


This is so fun to watch...enjoy."


On This Day:

Marconi sends first Atlantic wireless transmission, Dec 12, 1901:

"Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message--simply the Morse-code signal for the letter "s"--traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada.

Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1874 to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Marconi studied physics and became interested in the transmission of radio waves after learning of the experiments of the German physicist Heinrich Hertz. He began his own experiments in Bologna beginning in 1894 and soon succeeded in sending a radio signal over a distance of 1.5 miles. Receiving little encouragement for his experiments in Italy, he went to England in 1896. He formed a wireless telegraph company and soon was sending transmissions from distances farther than 10 miles. In 1899, he succeeded in sending a transmission across the English Channel. That year, he also equipped two U.S. ships to report to New York newspapers on the progress of the America's Cup yacht race. That successful endeavor aroused widespread interest in Marconi and his wireless company.

Marconi's greatest achievement came on December 12, 1901, when he received a message sent from England at St. John's, Newfoundland. The transatlantic transmission won him worldwide fame. Ironically, detractors of the project were correct when they declared that radio waves would not follow the curvature of the earth, as Marconi believed. In fact, Marconi's transatlantic radio signal had been headed into space when it was reflected off the ionosphere and bounced back down toward Canada. Much remained to be learned about the laws of the radio wave and the role of the atmosphere in radio transmissions, and Marconi would continue to play a leading role in radio discoveries and innovations during the next three decades.

In 1909, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics with the German radio innovator Ferdinand Braun. After successfully sending radio transmissions from points as far away as England and Australia, Marconi turned his energy to experimenting with shorter, more powerful radio waves. He died in 1937, and on the day of his funeral all British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stations were silent for two minutes in tribute to his contributions to the development of radio."


French soldiers killed in train accident, Dec 12, 1917:

"More than 500 French soldiers are killed when their train derails in Modane, France, on this day in 1917. The troops were returning from fighting World War I in Italy. There was ample warning that the conditions were dangerous, but the French officers ignored the expert advice and insisted that the overcrowded train proceed as scheduled.

More than a 1,000 (some estimate the number to be as high as 1,200) French soldiers were trying to travel between Turin, Italy, and Lyon, France, through the Alps in southeastern France to return home in time for Christmas. However, so many coach cars were attached to a single locomotive that the engineer in charge protested and refused to leave the station. The danger was not so much that the locomotive would not be able to pull the 19 cars, but that it wouldn't be able to stop the cars since there were no brakes on 16 of the coaches.

A French officer, anxious to get the men home for the holidays, pulled out a gun and threatened the engineer until he agreed to begin the trip. Unfortunately, the engineer's concerns were valid: As the train came out of the Mount Cern tunnel and approached the town of Modane in France, it had to descend a steep grade. The brakes could not hold the weight of the crowded coach cars and the train went out of control down the hill. Near the bottom, the train came to a wooden bridge and shot off the rails. The coach cars piled up; as they were made mostly of wood, many caught fire immediately.

The death toll was estimated at between 500 and 800 men. The fire was so intense that it burned at least 400 of the bodies beyond recognition. Although the army attempted to cover up the details of the tragedy because it implicated French officers, the engineer--who survived--finally released the full story some 15 years later."



The new desktop computer, and monitor have been crowding my desk, along with the old computer and monitor, for the last few days, so I thought I had better do something about it.  Either use it, or send it back.   I don't really know how to transfer my stuff over to it, but at least I got it functional.  I clicked here and there, loaded this and that, and before I knew it, it was nearly 2.00PM and I still hadn't had lunch. 

After lunch, I tried to get my Live Writer Drafts transferred onto an external hard drive that I never have been able to figure out how to use.  Somehow, I managed to get them on there after a long time, but I couldn't get them to go where they are supposed to go in the new computer. 

It doesn't seem faster than my old one, even though it has a faster processor and more RAM, so I don't know why I am going through all this hassle.

It was still chilly outside, high 40's for most of the day, so I had to don a coat to take Misty out, but not as cold as a few days ago.

The pain/ache on my left side is still there.  Not that there is anything that can be done about it, as I think I cracked a rib last Wednesday.

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