What kind of woman would own a pit bull? in Lane County, all kinds of women own and advocate for this much-maligned breed.
Are you a pittie person? Send a photo of your pup, or you and your pup, your name and your dog's name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post the shots here on the blog.
I think I might love Winston the Bulldog, just a little bit. I mean, who hasn't just once, envisioned chewing on a cop car's bumper (or tires)? Of course we already know if you yell at the parking patrol, and feed the meters, you'll get arrested and make national news.
Luckily for Winston the dog, his bumper antics landed him only briefly in doggie jail. According to the The Chattanoogan, Winston gets to go home after this little cop-car-as-chew-toy episode.
A deal was worked out in city court, The Chattanoogan reports, to let Winston go home. His owners have to take him to obedience classes, and ensure he doesn't get out again. Apparently (and thank goodness the video doesn't show it) the cops Tased and pepper sprayed the pup, but it didn't deter him.
Winston looks like he was having a darn good time with that bumper.
Since I'm one of those irritating people who just doesn't feel it's a holiday until I've put a Santa hat on the dog... here's a little Christmas dog fun (thanks to Kylie B. the dogcatcher, who calls this an example of what you can do with positive dog training).
I'm guessing they didn't use real glass ornaments â€” those can be dangerous to dogs who chomp down thinking they are a nice safe ball.
Opportunity knocks, even during a recession, and opportunity has knocked, or rather barked, in Pleasant Hill where Carol Rozek and Sonya Mandel have opened up a doggie daycare, boarding and training facility.
Opportunity Barks had its grand opening on Saturday, showing off a brand-spanking new facility with cheerful artwork and murals by Noelle Dass. The event, which attracted animal lovers from Eugene to Fall Creek, gave tours of the facility and its airy kennels and matted play area.
Opportunity Barks offers group and individual training classes, daycare with indoor and outdoors supervised play, and overnight dog boarding with 24/7 supervision.
To learn more, check out their web page at http://www.opportunitybarks.com/ or give them a call at 726-8435.
Know any other new Eugene-area businesses, doggie or otherwise? We want more good news during this economic downturn, so let us know at email@example.com
Last year the energetic staff and volunteers at Save the Pets set a goal of finding homes for 100 pets during the holiday season. They met that goal, and this year together with West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue they plan to find homes for the holidays for 250 animals.
The groups, together with a plethora of other rescues around town, will be at Johnson Brothers Greenhouses in Coburg every Saturday and Sunday at from 11-3. You can find your dream dog or cat in all shapes, colors and sizes. There will also be arts and crafts, wreaths, special appearances and other nonprofits you can check out.
For more info or event updates go to http://www.northwestgardenplants.com or call Lori Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) Save the Pets 686-2467 or Julie McDonnell, (email@example.com) West Coast Dog & Cat Rescue 337-2157.
If you want to support animal rescue but aren't ready to bring a Fido or a Fluffy home just yet, head on over to Lane County Animal Services' (LCAS) Laughs for Lassie benefit for LCAS at the Hult Center at 7 pm on Dec. 5. Tickets at the Hult Center office, $26.
Obama's acceptance speech was as eloquent as ever, though as many has pointed out, he didn't rise to his usual crescendo, going for a more quietly presidential tone. (His stump speech at UO's Mac Court back in the spring felt at times like a rock concert because he's so capable of firing up a crowd.) But I did think his use in last night's acceptance speech of the traditional African American crowd-stirring call-and-response sermonic technique was fabulous. YES WE CAN!
And of course animal lover that I am, one of my favorite parts was when he told his daughters,Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven: "I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."
His puppy-promise made headlines earlier in the election season, (he promised the girls a dog at the end of the campaign) and Michelle Obama indicated in a television interview at one point they would like to adopt a rescue dog.
As a Senator, Obama voted in favor of ending horse slaughterâ€”a rather important vote since he came from the state that had one of the last operating horse slaughter plants in the countryâ€”and strengthening anti-dog fighting laws.
There's a big weekend for critters and causes coming up, so mark your calendars if you're in the mood to run with pups, pet ponies and drink wine for social justice.
Saturday Aug. 23 kicks off with Meet a Mustang at Avalon Stables in Cottage Grove.
Strawberry Mountain Mustangs will bring rescued wild horses for adoption and wild horse owners from around the Willamette Valley will bring their mustangs to be petted and ridden. There will be a mustang gentling demonstration, a raffle and information on a adopting a wild horse from the BLM. With the BLM's threat this summer to begin euthanizing "excess" horses, the animals who have been taken off the range need homes now more than ever. The free event runs from 11 am to 3pm at 80143 Hazelton Rd. Cottage Grove. Call Melanie at 484-6751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Once you're done petting and saving the ponies, head on over to the Civil Liberties Defense Center's wine bottling and benefit at 5 pm at RainSong Vineyard in Cheshire. Transportation provided and reservations are required. RSVPs are required. Contact email@example.com or at 687-9180.
Sunday Aug. 23 you're going to want to work off all that wine, so you have three doggie events to choose from.
From 8 am til noon you can romp with Rover at Greenhill Humane Society's 15th Annual Rover Romp..
It's a 5k doggie run or 2k walk and you can register online at www.green-hill.org
The event is at 88530 Green Hill Road.
If that's not enough pups and running for you, then dash on over to Alton Baker Park where Save the Pets is hosting a 5k dog run and featuring adoptable pets.
Registration starts at 9 am and the run is at 11 am. You can register online at http://www.stpevents.info/index.php?pr=Paws_for_a_Cause_Dog_Walk
Bring your own pup to run with, shop for retail items and get a rabies tag and license from Lane County Animal Services. The entry fee is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the run.
If you're lucky, you'll get to meet Helmsley the Weather Dog.
AND WAIT â€” THAT'S NOT ALL!
If you and your dog are swimmers, not runners, then you and your pup can go jump in Tamarack Wellness Center's saltwater pool. Starting at 11 am on Sunday, it's Tamarack Wellness Center's Dog Swim.
Dogs and their people will swim in groups of six, and afterwards you can check out some Doga (doggie yoga) and get a dogwash from the Campfire Girls. Go to 3575 Donald Street to take the plunge and call Pat at 683-7506 for more information.
And in case you're worried about fleas and dog hair, the dog swim takes place right before Tamarack's big pool cleaning, so the pool will be Fido-Free when classes and regular human swims resume.
In honor of our upcoming "Pets" issue and because I've been a little, um, remiss, in blogging lately I thought I'd post some recent dog news.
Finally, do you think your dog is cuter than this?
If so, send a copy of a photo of your cutest or best dressed dogs (or any other pet) to firstname.lastname@example.org If you happen to have an ugly pet, send that one in too, for the ugliest pet contest. All photos due by Monday, Aug. 18.