Open Thread for Blog Hiatus

I am regretfully placing the blog on a brief hiatus and leaving up this open thread so that readers can share links, stories, greetings and all other animal related sundries.  I will miss the regular commenters (and even you irregular ones) but I hope to contribute to this open thread during the break as a way to keep in touch.  I truly hope you all find what you are hoping for ‘neath the Christmas tree, over the rainbow or in your own back yard, as the case may be.  All my best wishes for the holiday season and I hope to see you back here in January.

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Weekend Jade

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Dinner at Chez Dog

This is a pretty easy and versatile recipe that can be shared by human and dogs.  You can use any kind of potatoes, any kind of broth and add the protein and veggies of your choice.  For the dish shown in these photos, I used regular baking potatoes, unsalted chicken broth, butter, eggs and baby spinach leaves.

  1. If using baby potatoes, no slicing is needed but for larger potatoes, cut them into chunks, about the size of baby potatoes.
  2. Place enough potatoes to cover most of a large, deep skillet.  Add broth about 1/3 to 1/2 way up the potatoes along with 2 tablespoons of butter.  Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook on medium-high heat until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and continue cooking until all the liquid has boiled away, turning potatoes to brown on both sides.  They will be caramelized and delicious when done.
  5. Add your protein and veggies either on top of the potatoes or after you’ve removed the potatoes from the skillet.  Cook until ready to eat.
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Prior to cooking.

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The magic has happened.

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Completed meal.

Treats on the Internets

While there is some question as to whether dogs in general like to be dressed up, it is certain that at least one dog in WA does not like being dressed up, getting lost and being picked up the police.  (Thanks Lisa.)

A disabled veteran in TX found a job where he could bring his service dog.

Scientists look to the dog nose when improving mechanical bomb detectors.

Fake news story about 42 US states agreeing to BSL duped some people last week.  (It’s #4 on this list if you want to scroll down.)

Note:  Sorry I don’t have more for you today.  I’m sick, been sick, seemingly recovered then got sick again – basically sick of being sick at this point.  I feel like a walking petri dish.  Anyway I’m very behind on emails and hoping to get caught up one of these days.  Don’t breathe.

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NC Shelter Kills Microchipped Lost Dog While Owners Search for Her

It seems like I’ve written this post a thousand times.  Maybe I need to develop a template where I can simply fill in the lost pet’s name, the name of the shelter that killed him, the list of screw-ups that lead up to the killing and the list of people being blamed (which as it happens, never includes those doing the actual killing).  Every one of these needless killings is heartbreaking.  And here we are again.

Bella, as pictured on the abc11 website.

Bella, as pictured on the ABC11 website.

A social media post from Donna Sugar says that her chow mix Bella got lost while they were visiting friends in Durham, NC on November 2.  Bella was 14 years old and, like most large dogs her age, had a little trouble with her rear legs.

The family immediately went searching for her, posted fliers, hired two trackers, listed her as lost on the Animal Protection Society of Durham website and visited the shelter.  They never found Bella, even though she was at APS at the time they visited and she was microchipped.  APS killed Bella 26 hours after impound, citing health reasons.

A Good Samaritan found Bella wandering on the street shortly after she’d gotten lost.  She took the dog to a local vet the next day to have her scanned for a chip.  The phone number registered to the chip was no good and the Good Sam was not allowed to have a dog at her apartment so she called the sheriff’s office to pick up Bella.  A deputy took Bella to APS around 9pm.  He noted in his report that he had scanned Bella for a chip and contacted the registration company for contact info but they only had old info.  (The owner says this is incorrect as her home address was current.)  He also listed the owner’s name as Peggy Edwards which again, is not what the chip registration company had on file, nor is it the name of any known person connected with Bella.  When filling out the impound receipt, which was left with Bella at APS, the deputy left the microchip portion blank.

Bella was left, reportedly friendly and healthy, but with incorrect information on her impound receipt, at APS on the night of November 3.  By the morning of November 4, Bella was having extreme difficulty getting up and walking, per APS staff.  No one scanned her for a chip.

Ms. Sugar’s daughter had visited APS looking for Bella on November 3 and returned on November 4.  She brought a large picture of Bella with her to see if anyone at APS recognized her.  No one did.  She again searched the shelter but did not see her dog.  APS had Bella hidden from view in an area off limits to the public, due to her difficulty walking.

That night, APS staff made the determination that Bella was suffering and, instead of bringing her to a vet, they chose to kill her.  The tech reportedly scanned for a chip prior to the killing but did not find one.

Bella’s family is heartbroken.  Aside from forgetting to update the phone number listed with the chip registration company, they believe they did everything right.  I agree.  And even if they hadn’t, it was still APS’s responsibility to get Bella home.  It’s no good for APS to point fingers at the deputy for the bad info he supplied on Bella’s paperwork. He was at fault, but he didn’t kill Bella.

APS should have checked the lost dog listings on their own website against strays in their shelter.  APS should have scanned for and found Bella’s chip upon impound.  APS should have sent a letter (or a person, if feasible) to the address listed on Bella’s chip.  APS should have recognized Bella from her picture when the owner came searching for her (and even if they didn’t, they should have shown the owner every dog who they thought bore even the vaguest resemblance to the one in the photo).  APS should have shown the owner every dog in the facility when she was searching – even those who couldn’t walk or were being hidden from the public for any other reason.  APS should have taken Bella to a veterinarian when they determined she was in dire need of medical care. APS should have found the chip during the scan that was supposedly performed prior to killing Bella.

And for our standard ending: No one is being fired for killing Bella, the shelter will modify its protocols, blahcetera.

Killing shelter pets is not a thing that just happens. It’s a choice made by shelter directors. And it shouldn’t even be an option.

(Thanks Lisa.)

TN Aquarium Threatened by Fire, Animals Left Inside

In the argument over keeping wild animals captive for public display and corporate profit, here’s one for the CON side of the ledger:  More than 10,500 animals at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies are on their own after staff was forced to evacuate when the Gatlinburg wildfire came within 50 feet of the structure last night.  At this time, the building is still standing and security webcams are reportedly still broadcasting.  The aquarium has generators to maintain power so the animals can survive, at least until the fuel runs out.  But there is no one there to feed, medicate or assist any animals in need.

Some of the animals at this aquarium:  penguins, stingrays, sea turtles, sharks, octopuses and clownfish.  A live penguin cam, offered on the Ripley website, says “video unavailable” this morning.  I guess the corporation doesn’t want a live internet feed of whatever may happen to the penguins.

Weekend Jade

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