Most do not fare well, earning ratings ranging from annoying to scary. Except the dinosaur. A REALLY expensive dinosaur. Click here to watch annoying and scary videos.
It's really scary how many critters are suffering because of the economic crisis. More than ever, those who can should try to step in and rescue the dogs and cats being abandoned - or relinquished by anguished owners who can't support them anymore (or attend to them because of family situations). Here are a few:
LUCKY, a 7-year-old Golden Retriever. Golden Retriever Rescue is interviewing prospective ‘parents.' He gets along with other dogs and is excellent with kids. The owners don't have time for him since they are hardly home, have a toddler and another baby on the way. His vitals: Born: November 2001; not neutered. All his shots are up to date, the next vaccines/shots are due August 2009. His rabies shot is due in April. He is in good health. Medical records provided upon request. Call 305-885-9160..
From Brian: 561-909-7092 Cell; 561-370-3475 Home
It has become necessary for me to leave the house in which I live. I have 3 sons of the four legged variety which truly are very precious to me. Giving them up is going to take an emotional toll on me which only a dog or pet lover will understand. But I have been unable to find a new place to live that will allow me to keep two Great Danes and a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. I am asking if there is anyone out there that is either willing to foster my dogs until I am able to find a living solution I can afford or if you may know of anyone else that is reliable to do the same.
SPENCER is with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida - a big hunk o' chocolate love. He's neutered, 8 years old. He is easygoing and happy, which wasn't always the case. Spencer was found lying on the side of a deserted road by a good Samaritan over a year ago. He could hardly stand, his eyes and ears were swollen shut from infections and he had very little hair. Today, after a year of good food (he has a restricted diet - no wheats and flours) and lots of moderate exercise (he loves to swim and fetch squeaky balls), Spencer is one of our greatest rescues - he seems truly thankful to be alive! He is very polite and well mannered, loves everybody. He's in Pompano Beach.
LRRofFla offers 24PetWatch microchips, which include free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service. He comes with 30 days of pre-paid ShelterCare pet health insurance. Click here for contact info.
CLEO needs to go home to her anxious family for the holidays-- she's lost, and last seen in Miami's Upper East Side neighborhood of Belle Meade. She's an adult mixed breed and had been run over before she was rescued. As a result of the accident, she had a permanent scar on her back that prevented fur from growing there and is black and pink in color. Otherwise, her coat was short hair of a reddish brown color. She has pointed ears and weighs about 30 pounds. She looks like the typical street dog you see running around. She dug out of the yard at approximately 8 AM on Wednesday, December 17th, and was last seen at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 72nd Terrace. She was wearing a pink collar with 3 tags – including her County tag and a tag with our address and phone number. She was also wearing a flea/tick collar. Unfortunately, Cleo is very skittish and will generally run away from anyone who approaches her. When cornered or frightened, she may bite. Call (305) 757-0847 or (305) 495-5441 if you've seen her.
GRATEFUL PAWS DOG & CAT RESCUE, INC., needs help paying Winnie's vet bills: 954-462-8840; email@example.com.
From petfinder.com-- lists of the most popular and the most unusual pet names
Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names
1. Buddy (805)
2. Max (620)
3. Daisy (588)
4. Jack (520)
5. Lucy (496)
6. Molly (476)
7. Charlie (431)
8. Sadie (415)
9. Jake (407)
10. Lucky (405)
Top 10 Most Popular Cat Names
1. Lucy (354)
2. Molly (328)
3. Oreo (320)
4. Kittens (318)
5. Smokey (315)
6. Princess (312)
7. Shadow (310)
8. Tigger (310)
9. Angel (309)
10. Missy (301)
1. Woe Izmee
2. Gwyneth Poultry (a duck)
4. 54cent Swee'T
6. Angry Chef Soup
7. Ms. Cornflake Especially
8. Bon Jo Flea
10. Joe the Plumber
Top 10 Most Unusual Group Names
1. Domino, Ditto, Etcetera, And-so-on and An-so-forth
2. Ebay, Google, Yahoo and Spam
3. Felony, Warrant and Trespass (in honor of the police department, which supervises the shelter)
4. The Xerox puppies
5. Chiclit, TicTac, Extra, Wrigley and BigRed
6. Elbow-Toe and Neck Face
7. Sara, Andi and Patti ("Serendipity")
8. Footloose and Fancy Free
9. Noodle, Macaroni and Spaghetti
10. Barney Miller, Nicole Miller and Sienna Miller (all rescued from puppy mills)
IT would be nice if I remembered to post my own stories. Duh.........This concerns the dogs on Death Row because of the revised Broward bite law. Seven went home, in exchange for their owners dropping a lawsuit against the county.
BY ELINOR J. BRECHER ebrecher@MiamiHerald.com
The humans cried, the dogs howled and months of separation came to an end Friday as a bevy of condemned canines leaped into vehicles and headed home.
Four Siberian Huskies from Miramar, an American Staffordshire terrier mix and a boxer mix from Pembroke Pines, and a Rottweiler from Hallandale Beach had been facing extermination under a little-known change in Broward County's dangerous dog ordinance that took effect in May.
But these dogs got a reprieve, courtesy of a legal settlement.
Previously, a dog that appeared menacing or attacked was labeled a dangerous dog, but given a second chance. But the revised ordinance imposes the death penalty on first-time offenders.
A canine violator has 10 days to live after an investigation finds it "dangerous." But owners able to pay a $500-per-dog fee can request a hearing, which could exonerate the dog.
If appeals fail, Animal Care executes by lethal injection.
Broward Commissioner Ken Keechl sought the revision to the ordinance.
"I realized the current ordinance had a provision that allowed one 'free' kill, " said Keechl, who is a dog owner. "Public safety is doing what is best for most people."
Animal advocates persuaded Keechl that dogs, being instinctually territorial and protective, shouldn't be penalized for defending their turf or humans. Neither should they be blamed if they are taunted, abused or provoked, he agreed. So the ordinance states that any dog that "approaches a person in a menacing fashion or with an attack attitude" without provocation is dangerous.
David Favre, a professor at Michigan State University's College of Law and editor-in-chief of the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center, called Broward's ordinance "poor politics and poor law."
The "menacing attitude" language creates "a subjective standard and is very unfair to dogs, " Favre said. "What someone perceives as menacing could be a nonthreat."
Three families whose dogs were confiscated had filed a lawsuit to have the ordinance overturned.
But on Friday, they dropped the suit in a settlement that enabled their dogs to go free.
"We are in the car and we have our babies, " an ecstatic Jennifer Linnuste reported after she and her husband, Andreas, collected Haley, 4, and Caymen, 10, from the kennel where they had been incarcerated.
The dogs were seized by Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Control on Sept. 29, after the American Staffordshire mix and boxer mix got into an altercation with a neighbor's Yorkshire terrier.
The incident proved fatal to the Yorkie.
The Linnustes say the incident took place on their side of an unmarked property line and that the Yorkie had been "aggravating" their dogs. But Aretha Fleming, the Yorkie's owner, insists the attack took place on her property.
While Fleming acknowledged the Linnustes apologized several times, paid about $3,600 in vet bills and didn't intentionally let the dogs out, she can't get past a certain, frightening thought: "What if it had been my daughter?"
Her youngest -- Elise, 4 -- was outside at the time.
Friday, she was shocked to learn that the dogs were returning.
"Maybe the next time I see them, my daughter will be in their mouths."
The Linnustes were joined in the lawsuit by Debbie Conley of Hallandale Beach and Julie Roberts of Miramar.
Conley's Rottweiler Kong was accused of killing a neighborhood kitten on Sept. 28 and confiscated.
Four of the Roberts family's five Huskies were seized after they escaped from the house on Aug. 27 and a 4-pound terrier named Tinkerbell was mauled.
Roberts said no one can prove which one killed Tinkerbell, so condemning all four was unjustified.
But after listening to Tinkerbell's owner's eyewitness testimony, a hearing officer ruled all four dogs at fault and levied a $500-per-dog fine.
Although the dogs can go home, the settlement requires them to wear large "dangerous dog" tags and be muzzled at all times outside their homes. If they bite again, they'll be destroyed.
Among the former plaintiffs' most active supporters: Bobbie Weinstein of South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue. She not only disagrees with the law's provisions but feels that a $500 appeal fee unfairly penalizes the poor.
Indeed, since the law took effect, some owners have seen their dogs euthanized because they can't afford to fight.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet will host
Marley from 20th Century Fox's Marley & Me, noon-4pm, Thursday,
December 11, at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, 16101 W.
Dixie Highway North Miami Beach.
Meet Marley … one of the Marley & Me yellow Labradors who will
make a celebrity appearance in Miami to promote the soon to be
released Marley & Me, featuring himself along with human co-stars
Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. More than 22 dogs were featured
as Marley in his various life stages in the film.
Photos will be taken free of charge by Humane Society of
Greater Miami personnel.
Please an item on the shelter's Dog and Cat Holiday Toy Drive
Wish List: indestructible rubber dog toys such as Kongs both
small and large, toys for cats, 48 inch white laminate shelving
available at hardware stores for use in cat rooms and
non-carpeted wooden cat climbing furniture/trees. Cash donations
will also be accepted.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami hopes to brighten their
animals' holidays with new toys as they wait for their forever
The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet is a limited
admit, non-profit adoption guarantee facility dedicated to
placing every dog and cat in our care into a loving home, and to
promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs.
More than 250 animals are cared for each day at its adoption
Miami, December 8, 2008 – Guests of Mandarin Oriental, Miami can follow in the footsteps and paw prints of Marley & Me characters John (Owen Wilson), Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) and Marley with an interactive guest and pooch getaway that offers a luxurious adaptation to the spirited movie storyline. In celebration of the premiere of Marley & Me on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, and the movie’s filming in the Miami area, Mandarin Oriental, Miami introduces “Marley & Me Miami Dog Days” package, including special pet accommodations, gourmet dining and play sessions with a pet butler.
“We are delighted to have been involved in the filming of this uplifting movie,” said Guilherme DeMelo, Chief Concierge. “We look forward to providing a pleasurable experience for our four-legged guests and their owners.”
The “Marley & Me Miami Dog Days” package has “gone to the dogs” with the following exciting benefits: Luxurious accommodations for two-nights with American breakfast; Pet accommodations including a plush pet bed, a bone-shaped place mat with food and water bowls, special edible treats and bottled water; One-on-one Training Date with certified dog trainer; Afternoon fun on the hotel’s South Lawn with dog butler services to assist in delivery of refreshments and play items such as frisbees, tug ropes and balls; Two-course, in-room dinner for guests and pet; Once-daily pet walking services around the island of Brickell Key; Two Marley & Me movie tickets; Copy of Marley & Me book by Josh Grogan.
Rates for this package based on a two-night stay begin from $1,298 from December 1, 2008 through April 11, 2009. From April 12, 2009 through May 23, 2009 and October 1, 2009 through November 25, 2009, rates are from $1138. From May 24, 2009 through September 30, 2009, rates are from $858. This package is subject to availability and exclusive of tax. Room reservations require a $200 deposit upon check-in for special deep cleaning of the room, of which $100 will be returned upon check-out. Pets are welcome in public areas of the hotel (excluding restaurants, spa, pool and beach areas) and in the spacious guest rooms and suites. For more information or reservations, please contact reservations directly at (305) 913 8383.