October 2011

Bulldog Held for Ransom

"Rest in peace, Jagger the bulldog. "

In another case of society sinking to its lowest depths, an English bulldog was found dead this month, after his owner received many text messages demanding money and drugs or the dog would be tortured slowly.  This is wrong on so many levels, I don't even know where to start.

The dog may have been dead before the messages were sent, and was found near train tracks three days after he disappeared.  The owner, Jennifer Thomas, reports having seen two people in her driveway when he disappeared.  No word from the autopsy has been published about whether or not he died from being hit by the train or if he was already dead.  Thomas, a wheelchair-bound woman in Woodland, WA, tearfully read the ransom messages in a report on a Portland TV channel.

October is Adopt a Dog Month

It’s that time of the year again—when the leaves turn colors, the weather gets cooler, and shelters are full of dogs just waiting for adoption. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, making it a great time to find a new furry friend.

Many people don’t get their dogs from shelters, and that’s a problem. When you buy from a breeder or a pet store, you often don’t get an animal that’s been well-cared for, for starters. Shelter dogs have had shots, are spayed or neutered, and are treated for worms or any other health issues they may have.