Police Officer Stops to Feed Stray Dog

Recently a story has been making the rounds on social media about an on duty police officer who stopped to feed a stray dog who was digging through trash trying to find a bite to eat.

A Police Officer Stops to Feed Stray Dog

California police officer William McCarty saw the stray Pitbull mix earlier in the day and made a stop at a store to pick up some dog food. That is when a fellow officer took the picture of Officer McCarty as he was down on one knee while feeding the hungry dog who had been digging through trash and trying to eat a dead squirrel that was in the middle of the road. This happened near a local school, and after the parents who were there to pick up their kids, they quickly realized what a kind gesture this was and even more people have commented on the picture as it made the rounds on social media sites. One of the reasons this had such an impact was because it was near a school. Most kids think of police officers as there to only get them in trouble when they do something bad, but the parents and kids saw the gesture of the officer and were touched as it showed the human side of police officers.

Source: Social Media Praise for Police Officer Who Stops to Feeds Hungry Stray Dog that was Picking Through Trash

Basenji Dog Breed Training Guide

As one of the most unique breeds of dog, Basenjis can be difficult to train if you do not know much about them.  Therefore, the help of a Basenji Dog Breed Training Guide can be very helpful if you are training your own Basenji.  Recently a new website has been launched for a Basenji Dog Breed Training Guide that will host a guide to help all owners and lovers of the breed in training and raising their dogs.  The guide has everything that a Basenji owner needs to know, including health information, breed history, training tips, step-by-step training guide, and much more.  So if you have, or are interested in adoption a Basenji, make sure to check out the Basenji Dog Breed Training Guide.

List of The Most Expensive Dogs

Celbrating Februrary as Responsible Pet Owners Month, MSN has written an article that lists the top 15 most expensive pets which has many different kinds of pets including many dogs.  Here are the dog breeds that appear on the list.

German Shepherds – According to the article a well bred German Shepherd puppy can run about $2,000 and the yearly cost of ownership is at least $1,500 when factoring in food and health care costs.  Some insurance companies even raise home insurance rates if the homeowner has a German Shepherd because of the supposed biting and injury risk associated with the breed.

Rottweilers – Pure bred Rottweilers can cost nearly $3,000 and about $2,350 per year for food and health care, mainly due to how much food they require.  Home insurance policies may also be affected if you own a Rottweiler.

English Bulldogs – English Bully pups can run $1,000-1,500 for a good blood line and the yearly medical costs are about $370, which is about 60% more than the average dog due to the high rate of medical issues in the breed.  The article doesn’t mention cost of food but I would guess it would be at least a few hundred dollars per year.

Great Danes – A top of the line Great Dane puppy can cost as much as $3,000.  There is no mention of food but it likely costs about $1,000 per year since Great Danes are so large.  The article states that it also costs $385/year for medical – 63% more than other dog breeds, and that insurance premiums may increase due to the large size of the breed.

Bernese Mountain Dogs – A puppy of this breed can cost between $750 and $1,500, while medical insurance claims cost on average $400 per year.  The dogs long hair must also be groomed regularly which can cost about $90 each year as well.

Golden Retrievers – Some Golden Retriever puppies can cost thousands of dollars depending on the blood line.  However the major cost for Golden Retrievers comes in the medical care of the dogs.  They often have medical issues such as bone cancer which can cost $6,000 to take care of, and that 61% of the breed dies of some form of cancer.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – This is a rarer breed that can cost upwards of $3,500 for a well bred pup.  They aren’t a large breed so don’t require tons of food but like other dogs on the list may be susceptible to many health problems such as a spinal cord condition named syringomyelia that can cost thousands of dollars to treat.

Las Vegas Area Animal Control Chief and Police Chief Sentenced After Strange Animal Deaths and Euthanasia

(Source: http://lasvegasnews.visitorsguidelasvegas.com/blog/2017/02/07/former-boulder-city-animal-control-chief-sentenced-to-90-days/)

After nearly 100 reports of strange death and euthanasia reports were compiled by Las Vegas Metro Police Department the Boulder City Animal Control Chief Mary Jo Frazier was sentenced to 90 days over only 2 counts of animal cruelty stemming from her putting down her own dog.

Former Police Chief Bill Conger who had already resigned from his post was sentecend to a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to only one count of failure to perform a duty after he had forced detectives to look the other way when the allegations started to surface about Fraizer’s alleged activities.

Many people on social media have been very vocal about this case and most are very upset about the ruling.  How could an animal control chief who was supposed to protect animals and citizens be so cruel and harm animals who had loving homes?  And how could the Police Chief be so callus and cold to not care about these animals or the people who love them?  Animal lovers all over Twitter and Facebook have gone on to vocalize their concerns about both Frazier and Conger.

Why K9 Officers Refer to Their Dogs as Partners

Source: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/08/harrisburg_police_k-9_units.html

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper has recently written an article on how closely K9 Police Officers work with their canine partners and why they refer to them as such instead of just animals that help them do their jobs.  The dogs themselves go through a 14 week intensive training process that starts when they are only 1 year old.

Police dogs are used for many different jobs, including searching for people – both alive and dead, finding narcotics, and even searching for explosives;  but the reason that canines are used is their amazing sense of smell combined with their amazing agility.  But they aren’t just machines with great noses, they are dogs just like any other.  And to keep that bond between the human and canine most departments have their dogs live with their human partners so that at the end of the day they don’t just have to live at the station house and the person goes home.  No they go home together and live like most other people and their pets while at home.  Only their dogs get to go to work with them!

This article is a good look into the partnership between human and dog in the police K-9 units and how they view their canines as more than just partners.

Dog News Blog Launch

The Dog News Blog has officially been launched today and will serve as a source of news and information for all dog lovers of all breeds.  Whether its about pitbulls or poodles, the Dog News Blog will cover it.  From news about dog health, dog related products, and celebrity dogs, to dog related studies and dog training tips, anything and everything dog related will be on the Dog News Blog.

The people who run the Dog News Blog are dog and animal lovers who have loved many dogs over the years and have a wealth of knowledge about our friendly canine companions.  The authors will find out the top news and information for fellow dog lovers and report on it and write compelling and informative articles for anyone and everyone who loves dogs as much as they do.

So make sure to check out the Dog News Blog for anything you need to know about dogs, as well as the latest in dog related news.  If you are a dog lover, this site is for you!