More Cold Weather Dog Woes

January 4, 2018

I hate to be a Debbie Downer about it being too cold outside for dogs, but this story from Columbus, Ohio’s Channel 4 is heartbreaking. The cold is projected to continue tonight and tomorrow across much of the country. Please bring your dogs in!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Memorial Marker for Jethro

September 26, 2017

Jethro memThose of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile will remember Jethro, a Canton police department K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty. His memorial stone has now been placed at the cemetery where all local K-9 officers are laid to rest. Very handsome sculpture of a very handsome dog. (The PK9A logo is for Police K-9 Association, which is instrumental in training and supporting K-9 Officers and their handlers in Ohio.)

Incidentally, I ran into Officer Ryan Davis the other day with his new K-9 partner, Tuko. Unfortunately, Tuko isn’t nearly as social as Jethro was, so I was unable to play with him, but he’s doing a great job learning his new duties.

And, every dog on the force is now outfitted in a bullet-proof, stab-resistant vest, courtesy of the funds raised after Jethro’s death.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

UKC Show

July 15, 2017

Tyler and Tizzy took the blue ribbon!

Tyler and Tizzy took the blue ribbon!

Sighted today at the UKC show sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Coonhunters and held at Red Star Vet Clinic in East Canton, Ohio. [Read more]

Sights from Stark County, Ohio K9 Memorial Dedication

May 7, 2017

The video shows the placement of a rose in memory of K9 Jethro at the base of the new Stark County K9 Memorial. Below are more pictures from the ceremony, which was very moving, in spite of the rainy, dreary day. [Read more]

Second Chance at Life

March 16, 2017

Sweet story from WEWS of a dog left out in the cold to freeze to death, now getting a second chance at life as a comfort dog for firefighters, right here in Stark County, Ohio.

So nice to see a happy ending!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Ohio Dog Burned Alive / Boys Cut Ears Off Dog in Argentina

January 24, 2017

This story turns my stomach, but I think it’s important to share it because of the statute under which the perpetrator may be punished if found guilty. [Read more]

Ohio Dog Fighter Denied Early Release from Prison

July 6, 2016

Judge Robert Ruehlman presided today over the early release hearing of Terry Kendrick, who had been convicted of charges related to running a dog fighting ring that was connected to the ring run by Michael Vick.

Kendrick’s original sentence was for 13 years, and he has served 8 years so far at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. “I’ve learned a lot being away from my family as long as showing what my actions can bring about. You’ll never have a problem with me again,” Kendrick said.

However, prosecutors pointed out how badly the dogs had been hurt. Some were stitched up and made to fight again. Others were dumped and left for dead.

Kendricks’ wife, who stated he was “not a bad person”, and their 12 children were nearly jailed for contempt after they stated (loudly) their disagreement with the judge’s ruling.

Fortunately, the judge was not swayed and ruled that Kendrick should complete the original sentence in its entirety.

Cincinnati’s WKRC provided the video via YouTube.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Bring ‘em Inside!

January 20, 2016

The Ohio legislature is now considering a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog tethered outside in extreme temperatures. The Capital Area Humane Society says it received 30 – 40 calls every day about animals left outside when it’s too cold for most of us to even take the garbage out. See the whole story on NBC4i.

Meanwhile in nearby Illinois, a new law took effect on January 1st that states No owner of a dog or cat that is a companion animal may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that results in injury to or death of the animal.. Violators can receive a fine of up to $2,500 or 1 year in jail for this class A misdemeanor.

What’s the law in your state?

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Canton K-9 Jethro

January 7, 2016

JethroI ran into Jethro and his handler while I was at the car wash yesterday. Jethro is an officer with the Canton (Ohio) Police Department, trained for patrol and for narcotics detection.

He’s very focused, but not really on the camera. His handler was standing behind me with his Kong toy.

Thanks to both of them for their service to the city I call home.



Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Humane Society Rescues Over 160 Neglected Animals in Southern Ohio

December 22, 2015

WARNING! Graphic content! (Footage courtesy Humane Society of the United States)

First of all, let me apologize. I rarely run videos that need a warning, and I’ve done it twice this week, of all weeks. I’m sorry. However, this is an important story and maybe counteracts a little of the horror brought by yesterday’s news from Arkansas.

The Humane Society of the United States announced earlier this month that they had participated in a raid in Adams County, Ohio that resulted in the rescue of more than 160 animals suffering from severe neglect.

The animal hoarder who was keeping these dogs also had many carcasses on the property. The video shows how relieved the dogs were to be leaving, but the scenes are heartbreaking.

Kudos to all who participated in this rescue.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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