From Mill to Milan

It is every puppy mill dog’s dream to escape from the horrible confinements of a puppy mill and someday be adopted into a loving family. 

Hi, I’m Lilly, formerly known as dog 314. I was a Pekingese breeding dog in a puppy mill in Missouri (which is the worst state to have to be a breeding dog in, trust me!)  I was bred constantly for the first five years of  my life and I had never met a human that was kind. One day, my breeder threw me into a cage and off we went down the road. I was terrified and had no idea where we were going. When we stopped, I was surrounded by a lot of dogs that I had never met. There were a lot of people around talking about buying us and there were so many dogs! Hours later I was thrown onto a table in front of a huge crowd and people started shouting, I had never been more scared in my life. When the shouting stopped, I was taken back to my cage- how confusing! At the end of the day, I was grabbed out of my cage, again, and I thought that I was going back to work, but something was different. The person holding me was REALLY holding me! She sounded so nice and was petting my fur. If I was confused earlier, this really scared me. These nice people kept telling me that it was over, and I was finally free. What did that mean? Free? I would soon learn.

Me in the Big Apple for a night!

There I was, on the road again, this time with people who I had never met and a few other dogs from my mill- but this was way different. I was comfy for the first time in my life! I felt safe. After what seemed like hours, we stopped and that is where my life really began! I was taken to my foster home in a place called Minnesota, where I had a BED and real food!  I was in heaven! I don’t know what “foster” meant, but this is the life! They even took me to see a doctor and he made me feel so much better! They told me that I would never have to have any more puppies (and boy am I thankful for that!). After a few months, I was the queen of my house! I learned to bask in the attention and I became a little sassy 🙂 I ran around and for the first time in my life I learned how to smile and wag my tail!! It is amazing what love and patience did for me! But for all of you dogs that are still awaiting your furever homes (or for the ones still stuck in the mills), my story doesn’t end here. Yep- it gets even better! 

This mill mama gets to move to Milan! I will be living the luxurious life (or so they tell me). I am not sure where Milan is, but everyone seemed so excited for me! The volunteer that saved me from my first life said that we were going on a long trip and that she hoped I did okay. For my first trip on a plane, I would like to think that I did pretty well. The nice lady even let me sit on her lap the whole time! We had to stop at a place called New York because of a storm and we slept in a big hotel where I got a WHOLE bed to myself! I got to eat bagels and stretch out, it was wonderful. I thought that my new home was just awesome! I guess it wasn’t Milan though because the next day we were back on the plane, this time for a really really really long time. I slept a lot! When we landed, I started getting really nervous. The nice lady kept telling me that my new family was here… But I was kind of scared… Would I recognize them? Would they recognize me? What if they didn’t like me? 

All my worries were gone when I saw her… My new mom! She was SO PRETTY and so nice and all mine. I knew it instantly.It was love at first sight!  I have never been so happy in my life!! When she took me to my home, she introduced me to my new brother, Teo. We get along really well, like we were supposed to be a family. 

Friends, please know that life does get better for some of us. I am one of the really lucky ones, but thanks to the really great people at Peke N Chin Midwest (who saved me) and other rescues, dogs like me are saved every day. We find great homes and, thankfully, we never have to breed again. Don’t give up hope and always fight for those of us that can’t speak. We appreciate it. And if you want to learn more about dog auctions, like the one that I came from click here

CIAO from Milan! 

— Lilly the lucky mill mama <3 

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Feeling Crafty? Try these DIY crafts for your pet!

Whether you are a crafty person by nature or are just looking for some inexpensive ways to spoil your pet, here are some amazing ideas to get you started! If you are on Pinterest, feel free to follow Bailing Out Benji.

Bedding

Very easy DIY animal bed.
Use any old wooden box, flip it over and add a pillow.
If this were mine, I would spruce it up with a little painting and design work 🙂
Find any old oversized sweatshirt and turn it into a comfy dog bed! 1. stuff sleeves and shoulder/collar area of sweatshirt (you might need to put in a few stitches to create a “pocket” in the body of the shirt.) 2. insert pillow through bottom of shirt. 3. stitch end of sleeves together 4. attach pillow “ring” to bed bottom with a few stitches. Enjoy
An easy and fun way to make a bed for your cat (or small dog).
Paint/design an old end table, flip it over and add cushioning for your pet. To add a headboard (as shown) glue/screw in a flat wooden piece.

Take your old suitcase and turn it into a comfy animal bed. Febreeze the case first and then… Make sure the lid cannot close by either drilling holes in the top and bottom and adding a stap, or by buying dowels and gluing them to the inside (running top to bottom) to ensure the safety. add comfy pillows and feel free to spice it up!
An easy way to help the homeless kitties in your area! Get a 21 gallon storage container, cut a whole in the front (so animals can climb through). To insulate it more, but a slightly smaller container and place inside. Fill inside with hay to keep the animals warm!

TOYS!

What a fun idea!!! grab an old cardboard box and cut different sized holes around the top and sides. Fill the inside with different sized balls and seal the box up!
This is an easy one. Grab an old paper towel roll and cut the ends. Then flare them out at the bottom. Watch your favorite kitty friend play for hours!
For any rabbit (small animal) lovers out there! Take an old toilet paper roll, and fold one end in on itself. Flip it over and fill the middle with hay/ your pets favorite treats 🙂 Then fold that end in on itself!
This is a fun and easy toy that will keep your rabbit/chinchilla/guinea pig occupied for hours! Grab an old toilet paper roll and poke holes all over it. Grab your pet’s favorite flavored chew sticks and place them randomly around the roll.
Find old t-shirts or fabric. Cut the fabric into 20 pieces that measure approx 1 inch x 20 inch (2.5cm x 50cm) for a large dog. For smaller dogs reduce the length and quantity but not the 1 inch width. Lay your pieces together in 2 sections of 10. Twist the 2 sections together and tie a large knot at each end as shown in the picture. Your knot should be tight and secure.
And, as always, the empty cardboard box… A favorite to any fiesty feline!

I hope you have enjoyed these fun ideas!

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Use your old wine corks as fun cat toys! Thread the colorful string through the holes made by the corkscrew. Then knot at the ends. Be sure to watch your kitty friend play with this!

Why Steve King’s Win is a Loss for the Animals

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, when the world was watching the election between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, I was focused on a local election. The race for Iowa’s fourth Congressional District between Steven King (R,Kiron) and Christie Vilsack (D, Ames). What started out as a close race, grew further apart and, ultimately, ended in many tears from me, as Steve King was crowned a sixth term as an Iowa Congressman. 

This was troubling for me, as King is no stranger to the agriculture industry and is not a fan of helping animals in need. In the past, King has been unwilling to support legislation such as the “Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act”, which would have included pets and service animals in disaster planning (such as Hurricane Sandy); the “Animal Fighting Enforcement Prohibition Act”, that made it a  felony to transport animals or cockfighting weapons across state lines for animal fighting; and a bill that would make it illegal to take children to dog fights. For any animal lover, voting against Steve King is the obvious choice. However, the election is over. King has won another election and the animals in Iowa are, yet again, pushed to the back burner. Unless those of use in his new district speak up. 

With Iowa’s new redistricting, Steve King is now responsible for 39 of Iowa’s 99 counties. As an animal advocate, this frightens me. Not only does this give him huge reign over a large part of Iowa, but I fear that he won’t care about the issues that concern me. It is obvious to many of you that my main concern is the welfare of animals, and since King is now my representative, I will be making it painfully obvious to him as well, as should the rest of you. 

Did you know that over 2/3 of King’s new district is littered with puppy mills?  According to a  search I did on the USDA website, Iowa’s fourth Congressional district has over 100 large scale, dog breeders (and that is only the licensed ones), King’s home county (Crawford) has 4. This is over 5000 adult dogs (according to the USDA) that are trapped in cages for the entirety of their lives, facing the extreme Iowa weather, with less than adequate food/water and little to no vet care.!  That number is outrageous, and the facts make this reality hard to face. As a leader of this district for over 20 years, King has got to be aware of the crimes that are going on in his own backyard. If he isn’t, then we are going to help educate him! 

 

 

 

If you live in any of these districts, or just want to help get dogs out of these breeding operations- please contact the office of Steve King and help me educate him on Iowa’s puppy mill problem. We are the second worst state in the nation when it comes to puppy mills, with over 230. ALMOST HALF OF THOSE ARE FROM KING’S DISTRICT! Not only should King be made aware of this problem, he should be the one that is rallying to fix it!  I don’t care where you are from, letting him know your thoughts is so important. He dodged a bullet by winning this election, and it is important that we let him know what our concerns are. If you feel more comfortable, please voice your concerns on his facebook page too, the more people that realize this the better! 

 

The eyes of the nation are on Steve King now. Don’t let him paint a portrait of us that we don’t agree with. Steve King works for us, we are his constituents, our taxes pay his check! Let him know that we don’t agree the puppy mill problem in his district! 

 

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* All USDA info is up -to-date as of November 2012*

Hiding Behind Faith– The secrets of the Amish

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the Earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

Dear God, Please don’t let them breed me anymore

This is the quote that a lot of the puppy mill owners are hung up on. God told them that they “have dominion” over EVERY living thing on Earth. This makes it okay for them to breed dogs. The more websites you scan through, the more you will see breeders quoting the bible or thanking God for their luck.

By breeding dogs, I mean really breeding them. The females are used during every heat cycle and then thrown out when their bodies are worn. The “good” puppy mill owners surrender them to rescue. The bad puppy mill owners send them to auction. The worst puppy mill owners end their lives

There are over 10,000 puppy mills in the United States- Iowa alone has almost 300. And those are just the LICENSED ones.  What many people don’t realize is that many of the worst puppy mills in the country are owned by the Amish. Another group of people that is hiding behind faith. Before you continue reading this article, I want you to break the stereotype that you have in your mind.

Peaceful.

Loving.

One with nature.

Nonviolent.

Forget all of that. The Amish life has been highly romanticized by the media because of the extreme privacy. However, thanks to a few dedicated people and the very same media that has glamorized it, it has recently become public knowledge that the Amish are very cruel to their animals- especially dogs.

In this article, I want to focus on a few Amish breeders here in Iowa. 

 Menno Borntreger, dog breeder ( there are 126 adults and 44 puppies on site per this inspection report) , has been cited over 41 times in the last two years– easily making him one of the worst breeders I have ever researched on the USDA database. Below is a screenshot of the USDA website, to show that I am not exaggerating.

There are far too many violations to list, but I will highlight the latest inspection report (Aug 2012). Menno was cited for five different violations during the inspection (**note** similar violations are all grouped together. As the inspection report reads, there are eleven different descriptions of violations.) 

(If it is showing up as a little blurry, I apologize- I took a screen shot of the USDA site.)

What you just read was upsetting for several reasons. Why on Earth is this man still allowed to breed? This violations alone are awful, not to mention the 36 previous ones in the last two years. So why doesn’t the USDA step in? As you can see directly above this– There is still time remaining for correction. The USDA continues to fail these dogs and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it– except to educate. No, the Amish aren’t the only ones with reports with violations like these, but it is time to blow the lid off of this “peaceful community”.

Next, I move on to one of the many “Yoder” breeders that Iowa has.  David Yoder, of Kalona Iowa consistently has horrible USDA violations.  Although I am just sharing a few of his violations from the past, you can clearly see the neglect. The animals on his property during each inspection changes, however, it averages to be around 60 adult dogs and 30 puppies. 

David’s animals appear to be in constant distress, or so the USDA reports show. Yet, he is still allowed to run his operation. If our own personal animals were seen in this condition by a veterinarian or police officer, the animal would be taken away very quickly. But what happens when they are done with the dogs? Do they go to auction? Are they sold off? 

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer,  Among the Amish and Mennonite breeders the most common method of destruction was,and probably still is,  bullet to the head. (Commercial kennel owners under the dog law may no longer shoot their animals, but any other breeder or dog owner may do so.)  “

Personally, I don’t support the Amish at all. I won’t buy their products, and I suggest that my readers do the same. Don’t be fooled by the stereotype, as the reality is harsh. The animals in their care are suffering. Imagine. Iowa winters and summers without proper air conditioning or heat. As you read in Yoder’s inspection reports, the temperature in his buildings were over 90 degrees and the dogs were visibly panting. 

“The Humane Society of the United States, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, first called attention to problems associated with mass-production breeding in Pennsylvania in 1991, when it called for a national consumer boycott of pet store puppies from Pennsylvania’s “puppy mills,” as the society calls them. The boycott continues, with uncertain effect, against Pennsylvania as well as against six other states with many commercial kennels — Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma — that the society had blacklisted in 1990.” NY Times, 1993

The Amish have been to all of the dog auctions that I have rescued dogs at. The dogs are crammed into tiny cages and thrown into the back of filthy horse trailers. These dogs are nothing but products- ways for these breeders to make loads of money quickly and easily. However, the public is completely blind to what is going on behind this peaceful facade that they are putting out there. Please help me to educate the public. Share this article and show the world what really hides behind many of the Amish farms.

More recently, I went to an auction at an Amish puppy mill… This is an event that I won’t ever be able to forget. Clayton Yoder of Kalona, Iowa was getting out of the breeding business for good.  His dogs were in terrible shape, and I mean terrible.  Missing eyes, rotten teeth, hernias… And this is all okay with the USDA. Yoder was licensed and inspected. Thankfully, at the end of the day over 100 dogs made it into rescue. 

One lucky dog that was rescued will stay in my heart forever.

#30.

Listed as a 6 year old double dapple dachshund, with a special note that said, “Although she is blind, she is the best all around female that the seller has.” What else does she have? Check out the photo below. This sweetie girl was expected to breed every cycle for the rest of her life all while suffering from  a missing eye, small, blind eye, missing and rotten teeth and a crooked jaw. She was breed every heat cycle. This is not just a cruel trait of the Amish, but puppy mills in general. Please, if you are looking to add a dog or cat to your family– ADOPT! Do not give these breeders your money. This is the face of the puppy mill parents. 

Please remember. “USDA licensed and inspected” doesn’t mean anything. Don’t let that be your security blanket. The USDA doesn’t care about anything more than the money the industry is bringing in. As you have seen above, USDA inspected just means that someone walks onto the property and views the neglect- they aren’t there to do anything about it. 

Here are some of the states that the Amish hold numerous puppy mills in, please note, these are not ALL of the state that there are Amish puppy mills. Just several. To view these maps in their entirety, as well as more of our puppy mill maps, please click here. 

 

In fear of going on for too long, I want to add that MANY of these Amish puppy mills are selling their puppies in pet stores all over the country. For example:

Marvin and Joanna Newswanger, Maple Tree Kennels in Alta Vista, Iowa currently have over 331 adult breeding dogs with a history of violations including: cages with holes in wire flooring that are too wide and paws/bodies fall through, top of enclosures covered in hair and wood shaving dust (breeder reported that area is cleaned twice a year), and an ‘abundance of litters’ caused puppies to be housed in feed/bedding storage areas. The Newswangers sell to many pet stores, you can read those connections here.

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Sources : NY TIMES

USDA

Amish News

 

Halloween Dangers for Pets

Halloween Safety Tips for Animals

-Halloween is a very spooky time of year, follow these simple rules to avoid any big scares with your four legged friends! 

— No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for your pets! Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be fatal for dogs and cats. Candies containing  xylitol can also cause problems. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis, which may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy. And ALWAYS avoid raisins! If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian.

What to watch for: Symptoms in dogs that have ingested chocolate include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and, in severe cases, seizures. Pets that have ingested candy may show signs such as decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, and even kidney failure or organ damage.

Also, be aware of the wrappers that the candy leaves behind. The sweet smell is still on them, which will attract your pet! This can be very dangerous, not only is it a choking hazard, but it can cause damage to the organs! 

What to watch for: Symptoms in pets that have ingested candy wrappers include vomiting, decreased appetite, not defecating, straining to defecate, or lethargy.

— Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Pumpkin does have some healthy benefits for animals, it has been used for both weight loss and to help with an upset stomach or diarrhea in dogs. So be aware that if your pets ingest pumpkin, they may appear to be sick for a few days after. 

— A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens and wagging tails especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. 

— Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock. This one is a year-round rule- but especially important during Halloween and Christmas!! 

— Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it. For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

  • While viewed as fun and adorable for some pet owners, caution is advised when putting a costume on a pet. A pet in costume should NEVER be left alone and unsupervised.
  • Tight elastics on the costumes can get lost in the pet’s hair, potentially causing owners to overlook them, leading to swelling and pain in the area of the elastic.
  • Some pets, if left alone in costume, may chew it up and ingest it. This could cause intestinal obstruction if more than small shreds of material are consumed.
  • If the costumed pet escapes or is frightened away, the costume could entangle the pet on trees, fences, etc.

 Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

— All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

  • Continual doorbell ringing and people at the door (in costume, no less!) can be stressful for a pet. Some pets may experience stress-related diarrhea or potentially injure themselves if crated or otherwise contained. Keep your pet in a quiet and safe place on Halloween.
  • Strangers in costume – some animals may become unexpectedly aggressive or fearful, even normally friendly pets.

— NAMETAGS, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you. Remember, micro-chipping saves lives! 

— Keep your pets indoors on Halloween night, especially black cats and dogs. Animals are at risk for cruel treatment by some Halloween pranksters. Many adoption agencies and humane societies will not allow adoption of black cats around Halloween for this reason.  **Warning** There have been rumors online that a few creeps in random cities will be soaking hot dogs in antifreeze. Please use caution when taking your dog outside. If you have any outdoor pets, consider keeping them inside for the few days surrounding Halloween. 

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The Sexual Perversion Behind Breeding.

In a business that revolves solely around the genitalia and sexual acts between animals, something has got to be said about the perversion of it all. In my opinion, these dogs that are trapped in puppy mills are sex slaves. They are forced to constantly mate for the profit of someone else. They are kept in tiny, unkempt cages for the entirety of their lives- never being allowed to live the life they were meant to. It is torture, to put a term on it. And the profit that comes from their litters is very rarely used to better the lives of the dogs. But how far are breeders willing to go to produce litters? 

For those of you that are unaware of how the breeding world works when it comes to puppy mills. When a female dog comes into heat, she is put into a separate cage with a male and left to “run” with him for a few days. Many breeders refer to these separate cages as “honeymoon suites” to put a positive spin for the public. Obviously, many puppies are littered this way, but what happens when females refuse? 

 

This is what’s known as a “natural mating” in Bulldogs. However, you notice that the owner has to hold the female up, so it doesn’t put as much stress on her.  As a dog lover, I am grossed out by the photo. How can any normal human being be a part of the sexual intercourse of dogs? From the dogtrainingsite.net, they offer this bit of advice for breeders:

“There may be a physical disparity that is holding up the mating. For instance, the bitch may be too short or too tall. If this is true, you’ll have to do something about it. And as hilarious as it may sound, you’ll have to prop up the bitch if she is too short or bolster up the male if he is too short. In the case of the bitch, you can hold her rear end up to the male. As for the short male, fold a blanket or coat and place it under his hind legs.When the male seems to be doing all the right things, but still fails to penetrate the bitch, he will have to be guided. The best method is take hold of the bitch with both hands under the abdomen, move her rear end to the right or left or up and down to facilitate entry by the male. In cattle breeding, the handlers often take hold of the bull’s penis and guide it into the cow’s vagina. But size is a factor in cattle breeding and a similar technique is not feasible with dogs. You will have to be patient and keep helping the male. But don’t make a marathon out of it. If the male fails to penetrate the bitch after an hour or two, give him a break. When you do separate the dogs, don’t give them any water. And after three or four hours of failure, call it off and bring the bitch back the next day.”

Ummm… What? Help guide the male in?!So this problem with dog breeding is more common than we thought, if a dog training site is giving advice on it. Again, as a dog lover, this disgusts me. If only the consumers knew how those puppies were really being created. Manual stimulation by humans. It makes my stomach turn just thinking about it. 

Below is an excerpt from a book. It gives some reasons that some breeders use as to why this is an acceptable occurrence in their lives. It uses terminology that I wouldn’t use, but it is informative and doesn’t go into gross detail. 

Excerpt from SOS DOG: The Purebred Dog Hobby Re-examined by Johan and Edith Gallant.

“Most of the breeders are very well aware of fertility cycles, and a bitch that finds herself close to the eleventh day is often loaded in a car destined to the breeder’s idea of her perfect mate. Since time equals money, it is expected from the bitch that, on arrival, she courteously concedes her rump to the male and lifts her tail out-of-the-way to enable a rapid and uncomplicated mating. Should the bitch, on arrival, refuse advances from the male, she will be characterised as dangerous. Most often she will then be escorted to a small enclosure, have her muzzle tied-up and have her body held still, ready to be mounted by the “mating machine.
It is amazing how many breed speciality books advise the newcomers and aspiring breeders about the dangers of mating. The unwilling bitch could bite the stud dog and ruin him for life! Once the stud has penetrated and the genital lock or tie is effective, a restless bitch could remain agitated tot he point that the penile bone causes internal damage or breaks! The authors of such books then advise that the bitch should be muzzled at arrival by tying a silk stocking or pantyhose around her snout and behind her ears, that she should be helped up so that the male can easily mount her and that she should be firmly restrained from turning her head back and from growling at the stud. Once the active part of the mating is over, the owner of the male should carefully lift one of its hind legs over the back of the bitch so that they stand backside to backside, and they should both be restrained until the end of the genital lock and thereupon be separated without allowing further contact between the two partners.”

This is what the writers above refer to as a mating stand. I, however, think of this more as a rape machine. These machines are used more often with the larger dogs, and it further proves that these animals are victims of the sex slave industry. If a breeder has to place a female in this rape machine, then she obviously is not okay with being bred. Not only do they have to endure this type of mating, their children are taken away much too young and sold to strangers- only for the cycle to start all over again. The definition of rape is “any act of sexual intercourse that is forced”. Yet this remains perfectly legal simply because it is an animal that is trapped. 

Here is a discussion that I found on a dog breeding forum that goes to show you the mentality of some of the breeders we are dealing with. 

Question:To anyone who breeds dogs:
Exactly how is this done and exactly how does strapping dogs down 
make them produce more litters? Is this the canine equivalent of 
gestation crates for sows?
These techniques were not taught in my vet school theriogenology 
courses so I am wildly curious about it.

Answer:I can answer this!
sometimes you have very heavy dogs like mastiffs and the bitch 
would be kind of stressed physically to bear the weight of a male, 
so various things are improvised like bales of hay and what have you 
to support the wieght of these giant beasts during the love act.
the other thing is often bitches of ANY BREED can decide during a 
tie, that THIS IS IT and they are going to run off, which can have 
serious consequences to the male, including the degloving of the 
penis. so these feisty gals are put in what we used to call a 
breeding stand, which is kind of like a dog being groomed on top of a 
table, except there is enough restraint so she cannot jump off and 
run away during the tie.

Because the tie can take so long that the people assisting wind up 
with lower back problems! and I used to muzzle my Afghan Hound 
bitches because they are nimble enough to reach around and bite the 
male on the nads!

Ps notice the absence of the word “RAPE” in my descriptions 

She may have not included the word rape, but that is exactly what I consider it. What are your thoughts? Do you consider these mating racks to be ethical? Do you think that humans should have any part of the mating process (ie. holding the female up during)? 

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Let’s not let this be the dirty little secret of the breeding world.

Bailing Out Benji Presents Iowa’s FIRST State-wide Puppy Mill Awareness Event

Iowa’s first ever state-wide 

PUPPY MILL AWARENESS EVENT!

2012 

Iowa has over 230 USDA licensed “puppy mills”, with over 23,000 adult dogs trapped in cages for the entirety of their lives! (This number doesn’t include the unlicensed mills that we often hear about in the news!) Iowa, alone, sells  over 100,000 puppies to pet stores and through internet sales… After seeing a lack of knowledge among Iowans about this topic, it was clear that something more widespread needed to be done. I decided to reach out to many shelters across Iowa, and many of them jumped at the opportunity to help spread awareness about puppy mills in their area! Although puppy mill awareness day is September 15, that isn’t stopping these guys from making puppy mill awareness a MONTH LONG EVENT! Please head over to our facebook page and leave your thoughts, don’t forget to like us 🙂 

 Below is a partial list of participating groups that wanted to join in for a great cause! These groups deserve a huge thanks from all of us, as they are the heroes in our state! Please consider attending one (or all!) of these events and help those that are truly trying to save lives and remember to stop by their facebook pages and thank them for all that they do! If the event is gray, it has already passed- but you can go to our facebook page and read about how the event turned out! 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa– September 1st and 2nd, 2012. Please join Noah’s hope animal rescue at ArtSplash in Grandview Park, Sioux City from 10-6 on Sat. and 10-4 on Sun. Parents, bring your children to work on fun crafts, as you are educated about puppy mills! This free event  is open to all and promises to be fun and educational for those that attend! Don’t forget to stop by their facebook page and thank them for their participation in this campaign!

DECORAH, Iowa- September 8th, 2012. The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (formerly known as PAWS) will be hosting an “Adopt, Don’t Shop” event at Critters and Such Pet Care 2339 179th Ave, Decorah from 11am to 1pm. It is up to you to free the HSNEI youth from their cages with donations for keys! This amazing group of volunteers really took this idea and ran with it! Please consider attending this fun and informative event!  For more information, “like” their facebook page and stay up to date on the latest news in your area!

 

MASON CITY, Iowa– September 15, 2012…. Please visit the Humane Society of North Iowa at their facility to check out their new puppy mill awareness display! They will have a booth set up with information for a few weeks in hopes of spreading the word! Don’t forget to “like” their facebook page.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–  September 15, 2012… Please join the Last Hope Rescue of Iowa as they educate the Downtown Farmers Market at the Green Square Park from  7:30am – Noon! Browse through (and purchase) their dog treats, blankets, and other dog accessories, as well as hear some educational information about puppy mills! 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- September 15, 2012… After hitting up the farmers market, please hit up Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids   10am – 2pm, where Last Hope Rescue of Iowa will ALSO be educating citizens about puppy mills, as well as selling some more items for their rescue. This amazing rescue will have brochures and other information to take with you about puppy mills! Don’t forget to stop by their facebook page and tell them thanks for spreading the word! 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- September 15th, 2012. Please join the Cedar Rapids Weim Club at the Cedar Rapids Dog Park (heyenne Park, 1650 Cedar Bend Lane SW), as they host a meet and greet! The club will have information to share with all of the dog owners about puppy mills! And what better day to host such an event, that puppy mill awareness day itself! Please head over to their facebook page and “like” this amazing group!

JEFFERSON, Iowa- September 15th, 2012. Please join PAWS of Greene County from 9am to 4pm as they host their own kind of puppy mill awareness event at the Red Barn Craft Show, which is held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Please stop by their tent to check out the adorable adoptables and hear some very important information about puppy mills! More information about their adoptable animals can be found on their website. 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa September 15th and 16th. Join Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue at PetSmart (5001 Sergeant Rd) as they educate the customers about puppy mills and why you should adopt, instead of shop for pets! In attendance will be many of their adorable adoptables, who are all fully vetted and microchipped before adoption! Spread the word far and wide, because any attention to this topic in Woodbury County is great! Go to Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue’s facebook page and thank them for standing up for the puppy mill dogs! 

DES MOINES, Iowa- September 16th, 2012. Please join Illinois Bulldog Rescue at PetSmart (5050 Southeast 14th Street), as they show of some of their bulldog rescues. We will have a table there with information on IEBR, puppy mills and knowledgeable volunteers to answer any questions that you might have! IEBR rescues many dogs from puppy mills, and we are so proud to have them as a part of this education event! Please go to their facebook page and give them a huge thanks for all that they do! 

AMES, Iowa–  September 18th, 2012. Please join the student group Students Helping Rescue Animals on campus at Iowa State University from 12 pm- 2pm as they hand out information about puppy mills! This is an amazing event, as these students are trying to educate the target audience of many pet stores/puppy mills. 

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Friday, September 21st, 7pm – 10pm K9 Kindness Rescue will be hosting Trivia Night at the Knight’s of Columbus 1111 W. 35th Street Davenport. This fun event does cost $10 per person or $80 per table, but it is a fun-filled night that is sure to entertain and educate you! Call 563.391.1908 to make reservations – tables fill up quickly! They are non-profit and all of the proceeds will go to animals! Please like them on facebook and stay updated on this event and more! 

AMANA, Iowa- September 23rd, 2012. Safe Haven of Iowa County is hosting their “Walking Fur All Fours” annual dog walk from 2-4 pm at the Amana Pavillion, and will be highlighting puppy mills!  What a better way to educate dog lovers than to have a dog walk ! Join this great cause on facebook!

EPWORTH, Iowa- Oct. 5, 2012 from 6:30-7:30. Please join the Canine Connection LLC as they host a free educational meeting about common dog problems, dog training and puppy mills! This will be held at the Dubuque County Library, Epworth branch. A donation jar will be set out help Homeward Bownd Siberian Husky rescue! Please like both of these amazing groups on facebook, and stay up to date on the training do’s and don’t’s with Canine Connection! 

ASBURY, Iowa- October 12, 2012 from 1-2pm. Please join the Canine Connection LLC as they host a free educational meeting about common dog problems, dog training and puppy mills! This will be held at the Asbury Eagles’ club, .5900 Saratoga Plaza, Suite 10.  A donation jar will be set out help Homeward Bownd Siberian Husky rescue! Please like both of these amazing groups on facebook, and stay up to date on the training do’s and don’t’s with Canine Connection! 

FORT DODGE, IOWA– October 14th, 2012. Almost Home of North Central Iowa will be hosting their Family Flashback days at…. This fun family event will include races, pie throwing, other games, as well as events that will educate the visitors about puppy mills. Head on over to their facebook page  and stay updated on the latest news from Almost Home! 

DAVENPORT, Iowa October 14th, 2012.  The Humane Society of Scott County will be hosting their annual Fall Fur-stival at their facility 2802 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport from 2-4pm. Lots of fun, games and education is to be had at the Tail-gating PAW-tay… Top Tail-Gaters choose a theme with games and recipes to share but no alcoholic beverages, please! Earn the most Visitors’ Choice votes for your PAW-tay and win a Best of the Lot prize! Want to show your team spirit? Pet parents- dress your pet  up to show your team spirit and  YOU could win the Top Prize vote from a celebrity judge! Please visit their facebook page for more info. 

 
 
 

Here are a few of our out-of-state participants. 

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine– September 8th, 2012. The Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills are attending WOOF STOCK at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, Maine from 10 am til 4pm. Over 23 rescues will be in attendance as well as the H.S.U.S, Maine Friends of Animal. Our partners, The Maine Citizens Against Puppy mills will be having an educational table there, educating many of the consumers on the dangers of shopping for pets! This event will also have an all breed dog show, agility demo’s, obedience demo’s, a yard sale and all around dog fun all day long! Please consider attending this fun event and don’t forget to like” them on facebook! 

WOODBURY, Minnesota- September 9th, 2012. Peke N Chin Midwest Rescue will again be participating in the Open House held at All Breed Obedience in Woodbury from 10 am to 2 pm.  This is a terrific event focused on what families can do with their adopted canines for fun once they bring them home, such as rehabilitation, therapy work, search and rescue training, obedience classes, etc… All members of the public who attend are encouraged to bring cat and dog food that is donated to the participating rescue groups at the end of the open house! Please consider attending this event   and please give this rescue the thanks that they deserve! Head over to their facebook page and give them a shout out! 

OMAHA, Nebraska- September 16th, 2012. The Pug Partners of Nebraska are hosting a Car &Dog wash at the  The Green Spot Omaha – 72nd and Pacific (1110 South 71st Street Bay K Omaha, NE 68106).  They will working fundraise and raise awareness about puppy mills! The prices are $10 for a car wash/$10 dog wash/ $10 dog nail trim, or all of the above! Click here for the event on facebook and don’t forget to “like” this amazing rescue on facebook. They work hard to rescue many pugs from puppy mills! 

SALEM, Massachusetts– September 22, 2012 from 12 – 5 PM. Please join PMAD as they help to spread the word about puppy mills in their area! Not only will they be spreading awareness about puppy mills, they will also be having a pooch parade, doggy kissing booths and many more activities! Join them on facebook and check out their event page for more info! 

CHICAGO, Illinois- September 30, 2012 12:00 pm. Join The Puppy Mill Project as they march down Michigan Avenue in honor of Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Route Begins at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. Help them show Chicago and the world that dogs are still man’s best friend! Register for the event here.

AUSTIN, Texas- September, 30, 2012. Hosted by Last Chance for Animals at the Fiesta Gardens. This special event includes an art auction, complete with works from actual puppy mill survivors, a silent auction, and the chance to meet Shannon Elizabeth, Victoria Stillwell, and Rikki Rockett! Consider going to this amazing event and show that you are against puppy mills! Learn more about the event here

St. Paul, Minnesota– October 6th, 2012. Peke N Chin Midwest Rescue will be attending the The Great Minnesota Pet Together  at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds International Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be taking this opportunity to not only adopt out some of their adorable rescues, but educating many about puppy mills and the effect they have on homeless animals in shelters and rescues across the nation. Please consider attending this event and showing your support to Peke N Chin Midwest, as they have rescued many dogs from puppy mills! Don’t forget to head over to their facebook page!

 

(This article will be continuously updated as I receive more event info. Some groups are still putting the finishing touches on their event info.) If your group would like to be included in this event, please send us an email at bailingoutbenji@gmail.com …. Join the rest of the state in standing up against puppy mills! 

If you are interested in brochures about puppy mills, please send me an email as well and I will send you the file!

 
 

And AS ALWAYS, please “like” Bailing Out Benji on facebook 🙂  And don’t forget to share this article, to give these events the publicity that they deserve! 

I would like to send out a special thanks to Happy Medium,  who worked very hard on flyers for these events! They were efficient, hard-working and I would recommend them to anyone that needs marketing of any kind!

**I also want to note that Bailing Out Benji never asks for donations. All of the work we do is simply because we love animals.**

Another Abysmal Iowa Zoo

What started as two avoidable deaths due to heat, has now grown to a city-wide cry for help.

The Oleson Park Zoo is a small town zoo located in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In its beginning it held many of the wild animals that you would find in Iowa, but it has since then branched into the exotic animals.  While they are USDA licensed, the big question is, can the zoo owners and volunteers handle these extra animals with the special needs?If you take a walk through the zoo, you will notice that all of the cages look about the same and most of the animals don’t have indoor enclosures to escape into during the extreme Iowa weather. Instead, the animals live under tin roofs that quickly heat up under the summer sun.

On July 11, two arctic foxes died at the Oleson Park Zoo, from heat exhaustion after a two-week heat wave in the Midwest. Deaths that could have been avoided, had the zoo known how to properly take care of the exotic animals in their care. While the Zoo’s board claims that the exact cause of death is unknown, a veterinarian said that the extreme heat was likely to blame. With another heat wave coming up this week, citizens of the community are terrified that more animals will meet the same fate as the arctic foxes. Sadly, zoo officials and the USDA say that the animals are just fine. Although, the zoo has temporarily “fixed” the problem, by adding bottles of ice to the cages.

Jim Kramer, a member of the Oleson Park Zoo board went on record telling KCCI that the zoo is inspected annually by the USDA and has no history of problems with animal care. With a little searching around on the USDA database, Bailing Out Benji has proven this to be false.

Oleson Park Zoo, USDA license number 42-C-0128, has been cited over 15 times in the last 2 years by the USDA inspectors.  A far cry from having no history of problems. Interestingly enough, a lot of the citations mirror many of the current complaints of the zoo.

In April of 2011, OPZ was cited for having numerous structural problems in the cages. In one instance, broken and rusty wires were protruding into the porcupine’s cage, which is very dangerous to the animal. This photo, coming from the OPZ facebook page, shows a baby porcupine walking on a thin wire bottom flooring. According to the American Wildlife Foundation, porcupines dig small holes to keep themselves cool in the heat. This type of enclosure doesn’t allow for that to happen.

This photo comes from the Oleson Park Zoo Concerns facebook page. A page that was set up by citizens of Fort Dodge to bring awareness to the many problems. As you can see here, this is flooring that the zoo laid down for the animals to walk on. Many say that this isn’t safe, as the geese and ducks can get their feet caught in the holes.

The next picture shows more of this “flooring” that the zoo has laid down. Again, it isn’t very safe or comfortable for the animals to be walking on. And if you look to the left of the photo, you will see filthy water that the geese and ducks are expected to swim in and drink from. In nearly every report, the inspectors cites the zoo for cleanliness.

Many animals are seen to be living in their own feces, yet the zoo still remains to be open. One citation states that “the water bowl in the bobcat cage is severely chewed around the edges and has severe accumulation of algae growing in it.” Inspectors have also dinged them for excessive feces, urine and food waste in the cages and that is a huge concern for the health of the animals. In the food prep area of the zoo, they have been cited for severe fly and pest accumulation, the inspector also noted mice running around. The zoo was also cited for having an accumulation of blood and food waste in the freezer of the food prep room.

This photo was also taken straight from the OPZ’s facebook page. It shows a bunch of bag toss games set up right in front of the animal’s cages. It is my opinion that this is extremely stressful to the animals in the enclosures behind these games. As if the noise of the people visiting isn’t enough, having things thrown at you isn’t conducive to their living situation. That being said, most zoos have to have a perimeter set up around the cages to protect both the animals and the visitors. OPZ, however, has none of these.

This next photo shows, yet again, more flooring problems with the cages. It comes straight from the zoo’s facebook page from July 11th of this year. It clearly how little they know about how to care for the animals they currently have. If you look in the back right corner of the photo, you can see that this animal could easily get tangled in the wire flooring that has started to curl up, yet the zoo states that all of the animals are fine. As does the mayor of Fort Dodge. He told the Fort Dodge Messenger that he didn’t see any problems with the care of the animals. His exact words were, ”I don’t think there was anything that made me think holy cow, these animals are in danger.”

In 2010, the zoo was cited for not having enough employees to adequately care for the number of animals they had. Since the zoo has not been cited since, the USDA apparently thinks the zoo employees can handle their facility. Yet, OPZ shifts the blame to the lack of employees and donations.

A dead, bloated mouse floating in an algae filled tank that the geese and ducks are supposed to swim and drink from.

What about you? Do you see any problems with this zoo?  Just how many citations can these USDA facilities receive before they are asked to shut their doors?

It is gonna be another hot week in Iowa. If you are concerned with the animals you have seen in these photos, please go to the Oleson Park Zoo Concerns facebook page and stay up to date. If you are in the area and plan on visiting the zoo, please be sure to file complaints with the USDA. It is very important that they know how many people are upset with what they see. 

  If you have enjoyed this article, please head on over to our facebook page and like us! Stay informed on the many animal issues that we have going on here in Iowa. 

Don’t forget to read about ANOTHER notorious Iowa zoo, the Cricket Hollow Zoo

A Name At Last

A Name At Last

by Lisa Hindle Deppe, DVM

In a small town in the country is a barn with a rooster top.
A farm unlike the other surrounded by crops.
Inside a metal building lies cage by cage by cage filled with puppies and dogs.
Their bodies worn beyond their age.
In this cage sits number “Five”.
She awaits her daily meal.
She wonders what’s outside this big old building made of steel.
For years she has made puppies.
Each puppy grows and goes 
to homes filled with love and happiness and grass beneath their toes.
Five wonders when it’s her turn.
She wants to venture past the door of the building she resides in.
For grass to touch her paws.
Years go by, and Five is old, too old to make more pups.
She sits lonely in the cage now.
She wonders who will pick her up.
The dogs all bark, the noise begins to hurt Five’s elder ears.
The woman that they call “Rescue” is oh so very near.
Perhaps this time it’s my turn.
Is there space for me?
Is there a person willing?
Perhaps this time it’s me?
Rescue walks on over, Five slowly tilts her head.
“I want to step upon the grass, and sleep in a soft bed”
The cage door opens slowly
Human hands embrace her chest.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted. I sure hope it’s for the best”
Rescue took her to a place the people called the Vet
They “fixed” her, cleaned her, held her. They gave Five a comfy bed. Soon people came to meet her.
They brought these things called toys.
They put a collar on her neck and Five made lots of noise!
Her body wiggled happily.
A home is what she found.
She got to sleep upon a bed and feel the grass upon the ground.
When Five got home she met a girl.
Miranda was her name.
“I will call you Kirby. Are you ready for some games?”
Miranda dressed up Kirby.
She read to her at night.
She slept with arms around her.
They held her nice and tight.
The girl grew up and Kirby passed but the memories remain of the little dog they rescued, who finally had a name.

PAW it Forward!

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HOW CAN YOU HELP??

NEVER be silent about things that matter. If you see a dog trapped in a car, say something! Call animal control, call your local police, go inside the store and have them page the car owner… Do NOT assume that someone else will do it. We are their only chance for survival. Even 10 minutes on a 75 degree day could be a death sentence for a dog.

My challenge for you is to print off this flyer and hang them up in your local grocery stores, gas stations and anywhere else that has a bulletin board…. If you are feeling extra amazing, print even more off and put them on cars at your local mall! Start with 5… And then challenge yourself to do better! Encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Spread awareness and you will save lives! 

Be the change you want to see in the world!