There is no time our dogs are happier than when they are out on their ‘walkies’! They get the exercise, interaction and all the sniffing that they love. But as owners, we are confronted with whether it is better, and safer, to have our dogs on the leash or walking free. We all know that […]
We all know the famous line ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, coined by the Dogs Trust in 1978. This slogan was created to highlight the huge number of puppies and dogs that were being given up in the months after the festive season, not just at dog charities but sadly left […]
One of the biggest misfortunes of being a pet owner is that we can’t grow old with our furry companion. The fact that they age seven dog years for every human year just seems unfair. This is all the more reason to cherish your furry friend while it’s around. There are, however, several dog species […]
In some cases, judges have been known to resort to shaming as a form of punishment rather than jail time or community service. This means that the guilty individual has to stand outside holding a sign that explains to pedestrians and passing motorists their wrongdoing. Some parents are now also doing the same when their […]
Humans have a very effective defense mechanism against heat. Our body stays cool by producing sweat in order to evaporate the heat away. Unfortunately, canines do not have sweat glands and therefore cannot deal with excessive heat as adequately. While they are able to evaporate the heat through their panting and glands in their […]
On the surface, canines seem like simple-minded creatures that do nothing more than, eat, sleep, scratch itself, and lick your face.However, dogs are actually far cleverer than their owners give them credit for. Of course, every breed is genetically different, and some species are inherently smarter than others. The following are the seven most intelligent […]
According to a recent article of USA Today, the number of dogs being stolen has risen dramatically in 2011.
Stealing dogs with the intention of demanding a ransom from the owner is not
a new phenomenon. In fact, the first ever dognapping case was recorded in 1934. The stolen Boston Terrier was returned to its
owner after 5 long months so the story had a happy ending.
Dogs become part of our families. They will be just like a small brother or
sister to the kids. And when they are kidnapped and there is a chance that
money can buy them back, we pay gladly – provided that we have the money
demanded, that is.
Over time, as conformation showing became more popular, show dogs became the
targets of thieves. It’s easy to see that if the owner of a regular dog is
willing to pay thousands of dollars in ransom, the owner of a valuable show dog
might pay tens of thousands of dollars to get his pooch back.
Dognapping – not only for ransom but reselling, experiments and a number of
other purposes – has become widespread in the United States by the 60’s. So
much so that it had actually become one of the most talked about issues of the
time. The public dismay and the floods of letters demanding something to be
done put enormous pressure on the senate. As a result, the “Dognapping Law”,
which became the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was born.