June 26, 2012
As one of letter writer Mark T. Pfaff's animal "kooks," I just wish to bring one simple fact to his attention ("The court didn't go far enough on pit bulls," June 22): Mr. Pfaff mentions not understanding "why anyone would own a dog with a vicious nature. " For his information, dogs are not born with vicious natures; circumstances and people are to blame for making them vicious. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a "pit bull" breed, although several breeds are lumped into this category.
April 17, 2013
If reader Tom Paxton were actually a lifelong animal lover, he would understand that all dogs are "potentially dangerous" ("Pit bull compromise deserved to fail," April 15). All dogs have teeth. All dogs, given their breeding and life experience, can be problematic - or wonderful. I've been a professional dog trainer for decades. Mr. Paxton says the owner of a dog that bit him treated her pit bull "like a poodle. " I've been threatened (more often than bitten, thanks to dog-smarts and good reflexes)
November 7, 2004
On November 4, 2004, MARGERYESTELLE BREED (nee Wheeler); loving wife of the late Walter L. Breed and daughter of the late Emma and the late Charles Wheeler; beloved mother of Joseph F. Moore, Jr., Margery Estelle Moore D'Valle and her husband Don, Steven Edward Gaines and his wife Chris, Donna Mae Gaines Turner and her husband Chuck, and Michelle Louise Gaines Hoffert and her husband Jim. Also survived by eleven grandchildren, three great-grandsons, many...
April 27, 2003
CHICAGO - Someday, you might want to get a dog, and you'll probably want to do some research first. Head to the library and check out the "breed books." Then compare the various canines by size, temperament and "personality." But before you do it, there's one thing that you really need to know: Dog books are filled with lies. Not some of them. All of them. On every page, cover to cover. You see, these books are all written by dog devotees, who see no faults in their favorite breeds. So relying on a dog book would be like basing college admissions on the sincere evaluations of the kids' own parents.
October 25, 2001
Stephani Norris has a sign in front of her Zoar, Ohio, residence. It reads: "This home protected by Afghan security." Norris is not a Taliban sympathizer. She's a breeder of Afghan hounds, known for their aristocratic bearing and long flowing coat. But the recent political climate has Norris considering whether to take down her whimsical sign, which includes the breed's distinctive outline. She's also more circumspect when asked where her dogs come from. "I just say, `Ohio.' " What's in a name?
November 20, 1993
In another week or so, we'll all be plunged into the madness and stress of the holiday season. For today, though, pour yourself another cup of coffee and test your knowledge of pet trivia.The test0 Match these U.S. presidents with their dogs:1. Lyndon Johnson a. Rob Roy2. Franklin Roosevelt b. Him3. Gerald Ford c. Fala4. Calvin Coolidge d. Liberty5. Name the breeds of those presidential canines.6. During George Bush's presidency, a book "written" by the family's springer spaniel, Millie, was a best seller.