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March 31, 2013
I find it puzzling that the House of Delegates and the Senate have failed to come up with a compromise on the pit bull legislation currently stalled in Annapolis ("Pit bull compromise in danger as houses differ," March 13). A simple, breed-neutral approach is necessary to prevent continued discrimination against a single breed based on the irresponsibility of their owners. If the General Assembly fails to pass this legislation, each member should be required to volunteer 90 days per year at a local animal shelter so that they can see and experience the results of their inability to enact such common sense legislation.
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NEWS
May 6, 2014
Scientist Megan Rolf need not reinvent the wheel ( "Breeding animals to stand the heat," May 5). In the 1950s, my father, Allan O.S. Keeling, developed the Jamaica Red Poll breed, along with other Jamaican cattle breeders. His imported Red Poll beef cattle from England were crossed with the Indian Brahman to produce an animal with fine tasting beef and a greater ability to fight off tropical diseases and pests. Annual and careful appraisals of every animal in the breeding herds resulted in (to quote Dr. Rolf)
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NEWS
January 9, 2014
Regarding Tami Santelli's recent commentary on the controversy over pit bulls, I rescued both my dogs ( "Singling out pit bulls is unfair," Jan. 6). One came from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, and he was almost starved to death. Why don't we blame his previous owner for being negligent? Let's hold the humans accountable. Blame the deed, not the breed. I wish legislators would wake up. Our representatives always throw this issue to the side. Meanwhile, people are forced to surrender their family pets.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
People are passionate about pet breeds. While an increasing number of animal lovers list "rescue" as their favorite breed (and go, you!), many stick with the breed they grew up with or carefully researched before adding a furry friend to the family. Pets Best Insurance Service, LLC, recently released its list of the most popular breeds for 2013. While there aren't any big surprises on this year's list as compared to last year, Pets Best did identify several new trends: - The French bulldog, buoyed by more appearances in commercials and on television, rocketed up the list, from position 55 in 2006 to ranking 19 this year.
SPORTS
February 19, 2010
Regal beagles Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun I think they should have some new rules at Westminster. Any dog who has its hair styled is out. It's not a real dog. Any dog who is shaved where no man or animal should be shaved is out. It's not a real dog. I imagine one of the Labs or bulldogs turning to the miniature poodle and saying, "Dude, you know they shaved your butt, right? How much do you get paid for allowing that?" But the best breed is the beagle.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
By Steven Lubet | 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.
FEATURES
By NEWSDAY | 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?
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By Gina Spadafori and Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service | 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.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
Regarding Tami Santelli's recent commentary on the controversy over pit bulls, I rescued both my dogs ( "Singling out pit bulls is unfair," Jan. 6). One came from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, and he was almost starved to death. Why don't we blame his previous owner for being negligent? Let's hold the humans accountable. Blame the deed, not the breed. I wish legislators would wake up. Our representatives always throw this issue to the side. Meanwhile, people are forced to surrender their family pets.
NEWS
January 8, 2014
Senate Republicans blinked this week on the issue of unemployment benefits, but you can bet that their House counterparts won't be so easily swayed by compassion. At least that's what Democrats are counting on. After legislation to resume long-term unemployment insurance benefits cleared a procedural hurdle on a 60-37 vote on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner announced that he'll only consider the measure if there are off-setting cuts in spending and the legislation "includes something to help put people back to work.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Some very slow-moving gray bugs I call "skinny" stink bugs (not aggressive or biting) are getting inside from the floor or fireplace. Are they breeding in walls? My kids are scared of bugs, and I would love a safe solution. These docile insects may provide you with a good teachable moment for bug-shy kids. The leaf-footed pine seed bug looks similar to a slender stink bug but their interesting back legs resemble pointed oak leaves. They feed harmlessly on pine seeds and buds.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Nearly 650 mares were bred in Maryland this year, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and a surge in state slots gambling revenue could help raise the number again next year, according to the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The gambling revenue has deepened racing purses and the pot of bonuses available for horses bred and sired in the state, driving the rebound from years of decline in the horse breeding and racing industries, officials said. The industries have launched an advertising campaign to promote the growth and encourage more of it. "Breed local, buy local, raise local," a voice booms amid the clip-clopping of hoofs on radio ads that will air around the region, unveiled at an event Friday near M&T Bank Stadium.
NEWS
By Mark Newgent | December 5, 2013
One-party rule breeds cronyism. While Maryland's one-party Democratic rulers, like Gov.  Martin O'Malley , fancy themselves progressive angels above such things, the fact is, Maryland has devolved into an oligarchy. Exhibit A: KO Public Affairs, the consulting firm run by Steve Kearney, Governor O'Malley's former communications director, and Damian O'Doherty, who was a top aide to former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, who is now the state's transportation secretary.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
While I sympathize with Tony Solesky's experience of witnessing his son get attacked by a pit bull, the fact is he is no more a "dog expert" than the shelter volunteers and pit bull advocates he dismisses ("An unnatural selection," Nov. 15). Unfortunately, there is a dearth of valid and conclusive evidence on which dogs have the highest propensity to bite and attack, which is frustrating to a public health researcher like me. As the American Veterinary Medical Association points out, there are numerous factors that contribute to a dog's disposition, and studies about pit bulls (which itself is a misnomer because there is no true "pit bull" breed)
FEATURES
By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | April 24, 1991
MARYLAND DOGS made a good showing in breed competitions Sunday when more than 8,000 spectators watched an entry of 3,260 dogs and their handlers compete in the Baltimore County Kennel Club's 55th all-breed dog show and obedience trials held in the Cow Palace at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.Better than one-quarter of the entries were Maryland dogs, and the remainder were from all over the World.Best in Show was a saucy wire fox terrier, Champion Registry's Lonesome Dove, owned by Marion W. and Samuel B. Lawrence of Orlando, Fla. He was chosen from the seven group winners by Best in Show Judge Michele L. Billings from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.In group competitions, several Maryland dogs took wins.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
While I respect commentator Tony Solesky's opinions regarding pit bulls as pets, I cannot agree with them ( "Making rescued pit bulls pets is an unnatural selection," Nov. 14). I am very sorry Mr. Solesky had to deal with his child being mauled, but to place all the blame on the animal is not right. You can train any dog to be vicious, and I have had many friends who worked in veterinarians' offices say that they got bitten by smaller dogs more frequently than larger ones. Pit bulls are just another fad for drug dealers and crooks, just like Dobermans and Rottweilers once were.
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