November 18, 2013
Q: A friend recommended giving our dog “dry baths” in winter. What is a “dry bath,” and will it be effective at keeping him clean? A: That's a great cold-weather question. Over-bathing with shampoo and water can cause problems when the humidity drops and humans are slathering on the hand lotion. Since dogs don't produce the same amount of oils in their skin as people do, frequent bathing can strip those natural oils essential to healthy canine coats and skin. If dry skin becomes very itchy, constant scratching or biting can open a wound, which may be difficult to heal if your dog keeps fussing at it. Dry shampoos are powders you apply to your pet's coat to absorb dirt and grease.
August 4, 2010
The item regarding the shooting of the Siberian husky in Severn ("Officer shoots, kills dog in Arundel," Aug. 4) should serve as a wake-up call for the residents. You have a gun-happy "federal officer" (what is he, FBI?) in your midst! He needs a course in patience, anger-management and re-training in the use of his weapon, in addition to tips on dog training; he should have unleashed his dog in a dog park. A leashed dog is not free and feels threatened by other dogs. If he was off-duty, why was he carrying his weapon?
March 20, 2014
I am getting ready to adopt my first dog from a shelter, but I don't like his name. What's the best way to teach him a new one and get him used to it? Changing a dog's name is perfectly acceptable and is a relatively easy thing to do when done correctly. Oftentimes, finding a name that rhymes or begins with the same sound will make the process a little easier and faster, but it's not a necessity. First, decide on the name and make sure everyone within your household agrees.
August 4, 2010
Well, I finally switched my position on the Second Amendment, and it's all due to a renegade dirt bag cop who can't control himself ("Officer shoots, kills dog in Arundel," Aug. 4). I'm talking about the piece of garbage who killed a defenseless dog because he didn't like the way it played with other dogs. What a worthless, disgusting excuse for a human being. I hope that the recent rulings by the Supreme Court result in every person carrying a handgun wherever they go. If so, that worthless scumbag would have gotten the punishment he deserves -- to die in a hail of gunfire from decent, law-abiding citizens.
April 13, 2012
I am writing to commend Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein and his staff for their outstanding work on the Phoenix dog burning case ("Twins acquitted in dog-burning case," April 12). Although The Snyder Foundation for Animals is an organization which advocates for the welfare of animals, we have never viewed this case as strictly an animal abuse issue. As so much contemporary research has conclusively demonstrated, the uncomfortable reality is that serious abuse of animals often escalates to later violence against people.
February 20, 1995
New Orleans. -- Sherri Wigdore, who works for Intelligent Electronics, has a dog with a computer chip in her neck. The dog's name is Zena. Sherri's dog Zena is a big dog, of the kind known as Bouvier de Flandres, and if that wasn't enough, nobody can remove the chip from Zena's neck because it's been injected there by a vet. A veterinarian, that is, not an ex-soldier.If Zena is lost somewhere like on a ski slope, let's say, whoever finds her can take her to an office where they scan her neck and retrieve all her vital data, like ''This is Zena, Sherri's dog, Internet address, azenol.
November 30, 2009
Rockville police shot and killed a 120-pound Rottweiler-pit bull mix early Sunday after trying for hours to subdue the dog after it attacked its owner. Officers first tried using a Taser on the dog, named Jesus, but the dog ignored the shocks. Police say the dog's 38-year-old owner underwent surgery Saturday night for injuries including puncture wounds to his chest and thigh. Three children were in the house but weren't injured. Police were called to the home at 6:20 p.m. Saturday and spent hours trying to capture the animal.
October 25, 2013
Anne Arundel County police are looking for information in the death of a dog in the Deale area of the county. Police said on Friday, officers went to the 6000 block of Allwine Avenue at about 11 a.m. after a call about possible animal abuse. The owners of a 3-year-old beagle/Boston terrier mix named Marley said they had let the dog out around 9 a.m., but the dog never returned, police said. A short time later, the owner went to look for the dog and discovered Marley dead, about 20 yards into a wooded area behind the house, with a wound near its shoulder area from unknown causes, police said.
August 1, 2011
I walk Centennial Lake every day and the number of cigarette butts (Our View, July 14)I see can be counted on one hand. Dog feces is another matter, and the efforts of our leaders should be focused on that. I prefer to step on a discarded cigarette butt than the other any time. Dennis Smith Ellicott City