Saturday, June 27, 2009

fun in the sun with your dog...

Summer is here and there are all kinds of opportunities to get out with your dog and enjoy your community....festivals, parades, picnics in the park...these are all great chances for your dog to get out an be social. There are a few things to remember, however. Always keep your dog on leash and under control. Be courteous of others - hard to believe, but not everyone will love your dog as much as you do and may not appreciate an overly excited greeting. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand. And, of course, remember your poop bags - no one wants an unpleasant souvenir. See how happy these adopted TAGS dogs are while out on the town with their owners?

Woofstock June 14 in Toronto

Peso (chihuahua in the sombrero) and Robyn (tiny shaved down pomeranian) were just two of the adorable dogs out enjoying this annual event. Worth checking out for all things dog.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Our next generation TAGS Volunteer?

Congratulations to our volunteers Sue and Don and their family on the safe arrival
of their new Grandson!!

Fight to End the Pit Bull Ban

Enough is ENOUGH!
SILENCE IMPLIES ACCEPTENCE ~ Demand our rights are upheld!
Host: Fight to End the "Pit Bull" Ban!
Type: Causes - Protest
Network: Global
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Toronto: Queens Park, Ottawa: The Supreme Court Building
City/Town: Toronto, ON

On Thursday June 11 the Supreme Court of Canada made the decision to deny our appeal of Bill 132 (BSL, "Pit Bull" Ban). This is a democratic country. We have the right to have this appeal heard! The goal of this group is to petition the SCC to hear the case. Too much time, money and effort has gone into this fight to stop now. One way or another we WILL get the ban overturned. Right now the most important thing is that we all stick together and stand up for what is RIGHT! We will petition and protest this decision. This isn’t just about “Pit Bull� owners. This is not just about dog owners. This is about our rights as citizens of this province, as residents of this country. We promote responsible dog ownership, NOT breed bans. Together we CAN change this!

We need to take to the streets in every city and town across this province and stand together to DEMAND change. We have a voice and we WILL use it!

Main locations will be in Toronto and Ottawa.
In Toronto: Queens Park
In Ottawa: The Supreme Court Building

If any of our brothers and sisters in the Ottawa area can assist with coordination of the protest there it would be forever appreciated. Just shoot me an email @

Oppression is all of our CONCERN!!
Think YOUR dog is safe?
Help end BSL and overturn Bill 132

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Please Read

Sent to The Animal Guardian Society today, please read in case you know anyone
using this medication.

----- Original Message -----


I just went to get one of our Epileptic Dogs Phenobarbital medication re-filled (human grade) only to find out that as of LAST NIGHT the 60mg tablets have ALL been recalled due to too much medication in each tablet.

PLEASE if any of you have dogs on pheno, or know of someone with an epi (even people with epilepsy) make them aware, and have them check lot numbers and call the pharmacy right away.

Again, the pharmacies were just made aware by the drug manufacturer via fax last night. (I have called both Jean Coutou and Walmart who confirmed, as well as our Emergency Vet Hospital who only heard about it because another client called)

What we have had to do with one of our larger dogs, is instead of giving 2.5 of the 60mg tablets twice a day, we now have to give 5 of the 30mg tablets twice a day (and to tell you the truth I am even nervous about that right now since there is not very much information on the recall) This is in Canada (that I know of) if anyone is in the US ordering Canadian you may wish to check as well.

Feel free to crosspost please...

Just to Clarify

The post on Micheal Vic is from the ISAR's newsletter, they are
posted here for information only.

The Animal Guardian Society has no connection with this organization, however
we do believe in sharing material that is sent to us that we feel may be of
interest to our Blog readers.

Friday, June 19, 2009

ISAR's Anti-Vick Campaign Is Being Heard

ISAR's Anti-Vick Campaign Is Being Heard
Petition Update 5 (June 19, 2009)

DukeISAR's supporters know that since the announcement of Michael Vick's impending release from federal prison, we've been in the vanguard of attempts to prevent him from cashing in on the celebrity he obtained by participating in the criminal torture and killing of dogs.

Our petition drive becomes more and more successful every week, largely because our supporters are not merely signing themselves but because they're forwarding our appeal to as many others as they can.

ISAR has not only spoken out forcefully on this issue, but we have condemned in no uncertain terms America's largest humane organization, HSUS, because of Wayne Pacelle's bedding down with Michael Vick, allegedly apparently with the intention of using the criminal dog abuser as a spokesman on HSUS's behalf for anti-dog abuse.

Our anti-Vick, and anti-HSUS, message is getting out.

A few days ago, we received the following letter from an ISAR supporter:

It was with disgust that I listened to Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, discuss on television that they will support Michael Vick giving Public Service Announcements against dog fighting for HSUS. Pacelle said, maybe he [Vick] has changed.

Anyone who knows anything about human behavior at all knows there is no cure for a broken, half-formed soul. Vick not only participated in dog fighting, he instigated and participated in torture . . . which included, burning, hanging, drowning, electrocuting and stomping to death animals that didn't fight well, and enjoyed watching bait animals (pets) getting killed in the ring. His involvement was long, bloody, and personal.

What Vick wants is to regain is his reputation so he can get his old million dollar job back. HSUS has agreed to help him. Could there be an unspoken quid pro quo here? Vick gets his contract and will make a sizeable donation, which would be tax deductible as well. There is something wrong when a "humane" organization supports public and proven evil.

The end does not justify the means. HSUS is ill advised to support Vick's efforts to regain his career. I, and others who work in the animal field, will not continue to send money for the "good" work of HSUS if that work includes rehabilitating the career of a convicted torturer and thug.

If Pacelle has ever heard the scream of a dog being torn to death, as Vick obviously enjoyed as a past-time, Pacelle ought to remember that sound before he aligns HSUS with Vick and risks losing all credibility in the animal field.

HSUS should stand for something and not wash its hands in the blood of the dogs Vic enjoyed killing.

Although ISAR has been making this same point since our petition campaign began, we couldn't have said it better.

When we asked the letter's author for permission to send it to other ISAR supporters, we received the OK together with the following:

I have included my reply to some of the mail I have already received saying that we ought to give him [Vick] a chance:

In my opinion, you can't excuse actions by saying "society says it's
ok", or saying "it's a cultural thing" or "the devil made me do it"
...that lesson can be learned from the Nazis in Germany.

Vick chose to torture, in addition to dog fighting. If he wins after
this slap on the hand, people who engage is this behavior will learn
again there are no consequences to actions . . . just excuses and pay-offs to get by with it.

He is in the public eye and needs to be treated differently because if
successful, the results of his wrangling to play football again is the

Those rapists and murderers we give second chances to [not Vick], will not work in day care centers or any place they can influence or victimize again. If Vick wins with the help of HSUS or any other humane group, there is no good message, and he will influence behavior because he did, indeed, get by with it.

It is only my opinion, but I feel it is dangerous to align themselves
with someone whose only goal is to get back to what he was doing before.

There is an old saying..."lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas."

If Vick "found Jesus" in jail as I hear most of them do, then it will
be shown by his works . . . not by public grandstanding with a million dollar prize as the goal.

ISAR could not agree more.

Please support our petition drive. All it takes is a simple signature-but that signature sends a powerful message.

Non-profit organizations usually solicit contributions to support their activities through direct mail campaigns.

But that doesn't make sense for ISAR.

For one thing, today's costs of direct mail solicitation by organizations like ISAR which lack multi-million dollar budgets greatly exceed a reasonable return. Frankly, ISAR would rather use the money we have in support of our humane education programs (, rather than spend it on paper suppliers, copy writers, and the United States Post Office.

Second, we believe that what we do-from our published monographs, to our litigation, to our efforts preventing Michael Vick from benefiting by abusing dogs, and much more ( - speaks for itself.

ISAR needs ongoing contributions to continue and broaden its animal rights programs. It's as simple as that.

If you like what we do, PLEASE DONATE!

Among the many blessings of the Internet is the phenomenon called the "Weblog"--- or "Blog" for short.

Originally mostly a vehicle for the expression of the author's personal views on any subject that interested him, Blogs have evolved into a means for organizations such as ISAR to communicate with its supporters and others who may be interested in the Blogger's activities.

Essays include such topics as "ISAR's Amicus Curiae Brief Has Been Filed In The Supreme Court", "ISAR Hits A Nerve", "'Animals Today' Announcement: Program of June 7, 2009", "ISAR Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. v. Stevens", "'Animals Today' Announcement: Program of May 31, 2009", "ISAR vs. Michael Vick", "Great Success for Animal Legal Defense Fund...and Hundreds of Dogs", "Animals Today Announcement: Program of May 17, 2009", "Another Milestone For Animal Rights Law", "'Animals Today' Announcement: Program of May 10,2009", "'Animals Today' Announcement: Program of May 3, 2009", "'Animals Today' Announcement: Program of April 26, 2009", "ISAR In The Supreme Court Of The United States", "Another ISAR Legislative Idea is Copied", "'Animals Today' Announcement: Program of April 12, 2009", "ISAR and 'Animals Today' Radio Show", "Only ISAR 'Gets It' About Mandatory Spay/Neuter", "Free Speech and Cruelty to Animals", "Half a Loaf", "ISAR's International Homeless Animals' Day™ 2008", "ISAR's Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute Garnering Attention", "UBS and Other Generous Matching Donations", "Important New Publication: Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy", "Annotated Text of ISAR's Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute", "Websites Providing Information About Animal Law", "Overview of ISAR's Revolutionary Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute", "The Case Against Zoos", "ISAR's Revolutionary Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute", "Vive Brigitte Bardot", "ISAR's 'Harming Companion Animals' Monograph To Be Used In Law School 'Animal Law And Rights Course'", "ISAR and Animal Rights in Europe", "Harming Companion Animals: Liability and Damages", "Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation in America by Nathan J. Winograd", "Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need by Julie E. Lewin", "Suing on Behalf of Animals: New Case", "Capitol Hill's Animal Friends", "ISAR as Friend-of-the-Court", "Harming Companion Animals", "Celebrities and Animal Abuse", "ISAR's Brand New Website", "Animal Rights Books for Sale", "Decartes is Dead", "ISAR in Action", "Mother Jones Meets an ISAR Billboard", "Token Mandatory Spay/Neuter in Palm Beach, Florida", "Another Municipal Adoption of ISAR's Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute", "Heart Bleeding for Vick, But Not His Victims", "What made Michael Vick?"

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Storm was rescued from a local shelter and gave birth to 3 beautiful female pups.
They are all going to be big. The girls are 5 weeks of age.

Yard Sale Fundraiser June 13th

Come out for a cup of coffee and a muffin and enjoy our Yard and Bake Sale.
We promise lots of great items, and the best part is all money raised will go
to help the animals.
We have NO PAID STAFF, WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEER, so when you donate to our program you
donate directly to the animals care.

For further info please call us at 905-263-TAGS(8247) or e-mail at

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Guelph Doberman Heart Study

This was a first trip for Brando and Luca to Guelph, here we are just arriving at
the clinic to start the day.

Guelph Doberman Heart Study the Ultra Sound

Guelph Heart Study the EKG

Heart Study at Guelph

Brando and Luca now heading home, all went well, both hearts are good!!
A couple of very tired doggies!!

Microchip Clinic

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped to make today a huge success, you guys
are the best!!

Microchip Clinic

Our last dog of the day!!

Spring Microchip Clinic

Pictured is Foxy getting her microchip done.
Thanks to all who came out to support our clinic and show a concern for the safety
of their dogs and cats. A microchip will help your pet to be returned safely back home.

TAGS at the Oshawa Centre

Pictured here our volunteers doing our annual display for Bite Prevention and Safety around dogs.
It was a fun weekend and always great speaking with our community about our program and

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dog Left to die...

HAMILTON–Donna Davison could not believe what she saw in the rear-view mirror. It made her sick.

Standing behind her car on Brant County Rd. 22 southwest of Hamilton just after 7 a.m. was a wet, sand-covered dog – its neck dragged down by a brick tied to its collar with a bolt.

It seems, she said, someone threw the dog in the Grand River to dispose of it but the dog had managed to get out of the water.

It also appears the dog may have had a recent litter of puppies and Davison and the staff at the Chedoke Animal Hospital in Ancaster wonder what may have happened to them.

After working a night-shift as a nurse, Davison was taking the back roads home to Hamilton when she spotted the dog near the river. "I had driven by and noticed the dog along the road was kind of leaning," she said yesterday. "I looked in the mirror and, my God, I saw the brick."

Fighting back the urge to vomit, Davison took the brick off and bundled the frightened animal into the back of her vehicle and headed for the Chedoke Animal Hospital, where she takes her own dog.

Anita Saczyk at the Chedoke clinic says the medium-sized, 5-year-old terrier mix dog they've dubbed "River" after her rescue, is doing well. River's on her way to a new home via the Society For Animal Adoptions of Flamborough.

Saczyk, who volunteers with the society, could not say whether the dog had had a litter of puppies recently, as Davison feared.
The Burlington-Hamilton SPCA is investigating.
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