Canine Advocate by Melanie Coy en-us Purpose Bred Dogs In keeping with the “theme” of service/assistance animals there is a topic which will invariably come up, the matter of using shelter vs breeder dogs. This is a subject shrouded in a lot of good intentions but as much, if not more, misunderstanding of what a trainer looks for when evaluating a working dog, as the American’s with Disabilities Act itself. A couple of years ago, a friend and respected trainer of working/service/assistance dogs invited me into a... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:32:24 -0600 Business & the ADA Over the past few years I have posted entries describing what constitutes a service dog protected under the federal rules of the American’s with Disabilities Act. The rules of the ADA are in fact explicit but they are also very misunderstood. Because of a general lack of knowledge and understanding of these rules, we are seeing more and more flagrant violations by both the business owners and handlers who misuse the protections by presenting dogs who are not actual service... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:42:44 -0600 What We Allow 2016 ended with the dog world in upheaval over a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling justifying the shooting of dogs during the execution of a search warrant. This case began when the owners of two dogs killed during a 2013 raid, sued the Battle Creek Michigan officers who shot one dog upon breaking through the front door of the home and basically followed the second to the basement where they killed her while she was just standing there in a side stance barking. The... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:06:20 -0600 With a Twist Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. In short it is a fear response to situations which cause a sufferer to “flash back” to horrors the mind finds impossible to come to terms with or even comprehend. PTSD is associated mostly with returning combat veterans but it is also prevalent in women who have survived rape and extreme abuse as well as child survivors of assault and abuse. No one is... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:32:44 -0600 Giving This is the time of year when giving is encouraged not only in the spirit of the season but by many accountants. From the accounting aspect, this is not a harsh consideration but a very realistic one. We all scramble to find ways to offset the pending tax season. It is impossible to turn on the television without seeing the push for annual giving to national organizations who profess to have the best interests of the animals in their “hearts”. They use photos and videos of... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 07:35:46 -0600 The Coming Together Christmas is just over two weeks away. As this year draws to an end it is natural to reflect on the roller coaster represented by 2016. The canine advocates had their hopes raised then dashed at the eleventh hour when the final committee hearing for HB1811 was cancelled. As the year progressed we fought to see vacancies in both the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate filled by those who represent legislation and the will of the people versus the politicians promoting business... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:35:23 -0600 Blind Stupidity During the Thanksgiving celebration, I was alerted to the fact several people I have held in high regard have aligned themselves with a group of animal rights freaks presenting themselves as champions for animal welfare. I do not know if it is my hatred of what animal rights represents or the disappointment in finding out those I considered to be of reasonable intelligence are stupid enough to fall for the lie. I do know the 2017 legislative session in Missouri will become a blood bath if... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:04:13 -0600 Let the Miracles Begin There is no denying shelters all feel a financial crunch during the best of times. For one shelter in our extreme boot heel area, a financial crunch has become a financial crippling of their efforts; or at least could have been crippling. The Caruthersville Humane Society has long faced a battle because they are in one of the highest poverty counties in the State of Missouri. Many would have counted their losses and closed their doors. You do not know the supporters of this shelter if... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:22:53 -0600 Why It Matters Staying in the theme of last week’s entry, I thought it would be beneficial to finish my thought on why mandatory spay/neuter is nothing more than another form of genocide. I stand in a different position than most of those involved in saving this breed in the fact that my background was influenced by the show ring. I am a true fancier, not just someone who has a Pit now but may have something else later. While I have had many single representatives of other breeds since acquiring... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:20:03 -0600 Liars, Haters & Animal Rights There are times when it is very difficult to tell the difference in those who are mentioned in the title in this week’s entry. You see they all have the same thing in common. They are all dedicated to seeing the genocide of the American Pit Bull Terrier. I had planned a very different entry this week and was planning to kick off a new series. After my conversation with an animal rights group during the 2016 Pet Expo, there is only one thing on my mind right now. With the... Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:32:56 -0600 A New Day Dawns Today marks the final Sunday in the 2016 celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness month. For those of us in southeast Missouri this has been a time of renewing our dedication to a breed who has suffered at the hands of abusers, haters and liars. Last evening this remarkable month was marked by the coming together of activists from many different fields. Mac’s Mission hosted at bonfire at their planned new facility location. The entire event was made even better by the spirit you... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:16:21 -0500 Letís Review My only descriptive word for Saturday night is WOW. We did not have a huge attendance this is true but we had without a doubt a quality attendance. What I am talking about was the first celebration of the National Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 22. Safe Harbor along with Mutts N Stuff presented a showing of the film, The Champions. Cup ‘n Cork hosted the event and along with our guest speaker, Karol Wilcox of the Caruthersville Humane Society and a reading by Sharon Debout Carr... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:46:15 -0500 When Arrogance Rules I have been involved in planning an event in honor and recognition of the National Pit Bull Awareness Day designated as October 22, 2016. During this preparation it has come to my attention the event has merit but due to the fact that it is being presented by Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in conjunction with Mutts n Stuff, the egos who want nothing more than the demise of Safe Harbor continue to manipulate those in a position to help promote this event. No one denies Safe Harbor has a... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:01:53 -0500 Coalitions In recent years I have seen a number of groups come together to work for the greater good. Coalitions have formed in areas historically divided, with all sides putting aside any differences in overall policies in favor of working together to achieve the foundation mission. We are seeing a form of coalition coming together in our shelter/rescue/advocacy network. Whether by conscious decision or by the intervention of fate, there is no denying old prejudices and personalities are being... Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:24:05 -0500 Montreal After the furor over what happened in Canada this past week, this entry may come as no surprise to many. On September 27, the governing council of Montreal voted 37-23 to ban any new ownership of Pit Bulls, to place restrictions on the owners of Pit Bulls now within the city limits and all Pit Bulls held in their sheltering system are to be destroyed. This ruling will go into effect on Monday, October 3. For weeks the Pit Bull advocates from both the animal welfare and animal rights... Sun, 02 Oct 2016 07:25:43 -0500 Itís Official It is official, the Pit Bull fanciers of Cape Girardeau will come together in celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 22, 2016. Thanks in no small part to Mutts N Stuff of St. Louis, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary will present a viewing of The Champions, one of the most powerful, nationally acclaimed documentaries produced in honor of the survivors of the Michael Vick horrors. From the website of The Champions: Directed and Produced by Founder of FIREFLYFILMWORKS... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:13:55 -0500 Kill Shelter The title to this entry is a phrase that absolutely infuriates me. When I hear this used in regards to an open admission shelter, it tells me immediately the person using the phrase has zero experience working in a shelter whose doors are open to ALL animals. It also tells me this person is a narrow minded, judgmental individual unwilling to educate themselves or do anything to relieve the burden for care in the open admission shelters. I would encourage such individuals to work one... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:39:41 -0500 Fate We hear debate over the topic of fate and whether or not it is reality or simply the way events fall. This past week I became a true believer in fate when the two dogs retreived from the ugliness of last week's entry created a chain of events resulting in their being returned to their rightful owners. Within minutes of receiving a photo of Rita wagging her tail after a stellar check up at the vet's office, fate intervened, one detail after another began to fall in place and thanks to... Sun, 04 Sep 2016 07:35:29 -0500 Just Ignore It UPDATE: I just became aware of the names of the principals in control this property and responsible for this abuse. The woman involved has been an offender for years and the "powers that be" are very much aware of her. She falls under the protection of a family member who also happens to be a ranking police officer with Cape Girardeau city. We need to see justice done but it won't be done in Cape Girardeau county. This will have to go to the Attorney General then pray that someone... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:37:18 -0500 Obedience vs Tee Ball Out of the roller coaster of this past week it was brought to my attention the movement toward everyone plays, we do not keep score and there are awards for all regardless of ability has infiltrated the competition obedience rings. First, I am not a parent. I am the person in Walmart who must endure out of control, disrespectful kids whose parents have adopted the idea, kids will find their way if they are allowed total free rein to navigate through life. I am the same person who takes great... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:28:15 -0500