Discussion in 'Dog News and Articles' started by Kbob, Aug 17, 2004.
Wait, what happened? Was she euthanized or somethin'? Didn't really understand.
Looks like she's got a new owner. From the post, one of the Animal Planet crew members took her home.
I don't have cable out here in the Styx so I haven't seen any animal planet in a long time, but the animal cop program idea reminded me - so I'll throw it out there for you to gnaw on: I used to think police dogs and dogs (and other animals) working with the armed services was just so neat and so great, but as I've gained years and perspective (and worked around a lot of law enforcement) I'm coming more and more to the conclusion that I really don't like this on an ethical or moral level. While these creatures are willing to throw their lives in front of ours, animals don't commit crimes or start wars. We do that. It's not right that they stand in front of us in the way of danger and pay the ultimate price for our inabilities to do the right thing. That's not a disloyalty to our good people who put on uniforms and put themselves in harm's way every day, but these things are human problems, and humans should bear the responsibility. But, that's just my personal epiphany.
I watch animal planet when my dogs aren't there. I can't really watch it with Beulah in the room with me because if a dog starts barking on the tv, she will bark as loud as she can and run around the house. I watch animal cops houston as much as I can. From what I've seen, they have been really good with pit bulls. I watched one episode where they busted these two boys that were fighting pits. After they took the dogs, they found out that these dogs loved people. They were the friendliest dogs. I've never seen an episode where they put down a pit. I take that back, there was one time, but the dog was dying and there was nothing else they could do for it. I applaud the people on animal cops. It's nice to see animals taken out of bad homes and put in a good environment.
ROFL! I can just see Beulah getting all worked up over the dogs on TV. Bimmer used to love to watch that show they had where the dogs competed in teams. He would sit and watch, wide-eyed, when he was a pup, lol!
Oh, gotta share this . . . Shiva wants to nap, but Kharma wants to play. Shiva's laying on her side on the floor in front of the heater and Kharma's on the sofa above her, reaching down with her two front paws - about the size of dessert plates, lol - putting them all over Shiva's head, covering Shiva's eye, mushing her nose, flipping her ear making funny little noises at her.
Although I haven't seen the program, what I don't get is why this is so-called reality (if you really want a dog is this the way to do it?), and how the 'competitive' (best of 3) nature can be entertaining. I accept that some people might learn from watching, but there are better ways to do it and I doubt in a TV-scenario whether everyones thoughts are really on what's best for the animal (e.g. from how-do-I-look to schedules to ratings). I guess its just the way of the world that a lot of people just accept (even re-enforce) what the media passes to them... (....thinking of what I've read on here about the 'bad rap breeds' problem in Canada and elsewhere)
Interesting thoughts Renee - made me think of how I felt of when I learned about the US Navy Dolphin Programs when in FLA some years back... I guess with dogs its much better if they are allowed to be 'smart' (like sniffers, trackers) rather than being lined up to pay the ultimate price (border guards, police dogs used at riots etc....)
One thing I liked about Who gets the dog is there has been a couple of kind of shy dogs. Although this is tough on the dog to go thru this, what would his chances have been of finding a good home without this? It may not be the best way but I think the hole idea is to try to get people to look into going thru shelters to get pets. I do think they mean well.
Did you know that the Animal Cops show is all about the Humane Society in whatever area they are in and they go and rescue neglected/abused animals?
I HATE the idea of using dolphins for military purposes or ANY animal for that matter. Makes me
I think she meant that the name Animal Cops reminded her of police dogs
Thanks, Pits! That's exactly the case. I haven't seen cable TV in so long I have no idea what's on any of the networks anymore, lol!
i am sitting here trying to picture in my mind what the dog would be thinking..first thank god I am out of the shelter..oh boy these people are great, why am I leaving,
ok these people are nice, i am a bit stressed, oh crap..why am I leaving..i think i am tired, ok, i am stressed too..maybe these people are great but oh gee, i will probably be leaving. Think he would have post stress enough from leaving the shelter? Now he will have bonding issues as well.
Like you, Bonster, I don't have any real qualms about the dogs having jobs out of the line of fire; dogs love to have work to do and it also helps keep us aware of that fact.
I read a story somewhere about a Jack Russell that was being trained for U.S. Customs work, sniffing contraband in luggage. He was doing everything right, except they couldn't find his "thing" - the particular contraband he was particularly keen on. The finally found it . . . cheese! Now, who would have thought there was a problem of illegal cheese coming into the U.S.? There must be, 'cause this little guy was so good at it and found so much that there were actually death threats sent in against him!
LOL! Just file that one in the "Weird World" drawer . . .
omg what silly people to do that though!!!I feel sorry for the poor dog!!i would'nt blame him if he bit someone coz he didnt know them!!
The problem I have with "Who Gets the Dog?" is that here are 3 families competing for one dog. Now I don't know how other humane societies are, but while volunteering four or five times a week at mine, I notice several dogs that need homes!! And I fall completely in love with several of them. While these morons are wasting their time and loving their 15 minutes, any number of unwanted dogs are put to sleep. If they would just say, "Geez, I want a dog. Let's try to suppress our desperate desire to be on TV and just go adopt one!" I would be happier. It shames me that people are so ignorant that it doesn't occur to them that there are thousands of wonderful dogs out there who need loving homes and are being destroyed while they fight over one little dog who's obviously going to get adopted anyway.
I guess I'm still wishing people were more like dogs.
I think you've hit the nail on the head, Emma!
That's not the only thing I want to hit on the head... lol
You know....I was thinking the same thing while watching that show. Why do they care about that one little dog. Why don't two of the people just go adopt a dog from a shelther and let one have this one? And hurry up before more get pts!
And another thing that's irritating is that they make such a big issue out of who "relates" the best to the dog or who was better at teaching it in 5 minutes how to jump through a hoop. Who cares? As long as the people are nice and won't abuse the dog, have some idea how to care for one, it's better than a life sitting in some shelter or being wasted.
I agree with that. Some of the things they tell these people they have to do I'm sitting there thinking THOSE POOR PEOPLE! Its intersting hearing the lady trainer tell how she "would have done it". The dog doesnt really understand, goes to someones house, doesnt know them at all yet he's to learn in a few mins to do certain things on comand then go to someone elses house and learn their comands. Then they also have the hole family working to get the dog to do something. I've always worked one on one with mine to learn the basic, sit, stay, laydown, maybe catch treats. Its just to distracting to have more than one person at the same time saying "sit", "stay" while trying to teach them. That part bothers me. And I think how I love animals, have all my life and have never negelted a animal. It wouldnt matter if I had one pet or 100, I'd see to it each had the love and care they needed but if I was on that show trying for a pet and they gave me some of those task I'd fail and most likely not get the dog. I've had Princess for a year now and she still doesnt jump thru hoops or jump over things! Although, I wish I knew how to teach different tricks because I think she has the talent to do some neat stuff if I only knew how to teach them!
speaking of the stupid tricks they try and get these people to train their dogs. im going back to Stella when the male couple tried to teach her to chase her trail by tieing a pink bandana to her tail.... Is'nt chasing their tail something you want to usually stop your dog from doing?
Yep, I've heard of it.