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  1. I'm all for trying to come up solutions and thinking out of the box......but that said...... As i prefer that the dog regulations be local rather than state or even national, i would not support a one time fee. People and dogs are moved around, and the one time fee which is rather high, would not work in the next locale. The other problem with high fees is that you limit the potential dog ownership pool due to the high cost. I'm not convinced that only people with that amount of disposable income--which can spent on dog fees--makes for a better pool of dog owners. I'm also taking into co
  2. All of this is very interesting information. In the case of MADD, i hadn't realized how "passionate" they are with the trials....but it is worth noting that they focused on "criminalizing" the drunk driving, ie harmful behavior. I would not want to clog up the courts with minor infractions....but would want to make this behavior really unpopular and unacceptable. I do agree with Pearse in that if a community ON THE BALANCE is on the "irresponsible" side ( substitute whatever term you will), then trying to control the problem with MSN may seem reasonable--but the local communities should g
  3. About the "if": to be fair, i was speaking of the simple case where one owner had only one intact dog, or they did NOT have one of each--accidents happen, yet it can still be controlled. About groups vs. Individuals - groups generally are influenced by individuals, or a few of them, who work with passion around a clear message. In many but not all cases. That's my point about the campaigning. As a general principle, I don't agree with your statement UNLESS your area is truly completely overwhelmed with irresponsible dog owners--and that this group cannot be influenced toward change. Is th
  4. Well, i'm VERY honored too to be able to discuss these important things and privileged to be able to exchange these ideas with you--you obviously have genuine humility. I like your ideas of mandatory chipping and mandatory sn for mutliple roaming offenses...and for sn incentives. I would go for that. And I would give each community the chance to decide if that is how they would address their particular problem, if they see it that way. I'm still not on board with taxing litters; but I will look into the USDA part you mention (I don't understand it) and give thought to how to control mass
  5. I think this is a case where good campaigning could be very effective. A few examples in mind: MADD, pet adoption, anti-abortion, the pink ribbon for breast cancer, and others. I mention these NOT to be un-pc, but they are cases in point where very active campaigning, and not taxing, have had very good results. In the case of MADD--the results included ads (purchased by a variety of interests who got on the bandwagon as a community service)--leading to "friends don't let friends drive drunk", designated driver, et al. Pet adoption: there are some excellent efforts on going by private
  6. I disagree. If you care for and control you dog appropriately, you will prevent unwanted pregnancies. It's really simple--AND requires that you are organized, knowledgeable and plan ahead. So then you missed my point earlier. INSURANCE is not a license or a use fee. It is the cost of replacement AND asset protection. It is about risk assessment. It is required partly for political reasons (follow the money) and partly to protect drivers from irresponsible drivers. If my car is destroyed by an irresponsible driver, he/she is required to carry enough insurance to cover my loss. It is
  7. He was a good looking dog and it sounds like a terrible decision.
  8. Your logic is skewed here. Everyone pays the same car licensing fees or are at least dealing with the same licensing fee "schedule" (ie, fee rates). But poor and irresponsible drivers don't pay more car fees/licenses...they get fined for illegal driving or pay higher insurance rates. The insurance rate is NOT directly linked to owning the car. It is directly linked to the replacement costs of the car or damages caused by the poor driving. Owning an intact dog has NOTHING to do with responsible ownership. NOT CONFINNG your dog at the appropriate times, et al. defines whether someone is ski
  9. Don't forget to follow the money. Bureaucrats are always on the lookout for free cash, errr cashcows....be it roads, animals, sales, homes, vacation spots, et al. They earn their pay by creating programs to run, that require cash to burn. It's really that simple in many--but not all--cases....
  10. 'Just a thought....i name my dogs after cities in regions I particularly like.......For example, my first introduction to bc's and herding was in a town called Hailey, hence....I don't claim credit for this idea though....it was a gift from someone at the HS on the day I was about to walk out with my new bud. 'Couldn't think of the right name and a volunteer offered this up as a suggestion. I really like the idea though. Have a local map on hand....?
  11. Two very nice looking smoothies....will be interested to hear more about them over time.....
  12. Thanks! A great list, although not comprehensive, which is GOOD news...
  13. My point being that due to the advancements in medicine, many new tests, et al, Dr.'s and Vets are going the extra length to rule out a possibility. Due to this I think there are additional things being prescribed that may not actually be necessary. It's not to say that these professionals don't care or are not competent. And in fact, these additional advances are probably useful....just that they seem extraneous at times. And are indeed expensive.
  14. You're right! Actually, it should read, "The original concept of "Law" .....
  15. Medicine in general is going a tad wacko. I have paid for an expensive scan when the root problem was too much sodium (as in stop drinking carbonated liquids); had a second mammography (simply to confirm what the doctor's always previously and correctly identified and fibrous tissue) and routinely decline anti-biotics, et al. Recently I declined keepping my dog OVERNIGHT in the emergency, paying for an ADDITIONAL IV, ADDITIONAL antibiotic, full body xray--and instead monitored him myself. He is now doing well. It was a case of too many diet changes and dehydration and perhaps a bug. Total
  16. Medicine in general is going a tad wacko. I have paid for an expensive scan when the root problem was too much sodium (as in stop drinking carbonated liquids); had a second mammography (simply to confirm what the doctor's always previously and correctly identified and fibrous tissue) and routinely decline anti-biotics, et al. Recently I declined keepping my dog OVERNIGHT in the emergency, paying for an ADDITIONAL IV, ADDITIONAL antibiotic, full body xray--and instead monitored him myself. He is now doing well. It was a case of too many diet changes and dehydration and perhaps a bug. Total
  17. Medicine in general is going a tad wacko. I have paid for an expensive scan when the root problem was too much sodium (as in stop drinking carbonated liquids); had a second mammography (simply to confirm what the doctor's always previously and correctly identified and fibrous tissue) and routinely decline anti-biotics, et al. Recently I declined keepping my dog OVERNIGHT in the emergency, paying for an ADDITIONAL IV, ADDITIONAL antibiotic, full body xray--and instead monitored him myself. He is now doing well. It was a case of too many diet changes and dehydration and perhaps a bug. Total
  18. Medicine in general is going a tad wacko. I have paid for an expensive scan when the root problem was too much sodium (as in stop drinking carbonated liquids); had a second mammography (simply to confirm what the doctor's always previously and correctly identified and fibrous tissue) and routinely decline anti-biotics, et al. Recently I declined keepping my dog OVERNIGHT in the emergency, paying for an ADDITIONAL IV, ADDITIONAL antibiotic, full body xray--and instead monitored him myself. He is now doing well. It was a case of too many diet changes and dehydration and perhaps a bug. Total
  19. Laws are to preserve life--not control all general behavior. MSN is akin to making driving illegal due to the harm caused by drunk driving. Driving a car is not a problem until a person drives it irresponsibly. Littering is caused by lazy and slothful actions--hence there are litter laws which fine such actions, not mandate against using packaging. Dog breeding is not the root cause of all of the problems mentioned in this thread. Diminishing the rights of responsible people, whose behavior is reasonably acceptable, moral and legal, is a costly diversion. Ignoring continuous behavior
  20. I missed this! Wales...too fun. Enjoy the trip and safe journeys.
  21. About the sandpaper effect. Guess it depends on what your dog does with the ball. Mine just clomp down & release, clomp & release. Perahps it's a good form of flossing, abeit on just along the surface. They have kongs for the chewing....
  22. Regular tennis balls is what we use.....generally they don't lie around (but some always seem to find a hiding place) and I don't see anything wrong with the teeth. I'm afraid the doggie tennis balls are made from crappy rubber....anyway, they smell awful and I suspect they put off more post mfg fumes that would otherwise be inhaled.
  23. Not much more to say other than my gut reaction is that that your expectations as described seem a tad stringent. Kids don't always approach dogs in appropriate ways...some dogs are incredibly tolerant of this while others aren't--especially if the dog is sleeping. Many people also don't approach dogs in appropriate ways and again some dogs are incredibly tolerant. I like the thought of giving your dog her/his place, ie a crate. 'Trust you'll work it out reasonably.
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