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Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb. The calls from pet owners or veterinarians regarding this issue have been centered in the Rochester, NY area. All retail outlets shipped the above lots were contacted, asking them to pull the product from the store shelves. The retailers were also asked to contact their customers via email or telephone requesting them to check the date code of the food. However, if you or anyone you know has these date codes of Premium Edge cat food, please return them to your retailer.
Symptoms displayed by an affected cat will be neurological in nature. Any cats fed these date codes that display these symptoms should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.
Product testing proved no contaminants were discovered in the cat food; however the cat foods were deficient in thiamine. Diamond tracked the vitamin premix lot number that was utilized in these particular cat foods and have performed testing on another lot of Premium Edge cat food that used the same vitamin premix, and it was not deficient in thiamine. No other neurological signs have been reported on any other product manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.
http://stoneridgevethosp.com/ (585) 227-4990
Susan Thixton reports that she has contacted Diamond Pet Food (manufacturer of Premium Edge) and confirmed that certain lots are being withdrawn from retail outlets.
See Susan?s blog for further details, including affected date codes.
If you have been feeding your cats this product and particular lots/dates and your cats are exhibiting decreased appetite followed by neurological symptoms, please contact your vet, Dr. Hubbard, and Diamond Pet Food. http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/
Here is a press release dated April 1 on Menu Foods website:
Menu Foods Income Fund (TSX: MEW.UN) announced that the parties to the Pet Food Multi-District Litigation (including Menu Foods) today advised the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that their mediation has produced a comprehensive, cross-border agreement in principle between the parties, addressing all major terms of settlement.
The settlement in principle is subject to several conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement and review and approval of the U.S. District Court and the Canadian courts. The parties advised the court that they are confident that a definitive settlement agreement can be reached.
The definitive terms of settlement, together with a motion for preliminary approval thereof, are scheduled to be filed with the U.S. District Court on May 1, 2008, with the hearing scheduled to occur at 11:00 a.m. on May 14, 2008. The scheduling for Canadian court approval has not yet been determined, but is expected to occur in a similar time frame.
The settlement amount will be funded by the defendants, including Menu Foods and its product liability insurer. Menu Foods estimate for recall costs remains unchanged at Cdn.$55 million. Pet owners with potential claims should not contact Menu Foods regarding the agreement in principle. If and when a definitive settlement agreement and claims process have been finalized and approved, the administrator of the settlement fund will give notice to pet owners with details on the procedure for making claims on the settlement fund.
"Plastic surgery is good for dogs!" according to a leading Brazilian pet plastic surgeon. A face-lift for a dog? [Seattle Post Intelligence] Not only can you get a face-lift for your dog, but you can even order up a mammary lift for her droopy tits after she's had her puppies... (Surely the SPCA would label this kind of pure cosmetic surgery an unnecessary and cruel procedure?)
18-inch dog swallows 16-inch stick UK [Yahoo News: Fortean Times]
Wannabe robber's dog mask gets laughs, foils robbery PA [Post Gazette via Romenesko's Obscure Store]
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'In the end, it is love and attention --- from humans and animals alike --- that keep pets happy and healthy...' Caring for pets, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier]
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You remember Mistah Metro and the case of the tattooed dog from Thursday. It was a wild story: Mistah (aka Alex Avgerakis), a hotshot Brooklyn tattoo artist, went to work on his dog when she was out cold from spleen surgery. His said his vet let him do it. He inked a big 'ol heart on her shoulder, then posted the pic to Instagram and waited for the accolades to pour in.
That never happened. Instead, he was criticized, his sanity was questioned, people wondered what planet he was on, and so on and so forth, until he was forced to lock all his social media accounts and his website and go to ground, but not before trying one last time to win favor by reposting the photo to a new Instagram account:
That wasn't a good idea either. Soon, that picture vanished as well.
With Mistah off the radar, angry people turned to Mistah's workplace, Brooklyn's Red Legged Devil tattoo shop, to vent. Owner Chris Torres said the shop has been "besieged by angry callers -- some making death threats," according to the New York Post.
"I don't condone animal abuse," he said to DNA Info. "This has gone viral. It's not good."
And now, we find out Mistah quit -- and Torres was glad to see him go.
?He quit. He texted me yesterday and told me he was going to lay low for a while. I?m not protesting that. I can?t have him back here,? he told the Post.
Torres defends the man, but he says that his actions were dumb.
?The guy?s not mean. He?s not an animal abuser. He doesn?t beat animals or tie them up in the cold. He just didn?t think out what he did,? Torres said. "He's a nice kid. It obviously wasn't well thought out. He spent thousands and thousands on the dog to keep him in good health. He cared for it like an old person in an old home."
Here's a video of Mistah's mother-in-law picking up the dog from the vet.
Currently, dog tattooing is not illegal, but this case has prompted a Manhattan politician, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, to try and change that. She's sponsoring a bill to to ban all animal tattoos and piercings, according to Capital New York.
?It seems crazy to us that it isn?t already illegal,? said her spokeswoman Lauren Schuster.
Rosenthal and her staff assumed Mistah's tattoo was an anomaly, but they were surprised to find dozens of examples of dog tattooing and piercing online.
"If a person is weighing whether to get a tattoo, they will consider the amount of pain the procedure will cause both during and afterward against the benefits that they will receive from it," she said in a press release about the bill. "As we all know, animals do not have the capacity to make these decisions, nor can they contextualize that the pain they feel might result in what some might consider beautiful body art; sadly, all they know is the pain."
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How do you get around the city if you break your leg and can't travel under your own power? For one small puppy from Chongqing, China, the solution was easy: Hitch a ride with a friend, just like the rest of us. However, his solution is way more adorable than the human version of asking someone to drive us.
The pup's owner, one Mr. Lan, found the puppy wandering the streets of Chonqing and took him in. However, he couldn't go to work and care for the small pup at the same time, so he found an elegant solution. Mr. Lan has a larger dog named Black Tiger, who usually carries vegetables to market in a basket. Instead of vegetables, Black Tiger now carries the smaller dog around in the basket, much to the delight of the locals. And now, the two dogs have become Internet stars, thanks to the video below.
It's hard to imagine a dog being any safer than in the little pink basket with the handle gripped between Black Tiger's jaws. It's even harder to imagine that it could be seen as anything other than tender and heartwarming: A small pup who was wandering around alone and in pain managed to find not one friend, but two. And yet, someone has already found a way to turn this simple story into a platform for xenophobia. On a site called The Sop, Robert Paul Reyes (I have no idea who this guy is, nor what The Sop is) chastises Lan for not taking the puppy to a vet instead of in a basket, then dives straight into racist caricature:
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When the Chinese citizens see Black Tiger carrying the puppy in a basket do they feel compassion, incredulity or hunger pangs?
I pray that the little puppy will grow up to be a strong healthy pooch like Black Tiger, and not end up as the main course on somebody's dinner table.
Some people can see nothing but their own ugliness reflected in everything around them. From the video below, it looks to me like the little pup is in very good hands (and jaws).
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But that's not the case for Leo. Despite being pulled from a puppy mill covered in fleas, blood, bugs, and dirt, Leo is full of gentle appreciation. And to show his appreciation, Leo always approaches you with a gift in his mouth. That's because he's happy his mouth no longer festers with sores. The only "toy" Leo had at the puppy mill was a piece of plastic piping. During his rescue, the piping became a security blanket -- even though it was also making him bleed. His teeth had been filed to the gums, leaving them raw. He now gets soft toys to play with and his mouth no longer bleeds.
Eighty percent of one's life is a long time to spend being miserable and treated cruelly, and Leo would have every right to be upset about it. While it took a little time for Leo to learn to trust in humans, he's overcome his past and now gets to live out the rest of his life in quiet comfort.
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It had food in it, but ... you know. Leo apologizes profusely and assures you it was delicious.
Oh hahah, just kidding, this is for Leo -- it has his name on it!
Plastic! So they'll last forever!
He has so many!
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Usually when we write about problems with dogs and law enforcement, the story is about a police officer who got trigger-happy in the field and shot a dog. In the video below, Jessica Williams of The Daily Show flips that dynamic around a bit. A study last year showed that in the first six months of 2013, 100 percent of people who were bitten by K-9 units of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were black or Latino.
The video is funny, but it's a very serious kind of funny. Williams pretends to take for granted the claim that because we have a black president, racism is a thing of the past. If America is post-racial, then it logically follows that the dogs are being racist. To demonstrate, she interviews a dog trainer, and shows how the trainer's Chihuahua barks at her and "follows the black girl around the room."
Naturally, it should surprise no one that a Chihuahua barks at them. In fact, the one in the video seems relatively well-behaved compared with some of my acquaintance. Like the trainer says, dogs aren't racist, at least not in the way that we usually mean it. As she says, "The problem is at the other end of the leash."
Saying that a dog is racist implies a higher degree of intent and cognition than dogs are usually credited with. Like all great humor, the joke at the heart of Williams' piece is essentially tragic: More than a decade into the 21st century, we're far from being "post-racial," no matter how good that sounds to media pundits. If police dogs are more aggressive toward black and Latino people, it says more about the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department than it does the dogs themselves.
Dog owners or trainers know that their dogs will pick up cues and attitudes from them, whether they intend to pass along those things or now. It's inevitable. When it happens with your pet at home, it's merely annoying and inconvenient. When it happens with dogs trained to aid law enforcement, it's just outright dangerous. Williams' piece is a great depiction of how prejudices seep outward from ourselves and root themselves in the behavior of our animals, and even the supposedly hyperneutral interface of our computers. (The moment when Williams types "Why do black people..." into Google is a thing of beauty.)
What do you think? Can dogs be racist? Have you ever seen a dog behave more aggressively around people of color than with white people? How can police departments avoid this happening in their canine units? Let us know what you think below.
Via The Daily Show
The other day, Chevy released a devastating short film about spending your life with a dog and the heartbreak of euthanasia. It's a tender piece, running backward through the life of a woman and her faithful companion, hitting all the high points -- birthdays, campouts, learning to drive, breakups, moving, graduations -- all of which she shares with her dog, Maddie. Near the end, we finally understand that the dog is at the end of her life; they are in a vet's office, and she is being euthanized. At the end of it, Chevy tries to sell you a car.
Okay, it's really a commercial.
Strong stuff. Take a moment -- you're probably thinking of your own dog right now, or a dog you lost, or the dog you'll one day get. You're probably thinking wistfully of passing time, loss, regret, happiness, a life well lived. And your dog, of course. Always your dog.
But you're probably not thinking about how awesome the Chevy Equinox looked at the end there.
It is weird that Chevy is using the death of a dog to sell you a crossover SUV? Is it weird that the ad is comparing the life of a dog to the life of a Chevy? Is it weird that this idea ever made it out of a pitch meeting?
Yes! All of that is very weird. But car makers do weird things all the time -- like making a heartbreaking short film about euthanasia and releasing it as a car ad.
Some people have a real problem with this commercial. Jalopnik calls it the "literally the worst ad ever." Complex Magazine calls it "depressing" and says, "It makes me want to lie in bed and curl up in a ball."
Other people are just crying, like the people over at Jezebel. "Go ahead, take two minutes to cry it out," says the author of the article.
I think that'll be the reaction here as well. This is a fine, brutally emotional short film about life and loss and dogs, with a Chevy tossed in at the end. We're free to ignore the Chevy. We certainly aren't thinking about the Chevy. We're thinking about the dog at our feet and the dog we grew up with.
What do you think? Is this ad devastating? Do you need another moment?
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