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Diamond Pet Foods has withdrawn from distribution the following date codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat: RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18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.
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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that she has contacted Diamond Pet Food (manufacturer of Premium Edge) and confirmed that certain lots are being withdrawn from retail outlets.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.
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Presumably you're 'Mr Red', but where's Mr Brown these days? Tony Blair evokes Tarantino classic Reservoir Dogs as he takes THREE bodyguards on afternoon stroll through Manhattan The former British Prime Minister went for an afternoon stroll through New York City flanked by three besuited bodyguards in scenes reminiscent of the film Reservoir Dogs. Wearing a dark suit and white shirt, he strode the sidewalk with purpose, protected on all sides by a detail of hired muscle.
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Communities are always trying new things to address the problem of dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets. Some of the more extreme reactions include the cities of Ipswich, Massachussetts, and Boulder, Colorado, who actually considered going all CSI and creating DNA databases of the local dogs.
The borough council of Camden in London has chosen a more low-tech, but more colorful, approach: They're going to paint the poop pink. According to Sally Gimson, Camden's council member for the environment, the idea is to embarrass those who don't clean up their dog poop by letting them know that their neighbors are watching.
"It's about embarrassing the people who aren't picking up the poo after their dogs," she told the Evening Standard. "The whole point is really to embarrass dog owners who are doing it to say, 'we have noticed you've done it, and you shouldn't be doing it'."
That's all well and good, but in the end all the Council is doing is publicizing the fact that there's a problem with poop in the neighborhood. They're not actually going to clean up the poop, just hand out cans of paint to the local residents and let them spray away. Ultimately, there will still be poop, but now it will be... pink.
Strangely, this isn't a unique or new solution. It's been tried in several towns and apartment complexes in Europe. Earlier this year, the St. Michel apartments in Arras, France, started handing out paint cans to their security guards. In 2012, the council in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, implemented a similar plan. In 2010, it was also tried by the council in Staffordshire and a volunteer group in Warminster.
There's no word on how successful any of these pink poo campaigns have been. However, they all have one thing in common: Whether or not the culprits are actually embarrassed by seeing their dog's feces painted a bright, fluorescent pink, everyone else in the community still has to see piles of excrement lying around. If anything, pink poo looks prettier than the usual brown variety. In the United States, this would be a hipster art project making some kind of nebulous statement about materialistic capitalism.
What do you think? Does painting poo pink help solve the problem, or does it just make it cuter?
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It's common thinking that big dogs make the best guard dogs, a fact that burns little dogs to no end. You see them staring at big dogs, sizing them up, looking for weaknesses, thinking, "You ain't all that, Bluto. My teeth are daggers. My bark is fierce." Little dogs know that the most important thing in being a good guard dog is not size but ferocity, a quality little dogs hone to perfection.
Take the little dog in this video, a Yorkie named Scamp. Never have we seen a more effective guard dog. Look how Criminal comes swaying into the backyard, lumbering like he has just eaten at Outback Steakhouse and is looking for a bed to steal. Scamp remains off-screen -- he's probably in the house, watching the intruder, outlining his plan. "I'm going to flip," he thinks. "Criminal won't know what hit him. My bark will be heard in Johannesburg!"
Forgot to say: This video comes from South Africa.
In any case, Criminal does try to make it into the house, Scamp does flip, and Criminal flees like he's in a Looney Tunes cartoon. He almost runs in mid-air and scales not one but two fences in his panicked escape. This dog nailed his duties, and he is one proud Yorkie. Watch:
Don't you love the way Scamp turns a little 360 at the end?
The video was first posted on Reddit, where it went nuts, and then on YouTube, where it swept past 500,000 views after just two days. One commenter says the man was arrested later while committing another burglary and told police he has cynophobia -- fear of dogs.
Fear of Scamp, more like.
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A few months ago, we told you how the California chapter of the National Federation of the Blind was suing ride-sharing service Uber for discriminating against passengers with service dogs. The suit cited a number of incidences. In one, California UberX driver put a blind woman's service dog in the trunk without her knowledge. In another, a driver sped off after slowing to pick up a man and his service dog, shouting "No dogs!" All told, the National Federation of the Blind said it knew of more than 30 instances where blind passengers were denied service.
Now, we have another. A blind woman told NBC New York that a Uber driver refused to pick her up, leaving her and her service dog Elvis stranded on the street. It happened on Tuesday night in Darien, Connecticut, when Amy Dixon called the service for a ride.
"I can see a little bit out of my right eye; I've got one percent left of my vision. So I'm standing there with my guide dog on the curb, and a car pulls up, and it's him," she told NBC New York.
But when the driver saw her dog, he sped off. Dixon said her hand was on the handle when the driver bolted.
"I couldn't believe it. I was flabbergasted," she said. "He took off, and I'm screaming at him, waving at him, waving my arms like crazy thinking maybe he made a mistake because I was hoping it wasn't what I thought it was."
Then, 10 seconds later, she received a message saying her ride was cancelled.
Dixon said she has relied on taxis and, more recently, Uber since losing her vision seven years ago.
"My dog is how I get from point A to point B, and a car is what enables us to get where we need to go," she said.
To its credit, Uber fired the driver. The company said in a statement: "The Uber app is built to expand access to transportation options for all, including users with visual impairments and other disabilities. It is Uber's policy that any driver partner that refuses to transport a service animal will be deactivated from the Uber platform, which has been done in this case."
It's a good policy. Are all of the company's drivers aware of it?
Dixon wasn't stranded for long -- she got right back on Uber and another driver picked her up with no issues. Still, it burns her.
"It breaks my heart that people aren't educated on the ADA law," she told NBC New York.
Via NBC New York
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Sometimes it's just not worth acting like you're supposed to. Life just puts a whole bunch of treats in front of you, there for the taking, and it's a lot more rewarding to grab them in a mad frenzy than it is to obey the rules.
I'm not being metaphorical here. This is exactly what happened at a dog obedience contest in Finland. The object was that each dog was supposed to sit at one end of a strip, then run directly to their trainer, completely ignoring the tempting meat snacks and toys lined up along the sides. In the video below, you can see the first two dogs execute the course perfectly: They come when called, acting as if there weren't tasty sausages and squeak toys sitting mere inches away.
The third dog, a beautiful Golden Retriever, had a completely different philosophy toward the contest. It starts out well: He approaches the starting line and sits with calm dignity, but then when his trainer calls him, well... there are all those treats. They're just sitting there. And he decides to go for them.
The best thing about this video is how the dog goes for all the treats with such unashamed abandon. He can't even really decide which one he wants. He just tries to grab everything within reach: first a stuffed toy, then some sausage, then back to another toy. The Huffington Post's writeup of the video describes it as a "delightful rampage," and it's really hard to come up with two words that describe it better. I know that the dog's owner is probably mortified right now, but in a way, this dog is my hero today. Sometimes you just have to go for the treats, especially when someone's already lined them up in neat rows for you.
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A lot of people are still scared of Pit Bulls. Despite the efforts of their human admirers to debunk myths and half-truths about the breed, "pit bull" is still common shorthand for a dog that's vicious, mean, and violent.
The next time you want to show someone that Pit Bulls can be just as vulnerable and loving as any other dog, share this video of Rhiannon Hamam's dog, Queso. According to Hamam, Queso is scared of just about everything: the kitchen floor, the printer, and doorways.
That's a lot of things to be scared of, especially the last. Doorways are everywhere. It's almost like they're some kind of sinister alien race that's infiltrated every single household, business, theater, and house of worship in the world.
We don't know how Queso deals with his fear of the kitchen floor or printers, but he has come up with a charming way of dealing with the fear of doors. He turns around and goes through butt first, in a canine equivalent of Michael Jackson's "moonwalk."
It's interesting to speculate on what could have caused such a fear. To my knowledge, there's no equivalent phobia in humans. The closest I can think of is the anxiety some people feel when they're all alone and there's a closed door leading to a closet or a basement. If you stare long enough, you can imagine anything behind that door, especially if you've watched enough horror movies. There's also agoraphobia, which is a fear of open spaces that can be so disabling that those who suffer from it become trapped in their own homes, but even that is a fear of what's beyond the door, rather than the act of walking through it.
On Reddit, Hamam went into more detail about Queso and his fear of doors. It seems that some doors are scarier than others:
Queso is a rescue, but we got him when he was about 10 weeks old. So we don't think there was anything too traumatic about going through a doorway that could've messed him up this badly, although that's a possibility. He will go through the front and back doors of the house (to go outside or to come in), and moves around the downstairs (where there's more of an open floor plan--no literal doorways to go through) freely. Upstairs, our bedroom is the only doorway he'll go through. He flat refuses to enter other rooms. We think he forces himself to enter our bedroom because we spend a lot of time there and he wants to join the party--the other rooms are only temporarily occupied so he just lets the fear dominate haha. We don't use invisible fences or any type of shock/vibrating collar. He's just a total weirdo.
In some ways, it's a very human reaction. Sometimes people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are triggered by things that seem very mundane to others. The stereotypical triggers are things like graphic depictions of violence and loud noises, but they can just as often be things like the smell of a certain kind of fabric or soap. We'll probably never know if Queso suffered from some kind of trauma at a puppy mill or something, but it looks like he's found his own ways of living happily with his human family.
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