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Well friends, once again, the cat is out of the bag - or should we say the dog out of the hutch!  This Friday night, March 27, ABC's Nightline will be investigating puppy mills!
ABC Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and investigators from Nightline travel the byways and back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - visiting numerous puppy mills and filming Main Line Animal Rescue's volunteers as they rescue breeding dogs and puppies from Lancaster County's notorious Amish commercial breeding facilities.   
This promises to be a very special program.  If you are involved in rescue, advocate on behalf of the millions of puppy mill dogs interned in our nation's commercial dog breeding facilities, or if you just simply love animals, you will not want to miss this.
Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed, on camera, an Amish breeder while touring his facility - a first for network television.  With approximately 500 dogs housed on his property, this commercial breeder speaks openly about an industry cloaked in secrecy and suspicion - the cruel factory farming of man's best friend.
PLEASE tell your friends, your family, your coworkers - ABC Nightline investigates puppy mills - this Friday at 11:35 pm (Eastern Standard Time).  Please take the time to forward this to all the rescues, shelters, and legislators in your area.
It has been almost one year since Oprah's puppy mill show aired.  That program received the highest viewer response of any Oprah Show in years.  Now we need to spread the word about this very special Nightline.  Only by educating as many people as we can, will we be able to help these animals.  And after you watch the program, please don't hesitate to contact ABC and Nightline to thank them for casting such a strong light on the plight of our nation's puppy mill dogs.   
Bill Smith
Main Line Animal Rescue

Remembering those no longer with us. / RIP Tanner
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:40:13 pm »
This email was sent to me from the adoptive mother of my 2puppies Mastiff/Boxer mix. My heart goes out to her Marina

This email is very hard for me. Mainly due to the fact that I cannot do it justice, or fully express my feelings.
For those of us who dearly love our animals and all the creations we are blessed with...we know the joy they bring to our lives. They give so much more than they take. They enrich and teach us to many lessons, if we just take the time to notice.
For me, my Tanner was such a treasure.
He was born in Ontario, Canada and came from champion lines on both his parents' sides. His pedigree is certainly impressive to say the least! Yet, he was sold into the wrong hands for the first three years of his life.
Confined to be abused in so many ways, and then confined to live in total darkness in a barn. No attention, no light, no companionship. ..and left to sleep and spend his days locked in a stall buried in his own urine and feces...for 3yrs!
When I found Tanner, he could not walk due to his muscles atrophying, could barely see from being in the d! ark for so long, his coat was saturated with what he was forced to lay in, his tail was dislocated, ears ulcerated....h e was a the sorriest animal I had ever laid eyes on. Yet, There was a kindness to him...a genuine willingness to forgive if just given a chance.
I loaded Tanner in my car, with all the windows rolled down! I had no idea how or if he'd recover, but I wanted to try and help him somehow.
After 9 hours of grooming, my family was able to finally approach him. His next stop was the vet.
In such bad shape for so long, and still unable to walk...not to mention the whole host of other ailments...the vets examining him strongly suggested that I just put him to sleep since they did NOT expect him to survive a month!
One look in those big, brown seal-like eyes...I knew that wasn't an option. Tanner was never given a chance. I wanted to give that to him. Whether it be a month, a year or many years. That was August of 2000. Nine years ago!!!
At! first it was loading him onto the 4-wheeler, 3-4 times a day ! to take him to the pond for his " water therapy". He LOVED to feel the freedom of swimming and moving his own weight around without help. Then, when he could finally walk on his own, he'd patrol the perimeter of our house and barn (which the path is still worn from him doing so over the years). Although Tanner was in need of a double hip replacement, but not a candidate for one, he stil managed to do very well with good nutrition, acupuncture treatments, supplements, comfy beds and LOADS of love.
I hope Tanner was happy here with us. If he wasn't, he certainly hid it well...
I've had many dogs and other animals throughout my life, but none like my Tanner. Everyone loved and respected him. The other animals treated him like he was the Grand Daddy of the property. Utmost respect and looked to him for approval and protection. He and I had a bond that is very hard to put into words. My only regret is that I didn't find him sooner and that he had to s! uffer those first years of his life! But, true to his nature...Tanne r did not hold a grudge and most rescued dogs...was always grateful and ever present.
Although I knew this day would come, but hoped it wouldn't...I had to make the decision to put Tanner to sleep yesterday.
Someone had driven over him at my barn while I was away for the day, and left him. When we all came home that evening, we found him lying in the barnyard in shock. At first , I had thought he must have had a stroke, but soon realized otherwise. My vet came here to see him. She took some x-rays and found he had badly fractured his left hind leg. He would've needed surgery and pins. Both of which would not be an option for such an old dog with his history. I couldn't let him suffer any longer.
So, my son Paul made Tanner a Bacon sandwich (his favorite) and we laid on his bed with him until he quietly fell asleep in our arms. The last words he heard were how much we loved h! im and what a wonderful friend he has been to us all.
The! kids pi cked a place to bury him, outside my bedroom window, where he would diligently sit on so many if to protect me.
As most of you know and have experienced at some point in your lives.....Thes e wonderful animals are such treasures. Unreplaceable. One-of-a-kind. Forever missed, but always cherished.
These photos of Tanner are over the past nine months. He was a Platnim Golden Retriever and weighed nearly 140lbs. He was my "Blonde Grizzly Bear."
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I will miss family will miss him. But, like Tanner...we are very grateful for what we had with him.

- Lisa

Sent: 3/21/2009 6:45:57 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: Bernese Mountain Dogs need a home

Hello All,
Forwarding this email on to you in case you know of anyone looking to adopt two Bernese Mountain Dogs. According to the email, they are currently being boarded in New Paltz, NY. I don't know any info other than what is included in the email passed along to me.Here are the photos and the details about the two Berners who need a home.  I have learned that they are from a breeder in Norway and lived in NYC with Sam, his wife and a pair of cats.  Hobo the male is about 125 lbs. and Harmony is somewhat smaller.  The dogs traveled with Sam to his beach house and were exercised each morning in Central Park.  Sam's wife passed on about a year ago and Sam died this past week.  The dogs are being boarded in New Palz, NY. 
It is important to the person looking to place Harmony and Hobo that they remain together.

~Heather White

Heather White Dog Training

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / I rescued a Pom yesterday
« on: March 22, 2009, 01:11:14 pm »
I rescued a Pom yesterday he has a heart of gold! He was ignored and never groomed his nails had not been clipped i gave him a bath what a joy! He will go to the groomers tomorrow.I have in the back of the house he is hanging out with me the cats don't dig him. My cats are larger than he is and they think he is yucky! He is such a sweet heart he slept with me he had been trained to use a dog door i put a puppy potty pad down before i went to bed and he must have jumped  off the bed and used it yea. Tomorrow i will take him to the groomers and to school i have a busy day and i am unable to hang with him! i will post some pics of him his name is Lancelot and he is black and tan.Marina ps the white spots on him are because the window was closed!!!

Newfoundland Discussions / Newfoundland wanted for free (Eden)
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:50:12 am »
This was posted on Craigslist today ???????? ??? ??? ???

Newfoundland wanted for free (Eden)
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-03-21, 4:48PM EDT

Would like a free Newfoundlans puppy. Would prefer a female, Landseer, but would take a black one if I had to. Also, want it spayed first Thank You

    * Location: Eden


posted — 03-16-2009

Saint Bernard St. Bernard

Young, Female

Molly is a three year old st Bernard who gets along well with other dogs and kids she is housebroken and is in need of a new home immediately. We must move and she can not come with us. Molly has the color you come to expect in a st Bernard.

* House Trained

* Spayed/Neutered


North Olmsted, OH

Misty G's Mark my

posted — 03-05-2009


Adult, Male

Three year old brindle English Mastiff needs a new home. I am a law student and do not have the time to devote to him that he deserves. He is a beautiful boy and a real lover. He has fathered champion puppies and was the pick of his litter. For more information call 716-969-3039 or email danielleaerick

* House Trained


Albany, NY

Mixed Breed Discussion / Update on my Mastiff/Boxer Pups
« on: March 16, 2009, 07:08:30 am »
This is from Lisa Milo and Otis forever home!

Hi Marina,

I just thought I'd like you know how the boys are doing. You can pass this on to their Foster Mom, Jan as well.

Both Milo and Otis are doing just wonderful. They are loving, smart and obedient puppies. They seem to live to please! They are doing great with the housebreaking. Already know to go to one certain spot in the woods!!!
They are fearless when it comes to meeting all of my other animals. The goats are too sure of them, but Milo and Otis LOVE them and run around the yard with them. The cats have reluctantly accepted them and so have my other dogs. The chickens are a huge tempation to chase, but listen when I tell them 'no'.
The horses are just as curious of them as the puppies are of the horses. It's very cute.

They went to the vet last Friday and have gained 4 lbs in a week!!! The puppy food I am giving them is for large breeds, but seems to be too much too fast for them, so I have to mix it with adult fo! od. They are growing too fast and it is causing Milo to have contracted tendons in his front legs.
I am keeping a close eye on it and he has his legs massaged several times a day to help relaxed the tendons so he can still run and play comfortably.
These are two very LOVED boys and we are having a blast with them. Thanks so much for everything!

By the way....if you happen to run across any young dogs or puppies that are Bassett hounds or at least part Bassett....I have someone who would just love to adopt one! Very nice couple that would give it a wonderful home.

Take Care,

- Lisa

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Rescued a pug mix today!
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:59:06 pm »
I rescued a pug mix today he came from a high kill shelter in Ohio. He was a military mans dog he had to go back and surrendered the dog to the shelter.His name is Mojo and he is very sweet i took him right to the vet he got all his shots and dewormed he has a cough but they didn't think it was kennel cough.I had a crate set up just thought he might like it but after everything he has been through i wasn't sure if he would use it. He sniffed around and made a beeline for the crate curled up and went to sleep.I will try and upload a picture of him the only one i have is at the shelter still. Marina

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Il Divo "Amazing Grace"
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:55:09 am »

Just thought i would like to share with all of you animals and humans. Marina

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Listen to your dogs!
« on: March 06, 2009, 09:56:38 am »
I’m sure most of you have heard that dogs can sometimes smell chemical changes in a person’s body and alert them to seizures before they happen, or even detect cancer.  I want to share a recent personal experience.


Like many of us, I’ve been under a great deal of stress lately.  I was also born with a heart murmur.  Whenever I get stressed, I get heart palpitations.  Then I get even more stressed/worried over that.


The other night, I wasn’t feel great at bedtime and had severe heartburn.  I was also having mild pain in my upper back, but was attributing that to a long trail ride I had taken the prior day.  (It’s a fact that women do not experience heart problems the same as men.  Women generally do not get chest pain but get pain in their upper back.)  My husband and I went to bed.  I fell asleep but woke up in a sweat.  I could hear Phoenix (my 3-year old blue) at the bottom of the stairs crying.  We keep a baby gate there to stop the dogs from coming upstairs at night.  Phoenix had never done this before.  She and Jade always lay on the couch and sleep and never cry to come upstairs.


Since I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to wake my husband, I went downstairs to sleep on the couch.  Normally, Phoenix would curl up in the curve of my legs and go to sleep and not move until I got up.  However, this night, she actually started spinning in circles as if she were chasing her tail.  She started crying, and when I laid down, she put her nose against my face and starting yipping.  Then she jumped on and off the couch near my legs, almost like she was trying to annoy me to get up.  Then she started panting heavily. 


My first thought was bloat!  I went to the computer to get my list of bloat symptoms, and her only symptom was panting.  Her stomach wasn’t tight or bloated, she didn’t seem in pain, and when I sat down at the computer to get my list, she laid down quietly at my feet.  I went back and tried to lay on the couch, but she wouldn’t stop yipping in my face and jumping on and off the couch.  I suddenly remembered a show I had seen about dogs saving their owner’s life… and I thought that maybe she was trying to tell me something.  I had been considering going to the ER for the past 3 hours, but I hate to “cry wolf” and figured I would feel better soon.  After remembering the show, I decided I’d better go to the ER – better safe than sorry.


I spent the next 7 hours in the ER (not waiting, but in care) hooked up to an EKG machine, having blood drawn, etc. and receiving some medication.  The tests ultimately determined that it was just a stress attack but when I arrived my blood pressure was dangerously high.  If Phoenix hadn’t been so persistent that something wasn’t right, well… who knows.


The next day, my son (who didn’t yet know I had spent the night at the ER), asked me what had been wrong with Phoenix the night before.  He said he had heard her crying and went to let her outside to go potty, then gave her fresh water, then told her to lie down.  Each time, she returned to crying at the bottom of the stairs looking up at my bedroom.  When I told him what happened, his face went white.  He too felt that Phoenix had known that something was wrong with me.  The weird thing is, I’ve had my share of colds, the flu, sinus infections, etc. and she has never shown concern.  But something about the other night put her in a frenzy. 


Sorry this was so long… I just wanted to share the story of how I think Phoenix saved my life

Christine E.


He is beautiful and skinny a big love bug ! I will try and post some pic's! Marina

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Mastiff Boxer Mix Pups New Pic
« on: February 28, 2009, 12:13:36 pm »
Today i rescued Mastiff/Boxer pup from a homeless man they are only 6 weeks old. He started out with 8 1 died and he gave the runt away at 4 1/2 weeks old he just made it.He had kept the mother and pups in a closet at his friends house.They are so sweet and have blue eyes we gave them puppy formula and they acted like they had never had any food they are very skinny with ribs sticking out. It is sad and i wish he would have given us all of them so we could have found them loving homes.Tomorrow i am getting a 1 year old cane corso silly people spent 900.00 on him they live in an apartment and are having a baby so they must part with there pet. SAD :'( :'( :'(  Today the pups had there first visit to the vet and they were a big hit i added there vet visit pic's !

Dear Friends of Petraits,

Hank (Petraits attached) is a sensitive, happy, affectionate, curious and goofy one-year-old, 105 pound, Great Dane looking for a loving home. Hank came into Chicago Animal Care and Control as an emaciated stray with an injured tail. He's been living in foster care at a doggie day care center, receiving training, and socializing with people and other dogs.

He now knows the commands sit, down, give paw, and he's working on stay. Hank is housebroken, crate-trained and loves car rides. Because of his size and tendency to think he's a lap dog, he's best with older children. He would love a home with a fenced-in yard in which to play fetch, someone willing to continue his training, and ideally another active dog to play with.

To meet and possibly adopt Hank, please contact Brenda at or 312-259-0077. Hank is neutered, up-to-date on rabies, distemper and bordatella vaccines, de-wormed, heartworm-tested, has a Chicago city license, and microchip.. His adoption fee is $65.

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This was right near me! scary :( :( :(

WASHINGTON — Pilots, aviation accident attorneys and the survivors of a previous plane crash worry that the late crew of Continental Flight 3407 is being unfairly blamed for a crash that cost 50 lives when icy weather might be the real culprit.

“Icing absolutely is playing some kind of role in this thing,” said Kirk Koenig, president of Expert Aviation Consulting of Indianapolis and a commercial pilot for 25 years. “It’s very convenient and easy to go blame the pilot.”

Meanwhile, pilot and aviation accident attorney Justin T. Green of the Kreindler & Kreindler law firm said: “Once again, we have a twin-engine propeller aircraft going down in what appears to be icing.”

Jennifer Stansberry Miller, part of a group connected to victims of a similar crash in Indiana 15 years ago, said: “In our accident, they tried to blame the pilot, as well”—only to discover, at the end of the investigation, that icing played a key role.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday offered no new clues into the crash of the turboprop plane in Clarence Center on Feb. 12, but the agency previously said ice had formed on the wings.

That fact has led many in the aviation community to doubt the recent speculation that pilot error could have been at fault — and to point to the parallels between the Clarence crash and that Indiana tragedy from 1994.

On Oct. 31 of that year, an American Eagle flight left Indianapolis for Chicago, only to plunge to the ground in Roselawn, Ind., killing all 68 people aboard.

“The real question is: Is this really a repeat of Roselawn?” said James P. Kreindler of Kreindler & Kreindler.

That’s what relatives of the Roselawn victims are wondering, too.

“We had the plane on autopilot, we had icing,” said Miller, who lost her brother, Brad Stansberry, in the crash. “We rolled, we nose-dived, we pitched. We did all of that. The similarities between these two accidents is just eerie.”

After a long investigation, the federal safety board concluded that the plane — an ATR 72 turboprop similar to the one that crashed in Clarence — lost control because of ice accumulation behind the pneumatic de-icing boots that were supposed to knock the ice off the plane’s wings.

Could that have happened to the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 that crashed in Clarence?

Authorities and other aviation experts said that it’s too soon to tell, but some wonder whether the particularly dangerous kind of icing that doomed that plane in Indiana did the same thing over Clarence.

Called “supercooled large droplet icing” in aviation terminology, it’s essentially freezing rain that sticks to the airplane. Aviation experts said it’s far more dangerous than the more common thin glaze that can adhere to a plane when it flies through thick, cold clouds.

“Supercooled large droplets can result in very rapid ice accumulation,” said William R. Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation.

While pneumatic de-icing boots can knock off ice from upward of 40 percent of a wing’s surface, supercooled large droplet ice can form on the back of the wing where it can’t be removed, said Tom Ratvasky, an icing research engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Donald Pugh, a longtime freight and corporate pilot from Elmsdale, Pa., learned that the hard way back in 1988, when ice formed on the wings of the plane he was flying to Buffalo. He had to accelerate to maintain control.

“Suddenly you’re flying with a whole new airfoil,” said Pugh, who, when he landed, found a ridge of ice, 2 inches wide and three-quarters of an inch thick, on the wings of his plane.

Pugh said the Buffalo area is particularly prone to icing incidents, and NASA proves his point.

A NASA map shows a 500-mile-wide circle, with Buffalo at its center like a bull’s eye, that’s prone to icing conditions 50 percent of the time or more during winter — the most in the country, along with the Pacific Northwest.

Aviation experts said such icing is less likely to be a problem for jets, which are equipped with anti-icing equipment such as heated wings to keep ice from forming.

But the smaller turboprops such as the Dash 8 are equipped with pneumatic de-icing boots that, some experts said, just can’t knock off enough ice if freezing rain is pelting a plane at a fast clip.

“The use of de-icing boots is outrageous in these conditions,” said Arthur A. Wolk, a pilot and aviation attorney from Philadelphia. “The FAA had no business certifying the plane to fly in these conditions.”

Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, disagreed. “The plane had a sophisticated ice-detection and -protection system,” Brown said. “It can be flown in light to moderate icing,” which is the condition pilots experienced near Buffalo on the night of the crash.

Roger Cohen, president of the Regional Airline Alliance, also defended Colgan Air’s use of the Dash 8 in icy conditions.

“The aircraft are all certified to operate in every environment,” said Cohen, whose organization counts Colgan as a member. “They would not be operating or certificated if they weren’t being operated safely.”

Yet the National Transportation Safety Board has been pressing the FAA for years to bolster its icing regulations, including the certification process for turboprops that would fly in icy climates.

The FAA says that its rulemaking process takes a long time and that possible regulations are moving forward. But Terri Henry Severin, who lost her sister and nephew in Roselawn, said industry cost concerns have probably delayed any new regulations.

“I think the obvious issue is money versus safety and security,” said Severin, who has compiled a list of a dozen icing incidents and accidents worldwide in the last 15 years involving turboprops with pneumatic de-icing systems.

Indeed, heated-wing anti-icing systems are more expensive than the pneumatic boot system on turboprops, said Michael B. Bragg, an engineering professor who heads the University of Illinois Aircraft Icing Research Group.

“It takes a lot more power. It reduces fuel efficiency,” Bragg said.

The pneumatic de-icing boot system has been around since the 1930s and efficiently removes ice from most planes, Bragg said.

But based on what he has learned so far about the Clarence crash, he said, “it certainly sounds like a possibility that it’s icing.”

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