Monthly Archives: September 2011

high hopes pupcakes

We like the concept of buying and donating to pets at the same time.  The holiday season is soon upon us, and what better way to have your pupcake and eat it too, then to get your pooch some High Hopes healthy dog treats and share the love with homeless pets with each bite?

Cici loved her samples of the grain-free Mity Meaty Bites (organic turkey, sweet potato yummies) and the peanut butter and pumpkin baked cookies… droolalicious…

ok, here’s how it works…

They donate 3.5% from every sale (up to 15% of the company’s profits) of every product everyday to The High Hopes for Pets Foundation

And If you are a shelter with a bunch of homeless pets that need food, new digs, and more, apply for the $500 grant from the High Hopes Foundation… from October 1 thru Dec. 31, 2011.

Got a doggie birthday party or holiday coming up?  here are some tips…


Bobbing for hot dogs!  Try a Halloween favorite the dog’s way. Cut hot dogs in half or quarters. Fill a bucket with water and let the dogs bob! Not too scary (unless the hounds overeat) and a lot of fun for all!

Musical chairs for dogs

The traditional game has gone to the dogs! Set up chairs in a circle, and have owners and their pups walk around the circle. When the music stops, see which dog and owner are the last to sit. Keep eliminating pairs until the last two are standing!

The best dressed dog!

Have a dog fashion show and give prizes for best costume, most original and funniest costume.

About the founder:

Creating a brand that would help erase the issue of animal homelessness is an idea originated by Paula Etchison. A life-long animal lover, and parent to both dogs and cats, Paula’s passionate about pets and the idea of businesses giving back to the communities they serve. Paula believes businesses should be fun, learning-oriented places to work where people help one another to do well and do the right thing. Hence the company name Good Squared – being good and doing good at the same time.

She carried around the idea of Birthday and Celebration cupcakes  in her head for nearly 10 years, and after twenty years of working for other companies, she thought it was time to start her own. Friends who know her well will attest that she sets high standards for herself and the people around her, and it’s her hope that you can see the same caring and passion in High Hopes’ products.

Enter the giveaway:

High Apple Pie in the Sky Hopes… whoops there goes another problem, kerplop !

it is Super Fun Blog Hop time again, thanks to Life with dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plumegrab the code and have fun…


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Patrick: a million dollar dog

Dogs should not be considered property. It is 2011 not the Dark Ages. Women were once considered property and so were slaves.  Dogs are living beings not commodities to be bought and sold.  As long as our society/culture thinks that animals are property, lesser than us, inferior and/or somehow unworthy of the rights of all beings (but then Wall Street thinks the poor and middle class are not worthy of homes, jobs, health care, their Constitutional rights including the right to vote, food and so on) then animals will be treated badly and not taken seriously.


Thankfully some of us do believe that dogs (and other animals) should be treated humanely and are HAPPY that Patrick who was horribly neglected, abandoned and abused, has found LOVE, a forever home, safety and happiness with his family and deserves to continue to thrive in their loving care.



That is why it is hard to believe that AHS is still waging their war against Patrick and the good people at GSVS, all in the name of GREED.

But apparently the fight for Patrick continues as the Associated Humane Societies has filed another lawsuit against the city of Newark and the veterinarians caring for Patrick. In their complaint, AHS makes it very clear how they view Patrick. AHS argues that he is “trademark registration number 23699” which will make them a lot of money. When they look at Patrick, all they see are dollar signs.  They do not take proper care of the animals already in their (has anyone considered shutting them down permanently, firing the people in charge and/or taking the animals already in their care away from them???? if not why not????) Disgusting …this literally made me sick to my stomach… so beware if you are queasy. 

To All:  Have reviewed the papers filed by AHS. Nothing new, nothing that has not been said in the past. To answer the question of where we stand on this here is the simple answer… same as since March 16th 100% behind Patrick and yes I think he is where he belongs and should stay and yes I will testify in Court if needed. Yes testify against AHS administration. CLEAR ??? Just sayin……………. Capt



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my dog is better than your dog

all of the life stages of your canine…  now I am wondering about the doggies who have puppies of different breeds, I heard somewhere that can happen … curious minds want to know about the puppies… so I googled and this is what I found out… yes, indeed, a mama dog can have puppies in one litter with different fathers.

according to the chart below, in two years, my cici will be a senior… that seems crazy for a 7 year old dog to be considered old already.  My Cici is still a growing girl, silly puppy.  In two years, she’s gonna become cranky like moi????  hardly.

  • Puppyhood ends between six and 18 months of age.
  • Adolescence starts between six and 18 months of age.
  • Adulthood starts between 12 months and three years of age.
  • The senior years begin between six and 10 years of age.
Here’s what Cesar Milan has to say …


The phase of puberty is usually rather short and will last from between one month and six weeks. It starts around the sixth month, and can manifest itself in many different ways: often your dog will behave badly and won’t want to learn anything new. Sometimes he may forget what he has learned so far, or at least pretend to. In this phase, you should be persistent and keep on with his education program.

I rescued Cici when she was six months of age and she was an adolescent… interesting… she did NOT bark until she was about a year old. I remember the exact moment because it surprised her and me both. She was looking out the window and all of a sudden this sound came out of her. She found her voice. We were both startled. She did it again and again. She is not a big barker, she likes to moan and make weird noises to get her points across but on occasion, she does bark at me, at the birds or at other dogs. Funny girl.

Aging in dogs… wikipedia suggests that aging in dogs varies according to breed and size of dog. There are factors related to longevity including diet, exercise and spay and neutering. I’d think that whether the dog had loving owners who treat them like a family member or if the dog had been abused, living on a chain, neglected, and other factors matter, too.  I would also think that where you live, city, town, country would make a difference, too.

More about dog longevity… no info about the American Pit Bull Terrier nor Staffordshire Terrier, hmmmm… no data collected because the researchers could not care less about these dogs and/or they get euthanized too young/early?  ugh…

this tells you what to do for your dog at each life stage…

my dog is better than your dog…this is from an old commercial for dog food… interesting name of the dog food…

blog hop time thanks to Life with dogs, two little cavaliers and confessions of the plume… grab the code and have a fun ride…


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from high kill to no kill

There are some animal advocates who are committed to creating a No Kill Nation so shelters and communities jump on board. Creativity and imagination plus persistence and willingness to save lives against the odds are making this dream come true in various communities around the USA.  Make the story of Rockwall or Austin, the story of your community…  (click on the pdf link at the end of the No Kill blog, link below)…

Read this inspirational story about two naive people in Texas who built a compassionate and humane empire with a grassroots group of volunteers… the staff of the shelter were committed to laziness. Hard to imagine for people who love animals, but the staff kill animals because they do not want to work hard. Obviously, people like this DO NOT BELONG and should NOT work at any animal shelter. Another obstacle to NO KILL but don’t know how it works, is IF dead animal bodies have value, are sold by shelters to rendering plants who grind them up to put into name brand dog and cat food (does anyone know how this works?) then shelters may want to or could be addicted to that revenue stream. UGH…  But Pam and Michael did NOT accept the staff’s excuses.  Due to their efforts, the shelter had a stunning 97% rate of lifesaving for one of the busiest months of the year, an August to remember.

Other model programs:

Save a life.. get a Muttigree

1. Get a magic bus

what if each of the Patrick movement pages people got together and raised funds for a magic bus, called for volunteers and animal rescue groups to travel to places where animals are in high kill shelters, even in another state, on a regular basis, once a month? quarterly? and bring 100 animals to where they can be adopted/fostered???

Be inspired by the Muttshack Bus adventures

2.  A Picture is worth a 1000 words

this is fantastic !!!! save shelter dogs just by changing adoption photos, wow…photographers could partner up with their local shelter and do the animals a great service like this woman…

3. Creative adoption practices

support your local shelters in teaming up with pet stores to do adoption events, bring animals inside store, and show customers how great these animals are, do local publicity for the events and more

4. Create fun adoption videos

that make people smile, entertain and want to adopt pound pups and kitties

5. Coordinate low cost and free spay/neuter clinics, and educate the public about the HIGH COST of leaving their pets intact…

6. Educate the public about puppy mills, shut down the breeders of puppy mills, and make puppy mills illegal in all 50 states

7. Make ZERO tolerance the rule of the land for animal abusers, animal cruelty including dog fighters

8. Fame When celebrities and others with means are willing to save/rescue, they make a big difference in terms of publicity, education and taking care of animals

9.  It’s Me and the Dog When dogs in shelters are socialized, trained, and live in human-like dwellings, the easier it is to adopt them (less behavioral problems/issues)

10. Make it EASY to adopt by going where the people are so that they’ll get to know shelter animals rather than shop at breeders or for puppy mill animals at pet stores

More info:

And when you shop… … support your local No Kill shelter/animal rescue group !

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Sunny skies in Grants Pass, Oregon

Latest update: They need a new engine, cost $10,000. They had raised $5,000 as of yesterday. And this from their FB page:

Lori Lauten

We don’t have any fresh news yet this morning, but as of last night they had all the dogs off the bus & they had all gone to a privately owned property where they were fed, watered, walked, checked by Dr. Berton, and smothered with love & attention. They also had shelter from the sun, & night air, and blankets in their crates.They may be arriving a little later than planned, but please trust that they are in the very best of hands, and will arrive no worse for their adventure. I am sure we will have new information within the next couple of hours. Support & offers of help have been flooding in from everywhere. Check back in a little later & we will post updates as we have them.



Shout out to Shari’s restaurant in Grants Pass, who Stepped Up to an Urgent Call for help from me for Sunny Sky Animal Rescue, an animal rescue group from Washington who went to LA to rescue dogs from high kill helters. On the way back, they got stranded on the bus in Grants Pass. They need help with unexpected expenses, including $1,500 to fix the bus, and food, water for the people and 100 dogs. The manager at Shari’s gave the group water, ice, food and  internet! Grants Pass Shari’s – 24 Hour Family Dining in Grants Pass, OR – Shari’s Restaurant & Pies Shari’s Restaurant serves fresh baked pies and quality meals in a family-friendly atmosphere.  Their food, water, needs are met, now they need to get the bus fixed.

Update: Two mechanics are on site, and state troopers brought food and water, too and the TV station is also doing a story… one way to get publicity, folks LOL…

Thank you to all the folks who’ve stepped up including Shari’s, mechanics, Fire Dept, State Troopers, folks on Facebook, TV station and Susan Stelljes (Portland Oregon Patrick Movement) etc.

Donations to keep the bus Rollin’ can use the link Below:

pet friendly places to stay in Grants Pass

wineries, call and find out if they are pet friendly

Weirdly, last night there was another Grants Pass, Oregon story on 20/20, and I was crying my eyes out. This family with young children, James and Kati Kim, got stranded off the Bear Camp Road/Galice Road, Highway 23… WARNING: DO NOT EVER TAKE THIS ROAD TO TRY TO GET TO THE BEACH/COAST… The Kim family got stranded in winter and James lost his life in 2006.  In 2008, Cici and I traveled there and got lost and it is a horrendous road. It was in the summertime and we were trying to find shade, relief from the heat (water), and the road is rough, twisty, windy, and we were scared. I was, Cici was kind of k9 oblivious. After driving for a couple of hours, I finally was able to turn around go back to Grants Pass. There is a sign to Gold Beach 54 miles. That seemed like a plan but was NOT.

The best routes to get to the beach are head north to Roseburg, then Sutherlin, take the beach road there. Or take the road from Eugene to Florence. NEVER EVER try to go to Gold Beach from Grants Pass through the Galice Road. Summer, winter, any time of year.

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83rd national dog week

83rd Observance of National Dog Week,  honor the nation’s 70 million plus dogs… September 19-25, 2011

Enter to win a chance to get a copy of Portland pet artist’s animal painting used for National Dog Week

Lennox… speaking of a dog and a week…

This dog has another week to live, so please share and sign the petition to save Lennox. Lennox has a very special bond with his 13 year old owner, as her her best friend and therapy dog. Send him home. Let the court know it’s beyond cruelty to kill a dog because of the way he looks. Link to sign and share,

Please sign and share for Lennox.  hoping to get 100,000 signatures to save his life.

This dog in Ireland is going to be put to sleep because of the way he looks. Here is a plea from his family:

“Lennox is a loveable 5 year old family member. He’s an American Bull dog cross that we have owned since he was a little pup. On Wednesday the 19th May 2010 he was taken from our family home by Belfast City Council as they believe he falls under the dangerous dogs act for Northern Ireland. The Council, without seeking any proper professional guidance declared Lennox to be a breed of “Pitbull Type” and so they wish to kill him simply because he has the appearance of said breed. Lennox has never attacked anyone or anything yet the council have removed him from his home where he lives with my wife, myself, our 12 year old Daughter and his soul mate Juicy, a 2 year old female boxer. Belfast City Council are pressuring our family to sign him over to them to be destroyed however we feel the need to fight his case, he cannot speak but we will be his voice! If this was a human we would declare this racism. We ask every kind hearted person for your support, don’t let them murder him.”


Good Newz/Sad Newz

Back to American soil… It sounded like a good idea… turn M. Vick’s former mansion property where his Bad Newz Kennels reigned into a Good Newz Rehab Center… change a place where dogs were killed and tortured into a happy, healing place.  From the beginning there were naysayers who said that the founder, Tamira Thayne, of Dogs Deserve Better and her associates were up to no good and deceiving the public. And that the property was cursed, not a good place for a dog healing center.

Now it appears that the naysayers were right.

Not only has there been a lawsuit with allegations of a stolen dog, but now the organization’s leader, Tamira Thayne, is being accused of misappropriation of funds and other illegal actions. She has been living on the property since April. There were 150 rescue reps around the country, now there are 25. Shannon Allen, the national rescue coordinator just quit.  And now it seems that the Good Newz Rehab Center is a bust, going belly up. And who suffers the most, the dogs who DO DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER.,0,2898847.story

Happy new Patrick photos… Happy Re-Birthday Patrick !!!!

Now is the time for all good dogs to jump aboard the Blog Hop… thanks to Life with Dogs,  Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume… the code is here so grab it…


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press agent to the stars…

Sometimes a polka dot princess just has to brag about her mama… who did a radio interview and wrote an article in American Dog Magazine…

radio interview with Coach Marla, talked about Patrick, the Patrick movement, pit bulls, healthy-dog allergies, dogs have feelings and more

page 76, travel with fido article, American dog Magazine… there’s also some infamous hounds in the magazine, Handsome Dan and Hector the Pit Bull, you might know who they are

CeliaSue also gets press for authors and business owners to enhance their credibility and bottom-line. Me, I’m a dog so I sniff bottoms. Not so, with the two-legged human kind. Occasionally, I have to share the limelight. It’s a dog’s lot in life. If you want to become a star, just get noticed, get the word out or get the media attention you deserve…

If you’ve got a Shaggy Dog Tale to Tell (not me, I’ve got plenty of polka dot tales to tell) But the Cat’s Got Your Tongue (not me, I chase them up trees)…   CeliaSue can assist you in Getting Published/Promoted. No bones about it.  And I know because I am her Pup-Lick Relations Assistant and NO bones get by MY nose.


She thinks I’m adorkable…whatever that means… I better be good from now on…  (Note from mama: Fat chance !)

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dogs just wanna zoom zoom zoom

Cici, like most dogs, loves to run.  Almost every day, she zooms around the park down the street or runs to me when she’s done rolling in the grass, sniffing everything and doing her business. I used to try to walk her an hour a day or make sure she got exercise by playing with other dogs. But since my legs/knees hurt from arthritis, it’s been hard for me to do that.

Just found out that there is a dog gym in town, Pacific Grove. It’s called the Zoom Room and they offer agility, play groups, therapy dog training, Canine Good Citizen classes, as well as social activities such as Dog Birthday Parties, a Bark Mitzvah, Yappy Hours and Doggy Disco  plus eco-friendly toys and healthy dog food and treats. It’s open 11 to 8 during the week.

The Zoom Room says that this is an indoor alternative to the dog park. An indoor dog park where mean dogs are outlawed, no flaky owners are allowed to sit on their cell phones while their dogs wreak havoc, and all of the other complaints people have about dog parks.

Becoming a Zoom Room Member and enjoying Open Gym is as easy as scheduling a quick 15 minute evaluation. So if you’re not yet a member, you can either enroll in one of our group classes or simply come in for an evaluation.

I did not know that there was such a thing but apparently, the dog gym business is booming. The time has come for all good pooches to work out, swim, dog yoga and more.  Since so many dogs (and cats) are obese (like their owners) in this country, putting a dog on a diet and exercise regime is just what the vet ordered. And studies show that working out with a friend increases the odds that you’ll stick with the program. Some human gyms have added doggie classes for pet and owner.

According to the Association of Canine Water Therapy, there are 25 registered dog gyms across the country.

Some gyms have pools, others just have dog agility equipment, treadmills and such.

What to Look For in an Exercise Facility

Whether it is a facility that is made only for exercise, or it is a dog day care that includes a daily schedule for exercise, make sure to ask for a tour of the facility before you make a commitment to use their services. Get a good look at the equipment, the yards, the kennels, and any other place your dog will be spending time. Make sure that the people running the facility are accredited for recognizing and treating emergencies in animals and that they are very familiar with the physiology of a dog. Also, make sure that they use positive reinforcement training.

You can also construct a doggie jungle gym for use in your backyard.

Before you start, take into account your dog’s endurance level, age and temperament. Older dogs, obese dogs, and young puppies should start slow and build endurance over time.

Doggie Yoga

Your dog does the “downward facing dog” pose every day, also known as the play bow, with rear in the air and the front paws/arms are outstretched in front. Find a class near you or get a video, learn the poses and Ommmmm you go, inside or outside on a flat, grassy area in the back yard or park.

Dancing with the Paws

Dancing with dogs is a competitive sport but you can jazzercise with Fido at home. Just put on some loud music and rock n roll. Shake your booty.

A Bicycle Built for Fido

Biking is the way some people roll. My roommates both bike everywhere but so far have not been able to convince either of them to take Cici along for the ride. She loves to run and would enjoy the brisk pace of a bicycle ride. When she sees other neighbors bicycling, she just naturally wants to join in the fun. Or she’s barking at the motion of the wheels. Be careful if you bike that the dog’s leash does not get into the spokes. Take some safety precautions. You can outfit your bike to roll with your canine for safety. Start with short distances, in low-traffic, low-pedestrian areas. Talk to your dog, or sing, and advance, when ready to biking with your dog off-leash, running next to you.

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When Cici and I went shopping and I was in the scooter cart, she LOVED LOVED LOVED scooting/running next to me the whole time. And I am a crazy bumper car type driver in those things. But she got very good, very fast, and learned how to avoid any collisions with me. Smart girl.

Roller Skating/Blading

You could also have your dog take the lead and go skating with them ahead of you. Be careful !

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imagine peace for ALL

peace for ALL the people the animals the earth…the air, the water, the stars, the sun, peace everywhere shiny happy people… imagine… love, joy, health, peace,what is your dream/hope for world peace???



see the light of peace

from John and Yoko .. send light to each other… peace, joy health, love to ALL… so beautiful




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A dog named Rocco

Update from NJ SPCA:

To All : Mayor of Clementon has responded to the Rocco case and promises to look into the case and if he feels Judge acted improperly will ask him to resign. The Mayor will be speaking with the Prosecutor and NJSPCA so a plan can be developed to protect the remaining two dogs. Thank you all for speaking up and thank you Mayor !! Capt


This is the first and last time I ever want to write a blog post like this. People who torture animals are criminals and deserve to be tried to the fullest extent of the law. I NEVER want to post a photo of a dead dog again. And I will keep on speaking up for dogs like Rocco. He deserved to LIVE, not die a torturous unnecessary death. People have to keep speaking UP for dogs like Rocco because dogs cannot speak for themselves.

Below is my letter, polite yet firm, about a dog named Rocco who was starved to death found dead in the back yard. His owners were given 10 days community service and a $250 fine each for willfully killing this dog in such a horrific manner. And they have other dogs and those dogs have NOT been confiscated nor have they been banned from having pets.  What is the point of having tough laws if Judges do NOT sentence criminals with a judgement to fit the crime???

This makes me ill. There is more info below… Please write to the Judge and Mayor and Council and the media and tell them how you feel about this. You can copy/paste any part of my letter if you wish to do so.  Please BE Rocco’s VOICE… He could NOT speak up for himself and the other animals cannot either. Thank you.

You can sign a petition, as well as write to the local news media in NJ…you can call too.,

…the starvation was compounded by the parasite burden, intestinal worms and heartworms. The Prosecutor as well as the NJ SPCA had no intention of pleading this case out and in fact wanted this to go to trial. The trial was heard during the month of August 2011, in the Clementon Municipal Court where all parties testified.  Dr. Lingley explaining how Rocco died was most disturbing. Judge Larsen made his decision in September, 2011 in Berlin Borough Municipal Court. Ms. Tucker was charged with two Disorderly Persons for Depriving a Living Creature of Necessary Sustenance and Failing to Provide a Living Creature with proper food.  Brandon (Shroeder) Tucker was charged with two Disorderly Persons for Depriving a Living Creature of necessary Sustenance and Cause or Procure by any direct or indirect means any such acts to be done. The NJSPCA felt that these people would be held accountable for their horrible act of intentional neglect of this poor dog. The NJ State Statute allows for Jail time when found guilty for this crime. Judge Larsen stated this was a torturous way to die, it did not happen in a brief period of time, it was long term and there was no excuse why they did not take the dog to the vet or to the shelter or anyone that would have helped out.

So to recap the Tuckers WILLFULLY neglected this dog and allowed it to starve to death with parasites, in their own back yard, they DID NOT take the dog to the vet, and have other dogs in the home, and WERE GIVEN a tiny fine and community service plus are allowed to keep their other dogs (to abuse them too whenever they see fit to do so?).

poor Rocco… RIP sweet dog…

Judge Craig Larsen Clementon Court 101 Gibbsboro Road Clementon, NJ 08021 (856) 783-6464 Extensions #110 & #111 Mayor: Mark E. Armbruster>; Members of Council: ******************************
Dear Mayor Armbruster, Judge Larsen and Members of Council,

My heart went out to Patrick the starved dog in New Jersey back in March 2011. Millions of people around the world were moved to ACT and create the Patrick Movement with 60 Facebook pages with hundreds of thousands of people. A dedicated, committed group of animal advocates who continue to be concerned about Patrick and all of the Patricks in the world. Rocco is one such dog.

A dog named Rocco was found dead of willful neglect and cruelty in his own back yard. The Judge said starving a dog to death is torture. Yet his cruel pet owners were given a very lenient sentence.

The judgement given does not even begin to fit the crime!!!!

How in the world could a person abandon, neglect and not feed a dog to the point of starvation and death is just beyond me. Even in tough economic times, people have choices to make. And one can always choose to feed their pets and get them vet care IF they are a responsible pet parent. People do NOT have to abandon, neglect or starve their pets. There are always other options.

This is NOT some grand theory but practical application. I have been there and done it. For myself, given the choice of feeding myself or my dog Cici, she comes first.  I take my responsibility to care for her very seriously. If not me, then who? And there have been times over the last few years where I had to make that choice. If I can do that, so can others.

To be responsible begins with, are you able and/or WILLING to RESPOND? If you are dying and/or so sick and disabled, then you may not be able. Otherwise, it is a matter of WILLINGNESS. Am I WILLING to STEP UP or NOT? Tell the truth. Would you condone the abandonment or neglect of a child, to allow parents to starve them, or give them away because of tough times? If not, then how about making pet parents responsible for their pets. A living animal is NOT a toy, accessory nor is it something to throw away when times get hard. People are able but either willing or not willing to be responsible. These people were able and UNWILLING to be responsible to the point of criminality.

As far as I am concerned, there are NO EXCUSES… I have ZERO tolerance for people who abuse their animals (and children and others). Starving, neglecting and/or abandoning an animal is a WILLFUL act, a criminal act, that should be punished harshly to the fullest extent of the law. It is a heinous act of animal abuse and animal cruelty.

Some people say, oh, it’s just a dog or just a cat as if that explains everything, as if that means that they can do whatever they want to do. As if that means that they do not have to be responsible.

In Florida, while going to college, I was studying elementary education in hopes of becoming a teacher. At that time, I taught pre-school and babysat a lot to earn money. I often worked for an agency that got me babysitting assignments, much like a temp agency. I worked for them, they paid me. The parents paid them. One Sunday, when the agency was closed, I had an assignment to babysit for two toddlers. I went to the house, was told that the parents would be gone about four hours. Fine. They left. It was only afterwards, I discovered that in this house with fancy furniture, stereo equipment and televisions, the children had NO milk, no juice, no cereal, no bread, no crackers, no fruit, NOTHING in the refrigerator to feed them and NO diapers. The parents did not tell me nor leave me any money for these items. And how was I to get to the store with two toddlers? Plus, instead of four hours, the parents were gone 12 hours. I had to call upon my father who was an hour away to help me. I was furious and the agency as well as the parents got an earful. What kind of parents leave their children without food and diapers yet had plenty of money for luxury items. Seriously screwed up PRIORITIES. Now, I know that I should have called Child Protective Services. Perhaps the agency did. I did not know that I could have reported them.

The point is, that if many homeless people, seniors on food stamps and others are able to keep their pets and feed and take proper care of them, then the Tuckers could have, too. Where there is a will there is a way. I can understand experiencing tough economic times and have empathy for that. But there are options and resources other than torture and death.

Rocco could not fend for himself and ended up starving, sick and dying a needless death.  Rocco’s owners made their pet suffer needlessly.   Starvation is a torturous way to die.

There are alternatives to the above scenarios. People can feed a pet with food from local resources such as pet food banks, Pets of the Homeless distribution sites, local churches may be willing to help, the local SPCA or animal shelter may have food donated for folks in need, all someone has to do is ASK. Seek and ye shall FIND. Pets of the Homeless also has programs/grants for shelters who will take pets inside shelter and volunteer vets who treat pets of the homeless and low income individuals.

Animal rescue organizations are also a great resource. There are networks of animal advocates such as the Patrick Movement. Best Friends Animal Society also has a national network of animal advocates.

YOUR decision to allow these criminals to starve Rocco has consequences for their other pets. If they are taking care of their other pets then surely they could have taken care of Rocco but chose NOT TO DO SO willfully. Therefore, their other pets ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER and should be taken away. When are they going to decide that the next dog is not deserving to live and should be punished, too???? The Tuckers should be charged/fined TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAWS and that means the maximum JAIL TIME.

Your choice in this matter is love and responsibility or indifference and irresponsibiity. Please choose LOVE. There are way too many suffering animals in this world. Thank you.

My dog Cici and I are proud to be a collection site for Pets of the
Homeless… Patrick’s Pet Food Bank in Seaside, California. We have helped
a 78 year old lady feed her three dogs during a dire time, several
military families as well as lone individuals feed their pets.

CeliaSue Hecht
Freelance Writer/Editor
Seaside, CA 93955


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