Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Life of a Pitbull: Lulu in Santa Monica

(PIT BULLS/DOGS) As Global Animal founders, we have met and worked with many dogs, and want to share our experience with the latest addition to our family. Lulu was adopted at an NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) event through "Angel City Pitts" three years ago, when she was three years old. She was rescued from an abusive situation and taken as evidence of inhumanity because she was kept in a cage and constantly bred from the time she could reproduce. Her DNA test shows she is 100% American Staffordshire Terrier. She came with medical issues and in order to spay Lulu, the veterinarians had to cut through scar tissue from back-yard C-sections. They also cropped her ears, possibly to prep her for fighting, which results in regular ear infections. Lulu had no real idea how to be a dog, couldn’t climb stairs, and never barked. But we could see that she was a special spirit who simply needed a loving home. We went out that morning to go to a museum exhibit, got diverted by the NKLA event, and came home with Lulu! We were a bit concerned about how she would fit into our household, but our first dog Stanley showed her the ropes, our ancient cat Omar set the boundaries about who was boss, and Lulu slowly began to relax into her new home. Now she’s loving life! A word about the breed: Lulu is the most stable, loving dog we have ever encountered. As gentle as a lamb, she is non-reactive in every situation, whether with an aggressive dog, a two-year-old climbing on her back and even taunting squirrels and speeding skateboarders. We love her (she never leaves my side) and we wanted to share our story and pictures to encourage other dog lovers to consider this breed. They were once the family dog of America and if you watch the incredible documentary on Netflix called Champions, about the rehabilitation of the Michael Vick dogs, you will see their true nature is stable, gentle and forgiving. Like any dog, their loyalty can be distorted through torture and abuse, but the misinformation about this breed is at epidemic levels. A new book called Pit Bull tells the truth. Their jaws don’t lock any more than any other dog, their stability is on par with the Labrador, and they are fantastic with children. Places where breed specific bans have been enacted against pit bulls have not shown a decrease in dog bites. If any dog is unstable, look at the other end of the leash for the reason. Judge the deed, not the breed! -- Global Animal

Jon Stewart Gets It All Wrong, Albeit Hilariously

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is something I watch religiously.  I am a fan because they are usually dead right in their take on things. So, while still laughing, I cringed when they recently took on People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) about their lawsuit protecting Orcas (killer whales) as slaves from SeaWorld. -- Global Animal

READ: Poem Donated By U.S. Poet Laureate

W. S. Merwin, our current poet laureate and twice Pulitzer-winner, has generously donated his haunting poem "The Chain To Her Leg" for republication here on Global Animal. In it, he writes about one particular (real) elephant who lived and died over 80 years ago. 

Cadaver Dogs Sniff Out Truth In Casey Anthony Murder Trial

(WORKING DOGS) – In the trial of Casey Anthony, who stands accused of murdering her daughter Caylee, K-9 cadaver dogs were used to find and 'alert' to the presence of a dead body, both in Anthony's car and her parent's backyard. Read the fascinating details of how cadaver dogs contribute to forensic evidence and how the canines are trained to find dead and decomposing bodies. -- Global Animal

Arnold Schwarzenegger Isn’t A Dog…Or Is He? (PHOTOS)

(PET HUMOR) If Arnold Schwarzenegger was a real dog instead of a metaphorical one, the former California governor would be a bully whippet. This breed has two mutated copies of a gene that makes the dogs “double-muscled" and weighing twice as much as a standard whippet. The increased muscle mass, along with metabolism and extremely low levels of body fats, can translate to impressive super-feats, including marked increases in speed, agility and power.

German Shepherd? Belgian Malinois? Navy SEAL Hero Dog Is Top Secret

May 5, 2011 (PHOTOS) – A Belgian Malinois? Maybe. A German Shepherd? Possibly. The Military Working Dog who was part of Navy Seal Team Six that killed Osama bin Laden is the source of fierce speculation. Global Animal is told by military sources that this soldier dog, like the other 79 Navy Seals, will remain anonymous. Still, much can be assumed about the commando dog's role. Read on...

One Dog And 79 Commandos Kill Osama Bin Laden

PAKISTAN (MILITARY DOGS) – It took 79 Navy SEALs and one dog to kill al-Qaeda founder, Osama bin Laden, at his compound in Pakistan yesterday. Read about soldier dogs and what these skilled canines do for the Navy SEALS, including Seal Team Six, the Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Japan’s Exclusion Zones Like “Katrina With Radiation”

FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN – (PHOTOS & VIDEO) Abandoned pets and farm animals are starving and dying in Fukushima's 20km radiation exclusion zones. And a small band of animal rescue groups are bending the rules to try to save them. Risking radiation poisoning and arrest, Kinship Circle and other animal organizations are sneaking into the 'dead zone' to save any life they can.

Brain Dead: GoDaddy CEO

(ANIMAL WELFARE) This week, we saw two iconic videos relating to animals and the way we choose to treat them. One was the gruesome GoDaddy CEO's video of the slaughter of an elephant; the other was the Coast Guard rescue of a dog adrift at sea for three weeks following the Japan tsunami.

Still No ‘Proof Of Life’ For Loyal Dogs, Despite Rumor Mill

In the ever-evolving story of the two "Loyal Dogs," whose video has become an internet sensation, the facts are becoming murkier rather than more clear. But one fact remains, no independent, verifiable 'proof of life' exists for these two dogs.

Japan’s Animal Victims: Truth & News vs. Rumors & Facebook

(JAPAN) The video of the loyal dog refusing to leave his injured canine friend behind in the wreckage of Japan's tsunami has become a symbol of the animal suffering. So why is it so difficult to get the facts straight? Global Animal co-founder Arthur Jeon weighs in. -- Global Animal

Total Disconnect: The Woman Who Drugged And Smuggled A Tiger Cub

In a bizarre ploy, a woman with a drugged tiger cub crammed into her suitcase, along with a stuffed toy tiger, tried to board a plane in Bangkok. Apparently, she thought nobody would notice.

Nipper The Baby Dolphin vs. The Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

We at Global Animal have been pondering the world’s overwhelming and gratifying interest in the baby dolphin rescued off a beach in Uruguay. ‘Nipper,’ as he has become to be called, became the most popular story on Global Animal this week.

Crowds Show Up Worldwide To Protest Japanese Dolphin Slaughter

INTERNATIONAL - Thousands of protesters gathered in front of Japanese Consulates around the world, partaking in "International Save The Dolphins Day," trying to stop the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

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