Midwest Home For Pets

23 Jul 19
Peace Love Powder

Farmers’ markets are a staple of summer and the Colorado high country bursts with fresh produce, inspiring artisans and delicious cuisine in dozens of local communities from June through October. From the infamous Palisade peaches to crisp organic lettuce, these are just some of the produce items visitors and locals crave. Whether you’re looking for […]

23 Jul 19
Patton's Grocery

Provides 9 square feet of play area / exercise pen for your pet Hamster, Gerbil, Guinea Pig or other small animal Size: (15 H x 19 W)inches x 6 panels.Creates a great small animal playpen / exercise pen for pet parent and pet (Hamsters, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs) to interact and play Small Animal Pet Playpen […]

23 Jul 19
Twin Cities
As retail bans and public pressure on commercial breeders have made it harder to find local pets, Minnesotans are looking to other states and countries for their next family dog. Some 40,000 dogs cross into Minnesota each year, according to the National Animal Interest Alliance. And the number of foreign dogs entering the United States has quadrupled in the last decade, reaching 1.1 million nationwide last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Buyers and nonprofit rescue groups are delighted with the state’s embrace of imported dogs. But critics say the animals bring untold problems, from disease to aggression due to poor breeding. “We have lots of concerns,” said Courtney Wheeler, senior veterinarian for the state Board of Animal Health. Some worry Minnesotans are enabling communities that refuse to deal with their own animal problems, as breeders simply replace the dogs that are rescued. “People do this because they think they are saving dogs,” said Wayne Harmon, a Minneapolis man who participates in the American Kennel Club, which opposes the unregulated importing of foreign dogs. Animal rescuers say they examine every dog for diseases and have a moral obligation to rescue any suffering dog, anywhere. “It is not the animal’s fault which geographic location it is in. That is a strictly human decision,” said Amy Swenson, Director of Operations of Midwest Animal Rescue & Services, which says it has rescued 18,000 dogs since 2006. FEWER MN-BRED DOGS The birth rate of Minnesota dogs is plummeting because activists have been fighting against the dog-breeding industry. St. Paul in December became the third Minnesota city to prohibit retail sales of cats and dogs, joining Roseville and Eden Prairie, over concerns about the practices of breeders supplying the animals. At the same time, advocates have pushed pets owners to spay and neuter their animals. “Guess what? We were successful!” said Alliance founder Patti Strand. “Today, Minnesota has no natural overpopulation of dogs.” However, other states and countries are stepping up to meet the demand, bolstered by rising interest in pets in need of “rescue.” Rescue dogs are promoted on TV and in movies as alternatives to dogs raised by breeders. In California and Maryland, pet stores may sell only rescued dogs, not those bred commercially. “Rescues are taking over the marketplace,” Strand said. “If you don’t adopt a rescue dog, they will tell you it says something about your morals. It is a marketing scheme.” DUMPING GROUND Generally, rescued dogs flow from southern states to the north. Some states — including Minnesota — depend on Southern dogs. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reports that 70 percent of imported dogs in 2018 came from Southern states. Because of the 11,615 southern dogs, the dogs moving into Minnesota are roughly equal to dogs moving out. Without them, the state’s canine population would plummet. Dog rescuers say they’re making up for the negligence of Southerners. “Dogs in the South are considered disposable. There is a lack of rescue (nonprofits) there,” said Midwest Animal Rescue’s Swenson. “Dogs go to high-kill shelters and they die.” The Animal Alliance says that America — and especially Minnesota — is an international dumping ground for unwanted dogs arriving from Turkey, China, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand, as well as Puerto Rico. Minnesota does not keep records regarding foreign dogs. But Colorado, with a comparable human population, recorded 40,000 dogs imported from other states and countries last year. Strand said Minnesota likely imports more than that because the dog ownership rates are higher here. Half of Colorado’s imports are “juveniles,” including puppies. That’s a sign, said Strand, that dogs aren’t just being randomly picked up. Instead, they’re specifically bred for a market; commercial breeders are meeting the demand for supposedly “rescued” dogs. DISEASES COMMON Local veterinarians know what ailments to expect from local pets. But a dog from another part of the world could have — and spread — entirely different problems. In Chicago in 2015, a foreign dog brought in a new strain of canine flu, which spread to 1,100 dogs. In May, after rabies was found in Egyptian dogs, the United States banned canine imports from that country. Heartworm — a footlong parasite that lives in the bloodstream — is common among Southern dogs. When they arrive in Minnesota, mosquitoes spread it from dog to dog. “It’s a fine line. We want people to own dogs. Yet, we have to juggle the risk to the dog population in Minnesota,” said Wheeler, the state veterinarian. Canine brucellosis, a sexually-transmitted disease, is common in South Korea. Wheeler can’t prove it but suspects that a recent increase in that disease in Minnesota is from imported South Korean dogs. The imported dogs — few of which come from loving homes — can be dangerous to their new owners. When introduced into families, they sometimes bite. “We have to admit that these are basically feral animals,” said animal advocate Harmon. Especially difficult are South Korean dogs, said Harmon. “Those are meat dogs. They are not bred to be pets. They do not have socialization,” he said. “I would avoid those rescues like the plague,” Strand agreed. “There is such a thing as a bad dog.” ‘RESCUE HAS NO BORDERS’ Minnesota’s dog importers say they carefully screen every dog, both for diseases and behavior problems. For example, Midwest Animal Rescue puts every dog into a foster home for a waiting period to get them accustomed to household life. Each dog is quarantined and examined by a veterinarian. Then, they are adopted, for a fee of $200 to $600 per dog.[related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Molly Nemec of Lindstrom has brought in 183 dogs from South Korea since 2016. She likens suspicion of foreign dogs to the mistrust of human immigrants at the Mexican border. “It’s all about the fear of foreigners, of being afraid of different people, and building a wall,” said Nemec. “Rescue has no borders, and compassion has no limits.”
22 Jul 19
Doug Hawley

                Strictly Short Humour – Not duplicated elsewhere Word count 10116 Hiking Etiquette, Glossary And Wisdom Affirmation – Are we here yet?  The answer is always yes. Are we there yet? – If said subject to capital punishment. Bad hike – One or more die. Bleeding – Probably not fatal unless in pints. Bonus – […]

22 Jul 19
Take offs & landings

That’s a wrap! The iconic phrase, often portrayed in films depicting film production, can also be a theme for my current status. As of May I had the pleasure of almost “graduating” with a masters in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership. I use the word ALMOST because there were a few more classes to complete, before […]

21 Jul 19
News Archives Uk

Power outages have created chaos in the US this weekend, leaving thousands of people powerless in extreme weather conditions. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, is involved in the energy company Con Edison because he has failed to prevent power outages that left more than 50,000 people dead. While over 800,000 Michigan households over […]

21 Jul 19
We'll Be Fine

Did this take forever to type out for no apparent reason? Yes? Has this scene been living in my head for months now? Also yes. Anyway, here it is and let me know what you think below in the comments!  Catch up here   TERRA- She’s seen strange things. Mysterious things. Impossible things. Wildly beautiful things. […]

21 Jul 19
News Directory

At least three people have been killed by the heat wave, which has a major disturbance in the Midwest and the North East, it emptied about 250 residents from a dwelling house, and encouraged the cancellation of major public events. Meanwhile, other severe weather in the upper Midwest left more than 200,000 families and firm […]

21 Jul 19
Real News Reports-Start Your Day Here

The heat wave gripping large swaths of the Midwest and Northeast has killed at least three people, forced the evacuation of about 250 residents from a retirement home, and sparked the cancellation of major public events.Other severe weather in the upper Midwest meanwhile left more than 200,000 households and businesses in Michigan without power Saturday…

21 Jul 19
fox13now.com

[vemba-video id=”van/ns-acc/2019/07/20/PY-03SA_CNNA-ST1-100000000549dbd8″] Take the heat seriously. That’s what the National Weather Service is warning as a dangerous heat wave reaches its peak this weekend, with more than two-thirds of the US feeling temperatures push into the triple digits. (Check local temperatures and forecasts here; national forecast here.) So far, one death has been attributed to the high […]

21 Jul 19
A woman's view of hunting...with men

Well another trip to the Midwest and back home is in the books and there were some interesting incidents. It seems travel dress code keeps getting more and more relaxed. Bathing is also an option it seems. Pajamas are all the rage, along with stocking caps (in the summer???), flip flops or insulated soft boots. […]

21 Jul 19
Archy news nety

So far, one death has been attributed to the high temperatures. Former NFL player Mitch Petrus, 32, fell ill while working outside Thursday during a heat advisory in Arkansas. He died of heat stroke, officials said. Cities in Virginia and North Carolina will see some of the hottest air of the season. New York, meanwhile, […]

20 Jul 19
WQAD.com

An area brewery holds a Festiv-Ale for Midwest home-brewers.

20 Jul 19
FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

[ooyala player_id=”41a7fde962484147af148038b175431a” auto=”true” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ pcode=”o3ZXA6AW_ODSH73PHaEhBxcqUpwq” code=”Q4YzU3aTE6k7bAjxDr6KHePquCejreaz”] SILVER SPRING, Md. — “Take the heat seriously.” That’s what the National Weather Service is warning from its headquarters in Silver Spring as a dangerous heat wave reaches its peak this weekend. More than two-thirds of the US are feeling temperatures push into the triple digits. So far, one death […]