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Entries in dogs (8)

Friday
May192017

Great Reviews for Pippa's Journey at Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars If you love dogs, you have to read this book!

I really loved this book. It tells the story of the author deciding to give an adult dog in a shelter a chance rather than adopting a puppy. Their story is heartwarming and although Pippa struggled at times to adapt to her new home, with Robert's patience and guidance, she developed a bond with him and is thriving. It also includes stories of other rescued dogs. People who love dogs and know how many wonderful adult dogs are overlooked in shelters will love this book. And hopefully, it will raise awareness for people who are not aware of their plight. Adopt, don't shop!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars For Readers Who Enjoyed "A Dog's Purpose"

I’ve read each of Robert Montgomery’s books, but this book of dog stories is my favorite. The rescued dogs in this book touched my heart and inspired me to always look first at the local shelter before I get a dog. As one of the writers says, “We rescue dogs, and they rescue us.”
Each story in the book celebrates the tangible and intangible blessings of loving lost, abandoned, and homeless dogs who want to share unconditional love, loyalty, and compassion with their humans. Plus, the book contains great information about shelters, adopting dogs, and how to bond with a new canine friend. I highly recommend this book for all animal lovers.

Monday
May152017

Latest book from Activist Angler recounts the adventures of Pippa, a dog that he adopted from a no-kill shelter, after she spent her first two years of life there. Inspirational stories of other adoped dogs also are included. A portion of the proceeds from book sales goes to help the shelter where the author adopted Pippa in 2013.

Monday
Feb272017

Kentucky Pro Bass Warriors Honors Vets, Helps Wounded Warriors Heal

Kentucky Pro Bass Warriors is another nonprofit organization that uses fishing to help make the world a better place. From March through November each year, it takes wounded and active-duty soldiers, as well as veterans, fishing.

 "We supply all lunches, drinks, and sponsor gifts after each trip," says Kaoru O'Bryan. "We are grateful to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for helping us by exempting their fishing licenses for each trip.

"We all volunteer and give 100 percent back to them," he added.

First event this year is March 11 on Nolin River out of Wax Marina. For more details on that event and others during 2017, go here.

Dog in the photo above is Baco, mascot for the organization.  He sniffed out bombs and IEDs in Afghanistan, before surviving a helicopter that crash killed his handler.

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I write about the "magic" of fishing to help wounded warriors and others in "What It's Really Worth," a chapter in my book Why We Fish.

“We see the benefits over and over,” reports Heroes on the Water, an organization that takes injured warriors fishing in kayaks.

For children with life-threatening diseases, fishing is a welcome and healing diversion, adds Gene Gilliland,  B.A.S.S. national conservation director, who helps organize an annual day on the water for children with chronic illnesses at Camp Cavett on Lake Texoma.

“This gives them a chance to be a kid again. It’s amazing how fired up they get to go for a ride in the boat and to go fishing.”

Saturday
Jan282017

Don't Be Fooled by the Hype: Give Locally to Help Dogs

Once again it's time to warn anglers, hunters, and other dog lovers about deceptive advertising campaigns. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is running tear-jerker commercials intended to garner national donations for its New York City-based organization.

 In terms of dishonesty, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which does the same thing from time to time, is an even worse offender. Some have likened it to the radical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, only with "deodorant and suits."

If you really want to help the abused, homeless, and starving dogs and cats portrayed in these advertising campaigns, please, give to your local no-kill and municipal shelters.

Some state and local shelters might have "SPCA" (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and "Humane Society" in their names, but they are not affiliated with those national organizations.

"Both ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) spend a great deal of money advertising on television and sending mail throughout the nation asking for charitable funds. Neither the ASPCA nor HSUS, however, are YOUR local animal welfare organization. They do not operate the shelter for homeless animals in your community. They are not 'parent' organizations and the local humane societies and SPCAs are not their chapters," said Ken White, president of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA."

"I won’t and I don’t criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions."

Help Pet Shelters, a new spinoff of HumaneWatch, however, is not reluctant to criticize:

"HSUS raises millions of dollars from American animal lovers through manipulative advertising but doesn't run a single pet shelter, and isn't affiliated with any pet or local humane societies," it said.

It also pointed out that "a poll of self-identified HSUS donors found 80 percent thought HSUS 'misleads people' about its connections to pet shelters."

In reality, HSUS is an anti-industry lobbying group, opposed to using animals for medical research and many farming practices. Most of its money is spent on lobbying, litigation, fundraising, public relations, and marketing.

In full disclosure, HumaneWatch also has "a dog in this hunt." It's a front group for Center for Consumer Freedom, which represents mostly restaurant and agricultural organizations. But the information that it uses to point out the deception by HSUS and ASPCA is accurate.

Again, if you want to help dogs and cats, please give locally.

Monday
Jul112016

A New Fishing Buddy

Ursa, my fishing buddy for 14 years, died in 2012.With the first anniversary of her death fast approaching, I decided I was finally ready for another canine fishing friend.

My original idea was to get a pup, or at least a dog no more than 6 months old. However, when I visited the pet adoption center today, I discovered only adult dogs were available. Disappointed, I decided to look at the animals anyway.

Seeing all those dogs in cages—barking, whining for affection, or cowering in the corners, made me want to cry. I’ve visited animal shelters before, but not since Ursa became my companion more than fourteen years earlier. Our relationship had changed me in a way I hadn’t realized, and I suddenly understood that many of these affection-starved dogs would never have a chance to enrich a human life the way Ursa had mine.

Pippa, an adult dog that I adopted from a shelter, is my new fishing buddy.From "A New Fishing Buddy" in Why We Fish.