Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Voting time

The time to vote is almost here. When you go to the polls, please know just who it is that you are casting your very important vote for.

The following information has been taken from http://saova.org/index.html. The Sportsman's and Animal Owners'Voting Alliance has been doing a wonderful job of gathering together all the information necessary for all of us to vote to protect our animals and our right to own them. Please take a few minutes and look at what they have to offer all of us in the way of information.

"Candidates identified with the legend " Animal Rightist Endorsed " are the problem. They consistently vote for legislation to strip us of our rights to hunt, fish, and own pets and livestock. Incumbents with a record of voting to protect our rights, and open-seat candidates with favorable responses to SAOVA's candidate questionnaire are SAOVA ENDORSED." saova.org site

For those of you who live in Maryland here is what you need to take to the polls with you as an aid to your decision making. Remember the more AR backed candidates elected the more likely it is going to be that downright anti-animal, not just dog, but all domenstic animals, bills will be proposed and then voted into law. Breed specific bans will morph into all dogs and the bans will themselves morph into forced spaying and neutering, forced microchipping(the better to enforce the spay/neuter laws. Spay and neuter until there are none, means just that. Until there are none. Please don't vote for someone who has taken AR money, is AR supported or an AR supporter. (AR = animal right political movement)

The Maryland list:

Maryland's November 7, 2006 General Election

Governor Incumbent Bob Ehrlich (R) -- SAOVA ENDORSED
Martin O'Malley (D) - Animal Rightist Endorsed
U.S. Senate OPEN SEAT Ben Cardin (D) -- Animal Rightist Endorsed and Funded
1st District Incumbent Wayne Gilchrest (R) - Animal Rightist Flirtations
2nd District Incumbent "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D) - Animal Rightist Endorsed
3rd District OPEN SEAT John Sarbanes (D) - Animal Rightist Endorsed vs.
John White (R)
4th District Incumbent Al Wynn (D - Animal Rightist Endorsed
5th District Incumbent Steny Hoyer (D) - Animal Rightist Flirtations
6th District Incumbent Roscoe Bartlett (R) - Animal Rightist Endorsed and Funded Bill Sponsor
7th District Incumbent Elijah Cummings (D) - Animal Rightist Endorsed
8th District Incumbent Chris VanHollen (D) - Animal Rightist Endorsed and Funded
Animal Rightist endorsed and/or funded state legislators
Candy O.Greenway (3-D)*
Norman R. Stone (6-D)
Patricia A. Foerster (7-D)*
Katherine Klausmeier (8-D)
Rich Corkran (9-D)*
Delores G. Kelley (10-D)
Bobby A Zirkin (11-D)*
Edward J. Kasemeyer (12-D)
Sandra B Schrader (13-R)
Bill Askinazi (15-R)*
Brian E. Frosh (16-D)
Jennie M. Forehand (17-D)
Richard S. Madaleno (18-D)*
Jamie Raskin (20-D)*
Paul G. Pinsky (22-D)
Nathaniel Exum (24-D)
Ulysses Currie (25-D)
Thomas McLain Middleton (28-D)
Herb McMillan (30-R)*
James Ed DeGrange (32-D)
Scott Hymes (33-D)
Lisa Gladden (41-D)
Jim Brochin (42-D)
Joan Carter Conway (43-D)
Verna Jones (44-D)
Nathaniel J. McFadden (45-D)
George W Della (46-D)
Gwendolyn Britt (47-D)

Kevin Kelly (1B-D)
LeRoy Myers (1C-R)
Patrick N. Hogan (3A-R)
Sue Hecht (3A-D)*
Donald B. Elliott (4B-R)
Tanya Thornton Shewell (5A-R)
Nancy R. Stocksdale (5A-R)
Wade Kach (5B-R)
J.B. Jennings (7-R)
Susan Krebs (9B-R)
Emmett C. Burns (10-D)
Adrienne A. Jones (10-D)
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (10-D)
Jon S. Cardin (11-D)
Dan K. Morhaim (11-D)
James E Malone (12A-D)
Elizabeth Bobo (12B-D)
Guy Guzzone (13-D)*
Shane Pendergrass (13-D)
Frank S. Turner (13-D)
Anne R. Kaiser (14-D)
Karen S. Montgomery (14-D)
Herman Taylor (14-D)
Jean B. Cryor (15-R)
Kathleen Dumais (15-D)
Brian J. Feldman (15-D)
William A. Bronrott (16-D)
Marilyn R. Goldwater (16-D)
Susan C. Lee (16-D)
Kumar P. Barve (17-D)
Luiz Simmons (17-D)
Ana Sol Gutierrez (18-D)
Jane Lawton (18-D)
Henry B. "Hank" Heller (19-D)
Sheila Ellis Hixson (20-D)
Tom Hucker (20-D)*
Barbara A. Frush (21-D)
Tawanna P. Gaines (22-D)
Anne Healey (22-D)
Justin David Ross (22-D)
James W. Hubbard (23A-D)
Marvin E. Holmes (23B-D)
Joanne C. Benson (24-D)
Carolyn J.B. Howard (24-D)
Michael L. Vaughn (24-D)
Dereck E. Davis (25-D)
Melony Ghee Griffith (25-D)
Veronica Turner (26-D)
James E. Proctor (27A-D)
Joseph F. Vallario (27A-D)
Sue Kullen (27B-D)
William Daniel Mayer (28-R)
Sally Y. Jameson (28-D)
Murray Levy (28-D)
John Bohanan (29B-D)
Michael E. Busch (30-D)
Virginia P. Clagett (30-D)
Don Dwyer (31-R)
Joan Cadden (31-D)
Terry R. Gilleland (32-R)
Mary Ann Love (32-D)
Theodore Sophocleus (32-D)
Bob Costa (33B-R)
Mary-Dulany James (34A-D)
David D. Rudolph (34B-D)
Barry Glassman (35A-R)
Susan K. McComas (35B-R)
Michael D. Smigiel (36-R)
Mary Roe Walkup (36-R)
Rudolph C. Cane (37A-D)
D. Page Elmore (38A-R)
Norman H. Conway (38B-D)
Charles Barkley (39-D)
Nancy J. King (39-D)
Jill P. Carter (41-D)
Nathaniel T. Oaks (41-D)
S.I. "Sandy" Rosenberg (41-D)
Curt Anderson (43-D)
Ann Marie Doory (43-D)
Maggie McIntosh (43-D)
Keith E. Haynes (44-D)
Talmadge Branch (45-D)
Hattie N. Harrison (45-D)
Peter A. Hammen (46-D)
Carolyn Krysiak (46-D)
Brian K. McHale (46-D)
Doyle Niemann (47-D)
Victor Ramirez (47-D)

* non-incumbent

Go to SAOVA's 2006 endorsements page to find your own state, if you don't live in Maryland. Please vote and please let your votes support our animals.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bedrock Training Method Schools

Bedrock Essentials Three-Day Training School Featuring the Bedrock Training Method with Margot Woods

The Bedrock Training Method by Margot Woods is based on the belief that all dogs – family pets, obedience champions, search-and-rescue teams, assistance and therapy dogs, and every other canine – can benefit from comprehensive basic training. Bedrock Training, or the BT Method, is a fundamental approach to dog training that, in six weeks, can lay a solid foundation in obedience and responsibility that lasts and grows for the lifetime of your dog. Join us for an intensive three-day program that will change, improve and perfect the way you work with your dog.

What: Margot Woods' "Bedrock Essentials" three day training school
When: February 16, 17 and 18, 2007
Where: Douro Community Centre, Douro, Ontario (near Peterborough)

Who should attend: The Bedrock Training Method is a comprehensive program designed to build a firm base of obedience training for all dogs. The course will benefit dog trainers, obedience competitors, groomers, kennel owners or other canine professionals. Also open to dog owners who are serious about building a lifelong relationship with their dogs based on trust, responsibility, and a firm understanding of canine psychology.

What you'll learn:

· Controlling the most difficult dog in 15 minutes or less · How to see your dog for the first time · Training the Perfect Dog · The truth about how dogs learn · The proper use of praise · Teaching your dog responsibility · Earning a voluntary heel through the foundation of longe line work · Instructions, Corrections and Punishments · Building trust and protecting your dog from legislative hassles · Harnessing your God-given talents to become a better trainer · The Tao of Koehler · The proper order for introducing fundamental commands · The command with 101 uses · Teaching a formal recall · Uses for every tool in the tool box · Training Problems and Challenges · Plus more!

Cost: $375 Cdn plus GST for three days of training, including refreshments


For more information, contact Jill Skorochod at info@timeandpatience.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Pictures from the Fallston Maryland BT School

Here lies Smudge, the Texas Pug.

Here is a proper grovel if I ever saw one. The mistake that triggered this was totally forgiven.