The Problem Next Door

Recently a friend of mine posted a photo of Facebook that made me very queasy. I was debating on whether of not to post it here but I think it’s important for everyone to see the types of cruelty that go unreported every day.

Photo: The Patrick Miracle.  Copyright Coty Hohanshelt

Clearly this dog had been suffering for some time before anything was done.

Have you ever been the the park and saw a kid hitting an animal, or have you heard your neighbor’s dog barking for weeks on end–day in and day out? Have you seen a pet with multiple wounds, discharge coming from the eyes, uncleanliness, or do you suspect the lady next door having 50+ cats? These things are generally considered as animal abuse and prolonged suffering of these animals can be stopped if people were told that it’s important, and o.k to report these things. A lot of the time it may just be a gut feeling that something isn’t right and you have every right to be concerned.

The following information I have taken from the ASPCA’s website on how to report suspicions of animal abuse.

What information should I have on hand when I make a report of animal cruelty?

Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty:

  • A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed—giving dates and approximate times whenever possible—to provide to law enforcement.
  • Photographs of the location, the animals in question and the surrounding area. However, please do not put yourself in danger! Do not enter another person’s property without permission, and exercise great caution around unfamiliar animals who may be frightened or in pain.
  • If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the abusive situation.

Remember, never give away a document without making a copy for yourself” .

It’s important to remember that the best outcome is for the pet to be in a healthy, happy, safe environment. Maybe your report will show that there is no evidence to suggest animal abuse, or maybe you will be saving an animal from a terrible situation. An animal will not be removed from a home if there is no evidence to suggest cruelty, so if you are worried about the animal being placed into “the system” don’t be. Animal Control Officers and local Police are trained to assess these situations. The most important thing is that you do not wait to report.

In Canada reports should be made to your local SPCA, Humane Society, and Police/RCMP

 

Anything to add, please list in the comments section below 🙂

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I Like My Steak Still Screamin’

Recently, the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) has come out and stated its position against feeding your pets a raw food diet. They aren’t really telling owners what they can and cannot feed their pets but they are making their opinions known in this document. Currently I am not feeding raw, but the thought did cross my mind at a point when my dog wouldn’t eat anything.

We tried probably close to 12 dry foods, 3 different home cooked meals, and countless wet foods from the pet store. We even tried baking pre-made meat and veggie doggy muffins. The same thing would happen, he’d eat them for a few days then starve himself for 5+ days until I just gave in and tried something else. Something had to be done though, his spine was showing and he was the skinniest little Dachshund in the neighborhood! We finally landed on Royal Canin’s Dachshund formula and although he doesn’t do back flips for it, he eats it. Probably if we go through another starvation phase I will switch to raw as I believe (for the most part) that the pros of feeding raw outweigh the cons.

PROS

  • Closest to natural diet of undomesticated dogs
  • Fresher
  • Easier digestion without all the fillers and complex molecules
  • Healthier skin and coat
  • Increased energy
  • Fresh breath (Doxie moms will agree with this one!)
  • Cleaner teeth (Again Doxie moms will appreciate this)
  • Low in fats and carbohydrates
  • No chemicals, by-products, fillers and additives
  • Known to prevent cancer, diabetes, and allergies
  • More variety (imagine eating spaghetti for every meal every day for 14 years…yuck)

CONS

  • Takes up a lot of freezer space
  • More prep time involved
  • Vitamins and minerals need to be added to ensure adequate nutrition
  • Some dogs are not able to digest pathogens like Salmonella
  • Possible choking hazard (raw bones)
  • Diarrhea (this can be expected from any diet change though)
  • Must watch dog while they are consuming
  • More costly
  • Some dogs cannot digest as much protein as others and therefore raw may not be for them
  • You vet may not agree with diet
  • Dog will get used to eating your kind of food and possibly beg more
  • Traveling with a raw diet may be difficult as things need to be kept refridgerated

At what point are you willing to ignore the cons and advice from professionals like AVMA and your vet when deciding what to feed your dog? Some people are concerned that the only reason AVMA and some vets are against raw food is because they receive kick backs from selling or promoting certain brands of food? I think what it comes down to is you know your pet best, and they will tell you what they like and don’t like. Dr. Peter Dobias (DVM) has posted his opinion on his website regarding feeding raw food.

For those not willing to make their own raw dog food at home, there are a lot of great companies doing it for you! Here is a list of just a few:

Natural Instincts

Healthy Hound

Red Dog Blue Kat

Amore

Wild At Heart

So until the day Spot goes on a hunger strike we’re happy with our kibble, but the option isn’t a write-off for us!

 

 

78 vs. 46

So at the age of 24 I’m starting to experience my friends getting married, having children, and their lives changing because of their new relationship status’ and growing families. While at a wedding this weekend people noticed I was slightly sad and I was asked, “What’s wrong?” To this my reply was, “My dog has been home alone all day, I miss him, and I feel bad for him.” The responses I was getting kind of bothered me:

“Why, he’s just a dog?”

“He’s probably just sleeping.”

“Why, it’s not like he’s your baby.”

Call me crazy, overly attached, or just plain weird, but my dog is more than a dog to me. Maybe I am slightly nuts, maybe the tools in this shed aren’t very sharp, but I sort of expect other people to love their pets as much as I do. What is the difference between owning a dog and sharing your life with your dog? According to dictionary.com to “own” means: “to acknowledge as one’s own; recognize as having full claim, authority, power, dominion..” and to “share”means: “to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc…” Is the difference between these two as profound as I sit here believing? Yes, I physically have ownership of my dog on paper, he listens to me, he sees me as a authoritative figure, and yes we enjoy each others company and give and receive love and joy from each other. However, how is this any different from a human baby and his or her’s parents? Parents are an authoritative figure, parents legally own their child on paper (birth certificate), they give and receive love and joy from one another, and they enjoy each other (most of the time). Dogs chew furniture and kids draw on the walls and spill on the carpet. Dogs lick their bowls and so did I when there was cookie dough batter involved!

So what’s the difference between a dog and a child? Well according to petplace.com, owning a dog will run you (on average) $5800-$12,700 for the lifetime of that pet. Ninemsn.com, reports that raising a child can cost you up to $600,000. A dog must be trained and educated in order to succeed, which is no different than a child. Dogs can feel and give affection, as do children. Both eat, sleep, bathe, annoy, and challenge. So what is the difference? Well so far I’ve come up with this: Dogs have 78 chromosomes and humans have 46. So you know what, yes there is a difference between my furbaby and your “baldbaby” and thank goodness for that difference! I don’t know if I’ll ever rear a child, but I don’t feel like I should be punished or scrutinized for caring for the well being of my pet. I’m glad I can get 8+ hours of sleep every night and not wake up to a screaming baby, or have throw up stains all over my clothes. I like that my dog doesn’t require the use of a diaper bag, or special bottles to reduce colic! I like that I can almost take my dog anywhere without having to worry about him having a meltdown over not getting something at the mall (unless its Tim Horton’s).

So the next time someone says to me, “Why, he’s just a dog” I’ll reply “You’re right, he’s a human with 32 extra chromosomes that make him more loveable!”

Adopting A Less-Adoptable Pet

So yesterday we heard of a German Shepherd being rescued from a dumpster in Kitsilano clinging to life. To the people who phoned 9-1-1, god bless you! The dog is currently listed as in critical condition as vets work tirelessly to keep him alive. Should the dog recover, I’d imagine he will have some traumatic, emotional issues and will need some rehab. If his owners are found in any way responsible for this dog’s injuries, he will be put up for adoption. Now that the media has gotten the whole city involved in this story, he will have many adopters knocking on the SPCA’s door to adopt him I’m sure. BUT, there are a few things people should consider before they adopt a special needs pet.

Will you be able to afford the additional costs of a special needs pet? Costs can come from:

  • Special medications
  • Mobility equipment
  • Modifications to your home
  • Special diet
  • Treatments (Chiro, massage, physio, acupuncture, etc.)
  • Oral care (cleanings, extractions, etc)
  • Daycare during working hours
  • Allergies
  • Training

Will you, your family, and your pet’s be able to accomondate a special needs pet?

  • Are you able to give this new pets medication on a set schedule if needed?
  • Does this pet require any particular living arrangements (stair free home, little furniture, carpeted rooms, ramps, etc.)
  • Do you have the time and schedule to be able to take pet to treatments?
  • If the pet’s needs change how willing are you to change with the pet?
  • Will your other pets living in your home be gentle enough and have the right amount of energy for new pet?
  • Do you have small children? Children can be “too much” for a special needs pet who may be old, traumatized, or challenged in some way.
  • If the pet has allergies to something in your home are you willing to change it?

Special needs pets are cute because they need the most help. They sit in shelters longer because they are less adoptable but it’s important to stay realistic to ensure that you will be giving this pet a proper home for the care it needs. If you come to the conclusion that you can’t do all of these things, mention the pet you like to a friend or family member who may be better suited to adopt this animal.

An injured German Shepherd that a couple found in a dumpster in the 1400 block Maple Street is being treated in a critical care hospital in Vancouver. The BC SPCA is investigating.

The Province’s article on the German Shepherd

Hello Mexico, Bubye Pooch! Are you KIDDING me!?

Hey Readers! So this morning I was perusing Dogster, and I stumbled upon a heading that really tap-danced on my last nerve, “In France, Locals Abandon Their Dogs When They Go On Vacation”. WHAT!? According to this article over 100,000 dogs are abandoned EVERY SUMMER. Outrageous! The French SPCA promotes every year not to do this, but their efforts are usually ineffective. A worker for the SPC (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty) told Dogster that they actually make the abandoning guardians put the dogs in the cages so they can see the stress and harm this does to the dog. She says they always leave feeling not so proud of their decisions. For a country who readily allows dogs in cafes and restaurants they sure don’t treat their dogs very well at the home front! I sincerely hope these people aren’t allowed to a)collect their dog after summer and b)adopt another dog.

So what can people do for their pets while they are on vacation? Well, there are a couple obvious ones, but here are some ideas:

  •  Take your dog to a kennel
  • Take your pet to a pet-friendly destination
  • Hire a pet sitter or house sitter
  • Ask a friend or family member to stay in your house
  • Have someone take your pet to their house if they can, like a neighbor
  • Hire someone to take your pet to their house
  • Make some dog-friendly human friends prior to leaving so you have someone you can ask
  • Take your pet to a “Pet Hotel”
  • Some Vet offices offer boarding
  • Contact a local shelter for any ideas
  • Contact a local breed-specific group and see if anyone is willing to watch your dog
  • Become part of a dog community prior to leaving so you can reach out to someone
  • Check out dogvacay.com DogVacay allows you to find a real home to board your dog.

There are A LOT of options that don’t involve giving up your best friend. Please consider your options before you ever surrender your pet. AND tell any French friends to stick it up their pepe le peu! 🙂

Ew, Shelter Dogs?

SO it’s the weekend, and I wasn’t going to blog but then I saw a photo of a wee little dog in a rescue that I’m gonna work my butt off to adopt! Anyways, that’s another story! Today let’s talk about the myths of adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue.

Growing up all I ever heard was “Ew, shelter pets have issues, there’s a reason why they are there, and they’ll go crazy when they come out”. So my family always purchased our pets from a breeder. And of course the first one we got from a breeder turned out to definitely be a puppy mill dog. She was so sick, so full of worms, extremely tiny when we got her, and the breeder wouldn’t allow us to visit the parents or the location of the parents. Now I know what you’re thinking, RED FLAG HELLO! When we went to meet the man he met us at a car dealership. He opened the passenger door to his truck and pulled the little puppy up from under the seat (he traveled with her on the dirty floor). She looked like she had an eye infection because there was a dark streak down her face from her eye, she was thin, and very sickly looking. It was obvious she had been treated like crap and was just a dollar sign to this man, but we felt compelled to take her from him for her own well being. I think I was about 12 when this happened and I couldn’t understand why my family would knowingly take in a sick puppy. I remember for weeks we sat with her and her sickness, taking her to the bathroom and just seeing a pile of long white worms all over the yard (disgusting, I know). 6 months after we brought her home SURPRISE she was diagnosed with a genetic deteriorative cartilage disorder and her bones were grinding on each other causing a lot of lameness and pain. We were told with surgery she could expect 4 more years of life. We did the $3000 surgery and 10 years later she’s still kickin’ but her vet bills have been quite hefty over the years.My parents have such unconditional love for this dog that they say it was worth it. This experience along with volunteer experience has taught me that mutts are so loveable so I wanted to dispell some of the myths people think about rescued pets (whether it be a horse, hamster, cat, rabbit, dog, etc..) I’ll refer to dogs in my sample questions though.

“This dog obviously has some serious issues otherwise the original owner never would have given them up!”

Actually some of the main reasons a pet is given up is because: the family has moved; the family has a new baby; the family can’t afford treatment; and the owner was either old or passed on.

“A previously abused dog will bite!”

Most pets are so relieved to be out of the system they are actually more devoted and loyal to their new owners whom provide proper attention and care.

“As soon as you adopt a pet they’ll get sick you never know what you’re in for!”

I think my previous story sums this one up pretty good. A pet, no matter if purebred, from great bloodlines, etc, will be sick at least one time in it’s life if not more. Breeders have bad batches, mills sell an alarming rate of dogs and cats, etc. You can’t expect a living creature to never get sick.

“I can’t find the breed I want at a shelter!”

This is simply not true. Maybe your local SPCA doesn’t have the breed you are looking for but there are rescues that are breed specific all over and will work with you to find your right companion. Some are even papered.

“Why would I pay a $200 adoption fee when I can go on craigslist and get a free dog?”

First if you won’t pay or can’t afford to pay an adoption fee you can’t afford a free pet either, nor should you have one. Adoption fees cover the pet’s medications, spay/neuter, mircrochipping or tattoo, shots, etc. All of which you’ll probably have to pay for yourself if you were to get a “free” pet.

Have you ever heard a myth about pet adoption? Let me know!

Which Dog, Which Breed?

Great! You’re ready to bring a dog into your home! But which dog will you choose? What breed will work best with your personality? I took a test located at Dogtime’s website. I was skeptical that they could pair me with the breeds that I personally like but gave it a whirl anyways. Some questions were REALLY great and some left me thinking “What the heck does that have to do with owning a dog?” Like this question: How do you tend to react when a good friend starts telling you a story you’ve already heard? UMM….? Anyways take the test, it’s fun anyways to see what breed they would pick for you. My results were the:

German Pinscher

Clumber Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Basenji

Basenji

 

Visually I LOVE the cocker spaniel and the clumber spaniel. BUT, what are their temperments? According to Burke’s Backyard the Clumber Spaniel traits are as follows:
“Temperament: eager, loyal and calm
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Maintenance: medium
Recommended for: 
energetic owners, families with older children 
Grooming: brush twice weekly
Child compatibility: playful with children
Temperament: may bond strongly with one member of the family
Activity level: medium to high. Bursts of energy with lapses of laziness
Trainability: intelligent and thrives on obedience training
Aggression: low. Not know to be aggressive
Health & lifespan: prone to hip dysplasia, spinal and eye problems. 10-15 years
Noise: a quiet breed
Indoors potential: best outdoors. White fur will show on furniture”

My gut reaction: THIS BREED IS NOT FOR ME….Needs lots of exercise, grooming, lots of space…next!

Okay Mr. Burke what do you have to say about the Cocker Spaniel:

“Temperament

The term ‘spaniel-like’ describes a doe-eyed individual which slavishly follows its owner. Cocker Spaniels crave attention and love nothing better than to be with their family. With a reputation for being a little ‘scatty’, regular, consistent routine and training is highly recommended.

Health

Long ears can hide ticks and burrs as well as providing a warm, damp environment for infections. Night-blindness is known in the breed so deal only with responsible breeders and ask about a pup’s family health history. A serious behavioural problem known as ‘Rage Syndrome’ most-often affecting golden cockers, has become less common in the past 5 years. Again, check that the parents are free of this problem. Cocker Spaniels can become gluttons if permitted and will put on weight very quickly. It’s easier to monitor their diet and prevent a problem.

Housepet potential

Cocker Spaniels are adaptable dogs which can be kept inside or outside. They are excellent companions inside the house but do drop hair. Although not noted for being ‘diggers’, some may become accomplished escape artists while individual dogs are known to climb fences!

Space and exercise

Cocker Spaniels need regular exercise – a daily walk or an energetic game – although a large backyard is unnecessary. They are good swimmers.

Ideal owner

Cocker Spaniels are excellent with families and older people. They are adaptable and robust enough to cope with treatment dished out by school-aged children but may not tolerate toddlers or preschoolers.

Grooming

Cocker Spaniels are a long-coated breed and so need about 20 minutes’ grooming every second day. The ears should be checked for burrs, grass seeds or bad smells daily. To keep their coat looking neat they need to be trimmed three times a year, costing about $30 each visit. Some owners learn to trim their dogs themselves.”

My gut reaction is this breed seems not half bad minus again, the grooming! Seems a pretty good fit for me; however, Oliver still has the spot on the bed for now:P

What does it boil down to, do your research people. A dog may look super cute, somber, easy to care for but genes are unable to be written over so make sure the dog you take home is going to be staying forever not until the bad habits come out or until you expand your family.

 

To Dock Or Not To Dock?

To Dock, To Crop…What’s the deal here!?

What is the purpose of a dog’s tail and ears? Surely they have a larger use than just for looking cute! Well, they do!

Tails:

  • Protection of genitalia
  • Balance
  • Expression
  • Communication
  • Steering
  • Warmth (breeds like Alaskan Malamutes cover their cold noses when they lay down)

Ears:

  • Hearing
  • Expression
  • Communication
  • Protection of ear canal from dirt, bug, water, and wind

So my first reaction to this is why dock or crop at all if there are so many uses/benefits for these two appendages? What is the other side of the story? There is a group called K9 Alliance who are strictly against the BAN of cropped ears and docked tails–in other words they do it and they want to keep doing it. Why? K9 Alliance states that cropped ears, docked tails and even dew claw removal are “done to preserve the function of the breeds”. They claim the main reason people oppose these procedures is because people believe breeders are only doing these procedures for cosmetic reasons and to protect the dog from injury. Well, personally I oppose these procedures because of infection; cruelty of the procedure (often does without anesthetic at very young ages); and because the removal of tails of ears will directly affect the purpose of these appendages.

The American Veterinary Medical Association states that “ear-cropping and tail-docking are not medically indicated nor of benefit to the patient. These procedures cause pain and distress and, as with all surgical procedures, are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection. Therefore, veterinarians should counsel dog owners about these matters before agreeing to perform these surgeries.” and Dr. Gerry MacIntyre at the  Kootenay Veterinary Clinic also agrees that “…it’s a needless procedure. It’s a painful operation”. So why is it still not banned?

Well, according to a news article written in kamloopsnews.ca called “Here’s To Long Ears” “the Canadian Kennel Club does not support bans on ear cropping and tail docking, instead saying ‘it’s up to the individual breed clubs to set the standard.’ ‘Breeders of purebred dogs continue this practice for not only historical reasons but also to promote safety in performance activities and to promote hygienic animal husbandry,’ reads the CKC’s policy on ear cropping.

“Tail docking and dewclaw removal are performed for safety in field working breeds and for hygienic reasons in other breeds. They prevent injury and promote hygienic animal husbandry”.

Of course the CKC wouldn’t be Pro-Crop Ban otherwise they’d lose A LOT of memberships…I think these procedures need to be banned no matter what the “breed standard” says. The Labradoodle was never a breed and it snuck it’s way into the CKC’s recognized breed list so obviously they are somewhat open to modifying their ancient ways. If the CKC decided to change and suggest that these procedures do not benefit the breed standard then it would be way easier to have all of Canada change its policies. Until that day, check with your vet what their policies and standards are, write to your local, provincial, and federal governments and tell them you’re interested in change. That’s the best I can say at this point. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

 

Letter To Bosleys Head Office & New West RE: Brad Pattison

Dear Bosley’s:

 

    I’ve thought very hard over the past week since your New Westminster store made the announcement that Brad Pattison would be allowed to host a training session at Columbia Square and do a book signing. I must admit that when I first saw the posting I had no idea who Brad was. I never watched his show, read his books, or saw anything on the internet about him. I started seeing the posts flood your facebook page and I decided to become informed, after all I volunteer in Rescue and shop loyally at your store so this issue somehow would affect me.

 

     My first place for my “research” was youtube, and I discovered this video that absolutely sickened me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab_yYY9LCqY. Canines have no concept of consequence or punishment. They do not have the capability to respond in a positive way to yelling, grabbing, pulling, hitting, kicking, etc. This video demonstrates a man (Brad Pattison) who uses his frustration and anger to bully dogs into temporary compliance due to fear. For those of us who constantly have animal welfare on the brain, we know that the best way to train a dog is through positive reinforcement. Placing a dog in  a state of fear consistently will quite rapidly produce bad behaviors. A good example of this would be dog fighting rings. Do you think two positively trained dogs would be able to have that kind of aggression to one another, who were trained with love, devotion and reward? No. Bad behavior is a trained and learned technique that canines use as a coping mechanism.

 

    So after watching a few videos my mind was fairly made up that Brad was a trainer that I would never give support to but I thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt, until I learned about his training centers. This statement is quoted directly from bradpattison.com:

 

“The requirements for the BPCTE Course are simple; come with an open mind, willingness to learn and bring a dog! Other than those 3 things we will teach you what you need to know in order to educate people and train dogs effectively, so no dog training experience is required or deemed a pre-requisite for the BPCTE Course.Don’t have a dog? Past students have borrowed a friend or family member’s dog to use during the 6 weeks. We have other options for you as well – just ask! All applicants must be at least 18 years of age”.

 

    There are a few things with his training course requirements and program that really bother me. Firstly, you can’t just become a dog trainer in 6 weeks–its impossible, and even with a certificate I would never recommend someone to bring their dog to someone who’s only been working with dogs for 6 weeks. The only thing students are required to have are “open mind, willingness to learn and a dog”..So what about Canine first aid and CPR? Why is that not a requirement? You know you will be working with dogs who have behavioral issues, anything could happen during training sessions from a dog bite, scratch, allergic reaction, etc and these people will be allowed to become certified without any prior knowledge on the canine body and how to heal and protect them? That makes me sick quite frankly. The second thing that really gets under my skin, is the fact that they suggest to bring any ol’ dog to the 6 week sessions–a friend or family member’s pet will do just fine! This is just WRONG! I would never a)give my dog to someone else to train without me being present b) have my dog taken away from me for 6 weeks c)hire a trainer who thinks a & b are okay and d) allow someone with zero training to attempt to teach my dog something!

 

    His website goes further in stating this:

 

“The training is based on establishing oneself as the alpha in the “pack”. Dogs are pack animals and look for leadership, if leadership is not provided they take on the alpha role without the proper skills required to lead. This is when you start to see the dog act out in ways such as chewing, pulling on the leash, nipping or showing signs of separation anxiety. Through the use of body language, little verbal communication and no treats, the Brad Pattison Certified Trainer Educator Course is set apart from any other dog trainer course in the industry”.

 

    I’d like to refer back to the youtube video of Brad’s use of “body language” to “train” the dog. He grabs the dog, slams the dog down and screams at the dog. This is not the sort of body language I would trust anyone, even a trained professional with 30+ years experience to do to my dog. And as far as “little verbal communication” goes, I don’t consider screaming a form of “little communication”. Rewards are also a great way to let a dog know that a)what they are doing is correct and appreciated and b)teaches them to continue doing what you’re teaching them. I’d really like to know how Brad’s techniques do either of these things without the use of rewards.

 

    Dogs are our children, or commonly known as furbabies. When our children are in school, do we allow their teachers to spank them, scream at them, or choke them? No, and if that were to ever actually happen can you imagine the public’s reaction? Just because our dogs are animals doesn’t mean they deserve to be treated that way and it sure doesn’t mean that they are able to learn from an experience like that.

 

    Recently telecommunications giant Bell, pulled their support from the Calgary Stampede rodeo. This proves that large companies like yourself should be more concerned with how our pets and animals are treated and be willing to step up to the plate.  I fully appreciate that you allow your customers to decide between what’s best for their pet and what isn’t, however, there is a very large gap between what is right and what is simply wrong. I’d like to ask you to consider this for a moment, watch the video I linked, and ask yourselves what you think your customers will appreciate the most: a book signing from a “famous” trainer, or the satisfaction of knowing that the store they are spending thousands of dollars at every year supports animal welfare, protection, and positive training techniques. Why don’t you ask your customers who they would like to have a training day with at your store?

 

    I’d also like to add that I have asked my 508 facebook friends to boycott Bosley’s if this store continues with Brad’s support and I know that some of my friends have said the same to their friends. I love Bosley’s. I love what they support (in most cases), I love the products they sell, I love the people that work there, and I love the customer service. I don’t appreciate that comments on the issue have been deleted off of your facebook page, and I don’t like how you have handled the situation. I know of people who have tried contacting both head office and the New West store who have basically been shrugged off or not able to speak to anyone directly. Clearly your customers are passionate on the issue and they deserve to be able to shop at a store that does not support this. I’m under the understanding that the New West store is owned independently from the head office, but they are still a franchise, are they not? I’d really like to support New West Bosley’s and I think if New West’s store and head office came together and decided what they want to support it would make customers more aware of what Bosley’s is about. If Brad Pattison does end up in columbia square I hope Bosley’s disattaches themselves from the event otherwise I will continue to ask everyone I know to boycott all of Bosley’s and I will also have to do the same.

 

Thank you for your time,