Puppy Goes Zoom

Dogs, cats, randomness–my adventures in pet ownership and fostering

Tracey v. Solesky Petition

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently defined all “pit bulls” as “inherently dangerous” and declared that not only owners, but landlords who allow “pit bulls” on their property would be strictly liable if the dog injures someone. So, as predicted, this resulted in a flood of landlords telling people to get rid of their dogs or move out, and an influx of dogs into Maryland shelters.

There was a bill to address this during the special session, but the House added a ton of amendments that the Senate didn’t like, and it went nowhere. So, now every renter with a pit bull, or a dog that vaguely looks like a pit bull, is in a precarious position until January, the next session of the state House and Senate.

The good news is that the governor can, if he chooses, put the ruling on hold with an executive order. That’s where this petition comes in.

Maryland residents, please check this out and consider signing. There are tons of dog owners across the state who have to choose between their dogs and their homes because of this ruling.

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Channeling Crazy Dog Energy into Agility

Reba is, to put it mildly, easily excitable. And nothing gets her more worked up than having people over. She runs around the house in crazy circles, jumps, up, licks faces, and generally makes herself a giant pain in the posterior.

We’ve worked on this in a few different ways. We give her a time out in the bathroom when she’s getting in guests’ faces. We periodically take her outside to play fetch or tug or chase the flirt pole. Both of these seem to be very short-term solutions. She’s chill for a little bit, then ramps right back up again.

So, the new plan is to get her good and tired before people come over, as recommended by Jolanta Benal here, as well as making sure she has something to occupy herself rather than continuously begging for attention. A food-dispensing toy or a marrow bone would be a good choice.

Meanwhile, Matt discovered Instant Agility, which has plans for building agility elements out of PVC. He set up a quick jump in the backyard (a board on two concrete blocks) and taught her to jump it. Then, he hit the hardware store and built two of the PVC jumps.

He did the first bit of training on a day when we had a friend over for dinner. That little bit of agility work seemed to make Reba much calmer in the evening. Admittedly, it was only one person, not five, and only an evening, not an all-day thing. But it was still very encouraging.

I think that from now on, when we have guests, we need to not just tire Reba out beforehand, but work on teaching her something new, whether it be agility or random tricks. Basically try to get a good mix of both mental and physical exertion.

She definitely has a lot of fun going over jumps. The next build project will probably be either the ladder or the adjustable weave pole, both of which should not only be amusing, but also help develop some coordination.

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Fundraiser for Second Hope Rescue

Second Hope Rescue is sponsoring a golf tournament as a fundraiser. This will go towards the many costs of animal rescue (vetting, transport, food, etc. etc. etc.) There will be door prizes, as well as prizes in the tournament itself.

Date: September 27
Place: Wicomico Shores Golf Course (Mechanicsville, MD)
Cost: $80 by 9/12, $85 9/13 or after. (Burgers, hot dogs, soda, and beer are included.)

Come out for a fun day of golf for a good cause. We’re also looking for hole sponsors ($100 for a banner at the hole with your company name and logo) and donations of door prizes.

Second Hope Rescue Golf Flyer

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