Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Monday Morning Chuckle: Stupid Dog Laws

Where do legislators find the time to think up all these crazy laws?!

Good thing this is only an empty bottle of sparkling apple cider, or I could be arrested in some states! 🙂

Here’s a bunch of crazy, funny, and yes – stupid – laws concerning dogs from right here in the good ol’ US of A. I know some of them are antique and have actually been repealed, but some are actually still in existence!

Colorado: The dog catcher must notify dogs of impounding by posting, for three consecutive days, a notice on a tree in the city park and along a public road running through said park.  (umm….maybe just badly worded?)

Illinois:

It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets. (Who on earth did this??)

It is illegal to give a dog whiskey. (Darn!)

No person may keep a smelly dog. (Actually reads: No person shall keep or maintain any animal, poultry or fowl in such a manner to cause inconvenience or disturbance to other persons by reason of noise, odor or other cause.)

It is against the law to make faces at dogs. (HAHAHA – we’re sunk!)

Michigan:

It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber. (But other means are okay???? Yikes!)

North Carolina:

In one town, fights between cats and dogs are prohibited. (Do they have a drug to quell this natural instinct? And I guess dog fights are condoned??)

Ohio:

It is illegal for a dog to urinate on a parking meter. (Apparently this is from a particular town, where supposedly there are no parking meters.)

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. However, the reverse is not true, even if it’s a police dog. (I really hope this is misquoted…)

Oklahoma:

Violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog. (LOL!!)

Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. (Or else the neighborhood will go to the dogs…. Sorry, I just had to say it.)

Outdated or current, the fact is that these laws do or once did exist. I’d love to know how some of them came into existence!

 

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Out of Place – Havachon Law and Order

 

You don't belong there!!

 

Our little Havachon  puppy is an orderly sort of gal. She collects her toys and puts them either into a pile or into a triangle. She carries her blanket from room to room and tries to spread it out so she can lie on it, especially when it’s not on carpeting. And she HATES it when things are out of place.

Yesterday morning I took the dishwashing bottle out from under the sink and put it on the counter so I wouldn’t forget to turn the dishwasher on after lunch. I had my computer at the kitchen table and started working. Out of nowhere, Daisy starts bfffing – “bfff! bfff!” – you know, that sound dogs make that’s like a small closed-mouthed bark; it tells you something’s got their attention, but it’s not quite worthy of a bark…yet.

I looked to see Daisy posturing in her “something’s-not-right-here” pose, and she was pointing toward the window over the kitchen sink. I thought someone was coming to the door, but there was no one around when I looked outside. Again, “bffff! bffffff! bfffffffff!” a little more adamantly. Then the full-out barking started; this is coupled with her running in and out of the room, racing around the family room then back into the kitchen and throwing a loud YAP in the direction of the problem. This repeats over and over. I thought the poor puppy was losing her mind – and then I saw IT. The offending bottle that didn’t belong on the kitchen counter, just sitting there, bold as you please.

I put the bottle away and all was golden again. She took one look at the counter top, looked at me, and trotted proudly out of the room as if to say, “There! That’s done! Everything’s as it should be.”

This happens with lots of different things – a chair that’s out of place, s Swiffer left in the kitchen instead of in the laundry room – you get the idea.

Today was something a little unique, though. Usually if we’re going to watch a DVD, we turn the TV on right away. But today, the DVD was put into the player, which made its usual whirring sound, without the TV being turned on. Daisy was walking past and, hearing the whirring sound, glanced over her shoulder at the TV (yes, she does actually watch TV with us for short periods sometimes), where she saw and heard nothing.

This perturbed her.

She started into her “something’s-out-of-place” routine, taking small steps backward, eyes fastened on the TV, ears sharply raised, tail high. Then the bfffing started. “Something’s wrong here and I must fix it!” she seemed to be saying. And then came the barking, only she didn’t run around this time – she laid down on the floor and just started barking at the dark TV. I watched this for a while, then put it to the test – I turned on the TV and sure enough the barking stopped immediately. All was right with the world once again.

Apparently it is the Havachon Law that there must be Order.

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The Alarming Increase of Dognapping – Who’s at Risk?

Well, every dog is at risk, but pure breeds are even more likely to be dognapped than mutts. Among the top-most kidnapped dogs are expensive, smaller dogs like Yorkies, Pomeranians, and even Beagles. Search the web and you’ll find article after article about dognapping cases and the ploys that perpetrators used to steal them away from their loving owners.

Why are dognappings increasing every year? So far, 2010 has by far the highest number of dognappings, and the year isn’t even over yet. Some of the reasons given include:

  • People wanting dogs they can’t afford, either for themselves or to give as gifts.
  • People who sell dogs to dog fighting rings (small dogs as practice animals, large dogs as sparring partners or new trainees).
  • People who want to make money selling an expensive pure breed dog.
  • People who are just plain cruel.

Think your dog is protected just because someone is holding it? Think again. A newspaper report from 2009 told of a young puppy being stolen right out of the arms of a 5 year old girl who was sitting in a public park with her mother not too far away. Thankfully, the authorities were notified immediately and the dog was found shortly thereafter, being raised by another family nearby.

The AKC (American Kennel Club) gives some good tips on their website about how to keep your dog safe:

  • Never leave your dog tied alone outside a restaurant or store while you go in to eat or shop.
  • Never leave your dog alone in a parked car (this is a no-no for many reasons).
  • Don’t answer too many questions from admirers about your dog, especially if they ask where you got him or how much he cost. Dognappers target more expensive dogs, so mentioning the boutique where you got him would be a dead giveaway as to how much he cost.
  • Stay alert to anyone following you home, either on foot or in the car. Serious dognappers break into homes just to steal expensive dogs.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard, especially if your yard is visible from the street.

Looking at this from the innocent dog buyer’s perspective, how can you avoid buying stolen dogs? The AKC recommends:

  • Don’t buy puppies or dogs from a newspaper ad, flea market, roadside, or website. Anyone can run a newspaper ad, and editors can’t check the legitimacy of every ad, so unless you know the person, this seller could be making money selling stolen dogs.
  • Make sure the seller has authentic AKC documentation (litter registration number) on a pure breed

    Microchip size comparison to rice grain

    dog. “Authentic” is the keyword here – anything can be faked. Double-check authentication by calling AKC Customer Service at 919–233–9767 .

  • Buy from rescue shelters or screen the private breeder, visiting their home and asking lots of questions. You wouldn’t buy an expensive diamond from a stranger without asking lots of questions and double-checking the seller’s quality claims, so use the same principles with a private dog seller.

What can you do if your dog is stolen?

  • Call the police or animal control department immediately and file a police report. That’s what led to the recovery of the puppy stolen from that 5 year old girl mentioned above.
  • Put up fliers with your dog’s picture on it and spread the word around the neighborhood and neighboring areas.
  • Know your dog’s microchip number in case you get a call from a veterinarian or police.

You can find more information and links at http://www.akc.org. At their website, you can also find out how you can help pass important legislation on topics like dognapping, stopping animal abuse/cruelty, and much more. You don’t have to have a pure breed dog to get valuable information from this site and make a difference in keeping our pets safe!

Another great website with lots of detailed information on what to do if your dog is stolen is http://www.doggiemanners.com/art_finding_stolen_dogs.html. The article was written by a dog trainer after one of her client’s dogs was stolen; fortunately the dog was found a year later because of his microchip. The author gives excellent information on how to prepare in advance so you’ll be ready to act during that emotionally difficult time – don’t forget, time is of the essence when a dog is stolen. The article’s author says she put in over 100 hours of research and interviews in order to compile this important information – bookmark it on your computer just in case you ever need it.

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Jury Duty Update…again

I just called and found out that I have to report in tomorrow for jury duty. 8:30 AM. Crap. Today’s group got to report in at 1:30 PM…that’s more my style…. 😦 Reeeally dreading this.

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The Dreaded Jury Duty Arriveth

Ugh.

Well, they finally caught up with me. The Jury Duty police. I’ve never been called to jury duty and felt quite lucky every year as my friends and family members all groaned when they saw that thin little summons in the mail. Now it’s my turn. Yuck.

This is causing problems on top of problems for us. First of all, we can’t leave Daisy alone for 8+ hours, so DH has to work out of the house as much as possible, which he doesn’t like doing (it’s a concentration thing – too many distractions at home). But he’ll have to attend meetings in person, which hopefully won’t last more than 4 hours including travel time. Four hours is Daisy’s max. One day this week I know he has a full-day meeting, so DD will have to try to work from home. Don’t know if that’ll be approved or not. What a nuisance.

Second, I’m a freelance journalist who works from home (no corporate job where they have to let you have the time off), so now I’ll have to work nights and weekends to stay on top of articles, columns, web writing, and, of course, this blog! (This is my one piece of personal writing and I really enjoy it, it’s kind of like the intermezzo sorbet that cleanses my writing palate. Yes I was a restaurant reviewer as well!) Working nights will be tough because I’ll have to give up family time. Working weekends is nearly impossible because all of our weekends for September and October are totally taken with social engagements – and I’m NOT giving those up!!!!

And unless any of the people I’ll need to interview live in another country or clear across the US, it won’t be possible for me to contact them during business hours. Lovely, just lovely. 😦

Well, dear blog friends, I guess we’ll just have to do the best we can do and pray that I get called the first day and that the attorneys find me utterly unacceptable. Then it’ll all be over. DD feels that there should be an exception made for people who tend to their pets full time, just like there’s an exception for parents who stay home with their under 18 kids full-time. At this point I’m not willing to have another baby just to get off jury duty for the next 18 years, though….. LOL!

And then I listen to BBC news and I hear about the horrible suffering around the world and I feel pretty darned ashamed of myself for griping so much about this relatively small inconvenience to my life. Perspective.

UPDATE! I called the recorded message last night and found out that I don’t have to report to Jury Duty this morning – I’m on call! If I’m on call tomorrow as well or if they miraculously pick a jury from this first 130 people they’re calling in today, then my obligation is DONE for the next 3 years. Fingers crossed!!!!

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