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Bermuda is not for the poor

I decided to check out the dog friendly hotels in Bermuda.

While they may be dog friendly, they are not wallet friendly. We are talking 4 figures at the least expensive.

And that’s just for a night.

Of course, the Rosewood is near where the billionaires live. So, prices are commensurate with the neighbourhood.

I guess if you can afford the accomodation, you can probably afford the private jet to get you to Bermuda. Which also means that you can probably find some other place to stay as well.

Unless you want to stay in a hotel.

The rest of us have to leave the dogs back home.

Going to Bermuda???

I am seriously thinking about going to Bermuda for Lobster Season, which goes from the First of September to the 31st of March 31. I would like to take my dogs, which used to be impossible.

Now it’s only difficult.

Only a couple of hotels allow dogs: The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club along with the Rosewood Bermuda. I see which one I would go to if I do take my dogs. Unfortunately, both of them are away from civilisation. So, getting a Twizy would be a definite, but not a problem since the dogs would ride in the back.

Anyway, it’s still in the planning stages, but it is something I am considering. Also, considering Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine or the Gaspé. Those might be more doable with dogs


Why I am more European than North American

I remember saying how much I liked Europe when I was young and a woman said to me: “But they take dogs into restaurants…” I have no problem with that. As one guide book said about that in France: “If one restaurant doesn’t allow dogs, the one next door does…”

Yeah, that’s not true of all Europe, but I’m watching as people evacuate Ukraine, taking their pets with them.

That makes me feel somewhat good about all this.

Dog eating your mail?

Door cageI finally got  really annoyed with my dog attacking my mail and bought one of these.  Well, actually, I had one of these lying around the house  and finally put it on the door.

This is the picture from the seller’s website since it doesn’t show up very well on my black door.

Anyway, the thing works like a charm and keeps the dogs from attaching the mail when it comes.

I’m sorry I procrastinated so long in putting it up!

Seriously, the thing is brilliant at keeping the dogs from attacking and eating the mail.  The mail comes through and the only bark instead of snapping at the slot.

OK, the attachment clips were a bit weedy, but I found some strong clamps and the thing is now BOMBPROOF!

Sorry, but Laci is no longer taking new cases.

From the Washington Post:

A suspect in an interrogation told detectives to “just give me a lawyer dog,” the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the suspect was, in fact, asking for a “lawyer dog,” and not invoking his constitutional right to counsel. It’s not clear how many lawyer dogs there are in Louisiana, and whether any would have been available to represent the human suspect in this case, other than to give the standard admonition in such circumstances to simply stop talking.

While Laci strongly believes in the Constitutional Right to Counsel, she is no longer taking cases.  Even if she were willing to take this case on, she is not licensed to practise in Louisiana.

Too bad the PD was unaware of this blog, since he could have used Laci as a quite willing Canine counsel for his client in cases of judges with acute robeitis.

Hunting with Hounds

Another repost of my material from MikeB’s blog. One of the critiques of UK fox and stag hunting is that the dogs rip the prey to shreds.

I did some posts a while back about hunting where I mentioned hunting boar with hounds fd0c0-wildboarhuntuffiziand a boar spear. Someone made a comment about wanting to see me do this believing that I wouldn’t be willing to give it a go.

Far from it, I would love to try it, but the problem is that the hunter isn’t the first to encounter game when one hunts with dogs–it’s usually the dogs who will encounter the prey first.

Upon finding a pig, a dog pack will chase the animal until he or she is exhausted. Hunters follow on foot, horseback, or in swamp buggies (that’s usually in the USA).

” . . . a wild scene. Leif and Tucker [dogs], who have raced past Cock [hunter] just before he reached the bay, are latched onto the pig’s ears. The other dogs bard and dart in to bite the pig’s flank. The pig squeals with a pitch and volume that would make the whine of a table saw seem like a low hum. Cock grabs its back legs, throws it down, puts a knee on its shoulder and begins stabbing. After four or five tries, he pierces the heart. The blood flows, the squealing stops and the admiration of the carcass begins.”
– description of a hunt, St. Petersburg Times, June 4, 1999

Before the dogs are restrained, the pig can suffer horrible injuries. Occasionally, a wounded pig will escape, only to later die a lingering death.

Of course, dogs enjoy the hell out of this, especially if they are hunting breeds as the picture of the dogs with historic hunting reenactor Richard Swinney show. Anyone who knows dog expressions can tell the dog with Swinney is pleased as hell, and the dog in the background wants another boar! Hunting is a natural activity for dogs and hunting with them bonds one to the pack.

Naturally, the animal rights crowd find this to be repugnant and hunting boar with dogs is illegal in some jurisdictions: this includes where I live. I believe that the nearest place for me to do this is in Germany and I would have to join a club.

And yes, I do go hunting with dogs and have experience in these matters.

Happy Birthday, Laci.

The real dog is still alive and kicking at age 13!DSCF0744

For those who think an 8 pound dog is wimpy, she walked 5 miles so far today.

stitchesI didn’t mention it here, but her last birthday was spent on the operating table for a liver growth about the size of a lemon that turned out to be non-sectable.  Comparatively, the growth would be about the size of a basketball in a human my size.

Fortunately, non-sectable does not mean not treatable.  She underwent ANOTHER procedure where the tumour was embolised about a month afterward.

Seriously, Laci has quite a strong will to live and loves life. I imagine she will keep ticking along until she gets seriously feeble (she is a bit deaf and eyesight isn’t that good either).

People who think these are cute dogs don’t know that they can keep up with you on a serious hike.  I’ve found that little dogs can have big dog spirit.  Or as the saying goes: “it’s not the size of a dog in a fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”

And Laci has a lot of spirit.

Posted 16/07/2015 by lacithedog in dog, dogs, laci

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Quarantine is coming to an end for the UK!

Laci as Air Cargo


Sort of.

Although this is somewhat of a nonevent since the The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS AKA Pet Passport) has been in place since 1 October 2001.  The one real advantage seems to be that the hassles of PETS appear to be a thing of the past.

If you brought  your pet into the UK from the EU or another listed country or territory prior to 31 December 2011,  The UK required that preparations (rabies vaccination (including boosters), blood sampling, and issuing the PETS documentation) must have been done either in the UK (before you take your pet out of the UK) or in one of those  listed countries or territories. The tick and tapeworm treatment must be done 24-48 hours before your pet enters the UK.  Your pet can be fitted with a microchip in any country or territory.

Animals which did not meet these rules when they arrive in the UK must enter quarantine for six months prior to 31 December 2011. They may be able to be released early (before the full six month quarantine period has finished) if they can be shown to comply with the necessary PETS rules whilst in quarantine.

Add in that you had to fly approved airlines from certain airports (and this): or fly into the EU and then continue to the UK.  Additionally, if you chose the UK routes, the pet had to go as cargo.  It appears that there will be no change in how the new scheme works. as DEFRA point out:

Pets travelling to the UK by air will travel as cargo, unless they are a registered assistance dog entering with an approved airline, on a route that permits them to travel in the cabin.

People coming from non-PETS approved countries had to place their pets in quarantine for six months, which was a barbaric system that had been in place since 1895.

Although, looking at DEFRA’s travelling with pets page, it doesn’t seem as if things have changed too much. That means that all this isn’t really news to those of us who have been taking pets in and out of the UK since PETS came into existence on 1 October 2001.  I was hoping that there would be an opening of carriers and how the pet is transported to the UK.  At this point, it doesn’t seem as if there is too much to be happy about as far as pets travelling to and from the UK since they are still required to be cargo if they fly from some countries (e.g.  the US).

From what I have read, it seems that the PETS scheme was not very consistent.  The “new” regime just makes the PETS Scheme more “sensible”.  But, as I said, this has been around since 2001.  It isn’t really news for most people who have been travelling with their pets since that time.

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Laci does her Yoga!

Downward Dog, and she’s a natural!

The internet being what the internet is, I don’t mind people using this image provided they give credit to me for it.

Or send me any products made with the image! Thank you.

Dog amongst the ruins

I found this while looking over the pictures for the trip I mentioned in my Weekend fun! post. It’s another picture of Laci enjoying her freedom on our weekend escape.

We were pretty much to only beings in the area, which mean that Laci was off lead. She was able to chase squirrels, sniff, and generally explore within reason and eye shot.

And since this is technically her blog, here’s another picture of her enjoying her freedom.

The Warning signs of Pet Cancer

Maybe because I know quite a few veterinary Oncologists, or because I am a very conscientious pet owner, I tend to worry about Laci’s health.

The 10 Warning signs of pet cancer:
1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

Contact your veterinarian if your dog or cat displays ANY of these signs.

Source The Animal Cancer Foundation

If you think about it, pet cancer is related to human cancers. The Canine Genome Sequencing Project at the Broad Institute successfully mapped the genome of a boxer named Tasha in 2005. The map of the genome has been used to confirm that many of the same genes involved in dog cancers are also involved in human cancers ( I’d like to think that treatment of pets will result in better treatments and possibly a cure for human cancers.

I’m in good company since the National Cancer Institute (NCI) believes so strongly in this vision that the NCI Comparative Oncology Program was created in response. Currently, the Canine Comparative Oncology Genomics Consortium (CCOGC), a multidisciplinary consortium of scientific leaders from both human and veterinary oncology, is working to explore the broader implications of the canine genome sequence for human cancer research.

And you wonder why I prefer dogs to humans?

Dog quotes

I just wanted to post these quotes. Actually, I wanted to add a couple of Friedrich der Grosse quotes since they sum up my feeling about humanity:

“The more I see of mankind, the more I like my dog.”

He also said,

“Dogs are better and truer than mankind, and the so-called images of God could learn a great deal from them!”

“If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t either.”

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” – Edward Hoagland

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”- Milan Kundera

“Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.” – Dorothy Hinshaw

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“When the Man waked up he said,
‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’
And the Woman said,
‘His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
because he will be our friend
for always and always and always.'”
– Rudyard Kipling

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don’t know…How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what’s its own and what’s alien.” – Plato

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

Posted 23/09/2010 by lacithedog in dog, dogs, quotation, quotations, quote, quotes

Defensive Dog Use!

Are you getting sick of the Defensive Gun Use Stories where the person says something along the lines of: “I was walking down the street and I saw this group of youths with evil intent. I showed them my gun and they walked away”?

Nevermind a story like this is fraught with things that would raise questings in the mind of any thinking person and be objected to in court:
–State of mind: How does he know the kids’ intent? Is he a mind reader?
–Opinion: again evil intent.
–And just general hearsay! Yes, this is an out of court statement being offered for its truth!
–How many more hidden, yet incorrect assumptions are within this story.

We have no police report, unless the group of kids pull their cellphones, take a picture (or better yet a movie) of our “defender”, call the cops, and have him arrested! Why, because this was a group of innocent school kids walking home!

Of course, all this presumes that this event really happened.

In the spirit of that genre, I bring you a defensive dog tale:

Laci weighs a mere 8 pouds (maybe 9 wet), yet one night we heard some rattling at our door. It was obviously a miscreant intent on breaking into our house. Laci barked (he bark is very loud) and the rattling stopped. A minute later my keys came through the door.

Laci stopped a criminal from breaking into my house. My wife and my mother both said, “that person could have broken in, but Laci stopped him from doing that. Good Laci”

Now you say, how can I know all this was the case? Well, I don’t, but neither do you know that the anecdotal cases of defensive gun use are for real. They fit your version for reality.

As AztecRed pointed out:

You’ve engaged in the greatest fallacy of the internet: You read it on the internet, so it must be true.

Or specifically, in your case: You didn’t read it on the internet, so it must not be true.

You’ve got to do better than that.

Well, I think I am by pointing out the real logical fallacies and the fact that you have misunderstood the point about DGUs. DGUs are statistically rare, unless you believe the discredited Kleck and Lott surveys.

Likewise, we see loads of anecdotal evidence for DGUs which is similar to my story about Laci stoppping the burglary. You will say she didn’t stop it for a myriad of reasons. Whereas I can argue that it is a true story until I am blue in the face. Likewise, shouldn’t you be questioning the DGU stories? Actually, this is even more of a fallacy, “it fits my version of reality, so it must be real. I believe that DGUS happen, so I accept these stories without question.”

“Knowledge Is The Enemy Of Faith!”

You are taking it on faith that these DGUs happened if you aren’t questioning them.

Posted 09/12/2009 by lacithedog in DGU, dogs, guns

If you don’t have a gun…

You will have assholes who drink beer in an underpass and let their dogs get off the lead. The assholes will have “terrier” dogs who attack blind people’s guide dogs.

“What made this awful incident even more harrowing was the fact that the man made no effort to assist her or to check that she was all right once the attack was over.

The man was described by police as white, in his mid to late-20s, around 5ft 11ins and of slim build. He had a cropped beard and brownish to red hair which was cut short and was wearing black tracksuit bottoms and a grey top.

There is CCTV footage at the BBC site.

Actually, I know a lot of yanks that let their dogs run loose as well so this is serious sarcasm. I should make that clear since some people are too stupid to catch that.

Posted 19/11/2009 by lacithedog in dog, dogs, fuckbrain dog owners

More Norah Jones

I forgot that “Man of the Hour” was actually about her dog! Actually, I thoght there were a couple of love songs about her dog on the album. The other one being “I Wouldn’t Need You”.

A woman after my heart.

“The more I see of men, the better I like my dog”.

Posted 19/11/2009 by lacithedog in dog, dogs, Norah Jones