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Forum: Health Issues Yesterday, 09:54 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By LifeofRiley
And, regarding other pets in the household... I...

And, regarding other pets in the household... I would be very careful about that. After my dog's first seizure, which was the worst one he has ever had, he was temporarily blind (not uncommon after...
Forum: Health Issues Yesterday, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By LifeofRiley
Hi jparker, So, I typed out a long response...

Hi jparker,

So, I typed out a long response and lost it due to a time-out on the site.

Anyway, I just want to tell you that I have an epileptic dog and I would not hesitate to adopt one now...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs Yesterday, 08:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,684
Posted By LifeofRiley
The conversation about the HSUS on this thread is...

The conversation about the HSUS on this thread is unbelievable. The HSUS and the ASPCA have done so much for Animal Welfare in this country. We would not have seen the declines in shelter...
Forum: Choosing A Breeder 04-10-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 843
Posted By LifeofRiley
I don't know much about the world of purebred...

I don't know much about the world of purebred dogs, but what I have learned is that line-breeding is just a euphemism for in-breeding. In other words, they are one and the same. So, I think I am in...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-09-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,684
Posted By LifeofRiley
Oh, and I think it is important to note that the...

Oh, and I think it is important to note that the AWA is enforced by APHIS Animal Care, a division that is separate and distinct from other USDA divisions. The USDA is a huge umbrella organization...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-09-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,684
Posted By LifeofRiley
I really don’t know how you can come to the...

I really don’t know how you can come to the conclusion that the USDA based the AWA’s minimum housing and welfare requirements on housing standards for farm animals.

The fact of the matter is that...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-08-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,684
Posted By LifeofRiley
Here is the link to the "What is APHIS’...

Here is the link to the "What is APHIS’ Inspection Process in the Home?" webinar for anyone who is interested:
...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-08-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,684
Posted By LifeofRiley
The "indoor housing facility" referred to in that...

The "indoor housing facility" referred to in that section refers to a very specific type of animal housing... think puppy mill out-buildings.

Home-based breeders and other types of...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-07-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,684
Posted By LifeofRiley
The AWA requirements are minimum care standards. ...

The AWA requirements are minimum care standards. The USDA has repeatedly said that the vast majority of responsible home-based breeders would not just meet but, far and away exceed, the standards of...
Forum: Obedience & Rally 03-27-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 9,120
Posted By LifeofRiley
Congrats!!!! :) I continue to love all of...

Congrats!!!! :)

I continue to love all of the updates on your adventures with Pongu!
Forum: General Information 03-25-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,633
Posted By LifeofRiley
Very interesting to hear. Again, there are a lot...

Very interesting to hear. Again, there are a lot of white shepherds in the Midwest that come through rescue. I honestly don't know why that is the case. Maybe because the midwest is the heart of the...
Forum: Rescue, Foster & Adoption Information (General) 03-25-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,133
Posted By LifeofRiley
I totally agree with you! The all-breed rescues...

I totally agree with you! The all-breed rescues that I work with, who pull dogs from local and regional shelters, do not play on people's "savior complex." At the very least, I can say that I will...
Forum: General Information 03-25-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,633
Posted By LifeofRiley
Very interesting. Because I have seen so many...

Very interesting. Because I have seen so many white shepherds in rescue where I am, I would not have thought that there were areas where they are less common.

You should also look at Echo White...
Forum: General Information 03-25-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,633
Posted By LifeofRiley
I have no idea what breeders are doing here in...

I have no idea what breeders are doing here in the U.S., or elsewhere, all I know is that there are plenty of white german shepherds that are sitting in shelters - or being taken in by rescues for...
Forum: Thinking About Becoming A Breeder? 03-25-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 24,538
Posted By LifeofRiley
Okay, I'm going to introduce a tangent to this...

Okay, I'm going to introduce a tangent to this discussion.

What role should COI (Coefficient of Inbreeding) play in determining a good breeding pair?

While I recognize that understanding the...
Forum: Rescue, Foster & Adoption Information (General) 03-25-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,133
Posted By LifeofRiley
I can sympathize with sit/stay, RebelGSDs and...

I can sympathize with sit/stay, RebelGSDs and Merciel's experiences.

But, having been a recipient of actual euthanasia lists from shelters in the greater midwest and central south, I hope people...
Forum: General Information 03-25-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,633
Posted By LifeofRiley
Get in contact with Echo White Shepherd Rescue,...

Get in contact with Echo White Shepherd Rescue, they operate nationally:
History of Echo Dogs (http://www.echodogs.org/history.htm)
Available Dogs (http://www.echodogs.org/dogs.htm)
Forum: Thinking About Becoming A Breeder? 03-25-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 24,538
Posted By LifeofRiley
The GSD would probably be in a lot better shape...

The GSD would probably be in a lot better shape if it were not as popular as it is today, and in years past.

The fact of the matter is that a lot of John Q. Public thinks that having "AKC...
Forum: Thinking About Becoming A Breeder? 03-24-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 644
Views: 24,538
Posted By LifeofRiley
But, this is an observation that is not line or...

But, this is an observation that is not line or breed specific.

The difference between my opinion, and yours, is that I don't think this is something unique to working line dogs... it is what...
Forum: General Behavior 03-24-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 157
Posted By LifeofRiley
First off, thank you for your commitment to...

First off, thank you for your commitment to rescue!!!

You should private message (PM) a member named Merciel on this forum. She has done amazing things with her very anxious dog!!! I imagine she...
Forum: Introductions & Welcome Mat 03-23-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 888
Posted By LifeofRiley
Welcome to the forum! Your dog is gorgeous! ...

Welcome to the forum! Your dog is gorgeous! Thank you for taking him in and finding him a loving home with your parents. My dog is also a "foster failure".
Forum: Health Issues 03-22-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By LifeofRiley
Thanks for the info Jean! :)

Thanks for the info Jean! :)
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 03-21-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,575
Posted By LifeofRiley
In your county, forget about animal behaviorists,...

In your county, forget about animal behaviorists, you probably don't even have a humane shelter to take dogs to. That is sad. I would be working to change that fact if I lived where you live.
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 03-21-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,575
Posted By LifeofRiley
Nor would I.

Nor would I.
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 03-21-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,575
Posted By LifeofRiley
I fostered a dog that was deemed aggressive. He...

I fostered a dog that was deemed aggressive. He was the best dog I have ever fostered. Amazing, actually. So, rescue evaluations are useful and should be taken seriously before putting a dog to...
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