Madonna of the Mills — Catch this documentary on HBO!!!

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by admin

Set aside the evening of August 24th for the HBO unveiling of the insightful documentary “Madonna of the Mills.” This is a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll. The filmmakers have done an excellent job of revealing both aspects — the rescuers and those who run the mills. Director Andy Nibley and his team have crafted a film that needs to be seen by every American.

You’ll remember the enchanting determination of Laura, the woman who, with her family and friends, has rescued over 2000 dogs from the living hell of puppy mills. You won’t be able to look at the misleading pictures of seemingly gentle Amish country folk without remembering the ugly truth of the torture of puppy mills behind the barn doors. Of course, you’ll remember the dogs who Laura and her friends help escape. But what I hope stays with you and I know will stay with me is the casual craven disregard for the animals that is so ubiquitous among the puppy millers and their defenders.

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Dogs Deserve Better Offers Dog Care Coloring Book

Posted on January 27th, 2010 by admin

Are you looking for some way to help children understand how to care for their canine companions? I know I get  asked by neighborhood kids several times a month or so about how to care for dogs. Some of the kids have dogs and others want to know more before they adopt a dog.  Those dedicated folks at Dogs Deserve Better have come up with a creative way to help younger children understand more about dog care. They are offering a coloring book that any organization (or caring individual) can sponsor to give out to local kids.

The Happy Dog! Coloring Book was designed by Tim Treybal and is available directly from DDB.

Our goal is to provide this coloring book free to schools that can’t afford to pay, low-cost to those that can, and enable citizens to sponsor the costs of providing books to classrooms throughout the U.S. and Canada.

There are a number of different levels of sponsorship.

It’s great for organizations to give out the Happy Dog! Coloring Book but what about political office holders like Representatives, Senators and City Councilmen?  Sounds like a great way for some politicos to get on the right side of this emotional issue (which cuts across political lines, btw)!

Kudos to DDB for coming out with a new way to reach kids BEFORE they develop bad attitudes towards dogs!

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Can You Help Mojo?

Posted on December 8th, 2009 by admin


Here at Sunbear Squad we’re all about being good Samaritans to animals and helping out rescues in need.  Today we have a very special boy, Mojo,  who needs our help.

He’s a rescued Bernese Mountain Dog. As some of you may know I have a soft spot for Berners after having adopted our rescue,  Logan,  from the Bernese Auction Rescue Coalition. Unfortunately after a mere 14 months we lost our beautiful boy to cancer.  Recently we adopted another BARC baby, Patience. She’s a great addition to the Hoefinger household.

Mojo is being fostered but he needs to find a permanent home. However, most imperative is being able to get some tests done on him because he has a neurological issue that needs to be looked into.  The rescue is not able to pay for the very costly test and they’re trying to raise some money so they can get him diagnosed and then find him a forever family.

Mojo was seen by the vet and is appears that he does have some sort of neurological issue with his spine/rear end. We are working on trying to raise funds to have some proper test done, most likely an MRI.  This is very expensive at about $3000. Sadly the rescue can not afford to spend that much on just 1 dog.  If someone is willing to help by donating something towards the tests, would be very helpful. If someone is willing to adopt with these unknown diagnosis, please feel free to call us or click on the link above for a PayPal donation site for Mojo.

Read more about this adorable boy on the Heart Of  Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue site.  If anyone is looking for some good Mojo this may be the boy for you.  Please post and crosspost this message.

Humane Society Launches National ‘Puppy Mill’ Tip Line

Posted on December 7th, 2009 by admin


Great news from the Humane Society Of The United States, they have started a tipline to help dogs being abused at puppy mills. While there have been tiplines for dog fighting for a while there was not one specifically dedicated to report puppy mill abuse.

Dogs Don’t Deserve Lifetime Confinement for the Sake of Profit

(Dec. 3, 2009) – To help end the misery associated with large-scale dog breeding operations known as “puppy mills,” The Humane Society of the United States has launched a national telephone tip line and encourages callers to report suspected cruelty or unlawful activities involving such breeding facilities.

The hotline, 1-877-MILL-TIP, is available to anyone with information of a possible crime involving puppy mills – but particularly welcomes information from those with “insider” knowledge, or from law enforcement officials who might be aware of such operations.

“Puppy mills are a national scourge,” said Justin Scally, manager of The HSUS’ Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force. “Hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country are trapped in constant confinement their entire lives, producing puppies to profit the puppy mill owner. This tip line will be a vital tool to help free these dogs from a life of abuse.”

The Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force investigates puppy mills and works with law enforcement, animal shelters and other agencies to stop abuse and to ensure enforcement of existing laws. The task force also provides expert guidance to local, state and federal agencies in the prosecution of animal abusers as it relates to the operation of puppy mills. Since its launch in June, the Task Force has assisted in the rescue of more than 1,200 dogs and puppies from abusive situations at puppy mills.

The announcement of the new national tip line comes during The HSUS’ 3rd annual Puppy Mill Action Week, which is dedicated to educating the public about how to find a new best friend without supporting the abusive puppy mill industry. Puppy Mill Action Week runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, at the start of the peak holiday puppy buying season.

The Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force is named in honor of Kenneth and Lillian Wilde, who donated a portion of their estate to The HSUS to help dogs. Thanks to the Wildes, The HSUS was able to expand the organization’s capacity to rescue more animals from the inhumane puppy mill industry and to raise national awareness of the pain and tragedy that can lurk behind the inviting visage of a young puppy for unwary buyers.

Puppy Mill Facts

· Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care, live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction, and are confined inside cramped wire cages for life. Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles.

· Dogs from puppy mills are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog’s health, genetic history or future welfare. Consumers should never buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site; instead visit an animal shelter, breed rescue group, or visit a breeder’s home and meet the puppy’s parents.
· The HSUS supports compassionate breeders who provide for their dog’s physical and mental well-being. Quality breeders don’t sell puppies through pet stores or over the Internet.

Oprah’s show on puppy mills aired back in April 2008 making the public, most for the first time, aware of what a puppy mill is.  Although I knew you shouldn’t buy pets from a pet store I really had no idea the reason behind it, I didn’t know what a puppy mill was.   I could never have imagined the horrific conditions and horrible abuse these dogs suffer without seeing it with my own eyes.

As hard as the Oprah show was for people to watch once the puppy mills ‘dirty little secret’ was out there was no going back. Thankfully since the show there have been raids of abusive puppy mills, changes in legislation, and new laws.  While we still have a long way to go, each step like the new tipline,  gets us a little closer to hopefully one day ending puppy mills altogether.