Take Action Now: Ask the U.S. Sentencing Commission To Get Tough On Animal Fighting!

While participating in animal fighting has been a federal felony for years, this brutal form of cruelty is still occurring in every part of the country. One would think that convicted animal fighters would serve significant time behind bars…but that’s not always the case.

Federal law allows this crime to be punished with prison terms of up to 5 years, but the current federal sentencing guidelines categorize animal fighting as a “gambling offense” and suggest a base level sentence of only 6-12 months. In reality, about half of the people convicted of animal fighting in federal courts get only probation, and fighters who do get jail time receive an average sentence of 6 months. That's just not enough.

Tips for Boating With Your Dog

There’s nothing more fun than bringing a four-legged friend along on boating trips. Most dogs love the water almost as much as they love being with their people, but before heading out into water, consider a few of these simple tips for bringing a dog on a boat and keeping a canine companion safe and happy aboard the boat.

Purchase a doggie life jacket
Even if your dog isn’t a natural swimmer, a life jacket will provide peace of mind for everyone. Canine life jackets are made of high-floatation neoprene or nylon, and they feature reflective trim, rescue handles and leash rings. If your local pet supply store doesn’t carry pet life jackets, check out West Marine, Outward Hound, Overton’s, L.L. Bean or SwimOutlet.

Why Your #BestDogEver Deserves Merrick Classic Dog Food

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It's been about a year since I first started feeding Django wholesome with no artificial ingredients. In that time, her ear infections have lessened significantly. I find it astounding how removing unnatural ingredients from a food can kick-off a quick turn-around of lifelong symptoms. I shouldn't be so surprised because I see in in my own daughter who must remain adhere to a natural, preservative free diet, and now I see it in my furry daughter. Django not only had recurrent, painful ear infections, she also had patches of dry, itchy skin on her underarms and tail. I tried every cream imaginable but nothing truly helped until I took the artificial ingredients out of her diet.
It wasn't easy at first because you all know how incredibly picky Django can be, but I gained experience from adopting a natural diet for Kate. Having a picky dog begin eating a new diet is always a challenge, and although I haven't tasted them, I can tell from Django's reaction that not all dog foods offer the same taste (and they certainly do not offer the same ingredients).
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Merrick Classic is vastly different. From the day the box arrived at our doorstep, Django was itching (no pun intended) to get the box opened up. I didn't even tell her the box was for her; she sniffed through the thick cardboard and straight in the Merrick aroma. She wanted me to open that box now. I was working so couldn't get to it immediately but as she kept pawing at the box and whining, I had to stop writing and attend to her. She wanted some immediately, which you have to understand is something she never does.