My Dog Had a Seizure: What Does This Mean?

            When a business associate of mine recently asked if I had any knowledge when it came to canine seizures, I was stumped. Him and his fiancee (congrats on the recent engagement!) have an 8 year old Rottweiler named Duke who has started experiencing seizures in his mature life. The only experience I ever had with dog seizures is when my best friend’s dog Uri had a seizure outside by the pool while I was house-sitting. It was a traumatizing experience because they had always told me about the episodes, yet I never experienced it myself. Now, I was alone. I was told to tell Uri he was a good boy while petting him gently. After about a minute the episode subsided and he struggled to get up. Witnessing a seizure could be difficult for a person of any age, which is why we are blogging about it in case you ever have to deal with this first-hand. 

 The Dukester
    
            In search for the best resources when it came to canine epilepsy, I came across Canine-Epilepsy.com and spoke to a dedicated individual named Marion Mitchell who has quite the credentials when it comes to understanding the basics and dealing with more complicated cases of canine epilepsy.  He used to be the Director of the Seizure Study Group for the Dalmatian Club of America. On his website, he provides a Brief Overview of Canine Epilepsy which I will highlight here. If you or a friend has a dog that just began having seizures, please contact your vet and do not depend on these resources for the know-all truth. Every dog could have its own unique condition.

A Brief Overview of Canine Epilepsy

Written by Marion Mitchell
Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild “petit mal ” to severe “grand mal”.

There are four basic stages to a seizure:

  • The Prodome: may precede the seizure by hours or days. It is characterized by changes in mood or behavior.
  • The Aura: signals the start of a seizure. Nervousness, whining, trembling, salivation, affection, wandering, restlessness, hiding and apprehension are all signals.
  • The Ictus, the actual seizure:. A period of intense physical activity usually lasting 45 seconds to 3 minutes. The dog may lose consciousness and fall to the ground. There may be teeth gnashing, frantic thrashing of limbs, excessive drooling, vocalizing, paddling of feet, uncontrollable urination and defecation.
  • The Post Ictus/Ictal: after the seizure, the dog may pace endlessly, appear blind and deaf and eat or drink excessively.

The Cause: anything that disrupts normal brain circuitry:

  • Idiopathic Epilepsy: meaning no known cause and possibly inherited. This is also referred to as Primary Epilepsy. Check history of pedigree and make sure your veterinarian has looked for possible underlying factors.
  • Seizures caused by underlying factors are referred to as Secondary Epilepsy. The following tests are advised before a diagnosis of idiopathic/inherited epilepsy is made.
  • Glucose tolerance test, to check for hypoglycemia.
  • Thyroid panel, 6 tests, to check for low thyroid function/hypothyroidism.
  • EEG, to see if there are findings suggestive of a lesion (an abnormal EEG is standard with epilepsy, but a vet or a physician will also be able to tell if there is a lesion.
  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis, to look for encephalitis, distemper and other infection.
  • Blood test to check for lead poisoning;
  • CT scan or MRI, again to look for a brain lesion

Types of Seizures:

  • Mild: (Petit Mal) this can be a simple as momentarily staring into space, or upward eye movement.
  • Moderate: (Grand Mal) the dog falls down, loses consciousness and extends its limbs rigidly. Paddling of limbs, salivation followed by possible loss of control of bladder and bowels and vocalization (blood curdling scream) may follow. This may occur for 1-3 minutes and is most often followed by a period of restlessness, pacing, bumping into objects and loss of balance. (Post Ictal period) The dog is conscious but may appear deaf, blind and disoriented. Great care must be taken to prevent the dog from injuring itself at this time. The use of Bachs Flower Essence Rescue Remedy (found in any Health Food Store) has been found to be extremely useful when given at this time. Simply put a 4 drops of the Essence into the dog’s mouth after the seizure has finished. In most dogs the post ictal time will be cut considerably.
  • Status Epilepticus: Status can occur as one continuous seizure lasting 10 minutes or more, or a series of multiple seizures in a short time with no period of normal consciousness, this may be life threatening.
  • Cluster Seizures: Multiple seizures within a 24-hour period time, may also be life threatening. It is often difficult to distinguish between the two types and veterinarian assistance is imperative. Rectal Valium is extremely useful in breaking cluster seizures.

Medications
  • Phenobarbital: Most dogs can be controlled by using
  • Potassium Bromide: used alone if the dog’s liver has become damaged by Phenobarbital
  • Phenobarbital & Potassium Bromide: Most dogs can be controlled by using
  • Primidone (Mysoline): once commonly used, metabolizes to Phenobarbital in the liver. With prolonged treatment it can also cause liver damage.
  • Valium (Diazepam): injectable, or rectal and oral is a good choice to halt a cluster seizure or interrupt status epilepticus
  • Dilantin: currently not recommended for use.
  • Gabapentin: a newer drug being used for humans. It does offer exciting possibilities for dogs as it is only partially metabolized by the liver. At present it is very costly to use around $250.00 a month, however with the few dogs that have used it, the results have been very positive.
  • Keppra (Levetiracetam): was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1999. The exact mechanism by which levetiracetam exerts its antiseizure effects is not completely understood, although it is a different class of drug from other anti-seizure. It is well tolerated in human patients with minimal side effects. In dogs, levetiracetam is well absorbed after oral administration, is not significantly bound to protein, and is excreted in the urine with minimal liver metabolism. The elimination half-life in dogs is 3.3 hours (compared to 7.7 hours in people). Safety studies in laboratory dogs showed minimal adverse effects even at high doses (UCB Pharma, Inc. Data on file.) NCSU has been conducting extensive trials on Keppra.

         
Low Thyroid Function – Hypothyroidism & Seizures

  • Seizures are one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism along with chronic skin disease, hair loss, weight gain, lethargy and slow metabolism, behavioral changes (aggression, hyperactivity, poor concentration, passivity, phobias, anxiety.)  
  • A recent study of 634 dogs showed that 77% of the dogs who were hypothyroid also had seizures. Dr William Thomas, a board certified neurologist, had this to say about thyroid testing: “Thyroid testing should be considered in any dog with recurrent seizures. Such testing is relatively inexpensive and carries little risk to the patient. Any dog that is diagnosed with hypothyroidism by appropriate testing should be treated with thyroid replacement therapy. This applies to all dogs, whether or not they suffer seizures. If the seizures improve with thyroid therapy, then great! If not, the patient should still be treated because hypothyroidism can cause many other health problems. Appropriate use of thyroid medication is one of the safest and effective treatments available in veterinary medicine. ” WB Thomas DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (Neurology) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    It is a good idea to have a full thyroid panel of 6 different tests to determine if your dog is hypothyroid. The tests you want to have done are T3, T4, free T3, free T4, T3 and T4 Autoantibodies. Two or three thyroid tests (e.g.T4, free T4 or TSH), are not conclusive for hypothyroidism. You need all 6 tests listed. Proper thyroid medication may reduce or eliminate seizures. 

    Diet:


    Diet plays an important role in the management of Canine Epilepsy. It is very important to feed a kibble that is preservative free. Preservatives such as Ethoxyquin and BHT, BHA should be avoided as they can cause seizures. Many “Supermarket ” foods are loaded with chemical dyes and preservatives, buy a high quality kibble made from “human grade” ingredients or better yet cook for your dog or feed a raw ( BARF) diet. Many recipes can be found in Dr Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Two helpful books on a raw diet are Dr Ian Billinghurst’s The BARF Diet” & Susan Johnson’s “Switching to Raw”. There is also a good article on the web site called ” The Role of a Healthy Diet in the Management of Canine Epilepsy” PLEASE NOTE: If your dog is taking Potassium Bromide be very careful when you switch dog foods. Try to make sure the chloride content is the same as the previous food. Change over very slowly, whether it is the same chloride content or different, so that the absorption rate of the KBr remains constant.

    SUSAN WYNN, DVM says: “Dogs evolved from Canis lupis – the wolf. Wolves eat caribou or the like, but if they are forced, they will eat smaller game (rarely). They have been observed to graze on grass, eat berries, etc, but only when they need to. This is our lesson in canine nutrition – they are omnivores who do well with fresh meat, the vegetation they get in a caribou stomach (which is mostly green, unless the beast is eating from baited fields), and a smattering of other stuff if they are hungry.

    Food companies have, in the main, revolutionized pet nutrition by eliminating major nutritional deficiencies and providing optimal nutrition for the average pet. Our concern, however, is not for the average pet. It is for the sick pet. If epileptic animals have a disease with even a small nutritional component, wouldn’t we want to deal with it? Is your epileptic animal showing other signs of allergies? If s/he is chewing feet, scratching ears, having anal gland problems, vomiting bile seasonally, etc., etc., one may want to consider dietary changes, including hypoallergenic diets, if appropriate.

    I think that the main benefit of feeding real food meat, – (raw or cooked, raw or steamed veggies, cooked grains) – is to provide stuff that is killed in the kibble extrusion process. If you or I were to eat a diet of Wheaties, yogurt, VegAll, and Spam day after day for 20 years, would this be enough? I don’t know, but it makes me uncomfortable. I think our pets need a more varied diet and a fresher one than we can give them with commercial kibble. So I do recommend supplementing pet food with lean meat and vegetables.”

    Environment:

    It is important to keep your epileptic dog as free from chemical pollutants as possible. Think about the environment your dog is living in. Do you use chemical sprays on your lawn? Dogs will sometimes seize only when the lawn is sprayed for weeds. How about the cleaner you use for the floor? Some dogs have been known to seize after the floor has been washed with a pine scented cleaner. Flea and tick medications can also cause seizures. It is recommended that epi dogs be given Interceptor as a monthly heartworm preventative and Frontline used for fleas. Avoid products with Ivermectin it has been known to cause seizures in some breeds. There are many things that can lower a dog’s seizure threshold. Keep a diary of your dog’s seizures. Note down anything you have done or that the dog could have come in contact with that day which could have contributed to seizure. It is also a known phenomenon that some dogs may seizure around the full moon.

    Vaccinations :
    Vaccinations can lower a dog’s seizure threshold and trigger a seizure. If you feel that this is the case for your dog, ask the vet to split the shots, give them separately at weekly or two weekly intervals and ask for the Rabies shot to be given 2 weeks after that. Ask your vet if he/she knows about the new 3-year protocol now being used by many vets and veterinary schools.

    Like having a child with a medical condition, we deal with the condition as best we can to protect our child from all we can through research, sharing with others, and making educated decisions. Please pass on this article if you know anyone who would find it valuable. 

    -The Dealwagger Pack

My Dog Had a Seizure: What Does This Mean?

            When a business associate of mine recently asked if I had any knowledge when it came to canine seizures, I was stumped. Him and his fiancee (congrats on the recent engagement!) have an 8 year old Rottweiler named Duke who has started experiencing seizures in his mature life. The only experience I ever had with dog seizures is when my best friend’s dog Uri had a seizure outside by the pool while I was house-sitting. It was a traumatizing experience because they had always told me about the episodes, yet I never experienced it myself. Now, I was alone. I was told to tell Uri he was a good boy while petting him gently. After about a minute the episode subsided and he struggled to get up. Witnessing a seizure could be difficult for a person of any age, which is why we are blogging about it in case you ever have to deal with this first-hand. 

 The Dukester
    
            In search for the best resources when it came to canine epilepsy, I came across Canine-Epilepsy.com and spoke to a dedicated individual named Marion Mitchell who has quite the credentials when it comes to understanding the basics and dealing with more complicated cases of canine epilepsy.  He used to be the Director of the Seizure Study Group for the Dalmatian Club of America. On his website, he provides a Brief Overview of Canine Epilepsy which I will highlight here. If you or a friend has a dog that just began having seizures, please contact your vet and do not depend on these resources for the know-all truth. Every dog could have its own unique condition.

A Brief Overview of Canine Epilepsy

Written by Marion Mitchell
Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild “petit mal ” to severe “grand mal”.

There are four basic stages to a seizure:

  • The Prodome: may precede the seizure by hours or days. It is characterized by changes in mood or behavior.
  • The Aura: signals the start of a seizure. Nervousness, whining, trembling, salivation, affection, wandering, restlessness, hiding and apprehension are all signals.
  • The Ictus, the actual seizure:. A period of intense physical activity usually lasting 45 seconds to 3 minutes. The dog may lose consciousness and fall to the ground. There may be teeth gnashing, frantic thrashing of limbs, excessive drooling, vocalizing, paddling of feet, uncontrollable urination and defecation.
  • The Post Ictus/Ictal: after the seizure, the dog may pace endlessly, appear blind and deaf and eat or drink excessively.

The Cause: anything that disrupts normal brain circuitry:

  • Idiopathic Epilepsy: meaning no known cause and possibly inherited. This is also referred to as Primary Epilepsy. Check history of pedigree and make sure your veterinarian has looked for possible underlying factors.
  • Seizures caused by underlying factors are referred to as Secondary Epilepsy. The following tests are advised before a diagnosis of idiopathic/inherited epilepsy is made.
  • Glucose tolerance test, to check for hypoglycemia.
  • Thyroid panel, 6 tests, to check for low thyroid function/hypothyroidism.
  • EEG, to see if there are findings suggestive of a lesion (an abnormal EEG is standard with epilepsy, but a vet or a physician will also be able to tell if there is a lesion.
  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis, to look for encephalitis, distemper and other infection.
  • Blood test to check for lead poisoning;
  • CT scan or MRI, again to look for a brain lesion

Types of Seizures:

  • Mild: (Petit Mal) this can be a simple as momentarily staring into space, or upward eye movement.
  • Moderate: (Grand Mal) the dog falls down, loses consciousness and extends its limbs rigidly. Paddling of limbs, salivation followed by possible loss of control of bladder and bowels and vocalization (blood curdling scream) may follow. This may occur for 1-3 minutes and is most often followed by a period of restlessness, pacing, bumping into objects and loss of balance. (Post Ictal period) The dog is conscious but may appear deaf, blind and disoriented. Great care must be taken to prevent the dog from injuring itself at this time. The use of Bachs Flower Essence Rescue Remedy (found in any Health Food Store) has been found to be extremely useful when given at this time. Simply put a 4 drops of the Essence into the dog’s mouth after the seizure has finished. In most dogs the post ictal time will be cut considerably.
  • Status Epilepticus: Status can occur as one continuous seizure lasting 10 minutes or more, or a series of multiple seizures in a short time with no period of normal consciousness, this may be life threatening.
  • Cluster Seizures: Multiple seizures within a 24-hour period time, may also be life threatening. It is often difficult to distinguish between the two types and veterinarian assistance is imperative. Rectal Valium is extremely useful in breaking cluster seizures.

Medications
  • Phenobarbital: Most dogs can be controlled by using
  • Potassium Bromide: used alone if the dog’s liver has become damaged by Phenobarbital
  • Phenobarbital & Potassium Bromide: Most dogs can be controlled by using
  • Primidone (Mysoline): once commonly used, metabolizes to Phenobarbital in the liver. With prolonged treatment it can also cause liver damage.
  • Valium (Diazepam): injectable, or rectal and oral is a good choice to halt a cluster seizure or interrupt status epilepticus
  • Dilantin: currently not recommended for use.
  • Gabapentin: a newer drug being used for humans. It does offer exciting possibilities for dogs as it is only partially metabolized by the liver. At present it is very costly to use around $250.00 a month, however with the few dogs that have used it, the results have been very positive.
  • Keppra (Levetiracetam): was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1999. The exact mechanism by which levetiracetam exerts its antiseizure effects is not completely understood, although it is a different class of drug from other anti-seizure. It is well tolerated in human patients with minimal side effects. In dogs, levetiracetam is well absorbed after oral administration, is not significantly bound to protein, and is excreted in the urine with minimal liver metabolism. The elimination half-life in dogs is 3.3 hours (compared to 7.7 hours in people). Safety studies in laboratory dogs showed minimal adverse effects even at high doses (UCB Pharma, Inc. Data on file.) NCSU has been conducting extensive trials on Keppra.

         
Low Thyroid Function – Hypothyroidism & Seizures

  • Seizures are one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism along with chronic skin disease, hair loss, weight gain, lethargy and slow metabolism, behavioral changes (aggression, hyperactivity, poor concentration, passivity, phobias, anxiety.)  
  • A recent study of 634 dogs showed that 77% of the dogs who were hypothyroid also had seizures. Dr William Thomas, a board certified neurologist, had this to say about thyroid testing: “Thyroid testing should be considered in any dog with recurrent seizures. Such testing is relatively inexpensive and carries little risk to the patient. Any dog that is diagnosed with hypothyroidism by appropriate testing should be treated with thyroid replacement therapy. This applies to all dogs, whether or not they suffer seizures. If the seizures improve with thyroid therapy, then great! If not, the patient should still be treated because hypothyroidism can cause many other health problems. Appropriate use of thyroid medication is one of the safest and effective treatments available in veterinary medicine. ” WB Thomas DVM, Dipl.ACVIM (Neurology) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    It is a good idea to have a full thyroid panel of 6 different tests to determine if your dog is hypothyroid. The tests you want to have done are T3, T4, free T3, free T4, T3 and T4 Autoantibodies. Two or three thyroid tests (e.g.T4, free T4 or TSH), are not conclusive for hypothyroidism. You need all 6 tests listed. Proper thyroid medication may reduce or eliminate seizures. 

    Diet:


    Diet plays an important role in the management of Canine Epilepsy. It is very important to feed a kibble that is preservative free. Preservatives such as Ethoxyquin and BHT, BHA should be avoided as they can cause seizures. Many “Supermarket ” foods are loaded with chemical dyes and preservatives, buy a high quality kibble made from “human grade” ingredients or better yet cook for your dog or feed a raw ( BARF) diet. Many recipes can be found in Dr Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Two helpful books on a raw diet are Dr Ian Billinghurst’s The BARF Diet” & Susan Johnson’s “Switching to Raw”. There is also a good article on the web site called ” The Role of a Healthy Diet in the Management of Canine Epilepsy” PLEASE NOTE: If your dog is taking Potassium Bromide be very careful when you switch dog foods. Try to make sure the chloride content is the same as the previous food. Change over very slowly, whether it is the same chloride content or different, so that the absorption rate of the KBr remains constant.

    SUSAN WYNN, DVM says: “Dogs evolved from Canis lupis – the wolf. Wolves eat caribou or the like, but if they are forced, they will eat smaller game (rarely). They have been observed to graze on grass, eat berries, etc, but only when they need to. This is our lesson in canine nutrition – they are omnivores who do well with fresh meat, the vegetation they get in a caribou stomach (which is mostly green, unless the beast is eating from baited fields), and a smattering of other stuff if they are hungry.

    Food companies have, in the main, revolutionized pet nutrition by eliminating major nutritional deficiencies and providing optimal nutrition for the average pet. Our concern, however, is not for the average pet. It is for the sick pet. If epileptic animals have a disease with even a small nutritional component, wouldn’t we want to deal with it? Is your epileptic animal showing other signs of allergies? If s/he is chewing feet, scratching ears, having anal gland problems, vomiting bile seasonally, etc., etc., one may want to consider dietary changes, including hypoallergenic diets, if appropriate.

    I think that the main benefit of feeding real food meat, – (raw or cooked, raw or steamed veggies, cooked grains) – is to provide stuff that is killed in the kibble extrusion process. If you or I were to eat a diet of Wheaties, yogurt, VegAll, and Spam day after day for 20 years, would this be enough? I don’t know, but it makes me uncomfortable. I think our pets need a more varied diet and a fresher one than we can give them with commercial kibble. So I do recommend supplementing pet food with lean meat and vegetables.”

    Environment:

    It is important to keep your epileptic dog as free from chemical pollutants as possible. Think about the environment your dog is living in. Do you use chemical sprays on your lawn? Dogs will sometimes seize only when the lawn is sprayed for weeds. How about the cleaner you use for the floor? Some dogs have been known to seize after the floor has been washed with a pine scented cleaner. Flea and tick medications can also cause seizures. It is recommended that epi dogs be given Interceptor as a monthly heartworm preventative and Frontline used for fleas. Avoid products with Ivermectin it has been known to cause seizures in some breeds. There are many things that can lower a dog’s seizure threshold. Keep a diary of your dog’s seizures. Note down anything you have done or that the dog could have come in contact with that day which could have contributed to seizure. It is also a known phenomenon that some dogs may seizure around the full moon.

    Vaccinations :
    Vaccinations can lower a dog’s seizure threshold and trigger a seizure. If you feel that this is the case for your dog, ask the vet to split the shots, give them separately at weekly or two weekly intervals and ask for the Rabies shot to be given 2 weeks after that. Ask your vet if he/she knows about the new 3-year protocol now being used by many vets and veterinary schools.

    Like having a child with a medical condition, we deal with the condition as best we can to protect our child from all we can through research, sharing with others, and making educated decisions. Please pass on this article if you know anyone who would find it valuable. 

    -The Dealwagger Pack

"Bad, Skechers." Many Furious Over Greyhound Dog Racing Superbowl Ad

         DISCLAIMER: This is a revision to my original post. Since publishing the original post, I have learned that the organization GREY2K USA has been accused of misspending funds on motivations other than truly being in the game to help Greyhounds on an altruistic level. Grey2K USA however insists that they are in it for the Greys.   Dealwagger.com does not endorse GREY2K USA or any of the videos embedded in this blog post.

          On November 22, 2011, GREY2K USA learned that Skechers shoe company had filmed a commercial at Tucson Greyhound Park starring greyhound dogs in running jackets vs. small dogs wearing Skechers sneakers. Sure, this sounds cute, but there are reports cited by GREK2K USA that show mistreatment and abuse. However, there are also pro-racing and pro-Greyhound groups who claim GREY2K and their videos/reports are purely propaganda. The Tuscon Greyhound Park’s conditions were documented in recent inspections by Pima County investigators and by a GREY2K USA undercover video first released in 2010 (seen below). Dealwagger.com does not endorse this video: we are putting it out here because we believe there could be a kernel of truth to the claims of poor conditions even if considered propaganda to many. 

 
Undercover Video of Conditions at TGP

          Now here is the video that I cannot ignore. The Tuscon Greyhound Park CEO Tom Taylor refuses to open the living quarters of the TGP and he really throws out some very poor, pathetic comparisons such as the Taj Mahal and the Mona Lisa being seen negatively by some people. Why did he get so defensive and remain so vigilant in keeping it closed to the public when there is nothing to hide? Very suspicious behavior whether GREY2K put together this overall video or not. I just found out the public is kept out because the dogs are not to be disturbed as they are athletes with particular routines that should not be effected by outside sources that may involve the potential for negativity. 
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wdI2Rj_7aw0

Dog Track CEO Disallows Public Eye to TGP Living Quarters
            GREY2K USA wrote to the company and asked people to join them in asking for this misguided promotion to be cancelled. Thousands of greyhound and canine advocates around the world signed their petition and also sent direct e-mails to company officials. GREY2K USA reports that Skechers denies that it is promoting dog racing and that the greyhound ad will be aired during February’s Super Bowl. Additionally, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is to be featured and was present for filming at the dog track.
      
           Last week, Skecher’s Vice President of Media Gary Patrick e-mailed GREY2K USA a three-sentence letter from the American Humane Association (dated December 5) stating that no animal was harmed in production of the commercial. This is good news, but what about animals being mistreated before or after the shoot?
             In this life, you either stand up for what is right, or you stay silent and watch tragedy ensue. I know there are a lot of causes going on today that need attention, but this is happening in our backyard and we can make an impact today by educating one other about the truth. Feel free to post or respond to any comments below and post different resources of your own so we can do research and understand every angle of this
Click the following link to be re-directed to change.org to sign GREY2K’s growing petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/end-the-cruelty-at-tucson-greyhound-park
Protests Will Be Taking Place in the following locations:

Tucson (AZ)
Skechers Store, Saturday, Jan. 28, 11:30 am – 1 pm
3175 N. Campbell Avenue

"Bad, Skechers." Many Furious Over Greyhound Dog Racing Superbowl Ad

         DISCLAIMER: This is a revision to my original post. Since publishing the original post, I have learned that the organization GREY2K USA has been accused of misspending funds on motivations other than truly being in the game to help Greyhounds on an altruistic level. Grey2K USA however insists that they are in it for the Greys.   Dealwagger.com does not endorse GREY2K USA or any of the videos embedded in this blog post.

          On November 22, 2011, GREY2K USA learned that Skechers shoe company had filmed a commercial at Tucson Greyhound Park starring greyhound dogs in running jackets vs. small dogs wearing Skechers sneakers. Sure, this sounds cute, but there are reports cited by GREK2K USA that show mistreatment and abuse. However, there are also pro-racing and pro-Greyhound groups who claim GREY2K and their videos/reports are purely propaganda. The Tuscon Greyhound Park’s conditions were documented in recent inspections by Pima County investigators and by a GREY2K USA undercover video first released in 2010 (seen below). Dealwagger.com does not endorse this video: we are putting it out here because we believe there could be a kernel of truth to the claims of poor conditions even if considered propaganda to many. 

 
Undercover Video of Conditions at TGP

          Now here is the video that I cannot ignore. The Tuscon Greyhound Park CEO Tom Taylor refuses to open the living quarters of the TGP and he really throws out some very poor, pathetic comparisons such as the Taj Mahal and the Mona Lisa being seen negatively by some people. Why did he get so defensive and remain so vigilant in keeping it closed to the public when there is nothing to hide? Very suspicious behavior whether GREY2K put together this overall video or not. I just found out the public is kept out because the dogs are not to be disturbed as they are athletes with particular routines that should not be effected by outside sources that may involve the potential for negativity. 
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wdI2Rj_7aw0

Dog Track CEO Disallows Public Eye to TGP Living Quarters
            GREY2K USA wrote to the company and asked people to join them in asking for this misguided promotion to be cancelled. Thousands of greyhound and canine advocates around the world signed their petition and also sent direct e-mails to company officials. GREY2K USA reports that Skechers denies that it is promoting dog racing and that the greyhound ad will be aired during February’s Super Bowl. Additionally, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is to be featured and was present for filming at the dog track.
      
           Last week, Skecher’s Vice President of Media Gary Patrick e-mailed GREY2K USA a three-sentence letter from the American Humane Association (dated December 5) stating that no animal was harmed in production of the commercial. This is good news, but what about animals being mistreated before or after the shoot?
             In this life, you either stand up for what is right, or you stay silent and watch tragedy ensue. I know there are a lot of causes going on today that need attention, but this is happening in our backyard and we can make an impact today by educating one other about the truth. Feel free to post or respond to any comments below and post different resources of your own so we can do research and understand every angle of this
Click the following link to be re-directed to change.org to sign GREY2K’s growing petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/end-the-cruelty-at-tucson-greyhound-park
Protests Will Be Taking Place in the following locations:

Tucson (AZ)
Skechers Store, Saturday, Jan. 28, 11:30 am – 1 pm
3175 N. Campbell Avenue

The Mitt Romney ‘Dog on Car Roof’ Fiasco

            Here at dealwagger.com, we stay out of political views, but we always believe in standing up for and protecting our animals. So when I recently read that, in 1983, Mitt Romney left his family dog in a kennel strapped to the top of their station-wagon’s roof, I was disturbed by that. On top of that, Seamus, a beautiful Irish Setter pictured below, faced the brute force of a cold, windy, uncomfortable 12 HOUR drive. Romney did build him a windshield at the least, but in the next paragraph I’ll tell you especially why I’m not giving Romney a break on this, even though I know that everyone makes mistakes.
            
Seamus Romney
            I viewed a Fox News Sunday interview of Mitt Romney being questioned about this incident, and he goes on to say that “This was a completely air-tight kennel and he climbed up there all by himself…”, “It was where he was comfortable…”,”…and he enjoyed his ride”. The interviewer goes on to explain that Massachusetts State Law considers that inhumane– Romney responds that he was unaware of that. The interviewer says he wouldn’t even do that to his own dog (a Yellow lab), no less his own children. Regretfully, there is also proof that Romney’s kids reported seeing “brown liquid” coming down the side of the car, which was from poor Seamus (which he later pulled over to a service stop and washed down Seamus and the car). Now, rather than Romney admitting his error and being apologetic, he stuck to the belief that Seamus enjoyed his ride. 
            Here is an extensive record and analysis of this incident from The Rachel Maddow Show.  
            Everyone makes poor judgement calls. A small percentage of people can admit mistake, then learn and grow to become a better person. The rest of those people continue to make the same mistakes and cannot face that they have been in error. I personally expect more common sense and humility from The President of the U.S.A. There has also been an outrage across the U.S. among animal lovers and activists, which explains this political flyer released by “DogsAgainstRomney.com”
            We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media and Human Relations. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

           
           

The Mitt Romney ‘Dog on Car Roof’ Fiasco

            Here at dealwagger.com, we stay out of political views, but we always believe in standing up for and protecting our animals. So when I recently read that, in 1983, Mitt Romney left his family dog in a kennel strapped to the top of their station-wagon’s roof, I was disturbed by that. On top of that, Seamus, a beautiful Irish Setter pictured below, faced the brute force of a cold, windy, uncomfortable 12 HOUR drive. Romney did build him a windshield at the least, but in the next paragraph I’ll tell you especially why I’m not giving Romney a break on this, even though I know that everyone makes mistakes.
            
Seamus Romney
            I viewed a Fox News Sunday interview of Mitt Romney being questioned about this incident, and he goes on to say that “This was a completely air-tight kennel and he climbed up there all by himself…”, “It was where he was comfortable…”,”…and he enjoyed his ride”. The interviewer goes on to explain that Massachusetts State Law considers that inhumane– Romney responds that he was unaware of that. The interviewer says he wouldn’t even do that to his own dog (a Yellow lab), no less his own children. Regretfully, there is also proof that Romney’s kids reported seeing “brown liquid” coming down the side of the car, which was from poor Seamus (which he later pulled over to a service stop and washed down Seamus and the car). Now, rather than Romney admitting his error and being apologetic, he stuck to the belief that Seamus enjoyed his ride. 
            Here is an extensive record and analysis of this incident from The Rachel Maddow Show.  
            Everyone makes poor judgement calls. A small percentage of people can admit mistake, then learn and grow to become a better person. The rest of those people continue to make the same mistakes and cannot face that they have been in error. I personally expect more common sense and humility from The President of the U.S.A. There has also been an outrage across the U.S. among animal lovers and activists, which explains this political flyer released by “DogsAgainstRomney.com”
            We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media and Human Relations. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

           
           

Would You Clone Your Pet? For $50k, She Did.

            Anyone who has had a dog and loved that dog more than words can describe can admit that they would consider cloning their dog in order to have their best friend back. Well, when a New York resident lost her dog named Trouble, she was so distraught that she contacted the world’s only animal cloning company in South Korea. Danielle Tarantola ended up dishing out a whopping $50,000 for the procedure using Trouble’s DNA to create an exact replica of Trouble. A few months back, an associate of hers got a call from the company’s scientists informing her that the surrogate mother carrying the embryos developed from Trouble’s DNA had been successfully impregnated. A few weeks later, the surrogate went into labor as Danielle watched the birth via webcam from her U.S. home. “Double Trouble” was born.
Trouble’s Portrait
             Danielle got the original Trouble when she was just 18. She eventually had a huge portrait of him painted on the wall of her home, dressed him up in costumes for every holiday, had his face printed on pillowcases and a bedspread. She said “He was like the child I never had– and I probably did treat him better than most people treat their children.” Since she had heard of the Asian cloning company in 2005, Danielle admits that she played with the idea of having the pet cloned while Trouble was still alive so he could meet the second dog. But instead, she decided against it and chose to have Trouble’s vet take a DNA sample during a routine check-up. She says she knows she can never replace Trouble himself, but she loves Double Trouble “to pieces”. She was even able to negotiate a reduced fee from the original $100,000 price tag for the operation after she secured TV coverage of her controversial quest to replace Trouble. 
“Double Trouble”
              Now, cloning animals is controversial in its own right. But specifically, South Korea is known for raising dogs on farm for their meat. The author of “Dog, Inc.“, John Woestendiek, claims that some of the dogs used in the cloning process as egg donors or surrogate mothers are later sent back to the farms where they are killed and eaten. 
 Video about Danielle and Cloning of Trouble/Double Trouble
             So did Danielle make a good choice or did she make a deal with the devil? You be the judge. I personally understand that Danielle’s love for her dog was out of this world, but all I can think of is how many other dogs and animals she could have helped and saved with $50,000. She could have easily adopted a dog of the same breed as Trouble and it could have been considered part of his family anyhow. I think, in the end, that her quest was that of a woman unwilling to accept reality, so she used her financial capacities to play Creator. I can’t help but think: Did Danielle grow up spoiled? Did she always get what she wanted? Then again, who am I to judge? I wish Danielle and Double Trouble a happy life together– and maybe in another 15 yrs, Double Trouble will be cloned so Danielle can lighten her grief of losing her love yet again, with Triple Trouble.

Would You Clone Your Pet? For $50k, She Did.

            Anyone who has had a dog and loved that dog more than words can describe can admit that they would consider cloning their dog in order to have their best friend back. Well, when a New York resident lost her dog named Trouble, she was so distraught that she contacted the world’s only animal cloning company in South Korea. Danielle Tarantola ended up dishing out a whopping $50,000 for the procedure using Trouble’s DNA to create an exact replica of Trouble. A few months back, an associate of hers got a call from the company’s scientists informing her that the surrogate mother carrying the embryos developed from Trouble’s DNA had been successfully impregnated. A few weeks later, the surrogate went into labor as Danielle watched the birth via webcam from her U.S. home. “Double Trouble” was born.
Trouble’s Portrait
             Danielle got the original Trouble when she was just 18. She eventually had a huge portrait of him painted on the wall of her home, dressed him up in costumes for every holiday, had his face printed on pillowcases and a bedspread. She said “He was like the child I never had– and I probably did treat him better than most people treat their children.” Since she had heard of the Asian cloning company in 2005, Danielle admits that she played with the idea of having the pet cloned while Trouble was still alive so he could meet the second dog. But instead, she decided against it and chose to have Trouble’s vet take a DNA sample during a routine check-up. She says she knows she can never replace Trouble himself, but she loves Double Trouble “to pieces”. She was even able to negotiate a reduced fee from the original $100,000 price tag for the operation after she secured TV coverage of her controversial quest to replace Trouble. 
“Double Trouble”
              Now, cloning animals is controversial in its own right. But specifically, South Korea is known for raising dogs on farm for their meat. The author of “Dog, Inc.“, John Woestendiek, claims that some of the dogs used in the cloning process as egg donors or surrogate mothers are later sent back to the farms where they are killed and eaten. 
 Video about Danielle and Cloning of Trouble/Double Trouble
             So did Danielle make a good choice or did she make a deal with the devil? You be the judge. I personally understand that Danielle’s love for her dog was out of this world, but all I can think of is how many other dogs and animals she could have helped and saved with $50,000. She could have easily adopted a dog of the same breed as Trouble and it could have been considered part of his family anyhow. I think, in the end, that her quest was that of a woman unwilling to accept reality, so she used her financial capacities to play Creator. I can’t help but think: Did Danielle grow up spoiled? Did she always get what she wanted? Then again, who am I to judge? I wish Danielle and Double Trouble a happy life together– and maybe in another 15 yrs, Double Trouble will be cloned so Danielle can lighten her grief of losing her love yet again, with Triple Trouble.

Adopt Instead of Shop, Get Rewarded at Dealwagger.com

     

          While researching animal rescues and charities to participate in receiving donations from a portion of each of our daily deal sales, I came across a wonderful story about an 8 year old girl named Abbey who lives in Ohio, who donates her time and allowance money to help care for homeless animals. With the guidance of her parents, the little lady decided to take her motivation a step further by calling on her community to join her by writing a letter to her local publication, the Chillicothe Gazette, encouraging people to help find local pets home and care from places like the Humane Society.
       

8 year old Abbey handing in letter to local Chillicothe Gazette 

          Abbey exclaims, “I am trying my hardest to get dogs and cats at the human(e) society homes, so please help!” She continues, “Bring cat food, cat litter, food bowls, dog and cat toys and dog food, but most of all please adopt”
        
       Abbey really inspired us. That is the reason why we decided to offer a special promo code for those new and old pet owners who have decided to rescue a pet, rather than shopping or going through a breeder. Hopefully for those rescuing a pet for the first time, we will be able to help you afford a mini-shopping spree of essential items for your new baby to settle in at their new home. Abbey’s love for animals stems from her home and family life. Her family has two dogs — Mia and Maddy — and four cats: Sissy, Gus, Jake and Mary. Her parents admit, ”We’ve been supportive, but these things are her idea, and she does all the work.We’re very proud of her.”

Actual Hand-written Letter Abbey wrote to Gazette

We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

          
About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media and Human Relations. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice. 

Adopt Instead of Shop, Get Rewarded at Dealwagger.com

     

          While researching animal rescues and charities to participate in receiving donations from a portion of each of our daily deal sales, I came across a wonderful story about an 8 year old girl named Abbey who lives in Ohio, who donates her time and allowance money to help care for homeless animals. With the guidance of her parents, the little lady decided to take her motivation a step further by calling on her community to join her by writing a letter to her local publication, the Chillicothe Gazette, encouraging people to help find local pets home and care from places like the Humane Society.
       

8 year old Abbey handing in letter to local Chillicothe Gazette 

          Abbey exclaims, “I am trying my hardest to get dogs and cats at the human(e) society homes, so please help!” She continues, “Bring cat food, cat litter, food bowls, dog and cat toys and dog food, but most of all please adopt”
        
       Abbey really inspired us. That is the reason why we decided to offer a special promo code for those new and old pet owners who have decided to rescue a pet, rather than shopping or going through a breeder. Hopefully for those rescuing a pet for the first time, we will be able to help you afford a mini-shopping spree of essential items for your new baby to settle in at their new home. Abbey’s love for animals stems from her home and family life. Her family has two dogs — Mia and Maddy — and four cats: Sissy, Gus, Jake and Mary. Her parents admit, ”We’ve been supportive, but these things are her idea, and she does all the work.We’re very proud of her.”

Actual Hand-written Letter Abbey wrote to Gazette

We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

          
About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media and Human Relations. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.