National Dog Day 2013

Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname “Man’s Best Friend” in the Western world.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog

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FEMA.gpv  – Canine’s Role in Urban Search & Rescue

National US&R Response System Canine Search Teams (handler and canine) play a critical role during structural collapse incidents. The canines locate survivors, using their incredible sense of smell to detect live human scent, even from a survivor buried deep in rubble.

Canine and Handler Certification – Learn about the rigorous certification process each Canine Search Team must pass in the National US&R Response System.

Canine Search Specialist Certification Process – This document describes the National US&R Response System process that can also be used by Federal, state, and local organizations to determine Canine Search Team readiness levels.

Urban Search & Rescue Canine Photos – View photos of National US&R Response System Canine Search Teams responding to disasters.

Did You Know?

FEMA US&R canine handlers are comprised of civilians, firefighters, and police department members. Most of the certified canines are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers.

Canines with high “toy drive” are used for urban search and rescue. It is a game of “hide and seek” for the dog. In training, people run from the dog and hide with the toy, playing with the dog when found. By the time the dog is on a real search, he is looking willingly for trapped survivors.

Few search dogs wear “booties” when working on a rubble pile. Despite the hazards of sharp metal and broken glass, the dogs often need to perform what is called a “soft walk” where they splay their paws for maximum traction. Collars and booties can actually add to the canine’s risk of injury when searching in tight or obstructed spaces.

For more: http://www.fema.gov/canines-role-urban-search-rescue

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Animal Disaster Preparedness:  AnimalsInDisasterFactSheet.pdf

Ready.gov Animal information: http://www.ready.gov/search/node/animals

As part of a campaign to stop puppy mills, then-Senator Barack Obama posed at the Lincoln Memorial with Baby, a poodle who survived a puppy mill but lost one of her legs from the ordeal. The image appears in the book, "A Rare Breed of Love" by Jana Kohl.Bo
As part of a campaign to stop puppy mills, then-Senator Barack Obama posed at the Lincoln Memorial with Baby, a poodle who survived a puppy mill but lost one of her legs from the ordeal. The image appears in the book, “A Rare Breed of Love” by Jana Kohl.Bo

National Dog Day – August 26, 2013

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue organization

Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership 

Riding in Cars with Dogs (Safest in Backseat)

Fourth of July Safety Tips | ASPCA

 Officer Hurricane & Officer Jordan – White House Secret Service Canines

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27 thoughts on “National Dog Day 2013

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    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama meets national security advisers at the White House

    First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the U.S. Open
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    • POTUS podium

      August 24, 2013

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      Nat’l Action Network Marks 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
      Civil rights leaders and contemporary movement leaders speak at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington held by the National Action Network at The Lincoln Memorial.

      Speakers include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-FL), Myrlie Evers-Williams, Marc Morial, Ben Jealous (NAACP), and Bernice King.

      Following the rally, participants march to the King Memorial.

      http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/223464

  2. National Dog Day – August 26, 2013

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    Dedicated to Sable who was a rescued shelter dog 1998-2013

    • Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname “Man’s Best Friend” in the Western world.
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog

      • Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership

        Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations. Responsible pet ownership includes:

        * Committing to the relationship for the life of the pet(s).
        * Avoiding impulsive decisions about obtaining pet(s), and carefully selecting pet(s) suited to your home and lifestyle.
        * Recognizing that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.
        * Keeping only the type and number of pets for which an appropriate and safe environment can be provided, * including appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
        * Ensuring pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date
        * Adherence to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.
        * Controlling pet(s)’ reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter thereby helping to address animal control and overpopulation problems.
        * Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
        * Providing preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, its veterinarian.
        * Socialization and appropriate training for pet(s), which facilitates their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.
        * Preventing pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment, including proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.
        * Providing exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to the pet(s)’ age, breed, and health status.
        * Advance preparation to ensure the pet(s)’ well-being in the case of an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
        * Making alternative arrangements if caring for the pet is no longer possible.
        * Recognizing declines in the pet(s)’ quality of life and making decisions in consultation with a veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).

        For more: https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Guidelines-for-Responsible-Pet-Ownership.aspx

    • FEMA.gpv  – Canine’s Role in Urban Search & Rescue

      National US&R Response System Canine Search Teams (handler and canine) play a critical role during structural collapse incidents. The canines locate survivors, using their incredible sense of smell to detect live human scent, even from a survivor buried deep in rubble.

      Canine and Handler Certification – Learn about the rigorous certification process each Canine Search Team must pass in the National US&R Response System.

      Canine Search Specialist Certification Process – This document describes the National US&R Response System process that can also be used by Federal, state, and local organizations to determine Canine Search Team readiness levels.

      Urban Search & Rescue Canine Photos – View photos of National US&R Response System Canine Search Teams responding to disasters.

      Did You Know?

      FEMA US&R canine handlers are comprised of civilians, firefighters, and police department members. Most of the certified canines are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers.

      Canines with high “toy drive” are used for urban search and rescue. It is a game of “hide and seek” for the dog. In training, people run from the dog and hide with the toy, playing with the dog when found. By the time the dog is on a real search, he is looking willingly for trapped survivors.

      Few search dogs wear “booties” when working on a rubble pile. Despite the hazards of sharp metal and broken glass, the dogs often need to perform what is called a “soft walk” where they splay their paws for maximum traction. Collars and booties can actually add to the canine’s risk of injury when searching in tight or obstructed spaces.

      For more: http://www.fema.gov/canines-role-urban-search-rescue

    • Sunny’s Debut, Bo’s Bubble, and the Undogly Life of a Presidential Pet

      Aug 21, 2013 4:45 AM EDT by Dr. Patty Khuly – TheDailyBeast

      You think being petted by Michelle Obama and lounging in the Oval Office is enough to make a dog happy? Think again—Bo was probably lonely. Veterinarian Patty Khuly on how Sunny was chosen.

      While being the president’s dog might sound like the best pet gig ever, Bo’s life probably isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Even lounging on Lincoln’s bed or lapping up leftovers off presidential porcelain can’t make up for living la vida sola, bereft of any conspecific companions.

      That’s likely what the Obamas were thinking when they made the well-considered decision to add a second dog to the first family lineup: “Poor Bo shouldn’t have to go through life all alone. He needs a friend.”

      For more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/21/sunny-s-debut-bo-s-bubble-the-undogly-life-of-a-presidential-pet.html

      • Meet Sunny: The Obamas’ New Puppy

        Hannah August August 19, 2013 07:45 PM EDT

        Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012, and arrived at the White House today. Just like Bo, she’s a Portuguese Water Dog, which works great for the Obamas because of allergies in their family.

        Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo – full of energy and very affectionate – and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality.

        In the past, Bo has been eager to help the First Family with their official duties, from visiting Walter Reed and the Children’s National Medical Center, to inspecting the Holiday decorations at the White House, to greeting guests at the White House on tours and during the Easter Egg Roll, but in October, the First Lady told reporters that she hosted a “doggie play date” because “Bo doesn’t have enough dog interaction.” So now, in addition to helping with those official duties, Bo takes on the important role of big brother!

        For the entire article, including photos!: http://www.whitehouse.gov/meet-sunny

    • Feds go after online ‘puppy mills’

      9/10/13 04:23 PM ET By Julian Hattem – TheHill

      The Obama administration is extending federal oversight to online pet stores in an effort to crack down on abusive “puppy mills.”

      A measure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) puts new restrictions on breeders that sell pets on the Internet, closing what animal rights advocates call a loophole in the law.

      “The puppy mills are kind of like factory farms for dogs where the mother dogs are treated like a breeding machine and the puppies are turned out like a commodity,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the U.S., said in an interview with The Hill.

      “They don’t think of them of companions like pet owners do. It just becomes a money-making operation.”

      Breeders and other animal businesses have to abide by licensing and regulations issued under the Animal Welfare Act of 1966. The measure sets minimum standards for some wholesale breeders of dogs, cats and other pets.

      Retail outlets that sell animals are exempt from those rules, however. As a result, some negligent breeders have begun to sell their animals on the Internet to escape scrutiny, Pacelle said.

      “You have thousands of puppy mill operators who have migrated to the Internet as their primary means of commerce, and the Animal Welfare Act regulations were adopted prior to the era of the Internet,” he said. “It didn’t anticipate that direct sales by that method would come to dominate the industry.”

      The USDA’s regulation would change the definition of a “retail pet store” to exempt only brick-and-mortar facilities from the Animal Welfare Act.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/administration/321435-feds-go-after-online-puppy-mills

    • Muffin’s Halo – Guide for Blind Dogs Story

      My precious 13 1/2 year old toy poodle Muffin Bordeaux, went blind approximately two years ago due to cataracts. I was devastated, since he kept bumping into walls and falling down the stairs. He became very depressed and was afraid to move around. I could not let him out of my sight and carried him around everywhere. I searched the internet extensively for solutions/assistance. That was when I realized that there is a great need for a products to assist blind/visually impaired dogs, so I invented this aid for dog device/guide, “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ® ” that has changed his life, as well as mine. Muffin now knows his home again and can travel with me to any hotel or friend’s house and gets to familiarize any new surroundings, quickly. He just loves this aid and is back to his peppy confident self! Muffin also loves all the attention he gets when I take him on walks, as he looks like a little angel. Most importantly, I can leave him at home for hours and know that he is safe.

      For more: http://muffinshalo.com/muffins-story.php

    • Dogs of the Day
      Hurricane and Jordan

      Winter 2015 By Whitney Wilde – CoastalCaninemag

      whitehouse Seven-fifteen p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014: the sun was almost down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Barack Obama had spent the day juggling many crises, including the outbreak of Ebola and the ongoing violence in Sudan. Wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, grey shorts, and black running shoes, a young man looking like any other tourist stood gazing at the south side of the White House.

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      The athletic and muscled 23-year-old scaled the 8-foot tall north perimeter fence, and entered the White House grounds after jumping over a second (shorter) fence, and then continued sprinting toward the doors near the White House kitchen. He did not go unnoticed. Secret Service officers ordered him to stop and get on the ground, but he raced forward another 25 yards. Two Secret Service officers approached him. He landed a solid kick into Officer Jordan’s body. Then Officer Hurricane slammed him to the ground. He got up, threw Hurricane down, and then repeatedly beat him with his fist. Moments later, he was surrounded and placed in handcuffs.

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      The suspect had been arrested twice before for illegally entering the White House grounds. This time he was charged with four misdemeanor counts of willfully entering restricted grounds at the White House. More importantly, he was charged with two felony counts of maliciously harming the two Secret Service officers and one felony count of making threats. The two brave officers were taken for a medical check and released with minor bruising. They received a day off as a reward and it is likely these heroes will receive a Presidential Medal.

      It reads like the plot of a crime show on television, except that the stars of this show are two Belgian Malinois! Their job is to stop intruders at the White House. Officer Jordan is a five-year-old black-and-tan Malinois, and Officer Hurricane is a year older and solid black.

      For more: http://www.coastalcaninemag.com/issues/winter2015/dogofdaysecretservice.html

      • King Tut, the President’s Belgian Police dog has taken up his duties at the White House and makes regular rounds to see that the guards are in their places
        Repository: Library of Congress 1929 Apr. 11.

  3. 9:00 AM ET
    Nat’l Action Network Marks 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
    Civil rights leaders and contemporary movement leaders speak at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington held by the National Action Network at the Lincoln Memorial.

    Speakers include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-FL), Myrlie Evers-Williams, Marc Morial, Ben Jealous (NAACP), and Bernice King.

    Following the rally, participants march to the King Memorial.

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/223464

    • Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the National Action to Realize the Dream March

      Saturday, August 24, 2013 justice.gov

      It is an honor to be here – among so many friends, distinguished civil rights leaders, Members of Congress, and fellow citizens who have fought, rallied, and organized – from the streets of this nation, to the halls of our Capitol – to advance the cause of justice.

      Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared his dream with the world and described his vision for a society that offered, and delivered, the promise of equal justice under law. He assured his fellow citizens that this goal was within reach – so long as they kept faith with one another, and maintained the courage and commitment to work toward it. And he urged them to do just that. By calling for no more – and no less – than equal justice. By standing up for the civil rights to which everyone is entitled. And by speaking out – in the face of hatred and violence, in defiance of those who sought to turn them back with fire hoses, bullets, and bombs – for the dignity of a promise kept; the honor of a right redeemed; and the pursuit of a sacred truth that’s been woven through our history since this country’s earliest days: that all are created equal.

      Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road – from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched – in spite of animosity, oppression, and brutality – because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept. Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans. As we gather today, 50 years later, their march – now our march – goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities, and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity, and fair treatment.

      For more: http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2013/ag-speech-130824.html

    • Rev. Al Sharpton ‘Realize the Dream March and Rally’ Keynote Speech: We’re On Our Way

      Published on Aug 24, 2013

      August 24, 2013. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

  4. August 24, 2013

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    August 24, 2013

    Hi, everybody. Over the past month, I’ve been visiting towns across America, talking about what our country needs to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class.

    This week, I met with high school and college students in New York and Pennsylvania to discuss the surest path to the middle class – some form of higher education.

    But at a moment when a higher education has never been more important, it’s also never been more expensive. That’s why, over the past four years, we’ve helped make college more affordable for millions of students and families with grants and loans that go farther from before.

    But students and families and taxpayers cannot just keep subsidizing college costs that keep going up and up. Not when the average student now graduates more than $26,000 in debt.

    We cannot price the middle class out of a college education. That’s why I proposed major new reforms to make college more affordable and make it easier for folks to pay for their education.

    First, we’re going to start rating colleges based on opportunity – are they helping students from all kinds of backgrounds succeed, and on outcomes – their value to students and parents. In time, we’ll use those ratings to make sure that the colleges that keep their tuition down are the ones that will see their taxpayer funding go up.

    Second, we’re going to jumpstart competition between colleges over innovations that help more students graduate in less time, at less cost, while maintaining quality. A number of schools are already testing new approaches, like putting more courses online or basing course credit on competence, not just hours spent in the classroom.

    And third, we’re going to help more students responsibly manage their debt, by making more of them eligible for a loan repayment program called Pay-As-You-Earn, which caps your loan payments at 10 percent of what you make. And we’ll reach out directly to students to make sure they know that this program exists.

    These reforms won’t be popular with everybody. But the path we’re on now is unsustainable for our students and our economy.

    Higher education shouldn’t be a luxury, or a roll of the dice; it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/24/weekly-address-making-higher-education-more-affordable-middle-class

  5. Unions applaud as OSHA releases long-stalled worker safety rule

    8/23/13 02:28 PM ET By Ben Goad – TheHill

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Fiday issued draft regulations aiming to limit workers’ exposure to harmful silica dust, delivering a major victory to labor unions and safety advocates.

    The proposed rule, which sat under review for more than two years at the White House, has become the poster child of stalled worker protections, with public interest and safety groups relentlessly criticizing the federal government for failing to act.

    “This rule is long overdue,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement moments after the regulations were unveiled. “Meanwhile workers have continued to suffer unnecessary disease and death.”
    Silica dust is commonly released at construction sites, shipyards and other workplaces where heavy machinery is used. It has been associated with numerous ailments, including silicosis and lung cancer.

    Once implemented, the new regulations would save nearly 700 lives per year and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis annually, according to OSHA estimates.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/labor/318543-osha-releases-long-stalled-worker-safety-rule

    • US Department of Labor’s OSHA announces proposed rule
      to protect workers exposed to crystalline silica

      OSHA News Release: 13-1767-NAT
      August 23, 2013

      WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year. After publication of the proposal, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments, followed by public hearings.

      “Exposure to silica can be deadly, and limiting that exposure is essential,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Every year, exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. This proposal is expected to prevent thousands of deaths from silicosis-an incurable and progressive disease-as well as lung cancer, other respiratory diseases and kidney disease. We’re looking forward to public comment on the proposal.”

      For more: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24621

  6. FLOTUS takes ‘Let’s Move’ to U.S. Open

    8/24/13 3:50 PM EDT By POLITICO STAFF

    First lady Michelle Obama joined tennis superstar Serena Williams as she spoke at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y. on Saturday.

    The U.S. Tennis Association has previously teamed up with FLOTUS for her “Let’s Move” campaign encouraging children’s fitness.

    Obama drew cheers when she recognized the contributions of tennis luminaries the Williams sisters, Billie Jean King and the U.S. national team to the nation’s wellbeing.

    “Is everyone here ready to move?” Obama asked the sell-out crowd , noting she’d be a “whole lot better” at tennis if she had learned it as a child.

    The First Lady went on to watch the rest of the day’s events with winners from the 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest, according to pool reports.

    • August 24, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

      U.S. Open
      New York, New York

      2:04 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.) Are you guys having fun? (Applause.) Is everybody here ready to move? (Applause.) Well, I am. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be here with all of you. You all look good, you sound good. This is amazing.

      I want to start by thanking one of my favorite athletes, a woman who has become a very good friend, Serena, for that very kind introduction. Let’s give her a round of applause. So proud of Serena. (Applause.) She is awesome.

      And I want to thank Missy, as well as Quddus for being our MCs today. I’ve been watching them backstage — they’re really good. You guys can talk a lot. That’s excellent.

      I got to see Missy as well as Serena compete at last year’s Olympics, and it was truly an honor. They represented this country with grace, and they brought back some medals, and it was a very good thing. So congratulations, Missy. I know you’re headed to college, right? Way to go! Education is important. I am proud of all of them, and I am proud of all of these players up here as well for being such outstanding role models to all of you young people.

      I also have to recognize a wonderful woman who has been an inspiration to so many of us — the wife of Arthur Ashe, Jeanne Ashe, and well as her daughter, Camera, who are here today. It’s an honor to be here with them today to celebrate Arthur’s legacy. (Applause.) And I also have to point out that there is someone also very special here, a living legend who has meant so much to me, so much to women, so much to young people and young athletes all over this country — the great Billie Jean King is here. Let’s give her a round of applause. (Applause.)

      And we also have a very special group of people here — we have some members of our military and their families who are here, so I want us to make sure that we thank them for their sacrifice and for their grace. (Applause.) We are so proud of you all. It’s great to have you here.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/24/remarks-first-lady-arthur-ashe-kids-day

  7. August 24, 2013

    Readout of the President’s Meeting with the National Security Council Regarding the Reported Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

    President Obama convened a meeting of his National Security Council today to discuss the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on Wednesday, August 21 near Damascus. In coordination with international partners and mindful of the dozens of contemporaneous witness accounts and record of the symptoms of those killed, the U.S. intelligence community continues to gather facts to ascertain what occurred. The President also received a detailed review of a range of potential options he had requested be prepared for the United States and the international community to respond to the use of chemical weapons.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/24/readout-president-s-meeting-national-security-council-regarding-reported

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