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Essex pups to be at Petco this Sunday

Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at 10:19 PM

Some of you may be keeping up with the story of the litter of pups that was rescued from a house in Essex a while back. In fact, Sasha had an excellent story about the dog abuse case in the Wednesday, July 18 Statesman.

I've covered several Bollinger County dog abuse cases with Marilyn Neville of Ace of Animal Behavior; she is fostering the pups, along with two Lab Mix pups at her rural home near Zalma, Mo. Marilyn is great to work with - a truly dedicated animal lover, who has saved a number of animals in the area by finding homes for them. In fact, my sister in Springfield, Mo. has two corgis that Marilyn rescued in the Zalma area.

Today I just got word that Marilyn will have the Essex Beagle mix pups - along with the Lab mix pups - at Petco in Cape Girardeau on Sunday, July 22 from noon to 4:30. She will be representing both Safe Harbor, the rescue shelter in Fruitland, and the Sikeston Shelter. Both shelters do wonderful work with animals that have been dumped, abandoned, or abused. Hopefully, she will have enough volunteers to help her bring all the pups to Petco. There's never enough money for these causes, so if anyone has any extra funds lying around --- you know where I recommend that they go! When my mother died last year, we asked that donations be made to the Springfield animal shelter in her name. It's a wonderful tribute.

Petco has been excellent in supporting local animal rescue shelters with donated food and publicity for adoptions.

I'm going to try to post a photo of the Essex pups on this blog. First time I've done that, so let's hope it works! (I don't think it did! I'll have to call in the Big Guns for help!)

From the hills of Tillman, this is North Stoddard Countian writer, Madeline DeJournett signing off.......

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It is so good that some one is caring for these poor animals, I think that it is a shame to keep some alive that are old and and in such pain, my daughter is one to do that and guess who has to take them to the vet, this old mail man

-- Posted by bent nail on Thu, Jul 19, 2007, at 11:33 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Good for you! Keep up the good work.

This area is traditionally very weak in taking care of animals, so it's good to see people stepping up to help.

For example, there is no animal shelter in Stoddard County, except for Sun Dog, a cat sanctuary in Bloomfield. The closest shelter for dogs is in Sikeston, and it's struggling to keep up with the massive number of pets who are "thrown away" by their owners.

I believe in Dexter Peggy Sells home is the shelter for dogs! lol

She is a major animal lover and did offer dogs for adoption at her Canine Connection.

Peggy is a really sweet gal who just can't say no to puppy dog eyes,rather like ElfReda and stray cats!

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Thu, Jul 19, 2007, at 11:54 PM

Mmmm....I've heard of her - doesn't she have a grooming service? So does she foster the animals and try to find them homes?

Madeline, you need to check on this.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Jul 21, 2007, at 7:32 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
You're right, goat lady, I do. Since so many local and state entities seem unwilling or unable to help with the plight of these animals, I'm afraid it's up to the volunteers to meet the challenge.

There are several problems, as I see it. For one thing, people who care about animals often get labeled "crazies," because there are those in our society who say, "Why are you worried about animals, instead of humans?" The way I see it, we should care about BOTH. Just because I'm an animal lover, that doesn't mean I don't care about humans.

America is a rich nation. There's no reason why we humans, who bring these animals into the world ("Oh, look at the puppy? Isn't he cute? I want one!") can't step up and be responsible enough to take care of them! ("Oh, he's peeing on the floor!" "He's too big and rowdy and eats too much. Go dump him in the country, where he'll find a good farm home!")

People can be so stupid!

Mmmmm....maybe I need to write my next blog on THIS topic! Soap Box, here I come!!

There are so many unwanted animals it makes me cry. I refuse to buy a pet from a breeder or a pet store. I only adopt rescued animals or animals I have personally rescued. I currently have two "free" kittens that cost me hundreds of dollars over their 17 year life spans, and two new free dogs that have done the same in less than a year. Every pet I've ever had has been either spayed or neutered to help cut down on the pet population. Heck, I've even taken stray cats to the vet to be spayed/neutered and then found them homes. How people can just dump an animal - out of sight, out of mind - is totally outside my understanding.

Worse than just not being responsible for your animals are the cases of animal cruelty. What about that NFL player who has been in the news lately for running a dog fighting ring. The things he and his cohorts did to the losing dogs are absolutely abominal!!! I hope the guilty parties are.... Actually, I can't think of anything bad enough. How do you make the punishment fit that crime? Start that up as your next blog topic.

-- Posted by Ducky on Sun, Jul 22, 2007, at 8:33 AM

I agree, Ducky!! My goats and I live out in hill country, and I can't count how many times people have dumped dogs on us out here. By the time I see them, they usually have mange and are half-starved.

It's heart-breaking!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Jul 22, 2007, at 9:15 AM

As for Michael Vick, that NFL player who operated a dog-fighting ring, I think they need to take some serious action on that case. He's setting a very, very bad precedent for the children who grow up in that environment.

Cruel is NOT COOL!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Jul 22, 2007, at 9:18 AM

Do you think the same people who watch dog fights are the same people who watch "bum" fights?

I guess if you are feeling powerless and you are a few french fries short of a Happy Meal, watching poor animals fight would be entertaining?

Cats are superior to humans, as they will do nothing to amuse us, much less fight for our enjoyment! If cats are fighting it's for reasons usually only known to them,but many times it's over a tomcat.

However if two women fight-that's a catfight,and probably over a cat named Tom. My cat would not let such things interfere in her sleeping schedule!

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Sun, Jul 22, 2007, at 1:36 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I think the I.Q. is probably similar on dog-fight enthusiasts and those who watch bum fights, and I can't even imagine the depravity of people who do either one. There has to be something lacking in their upbringing. Of course, if children are exposed to these activities and see that their parents accept it as normal, they will, too.

Behavorists tell us that serial killers often started out torturing animals..... They were "practicing" on defenseless domestic pets before they moved up the ladder to their fellow human beings. I have no idea what makes some people lack a conscience... I've read that crack babies often grow up with no feelings toward their family members - the crack children are just as likely to kill their little brothers and sisters as not.

I don't know if the dog-fighting syndrome is the same thing, or not. It seems that the gang mentality is often involved.....a sort of macho thing: "My dog is tougher than your dog!" "Oh, yeah? Wanna bet?" "Yeah, let's go!"

I read that Michael Vick had been having illegal dog fights at his place in Richmond, Virginia since 2001. Imagine how many dogs died horrible deaths before he was caught.

As someone who has personally fostered and placed what is rapidly approaching several hundred animals from her home, I can safely say that more people should have their pets spayed and neutered.

I do breed German Shepherds, but let me tell you that in the past four years, I have had a total of two litters. I am planning on another litter this winter, as it has been two years since my last litter of pups.

The problem is that so many have just a little mix-breed dog that they think is just so cute, so they want to breed it to have a puppy. But what do you do with the other 7 puppies in the litter? Sure, you can give them away for free, but exactly what kind of home do you think they will go to?

Everyone please remember to spay and neuter your pets and when looking for one, if you aren't dead-set on a pure-breed, please check out the closest shelter. I have had many mix-breed dogs and believe me, they were much more appreciate of the love and care they received than any of my pampered pure-breeds!!

-- Posted by Sacha C. on Mon, Jul 23, 2007, at 9:12 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Good advice from someone who has seen the situation from both the breeder's and the "mutt" owner's point of view, Sasha! There are so, so, SO many wonderful mixed-breed dogs out there, just waiting to have a place to call home. It makes me very sad!

Sunday I was with Marilyn Neville at the Petco location in Cape, where she took the litter of Essex puppies. They're 9-weeks old now, the best-natured little dogs! We fixed up their crates over by the dog-grooming window, and people stopped to look at them as they came in the door. The pups were petted by so many children, and I thought what precious companions these multi-colored pups would make for a child!

Let's use the dogs we have now and not try to create more!

I say Amen, sisters and brothers!

Spay and neuter! Adopt an otherwise unwanted companion (dog, cat -or goat-, that is. My apologies, goat lady).

-- Posted by Ducky on Mon, Jul 23, 2007, at 8:55 PM

No offense taken, Ducky girl! All my dogs and cats are neutered, and, right now, I'm billy goat-less... so there'll be no little kids for awhile...

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Jul 23, 2007, at 9:13 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Update on Essex pups: I've talked with Marilyn Neville, who is fostering the pups. There are still five left, I think, and they are eleven weeks old. The sweet lab-mix pup that was in the photo is still available, too.

It breaks my heart that no one wants these sweet-natured, beautiful pups! If I didn't already have four dogs, I would take one.

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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