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I don’t know about you, but over the last few months I’ve been looking forward seeing A Dog’s Purpose. The trailer alone was bringing tears to some viewers eyes. It’s possible we all have to think twice about whether we want to go see the film or not.

The film was supposed to open a week from (1-27-17) now and there was a press junket scheduled for today.

But a few days ago TMZ got a hold of and released a terrible, terrible video where a dog handler is seen forcing a dog into a water tank, in what looks like something the dog wanted nothing to do with.

Then there was the scene where the dog gets washed down to the other end of a tank and you watch his head go under the water. Divers rush in to rescue him.

All the while you can hear a voice of some callous asshole saying, just throw him in.

The dog on the video is from Birds & Animals Unlimited, a CA-based company that has been getting scrutinized by PETA. For what that’s worth.

The thing is there are so many people in the world of dog trainers that are horrified at what they’ve seen in this video.

TMZ broke this story first then PETA got in on the act. PETA has its own detractors and that’s issue for another day. As it stands, a lot has happened since the TMZ video.

First they released the video via an article titled “Terrified German Shepherd Forced Into Turbulent Water.”

Then they reported that the AHA (American Humane Association) rep that was on set to supposedly protect the animals from abuse has been suspended.

Then the explanations or excuses started coming out of the studio talking about how much rehearsal and training went into the scene before the moment we see on tape at the link. They say that they took a break from trying to shoot the scene and later, the dog was willing and able.

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Kurgo Door Guard Product ReviewA little over a year ago I bought some Kurgo Pet Door Guards for my truck and they worked wonderfully. You slip the plastic tabs down between the window and the guide foam, and presto, your dogs were no longer able to scratch up your vehicle door interior.

Now if there’s one thing to be said about Kurgo, they stand behind their product.

After about a year’s use, one of my door guards had tabs that were starting to crack and break. When I contacted Kurgo about this, they sent me replacements promptly, just as their implied warranty suggests.

As much as I appreciate the expedient service, these newer door guards had thinner, shorter window tabs. In what I presume to be some form of cost-saving measure turned out to be bad. Very bad.

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Prong Collars Aren’t So Bad

December 15, 2015

Recently I came across an old article about how Amazon UK had pulled dog prong collar products after some public pressure about the hazards of using these tools. Yes I used the word tool. In some of the arguments against using a prong collar, we see evidence of what kind of damage they do to […]

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Your Dog, Fireworks And Canine Safety

May 27, 2015

July 4th is one of those holidays where pet owners need to take proactive measures to make sure your pup stays safe during this loud and flashy holiday. Though we are focused on the fourth of July, precautions should not only be for that day, but sadly, should also be taken for the week leading […]

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Meet SAM, A Precious Pit Bull In Need of A Loving Home

January 16, 2015

(Jan 15, 2015) This article is about a dog, a two to three year old black and white Pit Bull Terrier* and his name is Sam.Sam needs a forever home because he’s spending his days and nights at the Palo Alto Animal Services Shelter,He’s been there since late June of 2014. If you go to […]

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Does ABBA Hate Animals, Or Just Hate Rescuing SPCA Animals?

February 10, 2014

The other day I was introduced to a very cute video from the Wake County SPCA that matches up the entire crew from the facility lip-syncing to ABBA’s Take a Chance on Me. The task was done in one take. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it is pretty awesome. And everyone looks pretty dang happy […]

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Leaving Your Dog In The Car: It Doesn’t Need To Be Summer To Be Stupid

May 17, 2012

You’ve seen it too often, and that’s a dog sitting inside a locked car, windows up. Sometimes the windows are closed, sometimes they’re “cracked” open “For the dog.” Let me make a quick suggestion… if you’re willing to leave your dog in the car, you should hang out with him/her too and see how it […]

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Most Common Pet Toxins To Be Aware Of [Consumer Bits]

June 13, 2011

Most Common Pet Toxins To Be Aware Of [Consumer Bits]

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Funny Sleeping Dog Video

May 15, 2011

Funny Sleeping Dog Video

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Heartbreaker as Firefighters Stand By and Watch Home Burn

October 8, 2010

Heartbreaker as Firefighters Stand By and Watch Home Burn

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Dogs: A New Method for Chasing Squirrels [Picture]

April 11, 2010

I think these dogs have not only discovered a new method for searching for and pursuing squirrels, but they’re doing it in style! I couldn’t resist taking this picture the other day in Los Altos, CA, near one of the best Animal Hospitals in the Peninsula region, Adobe Pet Hospital. I swear, at least 1/2 […]

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