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Monday, August 20, 2018

Heartwarming Story - Chairs for Charlie - Man has Problems Walking His Dogs Because of Leukemia - Neighbors Place Chairs in Their Yards for Him to Rest Along the Way

Houston, Texas - In the 800 block of Azalea in the Garden Oaks neighborhood, you'll often spot two Yorkies, a cat and a neighbor who everyone seems to know.

"He's a pretty laid back guy, very friendly," Mark Klein said.

"From day one he has been an amazing neighbor and he is an amazing neighbor," Tina Sabuco said.

Charlie George moved into the neighborhood more than a decade ago. He often strolls the street with his two dogs and cat.

"I try to walk the dogs every morning and every evening," Charlie said.

But lately his neighbors have noticed he is having a hard time during his walks, a set back due to leukemia. Charlie was diagnosed three years ago.

"So we thought it would be nice if there were chairs for him to rest along the way," Sabuco said.

Sabuco helped effort "Chairs for Charlie." There are now lawn chairs in front of more than a dozen homes, with a sign that reads, "Chairs for Charlie. Or for others in need of a rest."

"Ours is a very cozy chair and it rocks a little bit, so if he ever wants a rocking experience, he can sit in our chair," Georgia Lister said.

The chairs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The chair in Klein's front lawn is blue.

"Well that's his favorite color, so we got a blue chair for Charlie," Klein said.

Charlie found the chairs during one of his walks this week, after returning from the hospital.

"It made it real for me that people really care about me and they're looking out for me," Charlie said.

They're also looking out for his wife, Sandra, who often accompanies him on the walks. One front lawn has two yellow chairs, one for Charlie and one for Sandra.

"It's incredible, the support," Sandra said. "I think it's really important when you're going through something like this that you feel the love."

It's a street full of good neighbors, giving Charlie the strength to keep going.

"I intend to walk to the end, God willing," Charlie said.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Gruesome Death of a Beloved Pet at an Upscale Boarding Facility for Dogs Has Left its Owner Distraught and Grieving

Now, her lawsuit over the demise of the 4.5-pound teacup Yorkie, attacked by a Labrador mix puppy seeks to prove that animals are far more than property.

Falen LaPonzina filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court last week against Wagtime Too, which operates doggy day care and boarding facilities in Washington. She alleges that the business was negligent in allowing her dog, Dax, to be kept alongside another canine four times its weight. She is seeking $150,000 in damages.

But LaPonzina said she wants more than money. She wants the courts to recognize the role pets play in the lives of their owners. She said the 12-year-old Dax, with a giant underbite, was a friendly and loyal companion who had been a constant through her transient twenties and thirties.

“I had no idea when I dropped my dog off there I would never see him again,” LaPonzina said. “Yorkies live to be 18 to 20 years old. He had many good years left.”

Wagtime Too has denied that the business was negligent in its care of the dog. Lisa Schreiber, a co-owner, said the dog’s death was a “freak accident.” She said that an employee had been watching all the dogs and that by the time he saw the lab mix attacking Dax, it was too late.

LaPonzina said she traveled to Alaska in July, dropping off Dax at Wagtime Too, which advertises itself as a cage-free facility. There are two locations in the District, where owners can board their pets for $55 a night. LaPonzina, a 36-year-old lawyer, and Dax had been regulars at the company’s facilities, first in Shaw and later in Navy Yard, since 2010.

LaPonzina said she did not check her phone during her week-long cruise. But when she got off the ship in Canada, she found missed calls and messages from Wagtime Too indicating there had been an emergency. Dax was dead.

An 18-pound Labrador mix puppy had picked up the teacup Yorkie with its mouth, and moments later the miniature dog was no longer breathing, Schreiber said in an interview.

The Labrador, a rescue, was screened before it came to Wagtime and never displayed aggressive behavior, she said. After the incident, the dog was evaluated by a canine-behavior specialist who also found no signs of violence in the rescue dog. The Labrador has since been adopted by a woman with no children and no other dogs.

“This is not anything that anyone who works for me could have prevented,” Schreiber said. “I do want people to understand this is a cage-free facility, and there are inherent risks here. We are not negligent here, but it is horrible that it happened.”

Bruce Wagman, a partner at Schiff Hardin in San Francisco who specializes in animal law, said that a six-figure settlement awarded to LaPonzina would be an unprecedented amount in the death of an animal.

That seems an unlikely outcome, however, Wagman said.

If someone intentionally kills a pet, it occasionally might yield a significant penalty. But for LaPonzina to receive a sizable settlement, Wagman said, she would have to prove that Wagtime was not just negligent but had intentionally killed Dax. When owners do receive significant cash settlements for the death of a pet, such as when a police officer kills a dog during a home raid, Wagman said, it is typically because the officer violated the civil rights of the homeowners, not because their pet is dead.

“Every state, in every court everywhere, animals are considered property,” Wagman said. “That said, there is no question that courts are more and more appreciating that animals are not like computers. They are not vases, and they’re not books.”

This is not the first time Wagtime has faced complaints about its care of animals or how it operates its facilities.

In 2015, a dog walker dropped the leash of a 9-month-old puppy being boarded overnight, and the dog was struck by a car. Its owner sued, but the case was settled out of court.

Wagtime ran into trouble in 2003 for moving into a now-closed location near Logan Circle without a certificate of occupancy. It also squabbled with neighbors over noise and cleanliness complaints.

LaPonzina’s lawsuit also accuses Wagtime Too of not having the correct license to operate its Navy Yard location. Dog-care facilities operate under a D.C. basic business license, and the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs said the Navy Yard location has not been issued one. On Nov. 3 the owners applied for a certificate of occupancy, which is not the same as a business license.

Schreiber said that she has been in touch with city agencies and that the absence of a license is the result of a paperwork error. Matt Orlins, a spokesman for the DCRA, said there is no evidence of a clerical error.

Wagtime see hundreds of dogs a day, and until Dax, none had ever died in its facilities, Schreiber said.

Last week she sent a letter to customers informing them of the July death of Dax and ensuring them that their canines are safe in Wagtime’s care. “This incident was not in any way caused by negligence,” the notice stated.

LaPonzina said she will be going beyond the courts and pushing for regulatory reform in the D.C. government to tighten operating standards for dog-boarding facilities.

“Dax was just so adorable, you couldn’t ever be mad at him — you couldn’t not love him,” LaPonzina said. “This dog has been through it all with me.”


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Washington, DC - $2,000 Reward for Information on the Person(s) Responsible for Leaving a Senior Female Yorkie-Type Dog in a Trashcan in an Alley of the 4200 block of Mead Street and Lane Place NE - Humane Rescue Alliance

The Humane Rescue Alliance needs your help! If you have any information about the person or persons responsible for leaving a senior female Yorkie-type dog in a trashcan in an alley of the 4200 block of Mead Street and Lane Place NE on October 20, please contact our Humane Law Enforcement Department at 202-723-5730 (ext. 132).

We are offering at $2,000 reward to any person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Meet Jack, Britain's Oldest Dog at Age 25: Still Gets Mistaken for a Puppy

Meet the Yorkshire Terrier who is 117-years-old (in dog years): Jack is believed to be Britain's oldest dog at 25 but still gets mistaken for a puppy.

Jack has got a bad back and his legs do not work like they used to - but surprisingly he still gets mistaken for a young pup.

Jack is not able to go on the long walks he once enjoyed, but at 177 in dog years and 25 human years, he is as happy as he was when he was a puppy.

Now believed to be Britain's oldest dog, the terrier was rescued by Ray and Mary Bunn 16 years ago, from a couple who could no longer care for him.

Mr. Bunn, of Hartlepool, County Durham, said they had an “instant bond” with little Jack.

He said, “My daughter's next door neighbor spotted a couple who were going to tie him to a tree and leave him there. She took him in, but their dog didn't like him.”

“She told me go and see him. The first time I saw him, he came running over to me and jumped into my arms.

The bond was instant. He very quickly became a big part of the family, and now we've had him for 16 years.”

According to records, Jack could be one of the oldest dogs ever to have lived, and would be eighth on an all-time list if his age was proven by Guinness World Records.

The oldest dog in Britain was 25-year-old Jack Russell Meg from Somerset, who died last year.

However, if the pensioner pooch wants to take the global crown he has to wait another three years.

The oldest dog ever to have lived was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey, who reached 29 years and five months before being put to sleep in 1939.

Someone thought he was a puppy, even though he has arthritis and can only walk a short distant.

“He is on medication, but he's doing good. He is eating and drinking. He's having some problems with his back and his legs as he is getting older.

He is a very friendly dog, but wasn’t taken care of properly before he came to us.

He had a brother, and we heard that he had been fed to a Rottweiler, so he was facing a horrible future before my daughter's friend took him.

He has always felt at home here. He's generally a very happy dog and we all love him” said, Mr. Bunn.

Nation's number one: It is believed that Jack the Yorkshire terrier, pictured, is Britain's oldest dog.

Keeping an eye: Jack, pictured, watching Mrs. Bunn eat, was adopted by his owners when he was 10-years-old.

Energetic: Jack does not have as much strength in his legs but still has the energy of a young dog.

Good for his age: Jack is often mistaken for an energetic puppy despite being 117 in dog years.

An old family photo shows Jack staring intently at someone's plate of chips.

When you reach 117 (in dog years) you need to start taking it easy. Jack takes a nap on the sofa.

            In three years he will be the oldest dog that ever lived.

               Jack rests his head on the shoulder of his owner, Mary Bunn.

Jack with owner Ray Bunn, who said his elderly pooch is a big part of his family.


Monday, December 21, 2015

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Atlanta Falcon Player, Prince Shembo Who 'Kicked Ex-Girlfriend's Dog to Death' Claims He Was Acting in Self-Defense

The lawyer for the waived Atlanta Falcons player who was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty after his ex-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma said the 250lb player was defending himself.

Prince Shembo turned himself in on Friday after Gwinnett County police obtained a felony warrant for the who 'kicked ex-girlfriend's tiny Yorkie to death' claims he was acting in self-defense player's arrest earlier in the day after Denicia Williams, 20, called police on April 19.

His attorney, Jerry Froelich, said the linebacker was bit in the hand by Williams' dog, a Yorkie named Dior, when he was putting it in a cage and he kicked the defenseless animal as a reflex. 

Froelich told reporters outside of Gwinnett County jail his client was crying after what happened, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

He said: “He got bit and he made a mistake and kicked the dog.

It's a small dog and unfortunately that's what happened.

He didn't mean to kill the dog.

You see the size of it. When you're a small dog, it doesn't take much with the size [Shembo] is.”

He's disappointed. It's devastating to him. When I first met him he was in tears.”

Dior suffered numerous injuries - including a fractured rib, fractured liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, head trauma and a hemorrhage in the left eye with internal injuries - but Froelich would not comment about the number of times the dog was kicked.

The Falcons acted swiftly after the warrant was announced and waived the young linebacker.

The organization said: “We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo.

We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this.

Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”

Another former Falcons player, quarterback Michael Vick, ended up serving time in federal prison for his involvement in an organized dog-fighting ring when he was a member of the team. 

Shembo's attorney speculated that was the reason the team cut him so quickly.
Froelich said: “With the history that's gone on in this town...

The Falcons were in a little bit different position than most teams.

If you were someplace else, I don't know.”
Vick returned to the NFL after serving his time and played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

Before the arrest, Williams said she had taken Dior to Shembo's apartment on April 15 and that after she left the dog alone with the 23-year-old player, she came back and the animal was unresponsive.

She took the dog to an animal hospital, where he died a short time later.
Shembo told her the next day he had kicked the dog and she broke up with him.
He is 6-foot-2 and weighs 254 pounds, according to the Falcons' website.

The aggravated cruelty charge carries a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum sentence of five years, as well as a fine of up to $15,000.

The body of the dog underwent a necropsy at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

The results on the deceased dog came in on May 28 and investigators revealed 'Dior had significant internal injuries and the cause of death was blunt force trauma'.

Gwinnett County police said they obtained the warrant for Shembo 'because of the inconsistencies of the suspect's account of what happened and the results of the necropsy'.

The second-year player was investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a Saint Mary's College freshman in his dorm room in 2010 while he was playing linebacker for Notre Dame.

The alleged victim killed herself ten days later by overdosing on antidepressants and Shembo was never charged,

The fourth-round pick said after the draft: “Pretty much it was an unfortunate event.

My name was pretty much cleared.

It's behind me now. I just want to focus on playing football for the Atlanta Falcons.”

Shembo recorded 59 tackles in 16 games for the Falcons last season.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Atlanta Falcons, Prince Shembo Was Charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals in Connection with the Death of His Girlfriend’s Yorkie

Flowery Branch, GA - The Atlanta Falcons have waived linebacker Prince Shembo in light of the charges filed against him by authorities in Gwinnett County, GA, this afternoon.

"We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo. We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo," the team said in a statement released late Friday afternoon.

Gwinnett County Police said they received a call on Sunday, April 19 from 20-year-old Denicia Williams, who said her ex-boyfriend, the 23-year-old Shembo, had killed her dog. The initial police report said Williams and the dog, named Dior, went to Shembo's Buford apartment home on April 15. At some point during their stay, she says she left Shembo and the dog unattended. When she later found the dog, he was unresponsive. Shortly after taking the dog to Duluth Animal Hospital for treatment, the report said, the dog died.

A day later, according to the report, Williams and Shembo were talking about the incident on the phone discussing the incident. During the call, she says, Shembo made comments to her about kicking the dog. At that point, she says, she ended the relationship.

The body of the dog was taken to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter for a necropsy, which occurred on April 21. Following the necropsy, tissue samples were sent to the University of Georgia for further testing. "Based on the necropsy and tissue samples there was a lot of extensive injuries on the inside of the dog," Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

The lead investigator conducted telephone interviews with Shembo while awaiting the test results. Those results were completed Thursday, May 28. The dog had significant internal injuries, and the cause of death was ruled as "blunt force trauma." Because of the inconsistencies of Shembo's account of what happened and the results of the necropsy, a warrant was obtained for Shembo on Friday, May 29.

Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with Dior's death.

Details of the warrant say the dog had a fractured rib, fractured liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, extensive bruising/hemorrhage in muscles in front leg and shoulders, head trauma, hemorrhage and edema in lungs, hemorrhage between the esophagus and trachea and hemorrhage in the left eye with internal injuries.

On Friday, the lead investigator contacted the Falcons to inform them of the warrant, leading to their action later in the day.

Denicia Williams and Dior went everywhere together, according to her father. She even took the dog to work on modeling jobs. Her father said as soon as she learned Shembo was charged with killing her dog, she broke up with him.

"I got attached to him (Dior)," Gary Williams said. "And to be honest with you, I cried when he passed."

Williams said he never liked his daughter's boyfriend because he seemed jealous of her dog. Williams said Shembo felt second to her dog. "He showed this jealousy of a little five-pound puppy," he said. "A 260-pound man. What kind of man would be jealous of a puppy?"

Shembo turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Jail Friday night with his mother and attorney by his side. Attorney Jerry Froelich said what happened to the dog was an accident. "He was putting the dog in a cage and the dog bit him on his hand," Froelich said. "He reflexed and kicked the dog."

Froelich said Shembo agreed to pay a $15,000 bond and he was released from jail Friday night. He said he wasn't surprised the Falcon cut his client given their history with Michael Vick and his dog-fighting scandal.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in February 2014, Shembo said he was the Notre Dame football player at the center of an investigation into sexual assault allegations made by a former student at Saint Mary's College, Lizzy Seeberg.

In September 2010, Seeberg said that a Notre Dame football player had attacked her in a dorm room. Nineteen-year-old Seeberg committed suicide 10 days later. The name of the player who allegedly had been the attacker had never been made public until Shembo came forward both to NFL team executives and to the media at the 2014 Combine.

"I have nothing to hide," Shembo said at the time. "I'm still here, so I know I didn't do anything. I tell them exactly what happened."

Gwinnett County is about 15 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. 


Monday, April 6, 2015

Bailey, An Adorable 9-Year-Old Yorkie Receives a Pacemaker: She Was Developing Congestive Heart Failure

Bailey is an absolutely adorable, almost 9-year-old Yorkie, whose brave little heart was in big trouble. She had developed a condition called Third Degree AV (atrioventricular) Block.  

The heart is a muscular pump whose regular beating is controlled by electrical impulses that travel along the nerve pathways of the heart.  In Bailey's case, there was a problem with this pathway that caused her to have an abnormally slow heart rhythm.  

The normal heart rate of a dog ranges from 80-160 beats per minute depending on the size of the dog, their athletic fitness, and their activity level.

Little Bailey's heart was only beating at 40 beats per minute.  This caused her heart to pump inefficiently and because of this she was developing congestive heart failure.  Her family veterinarian, Dr. Wilson of Cedar Grove Animal Hospital, identified the problem and referred Bailey for an evaluation by our AERA board-certified Cardiologist, Dr. Gordon Peddle.  

Dr. Peddle performed an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an echocardiogram.  Based on his findings he recommended that the solution to this problem was to implant a pacemaker to simulate the normal electrical pulses and improve the pumping efficiency of Bailey's heart.

Dr. Peddle and the AERA-AEC Anesthesiologist, Dr. Lydia Love, worked side by side to perform the pacemaker implantation.  Thanks to fluoroscopy there was no need to open Bailey's chest for this procedure.  Instead, the pacemaker lead or wire, was threaded down her jugular vein and the generator (battery) was then buried within the muscles of her neck.  Bailey recovered well post-surgically and has continued to do well.  She was doing so well that it was even possible to discontinue some of her medications.  You can view actual video of this procedure below.



Friday, February 20, 2015

$10,000 Reward for Missing Yorkie, Last Seen at 3399 Jasmine Vine Ct. (Summerlin) in Las Vegas, NV - Missing Since, January 27, 2015

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Tiner, a female 5-year-old, 4lb Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) went missing from the home of her dog sitter and may have been stolen.

She is spayed, has a microchip and was last seen on January 27, 2015, at 3399 Jasmine Vine Ct. (Summerlin) in Las Vegas, NV.

She has an AKC Reunite chip

As you can imagine, her pet parent is utterly heartbroken. If you have seen this dog or know where she is, please call (702) 381-3215 or email

There is a $10,000 reward for her safe return.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Should Yorkies Be Banned in Miami?

 Miami New Times has just released a proposal for the most shocking legislation ever: a law to ban the sale and ownership of the Yorkshire Terrier. In a blog rant, Kyle Munzenrieder claims, "You see, Yorkies' real crime is something no one talks about but everyone hears. They have a strong tendency to never shut up."

To read more on this story, click here: Should Yorkies Be Banned in Miami? FOLLOW US!

Why Stop at Pit Bulls? Miami-Dade Must Ban Yorkies

Miami-Dade County has banned residents from owning pit bulls for more than 25 years, and voters reaffirmed the ban in 2012 with an overwhelming 63 percent vote. Despite controversy surrounding the law, politicians and citizens alike have time and time again shown that Miami is comfortable with breed-specific legalization regarding dogs.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

Just about everyone loves puppies. But around the country, there's heated disagreement about where, and from whom, people can get one.

While the large national pet store chains don't sell dogs, other chains and shops do. But in several states, including Florida, cities are passing laws that ban puppy sales in pet stores.

At the Petland store in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, customers come in all day long to look at and play with the puppies. At this store, in fact, doggie accessories and puppies are all that owner Vicki Siegel sells.

To read more on this story, click here: In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paris Hilton Shows off the Newest Member of Her Animal Family, a Micro-Pomeranian

Paris Hilton stopped by the Bowery Hotel in New York City on Friday, and she showed off the newest member of her animal family -- a micro-Pomeranian that's so tiny, he can fit into the palm of her hand.

Yesterday she Instagrammed a few photos of him and wrote, "My baby just arrived! I am so in love!!! He's so perfect! I need the perfect name for him! Does anyone have anymore name suggestions for my precious lil angel baby?" The tiny pup was originally named Mr. Amazing, but we have a feeling she'll share his new moniker with us in the next few days.

The five-month-old pooch weighs a scant 11.6 ounces and stands 2.5 inches tall, and P bought him from Betty's Teacup Yorkies in Calgary, Alberta for $13,000, reports TMZ.

In addition to an unlimited supply of toys and treats, he'll also have a bunch of other dogs to play with. As you know, the heiress is also mom to Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Harajuku, Marilyn Monroe, Pixie and Baby Bear.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rusty the Pug - My First E-book - Available Now on Amazon Kindle

Checkout My new E-book - It is available now on Amazon! "Rusty the Pug" is a fictional story about a little girl name Natasha, and her pug, Rusty. When Rusty gets hit by a car and killed, Natasha feels that it is her fault. Her parents seek professional help for her. But it isn't until after the family relocates to Petland, South Carolina, and she meets and elderly woman who experienced the same tragedy as a child, that Natasha finally accepts Rusty's death and is given the chance to give a forever home to another homeless animal. This story has a happy ending.

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