Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Proper Way to Hang the Confederate Flag

My friends at the Brogan Museum in Tallahassee have found themselves in what some would call hot water over a piece on display titled "The Proper Way to Hang the Confederate Flag." (In fact, I think they are findingt the water comfortably warm, perhaps even tepid.) A local group of Confederates demanded that it be removed, complaining that it was disrespectful to the flag. (Florida has a law against embarrassing the Confederate flag.) The New York Times report is here.

Another dog food recall

A number of people have come here looking for info on the latest dog food recall. Here's a bit of the most important info:

from Associated Press:
The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between December 3 and March 6 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

Menu Foods said it makes pet foods for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

Proctor & Gamble announced Friday the recall of specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods but sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands. The recalled products bear the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, P&G said.

Menu Foods' three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kansas, and Pennsauken, New Jersey, Henderson said.

Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness.

"To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product," Henderson said.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Dogs Who Found Me on sale at Amazon

Amazon has increased the discount on new copies of The Dogs Who Found Me to 25%!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Should we ban cats too? Associated Press: "Stray Cats Enter Home, Attack Women, Boy"

(03-14) 17:36 PDT North Platte, Neb. (AP) --

Two stray cats attacked three people after they got into a house in North Platte. "I thought I had seen it all, but I have never seen anything like this," Chief of Police Martin Gutschenritter said Tuesday. A call for help Monday took animal control officer John Pettit to the home of Melissa Breva, Gutschenritter said. Breva told Pettit she had captured two cats in a bedroom.

"She said the cats had gotten into the house when the front door was open," Gutschenritter said, then attacked two women who were visiting Breva.

One, Wendy Holliday, suffered scratches, the chief said, and she was bitten on both ankles, both knees and on her left calf.

"She told the officer it happened when the two cats entered the residence and attacked her for no reason," Gutschenritter said.

The other woman, Rebecca Cheever, was bitten on the right calf.

After talking to the women, Pettit went to his truck for snares — his "cat catchers."

Then he heard screaming from inside the house.

"When he ran back, he saw a young male with blood over his face," Gutschenritter said.

The cats had attacked a boy who had opened the bedroom door.

"He was bitten on his forehead, nose, left ear and right cheek," the chief said.

After some first aid from Pettit, the three were taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center for more treatment.

When investigator John Stadler arrived and opened the bedroom door, "he saw a gray and white cat baring its teeth in attack mode," Gutschenritter said. "He shut the bedroom door and returned to his car for a dart gun."

Both cats were shot, tranquilized and taken to the animal shelter, where they were euthanized.

The bodies were sent to Lincoln for rabies checks, Gutschenritter said.

Authorities want to find out who owned the cats.

Under city ordinance, cats may run free if they don't become nuisances.

"I'm on the animal commission, and we've never seen anything like this," Gutschenritter said. "We have dealt with dog bites, but we've never had one with a cat."