Looking for a Resolution…


A  fellow animal lover and myself have come across this website…

http://pets-r-us.yolasite.com/services.php

We would like to know if the website is a scam or not.  There are no credentials or contact information. But the people who are “running ” it, took time to organize a website from yolasite.com.

Just hoping to get the word out about our curiosity and hopefully get some answers from anyone who may have used this site.  Please comment and fill us in.

In addition, I would like to reassure my readers that I am not calling this website a scam, I am simply looking for information about it.

So if the website owners do stumble upon this blog, I apologize for any negative activity I may have caused (maybe you can clear it up).

Dog Scams…Please Be Aware!


Please send the URL to this web post to anyone who may be dog searching.  We as a society need to do what we can to help each other when we can.  NO subscription is needed to view this blog. Here is the URL :

https://dancerslc.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/dog-scams-please-be-aware/

I have been actively looking for an English bulldog for purchase and for a generally decent price. I happened upon this add for English bulldogs for $200 for shipment at this site

www.global-free-classified-ads.com

and the seller emailed me immediately.  The seller lives in Cameroon, that is in Africa, FYI! So my boyfriend and I did some research and found multiple scam reports from Cameroon for different types of puppies.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some people forked over money and were very disappointed.

These two sites have multiple examples of Puppy Scams from Cameroon

http://helpmerick.com/fun_with_cameroon_pet_scams.htm


http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/showthread.php?t=2458

Anytime the website mentions that their ads are free be suspicious.

Below are the emails from beginning to end between me and my miracle seller.

RE: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home‏
From: Sonja Corliss
Sent: Thu 1/28/10 12:03 AM
To: michealmillan@gmail.com
How would you be receiving the payment if this were to happen? Do they have the same banks there in Africa? Excuse my curiosity but I have read a lot of puppy scams from Cameroon specifically and many of them have the same information that I have received thus far…


Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:31:31 +0100
Subject: Re: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home
From: michealmillan@gmail.com
To: Sonja Corliss
The transportation fee for each puppy cost $200.As regards the transportation , i will need your full detailed address , full names , phone numbers and the name of the closest airport to your house where you want the puppies shipped and after that home delivered to , i will also need your full names  so that i do the registration for the transportation of the puppies… they will be micro chipped because I do not want any difficulties when they are on their flight..also the puppies will be well taken care of during transportation and they will be delivered to you safely.please promise me you will  spoil the puppies to rotten and update me with pictures of the puppies and the new family when you have the puppies at your house.i can send them immediately if you email me the details.you can call me at 01123779204438

On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 8:10 AM, Sonja Corliss wrote:

Hello, I am actually located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I know I would be able to take care of them. My biggest issue is the transportation, that is a long way for only $200 dollars and I know that the trip would be a lot for them. I can really only afford one, but if there is something I can work our for both. Let me know if the U.S. is even possible for that price before I keep going on…


Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 07:53:28 +0100
Subject: Re: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home
From: michealmillan@gmail.com
To: Sonja Corliss

Hello thanks for the concerned and your interest in my puppies.They are  potty trained , A.k.c registered , vet checked and will come with all papers needed . these puppies are very playful and  also good with kids and other household pets. they have a wonderful  temperament. They are 13weeks old and they presently weigh 10 lbs and will weigh 53-55 pounds when fully grown. i am looking for a new home for them where they will be spoiled to rotten because we just moved into a new and non pet apartment in Cameroon.i am asking just $200 for the transportation of each puppy from cameroon to your location. one is a male and the other is a female,they are called precious and Eddie.precious is the female and Eddie is the male.i wish to know if you are interested in both puppies or just one.but i will prefer that you take both puppies since they have been together since they were born and separating them will not be a good idea.please permit me pose a few questions.were are you located?are you a breeder?are you sure you will be able to take care of them? how soon do you need them? below are Precious and Eddie’s pictures
thanks and waiting to read from you.
Regards.
EDDIE
(3 or 4 pictures)

PRECIOUS
(3 or 4 pictures)

THANKS AND WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.

On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 7:51 AM, <Sonja Corliss> wrote:

Hello micheal90,

Listing these comments concern:
http://www.global-free-classified-ads.com/index.php?a=2&b=112182

Below is an inquiry about your listing.

I am looking for an affordable english bulldog, is this puppy still available??

Re: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home‏
From: micheal millan (michealmillan@gmail.com)
Sent: Thu 1/28/10 4:00 AM
To: Sonja Corliss

i am a devoted Christian and i cannot collect money from some one without sending his/her puppies for it is wrong in the eyes of God.if i had the money i would have shipped them directly to you without asking for a dime from you.the problem is that i dont have the money right now.that is why i asked for the money to pay for their flight.i am a worker as well and i know how we all work hard to earn the money which we have.i cannot be crazy to take money from you without shipping your puppies..so i want u to be rest assured that you will have precious and eddie in your arms before you know it..but if you dont feel comfortable,i will look for another good home for the puppies else where.thanks

From: Sonja Corliss
Sent: Thu 1/28/10 3:33 PM
To: michealmillan@gmail.com
I don’t think I should follow through, this whole thing seems uncertain to me. And so you are not shocked to find that another interested persons has declined, I have found someone else who has the exact same emails…pretty much and she now thinks this idea is a scam. Just for the record. I think that what you are involved in is sick. People are broke as it is, and here you are trying to use a real world problem like dog adoption and turning it into something untrustworthy and fake.  I think you should get in touch with your god again and hopefully listen a lot better next time!

Pondering about Noah’s Wish


With Christmas break approaching, I have been thinking about what I will do with my extra time. I will be working full time to save up as much money as possible, but I need something else to keep my busy. Since I can not donate to the ASPCA anymore, I was thinking maybe I will try to get involved with a volunteer animal foundation of some sort.

When the Southern California fires were still ablaze, one of my classes assigned a project to blog about something related to the fires. I wanted to do the animal aspect, then a classmate informed me of a foundation called Noah’s Wish. I interviewed a woman who worked there, and she told me a lot about the organization. Originally, I was interested about an event that Noah’s Wish organized with Station Casinos to collect items for the animals rescued from the fires. It turned into an interview about Noah’s Wish itself.

The interview covered what they do, how they do it and, using the California Fires as an example, how they deal with disasters. Anyone may listen to the interview by clicking here and pressing the play button in the gray box to the right.

project40.jpgPhoto from Noah’s Wish Website.

The interview made me interested in volunteering for them, so I read about their volunteer program on the website. I found that they conduct their own training sessions for those who volunteer. They give you a complete list of dates, places, and times of when they will do their next in-field training.

I am seriously considering this option. I am going to try to get in touch with them some time next. If you are interested in volunteering, check out their website! I would think that they will take all the help they can get.I will keep you posted about what happens!

Pets Are Checking In


I read in Herb Greenberg’s blog that a hotel in California, called The Doubletree, is now allowing people to check into the hotel with their pets. Greenberg’s original blog gives the details. The hotel was going to allow pets soon, but due to the fires in California, people with pets needed a place to stay , so the hotel started their new pet friendly environment earlier than expected.

I have a feeling that many more hotels are going to start allowing pets. People love their pets and like to bring them on their trips out of town. When I was younger and my family wanted to take a trip, the most stressful part of leaving was where to keep the animals. It was usually the pet factor that determined whether or not we would actually take our trip. Hopefully we have not heard the last of resorts, hotels etc. allowing pets into their facilities.

Fired Animals


The fires in California have not only forced people from their homes; animals have been relocated as well. The pets whose homes have burned down have no beds, no collars, no food or toys. Noah’s Wish partnered with Station Casinos to hold a donation event on Oct. 25 and 26 in Red Rock Casino’s parking lot.

Donations were accepted of all kinds, i.e. collars, food, cages, leashes, food dishes and sheets. All the donations will be given to the animals/pets that have been evacuated from the effected area. It is dangerous for anyone to remain near the fires.

Travelers with breathing problems also should be aware the air quality remains unhealthy in much of the area; San Diego’s harbor and downtown area is hazy with smoke.

I will soon be interviewing a member of the staff at the San Diego Zoo. I am interested to see how the air quality is for the animals, and what kind of plans the zoo has to evacuate the animals if necessary. I will be recording this phone call and posting it as an audio clip, a.k.a. podcast within the next week.

Ellen Solution


ellen.jpgIs there something wrong with giving a dog to a loving family? What if there is a contract binding the dog to the previous owner? Should rules matter, if the dog is happy? What is your take on Ellen DeGeneres’ issue?

A week or so ago, DeGeneres gave an adopted dog, Iggy to another family. This link provide the story and a picture of Iggy. DeGeneres had adopted Iggy from Mutt’s and Mom’s, a non-profit adoption agency (I would have given a ling but they deactivated their site due to an overload of mail). Iggy did not get along with DeGeneres’ cats so she found Iggy another loving home with people, whom she knew. The big problem is, the agreement DeGeneres signed stated that Iggy was to be returned to the shelter if there were any problems. DeGeneres did not do that. So what to do?

I think it would be only fair to treat Ellen the way any other human being would be treated for violating this same rule. Consequences are required by the adoption center to show consistency with rules. Just because she is famous does not mean she should be treated differently. She did find Iggy a good home; regardless, rules are rules and DeGeneres should be punished accordingly. However, I do not think Iggy should have been punished.

Why was Iggy removed from the home. In my opinion, if an animal is safe and happy, everything possible should be done to keep that animal in that condition. Why couldn’t the adoption agency evaluate the family and be sure that the family was good for Iggy. This would have saved the stress on the animal. If the family was not proper for Iggy, then remove him, but do not remove an animal from a happy home unless it is necessary. I think better steps could have been taken.

24-7 HELP!


My roommates Meg, Denai and I were driving to Meg’s parents house to check on their black Labrador, Toby. Meg’s parents had gone to Texas to visit family and needed Meg to give the dogs food and water for the weekend.

Hold on, back up the story. Two days previous to this visit, Meg’s pet pug, Otis, died from, what seemed to be, bleeding to death from his rectum. Meg and our other roommate Michelle had gone to check on the pets that night, and found Otis, barely alive, under a bush. Since he was small, they were able to lift him into the back seat of the car and take him to an emergency veterinary clinic. Before Meg left, she gave Toby food and water. Otis did not make it, and Meg had to break the news to her parents over the phone.

Now, you are caught up to where I came in. Meg, Denai and I got to the house to find Toby lying, seemingly dead,in the same spot that Otis had died. Meg was hysterical and Denai is not very fond of being near animals. That left myself alone to check this animal, and try to save it if possible. We had no one to call, because all shelters and veterinary hospitals were closed. We got a hold of one woman at the same emergency veterinary clinic that Otis was taken to. She tried to help us, but she could not definitely tell us what to do with this, rather large, dog. She could not come help and she could not see the state that the dog was in.

Finally, we called a twenty-four hour pick-up service, and asked him to come help us. We had to bring the dog to the clinic and he was way to heavy for me to lift alone, and he would not have fit in the backseat of Denai’s car. This “pick-up” man came and helped me bag the, now clearly deceased, pooch. We lifted him into the van, and followed him to the clinic. It was a long, stressful and emotional night.

I would like to suggest a new type of blog/online service.

I recently commented on the ASPCA’s blog: Chat About Your Dog’s Health With ASPCA Vet–Today. The article announced that there was an animal specialist available online, at the ASPCA’s blog website, for concerned dog owners to consult with from noon to 2 p.m.. This two-hour event sparked my interest. I got a load of ideas flowing into my mind on how there can be help for dog owner’s constantly.

I think the ASPCA should open a 24-hour chat room focusing on pet health. I think that once the word got out, the website would be very successful. I know in my case with Toby, and Meg’s event with Otis, this online service would have been very helpful.

The website could have Frequently Asked Questions, and an Instant Messaging system, for urgent messages. With this website, all pet owners, experienced and new, that have the internet, would know for certain that help is available when needed. If the veterinarian on call needs to see the animal. Pictures are able to be downloaded to computers and assist the pet owner with that.

I hope this can be done. If anyone is interested, please comment me, and we can try to make this idea a reality!

For your information, it was later found that both of Meg’s dogs died from the nationwide food poisoning that happened the spring of 2007.

Animal Chips?


In  Nandankanan Zoo, in Orissa, India, elephants have been micro-chipped. Initiation of the micro-chipping began on Oct 7, 2007. The chips are supposed to help the animal caretakers take better care of and be more knowledgeable of the animals. The next animals to be micro-chipped are the lions and then the vultures. Zookeepers think that the micro-chips will help them to track the animals that are being conserved for breeding purposes. Each chip has a number to identify the animal.

I am not going to say this is wrong. I am all for the conservation of animals and learning as much as we can. However, something does not seem proper about putting little computers into animals. I think maybe I am apprehensive about it because it is new, and we do not know for sure that the chips are not affecting the animal in any negative way. I hope that we can learn from these chips without any bad consequences for the animals. There have been some studies, linking the micro-chips to tumors in lab rate and mice and some reports say that the chips have caused cancer in some dogs.

These chips are also being put into patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. I would hate to see people or animals suffering because the human race is curious or because humans are trying to prevent diseases from taking their toll on the elderly.

Funny Animals


It really amazes me how naturally funny animals are. Yes, they all have their quirks that make us want to lock them in a room once in a while, but most of the time I find myself laughing at them. Whether it be what they are barking at, who’s door they are sliding under, or what kind of weird noises they are making, they always have a knack for making people laugh. Watch these videos of animals being weird and funny. They always make me laugh.

Mini Bulldogs?


I rebooted the whole system on my PC this weekend. Naturally, I needed to find an English Bulldog picture to set as my background. Much to my surprise many of my image results were of “Miniature English Bulldogs“. This made me wonder, what this world was coming to? I realize that there have been many dogs rebred to be mini; however, most of those dogs were rather large to begin with. English Bulldogs usually never grow to be more than about one foot in height or weigh more than about 50 pounds. To me, this is not a big enough dog to be making “mini” breeds of. I apparently, had seen plenty of pictures before, but I thought they were puppy pictures. Maybe I am biased because this dog happens to be my favorite breed. Wow, I just learned that Chihuahuas have also been downsized. The world has now bred mini Chihuahuas, also known as “teacup” sized. How ridiculous can this get? Dogs are supposed to have a purpose in life, not to just sit and shiver because it does not have enough body mass to even keep itself warm. This saddens me a little. Hopefully I can still find a normal sized dog by the time I get old enough to buy one.