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  •  My experience with a res dog (9+ / 0-)

    Years ago I went to Taos for a conference, and one afternoon, we visited Taos Pueblo. Our tour guide told us that all dogs without collars were up for adoption.

    After a while I noticed that a dog was following me around. He looked like a sharpei-pit bull mix and had a serious drool problem. I mean, he didn't just drool like the average canine; he left long traces of slobber everywhere he went.
    "Cute" was definitely not the word to describe him, but he seemed to have a very sweet personality.

    A conference participant from Ethiopia observed the dog and said, "You know that you have to adopt him, don't you?" I replied that I couldn't since our condo complex has a 25-pound weight restriction on pets, so I'd have to find a new place with a dog that size. My colleague looked at me and said, "That's not the only reason, though, is it?"

    I had to be honest and say that I couldn't see myself drive all the way back to San Antonio with the king of slobber in the car. My colleague replied: "That's the problem with you Americans. You always consider the superficial, never the inner values."

    He definitely had a point, but I still couldn't get past the saliva issue. Hopefully a less superficial human gave the dog a home.

    261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

    by MaikeH on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:16:48 AM PST

    •  Your posting. . . (6+ / 0-)

      MaikeH. . .thank you sharing. You are not to faulted for the reasons you didn't feel comfortable taking the slobbery doggie home with you At least you had the sense enough to know this and therefore did not take the pooch home, only to abandon later on. Trust me, there are folks out there who love a slobbery dog. He or she might have found a home. Meanwhile, if ever you go back to Taos, or some other reservation, there's lots of non slobbery types. Sounds like you are a good match for giving a res dog a home. Some day. Again, thanks for posting your interesting take on this story.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:39:24 AM PST

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  •  Is there an influx (5+ / 0-)

    of pure-breed dogs that maintains the population variation?

    •  an influx, you ask? (7+ / 0-)

      yep, that is the case. Rarely does a pure bred anything turn up in the res dog pack. Funny thing is, the mongrel mix in these guys and gals is always, well, perfect; I mean, their personalities. May I gather six or seven or eight for you and send to you free of charge? (Did I just hear a loud scream coming from your side of the screen, Ozy?) Anyway, you already have a few res dogs. Hopefully, this diary will incite others to do the same. I swear by all things holy, these animals, once you get 'em clean up and their health checked out, they will love you to pieces and know the value of a good home. . .and keeping it. Truly, truly mellow dogs in all respects.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:35:48 AM PST

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      •  I was more wondering (5+ / 0-)

        how their stock is continually replenished. If it's just from interbreeding and having puppies, I would have thought that the population would eventually become a bit more uniform.

        On the other hand, if new dogs from other locations are brought in or otherwise abandoned, that may maintain more diversity in the population.

        Right now our household is pretty full up, with 2 dogs and 5 rescued cats. If our female GSD was more tolerant of other dogs, we would probably foster.

  •  All my dogs are Res (11+ / 0-)

    Rescue, that is. Only three of them right now.
    I'm just glad I don't live near a  Reservation. It would cost me a small fortune.

    "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." -Zappa My Site

    by meagert on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:28:28 AM PST

    •  me, as well. . . (7+ / 0-)

      a res'er, as I call these wonderful canines and felines, only mine is a feline. . .Millie the Kid, from the Gallup, New Mexico region. . .she was, along with her siblings, dumped off at the airport when all were almost brand new, and all of her siblings got devoured by coyotes, foxes or red-tail hawks. She's the only one that survived. So, anytime I can turn folks onto adopting what has to be the most amiable and well-behaved cats, dogs and horses (yes, they're sometimes seriously abused, as well) trying to make it on the res, then that's what I do. Like you, and so many others, I support giving homes for those animals that need it the most; not puppy and kitty places where they're brand new. Thanks for posting your comment. Send some pics of your lovely lovlies, Ozy, and share with the rest of us.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:33:15 AM PST

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  •  Just my never humble opinion here. (5+ / 0-)

    While I found the diary interesting, I work with dogs professionally and have for almost 20 years so I read text books on the subject.

    I'm sorry to say I didn't find it touching or moving in any big way, it was written too dispassionately, almost clinically.

    If you really did it from a dogs point of view I think that would be catching. It sounds like you're trying to catch the attention of the animal medical community. As someone who has gently held 50 dogs in one day at a local pound while they were euthanized, it takes more than just this diary.

    There are many things about life on reservations that are drastically different from life elsewhere in the US. Shamefully so. Life expectency, infant mortality rates, suicides.

    Overpopulation and mistreatment in the form of neglect, of dogs, doesn't seem to be one of them, at least this diary doesn't convince me so.

    Here in Nashville, TN we euthanize over 400 dogs each and every week simply because they are unwanted. And we are no different than other cities our size. That's over 20,000 dogs a year just in one city. In fact the leading killer of dogs is euthanasia.

    So, I would make it more personal, if I were writing a book about rez dogs. And maybe include some action points.
    What works to control deer populations is sterilzation, link to the studies that show that.

    Shooting them doesn't solve the problem. It's too sudden of a change to the herd. The remaining deer mulitpy in larger numbers to bring the herd back up.

    A spay and neuter program for dogs would work much like feral cat programs where they neuter and release, though cats survive on their own much better than dogs.

    Or you could go the other direction and make it more scientific to appeal to the animal medical community. There are programs where vets go overseas each year to do volunteer work in other countries with stray dog populations. You could write something that would move them to stay here in the states and do the same thing.

    I do think the story is a great idea! Oh and pack dogs usually do get along well, their survival depends on it. I have always thought dogs were socialists at heart. While cats of course believe they are each the head of their own monarchies.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:54:25 AM PST

    •  thank you for your comments. . . (6+ / 0-)

      and you do speak a truth here. And so does this story. But I do not want to scare my readers off with so much disgusting and disheartening news that some of us, like you, like me, know is the real hardcore facts. I am writing to an for a generic audience, and I am assuming most do not want to know all the gory details. I have served on many occasions as a res dog rescuer, and know firsthand the menace these wonderful pooches face on a daily basis. I also have worked with the occasional space-neutering clinics. it's just not enough. Vets have only so much time and nonprofits out here only have so much money to do what they can. Otherwise, it is estimated some seven thousand res dogs is a combined total census. Don't even ask me how many are destroyed, let alone how many just don't make it. Anyway, my purpose in this "lighter" story, ZenTrainer, is to relate the essentials of what most people aren't aware of, and therefore not hit 'em between the eyes with the hardcore stuff. I think that is more in your line and I encourage to write a diary about this. I have another story to tell; a heart-warming story about one res dog, Stumpi, and as you know, sometimes there are happy endings to a res dog's life and plight. But thanks for your opinions. I cannot fault you in the slightest. I just prefer going about being the messenger in naive sort of way, if that's what some readers might be thinking.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:29:17 AM PST

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    •  ESP the girl cats (1+ / 0-)
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      They are obsessed w/cat nobility.

      Boy cats are artists. They sing, make love & dance. They can be assholes & the girls can be bitches, but they're fun to live with & they really seem to love humans.

  •  Just adopted a 2nd Rez dog 2 days ago... (6+ / 0-)

    ...My wife and I just adopted our second Rez dog on Sunday from our local Humane Society.  It came from the Southern Ute rez where dogs are as big a problem as the Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo Reservations (our other two area reservations).  Our 1st Rez dog, Oreo, is a great great dog and I've hiked with her throughout the mountains of SW Colorado and deserts and canyons in Utah and Arizona.    

    Our new dog, Chance, is a border collie mix and a total mutt; I can hardly wait to take him and Oreo skiing this weekend and hiking in the desert in a few weeks.  Young Chance is a good companion for old Oreo.  

    Rez dogs are the best, thanks for the diary Rich!

    •  Thanks, IntotheOutdoors. . . (3+ / 0-)

      both for your posting and for rescuing yet another exceptional res dog (most of them are, besides. . .exceptional). Now you can do us a favor and share the photos of Oreo and Chance, OK? And is there any chance your Chance might be named after that wonderful soldier, Chance Phelps, whose moving movie starring Kevin Bacon ("Taking Chance") still haunts me today? I'm also a huge supporter of our troops. Not that I care for war and such, but I sure do honor the women and men serving our country and Chance (that brave and handsome Marine who died so young) is my hero. Anyway, you are blessed with two great hiking dogs that will be your best pals in the Southwest's mountains and deserts. Send some pics, ok?

      P. S. Cross-country skiing you mean, right? I mean, surely not downhill with your two shadows trying to keep up. I mean, down.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:44:08 AM PST

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    •  Did you get your dog (5+ / 0-)

      from Annie's Orphans the La Plata Humane Society?

      I have one from each place. Oh, and greetings from Ignacio, home of the Southern Utes.

      "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

      by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:50:56 AM PST

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      •  Actually, no. . . (4+ / 0-)

        Thinking Fella. . .but several of my former clients and students through NAU and another organization got their pooches through La Plata (oh, and one friend who lives in Durango). They are really good folks to know. So is "Second Chance," out of Flagstaff. Annie's Orphans I also know of, but I am not if I have any connection with anyone who got a similar treasure from those folks. I love BEST FRIENDS, in Kanab, Utah above them all. Helping out the res animals in any way that I can is very redeeming. There are some great Native Americans from many tribes that also make such humanity welfare. And trust me, people on the res love knowing the numerous stays, some of them, find good homes. I also love your part of the world, Ignacio. Lucky you for living there. Thanks so much for posting your thoughts on this matter.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:02:42 AM PST

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      •  I checked out Annie's Orphans, but ended up... (4+ / 0-)

        ...with the Humane Society.  Annie does a great job though.  Oreo also came from the Humane Society.  Great job Thinking Fella for saving a couple of lives, and hello from Durango!

        •  heh (4+ / 0-)

          Me & my friends John & Darcy built most of the kennels there, as well as the 'volunteer hut' a few years ago. To be fair, there were many hands involved in the construction.
          Annie's Orphans is a very worthy shelter. So is the Humane Society here. In fact, every local Humane Society I've visited has been good--although I can't give the same props to the National organization.

          "One critter adopted, two lives saved", that's what I say.

          "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

          by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:04:26 PM PST

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          •  Just so you know the National Humane Society (1+ / 0-)
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            does not run shelters. I think maybe they didn't copyright their name or something but local Humane Societies have nothing to do with the National one. So if you like one you don't have to like the other.

            Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

            by ZenTrainer on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:21:05 PM PST

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            •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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              I sort of thought of it as akin to The Red Cross, ie., top heavy & out of touch with what's happening 'on the ground'. And most local Red Cross's do good work...hence the comparison in my mind. Good to know the facts, thanks.

              "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

              by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:57:42 PM PST

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  •  First, (6+ / 0-)

    I'll offer a critique of the writing...and I'll be brief, as you said your writing is as yet unedited. It seems to jump around a bit. You do impart a good deal of information, but for me, it could be formed in a more coherent way. I enjoyed reading it though.

    I have many friends who own a res dog. I also have many friends who actually go out & physically rescue res dogs. Res dogs are, sadly, often stimatized as somehow less than desirable. I'm not sure why that is, but then again, many humans are stignatized by the same people.

    One of my lil woozles, Chris, was born in Aneth, UT(not a rez, more like a Mormon area). Her whole litter was turned over to the Cortez Humane Society, and they found their way to Durango. I essentially got 'pick of the litter', as I was there when the litter arrived. Took my little 8 week old baby home-2 years ago-right after she was spayed. My older dog, Fletcher, was a res dog--with a giant twist. He was born on a res in CA, in Covelo. Long story short, he was adopted in CA, and when he was 8 months old, his owners moved to Durango. They felt forced to give him up due to $$ issues as well as finding a place to rent with a 60lb pooch. He went to Annie's, where I met him(and I volunteer). I wanted a small, ~4 y/o female...but he was sooo cool, I brought home an uncivilized 9 month old boy dog! He has turned into the BEST dog I have ever had, and I've had several dogs as a comparison. He's now 61/2, and I can't imagine my life without him. Best. Dog. Ever.

    I can't really recommend a res dog over a non-res dog for adoption. There are so many dogs needing homes, I personally would be happy if you adopted any 'surplus' dog!

    One last thing. As I said, res dogs are often looked down upon...they're res dogs, right? (!!) But when I first expressed an interest in Fletchie, I what breed do you think he is mostly?  Anna's(nee Annie) answer? "Why he's a pure bred Navajo Pointer!" :)  {In actuality, he is mostly Australian Kelpie, a herding dog not uncommon here.}

    "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

    by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:14:39 AM PST

    •  thanks for the added commentry. . . (6+ / 0-)

      and now there's a story to write about, yours, some day on the DK site. A picture of your BEST dog would also be welcomed (and the same with IntheOutdoors and his two pooches). Honestly, I don't get the point "people looking down" on res dogs, except, sure, most are a bit dusty, dirty or even unkempt, but beyond the appearance is an endearing quality of life and existence. These campground greeters, or wherever they accost a stranger, are just the nicest dogs on the planet, bar none. I've never known any dogs to be more restrained, cordial, and amiable with both their own crowd and visitors. As I mentioned to you or someone on this network, I find a lot of time I don't really have doing animal welfare stuff and environmental, and not for the sake of desiring laurels, so much as it's just the right thing to do. Everyone who reads this, as you say or suggest, rambling diary should get the message there's a mess of dogs out there that could use a good home. Besides, there's a large group of volunteers who come on the res and do the right thing by administering food and health care. I know most of the people living on the res have their own problems and limited incomes. They also welcome the outside help. So good on you and one and all for going the distance on this issue. And I love that saying, "The better I know people, the more I like my dog." Then again, I know a lot of great people who have big hearts for animals. I think most people do.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:01:05 PM PST

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      •  I hope I (1+ / 0-)
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        didn't give the impression that I or anyone I consider a friend looks down on res dogs! We love & adopt them, not look down upon them. But there is a certain ...tone, a kind of inflection that many have as they say the term: rezzz dawg. They say it the same way someone might say the dog is a 'mongrel'. Wtf, mongrel...?!

        The word I have used to describe Fletcher, and a word that comes to mind as you write, is 'keen'.
        Fletch is definitely "extemely sensitive in perception", and that is the sense you give of the dogs you write about.

        Thanks for a fun diary.

        "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

        by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:32:44 PM PST

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  •  Res dogs the best! (5+ / 0-)

    thank you soooo much for this diary!  3 of my dogs are rescues from the Res.  #1 was found in Monument Valley in a herd of sheep, no mama, nursing from an agreeable ewe.  He is big, shaggy, sweet, and the best guard dog in Colorado.
    #2 was found abandoned at Hovenweep (near the Towaoc Ute Res) as a small  puppy, now a gorgeous red heeler mix nd a very good boy.
    # 3: I saw a car stop and toss out a small bundle; driving by 1 quarter mile behind, I saw a tiny puppy sitting dazedly at roadside of 491, a major 4 lane highway.  Stopped, picked him up, and now a year later he is a very large, healthy chipped, and happy boy.   Approaching his 1st birthday and we will all have cupcakes to celebrate his survival.

    I work  on the Res and have been chastised for feeding starving dogs before.  My co-worker and I have picked up several dogs and taken them to shelters, but the need is so vast.  While I love the Navajo people, I hate the traditional response to the plights of animals, that is, we have no right to interfere in their lives.  Sorry, Dine folks, but we have no right to let them endlessly and mindlessly reproduce so that they an starve.  
    Adopt a REs dog, you will never, ever be sorry!
    Running Dog Ranch, Dolores, CO always has Res dogs and tranport can be arranged. Google their website.  
    RES DOGS are the very best dogs in the world, and they all deserve a fine home.  

    •  ERRN. . . (4+ / 0-)

      your comments are very much appreciated and so very, very true given the response you sometimes get from people on the res. Slowly, ever so slowly, as our cultures mix and mingle and an exchange of attitudes improves we see a change in humanity regarding res dogs, cats and horses and all the rest of the critters. BUT. . .there is a long, long, long ways to go before we can say an improvement and change of attitude is a success. I, myself, do not comprehend how anyone can see starvation, whether it's affecting animals or people, and shrug their shoulders, close their minds, and do nothing. That is not my nature and apparently it is not yours either. What's wrong with us anyway? Well, this diary is especially hoping to get support such as you have given. Please, please write your own about this subject. I was recently rebuked or something like it from someone in the community thinking my language was not strong enough; that I was not telling the story in tougher language. Well, my story, the overall novel, is not of such persuasion. Still, that tougher story needs to be told and you have just made a good start doing it. Do, please, send some photos of your beloved res dogs. I think the community needs to see and hear more enthusiasm of the plus side of helping the plight of res dogs. Thank you, again, for posting a stronger commentary on this touchy subject (for some, touchy).

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:39:20 PM PST

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  •  2 groups who rescue, foster, place res dogs (5+ / 0-)

    Wyoming Herding Dog Rescue and Western Border Collie rescue sometimes take Border Collie, Heeler, and Aussie mixes.  I've seen litters of pups on their websites.

    •  thanks, denisedh. . . (4+ / 0-)

      these two organizations I am not familiar with and will contact them toute suite (after finishing this reply). It's the kind of networking and spirit I hoped this diary might incite. Apparently it's working. . .thanks to you and all the rest who have added valuable content to this diary. Most appreciated.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 03:43:14 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for this diary... (1+ / 0-)
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    I have always wanted a dog. I had two rescued cats years ago and after they'd been gone a while, I wanted more.

    My husband, Al (who used to foster rescued cats) said that he'd promised himself that he would never again touch a piece of cat poop.

    I took a surviving farm kitten (Mookie) 2 years ago. She won over Al in a few days.

    Got Mookie a buddy last year (Bean) - he won Al over.

    Got Punkin Piewacket last week, Al loves her and (as I am the one working) takes care of the litter.

    When I retire (in 5 years) I will get a dog and I will get a
    Res dog!

    Thanks again for your essay, I liked it am looking forward to future posts.

    And the poeple bowed and prayed To the neon god they made...

    by third Party please on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:38:33 PM PST

    •  third Party please. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      thank you for your kind response. And my feline angel, Millie the Kid, came from the Gallup, New Mexico res area. She is the eternal adolescent and keeps me in line. She's about 11 or 12 now and I can tell you res cats, like res dogs. . .sine qua non. Punkin Piewacket, is that it? You have a great flair for exceptional names. Cats love exceptional names. And hooray for all of you who foster res cats or dogs. Send some pics, okay? I mean, your cats. If I could figure out how to send an attachment of Millie, I would. Just not sure how to go about it. Any help out there, DKos community? Please send it.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:14:03 PM PST

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    •  All three of our cats are rescues (1+ / 0-)
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      And Charles has to be the one to deal with the catboxes. I literally cannot; I've been forbidden to touch a catbox since December, 2007, for medical reasons, and I will never be permitted to do so for the rest of my life. I'm immune-compromised, whether I'm living with a transplant (like now) or on dialysis (like the three-plus years pre-transplant).

      My nephrologist told me we had to give up the cats, years ago. I refused. I still do. But the catbox cleaning must always fall to Charles. Even wearing nitrile gloves and a mask is not protection enough for me.

      So he does it, and we share our home with three kitties and (currently) three dogs.

      Organ donors save lives! A donor's kidney gave me my life back on 02/18/11; he lives on in me. Please talk with your family about your wish to donate.

      Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

      by Kitsap River on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:28:26 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for writing this. (2+ / 0-)

    We have been on a tour through the canyons, riding in the back of a big truck. Maybe you were even our guide.
    I recognize the pics you posted too. Maybe not the same dogs as this was several years ago. We visited Canyons de Chelly, del Muerto, and others in the four corners area.

    The res dogs were trying to stay out of the sun.

    Later we rescued a res dog from the Warm Springs Reservation, here in Oregon. He has a self sufficient manner for sure even though we got him at four months.
    He is part German Shepherd, part Sheltie, with black, white,
    And golden long hair in color(s), a real mix for sure.He's really special to us and I often think what might have happened to him if he had stayed on the run.

    Fortunately, we live in the country so he can do a lot of running. He's never tried to leave our fenced in acerage.

    •  amygdalavet. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      you are my kind of special person; someone who fully understands the plight all res dogs face, from a proper lack of nutrition to proper free spaying and neutering to proper shelter. No, I am not that kind of a tour guide, but instead of educator trail sort far from the maddening crowd of general tourism. But those big or small truck/jeep tours are popular, and of course, people get only to see the sights. Otherwise, the res folks are reticent to discuss anything amount to their society (and I can't blame them for that), and especially a seeming overall indifference to the dog problem. Still, it's outsiders like you, like me, and a relative few others, who do care. We can make the difference, and for the most part tribal people don't mind our interfering ways. If you can send some pics of your precious Shepherd/Sheltie mix, please do. They have a lot of that mixed breed running in the res dog pack. It is my dream to some day get these and other writings published and donate 100% of all sales to nonprofit organizations specializing in animal welfare. We have abused human welfare to such an extent I, personally, have no faith in its so-called helping hand; animal welfare agencies do far better and that's where I'd rather put my money. Thanks, again, for your lovely and heartfelt response and story. Really.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:10:55 PM PST

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  •  We adopted a Jicarilla res dog. (2+ / 0-)

    We live in Farmington of which I know you are familiar with. The level of homeless animals in this area is sickening. We moved here with a dog and two cats. Over the years we have had 3 dogs and 5 cats. Most rescues. Our latest dog came from the Jicarilla reservation via the Durango Humane Society. Our Hank is a cross between a border collie and cattle dog. He is a bit skiddish at times but overall very loving. We feel so fortunate to have met up with him. Yes, I would recommend opening your hearts to a res dog and to support The Best Friends Society in Kanab, UT for they frequently do the visiting vet program on the Navajo Nation.

    •  Yep, I know Farmington. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      and I thank you for your comment, LucyTooners, and you got the right adjective for the stray dogs. . .sickening. And there you are giving homes to some of these great creatures (3 dogs and 5 cats). And Best Friends. . .you can't get too much better than those folks. Anyway, thanks so much for your heartfelt response and confirmation. Opening our hearts to res dogs and cats. . .indeed. (I would also like to see more freebie vet clinics throughout the reservation. Even vet technicians would do. That will be the subject of another outreach diary on this theme. Some day soon, I hope.)

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      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:52:12 PM PST

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      •  I agree about the freebie vet care. (0+ / 0-)

        It is so frustrating to know that the main reason for the neglect of animals is due to the expense related to their care. Farmington has a few veternary clinics some more expensive than the others but still require money upfront to treat your pet. The vet we use is one of the few that are very generous when it comes to helping with low income families. The demand is so great though and the resources are not. There has been a campaign to get a new animal shelter built so that we could reduce the kill rate as it is horrendous at 80%. Recently the city council "discovered" with building size increase the budget would have to increase $800k of which they had no answer of how to cover it. We live in a ultra conservative town for which taxes are a dirty word. The idea that we could solve a problem by raising taxes for it falls on deaf ears.

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    Can't remember where I was reading it, but I recently read a blurb on "village dogs" in Africa.

    There has been a lot of recent studies on the genetics of dog breeds. But one group looked at the genetics of dogs that hang out, semi-tame, semi-wild, in African villages. Turns out their DNA is about halfway between wolves and the dogs most of us consider as pets. The authors hypothesize that the African village dog is pretty much the real archetypal dog, and all these fancy breeds have little to do with the actual symbiosis between dogs and humans, simply being a very recent elaboration of the relationship.

    The study wants to expand its coverage to the rest of the world. I noticed lots of semi-wild cats and dogs in Israel (where people were nice to them) and Greece (where people were kind of mean to them). And of course it is something of a worldwide phenomenon. But is the kind of half-wolf/half-domestic dog mix worldwide or is it mainly an African phenomenon.

    As an aside, the study suggested dogs were first domesticated in Africa. Previous studies pointed to Europe or Asia if I recall. This isn't my field so I may be misremembering.

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    by mole333 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:26:25 PM PST

    •  your comments. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      mole333. . .are very interesting, and most welcomed. I wonder where you got this study info. I'm interested reading/hearing more. And I thank you for sharing this stuff. Canus Africanus, I believe it is, does trace its mammal roots to the African continent, and later, I thought, Europe or Asia, even Australia. The DNA is most interesting. I'm going to have to look in on this and I will thank you very kindly for the informative post and commentary.

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      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:47:09 PM PST

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    •  Michael Fox DVM talks about this in his book (0+ / 0-)

      "Inhumane Society". Traveling all over the world he sees what he thinks is the quintessential dog. It looks a bit like a dingo.

      In the diary above it looks closest to the injured dog in the picture below the picture of a picnic table of food.

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

      by ZenTrainer on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:43:48 PM PST

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      •  Yep, that's Michael for you. . . (0+ / 0-)

        and thanks, Tracy B Ann, for this news. Guess the next thing I'll do is click on Amazon and order it. So many stars, like him, have such great big hearts for animals, and I am learning more and more how some of them favor rescuring res dogs. There should be a website on this. Maybe you have time??? I'd sure support it. Thanks for posting. Inhumane society, indeed. But look how people can rally around a bad thing and make it good, just by getting the word out there.

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        by richholtzin on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:58:13 AM PST

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        •  Oh wait, sorry, not Michael Fox the movie star, (0+ / 0-)

          Michael Fox the Veterinarian. Though he is a bit of a rock star vet. He is a huge advocate for animals.

          I used to write a blog about dogs and cats here

          All my dogs and cats have always been rescues. I work more on the political side trying to get legislation enacted to protect dogs in many ways. From making it illegal to chain them 24/7 to making strict regulations for breeding.

          One thing I always say is you buy dog food, not dogs.

          Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

          by ZenTrainer on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 07:35:51 AM PST

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          •  And thanks. . . (1+ / 0-)
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            for the confirmation. Now I will go seek out this site's info that you sent (of course, I didn't find any such on Amazon given the other M. Fox. . .who also loves animals and wild stuff, besides). Contact me via my profile's email and let me know more about what you do and how I can help in the process. I mean, instead of just writing and sharing diaries about such an ongoing plight. Good response, though, from the DKos community, and I was hoping to get such.

            Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

            by richholtzin on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 07:59:07 AM PST

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