Recently, on the banks of the Metedeconk River in Brick Township, NJ, American Legion Post 348 hosted their First Annual Lappy Hour on the ‘Cric. While sixteen happy dogs lapped up the sunshine and canine companionship, their humans enjoyed socializing with other dog-lovers and enjoyed the beautiful setting on the water.
Lappy Hour was held to raise awareness of Military Dogs and those Service Dogs that are trained to help veterans navigate the challenges of daily life. The entry fee for the event and money raised through a doggy-bag raffle will be donated to an organization that assists the nation’s Military Dog program. I was so happy to see these well-behaved dogs that belong to post-members, have a great time of socializing with other dogs. Many people, who are not aware of the benefit of these events often make the mistake of thinking the worst when dogs are allowed to congregate. Trust me, there was no fighting, but many showed a great deal of affection for each other!
The “rules” of this event called for dogs to be leashed, and to have them stay out of the Tiki Bar. Within an hour, however, many dogs roamed free, finding companionship and shade in the shelter of…you guessed it, the Tiki Bar. Don’t worry, nothing stronger than cold water was served to these thirsty pooches.
From the tiniest of tea-cup Yorkies, to a 90 pound Therapy Airedale named Lily, these dogs got the day they deserved, and I think their humans had a great time, too. We hope to repeat this event in the Fall.
Update on the fight against puppy millers:
Janice Patterson Fisher reports that last month, a “dog registry” known as American Canine Association, together with four pet stores including a local store, Breeder’s Association of America, Brick, NJ, went to the Office of Legislative Services in Trenton AND to Sen. Holzapfel’s office, in Brick Township, to request changes to the Pet Store Disclosure bill (SB1870) that would have effectually “gutted” the essence of the bill. The senator’s office recognized the importance of maintaining the integrity of the bill and did not opt to make any of the changes. The NJ Senate subsequently voted UNANIMOUSLY to pass the bill as was written by Sen. Holzapfel.
Janice explains that once the AKC started doing inspections of the breeders of the puppies registered by these stores, the ACA came into play with a vengeance. The ACA started registering the pet store/puppy mill puppies with no scrutiny. It has been reported that many of these dog registries do not inspect breeders or guarantee that a puppy is healthy, but simply they register a puppy upon receipt of an application by the puppy’s parent’s owner.
When the above said “reps” arrived at Senator Holzapfel’s office, they called Janice to ask who these people were and she explained to the senator’s office that these businesses were less than stellar. The senator then elected not to make any of the changes they requested. These groups want to be able to buy from hobby breeders rather than be held to buying only from USDA-licensed breeders (as is required in the bill). This is not an option since many puppy mill breeders are unlicensed and could call themselves hobby breeders. They want to knock out the provision that would require that the pet stores NOT buy from any USDA-licensed breeder with one direct violation or more than three indirect violations. These were the main objections.
Congratulations to Senator Holzapfel for standing up to these money-grubbing bullies who have no regard for the welfare of man’s best friend and many thanks to Janice and her hard working volunteers who made this bill possible. New Jersey is leading the pack for Puppy Mill reform. To read more: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/nj_bill_would_allow_kitten_and_puppy_buyers_know_where_there_pet_is_coming_from.html