On May 10, the City of San Francisco officially recognized Muttville Senior Dog Rescue for its work on behalf of older homeless dogs in the city, who are less easy to adopt out than younger dogs. The organization, founded and still directed by Sherri Franklin, recently marked an important milestone: its 1,000th successful adoption. Bay Woof joins the City of San Francisco in honoring and celebrating Muttville’s life-saving work.
Dogs or Sex?
Del Monte Foods, with several brands of pet food in its family of products, recently released the results of a study implemented to determine how important pets are in the lives of their people. Here are some of the findings:
- 81% of respondents consider their dogs to be equal members of the family.
- 77% said they talk about their pups as if they were human family members.
- 71% carry at least one picture of their dogs at all times to show to others.
- 57% said they and their partners devote more time to discussing their dogs than to sex.
- 54% consider themselves to be “pet parents” instead of “pet owners.”
Salute to Cairo
Many experts agree that highly trained dogs are essential to America’s military exploits around the globe. This was dramatically demonstrated during the raid that “took out” Osama bin Laden. The 80-member team of Navy Seals who accomplished the mission included one canine, a Belgian Malinois named Cairo.
Cairo’s job was to use his extremely proficient senses in and around the bin Laden compound to sniff out hidden threats. In a special ceremony with President Obama at the White House, the Seals were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Cairo may not have understood the significance of the event, but many present no doubt included him in their heartfelt salute to the team.
[Ed. Note: Don’t miss the in-depth report on military dogs in our July issue, distributed during the last week in June.]
Canine Movie Star Saves Director
Apparently Pijo, the canine star of the local independent film called “Doggie Boogie: Get Your Grrr On!”, really wants a film career. When his human and Director/Writer/Producer of the film, Romanus Wolter, began to have severe stomach pains right after the theatrical preview, Pijo conveyed his sense that something was seriously wrong by not taking up his customary position next to Wolter when he laid down on the bed.
“His body language told me something was wrong,” Wolter later said. He and his cast and crew had thought the problem was food poisoning, but Pijo seemed to know better. Picking up on his dog’s concern, he went to the emergency room and was immediately hospitalized with a ruptured appendix. The doctor said the situation could have worsened considerably within even a couple of hours, and may have become fatal. Emergency surgery was performed.
Returning home ten days later, Wolter can now joke that “Pijo really wanted to make sure Doggie Boogie was completed and his budding film career still had a future.”
Wolter has partnered with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Guide Dogs for The Blind on the film project. “Doggie Boogie” will be completed in August 2011 and a partner is being sought to distribute it. There are plans for local screenings to benefit dog rescue and welfare groups. More details available at www.doggieboogiemovie.com.