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What a ride. We love you Royals. Thanks for all the fun.
Give me a day or so to catch my breath and catch up on some chores. I will be back Monday and resume regular publication of Scission...
|SOME JACKASSES SAY THIS IS A GOOD WAY TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG|
It’s a bonding thing. Can you force the dogs into doing it? Yeah. Is it the right way of doing it? No. If you bond with the dogs, they’ll work a lot harder than if you force them into doing it.
Competing dogs are tethered to a wheeled cart by a special harness, and they must use their body strength to pull increasingly heavy loads, usually consisting of concrete or bricks. For each timed round, the weight-pulling dogs must drag their loads a total of 16 feet down a track. The dog who manages to pull their load the required distance in the fastest time wins. Each competing dog’s owner or handler makes no physical contact with their pooch during the rounds; they must stand in front of the animal and coach it forward.
Enzo Cullotta, a weight-pulling judge from St. Charles, Illinois, has owned many American Bulldogs who have competed in pulling events. Cullotta says that he starts training his dogs to pull at four months of age by having them drag heavy chains. He also trains them further by tethering his dogs to his bicycle and running them for six miles at a time.
“They’re not just a pet,” he says. “They’re a machine. When they got it, it just makes it so much fun.”
... During a recent International Weight Pull Association (IWPA) event in Riverton, Connecticut, dog owner Todd Sheehan competed with his 103-pound Alaskan Malamute, Valiant, who managed to pull a cart stacked with concrete blocks nearly 10 times his body weight. Though Valiant won the competition, pulling more than 1,000 pounds behind him, Sheehan expressed frustration that his dog couldn’t pull 1,200 pounds instead.
“He still needs work,” Sheehan tells Aljazeera of Valiant. “He’s gotta stop backing up and stepping out of the harness.”
“We are very pleased that this slipped right under the wire,” Cynthia Dent, the regional director for the Humane Society International-Latin America said noting the vote came at the very end of the session.
Not only does the new ban clarify and categorize dog fighting as a true criminal act, but it also imposes stiffer penalties for convictions. These include prison terms of up to three years for a first offense, plus steep fines.
The bill also introduces an “offender’s list” for those found guilty of organizing dog fights. They would be required to register with the Animal Health Service in Costa Rica, with the goal of making it more difficult for them to obtain aggressive dogs.