Available Rottweilers

I am about 3 y.o. and love everyone I meet even kids since I lived with them before and miss them so much. I could use a nice warm, loving home and I will give you tons of love in return More...

Simba is a 2 year old, spayed female German Shepherd/Rottweiler Mix with a cropped tail and a flamboyant personality! Simba is playful, enjoys being around other dogs, ignores cats, and is very eager to please. More..

WATCH OUT!!! This girl will steal your heart. Brea is a bit older than a year now and has blossomed since she first came into the foster program. In foster care Brea has successfully completed an Adult Citizenship class. More...

Five year old Bear just showed up one day on someone's porch, he was very thin, dirty, and desperately needed some good TLC More...

Mandy is a 2 to 3 year-old picture-perfect Rottie with the focus and drive worthy of a working dog, and she needs an adult family with equal determination who will devote the time to train her. Her personality is extremely loving More...

This love of a girl has plenty of energy and is a huggy-kissy kinda dog! She is very well behaved, knows basic obedience commands, thinks everyone should love her and all the other dogs should love her as well. More...

Raised in the heart of Yankee territory but too young to know anything about a "Curse", this boy saw the promise in a land far from pinstripes! He packed up his ball, changed his name to Orlando and is looking for a home run into your heart. More...


December 2, 2004
Concord Dog Training Club, Inc.
Bayside Exposition Center
Boston, MA

December 3, 2004
Ladies' Dog Club, Inc.
Bayside Exposition Center
Boston, MA

December 5, 2004
Burlington County Kennel Club, Inc.
Tracking Trials
Pleasant Acres Farm
c/o Robert & Susan Winner
500 Centerton Road
Moorestown, NJ

January 2, 2005
Obedience Show 'N Go
Riverside Canine Center
48 Bridge St., Nashua NH
Novice, Open & Utility

January 16, 2005
Canine Good Citizen Testing
Oxford CT, 3-6 p.m. Obedience Dog Training Club
Contact Anne Coy for more information and directions to the club. $15 per dog.

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What's in your Dog's Food? 

I continually read information on dog nutrition. It never ceases to amaze me what pet food companies put into the food that they want us to feed our pets. Tamara has put together a list of good articles about pet food, reading the labels, and what the ingredients really mean. That being said, I have chosen a shorter article for this publication, but encourage you to read the links at the end for the complete picture.

Your Pet's Food ~ By Cindy Kingsley
Look over your current pet food ! Smell it ! How does it feel ? Taste it ! Would you eat it? If not - why would you feed it to your pet?

It's important to read and understand the ingredient's labeled on pet foods. Ingredients are listed in order of their volume percentages. For example, if Soybean is the first ingredient listed on the label - then Soybean is the major ingredient in the food.

BY-PRODUCTS: Parts of the animal not fit for human consumption.

By-products can include intestines, chicken heads, duck bills, chicken and turkey feet, feathers and bone, soy, cottonseed hulls, corn cobs, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, screenings, weeds, straw, and cereal by-products. Ingredients listed as beef, chicken and poultry by-products are not required to include actual meat. Rendered meat can be any rendered mammal meat including dogs and cats.

ETHOXYQUIN, BHA and BHT: Chemical additives used as preservatives. Ethoxyquin is regulated as a pesticide and cannot be added to human food. Many pet foods contain fillers that have little or no nutritional value. Products like feathers, soy, cottonseed hulls, corn cobs, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, screenings, weeds, straw, and cereal by-products.

GENERAL FACTS: From time to time, you have noticed a change in your dog after feeding him or her different batches of the same brand of pet food . Your pet may have diarrhea, increased flatulence, a dull hair coat, intermittent vomiting, or may scratch more often. These are most common symptoms observed over the years, and they all are associated with commercial pet foods.

The common chemicals used to prevent rancidity in pet food are BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole ) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) both known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction. Another fat stabilizer often used is ETHOXYQUIN, suspected of being a cancer-causing agent. Propylene glycol, a cousin to antifreeze, is found in many semimoist dog foods.

The Department Of Pathology, Nagoya City University Medical School Japan, recently completed a study to determine the toxicology of BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin and Propyl Gallate.

  • ETHOXYQUIN Promoted kidney carcinogenesis. Significantly increased incidence of stomach tumors. Enhanced bladder carcinogesis.
  • BHA Enhanced stomich and urinary bladder carcinogenesis. Causes squamous-cell carcinomas in stomachs (Cancers of this type are among the most lethal and fastest acting, the swiftest effects being seen among animals with light colored fur.)
  • BHT Promoted urinary bladder carcinogenesis Could be a promoter of thyroid carcinogeneis

The study noted that BHA and other antioxidants, particularly propyl gallate and ethoxyquin, showed additional effects in inducing stomich hyperplasia and cytotoxicity. According to Dr. Wendell Belfield, DVM, practicing veterinarian for some 26 years, both BHA and BHT are known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction and are banned in some European countries. He adds that ethoxyquin is suspected of causing cancer and that propylene glycol (a pet food ingredient closely related to anti-freeze) causes destruction of red blood cells.

Ethoxyquin is listed and identified as hazardous chemical by OSHA. It has a rating of 3 on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being super toxic requiring less than 7 drops to cause death. When manufactured by Monsanto, the containers are marked with the word POISON. Monsanto makes no representations and will not be responsible for damages of any nature whatsoever. Department of Agriculture lists Ethoxyquin as a pesticide.

Any government health official or Veterinary nutritionist that says feeding pets toxic chemicals will not have an effect on the pet's health has not fully studied the facts. The use of chemical preservatives may be associated with dry skin, allergic reactions, dental disease, poor health, lack of energy and degenerative organ disfunction.

Proper diet not only is important for humans, it is the most basic aspect of a pet's lifestyle. The secret to good nutrition is not how many nutrients are present in a dogs food, but rather how available they are and how efficiently they can be utilized when digested.

Most ordinary dog foods are made with corn, extruded in pellet form under high pressure and then sprayed with fat and other products in order to encourage dogs to eat. Rice and Wheat are easier to digest than corn; therefore easier on your dogs system.

More Reading: 

How to read a pet food label

How to decipher pet food ingredients

What's in commercial pet foods

Web Sites for Pet Food that I'd Feed MY dogs
Dale's List, and yes there ARE more. I just don't have personal experience with them...
- PLEASE make sure to read the labels of all foods!

Innova, California Natural and Healthwise
Karma Organic
Flint River Ranch (choose an independent distributor you like)
Solid Gold

Author makes no representations as to the temperament and health of these animals and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of their information. Communications should be addressed to the designated rescue organization relative to each animal.
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Last Updated:  1/6/2005


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