Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 12:26:30 PM by Edward Knittel
In a first-class move, an Illinois House committee rejected a proposal that would have allowed cities and towns to ban specific dog breeds. Legislators wisely agreed that such bans would unfairly punish law-abiding pet owners.
Under current law, the state specifically forbids local governments from regulating or banning by breed.
"I think the best, a better solution, is to hold the owner of a dog more accountable for the actions of a pet," said Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore), who voted against the bill.
I couldn't agree more and I'm glad to see Illinois continue to stand on solid ground and say that the problem is not with the dogs but with the negligent owners.
Rep. Jerry Mitchell (R-Sterling), who sponsored the legislation, said he will continue to work to strengthen vicious dog regulations without using breed-specific laws.
Two ideas floated Wednesday were requiring all convicted felons to have their dogs neutered or spayed, and ordering all dogs found running loose on two separate occasions to be spayed or neutered.
Someone please explain to me how either of those two ideas would curtail vicious owners (it's the owners NOT the dogs!) from continuing their vicious cycle? Requiring a convicted felon's dog to be spayed or neutered will not make the dog any less aggressive. So, lets focus the attention away from the dogs and lets put it on these owners. Maybe they are the ones who should be spayed or neutered.
Related: Ontario Canada Considers Banning Pit Bulls [8/31/2004]
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Monday, February 21, 2005 at 4:02:56 PM by Edward Knittel
On Saturday, February 19, 2005 something very exciting happened although without much fanfare and hoopla. Here at KennelSource we reached an important milestone in the life of our young company. We got to celebrate the birthday of something special and important to us - Pawtracker™. It was one year ago on Saturday that we emerged from our final testing period and publicly introduced our premier kennel management software application to the world. If you're a small business owner like us (maybe you own a kennel or dog walking or pet sitting business) then you know what that feeling was like the first day everything became "official." Well, that's how it felt for us back then.
Everything was fresh and new and being the new kids on the block we weren't sure what to expect. But a lot of positive things have happened in the last year and people are really beginning to see how Pawtracker™ can actually change the way they do business. Our application takes a lot of hassle out of time and resource management and it gives our users more time to do the things that they need to do. We understand that managing software and databases shouldn't be one of those things.
And with one year under our belt we're almost ready to introduce a VERY big thing that will graduate version 1.0 to 2.0. This will certainly be another grand moment for us and we can't wait to share it with you.
So, to the people who have been with us since day one to those who are just learning about us today, we look forward to helping you succeed in what you do. Thank you for all of your support.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 1:53:50 PM by Edward Knittel
I bet you're wondering "Who won for Best Portugese Water Dog at this year's Westminster?" The answer of course is Ch Freestyle Ocean Breeze. The truth is you can get all the results for every breed being judged at the 129th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show through the Wesminster Kennel Club website. They even have a picture of the Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex.
But doesn't that seem rather passe? Wouldn't you like to be right in the middle of the whole thing? To be able to see your favorite breed and not just the filtered broadcast available on USA Network? Well, they've got that covered this year.
Now you can view video for each and every breed being judged. Everything for day one (February 14th) is available online and as breeds are being judged today those videos are being added as well. They're not short, one-minute clips either. No, these are 10 minute videos showing every dog being shown in the breed down to the judging and awarding.
It's great to see a prestigeous organization with such a rich and long history adopting to the technology available today.
More information from The Westminster Kennel Club
Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 11:49:46 AM by Edward Knittel
Illinois House Bill 707 looks to amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by replacing the term "pet shop operator" with "animal caretaker" throughout the Act. This change would effectively require anyone who cares for the welfare of an animal, be they rescuer, seller, or adopter to be licensed in Illinois (not just pet shops or kennels and catteries with over 5 intact females as the AWA now regulates). Shelters are already required by the AWA to be licensed. Veterinarians are exempt.
So why does it seem that everyone is divided on the issue? Some think it will cause more strain on those who are just trying to help. Others contend that it will ensure that animals are being properly cared for through the use of licensing and inspections. Is this just more red-tape or will this mean that Illinois will be safer for animals?
What do breeders and shelters think? I've heard arguements from both sides and I'm not sure yet where I stand on the issue.
More information from Bill Status of HB0707
Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 12:09:28 PM by Daniel Rubenstein
Dear Pawtracker™ Users
Last night we updated your system to Version 1.9.11 which also included Versions 1.9.9 and 1.9.10. Please review the following list of the updates, enhancements and bug fixes for this release:
Vetrinarians and Vet Hospitals are now added to current location
Corrected In-House warning error
Run type change error corrected
Remove rapid cancel / no show (function check pending)
Added Check out date and time selector
Added Grooming appointment report
Added Refunds summary report
Corrected bugs in Profit and Loss’ and Revenue reports
Corrected rebuild function to repost transactions according to their Chart of Accounts
Added cost per visit column in prepaid package points balances table
Corrected Reservation History grid date range
Removed rapid check in due to problems assigning run# (function check pending)
The help files will be updated by the beginning of next week. You may review them for specific instructions on how to use any of the new functionality. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact us at support at kennelsource dot com or 800-610-9054. We appreciate your business.
The Staff at KennelSource
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