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Please Help Support snips! Your Tax Deductible Donations Are Essential!

visit our "BoHo Bow Wow" store for unique and fun gifts for you, your dog, & your friends! Help raise money for snips...

"Al's Night Out" DVD starring the snips dogs!  Pit Bulls for Peace TShirts, Tote Bags, Mugs!

Is that IT? Kathy Bauck, owner of the notorious Pick of the Litter Puppy Mill, has been found guilty on several misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and torture. Read about the case at the ASPCA website.Think the punishment fits the crime?

know the truth behind some of the big animal rights groups...
The Butcher of Norfolk
PETA Kills

spay/neuter info...
don't let friends have litters!

    spay/neuter stamp

To deny dogs their nature is to do them great harm.
~ Jean Schinto, The Literary Dog

Do your part ~ help put an end to the misery of puppy mill dogs...

the problem with companion animal limit laws...

all about greyhounds...
Want to adopt? snips has greyhounds and greyhound crosses looking for new homes


Think you like your wagging tail kittycat or dog more than you like most men? Read:  
"The Men in My Life Have Fleas."


If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
~Will Cuppy

Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good.
~ Albert Schweitzer, The Thoughts of Albert Schweitzer

Sesame & Friend

Properly trained, a [hu]man can become a dog's best friend.
Corey Ford

Decide what you want from the dog immediately. Don't wait till he's six months old to make the rules. Look down the road to see how behavior is going to impact you when the dog weighs four times as much as he does now. Think about everyone he might be in contact with, not just your household.
~ Mandy Book, author, lecturer, and dog trainer

Only 38% of dog [guardians] keep their dogs long-term. 70% of the dogs euthanized at shelters are there for "behavior problems." More dogs' lives are lost due to behavioral issues than to all infectious diseases combined.
~ Cheryl S. Smith, The Rosetta Bone

dog letters to God...
When we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?

Until There
Are None,
Adopt One!

homeless kitty

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity.
~ George Bernard Shaw

loving each other from different places...
Stories About Love and Loss
After Death Experiences

black cat

Any cat will tell you,
"Spay that dog!!"

fight breed specific legislation...

The Pit Bull (Am Staff) Love of My Life
Ohio Representative Barbara Sears's Amendment to Ohio's Vicious Dog Law
Has Passed! Ohio HB 14 was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on
February 21, 2012.
After 25 years of unfair discrimination,
Pit Bulls and dogs resemblinging Pit Bulls are no longer automatically legally classified as "vicious dogs." Ohio was the only state to have any type of Breed Specific Law.
Thank You,
Rep. Sears & Gov. Kasich!
In 2008, Ohio Representative Tryone K. Yates
proposed HB 568 which would have required the immediate euthanasia of all Pit Bull, American Stafforshire, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers living in the state of Ohio, so this law represents a gigantic step forward in this state's perception of these kind, gentle, wonderful dogs!

Click here for a listing of Ohio Representatives.

Ohio Representative-Elect Tyrone Pibble Yates
Tyrone Pibble Yates (I)


BSL Does Not Work Updates
Italy Scraps Dangerous Dog Blacklist

Scottish Parliment Legislates Against Dangerous Dogs ~ Not Dangerous Breeds

Justice for Gage

Find out more about Pit Bulls and other "dangerous" dogs: Law Dogs USA

Good information on how to fight breed specific legislation

Join one of the new Ohio Groups dedicated to outlawing breed specific legislation ~ and find out why we believe "It's the Deed - Not the Breed!"

Try this or this - see if you know what a Pit Bull looks like.

Let your own Pit Bull speak out against BSL

Hear about legislation affecting dogs

Does BSL work? The CDC supports "aggressive dog" v. "breed specific" legislation

"The AVMA supports dangerous animal legislation by state, county, or municipal government provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds or classes of animals." American Veterinary Medical Association

Playing John Shipe's "PIt Bull Blues"
Buy the music
~ Lyrics

training & behavior...
Leadership needs to be based on trust and on the dog's confidence in the reliability and constancy of the [guardian's] behavior. Effective communication has no requirement for physical strength, violence or confrontation.
~ The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction

News Dog

There may be times
when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail
to protest
Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate

Fur All Over Award
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Is your dog losing toenails? It may be due to Symetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy. Amputation of a toe is the only way to definitively diagnose the disease, however some research has indicated that treatment without a definitive diagnosis is not only possible, it can be quite effective. Join the SLO Dogs discussion group to find out more.

the life of a snips dog...
if only everyone saw us like our dogs do...

does vacuuming kill fleas?
vaccination information...

the Declaration of the
No Kill Movement...

got a mutt? curious about his/her doggy daddy (and mommy)?...
MetaMorphix has a DNA test that will reveal what very special mix of dogs it took to produce your unique canine companion.


hand sanitizers... toxic to kids and animals!

snips tips...
Natural Diet, Recipes, Information on Ingredients
Holistic Health Care, Vaccination Issues, Natural Remedies

An eclectic sampling of animal related sites

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Here's how - drop us a line


books we recommend...
Because "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
~ Groucho Marx

Zen Dog

snips's goal...
is for every dog and cat to enjoy a long, happy, healthy life by his human companion's side, and for every human companion to know that special loving bond a cat or dog can bring to her life. 
our mission...

Stretching kitty

Pets, like kings' favorites, are usually the recepients of an abundance of sentimental affection, but of little real kindness; so much easier is it to give temporary caresses than substantial justice.
~ Henry Salt, Animals' Rights

our adoptable dogs...
Meet and hear the stories of the great dogs we have up for adoption.

Ohio's Companion Animal
License Plate

Click on the plate for more information.

happily ever afters...
Dogs & Cats we've helped find new homes

A Tale of Two Puppies...
What can happen when all the sudden they're not puppies anymore.

Black Dog

Any dog will tell you,
"Neuter the darn cat!"

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snips mission...

The Spay/Neuter Incentive Project and Sanctuary,
or snips @ Pawsitive Energy, is an organization dedicated to improving
the quality of the human/companion animal relationship.

Working toward the No Kill ideal,
snips is dedicated to providing resources to the local rescue community.

We offer dogs for adoption, short term fostering for dogs between temporary
or permanent homes; work with dogs to solve behavioral or health issues
and make them more adoptable; and provide a large and innovative play
and exercise area where other organizations can bring dogs in
their care for a variety of mentally and physically
challenging experiences and activities.

snips strives to educate animal guardians about some of the
common issues they may face with their animal companions,
everything from safety to holistic wellness to training,
through its website, seminars and demonstrations.
This education is designed to reduce the number of animals
who are abused, neglected and abandoned,
as well as to increase the number of animals who
are spayed/neutered.

Finally, after many years of working in rescue,
snips is now a permanent home to more than 60 animals,
almost all of whom have come to us from shelters, as strays,
or as "second hand" dogs, cats, birds and horses.
We are especially dedicated to providing permanent sanctuary
for dogs unable to be adopted due to health or behavioral issues,
offering them happy, healthy, rich and rewarding lives here at our farm.

snips's ultimate goal is for every companion animal
to enjoy a long, happy, healthy life by his human companion's side,
and for every human companion to know that special
loving bond an animal can bring to her life.

snips is an advocate for the rights of all sentient beings.

Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France

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Does a Breed Ban (BSL) really work?
From the Best Friends Web Site

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC)

A few excerpts:

~ "Breed-specific legislation does not address the fact that a dog
of any breed can become dangerous when bred or trained to be aggressive."

~ "An alternative to breed-specific legislation is to regulate

individual dogs and owners on the basis of their

behavior. Although, it is not systematically reported, our

reading of the fatal bite reports indicates that problem

behaviors (of dogs and owners) have preceded attacks in

a great many cases and should be sufficient evidence for

preemptive action. Approaches to decreasing dangerous

dog and owner behaviors are numerous."

~ "Generic non–breed-specific, dangerous dog laws

can be enacted that place primary responsibility for a

dog's behavior on the owner, regardless of the dog's breed."

~ "teaching owners about the importance of socialization

and training may decrease their likelihood of owning a

dog that will eventually bite."

Some people feel that if dogs such as Pit Bulls are banned, this will alleviate the majority of the problem. This only affects law abiding and responsible dog owners, however; because those with malicious intentions will still acquire them in spite of a ban.

Best Friends Animal Society has proved numerous times that breed bans just do not work; here is just one example:

It appears that the answer is clear; if Florida considered incentives for owners to spay/neuter their dogs, plus various programs to help owners in socialization and training, and focused on creating (as well as enforcing) stronger laws which held the owner responsible for the acts of their dog, the state of Florida could be a safe place for all concerned.

To learn more about BSL, and how it affects communities:


Pit Bull Blues
John Shipe
People see me walking down the street, they all run and hide.
I used to take it personally, but now I take it in stride.
I got nothin against one against no one - I wouldn't hurt a fly.
People seem to think I'm mean and here is why: Here is why:
I'm a Pit Bull, a big brown, red nosed Pit Bull.
Tooth bearing, muscle bound Pit Bull.
I look like I could tear the steel off a locomotive freight train.

People park three spaces away when I'm waiting in the car.
All the kids in the neighborhood, they never walk through my yard.
There's a rumor floating round the county that I ate three cats,
But I swear from the bottom of my canine heart,
I didn't do that, no I didn't do that.

But I'm a Pit Bull. Big brown, red nosed Pit Bull.
A tooth bearing, muscle bound Pit Bull.
I look like could I dig a hole through a concrete wall.

I got these Pit Bull Blues.
All I want to do is sniff your shoes.
I ain't no killer hound.
I'm the friendliest dog in town.

The sheer sound of my bark could break through the Arctic ice.
Deep down I'm a pussycat, I'm just tryin to be nice.
In case you didn't notice, I'm wagging my tail at the speed of light.
But no matter what I do, I'm accused of looking for a fight.

Yeah, cause I'm a Pit Bull. Big brown, red nosed Pit Bull.
Tooth bearing, muscle bound Pit Bull.
I look like I could crush a cannonball in my jaws.

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Canine Rabies Challenge Studies Begin!

One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine is underway
at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Dr. Ronald
Schultz, a leading authority on veterinary vaccines and Chair of the Department of
Pathobiological Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies to
determine the long-term duration of immunity of the canine rabies vaccine, with the
goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters. These will be the first long-
term challenge studies on the canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United

Dr. Schultz comments that: "We are all very excited to start this study that will hopefully
demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a minimum of 7 years of immunity."

This research is being financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust founded by
pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine, who serves as Co-Trustee with
world-renowned veterinary research scientist and practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of
Hemopet in California.

The Rabies Challenge Fund recently met its goal of $177,000 to fund the studies' first year
budget with contributions from dog owners, canine groups, trainers, veterinarians, and small
businesses. Annual budget goals of $150,000 for the studies must be met in the future.

Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM states: "This is the first time in my 43 years of involvement in veterinary
issues that what started as a grass-roots effort to change an outmoded regulation affecting
animals will be addressed scientifically by an acknowledged expert to benefit all canines in
the future."

Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team demonstrated that
dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, while Dr. Schultz's
serological studies documented antibody titer counts at levels known to confer immunity to
rabies 7 years post-vaccination. This data strongly suggests that state laws requiring annual
or triennial rabies boosters for dogs are redundant. Because the rabies vaccine is the most
potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse reactions, it should
not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions such
autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and
central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and
fibrosarcomas at injection sites are linked to rabies vaccinations.

Study co-trustee Kris Christine adds: "Because the USDA does not require vaccine
manufacturers to provide long-term duration of immunity studies documenting maximum
effectiveness when licensing their products, concerned dog owners have contributed the
money to fund this research themselves. We want to ensure that rabies immunization laws
are based upon independent, long-term scientific data."

More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5
and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund's website designed by
volunteer Andrea Brin at:


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