It just never ends

As Pet Food Recall Expands, ASPCA Warns Crisis Not Over: More Cases May Be Seen

NEW YORK, May 3, 2007—With Menu Foods yesterday greatly expanding its recall of pet food products due to new evidence of cross-contamination, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today warned pet parents that this crisis is far from over, and urged them to watch their pets closely for any symptoms that may be related to the recall.

“Given the fact that there is new evidence of cross-contamination in ingredients that may have been considered safe prior to this news, we need to be much more aware of where the ingredients in our pets’ food are coming from,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, a board-certified toxicologist and senior vice president with the ASPCA, who manages the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), located in its Midwest Office in Urbana, Ill.

“We are strongly recommending that pet parents immediately investigate, via their pet food manufacturer’s Web site or by calling them directly, where the ingredients—specifically protein supplements—are sourced from.”

Given the current situation and until this crisis is resolved, the ASPCA is recommending pets be fed products containing U. S. -sourced protein supplements only.

Golden Retriever Nugget getting a bad rap

Honestly, I just don’t believe this story. Be sure to check it out and to watch the news video with it. The video works in Internet Explorer but not Firefox.

Mail Delivery Stopped Due to Allegedly Aggressive Dog
Amanda Butterfield Reporting

For nearly two weeks, a handful of residents in Midvale have not received any mail because of Nugget, the golden retriever. The United States Postal Service says the dog is aggressive and dangerous.

USPS says the dog has attacked a letter carrier in the past and has tried to attack two other times. So the post office has cut off mail delivery.

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Here is a second article about the situation and it seems like the dog did not do any biting, just some chasing, which scared the delivery person.

Stoppage of mail service due to dog causes growls
By Amelia Nielson-Stowell, Deseret Morning News

Five houses in a Midvale cul-de-sac are no longer receiving their mail — all because of a golden retriever named Nugget.  The United States Postal Service cut off mail delivery to the neighborhood almost two weeks ago after the dog chased the mailman in December and escaped from its home twice this month. They are telling the dog owner to get rid of his dog, fence the yard or force all the residents to pay $1,000 for a set of locked mailboxes at the end of the circle.  …

Brackus said that on Dec. 30, Nugget raced across the street toward a mail carrier, who slipped on the ice, cracked his elbow and hurt his hip. The carrier used a package to try and defend himself and ended up taking three days off work to nurse his injuries.

A young man, a Golden Retriever named Casper and a miracle

A young man, a dog and a miracle – Rare brain stem aneurysm could have been fatal
By STACEY EIDSON, Bradenton Herald

Wayland Massey knew his life was about to change in December 2000. He just didn’t know exactly when. And he never would have guessed how much man’s best friend would play such a significant role in his new life.

After suffering from double vision for a few months, the then 20-year-old student at Manatee Community College learned he had a brain aneurysm. Dr. Marc Levy of the Sarasota Retina Institute diagnosed him with the condition. “When I saw him, I noticed Wayland also had one pupil that was larger in the left eye associated with this double vision,” Levy said. “I knew something serious was going on.”

A brain scan indicated that Massey had a vascular abnormality in his brain stem, Levy said. “I had tons of MRIs and they found it,” said Massey, who learned that a brain aneurysm is a basically a weak bulging spot in an artery of the brain. “They told me all about aneurysms.” While certain bulges in the brain may pose little risk if they are small and do not rupture, Massey’s condition was extremely rare and life-threatening because it was located in his brain stem. ……

“They were exactly right; it was devastating,” Carol Massey said. “When he came out of surgery, he lost hearing in one ear. He lost his equilibrium. I mean, he couldn’t even sit up. He was totally paralyzed completely down half of his body. He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t swallow. He couldn’t have a drink of water. It was very bad, but if he hadn’t had surgery, he would not have survived.”

Now, six years later, Wayland Massey, 27, is not only talking and walking, but he is graduating from MCC. On May 4, he will walk across the stage at the Manatee Civic Center and accept his diploma.

Learn more about this amazing story & how Golden Casper played a hand in it all . . . .