Tag Archives: puppy mills

Positively Dog Training Episode 708

Posted on: December 22, 2017 - No Comments

Victoria shares the gifts she’s celebrating this holiday season, including the success of the #LucysLaw campaign, California’s ban on pet store sales, and Australia’s first state to ban puppy mills. Also: dogs unhappy going into kennels, over-bonded pets, and how to create safe boundaries without fences.

Positively Dog Training Episode 706

Posted on: December 8, 2017 - No Comments

The widespread outbreak of campylobacter infections due to poor practices on the part of Petland pet stores. A chat with Finding Shelter’s Grace Kelly Herbert in her fight against Amish puppy mills, the state of anti-puppy mill legislation, and how people can get involved locally to fight the puppy mill trade.

Positively Dog Training Episode 607

Posted on: February 2, 2017 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly cover the latest news related to puppy mills in both the US and UK, and have a fascinating chat with Marc the Vet about the topic.

Positively Dog Training Episode 602

Posted on: November 11, 2016 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly chat about the Thanksgiving holiday and what they're thankful for. They also talk about why the month of November is the month with the most amount of car collisions with deer, and how you can stay safe.

Veterinarians Are Standing Up Against Puppy Mills

Posted on: June 1, 2015 - 2 Comments

"I don't understand how in a country of animal lovers, puppy mills can be tolerated," says Chicago veterinarian Dr. Scott Rovner. "Now, we've finally begun to speak up and do something about it; we need to."

This Is Where Your Cute Pet Store Puppy Came From

Posted on: February 6, 2015 - 7 Comments

Imagine if pet stores had to "display" the parents of each litter next to the puppies they sold. Do you think people would be a little more outraged? Do you think they would think twice about buying a pet store puppy?

Positively Success Story: Humphrey

Posted on: October 27, 2014 - No Comments

Humphrey was rescued from a puppy mill 1 year ago after spending approx 5 years in a cage. His health issues were the easiest thing to overcome. For the first 3 months he cowered in a hole he dug in the backyard. He would not look at you and would not stand when you were near Read More

Breeder Regrets Creating the Designer Dog

Posted on: February 12, 2014 - No Comments

In an interview that sounded eerily like the story of Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the Labradoodle expressed deep regret in creating the breed, the original "designer dog" that started the modern day trend. Wally Conron developed the Labradoodle when he was working for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. He needed to develop Read More

New York Governor Signs Puppy Mill Regulation Bill

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - 1 Comment

In a huge animal rights victory, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gives local municipalities the ability to enforce their own laws regarding puppy mills, and the power to crack down on commercial dog breeding facilities harder than they have ever been able to in the past. Previously, the state had sole Read More

Rescue Dog Becomes a Surprise Internet Sensation

Posted on: January 3, 2014 - 2 Comments

When Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato rescued her Shiba Inu, Kabosu, from a puppy mill bust several years ago, she never imagined that the dog would rise to internet stardom. In fact, she had nothing to do with it. Sato posted pictures of Kabosu and her cats on her blog, which she has dedicated to Read More

Victoria’s Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a Dog

Posted on: October 15, 2013 - 5 Comments

October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, and you're likely hearing all the reasons why you should bring home a new addition to the family. But are you ready for the commitment and responsibility of a new dog? Have you done your research yet? Check out Victoria's top ten questions to ask yourself before you add a new dog to your home.

Positively Dog Training Episode 315

Posted on: January 25, 2013 - 3 Comments

Holly's CNN shoot in Jerome, AZ, Victoria's resolution to for eat more healthily, how to feed your dogs a better diet, animal cruelty, MN-based VSPDT trainer Amy Sandmann talks about her therapy dog work with Pet Partners & more.

Positively Dog Training Episode 210

Posted on: December 16, 2011 - 9 Comments

Victoria & Holly recap the Reindog Parade, Holly's work on CNN and Homeless Pets Clubs. Filmmaker Jemima Harrison calls in to discuss breed standards issues.

‘Vet on Call’ by British TV Veterinarian Marc Abraham

Posted on: March 2, 2011 - 1 Comment

Apparently I decided to be a veterinarian when I was only three years old after using a twig in the garden to successfully tease out a maggot from my pet tortoise Speedy's leg wound! From then on all I wanted to do was to help animals. After my first few TV appearances as a veterinarian Read More

Puppy Mills Posing as Rescue Groups

Posted on: September 13, 2010 - 1 Comment

Animal welfare advocates across the country are taking advantage of the great fall weather to hold events to raise public awareness about the cruelty of puppy mills. Most people have no clue that, according to estimates from The Humane Society of the United States, there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. Read More

Anti-Puppy Mill Initiative Moves Ahead in Missouri

Posted on: September 2, 2010 - No Comments

The Missouri citizen initiative to combat puppy mills, approved for the ballot in early August by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan,  has cleared perhaps its final hurdle and is now almost certain to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot for a vote of the people. The measure is Proposition B, backed by a coalition Read More

Hooray for Puppy Mills!!

Posted on: July 7, 2010 - 96 Comments

I’m not a politician, and I have never claimed to be interested in or able to comprehend what I’m sure are the delicate intricacies of how to create and enforce effective legislation. I’m not big on telling people what they want to hear just for the sake of a few egos, and no one has ever accused me of being too soft on those I don’t necessarily agree with. What I do know about is common sense, and as disinterested in politics as I may be, I get pretty passionate about injustice and cruelty, especially towards those who can’t protect themselves...

Positively Dog Training Episode 102

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In this episode, Victoria and Holly discuss Victoria's appearance at North Carolina's Puppy Mill Awareness Day and Victoria's recent Venice vacation. Other topics include: The issue of animal cruelty, the inadequacy of certain animal welfare laws and Ahimsa House. Victoria's Animal Academy about dog senses. The recent special episode of It's Me or the Dog Read More

Rescued Dogs Adjust to New Homes

Posted on: June 4, 2010 - 1 Comment

    NJ  Rescue  Highlights Significance of New Federal Bill to Crack Down on Puppy Mills In March 2010, The Humane Society of the United States, NJSPCA, Cumberland County SPCA, and Gloucester County Animal Control/Shelter joined forces to rescue 90 dogs from an unlicensed puppy mill in Monroeville, NJ. Since the rescue, many of these Read More

Positively Dog Training Episode 101

Posted on: May 29, 2010 - No Comments

In this inaugural edition of Victoria Stilwell's Positively Podcast, Victoria and her co-host Holly Firfer describe what the podcast series is all about. Topics in this episode include: How Victoria met Holly during the filming of her It's Me or the Dog episode entitled "Monstrous Mutts." Victoria's upcoming attendance at North Carolina's Puppy Mill Awareness Read More

End in Sight for Missouri Puppy Mills

Posted on: March 2, 2010 - 6 Comments

In the battle against puppy mills, Missouri is ground zero. With approximately 3,000 puppy mills in the state, Missouri is the number one puppy producing state in the country. Approximately 40% of all pet store puppies are bred in Missouri, where almost 200,000 breeding dogs produce up to a million puppies a year. There appeared Read More

Manufacturing Dogs

Posted on: December 29, 2009 - 1 Comment

First let me start by saying that I am incredibly excited to be a part of Victoria’s new website!  Congratulations Victoria!  Your strength, tenacity, and knowledge continue to improve the lives of dogs across the US.  We are grateful to have you on our side of the pond!  There are no words to thank you Read More