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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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...
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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
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
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
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
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