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Spring –2007
Volume –40
The Official Publication of the United Perro de Presa Canario Club Contents:
May –2007
UPPCC - National Specialty
American Temperament Test
Rarities, Inc. Dog Show
New Club Members
New Presa Names
Show News
Quips & Quotes
History Lesson
Gripper Gripe
Health Reports
Presa Showcase

The UPPCC club officers and directors are so excited about our
planned Specialty that they felt it necessary to give everyone advance
notice so that there could be no excuse for Presa owners to come out in
support of the breed, make new friends, compare dogs and dog stories,
exhibit their dogs, win some bragging rights and in general; just have
some fun.

The UPPCC will hold the Specialty on Saturday –October 13th. There
will be 18 class events in which to compete. All classes will be critiqued
by a UKC judge; (Fred Lanting) quite familiar with the Presa Canario
breed. Each of the class winners will receive a bronze-medallion; world-
class ribbons and the top four winners will receive an engraved silver
plated tray or bowl. Food and drinks will be available to all
participants.

The “Old Line State United Dog Club”show organization will be
conducting 4 dog shows at this same location. Two will be held on
Saturday and two on Sunday. We encourage all in attendance to
participate in these events and help support this fine group of dog
fanciers. Exhibiting with this group could help earn your dog an
International Championship.

In conjunction with the UPPCC Specialty and the Rarities dog show
events, the “AMERICAN TEMPERAMENT TEST SOCIETY”has
been contracted and agrees to administer their test to all dogs entered
over the age of 18 months. Those dogs passing the test will be issued a
“TT”number and certificate, upon which the dog will be able to carry
the TT letters after their registered name; thus, proving their
confidence and stability.

All event descriptions, entry forms and applicable fees are included in
this special edition of the “GRIPPER”. Please feel free to make any
additional copies as needed. If there are any questions or concerns
please contact: Richard Kelly at 732 / 805-0554, Beverly Shupe at: 804 /
633-9612 or Connie Gillison at: 540 / 872-4316

Walter R. Nasert
Tyrone Jenkins
Spring Hill, Florida
Richmond, Virginia
Patrick Sanders
Dianne Furey
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Spring Grove, Virginia
Kory Moore
George Canada
Charleston, South Carolina
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Danny Le Nguyen
Steve Todd
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Winchester, Illinois
Dale Powell
John & Becky Fontes
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Chandler, Arizona
Patrick Pate
Raymond Jackson
Columbus, Georgia
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Clayton Reasner
James Gordon
Ozawkie, Kansas
Palm Coast, Florida
Teresa Boorman & Jack Novoa
John D. Clark
Lackawana, New York
Waldorf, Maryland
Kathy & Debi Olson-Wilkerson
Earl King
Dana Point, California
Memphis, Tennessee
Marla Walker
Kelly McClimans
Chipley, Florida
Mechanicville, New York
Tall Oaks –Ritalin
C&C –Gypsy Girl Lozano
Tall Oaks –Spartacus
C&C –Ming Yieng Ling
Tall Oaks –Kaos of C&C
C&C –Chief
Tall Oaks –Achilles Peleus
C&C –Nikka
Tall Oaks –Trinity
C&C –Nikita
Tall Oaks –Kaution
Crown Presa - Leonidus
Tall Oaks –Zeus
Crown Presa –Jefe de Ganado
Tall Oaks –El Grande Ace
Crown Presa –Cracker LeRoy
Tall Oaks –Kaos
Crown Presa –Toby Maximus
Tall Oaks –Cappone
Crown Presa –Hanna
Tall Oaks –Lakota
Crown Presa –Lolita
Tall Oaks –Grimaldo
Crown Presa –Dameon
Tall Oaks –Tiger
Crown Presa –Endora
Tall Oaks –Keno
Crown Presa –Saybee
Tall Oaks –Logan Lee
Crown Presa - Dammar
Crown Presa –Dillon
Ca.Presa’s –Gunnar McCullough
TPK –Big Branch Chili
Ca. Presa’s –Bella
TPK –Basco
Ca. Presa’s –Ciera
TPK –Aztlan
Ca. Presa’s –Cayden
TPK –Capon
Ca. Presa’s –Dolce
TPK –Tessa
Ca. Presa’s –Diamond
TPK –Valour
Ca. Presa’s –Max
BCK –Bella Jordan
Argos de Irema Curto
AKCM –Deja
Nisa de Irema Curto
SRK –Caeser
Above Par –Makita of C&C
Taylor’s –Enoch
Above Par –Margo Rules of Tall Oaks Taylors –David
Above Par –Magnus of Tall Oaks

Taylor’s –Big Show
Above Par –Black Pearl
Taylor’s –Sarah
Above Par –Dark Karma Sunshine
Taylor’s –Gemina
Gordon’s –“Tank”
Bravo’s –Diva
Gordon’s –“China”
Bravo’s –Choco-Late’
C&C –Sheena
BCK - Zeus
Reasner’s –Akilla
On Guard –Bentley
Reasner’s –“Raven”
On Guard –De’ja Vu
MWP –The Dreaded Foosa
MWP –Maximus Martinez
PK –Conquistador
Tirza de Tsunami
PK –Adonis
PK –Bianca Campbell
Ceus Garcia
PK –Blaze
F.C. –Kaos Smith
PK –Ramesh Penlope
PK –Yoo Hoo
Mitchel’s –Diva
Quintana’s –Anakin
Justice Lynn
Quintana’s –Bella
Pete’s Lexus
Quintana’s –Boris Karloff
Quintana’s –Jaida
Valentin
Quintana’s –Maya
Shadow Lester
Quintana’s –Princess Leia
Maya Santiago
Quintana’s - Puppito
All Presa’s - Bear
Quintana’s –Thor
Rakeden’s Simply Prada
Quintana’s –Tiger Lily
MK –El Belleza Marrow
Quintana’s –Tom
Big Dog’s –Red Bone Tiger
Uey’s –Ultimate Furey
Tella Voronina
Az.Presa’s - Oso
MK –Sweetie
BCK –Xena Johnson
Maximus De Russo
Smoke De Russo
Tyson De Russo Jones
Vito De Russo II
BCK –Bishop Hutton
Shack’s –Spartan
Shack’s –Si’Si’
Shack’s –Isis
Shack’s - Duna
Shack’s –Analya
On Guard –Karebella
On Guard –Bella Prima
Guido de Presa Kingdom
AKCM - Diamond
Here are the Conformation and CGC results of last Decembers –
Topeka, Kansas, “Winter Warm-up”held on the 8th, 9th, & 10th.

Larry McCall of Crown Presa Kennel had eight (8) of his UPPCC
registered Presas pass the American Kennel Club/Canine Good Citizen
program (CGC). This is the type of effort that’s needed to prove the
stability of the breed. OUTSTANDING!

Conformation Results for Males:
(3 –6 mo.)
Crown Presa –Pango

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Reserve Jr. Puppy
(6 –9 mo.)
Crown Presa –Hiboy

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
2nd Place
Owner: Clayton Reasner
MoKan Casadore
3rd Place
Owner Albert Villafain
(9 –12 mo.)
MoKan Kobe

1st Place
Owner: William Moore
Best of Breed Puppy
(1 –2 yr. old)
Biggie Biggs Smalls

1st Place
Owner: Clayton Reasner
(2 –4 yr. old)
MK –Gonzo

1st Place
Owner: Mose Hugghis Jr.
Best of Breed Adult
Mac’s Black Jack CGC
2nd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
GBK –Sarge CGC
3rd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
DCL’s –Toro CGC
4th Place
Owner: Larry McCall
(4+ yrs.)
Veijo Amarillo

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Reserve Best of Breed
Blackwells Maximus
2nd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Conformation Results for Females:
(3 –6 mo.)
Crown Presa’s –Hammy

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Best of Breed Jr. Puppy
Dark Karma Sunshine
2nd Place
Owner: Vikkie Ungeheuer
Crown Presa’s Black Pearl
3rd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
(6 –9 mo.)
Crown Presa LoLa

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Reserve Best of Breed Pup
Kenya de Gladiator Kennel
2nd Place
Owner: Chaol Fay
(9 –12 Mo.)
MoKan Tara

1st Place
Owner: Mose Hugghis Jr.
Best of Breed Puppy
MoKan Cheena
2nd Place
Owner: Mose Hugghis Jr.
Crown Presa Hannah CGC
3rd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
(1 –2 yr. old)
Above Par Gracie CGC

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Best of Breed Adult
MoKan Dana
2nd Place
Owner: Mose Hugghis Jr.
(2 –4 yr.old)
S.S. Diva

1st Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Reserve Best of Breed
Patriot Corpus
2nd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
(4+ yrs.)
S.S. Rhea

1st Place
Owner: Mose Hugghis Jr.
DCL’s –Lera
2nd Place
Owner: Larry McCall
Patriot Scott
3rd Place
Owner: Tyson Scott
Trisha Anderson of Republic, Missouri, is the first person known to
have her Presa Canario male “Int. Ch. AKCM –Dieogy CGC, TD1
certified and recorded with the UPPCC in not only passing the AKC –
Canine Good Citizen criteria but, is the very first to successfully
accomplish the “Therapy Dog Program”. Trish worked exceptionally
hard to succeed in titling her dog and now looks forward to bringing
Dieogy to the Children’s Hospital and the Assisted Living facilities,
providing the ever needed well being a dog can offer. Well Done!
CONGRATULATIONS Trish!

(Check out her Certificates & photos)
RARITIES, Inc. “SWEETHEART CLASSIC”- Feb. 10 & 11, 2007
FCI –Judge: Roberto Elinan (Ecuador)
NJ –Convention & Expo Center –Edison, New Jersey
(3 –6 mo.)
Bravo’s - Diva (F)

1 x Best of Breed Jr. Puppy
Owner”John Stratigakis
1 x Group 1
Bravo’s –Nay-Na (F)
3 x Best of Breed Jr. Puppy
Owner: Beau Hadden
2 x Best in Show Jr. Puppy
(6 –9 mo.)
S.S. Andorra (F)

2 x First Place
Owner: Richard Kelly
1 x Reserve Winners
(Open Class)
Titan de Alacant-Bull (M)

2 x First Place
Owner: Vincent & Erika DiLorio
1 x Best of Breed
Quebec, Canada
1 x Group 4
(Best of Breed)
Ch. S.S. G’Llaila (F)

1 x Best of Breed
Owner: Richard Kelly
1 x Group3
Ch. OGK –Bandito (M)
2 x Best of Breed
Owner: Beau Hadden
1 x Best of Opposite
1 x Group 4
Mstr.Ch. OGK –Luna (F)
1 x Best of Breed
Owner: Beau Hadden
1 x Best of Opposite
1 x Group 1
1 x Reserve Best in Show

UKC –Dog Show –New Kent, Virginia
4 –Shows
March 3rd & 4th
C&C –Cidius
2 x Best Male
Owner: Connie Gillison
2 x Best of winners
S.S. Syrianna (F)
2 x Best Female
Handler: Beverly Shupe
Ch. Rosario’s Wadaba
3 x Best of Breed
C&C –Diablo (M)
2 x Best Male
Owner: Connie Gillison
Ch. Tall Oaks Mankato (M)
1 x Best of Breed
Owner: Beverly Shupe
S.S. Temperance of Tall Oaks (F)
1 x Best Female Puppy
Owner: Beverly Shupe
RARITIES Inc. “Rhode Island Classic”4-shows –March 10th & 11th
Convention Center –Providence, Rhode Island
(Puppy Class)
Bravo’s –Diva (F)

4 x Best of Breed
Owner: John Stratigakis
1 x Group 1
1 x Best in Show
Bravo’s –Nay-Na (F)
4 x 2nd Place
Owner: Beau Hadden
(Best of Breed Class)
Ch. OGK –Bandito (M)

4 x Best of Breed
Owner: Beau Hadden
2 x Group 3
2 x Group 4
Mstr.Ch. OGK –Luna CGC
4 x Best of Opposite
RARITIES Inc. “READING CLASSIC”–March 17th & 18th
Reading, Pennsylvania - 4 Shows
(Puppy Class
Jr.Ch. Bravo’s –Nay-Na (F)

4 x First Place
Owner: Beau Hadden
4 x Best Puppy
(Adult Dog)
S.S. Germanicus –aka –Dozer (M)

2 x First Place
Owner: Ken Marino
2 x Winners dog
(Best of Breed)
Int.Ch. S.S. G’Llaila (F)

2 x Best of Breed
Owner: Richard Kelly
1 x Group 4
Gr.Ch. OGK –Bandito (M)
2 x Best of Breed
Owner: Beau Hadden
2 x Best of Opposite
1 x Group 3
Mstr.Ch. OGK –Luna CGC (F)
2 x Best of Opposite
RARITIES Inc. “TRI STATE SHOWDOWN” May 5th & 6th
Matamoras, Pennsylvania
(6 to 9 mo.)
Bravo’s –NayNa (F)

5 x First Place
Owner: Beau Hadden
2 x Reserve Winners
2 x Best Jr. Puppy in Breed
(9 to 12 mo.)
S.S. Andorra (F)

3 x First Place
Owner: Richard Kelly
3 x Reserve Winners
3 x Best Junior Puppy in Breed
(Best in Breed)
Ch. OGK –Bandito CGC

5 x Best of Breed
Owner: Beau Hadden
1 x Group 1
1 x Group 2
2 x Group 3
1 x Group 4

Mst. Ch. OGK –Luna CGC
3 x Best of Opposite
Owner: Beau Hadden
Hello, my name is Adam Bilodeau. I was directed to the UPPCC website by
an associate from our local humane society and animal shelter. In 1998 I
rescued what I believe to be a Lionheart Presa Canario? I live in Vermont,
and our local humane society called me, and my girlfriend, to let us know;
that they just received a call to pick up a dog with massive scar tissue. I
rescued this dog and to my knowledge it was apparent she was used for
fighting. After 5 months of getting to know each other she finally came to
trust me, and my pregnant girlfriend. To make a long story short we had
moved into a house a year later when my son was born, and when we
brought my son home this dog never left his side; she was always with him
or with anyone who was holding my son. Over the winter we had a wood
stove fire and this guardian wouldn’
the house and was found under the crib of my son. She was a true guardian.
Thank you, for allowing me to share my story. Sincerely, Adam Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me about how many Presas are in the
United States today? I ask, because 4 years ago, I rescued a pup, who; I
believed to be a purebred presa. As I live in the country in Oklahoma about
30 miles south of Tulsa, I found it extremely odd that a dog this rare would
turn-up on my doorstep. But then I am known to be the rescuer of large, “so-
called”problem breeds and that may account for how he got here. I still have
him, he had been through hell and we had over $1,200 in vet bills the first
month. By the time he got well enough to consider placing him for adoption,
we had bonded so closely with him I decided he could never leave. He is
now my closest companion. I am trying to understand his temperament, as
he is very aggressive towards other dogs. I have worked with him a lot and
he is trying hard to control his aggression, People just love him and he loves
them in return. Other than the mystery of how he came to me, starving, shot
twice and hit by a car, he is still a sweetheart that wins friends everywhere
he goes. I no longer worry about being home at night alone, as he usually is
lying beside my wheelchair, with his head resting on my foot. He is
unmistakably a Presa Canario.
Words of Wisdom - “Sometimes I think war is God’s way of teaching us geography”
Beverly Shupe of Tall Oaks Kennel, Bowling Green Virginia has the distinction of
having registered the three thousandth (3,000) Presa Canario with the UPPCC.
Congratulations to Beverly and to her client -Victoria Weeks of Las Vegas, Nevada,
who owns the three-thousandth, registered female Presa named “Tall Oaks
Godiva”. This dog will be a playmate for her Presa male –“S.S. Draconian”. The
UPPCC is honoring Victoria for this particular accomplishment by awarding her an
honorary membership in the club.

Words of Wisdom “A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal
skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study; “Duh.”
One of our board of directors –Tomas Rodriguez of Traditional Kennel, Oglesby,
Illinois, took the initiative to help booster the Clubs membership and help promote the
Presa Canario breed by further educating new Presa owners by enrolling them as new
UPPCC members. Tomas personally enrolled five of his most recent customers as
members. From his actions, it’s apparent he recognizes some value offered in the issues
of the “Gripper”and the club thanks him for his special effort. Well Done!
Words of Wisdom “I think I know how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New
York said, “Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn’tcold enough.
Let’s go west.”
Breed Temperament. I have purchased a very nice Presa pup at 8 weeks of age, who I
think already displays a very good temperament. My girlfriend and I have 3 children and
now she is querying the suitability of the breed as a family dog due to their guarding
nature. Her concern has been manifested by remarks made from her aunt; who is heavily
involved in the dog fraternity as well as being a champion breeder of Skye Terrier’s and
Great Danes. The aunt stated that the Presa is a one-person dog that can and will attack
and is totally unsuitable for a household pet. She stated that the aggressive instinct has
not been bred out of the dog and is still strong in temperament. I am planning on getting
the dog totally obedience trained and if needed protection trained so that he doesn’thave
to make the decision on whether there is a real or perceived threat. Is there some way I
can allay my girlfriend’s fears? It would have been nice of the breeder to give some
guidance (a puppy packet) on to how to help your pup develop into a social,
confident, stable, companion –guardian. Since that obviously didn’t happen, we can
only recommend she search through the club website (www.uppcc.net) and click on
the menu subject of “The GRIPPER”and scroll through each of the thirty volumes,
especially under the contents of “QUIPS & QUOTES.”

Words of Wisdom: “My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out
in the lake and threw her off the boat.”I said, “Mom, they weren’ttrying to teach you
how to swim.”
Wishful thinking. We received a letter from a young man, who obviously had access
to the last “GRIPPER”and after reading the dilemma the club was experiencing in lack
of new members; he penned the following: Dear Sir, I think the Gripper is an asset to
anyone who wants and needs information about the Presa Canario and other canine
related events or facts. It would be a tragedy if it were no longer printed. I can’tafford a
Presa right now but am able to continue my membership in hopes of keeping the Gripper
in circulation. I have an idea that could be beneficial for continuing the Gripper. Have a
raffle. A puppy raffle “Pick of the Litter”with proceeds; going to the newsletter fund.
Also, it gives the chance for some lucky person, hopefully me to enjoy the love of
owning the most courageous and most loyal dog of all dogs. What do you think? I’ve
never seen a Presa in person, but I like the brindle male. Thank you and God bless you.
Sincerely,
Ben Hamlin Jr., 1105 Woodbourne Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21212 Words of Wisdom: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of
Congress. But I repeat myself.”
Security Blankets. Those of you who have children may have notice at times, a certain
behavior during their young age they would tightly hold onto a certain blanket, toy or
some special item and perhaps hold part of the object in their mouth or hold the item
close to their face while sucking a thumb. Well, the same behavioral traits have been
observed in some grown Presas. A rather large male known as “Shabbah”was observed
at a dog show in Washington, DC, lying in his crate with a Mexican blanket crumbled
between his paws, kneading the blanket while sucking on a portion of the blanket and
believe it or not, making humming sounds. On another occasion, a young female Presa
was observed going into her sleeping crate where she began to cuddle and suckle her
rather large stuffed dog that she’s had since she was a puppy. This situation alone may be
unusual, but what is truly amazing she has not gutted this stuffed dog in 2 years that she’s
had it in her possession. Has anyone else who owns a Presa observed these or any other
strange behaviors? Please share your stories with the membership.
Words of Wisdom: “Remember in elementary school, you were told that in case of a fire
you have to line up quietly in a single file line from the smallest at front to the tallest at
the rear. What is the logic in that? What, do tall people burn slower? Warren Hutcherson
Stoughton, Massachusetts. Joe Ennis describes his male Presa “Max”as a large boned
dog who he further describes as being very muscular & athletic, but he never would have
believed the speed that he witnessed of his dog had he not seen it with his own eyes. Max
has always behaved like a laid-back type dog, especially when playing with the neighbors
Labrador, except on this particular day when the Lab got too close to one of Max’s bone.
Before anyone could react, Max crossed from one side of the backyard to where the Lab
stood (bone in mouth) in what Joe thought was about one second and slammed into the
Lab pinning him to the ground, holding him by throat Max never growled or broke skin.
He immediately released the Lab once the bone was recovered. They both then proceeded
to romp and play as if nothing had ever happened. Joe’s comment, “What a fantastic
breed is the Presa!”
The Purina Diet. I was in Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina dog chow and was
standing in line to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog… .Duh! I was
feeling a bit crabby so on impulse, I told her no, I was starting the Purina Diet again,
although I probably shouldn’tbecause I ended up in the hospital last time; I had lost 50
pounds before I awakened in an intensive care unit with tubes coming out of most of my
orifices and IV’s in both arms. Her eyes about bugged out of her head. I went on and on
with the bogus diet story and she was totally buying it. I told her that it was an easy,
inexpensive diet and that the way it works is to load your pockets or purse with Purina
nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The package said the food
was nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. I have to mention here that
practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a tall
guy behind her. Horrified, she asked if something in the dog food had poisoned me and
was that why I ended up in the hospital. I said no… . I’d been sitting in the street licking
my butt when a car hit me. I thought the tall guy, who now was rolling on the floor was
going to have to be carried out of the store.
Words of Wisdom: “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you
a look that says, My God, you’re right! I never would have thought of that.”
DOGS vs WOMEN
1. The later you arrive home the more excited your dogs are to see you.
2. Dogs will forgive you for playing with other dogs3. If a dog is gorgeous, other dogs don’thate it.
4. Dogs don’tnotice if you call them by another dogs name.
5. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.
6. A dog’s parents never visit.
7. Dogs do not hate their bodies.
8. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.
9. Dogs like to do their snooping outside rather than in your wallet or desk.
10. Dogs seldom outlive you.
11. Dogs can’ttalk.
12. You never have to wait on a dog!; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.
13. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.
14. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.
15. Another man will seldom steal your dog.
16. A dog will not wake you at night to ask, “If I died would you get another dog?”17. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.
18. A dog won’thold out on you to get a new car.
19. On a car trip, your dog never insists on running the heater.
20. When your dog gets old, you can have it put to sleep.
21. Dogs are not allowed in Bloomingdale’s or Neiman-Marcus22. Lastly, if a dog leaves, it won’ttake half of your stuff Words of Wisdom: “When I die, I want to die like my grand-father –who died
peacefully in his sleep… Not screaming like all those passengers in his car.”
Hey Tex ! (Gary Goolsby). Thanks for all the valuable information. I’m looking forward
to seeing these awesome dogs you were talking about. I will send pictures of my beautiful
two best friends (Pumpkin & Tara). Tara is the smaller of the two and is a very smart
dog; an instinctive good fighter (my opinion from watching the two play fight). Pumpkin
on the other hand has the ultimate look, size and disposition; she is very friendly, but laid
back. She is not as high in street smarts as is Tara. Tara seems to be able to tell what kind
of mood I’m in just by listening to me, and then acts accordingly. When she approaches
me she’ll lay down at my feet, wagging her tail in a submissive gesture until I pet her and
praise her a little, then she is up and confident looking again. Both of my Presas are
constantly on guard against the COYOTES, doing a fine job keeping them away from my
goats and ducks. I am VERY happy with this pair of dogs. Presas truly are an outstanding
breed, and I’ve had just about every large dog out there.
Pues adelante. Adios y que te vaya bien, amigo. Atchout
Ireland Declares War On France
Jacques Chirac, the French President, is sitting in his office when his phone rings. “Hallo,Mr.Chirac!”, this Paddy Down at the Harp pub in County Clare, Ireland. I’m ringing toinform you that we are officially declaring war on you. “Well, Paddy,”Chirac replied,this is important news! How big is your army?”“Right now,”say Paddy, “there’s meself,me cousin Sean, me next door neighbor Seamus, and the entire darts team from the pub.
That makes eight!”Chirac paused, “I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 100,000 men inmy army waiting to move on my command. “Begorra!”say Paddy. “I’ll have to ring youback. Sure enough, the next day, Paddy calls again. “Mr.Chirac, the war is still on. Wemanaged to get us to get us some infantry equipment!”“And what equipment would thatbe Paddy?”Chirac asks. “Well, we have two combines, a bulldozer and Murphy’s farmtractor.”Chirac sighs, amused. “I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 6,000 tanks and 5,000armored personal carriers. Also, I have increased my army to 150,000 since we lastspoke.”“Saints preserve us!”says Paddy. “I’ll have to get back to you.”Sure enough,Paddy rings again the next day. “Mr.Chirac, the war is still on! We managed to getourselves airborne! We have modified McLaughlin’s ultra-light with a couple ofshotguns, and four boys from the Shamrock Bar have joined us.”Chirac was silent for aminute and then spoke, “I must tell you Paddy, that I have 100 bombers and 200 fighterplanes, my military bases are surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites, andI have increased my army to 200,000!”“Jesus, Mary and Joseph!”says Paddy, I willhave to ring you back.”Sure enough, Paddy calls again the next day. “Top o’themorning, Mr.Chirac! I am sorry to inform you that we have had to call off the war.”“Really? I am sorry to hear that,”says Chirac. “Why the sudden change of heart?”“Well,”say Paddy, “we had a long chat over a few pints of Guinness, and we decidedthere is no friggin’way we can feed 200,000 prisoners.” “Erin go bragh”
“LAUS DEO”a little history lesson.
One detail that is not mentioned in our Capital is that there can never be a building
of greater height than the Washington Monument.

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, are
displayed two words: LAUS DEO.
No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors
to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter,
probably couldn’t care less. Once you know the LAUS DEO -
history you will want
to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years,
perched atop the monument, 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, facing skyward to the
Father of our nation, overlooking 69 square miles which comprise the District of
Columbia, capital of the United States of America.

LAUS DEO! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one
might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over
what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world. So, what
do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters,
possibly mean? Very simply, they say “PRAISE BE TO GOD!”

Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was
President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was
inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty five years to finally cap the
memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, “LAUS DEO”… … .
Praise be to
God!”From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take
in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major
segments. From that vantage point, one can easily see the original plan of the
designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant… . A perfect cross, imposed upon the landscape,
with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the
Capital to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west

A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a
cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So read on.
How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who
bother to notice. Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50
landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones
share a message; on the 12th landing is a prayer offered by the city of Baltimore; on
the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; on the 24th landing a
presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia
quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848
deposited within it were many items; including the Holy Bible presented by the
Bible Society. “Praise be to God!”Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and
the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique
democracy. “ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.”
We are awed by; Washington’s prayer
for America. Have you read it? If not, this is a unique opportunity, so read on!

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States
in Thy Holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a
spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly
affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States
at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do
justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and
pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our
blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things
we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our
nation’s capital, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably
inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of the location
of “LAUS DEO”,
or the architects; but no one who reads this will be able to forget
its meaning, or these words: “Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in
vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”
(Psalm 127:1)

It is hoped you will share this with every child, with every sister, brother, father,
mother or friend. They should not find offense, because you have shared a lesson in
history, that they probably had never learned before. Be not ashamed, or afraid, but
have pity on those who will never learn of the historic lesson because it failed to be
passed on.

A Letter from an Animal Control Officer
Hello everyone. I’m your friendly neighborhood Animal Control Officer, and I’d like toofficially tell you all to bite my butt. Before I ride off into the sunset, however, here aresome parting words… 1) To all the jackasses who ask me if I don’thave something better to do than giving them a ticket for no dog license or dog off leash. The answer is “No!”I havenothing better than to take my precious time and taxpayer dollars to write you aCOMPLETELY LAME ticket for not doing what was your responsibility to do inthe first place. I love nothing more than babysitting grown adults who seemincapable of wiping their own butt without law enforcement present. Thanks, 2) To all the jackasses who ask why I’m not rounding up all the killer pitbulls.
WHERE… .WHERE!? Where are all these killer pitbulls that are roaming thestreets and attacking the women and children. My God, the city should just issueyou all shotguns to fend off these land sharks. In other news, THERE IS NOVICIOUS PITBULL EPIDEMIC. Let’s all hold hands and say it together folks,the only epidemic is misinformation, ignorance and animal neglect. Thanks,please drive through to the second window and receive a punch in the face.
3) To all the idiots who refuse to spay/neuter, or who think they’re “BREEDERS” because they put fido and fifi together and produced a litter of mongrels; who willall likely end up in a barrel behind the shelter by the time they reach sexualmaturity: DIE! DIE DIE DIE DIE. I wish to God that there was a mandatoryspay/neuter law and that the penalty for breaking it was to be forced to spend aday working in the euthanasia room. Seriously. It’s simple *#&@^% math,people. Every dog you carelessly add into this world takes away a home for a dogthat already exists. So senseless breeding means killing… . So have a good day,executioners! I hope the bucks you made off that puppy makes you feel real good.
4) There is no dam thing as “NO KILL.”I hate to burst your bubble, but when you call and ask if our shelter is “NO KILL”, don’ttreat me like I’m a murderer whenyou’re told NO! There are simply not enough resources or homes available to findevery pet a home and that is NOT MY FAULT. Quite simply, there is no “DogWhisperer”in the world who can save your eight-year old Rottweiler that spenthis entire life chained to a tree in your backyard. Sorry. Buster –but this one’s onyou. And the places that claim to be “NO KILL!”They simply send the un-placeable pets across the street to Animal Control who do the killing for them.
WAKE UP! Until mandatory spay/neuter becomes law, killing is going to happen.
5) You know what’s funny? Being told that I must “really hate dogs”because I’m an Animal Control Officer. Yes sir! I have to put up with retards like you, receiveabysmally low pay, and wear this fabulously flattering uniform just so I can takeall my bitterness out on your dog. That’s also why I foster animals, paying for their care out of my own pocket and using my precious little free time to do it.
Yeah, that’s it. Now how’s about you shut your mouth and put a leash on yourdog, you hiney-hole, so I don’thave to peel him off the street later.
6) LEASHES, PEOPLE. They’re not just for the “bad dogs”. Quite frankly, dogs are carnivores –predators, if you will. When they see something furry and runningfast, like a squirrel, rabbit or cat –they tend to chase after it. Next thing youknow, I’m scooping up SCOOBY with a plastic bag… .not fun. Or, how about theperson who does not in fact, like dogs and has to be accosted by your pooch whenthey walk down the street? Or, what about the aggressive dog being walked safelyand in control on a leash until your, unleashed dogs runs up and just wants to say“hi”? Dog-fights are pretty ugly, and NO ONE seems to anticipate them until it’stoo late. So don’tpee and moan when I give you a verbal warning for having yourdog off leash… because that leads me to say: 7) Your mouth will earn you a ticket. Oh yeah, no kidding. I hate writing tickets.
They’re a pain in the butt. I have to deal with your melt down, then, I have to goback to the office and write a report about it. Next, I have to show up in courtbecause you want to contest the ticket, even though 60% of the time YOUNEVER SHOW UP YOU CHICKENSHIT BASTARDS. So, the deal is this –ifyou’re nice and not egregiously breaking the law, I’m probably just going to warnyou and then go about my day. As soon as you break out the lip however, I’mbreaking out the ticket book. Press hard there’s four copies.
In conclusion, I quit! You dip-shits broke me a while back and it’s been months oftherapy before I could write this little missive. I still shudder when I see a pair of testicleson a dog though, so watch out.
Hip dysplasia and diet: The 75-Percent Rule.” A 14 year study of dogs, diet and
dysplasia reinforces earlier findings with younger dogs: Deliberately feeding dogs less
than the recommended amount listed on the bag of food label helps reduce the severity of
a painful, crippling affliction. Most breeders of large dogs have learned to curtail the
amounts of protein and fat offered to large breed puppies, thereby slowing the bone
growth pattern and reducing the chance of dysplasia.
A couple of years ago a study was reported by Cornell hip dysplasia experts that foundthe 25-percent-less diet was good for younger dog’s hips. The conclusion by researchers(at the universities of Pennsylvania, California-Davis and Washington State) is this: “Alifetime maintenance of 25% less food diet restriction delayed onset and reduced severityof hip joint osteoarthritis, thus favorably affecting both duration and quality of life.” Researchers agree that almost all dogs experience some degree of degenerative changesin their joints as they age. –While they’ve observed that signs of canine hip dysplasiashow up on x-rays “well before the geriatric period”. A study showed at 5 years of age,39 percent of the dogs who were allowed to eat freely had radiographic evidence of hiposteoarthritis, compared to 13 percent of the dogs who were fed at 75-percent rations.
New Drugs for Canine Epilepsy: Epilepsy, which occurs naturally in rodents, cats,
dogs, horses, cattle, goats and non-human primates, is the most common acquired chronic
neurological disorder in humans. The same goes for the dog population of which between
0.5 and 5.7 percent are affected, depending on breed and several other factors.
Up until now, the routine treatment for dogs has been the antiepileptic drugs,pheonobarbital or potassium bromide. However, there is preliminary evidence that newerhuman antiepileptic drugs, such as gabapentin and levetiracetam, may prove useful fordogs in the near future. When Life is Priceless: A study of 5,200 pet owners; reported in the trade journal
Veterinary Economics, found where the buck stops, for some of us. When asked how
much they would spend to save a pet’s life, 10 percent said, “up to a thousand dollars,”
17 percent drew the line at $5,000. But 70 percent of surveyed pet owners said they
would pay “any amount of money.”
Dogs, and the Ringworm Dermatophyte: Something to think about, the parasitic
fungus Microspotum canis was found in the coats of 20.5 percent of the dogs living with
people who had tinea corposis (ringworn) lesions. That doesn’tmean that pets are the
only way to get ringworm, but researchers say both cats and dogs should be considered a
major source of pathogenic dermatophytes for humans even when the pets do not present
clinical signs of dermatophytosis.
Pythiosis in Dogs: A Presa in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, died from this condition.
Pythiosos is an infectious disease caused by a fungus-like organism, Pythiumin
Sidiosumthai
naturally inhabits wetlands, ponds, and swamps. In dogs, the disease
usually is manifested by gastroenteritis or dermatitis. Presumably dogs become infected,
by ingesting, or swimming in contaminated water and/or retrieving objects, such as
sticks, from contaminated water and then chew them. Dogs with open wounds are
predisposed to acquiring cutaneouspythiosis.
Gastrointestinal pythiosis is usually a fatal disease. Pathologically, the organism is highlyinvasive and angiotropic, so the infection can be complicated by disruption of thevascular supply. The infection typically involves the full-thickness of the stomach orintestine and sometimes extends to adjacent organs. Extensive fibrosis often results instenosis of the affected segment of gut producing clinical signs referable to the site ofinfection.
Successful treatment of dogs with pythiosis is difficult. The only treatment optionavailable for a potential cure is surgery and the goal is complete resection of the affectedtissue. But the prognosis is poor. For cutaneouspythiosis involving the extremities,amputation may be required.
Sugar-Free Treats: A Danger? Xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar substitute,
isn’tsafe for your dog. Be careful of feeding him snacks that might contain it.

We all know that chocolate is toxic to our confection-loving canines. Now sugar freetreats that contain xylitol; has been shown to cause liver failure and in prove fatal in asmall number of cases, according to a new report in the Journal of the AmericanVeterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). Xylitol, which has been used in foods since1960s, is a white, crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar and is found inmany sugar free chewing gums, candies, baked goods and even some toothpastes. Thepowder is believed safe for human consumption –especially for diabetics.
If only it were that beneficial to dogs. Researchers at the poison control unit of theAmerican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, collected data on eight dogstreated after they products containing xylitol. All eight became ill and five died or had tobe euthanized because of liver failure due to eating products containing the substance.
People please, be aware sugar-free gum can kill your dog. There’s no doubt that xylitol
can cause liver failure in dogs, the exact process by which it affects the liver is unknown,
however. “Poisoning may result as a direct effect of the toxin on the liver cells
themselves, which can cause changes in the DNA of an animal and prohibit the cells from
functioning properly. It may also cause oxidative damage by free radicals. In either
scenario, it is believed to cause acute cell death of liver cells.
PET DENTAL HEALTH: Periodontal disease (problems in the area around the teeth)
is one of the most common health problems in dogs. It is estimated that 80% of dogs over
the age of 3 suffer from some level of periodontal disease. Just as in the human mouth,
the process begins with plaque, which is made up of salivary proteins and bacteria. The
bacteria irritate the gum, causing an inflammatory reaction known as gingivitis. If the
plaque is removed by brushing the gingivitis is resolved. If the plaque is not removed it
hardens into “tartar”or “calculus.”Bad breath may be noted at this point. Inflammation
continues and can result in loss of bone structure around the tooth. Eventually the teeth
become loose and fall out. In addition to tooth loss, periodontal disease has other, more
serious, consequences. The millions of bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can spread to other
parts of the body, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver, causing disease in these
vital organs.
Periodontal Disease can be a painful condition and many dogs endure this pain constantlysince their owners are unaware of this condition, The good news is that the disease iscompletely preventable! Removing the plaque reverses the inflammatory process in thegums. As we know from our own experience, plaque removal is best accomplished bybrushing. In order to effective, brushing must be done every day. A soft-bristled, smallheaded, tooth-brush is best. Special toothpaste in such flavors as poultry or seafood helpsyour pet enjoy the experience. Human toothpaste should not be used as it can causestomach upset. Letting your dog chew on special toys can also help reduce plaque.
Once calculus is present, however, a professional cleaning is required. (Calculus is thebrown or opaque discoloration noted usually along the gum line on the back molars.
Although the bone destruction cannot be reversed, the inflammatory can be stopped orslowed with proper treatment. Routine treatment involves ultrasonic scaling above andbelow the gum line. Because your veterinarian cannot simply tell your pet to “hold still”these procedures require anesthesia. Since anesthesia has inherent risks, mostveterinarians use the newer and safer drugs significantly reducing the occurrence ofreactions. To further minimize risks, the vet may recommend blood tests before theseprocedures are done. Extraction may be necessary if significant bone loss has alreadyoccurred. This can at least remove the source of the pain they may be experiencing.
If you have questions regarding your pet’s dental health, please contact your veterinarian.
A scheduled plan of prevention can provide your companion with a lifetime of freshbreath, clean teeth, healthy gums, and help keep your pet pain free and in overall goodhealth.
Words of Wisdom: “Relationships are hard. It’s like a full time job, and we should treat
it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two
weeks’notice. There should be severance pay. He day before they leave you, they should
have to find you a temp.”

Source: http://www.uppcc.net/gripper/vol.40.pdf

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