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All our dogs health tests are available on the OFA website at http://www.offa.org/


Health:

  Please make sure that any puppy you are interested in has been tested for Ataxia, or is cleared thru parentage by having 2 clear parents.  A dog tested clear or as a carrier will never become affected with the disease. Thru responsible breeding and testing, hopefully we will be able to iradicate this disease from the Amstaff gene pool in the future.

Our dogs are tested by board certified cardiologists for their heart exams. I cannot stress the fact enough to please have your dogs health tested and when doing cardiac, use a certified cardiologist. Veterinarians are not detecting these murmers and many dogs are "cleared" when in fact they can actually have severe cardiac problems. The OFA site is a great tool to use when researching health testing, and they do state, when a dog has had cardiac done, whether it was by a vet or a cardiologist. After the cardiac results and #, you will see a P for vet and a C for cardiologist. If looking for a puppy or dog, please ask if the parents have been cleared, and if a cardiologist was used. If you can find a puppy with 2 generations cleared, it is even better, and you have a greater chance of getting a healthy puppy. I have added some links to my Links page with information on cardiology and canine health. 

 

 

Legislation:

This information is dedicated to legislation, generalized and breed specific.  At this time, "pitbulls" and any dog that resembles them, is being prejudiced against in several states due to irresponsible ownership, and breeders who are not taking responsibility for their pups and allowing them to go to the wrong homes.  

Another major problem being faced by pet owners and hobby breeders are the Animal Rights groups and their attempts at ending pet ownership and the purebred dog.  Organizations such as HSUS ( Humane Society of the U.S ) PETA ( People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and several others are behind all the proposed mandatory spay/neuter bills being introduced, anti-tethering, anti- crop and dock and they title them with names that are very misleading to the general public - Healthy Pets Act and the Animal Protection Act. All these bills are trying to do is to regulate pet owners into giving up their freedom of choice and these type of bills will also greatly impact the future of the purebred dog and cat.  Why would it be OK to import unhealthy and uncared for animals from Mexico and Puerto Rico, which is what these "animal rights" enthusiasts feel is appropriate. 

We are owners of our dogs and cats, and one should EVER use or refer to the term "guardian".  Once we are deemed "guardians" of our pets, we will lose all rights as to how we can care for them and what we can do with them: conformation, obedience, working and training venues.  

Responsible ownership is key to us keeping our rights to owning our dogs and cats.  I will try to keep this page updated with information regarding legislation and the areas it is being proposed in. Certain legislators deserve our Thanks for understanding the need to make the owners responsible.  ANY dog can bite or attack,  and owners need to realize that they are beginning to be held more accountable and responsible for the actions of their pets.   

 The below sites contain very helpful information regarding legislation thru out the country. Please visit them regularly to stay up to date on legislative issues.

National Animal Interest Alliance

http://www.naiaonline.org/

The monthly National Legislative Report

http://mnlreport.typepad.com/

Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs

http://www.massfeddogs.org/

AKC Legislative Alerts

 http://www.akc.org/news/sections/legislative_alerts.cfm

Humane Watch - Keeping an eye on the H.S.U.S.

http://www.humanewatch.org