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Pennsylvania man accused of drugging rival husky at Wheaton dog show
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Posted on 06/02/2011 11:10:29 PM PDT by Jim 726

A Pennsylvania man charged with drugging a Siberian husky to give his girlfriend’s dog a better shot at winning a suburban kennel club show will go to trial to fight the charges.

Ralph Ullum, 68, is accused of slipping the rival show dog two human drugs — Protonix and Benadryl — during an American Kennel Club show last December at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

But Ullam’s attorney said his client never gave Pixie the husky any pills — and never needed to because the show already had ended, with his girlfriend’s dog grabbing the best in show prize.

“Mr. Ullum denies he gave any pills to the dog,” Edward Maloney said Thursday following a court hearing.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bestinshow; dog; doggieping; husky; ralphullum; siberianhusky; wheaton
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To: momtothree
We had a boarder collie who used to freak out on the fourth, involuntary crapping and vomiting and running around in the mess.

We started to tranquilize it in the last few years.

My mother simply gave it a shot before the family went out, and made sure it was still breathing when the family returned.

My current batch of dogs are quite used to big bangs. It is a training technique. Bring the dog to heal on a lead tied to your leg, and bang off a bunch of shotgun rounds.

The pup will freak for a moment, then look into your eyes. Look back, then fire again... They get the message that if you are not scared, then they shall not be scared.

My grandparents and parents have trained animals for 40 years.

I currently civilize feral cats, for fun.

21 posted on 06/03/2011 8:48:06 AM PDT by mmercier
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To: momtothree
Way back in the day, when SNL was actually funny, Larraine Newman did a skit about tranquilizers and stimulants for dogs in a cute parody commercial for Puppy Uppers and Doggie Downers.

22 posted on 06/03/2011 9:05:41 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: mmercier

“I currently civilize feral cat, for fun”

Well, you certainly have a dangerous side to you. LOL. I am guessing that the feral cat training doesn’t involve shooting a gun over their head. Seriously, my next dog... I am doing your training technique. You can’t explain that the booms are simply noise and some of the larger dogs can get into trouble. Our vet reported that one GSD got so scared that he jumped through a set of windows. Lots of stitches and treatment for dehydration when they found him miles away several days later.

23 posted on 06/03/2011 9:07:03 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Emperor Palpatine

The pills we use have to be given at least 8 hours before the fireworks to get the full glassy eyed, tongue hanging out, druggie look. What is sad is that the kids will actually laugh out loud if we take him outside to do his business. Okay, watching a dog lift his leg and then just fall over and start tinkling is sort of amusing.

24 posted on 06/03/2011 9:11:32 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Fire_on_High; mmercier

>>> “I’ve heard more than one vet recommendation for a small dose of Benadryl to animals of various sorts with respiratory symptoms. Not sure about being used as a tranquilizer...”

Allergy meds like Benadryl usually warn about drowsiness, so that makes sense.

From her first rabies vac, my one dog had a bad reaction. So for the renewal of rabies and one of the other vacs, the vet has me dose the dog 50mg at thirty minutes before the shot, and then I think it’s every 4-6 hours after for the day.

25 posted on 06/03/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: brytlea

This dog was very lucky. I have a friend who recently lost a young dog to poisoning with warfarin. The ONLY place the dog could have gotten it was at a dog show where she had taken it.

She’s been showing dogs for well over 40 years and is devastated.

There’s a special place in hell for those who do this sort of thing.

26 posted on 06/03/2011 10:04:29 AM PDT by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: momtothree; mmercier
Don't try that technique, it's got a pretty good risk of making your dog gun shy. The old methods are kind of rough and ready, that's fine if you're a pro trainer (can always send the dog home as 'unsuitable'), but not if you have just a family dog and don't want to take that risk.

A lot of gun-shy Labs wind up in rescue or dumped because people tried the sudden introduction method and it failed. We've seen the results at the hunting club, it's not pretty.

I have three hunting retrievers who LOVE loud reports, the bigger the better (might mean bigger and better ducks, right?) I used the gradual introduction method, and so does everybody in our club. If your dog's a retriever, throw bumpers, if not, feed the dog while a friend fires a cap pistol a good distance away. If the dog doesn't flinch or startle, have them move closer gradually. Ignore the noise, don't even mention it to your dog, just keep feeding or throwing. The idea is to associate the noise with FUN. Step it up to a blank pistol (I use an old .38 S&W with primed empty shells), then to shotgun primers, then to AKC "poppers".

My dogs are all staunch to any kind of report, including fireworks, thunder, and car backfires. They're also de-bolted and force fetched.

27 posted on 06/03/2011 4:49:14 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Thanks. I definitely wanted a training method since I have noticed our dog really suffers from this fear. What is weird is that the older Boston Terrier couldn’t care less. The youngest, a GSD, “feeds” off of the Cairns fear and he becomes nervous. It is one thing to clean up after a Cairn and quite another from a 110 pound GSD... I have literally used a shovel in the house. A SHOVEL! Plus, he tried to “hide” under the end table thus I needed a new end table.

28 posted on 06/03/2011 6:30:35 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Titan Magroyne

Yeah, I know it reacts that way with many people, so not a huge surprise if it does in animals as’s the same stuff as one type of OTC sleeping pills, even. OTOH, it’s fairly well known some folks react paradoxically...and I wasn’t sure if that was the case with animals as well!

29 posted on 06/04/2011 6:32:28 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: Fire_on_High

Now that you mention it, I HAVE heard of parents giving it to their kids for plane flights, only to have it backfire on them. Whoopsie!

30 posted on 06/04/2011 8:12:25 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: mmercier
Ketamine can also be used on humans, but it is not recommended, unless you want to feel like gumby for 12 hours.


I AM Gumby for 12 hours.

I want to feel HUMAN again.

31 posted on 06/04/2011 8:27:14 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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