The Video: A Conversation with Daniel

The Video will change lives. Let me know what you think.

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The Efforts of Texas

On my Facebook Page, Krista Samouris, shared a video about the efforts of banning the gas chamber in Texas by a woman named Patti Watson. The article was reported by Dawn Tongish, a news reporter for CW 33. The article is titled Texas animal advocates push for law to ban “gas chambers” to euthanize shelter animals.

I want people to know that there are still plenty of states euthanizing animals via the gas chamber and that is just plain inhumane. We support the efforts of the advocates. To Krista we say thanks for Sharing. To Patti we say thanks for your efforts. To Dawn we say thanks for the report and support.

Below is an excerpt of the article and there is a full video of the report. Please View it and share it.

Each day, Patti Watson spends her time on Facebook updating others on an issue that is close to her heart.

“I really think most people don’t know about this.”

The Rockwall grandmother is part of a grassroots army that posts to a page called, “Stop Gassing Texas Pets“. The group hopes to end the use of carbon monoxide to euthanize shelter animals.

“Seagoville and Terrell have now stopped, along with others so we are making progress.”

But Watson says there are nearly 20 cities and counties still using the controversial method known as gassing to euthanize unwanted animals. During the process, the animals are put inside a cage and then inhale the cabon monoxide that is piped inside.

“You are putting up to six animals in a small box. They hear the noises. It is a horrible death.”

See the full article here

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Daniel Goes To Seton Hall Law

Daniel The Beagle at Seton Hall

Daniel the Miracle Dog is not from New Jersey. He suffered a near-death experience in an animal shelter in Alabama, where he was placed in a gas chamber with 17 other dogs, all unclaimed strays whose tenure at the shelter had exceeded four days and which labeled them eligible for euthanasia. The animal control officer who found Daniel alive in the chamber kindly arranged for him to leave the shelter, and through the intricate network of rescue organizations that save animals from certain death, to find a new life in a safe, loving home. A foster family gave the dog his Biblical name – honoring the prophet who survived the lion’s den. Today Daniel lives with Joe Dwyer and his family in Nutley, New Jersey, thanks to the work of Eleventh Hour Rescue, based in Rockaway.

See the rest of the article here.

Click here to see the photos from Daniel’s visit with the students of Seton Hall Law. Photos by Sean Sime

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Bella is a Survivor and One of My Heroes

This is Bella, Pit Bull Terrier. White, like the snow she was running in when I met her. Strong, Energetic. Full of Life. Huge heart. I could go on and on about  the amazing qualities she has. She is missing 1 thing.

You see Bella is just 19 months old. She is just a baby. Learning and training and making mistakes.

Several months ago Bella ran out into the road. There was a truck speeding up the residential road. Here in Nutley, we get that a lot. Residential speed limits are 25mph. That is to protect the children and in most cases anything or anyone that enters into the drivers path giving them ample time to stop.

Bella was lucky and not so lucky. You see a truck was coming and hit Bella dragging her for nearly 4 houses. Gianna, Bella’s human sister, told me she chased after the truck yelling stop. The truck stopped and Bella jumped up and ran right into the house. Bella Mom, Marisa, and other family member’s instantly noticed Bella was losing a lot of blood and rushed her to an animal hospital.

Doctors knew Bella needs a blood transfusion. She seems to be really good spirits but was definitely not putting pressure on her left hind leg. To make a long story short and as not to embellish or misstate the facts. Bella had her Leg amputated.

I was so intrigued by Bella’s energy. She runs like she has 4 legs. She played fetch like a dog with 4 legs. She even jumped up on the fence to great a friend of her mom’s, just like a dog with 4 legs could do. But she only has 3.

Some people say I was a miracle. I say miracles are presented in front of us every day. You just have to open your eyes and witness them. Bella is a Miracle. Bella survivied being hit by a car. Bella survived losing so much blood. Bella survived losing a limb.

Bella lives to kiss the people that love her. Bella lives to tell her story. Bella lives and that is a miracle and she will always be one of my heroes.

Bella, it was great to meet you. I hope your mom and sister will read this and comment on it. Maybe share more of your story. More accurately then I could.

I am going to post some more pictures of you as I am just so impressed and in awe of you.


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When the new year starts RUFF

When the new year starts ruff, I ask you to keep your head up and fight through it. Tomorrow will be another day. God has his plan and we are a part of it.

I do know from experience that a K-9 friend and companion is an amazing way to deal with the stress of the day to day. Dog’s so often seem care free and we can take a page from their book in our own lives.

If you don’t have a family member that walks on all fours, consider adopting today. A furry friend could help bring the smile to you face you needed to get through a crappy day.

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Hero Dog award nominee 2012

I am so excited to be nominated for the 2012 hero dog award. Voting begins on April 1. Please share far and wide. If we win, many dogs lives will be saved.


Here is the article describing my nomination “For many people “gas chambers” represent an awful, desensitized form of killing. Many do not realize that such organized killing still occurs today. Each year, millions of animals are euthanized through this brutal process. Rarely has anything breathing survived a gas chamber but in October 2011, this improbable survival story became a reality for Daniel the beagle in an Alabama gas chamber”

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