Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Sold for $1.9 Million

The amazing price of almost $1.9 million dollars was paid for a Tibetan mastiff puppy in China.  It is
Tibetan Mastiff (not the one sold)
the most expensive dog sale ever recorded.  The "luxury pet" has been said to have lion's blood, and is considered a top line stud by breeders. 

A Tibetan mastiff has an enormous main resembling a lion making it quite popular.  It's considered a status symbol among the Chinese wealthy, and the fact they are very rare has given rise to the demand and prices paid.  They are valued much like pandas.  However, it has been speculated that the rise in prices was due to breeder insider agreements to intentionally raise prices.

The breed is considered loyal and protective.  They were used by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tiber for hunting.

+Marietta Vet Clinic and +Julian Peckich DVM look forward to your comments!    

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patti's 2014 Event to Help The Tigg Neuter Project Spay and Neuter

Help a sad situation by joining in on the "Gone to the Dogs" spay and neuter event at +Verde Pointe Dental

Associates and +Marietta Vet Clinic this St. Patti's Day 2014.  

Doctors and staff at both offices will don St. Patti's attire and offer green cookies for anyone making a donation to the Tigg Neuter Project.  The monies will be used to spay and neuter both dogs and cats from Cobb County, reducing the number of unwanted, healthy pets euthanized.  

If all goes well, the event will be annual. Marietta dentists, Dr. +Kirk Kimmerling DDS +Suzanna Aguilera and Garrick McGrath from Verde Pointe Dental Associates, as well as Marietta veterinarian +Julian Peckich DVM from Marietta Vet Clinic will participate.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Three Cheers to Indonesia for Issuing a Fatwah Against Endangered Animal Trafficking

A Fatwa or edict was issued by a top Muslim clerical body in Indonesia against endangered wildlife trafficking.  The
Fatwah Issued in Indonesia Against Endangered Wildlife Trafficking
Indonesian Council of Ulama, declared illegal hunting or trading of endangered species forbidden.  Passages from the Koran were called into action protecting tigers, rhinos, elephants and orangutans and other wildlife.

The guidance is for all Muslims in a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.  It's considered a supplement to Indonesian law from a sharia law perspective.

Interestingly enough, the fatwah applies not only to people, but the government as well.  It specifically calls upon the government to review permits issued to companies that harm the environment and endangered species.

Since, criminal wildlife trafficking syndicates are increasing violent, and it's an unprecedented time of wildlife crime, the fatwah couldn't come at a better time.