Thursday, August 03, 2006

Breaking New Videos -- EDNAH they way it should have been

Anyone remember the email the EDNAH hoarding lady sent around about how the dogs lived on a virtually oasis where the they came and went from cabins she has built for them and could go swimming in the lake anytime they wish? What BS that was. I fell for it. But only because I knew a place like that existed. Where? On my farm. I didn't want to talk about it till I had some video to back it up (and no we are are not accepting any more doggies. We are full)

This is the farm
My father's 100 acre Christmas Tree farm in Western, MD.

Tucked away against the mountain is a farmhouse with a big front porch and a wrap around porch. 18 dogs call it home. They come and go as they please but they never go far. They go swimming any time they want in two ponds. Most of the time you can find them laying on the porch which is where most of them sleep both day and night, although they can sleep inside if they want..some do and some don't. When my father goes out to work each morning they all follow him out on the farm...but one by one they get hot and tired and head back to the porch. They are allowed inside but they choose to spend most of the time outside. Several of them are bad when guests come with other dogs so that is the only time they get hooked to a dog house for a few hours but the leash is long and they have a big pine tree to crawl under for shade...You will see Bear tied up. He was rescued from 4 years of being tied up and never loose. He gets a little mean with dogs he doesn't know so a few hours on the box isn't going to hurt him.

Video One (Quicktime, 4MB)  Snapshot of the dogs and farmhouse.

Video Two (Quicktime, 21MB)  All the dogs going for a walk.

The cast: Bradley, Brooke, Sharkey, Roddie, Bear, Luna, Cole, Mr. Akita, Buddy, Barkley, Zoe, Tic, Toc, Jace, and others ....

As an extra here is one of the funniest things I have ever heard of. Exactly what you would expect out a dog put in a room with 100's of teddy bears. What were they thinking.,,1835785,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=11

Also, while you are here please watch the Video to the right titled "Chained Dogs" and go get one off a chain this month. Usually money does the trick.

And here are some of the farm dogs in nice picture...


At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, unless you got some dirt on Tammy Hanson from EDNAH, don't even dare to mention her. She's still on the run, so don't even joke about how it "should have been". I can tell you first hand that that situation was nothing to joke about.

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Eric said...

What are you talkking about I donated tons of money and wrote about it here from day one. I was referring to her email which described a farm like mine...but was not...

People are getting way to serious. I know how bad that place was.

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoarders are so convincing because they actually believe every word they are telling you. They genuinely think that every animal is better off with them, even the disease ridden, filth encrusted ones that they cannot, will not or simply do not properly care for. Some of them started off as rescuers then started the slow decline into their madness. The onus is upon all of us to investigate thoroughly PRIOR to placement of animals in ANY facility, and to do follow-ups (situations change quickly when money, volunteers, and interest run out, or a health or financial crisis occurs to take precedent over the animals). Sorry to anonymous, I hear the pain in your words BUT isn't it better to laugh occasionally (even if it is gallows humor) than to weep continuously. I work in a hospital, without these moments of dark humor, it would be even more difficult to deal with the stress of the job. It does not in any way detract from the sad seriousness of the situation. It's a stress buster for the rescuers not a joke at the animals expense.

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a reminder that Animal Rescue New Orleans is still feeding and trapping animals in New Orleans.

They are desperate for donations (food and money) and volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help trap animals, and also for warehouse animal care. (I'm sure that a volunteer fundraiser wouldn't be turned away either...)

There are also some very inexpensive ways that you can help -- such as signing up on line to receive free petfood coupons and mailing those coupons to ARNO (only the cost of a stamp involved). You can find their list of ways you can help here.

Please consider making a donation or volunteering your time to help.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate Eric's post. That's a healthy, happy looking pack in the picture. I hope Tammy is watching and understands that THIS is the way it is supposed to be. Stands in pretty stark contrast to the nightmare world of EDNAH, doesn't it, huh.

And Tammy, if you are popping in for a visit, why don't you just turn yourself in and face the music. You're only making things worse for yourself by postponing the inevitable. Besides, you need help.

Hoarders of the world, please seek help. Your sickness is hurting animals.

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Situation in Beruit is pretty dire. Animals are not only at risk from the bombing, but animals left to roam free are also being hits by cars racing to try to leave the area. The area is now apparently littered with dead animals.

Beruit for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is looking for "a hero to fly our animals to safety". If you are able to help with a plane, please go to their website. There is a pop-up window with their phone number. Please don't phone unless you have a plane -- they are overwhelmed looking after the animals. (Note: the website is at times unavailable, or sometimes a generic site comes up. If this happens, keep trying to reach them)

Please also consider making a donation to BETA -- pet supplies are now in great demand (they are some rumours of pet food being eaten by humans) and thus extremely expensive. You can amke an online donation here, or at Best Friends.

PETA has also sent a rescue team in to Beruit to rescue animals -- perhaps the only team from outside to go in. They have brought in supplies and also taken some animals out to safety in Jordan. Updates from Peta can be found here.


At 3:15 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

Beautiful Country, Beautiful Dogs, Beautiful Water, Beautiful People!
It's easy to see where you got your compassion for animals Eric, It was passed down from your parents! Tell him he's an angel

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a hero to fly our animals to safety"

Anyone know how to get ahold of T. Boone Pickens????

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said: "Anyone know how to get ahold of T. Boone Pickens????"

I thought of that too. Since I hadn't seen anything on the Best Friends site about this, I dropped them a note to see if they were aware of it. Hopefully they will have a way to contact him. Or perhaps they have other contacts that can help.

BETA's site is often difficult to open. The main site is at, however you might also try (same site) or the war rescues link.

If you want to donate money to BETA and are having trouble getting through, Best Friends is still taking donations on their behalf. You can find the Best Friends news site on the Middle East, along with a donations link, at

If anyone else has any ideas as to how we can help BETA, please let us know.


At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As people are having trouble logging on to the BETA website, I've copied a few highlights from their latest updates here:

Our Efforts Throughout the War
Since the 12th of July 2006, the BETA team has been struggling to alleviate the suffering of Lebanon's neediest animals.

BETA has welcomed abandoned animals into its shelter. In 31 days, 25 dogs have joined the dog shelter, while the cat shelter has become home to another 34 cats.

Each of the abovementioned animals has had its vaccines administered, and has received de-worming and de-fleaing treatments, and any other treatment necessary.

In the first week of the war, BETA was forced to move its 130 dogs in two days from the previous shelter, which was located in a war zone. The dogs were moved in our cars, 3 at a time and in a mini-van.

The new dog shelter is space at a pig farm, which was donated by a kind man. Needless to say, this space is in dire need of construction works. The place is therefore a dog shelter and a construction site at the same time.

In other words, BETA is building a new shelter from scratch, which certainly requires many hours of work, and significant resources.

Thus, with every incoming dog, a new cage is to be built and this requires a lot of construction material, in other words a lot of money.

As for the increasing number of cats, BETA is in the process of finding a new space to put the cats. We were always against over crowding and we still are.

Information on Stray Animals
The BETA team has entered the southern suburbs of Beirut to feed all the strays or those left behind. And, as some people have abandoned their pets in the streets, BETA has also been placing food accessible to these animals right inside Beirut.

As for the South of Lebanon, BETA is waiting for a cease fire to be able to enter the south and rescue its animals that are in dire need of help.

Our Plan
We are a group of optimists, and we all believe that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Our animals have also had to suffer the consequences of this senseless war, but have been patient enough thanks to our love and care.

Our plan is to send them abroad and find them homes. We are corresponding with the Best Friends sanctuary in Utah, and working out a deal which will allow us to send our animals over there. Many people have already contacted us with the desire to adopt some of our dogs. What we need now is to locate a means of getting the animals out of Lebanon, a process which requires a finely tuned logistics operation. Making sure our dogs are safe and happy will not mark the end of our mission however. We will continue to rescue new animals, since they will undoubtedly need our help more than ever before in these terrible and testing time.

What we need...
Adoption by foreign nationals due to the crisis here, since most of the potential adopters have evacuated Lebanese territories. Please spread the word about BETA's cats and dogs, so that we can find them good and lasting homes, which would in turn allow us to pick up more animals.

We always need volunteers at BETA, in order to help us care for the increasing number of animals.

We need volunteer VETS who are able to attend to our animals' needs on the ground

Cash donations - all routes of transportation have been disabled, and provision of supplies is extremely difficult.

Donations of supplies (mainly food and medications) once the transportation means (airport/seaport) are back to their normal activity.

We stayed with them and we will never leave them. They are those who cannot speak, those who cannot comprehend what is happening around them, those who never had anything to do with this war, and those who were left behind.

Please help us help them.


As always, you can try to pick up their updates at or

Please consider making a donation.


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