Petition to Senator Marty Golden, Assembly Carl Heastie, Nicole Malliotakis, Matthew Titone, James Tedisco, STATE OF NEW YORK, Senator Marty Golden, Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie
Revise Article 26 353-B to Protect Pets from Inclement Weather NY
As recent cases of neglect, due to pets being left out in the cold have come to light in New York, it has been made clear that some changes need to be made to Article 26B ( Agriculture and Market Law- relating to Cruelty to Animals ). I would like N.Y. to create an example and require that no dog or cat be left out for an extended amount of time in inclement weather, which includes : - When the temperature outside is 35°F or below - When the outside temperature is 85°F or higher - When there's a wind chill warning - When there is a heat advisory - When there is a blizzard or hurricane. Also that for any pet living outside for the majority of the time, the guidelines for adequate shelter be changed to add: - Shelter must be well constructed, have a slanted roof, enclosed sides, a doorway and a solid, level floor raised at least two inches from the ground. - Shelter should have no cracks or openings other than the entrance. - Shelter must be rainproof and windproof with an adequate amount of straw bedding. Pets must have access to food and fresh water. Together we can provide a better quality of living for our pets!
Petition to Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States
Sign: Stop Horrific 'Dog Spinning' Ritual
Every year on March 6th, residents of a village in Bulgaria perform a horrific act called "dog spinning” in the mistaken belief that this will prevent rabies and keep away evil spirits. During this cruel ritual, a rope is tied around a dog's chest, and the dog is suspended above a body of water. The dog is twisted until the rope is as tight as it will get, pressing painfully into the poor animal. Then, the rope is released, and the dog spins around wildly. Before the dog even has a chance to catch its breath, it's dumped into the freezing water. Participants say that the dogs are not harmed during this ritual, but that's completely false. Some dogs have drowned because they're too disoriented to swim to the surface of the water. The dogs who survive are terrified and traumatized by their ordeal. The ritual was officially banned by the Bulgarian government in 2006, but the law is not enforced, and people continue performing the sadistic ritual. For years, animal advocates in Bulgaria have tried to put an end to this atrocity, desperately urging villagers to use stuffed dogs instead. But until police officers start enforcing the ban on the practice, it will keep happening, and more dogs will suffer and die. Sign this petition to tell the Bulgarian ambassador to the United States that you do not want any more dogs tortured and killed in this cruel “spinning” ritual.
Petition to Minister Kyung-Wha Kang, Minister Neung-Hoo Park, Exhibitors of Seoul Food and Hotel 2018, Prime Minister Nak-Yon Lee, Minister Jong-Whan Do, Exhibitors of Seoul Food and Hotel 2018, CEO Chang-Soo Jeong, President Moon Jae-In, Minister Young-Jin Ryu, Minister Yung-Rok Kim
South Korea: Stop Killing Dogs and Cats! Boycott Seoul Food and Hotel 2018 Exhibition!
Watch these videos from the despicable South Korean dog meat trade: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q http://youtu.be/ldblUoQ2tvo http://youtu.be/aiWE4brZWe0 Dear prospective visitors and exhibitors of the Seoul Food and Hotel 2018 Exhibition in South Korea: I urge you today to please boycott the Seoul Food and Hotel 2018 Exhibition in South Korea and stand against the appalling and despicable cruelty committed against the millions of innocent dogs in South Korea every year. Harriet Beecher Stowe said, "It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done." In South Korea, 2.5 million dogs are tortured and eaten every year. Even though the country has established an Animal Protection Law for companion animals, dogs are still beaten, hanged, electrocuted and treated abominably by farmers and slaughters. And dogs and cats are still being beaten and boiled alive for so-called elixirs, which do not have medical properties except in the minds of naive customers. These sickening practices have no place in the modern world. Other countries in Asia have banned the eating of dog meat and the cruel industry that goes with it many years ago: Taiwan in 2001, Hong Kong in 1950, Philippines in 1998, Thailand in 2000,... Why does South Korea lag behind these countries and other civilized societies? It's the responsibility of the South Korean government to once and for all end the cruel dog and cat meat industries. Now is the time to cast off the absurd myths and propaganda surrounding these industries and their vile products. Now is the time to leave behind backward and unnecessary traditions. And now is the time for South Korea to start taking animal protection seriously and show that it really does have a compassionate and ethical society. That means it is time for the South Korean government to better educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning animal companions, and about treating animals respectfully. Until these things are done, South Korea's reputation in the international community will continue to suffer, despite its dazzling modernization and global thinking. Its citizens will continue to face shame and embarrassment. There is no appropriate animal-protection legislation to prevent the animal cruelty currently taking place in South Korea. As someone who believes strongly that animals should not be treated in this way, I urge the South Korean Government to strengthen the Animal Protection Law to prevent animal cruelty and to introduce basic animal-protection regulations. It must also provide penalties for violations and ensure that mistreated animals can be legally seized from abusers and given immediate refuge. I request that the South Korean Government create an enforceable law to ban the torture, killing, sale, and consumption of dogs and cats. Dear prospective visitors and exhibitors of the Seoul Food and Hotel 2018 Exhibition in South Korea, You have the power to make a difference for these poor animals who are forced to endure the most agonizing and unimaginable suffering. Would you please stand by these animals today and be their voice? Sincerely, South Korea's dog meat industry where all kinds of dogs are tortured and eaten: http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY (Part 1 of 2) http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4 (Part 2 of 2) Seoul Food and Hotel 2018 Exhibition: http://www.seoulfoodnhotel.co.kr/2009_IFIES_Allworld/index.asp
Petition to Rhode Island State General Assembly, Patricia Serpa
HELP CHANGE the current Animal Welfare Laws in Rhode Island
In Warwick, Rhode Island, 6 or more pitbull-type dogs, who are single coat dogs, are heavily chained and forced to live outside tied to dog houses behind an abandoned house, in the brutal winter weather. The owner/breeder of the dogs, who lives off property, has stated that he is conditioning these dogs to hunt wild boar in Georgia. Conditioning them in the cold to hunt in the heat?? Currently, RI General Law, regarding Animal Care, allows for a hunting dog exemption, and this owner is very aware of that loophole. This means anyone stating the dogs are being raised or conditioned for hunting is exempt from protecting them from extreme cold or heat. With temperatures dipping down to the single digits lately, this has brought outrage from people in Rhode Island and all over the country. The only way we can stop this is to CHANGE THE LAW. Please sign this petition to ensure that the Rhode Island General Assembly does everything in their power to amend the current law and make it a crime to keep dogs out in extreme cold or heat.
Petition to President of South Korea, Mr. Thomas Bach, President & CEO, Hee-Beom Lee 2018 평창 동계 오림픽 위원회 이희범 회장
Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, A Dog Eating Nation!
Please visit "Boycott PyeongChang 2018 Action Center" for more actions you can take: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ To the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the President of the South Korean PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, We ask you to please watch this video: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy, yet an estimated 2.5 million dogs and thousands of cats are slaughtered each year in that country, and eaten as “health food”. Forced to endure deprivation and unimaginable torment, from the moment they are born until the day they are slaughtered, dogs are imprisoned in cramped, rusty, raised cages all their lives, with no protection from extreme elements, no access to water, no exercise, or medical care. Their eardrums are often burst to deter barking. Finally, in broad daylight, often in front of other live dogs, they are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burnt to death. It is hard to believe that a nation such as South Korea, which is one of the major economic powers and boasts one of the highest education levels in the world, is still continuing to commit this type of barbaric brutality in this day and age. For the millions of dogs and cats that are being slaughtered each year in South Korea’s markets, slaughterhouses, restaurants, dog farms and backyards, it is a tragic reality and a nightmare from which they can’t escape; but it is unacceptable and shameful: South Korea is happy to take the benefits of an advanced society, but not the full responsibility. This is a profit-driven, tax free, unregulated industry that aggressively promotes the myth that eating dog meat (especially the dog’s penis) enhances male virility and provides men with energy. South Koreans genuinely believe that the more the dog is made to suffer, the more it will enrich the quality of the meat and increase the health benefits to the consumer. Many dogs are sadistically made to experience extreme fear and suffering prior to death. Cats are frequently boiled alive to make tonics believed to treat rheumatism. The demand is so high in South Korea that 20% of the dog meat is now imported from China. If South Korea wants to be respected as a nation of conscience, then South Koreans need to strengthen their animal protection laws and permanently ban dog and cat meat consumption. This has continued for far too long, and it is now time for the South Korean Government to take moral leadership for its citizens and take a stand against this appalling practice. Not only would this save the South Korean animals from unimaginable suffering, but it will be in South Korea’s economic interest because people across the world will keep condemning South Korea’s cruelty. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” It is time, therefore, for South Korea to start taking animal welfare seriously and prove that South Korea really does have a compassionate and ethical society. This means it is time for the South Korean Government to start better educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, about not abandoning pets, and about treating animals in a humane and decent manner. And, the first step must be to finally end this horrendous cruelty of dog and cat meat consumption. If South Korea does not take the above action immediately, I will boycott the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, and all South Korean businesses and tourism. The favor of your reply is requested. We thank you, in anticipation, for taking swift action! ------------------------------------ I also urge you to write to the Olympic Committee that you will boycott PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. International Olympic CommitteeMr. Thomas BachChâteau de VidyCase postale 3561007 LausanneSwitzerland Video: CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), The Korea Observer. For more actions you can take please visit: http://koreandogs.org/pc2018/ International Olympic Committee Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Official Website for The 23rd Olympic Winter Games - PyeongChang, South Korea
Petition to City of Dallas
Rescue Rusty - Keep Pup From Being Killed!
Please note: this is the official #rescuerusty petition for Dallas Pets Alive! Any other petitions pertaining to this matter, or their expressed viewpoints, are not affiliated with or represent the opinions of DPA. Rusty is a rescue dog facing euthanasia after biting an unattended child at an adoption event hosted by Dallas Pets Alive on Dec. 16, 2017. The child was treated and released at a local emergency room and, thankfully, is recovering quickly. The City of Dallas has seized Rusty for having caused “serious bodily injury” under Texas Health & Safety Code 822.001 - 822.004. This would allow a court to order Rusty be killed. Dallas Pets Alive greatly values the health and safety of our community and takes dog bites very seriously. That being said, they firmly believe that the death of an animal should never be the first step in resolving a first-time single-bite incident. Dallas Pets Alive wants to keep both the community and Rusty safe and has offered a positive solution to the City of Dallas to ensure that our community remains safe and that Rusty is given a chance at life. However, the City of Dallas still wants to kill Rusty even with a positive solution in place that ensures our community remains safe and Rusty is given a chance at life. It would be a failure of justice if Rusty were to be killed after one incident when a peaceful resolution that meets the needs of all parties is readily available. We are asking the City of Dallas to reconsider moving forward with costly legal proceedings at the taxpayers’ expense and release Rusty to a rescue for rehabilitation, NOW. Please do not let Rusty die alone after spending more than a year looking for a permanent home. Give him the chance at a real life and a real home with people who have had repeated success rehabilitating dogs that have never had a real chance. Please sign this petition to urge the City of Dallas to work with Dallas Pets Alive toward an agreement that addresses the concerns of all involved parties. Background on Incident:After taking the time to perform a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, Dallas Pets Alive has come to the conclusion that Rusty (the rescue dog), who has no history of aggressive behavior or biting, most likely bit the child out of fear. While the child had been in the area prior to the incident with his mother, at the time of the incident, he had approached Rusty on his own. Rusty was on a leash and in a seated position and had shown no signs of aggression at the event. This leads us to conclude that when the unattended child approached Rusty, the dog likely reacted in fear. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that dogs bite as a reaction to something (stress, fear, protection, etc.) and in Rusty’s case we believe it was an isolated incident given the exciting, but still stressful, environment of a busy park with strange noises/smells and an unknown person on his level reaching for him. Medical providers, park personnel, and the police were immediately contacted and have completed reports as well. Although Rusty was current on all vaccinations, Dallas Animal Services was also contacted to initiate the mandatory 10-day quarantine after such an incident. Dallas Pets Alive’s first priority always is the safety of potential adopters and children who attend their events, and this is the first time they have experienced an incident such as this. In the course of their lengthy investigation, they reviewed their existing policies and procedures for adoption events and have implemented additional policies regarding children and rescue animals in an effort to even further minimize the likelihood of this happening again. About Dallas Pets Alive! Dallas Pets Alive! is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to making Dallas a no-kill community for companion animals. They pull urgent and at-risk dogs off the euthanasia list at the city shelter, Dallas Animal Services (where Rusty came from). They have successfully helped increase the city’s live release rate from 42.7% in 2012 to 73.3% in 2016. Dallas Pets Alive does not have a shelter facility, meaning they rely entirely on a team of volunteer foster families to care for pets until they're adopted into a “furever home.” Adoption events at local parks and other event venues are their main avenue for connecting adoptable dogs with potential adopters.
Petition to Dr. Bae Jin Sun, DMV, Seung-Nam Kim 김승남 의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly), Minister Kwon Jae-Jin 법무부 권재진 장관, In-Jae Lee 이인제 의원, Myung-Hee Yoon 윤명희 의원, Seong-Bum Shin 신성범 의원, Jae-Won Kim 김재원 의원, Young-Rok Kim 김영록 의원, Mr. Kyu-Seong Choi 최규성 의원, Seoul Convention Bureau 서울 컨벤션뷰로, Yoon-Seok Jang 장윤석 의원, Tae-Gyeong Ha 하태경 의원, Minister Byung-Se Yun 외교통상부 윤병세 장관 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Ambassador Sung-Nam Lim 주영국 한국대사관 임성남 대사 (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in United Kingdom), Minister Jeong-Boo Je 법제처 제정부 처장 (Minister of Government Legislation), Moon-Pyo Hong 홍문표 의원 (Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Members in Assembly), Chairperson Sam-Yeol (Samuel) Koo 국가브랜드위원회 구삼열 위원장 (Presidential Council on Nation Branding), Choon-Jin Kim 김춘진 의원, Woo-Nam Kim 김우남 의원, Mr. Jin-Yung Woo 해외문화홍보원 우진영 원장, Byeong-Seug Park 박병석 대한민국 국회부의장, Mr. Han-Gil Kim 김한길 민주당 당대표, Mr. Woo-Yea Hwang 황우여 새누리당 당대표, Prime Minister Hong-Won Chung 정홍원 국무총리, Minister Seung Chung 식품의약품안전처 정승 처장, President Geun-Hye Park 대한민국 박근혜 대통령, Minister Jin-Ryong Yoo 문화체육관광부 유진룡 장관, Prosecutor General Han Sang Dae 검찰총장 한상대, Minister Seong-Kyu Yun 환경부 윤성규 장관, Mr. Jae-In Moon 민주당 문재인 국회의원, CEO Cham Lee 한국관광공사 이 참 사장, Mr. Byung-Suk Lee 이병석 대한민국 국회부의장, Mr. Chang-Hee Kang 강창희 대한민국 국회의장, Governor Kim Moon-Soo 경기도 김문수 도지사, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon 국제 연합 반기문 사무총장, Mayor Park Won Soon 서울특별시 박원순 시장, Vice Minister Young-Chan Lee 보건 복지부 이영찬 차관, Minister Dong-Phil Lee 농림축산식품부 이동필 장관, Mr. Oh-Seok Hyun 현오석 국무총리겸 기획재정부 장관, Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn 주미 한국대사관 안호영 대사 (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to USA)
Seoul, South Korea! Enforce the Ban on Despicable Dog Meat Trade-Close down Illegal Dog Slaughterhouses & Restaurants in Gyeongdong Market!
Dear Mayor Park Won-Soon, In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, POSCO,... (http://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/contacts-for-protest-s-korean-companies/global-500-companies-based-in-south-korea/) estimated 2 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. And one of the largest markets in South Korea that sells dogs dead and alive for meat is the infamous "Gyeongdong Market" in Seoul Metropolitan City(http://english.seoul.go.kr/?SSid=101_01) If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Gyeongdong Market (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplMHTQjzpU) This place is a "Hell on Earth" with helpless man's best friends in cages after cages waiting for the heartless customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating,...and thrown into boiling water. Dogs are being killed in full view of other dogs terrified in cages, in public and in broad daylight. Thousands of dogs tortured all their lives in unimaginable misery and agony in dog farms around the country meet their tragic ends at this market. Also, many abandoned former pets end up in this market as meat giving shame to the human race. Based on a recent news article (South Korea’s dog meat clash (http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/542514.html)도살장 뜰장에 개들이 구겨넣어지는 까닭은? 전국 식용견 500만마리? 문화상대주의에 도전하는 생명권 (http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/environment/542500.html) there are 8 slaughterhouses around Cheongnyangri residential area near Gyeongdong market alone. Seoul Metropolitan City is indeed a "Heartless, Lawless World(무법천지 無法天地)"! What is shocking is that all these unspeakable cruelties are illegal, even by the South Korea's weak Animal Protection Law and various other laws governing their country. Yet why are the laws consistently flouted? Shameful indifference by the Seoul Metropolitan City, the South Korean government and the majority of their citizens who do not care about these animals or indeed any livestock (having buried alive over 8 million creatures in 2011 during the Foot and Mouth Crisis (http://youtu.be/W62g6L9bHfQ) That is the reason why this illegal and gruesome industry is still thriving in this otherwise modern and industrialized nation. That and greed, not cultural difference or historical reasons. Brave and dedicated animal rights activists in South Korea have been campaigning to ban this illicit industry for many years without much success because they are a small minority compared to the total population. There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. Seoul Metropolitan City Official Announcement No.94 (2/21/1984) bans the sale of dog meat as "repugnant food" but there is absolutely no enforcement. (https://goo.gl/oW5Bhs) Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/ Also, routinely water is injected into the dog's blood vessels using a high pressure water hose to inflate their weight. Evidence of violations are overwhelming and clearly documented. Below are few of many videos available that proves these violations: ‘Street of Horror’ Dog slaughterhouses in the heart of Seoul http://koreandogs.org/street-horror-dog-slaughterhouses-heart-seoul/ Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 3 http://youtu.be/_JPYK3yTqWY Korean Dog Meat - Former Pets 4 http://youtu.be/hXe3GV0GOB4 Cruelty during transport http://youtu.be/MJ1Z4ZT1Sv8 South Korea's Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry - "Two faces of Traditional Markets" http://youtu.be/LHn8IDRdprE It's time the Seoul Metropolitan City and the South Korean government stop turning a blind eye on this illegal and cruel industry and enforce their law. It's time they stop making excuses about "Legal Blind Spot" and pointing fingers at each other for the problem. In Korean adage, "So Tam Dae Shil (소탐대실 小貪大失 )" means you can suffer a big loss in going after a small gain. We urge Seoul Metropolitan City and the South Korea to realize that there is much bigger loss at stake while they are insisting on a small gain of another choice of meat. It is time that South Korea show the world that they are not devoid of compassion and conscience and that they take their Animal Protection Law seriously. We, the people of the world, will boycott all South Korean products and tourism until this shameful atrocity of dog meat trade finally comes to an end.
Petition to Kathleen Canestrino, David Simms
Dog Park in Hackensack
Hackensack is known to be the city in motion, but has fallen behind the curb in becoming pet friendly. There is no park in Hackensack that has a dog park. Dog parks provide space for dogs to exercise, without the restriction of a leash, allows local dog owners to connect, establishing a stronger community and can bring more traffic to local businesses. This is why I am petitioning a dog park in Hackensack, specifically in Hackensack Firefighters Memorial Park. The space allows residents to establish strong community bonds and potentially add revenue to local businesses in the immediate area. Both while enjoying outdoor activities with man's best friend.