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Are Rottweilers unsuitable as pets?

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The news of two pet Rottweilers mauling a 58-year-old worker to death in a farm near Chidambaram, in Cuddalore district, last week has sent shock waves through people. It was reported that the dogs chased the man, attacked him, and bit his ear off after their feed got delayed. This is not the first reported incident of assaults by Rottweilers. It was only two years ago that two pet Rottweilers were mauled to death by a 68-year-old woman in Avadi, Chennai. And a few years ago, two Rottweilers in Arakkonam mauled to death their owner when he had gone to feed them. The latest incident has once again put the focus back on Rottweilers and their suitability as pets.

“Rottweilers were originally used to pull carts to the market, herd animals and guard the home and farm. They were used as working dogs,” says Mini Vasudevan, an animal activist and founder of Humane Animal Society, “For many, their dark and sturdy features can come across as a bit terrifying. But I would say that Rottweilers are a breed that is gravely misunderstood. Rotts can be fiercely loyal to the family.”

With training, these service dogs can provide help for the person suffering from dementia and peace of mind to the family and the caregivers of the individual.

Manoj says that training these dogs is a must. “If you want your Rott to guard your house but you allow them to socialize with everyone, the purpose would be defeated. Dogs need to be trained to listen to your command and should be made to understand from a young age that you are the one calling the shots and not vice versa. Rottweilers are extremely intelligent and can be trained easily,” he says.
Agreeing with him is Nalin, who says, “The best time to start training a Rott is when they are four months old. Whenever they tend to get a bit aggressive, work them up. I have a controlled environment at home and I leave them unleashed. They run around and get exhausted after a while. If you don’t have a facility like that, take them out for a long walk and tire them out.”

Countries where Rottweilers are banned
Ecuador
France
Israel
Italy
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Spain
Ukraine
Many states in the USA

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The Real Story Of ‘American Gangster’ Drug Kingpin Frank Lucas

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As the Vietnam War raged in the late 1960s and early ′70s, potent heroin called “Blue Magic” flooded into Harlem and Newark from a mysterious Southeast Asian connection. It destroyed lives, and it turned a black gangster named Frank Lucas into one of America’s most notorious drug kingpins.

His life of crime — rising from poverty to riches in an enterprise that succeeded beyond his wildest dreams — was portrayed in 2007 in Ridley Scott’s film “American Gangster,” with Denzel Washington as Mr. Lucas and Russell Crowe as the prosecutor who brought him down.

The movie was a Hollywood composite of fact and fiction, depicting Mr. Lucas as a daring, imaginative criminal who set up the Asian connection, smuggled heroin in the coffins of service personnel killed in action and broke into the Mafia’s long domination of narcotics in the New York area — all claims made by Mr. Lucas that have been challenged by investigators and journalists.

Even so, the story of Frank Lucas, who died on Thursday night in Cedar Grove, N.J., at 88, is a larger-than-life tale of ambition, organization, and ruthless brutality.

At the peak of his empire, he claimed he was taking in $1 million a day, had $52 million stashed in Cayman Islands banks and $300 million in stockpiled heroin, and owned office buildings in Detroit, a cattle ranch in North Carolina and apartments in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico.

It all collapsed in 1975. Arrested at his New Jersey home, where $584,000 in cash was found, he was convicted of federal drug charges in New York and state charges in New Jersey and sentenced to 70 years in prison.

His death was confirmed by his nephew Aldwan Lassiter in a telephone interview.

Mr. Lucas’s survivors include four daughters, Francine Lucas-Sinclair and Ruby, Betty and Candace Lucas; two sons, Frank Jr. and Tony Walters; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mattie Lassiter and Emma Moye; and three brothers, Ezell, Lawrence, and LeVon Lucas. His wife, Julie, and another son, Ray, died before him.

Richard M. Roberts, who led the prosecution of Mr. Lucas in New Jersey, had befriended him in recent years but was under no illusions about what he did long ago. “In truth,” Mr. Roberts told The New York Times in 2007, “Frank Lucas has probably destroyed more black lives than the K.K.K. could ever dream of.”

Frank Lucas was born in La Grange, N.C., on Sept. 9, 1930, to Fred and Mahalee (Jones) Lucas. He had almost no formal education, and as a boy he mugged drunks. At 15 he assaulted a man, stole $400, and fled to New York. He was soon gambling and selling drugs in Harlem; his crimes later escalated to armed robberies.

He established street credibility in 1966 by shooting a notoriously tough drug dealer on a crowded sidewalk four times in the head. “Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!” he told Mark Jacobson for a 2000 New York magazine profile that was a basis for “American Gangster.” He was never prosecuted for that crime, which he later denied committing.

But he had caught the eye of Ellsworth Johnson, who controlled gambling and extortion rackets in Harlem. Mr. Lucas claimed that Mr. Johnson, who was known as Bumpy, became his mentor. Others disputed this. But after Mr. Johnson died in 1968, Mr. Lucas developed his lucrative criminal enterprise.

In accounts to the authorities, he said that to break the Mafia monopoly on heroin supplies, which were sold in Harlem and Newark by black dealers, he flew to Thailand and met Leslie Atkinson, known as Ike, a North Carolinian married to one of Mr. Lucas’s cousins. He said that Mr. Atkinson, who ran a Bangkok bar and sold drugs to black soldiers, agreed to help.

Mr. Atkinson later disputed Mr. Lucas’s account; the heroin, he said, was smuggled in teak furniture in an operation he controlled. Ron Chepesiuk, the author of the book “Superfly: The True Untold Story of Frank Lucas, the American Gangster” (2007), contended in a 2008 article in the online journal New Criminologist that Mr. Atkinson, not Mr. Lucas, had made the connection. He also quoted investigators as saying that many of Mr. Lucas’s claims were bogus.

His “Blue Magic” sold primarily on West 116th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and the area became an open supermarket for drugs.

Investigated by task forces of federal, state, and city authorities in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Lucas was arrested in a raid at his home in Teaneck, N.J., on Jan. 28, 1975. Despite the murders of two witnesses who had testified against him before a grand jury, Mr. Lucas was convicted in federal court in New York and in Essex County, N.J.

His cooperation in a wider inquiry led to his release in 1982. He was convicted of new drug charges in 1984 and imprisoned until 1991.

His illicit assets were confiscated by the government in the 1970s, and he lived anonymously in the federal witness protection program for years. He was a paid consultant for “American Gangster.” With Aliya S. King, he wrote an autobiography, “Original Gangster,” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2010.

Living in Newark and using a wheelchair in recent years, he professed remorse for his crimes and helped his daughter in an organization that aided the children of imprisoned parents. He promised to use the proceeds from his book to promote education, and dedicated the book to his family and to “all the kids who will read it.”

“Please learn from my mistakes,” he admonished young readers. “Stay in school, finish high school and earn the highest degree in education that you can. This is the way to go in life.”

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5 Best Dry Dog Foods

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This guide will cover some important facts about dry dog foods, including what to look for and what the best dry food options are. Whether you’ve just adopted your first dog, or you have an older dog at home, these are the5 best dry dog foods on the market today. 

Why Dry Food  

There’s a constant debate raging amongst pet owners about whether or not dry or wet food is “healthier” or “better” for dogs, but in truth, each has its own benefits. Dry food is often far more convenient for pet owners, and, due to its texture, it encourages dogs to chew before they swallow—thus helping with common digestive and dental problems that can arise from dogs inhaling their food. We’ve all seen our excited dogs rushing the bowl and devouring their food in ten seconds flat! That’s simply not healthy for the dog.  

Most experts recommend that you feed your dog a balanced diet of both wet and dry food, but the exact ratio of each will depend on your dog’s breed, size, and age. Be sure to check with your vet before you make any changes to your dog’s diet, and if you notice adverse effects after doing so, discontinue the brand you’re using. We need to take care of our furry friends, and that means wholesome ingredients, brands that actually care about pets, and keeping the vet informed! 

pupper chicken blend

Ingredients: Pupper is a brand that doesn’t mince words—or meat! You’ll get only high-quality ingredients in every scoop of the delicious, naturally sourced chicken blend. Containing only chicken, chicken liver, chicken gizzards, brown rice, flax, sweet potato, apples, ginger, krill, sea salt, kelp, mixed tocopherols, and vitamin-mineral, this is one of the simplest and best blends out there. 

Diamond Naturals Chicken And Rice Formula 

Ingredients: Inside Diamond Naturals Chicken And Rice Formula, you’ll find cage-free chicken protein as the number one ingredient. Everything else, including the vitamins, minerals, and important Omega-3s and Omega-6s, is sourced only from all-natural, high-quality sources.  

taste Of The Wild High Prairie  

Ingredients: This grain-free blend is made only with natural bison meat, is rich in Omega 3s and 6s (important fatty acids for coat health), and contains no fillers, dyes, or artificial colors. The only thing you’re getting is nature-tested ingredients for a diet closer to the ancestral diet of the dogs’ evolutionary predecessor. Domestication might have taken dogs from fierce killers to loyal pets, but that doesn’t mean they have to eat like it.  

Merrick Grain-Free Dog Food 

Ingredients: Featuring quality Texas beef, lamb, salmon, sweet potatoes, and more, this blend from Merrick provides optimal nutrition and flavor for dogs of all sizes and breeds. Whether you’re new to being a dog owner or a seasoned owner, this food packs the punch your dog needs to stay happy, healthy, and fit.   

Visionary Keto Dog Food Low-Carb Chicken Recipe  

Ingredients: Even dogs have to watch what they eat! We’re not the only ones that can pack on the pounds from unhealthy eating. This low-carb keto-friendly dog food recipe includes 1g of net carbs, zero fillers, and only high-quality chicken for maximum nutritional value.

 

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How To Legally Own A Firearm In Kenya

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Cases of insecurity is at a high rise in Kenyan capital today. Robberies and muggings around the Nairobi CBD have been on the rise with victims recounting their experiences on social media.

The most recent one being KBC presenter, Shiksha Arora who narrated on Twitter how she was mugged and strangled at Globe roundabout flyover.

Earlier in April, Actor Ainea Ojiambo was in a shooting incident at CBD involving two thieves who wanted to grab his gold chain. The incident led to a guard being shot by Ainea.

Being a licensed gun owner in Kenya is not an easy process but is recommended especially when one’s security is threatened.

First, one can own a gun for personal safety and there is no law that limits the number of firearms a person can own. However, in Kenya, no individual can be legally licensed to own more than one firearm for personal safety.

The role of the police is to maintain order and be responsible for everyone’s safety. Thus, only few applications to own guns by individuals are usually approved.

Owning a firearm in Kenya costs from approximately Sh100,000 to 350,000 legally purchased and licensed depending with the type of gun.

There are four crucial requirements that one must meet for the application to be approved. These are:

  • The applicant has to be aged 21 years and above.
  • Must be trained in handling firearms.
  • Should be of sane mind/mentally stable.
  • Should have a clear criminal record.

According to the Firearms Act, civilians cannot be given firearms used by security organs such as Ak47, MP5 and G3. Hence, under the 2015 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill, any civilian found with the aforementioned types of guns will face imprisonment.

Here’s How To Apply:

  • Express your interest of owning a gun by making an application to the officer in charged of licensing firearms.
  • Fill in application forms at the Chief Licensing Officer at the firearms office, Nairobi.
  • With a certificate of good conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), submit the application form at a nearby police station at fee of Sh2000.
  • Vetting process by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and another by the Firearms Licensing Board (This can either be approved or rejected).
  • If approved, your name will be sent to the Inspector General of Police who will again approve or reject the application.
  • When approved by the IG, the Firearms Licensing Board will issue the applicant with a license which is renewable annually.

When a licensed firearm holder loses their firearm or it gets destroyed, he/she is required to report to the nearest police station and failure of this warrants one year imprisonment or a fine not exceeding Sh10,000.

STAY SAFE.

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