Posts Tagged Founders Veterinary Clinic

Shorty Rossi, Star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet, Coming to Brea!

Join us for our sixth Annual Luv-A-Bully March, in protest of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).

Our 2008 march to Brea City Hall.

Our 2008 march to Brea City Hall.

This event is the coordinated effort of in partnership with Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day. On October 23rd, thousands of concerned dog owners all across the country will join forces to spotlight the devastating effects of breed discrimination. This grassroots movement began in 2005 when the city of Denver, CO voted to ban several dog breeds, tragically resulting in the hunting and killing of innocent family dogs.

Breed bans have been birthed by ignorance and fueled with discrimination – no reputable study has found any particular breed of dog to be inherently dangerous!

Nicholas Burr, winner of Best Kissed Kid contest. $100 gift certificate to Disneyland!

Nicholas Burr, winner of Best Kissed Kid contest. $100 gift certificate to Disneyland!

Dog experts cite irresponsible dog ownership as the root of problematic dogs in society. Collected data on dog bites further asserts that ALL dogs can only be judged safe by their behavior. Physical characteristics or breed have no predictive value.

Responsible dogs owners must take action against insurance companies and city leaders that seek to impose breed restrictions. Three breeds most under fire are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all commonly referred to as Pit Bulls. It seems forgotten that the all American Pit Bull Terrier was once a favorite family dog revered as the “nanny dog” and showcased as the loveable Petey in the Little Rascals television series of the 1950s.

Other breeds that have been the target of BSL in cities around the country include the Rottweiler, Doberman, Chow Chow, and the German Shepherd.

When interviewed by the press, Dr. Terifaj, founder of, had this to say:

“The behavior of any breed of dog is largely determined by the actions of dog owners. All dogs must be judged by their actual behavior and not stereotyped as breed aggressive. Insurance companies and government entities who have chosen to penalize dog ownership based on breed prejudice have recklessly violated the rights of good citizens. Media hype and misinformation has largely contributed to the irrational fear and ignorance that surrounds these breeds. Stronger law enforcement of existing dangerous dog ordinances would protect communities from any dog found to be a public threat and stiffer penalties on dog owners who harbor dangerous dogs would target the real problem.” 

Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet and his pit bull rescue organization will be attending the event for the first time!

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

Outspoken veterinarian, Dr. Paula Terifaj, leads over 100 sign-waving protesters on march down Brea Blvd in peaceful protest in October 2009.

Protestors will gather at Arovista Park in Brea beginning at 9am in preparation to march downtown in route to Brea City Hall. Other supporters setting up booths in the park will be Camp Bow Wow, Pin-ups for Pit Bills, OC Pit Bull Rescue, Lisa Scarsi Photography, Wicked Wicks of the West, and Farmers Insurance.

A raffle prize fundraiser will collect donations for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland Park, Colorado. This non-profit rescue was chosen upon learning that they generously took in hundreds of outlawed Denver family dogs to keep them safe from harm.

While at City Hall, Tim Welch of Redefined Dog Training will demonstrate some good training tips to stress the need that all dogs remain welcome in their neighborhoods.

PS: If you have a suitable raffle prize to donate – please contact Jan Keith, our super woofer event coordinator!

Save the date – and do your Dog Duty this October 23rd!

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Need a Date for Valentine’s Day?

How about your faithful canine companion? After all, your dog is crazy about you! No one gives unconditional love like your beloved dog, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re up, down, happy, or sad – your dog is always there for you! Whether you need a hug, lick, or playtime, your dog never disappoints…

Some examples of previous workshop photos by Lisa Scarsi.

Some examples of previous workshop photos by Lisa Scarsi.

So, who better to be your Valentine Sweetheart? That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we invite you to say “Cheese” instead of “Chocolate” and join us on Feb 6th & 13th for our Sit, Stay and Say Cheese Workshop (two sessions) and get professional portraits taken just in time for Valentine’s Day! And for those of you with 2-legged sweeties to please, these kissable portraits would make great and thoughtful gifts, too!

The training portion of the workshop will teach you how to pose your dog for the best photos ever on Saturday from 12-1pm on Feb 6th at Founders Veterinary Clinic, 330 N. Brea Blvd, Brea. Pet portrait sessions will be held the following Saturday, Feb 13th starting at 1pm.

Each workshop attendee will first learn posing techniques by trainer extraordinaire, Cindy Scott – followed by their very own furry photo shoot by an amazing professional pet photographer, Lisa Scarsi, on the following Saturday.

All this for a modest cost of only $105.

To sign up, contact Pro Dog Trainer Cindy Scott, of Dogs Etc.

at or call (714) 393-0432.

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More about Lisa here:

Don’t miss this keepsake opportunity to capture adorable photos with the furriest love of your life!

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Welcome to Founders Undercover!

Tiffanie with hospital goof-ball Brad Pit.

Tiffanie with hospital goof-ball Brad Pit.

Hello, I am Tiffanie. I’m a student at Cal Poly Pomona, the same university where Dr. Terifaj did her undergraduate studies before transferring to UC Davis to earn her veterinary degree — just an FYI. I will be graduating soon and taking the state test to become a licensed veterinary technician. I’ve been working part time at Founders for the last 2 years — learning a lot about the veterinary profession and getting some great paws on experience! You may have met me in an exam room, helping the doctor or greeting you and your pet at the front desk. Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming you to Founders Undercover, our new blog!

Our dedicated staff (veterinary technicians, office personal, groomers, and the docs!) has decided to share our experiences — the good, the bad, and the funny — about what it’s like to work behind the scenes at a veterinary practice. We call Founders Undercover our own version of Animal Planet! One of us will post something of interest each week about stuff that happens here at Founders in hopes that you find it inspirational, educational, or just plain fun…

We welcome you to leave comments and share your stories, too! However, should you have any medical questions that concern your pet, please call us at Founders Veterinary Clinic, 714-990-0661, for advice.

Don’t forget to visit us weekly for new updates — we are going to TELL IT ALL.  And please tell your pet lover friends to join us…thanks!


PS:  Check out Dr. Terifaj’s personal blog, Dog-Breath  — An outspoken commentary of ideas, healthy insights, and occasional rants that will bust your dogma.