Reader Rescue Stories: Cali, Toby and Abby

We’re celebrating Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month by starting off October with two rescue stories about three dogs. Each were abandoned, but all three were meant for better, more loving homes with humans that truly appreciated them. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we did.

If you’re the pet parent of a rescued dog, we want to share your story, too. You just might inspire someone else to save a life! For information about submitting your rescue tale, click here.

The Road to Cali
By Ted Burner

Cali is a mixed-breed dog I rescued from a shelter. She had been picked up by animal control along the side of a highway where she appeared to have been dumped by her previous owners.

I visited her at the shelter with my daughter and our dog, Tess. She immediately wagged her tail when we met, and came right to us, as if she knew instinctively that we were prepared to offer her a safe, loving home.

Something that drew me to Cali was the fact that she looks like Benji, an animal actor I loved as a kid. We adopted her within an hour of meeting her, and she willingly drove home with us. She sat on my daughters lap looking out the window the whole way home.

She loves people, cats and our other dog. We even took her to visit my mother, who is battling cancer. Cali jumped on the couch with her and laid her head on my mothers arm. She is so well behaved and relaxed in her forever home.

Every Dog Deserves a Chance to be Loved
By Melanie Dark

My German Shepherd (who came to live with me as a puppy a few months after the death of my youngest son, and the beginning of a divorce), was getting really sick and I thought I might find him a pal in his final days.

I found Toby (on the left) in a Free to good home ad on Craigslist. The lady, who had adopted him from the Butler County Humane Society (he was turned in as a stray puppy found on the road), had to leave the state for her job, and was having trouble finding a pet-friendly home. Toby kissed me as soon as he met me, which his then-owner found strange.

For about the first six months, Toby hated being in the car, but finally accepted it and now looks forward to car rides. Hes very sweet, but doesnt like crowds of humans.

Abby (on the right) was found roaming in Lawrence County, Pa. She was roughly 1-and-a-half years old, and was shipped to the humane society there. She was not a breed that could make you feel threatened like these dog breeds.

The lady who had found her was concerned because Abby was so wild that there was talk of euthanizing her if the humane society couldn’t properly test her. I took one look at those big amber eyes and fell in love. I knew that I had to take the chance.

Lawrence County is a two-hour drive one way, and I made the trip three times before she could come home (not happily), with us.

She soon accepted me, and doesnt torment Toby nearly as much now as she did two years ago. Abby doesnt like new things (much like my rescue pony), but were hoping to be able to work on that in the near future.

I still miss my German Shepherd, but I am awfully glad to have these two furkids sharing my life!

Read a related rescue story here.

Reader Rescue Story: Dusty and Shelby

After their home was broken into, the Maule family realized they needed the kind of peace of mind that you can only get from a rescue dog, or rather two dogs, in this case. After searching for the perfect pair, they came across Dusty and Shelby, and rescued them. We hope you enjoy reading their story as much as we did.

If you’re the pet parent of a rescued dog, we want to share your story, too. You just might inspire someone else to save a life! For information about submitting your rescue tale, click here.

How We Got Our Guardian Angels

By John Dickinson

In December 2010, our residence was broken into. We had no dogs at the time because my parents were not ready for another dog since the passing of our Great Dane in January 2009. The next month, my parents decided to go to the animal shelter and look at some dogs to join our family and help us keep an eye on the property.

We saw many dogs before we came across a Golden Retriever and a long-haired, black-and-brown dog that captured our attention. We got to meet them and see how well they did together. That day, Shelby the Golden Retriever and Dusty the Lab-Chow Chow mix, came to live with us and be part of our pack.

The shelter said Shelby was three and Dusty was six, but we think they switched the ages around. Shelby turned out to be an excellent play-pal and barking dog. Dusty was timid of everything at first, especially vehicles and new people. She finally started to come around and joined Shelby in barking at the trash truck.

About one year after we adopted them, Dusty had a litter of puppies, which surprised us all. She had three,but none of them ever showed any kind of hostility. The two that lived grew up to be strong, healthy puppies, and it killed me when we had to rehome them.

While Dusty was nursing the puppies, we noticed a baseball-sized tumor on one of her mammary glands. We had it removed when we got her spayed, and thought nothing more of it.

However, we believe Dusty had a stroke in July. We took her to the vet and had them give her a steroid shot. We took her home and shaved her, so she would be a little bit cooler. Unfortunately our efforts were in vain. Three days later, Dusty had passed away.

I may have only known Dusty for a little more than two years, but she was one of the best dogs I had. Shelby is still alive and going strong, but she is graying more and more each day. Its like she knows her best friend is gone.

All I can say for Dusty is at least she died knowing she was loved, instead of in a cage because she wasnt wanted, or on the streets. She lived a good life and I cannot wait until we meet again.

10 Dog Breeds That Could Raise Your Homeowners Insurance Rates

Your dog is your best friend, and a member of your family. But in the eyes of insurance companies, hes also a potential liability. Most people think their dog would never hurt anyone but if he did, you could be held liable. In fact, ABC News reports that U.S. insurance companies paid out $489 million in 2012 on dog-bite claims alone.

What does this mean for you as a dog parent? Unfortunately, it means that your homeowners insurance company is very interested your dog.

Insurance companies keep a list of dog breeds that they believe are likely to be involved in a costly incident. If your dogs breed makes the list, you might have to pay higher premiums on your policy. Depending on the insurance company, you might even be denied coverage altogether.

Top 10 Dangerous Dogs

While many cities and states are repealing dangerous dog laws based on breed (also known as breed-specific legislation) due to a lack of evidence to support them, the insurance industry tends to assess dog breeds by their strength and temperament, which they feel are indicative of potentially high-cost insurance claims.

Here are the top 10 dog breeds most likely to be singled out in homeowners insurance policies:

  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Pit Bull
  • Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Siberian Husky
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

What Should Dog Owners Do?

Since most dog owners know that, as i Love Dogs reports, a dog’s owner, environment and training have been proven to have a greater influence on his behavior than whatever breed he happens to be, the insurance industrys approach to assessing homeowners with dogs can be very frustrating.

Many dogs of the above-listed breeds live their whole lives without biting anyone and many dogs that do bite are of breeds that are not on the list. As such, many pet parents are upset to learn that insurance companies single out their dog simply because of its breed. Paying higher insurance premiums for what seems like an unfounded reason is no fun, either.

So if you own one of these dogs, what should you do? Here’s what the American Kennel Club recommends:

  • Contact your dog’s national breed club and ask them to recommend an insurance company.
  • Build a wireless dog fence and try to keep your dog inside that zone.
  • Show that your dog has completed an obedience training program.
  • Shop around talk to more than one insurance agent before you buy.

You might also want to consider an umbrella policy. If an issue arises for which you are found liable, an umbrella policy will provide you with more protection than a regular homeowners policy.

If you’re already the proud owner of one these breeds, remember that premiums can be dramatically different from one company to another. Ask around, and get quotes from several insurance agents to find the policy thats right for you and your dog.


Disclosure: This is a post written by David Levitt on behalf of BuyPetInsurance. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily indicative of the opinions or positions of BuyPetInsurance or i Love Dogs.

Kasparov’s Chess career in an nutshell

Childhood and Youth

Kasparov was on 13 April 1963 as Garik Weinstein in Baku born. His mother Klara Schagenowna Kasparjan was Armenian and native of Nagorno-Karabakh , an Armenian populated enclave in Azerbaijan. She was a music teacher. His Jewish father Kim Weinstein Moiseevich, who played violin, was the brother of the Azerbaijani composer Leonid Weinstein . Both parents had a university education and their son had an atmosphere of intellect and education at an early stage.

The age of five learned Garik, whose native language is Russian, his father, the rules of chess . In Kasparov’s own words: “I had never played chess, but I looked excited as she toiled  and finally gave up in resignation. The next morning I showed them the train leading to the solution. ”  From the age of seven Garik Weinstein received at the Palace of Young Pioneers in Baku regularly chess lessons.

1971 his father died at the age of 39 years on a malignant lymphoma . When Garik was twelve years old, his mother changed his name from Weinstein in Kasparov, the Russified version of Kasparjan
With ten years he was in the chess school of three-time world chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik . This became Kasparov’s chess father and at the same time role model, coach and critic. At 15, Garry took over in the chess school has a kind of assistant function and received award a certificate of the President of the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan SSR . 1976 and 1977 he was junior champion of the Soviet Union .

1979 Kasparov received the title of International Master . As early as 1980 was the then 17-year-old the title of Grand Master bestowed, in the same year he won in Dortmund consider the World Youth Championship . The influential Azerbaijani politician Heydar Aliyev promoted Kasparov from 1979.

The road to the World Cup

The Russian Anatoly Karpov had 1975 American Bobby Fischer replaced as world chess champion. The Soviet Chess Association expected the other Soviet chess champions Karpov to support, but not to oppose him in his further world championship bouts. The young Garr Kasparov opposed this. He refused his chess analyzes Anatoly Karpov for the world championship match in 1981 against Victor Korchnoi to provide. In order to prevent Kasparov in the following world championship cycle on the challenge of the world champion Karpov, in 1983 he was denied the exit to the match in the candidate tournament against Viktor Kortschnoi due to alleged security concerns. Kasparov had thus turned from the candidate tournament to the challenge of the world champion. Kortschnoi, however, did not want to advance without a fight and therefore proposed a new match against Kasparov. This match came and was won by Kasparov convincingly. This was the way for the world championship bouts against Anatoly Karpov.

World Championship fights

FIDE world championships

Kasparov qualified in the candidate struggles 1983/84 in convincing style as the challenger of the world champion. In the quarterfinals he beat in Moscow Alexander Beliavsky with 6: 3, in the semifinals in London Victor Korchnoi with 7: 4 and in the final in Vilnius former world champion Vassily Smyslov with 8.5: 4.5. Kasparov’s match against Anatoly Karpov at the World Chess Championship 1984 began on 10 September 1984 in Moscow. It was played after the mode has been common since the 1978 World Cup: World Cup should be, who had first won six games, drawn games did not count. After Karpov took the lead with a 4-0 win, Kasparov switched his competition tactics. Instead of continuing to attack impetuously and unsuccessfully, he played on draw and wanted to last as long as possible. After a long rematch, Karpov made the fifth victory, but then the world champion was exhausted. He grew physically and mentally more and more, lost 11 kilos of weight and had to be admitted to the hospital several times, while Kasparov remained fit.
Kasparov at the coronation ceremony as World Champion 1985.

Kasparov shortened the gap to 3: 5 within a few games, before the match on 15 February 1985 was broken off without results after 48 games with more than 300 hours of play. The demolition was carried out under still unexplained circumstances by the then FIDE Chairmen Florencio Campomanes , who officially with “consideration for the health of both players’ reasoned him. In his autobiography Political section 1987 Kasparov Campomanes accused his rival Karpov and chess leaders of the USSR of the conspiracy against him. At the same time, however, he admitted that his chances of the title had risen considerably due to the unsuccessful demolition. For the October 1985, the FIDE again offered a repeat of the competition in Moscow under modified mode. The number of games was limited to 24, the winner was the first to score 12.5 points, with Remispartien counting. A result of 12:12 should be regarded as title defense of the world champion. In this second world title fight in 1985 Kasparov won 13:11. On 9 November 1985, he became the 13th and 22nd youngest world champion of chess history.

Garry Kasparov defended his world title in three other encounters with Karpov: 1986 took place in London (the first 12 games) and Leningrad (the last 12 games) to a rematch competition after FIDE had surprisingly introduced in 1963 abolished rematch privilege of world champion again . Kasparov defended his title with 12.5: 11.5. 1987 played the two rivals its competition in Sevilla : With a victory in the 24th game Kasparov managed a 12:12 and tied the title defense. In 1990, Karpov was again qualified for the candidate battles. The half each in New York City and Lyon discharged competition won Kasparov with 12.5: 11.5.

Competitions against chess programs

Kasparov appeared often in competition with tournament reflection against chess programs on. In the 1980s he claimed that he would never be defeated by a chess program. In 1989 he played against from IBM – built computer Deep Thought two games, he won both. 1996 defeated Kasparov’s successor Deep Blue in a match over six games with 4: 2, but lost to the 1st race game as the first world chess champion ever under tournament conditions against a chess program. The following year, Kasparov defeated Deep Blue in the rematch with 2.5: 3.5. Kasparov considered the possibility that unauthorized human interventions might have taken place. The accusation was partly due to the fact that IBM gave him no insight into the computer protocols at that time. These were, however, published later.

In 2003, Kasparov played two matches with tournament reflection against PC – chess game. The match against Deep Junior over six games went 3: 3 from that encounter with Deep Fritz over four games ended in 2:2.

Kasparov’s retirement from chess

In November 2004 Kasparov won the Russian national championship. A planned 2003 match against the former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov came into being as little as a scheduled 2005 contest with the next FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov . Kasparov made for these circumstances alone FIDE responsible and declared after the tournament of Linares on 10 March 2005 its withdrawal from professional chess. He explained that with almost forty-two years, he was getting more and more difficult to play a tournament without errors, and that he felt he was no longer part of it. At this time, led Kasparov the world rankings with an Elo rating of 2812 points from.

In May 2010 Kasparov confirmed not to regret his retreat.

Anatoly Karpov. The chess legend.

About Anatoly Karpov

Anatoly Karpov learned the chess game at the age of four from his father, an engineer. At ten he was already champion of Zlatoust, twelve he was first after Moscow invited to attend a course at the Soviet chess school participate. Mikhail Botvinnik was initially unimpressed by the rather cautious game the frail boy, but then changed his mind when he realized how seriously to Karpov devoted to chess. He was first sent abroad already the end of 1966 and won a tournament in Třinec . In 1967 he was in Groningen Junior European Champion, before competitors like Jan Timman and András Adorján . In 1969 he won the World Youth Championship in Stockholm . Shortly before, he had begun with Semyon Furman work which influenced his chess development greatly. In 1970, Karpow became the youngest player at the time. He scored a major success in 1971 with his with Leonid Stein shared 1st place at Alekhine Memorial Tournament in Moscow. His first Chess Olympiad , he played in 1972 in Skopje and products obtained with 13 points from 15 games an excellent result. As a youth world champion he was pre-qualified for the International in Leningrad in 1973, he tied with Viktor Korchnoi won.

Later he qualified in several competitions as a challenger to the world champion Bobby Fischer . After he initially Polugajewski (5.5: 2.5) and then Boris Spassky (7: 4) had turned, he defeated in the final of the candidate contests his compatriot Viktor Korchnoi with 12.5: 11.5. When fishing for title defense in 1975 did not compete, Karpov was declared on April 3, 1975 World Champion. In the following years he played a lot of tournaments to underline his claim as the best chess player in the world. In 1976 he won the first time the USSR championship . His world title he defended twice ( 1978 in Baguio and in 1981 in Merano successfully against Korchnoi). After the second defense Karpov was Lenin Medal awarded. These competitions were held in a very tense atmosphere, because Karpov as line-faithful representative of the Soviet Union was, while Korchnoi as dissident who emigrated to the West.



In the World Chess Championship 1985 Karpov lost his title to Garry Kasparov and could neither win him in a rematch in 1986 nor in 1987 or 1990 to recapture. Only when Kasparov the world chess organization FIDE broke and was disqualified as an official world champion Karpov was in 1993 by a 12.5: 8.5 win against Jan Timman the now divided world championship again and also keep to 1999th  During this period, he scored some major successes, including a convincing win in Linares in 1994. He scored 11 points from 13 games and won with 2.5 points ahead of Kasparov and Shirov – a success that the as a Superior tournament victory in the history of chess. At that time he had his best Elo on of 2780 (July 1994).

From 1975 to 1984 he was the clear number one, from 1985 to mid-1990 the unchallenged number two in chess. He is considered one of the best players of all time. The Chess Oscar as the best player of the year, he won a total of nine times. There are more than 100 tournament victories, which is a world record. 1978 he was for his services Order of the Red Banner of Labor awarded.

Karpov wrote several chess books which have been translated into German, including my best games and Karpov Chess School. An autobiography he published in 1991 in English under the title Karpov on Karpov.

In recent years, Karpov has formed numerous chess schools, both in the successor states of the Soviet Union, as well as in the USA, South America and Europe. In Germany the Karpow-Schachakademie Rhein-Neckar e. V. takes its name. Since 2009, Karpov has been holding the title FIDE Senior Trainer. Since 1994 he is a member of the Chess Association in 1930 Hockenheim . In 2010, he ran for the post of President of FIDE. He was nominated for the German Chess Federation . In the election on 29 September 2010 he defeated the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with 55 to 95 votes.

Karpov is a member of the party United Russia and was in the general election in December 2011 as a representative of the Tyumen Oblast in the Russian Duma voted. Karpov is patron of the “International Children’s Home” (Intercom) in Ivanhoe .

In his spare time he works on philately . His valuable collection includes chess motifs and other specialties.

After Karpov also discovered in December 2003 Asteroid (90414) Karpov from the main belt was named. Dmitry Medvedev awarded him with the Presidential Decree N ° 660 22 May 2011 the Order of Friendship .

Karpov is the father of two children and was married twice. From the first marriage with Irina Kuimowa comes a son (* 1979). With his second wife, Natalia Bulanova, he has a joint daughter (* 1999).

Elo Development

This graph shows the Elo developing Karpov:


Chess Olympiad 1980 in Malta USSR-USA: Anatoly Karpov, Mikhail Tal and Yasser Seirawan

Karpov took the Soviet national team in six Chess Olympiads in part ( in 1972 the first reserve player, in 1974 , 1980 and 1982 respectively on top board, 1986 and 1988 on the second board) and won this all. In 1972, 1974 and 1988, he also won the individual evaluation on his board. He also won the World Team Championships in 1985 and 1989 (each on top board of the Soviet Union)and the European Team Championships 1973 (on the fourth board), 1977, 1980 and 1983 (each on top board), where he in 1973 and 1977 an additional individual Gold medal won.  Karpov in 1984 for the competition USSR vs. the world called to the top board of the Soviet team, reaching against Ulf Andersson one win and three draws.

Teams he fought for

During the existence of the Soviet Union Karpov played for CSKA Moscow , with whom he 1986 European Club Cup won.  On the Russian team championship he took part from 2006 to 2008 with the South Urals Chelyabinsk.  In the German Chess Bundesliga he had in the 1993/94 season four bets for SC Stadthagen, since the 2011/12 season he played in the 1. Bundesliga occasionally for SV 1930 Hockenheim . The Austrian State League A won Karpov in 1993 with the SC Margareten, in which he until 1997/98 was reported, but had no more betting. In the Spanish team championship Karpov played in 1995 and 1996 for CA La Caja de Canarias, 2001 and 2003 for CA Valencia.