A Man Walking His Dogs Off Leash Gets $50,000 for Harsh Treatment — A Stun Gun

Two years ago, Gary Hesterberg of Montara, California, took his two dogs, Beagle Jack and Rat Terrier JoJo, on a walk in the Rancho Corral de Tierra open space, something he’d done many times before. Dogs in the Rancho were always running free — the area is popular with dog walkers — and despite a law saying dogs had to be leashed, it was never enforced, according to SFGate. 

With rolling hills and lush vegetation, the Rancho is a large undeveloped tract of land on the San Mateo coast, and it was recently added to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Authorities planned to begin enforcing the leash law, but, according to court documents, rangers were instructed to begin with “an educational approach or soft enforcement with regards to violations of the Rancho’s new rules,” according to court documents. 

Enter Ranger Sarah Cavallaro. It was the first day of the new enforcement period, and she was out to give some hard education. She had her stun gun with her. 

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Cavallaro stopped Hesterberg and his little dogs, only one of whom was running around off -leash. She explained the new rules. According to court documents, the conversation got contentious. Apparantly Cavallaro wanted Hesterberg's name, but Hesterberg didn't want to give it to her and be labeled as someone who broke the leash law rules -- rules that had never been enforced. He gave her a fake last name. As he testified later, “I don’t want to be placed on some offending dog walker ... list.”

According to SFGate, the conversation "escalated" and Hesterberg said he was leaving. Cavallaro said he couldn't leave. She pulled out her stun gun and trained it on Hesterberg while she waited to get confirmation of his identify via radio. 

They stayed that way for four minutes. Hesterberg told the ranger he had a heart condition. He asked her what authority he was being held under, according to SFGate. 

"The Constitution," she replied.

Hesterberg decided this was as good a time as any to simply leave and continue his walk, and he did so. 

Cavallaro decided this was as good a time as any to fire her stun gun, and she did so. 

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Witnesses were stunned. Michelle Babcock was walking with her two Border Collies, saw the exchange, and couldn't believe it.

"It was really scary. I just felt so bad for him," she told SFGate. "He just tried to walk away. She never gave him a reason [why he was being detained]."

Babcock said the ranger shot Hesterberg in the back as he walked off with his dogs.

"We were like in disbelief," she said. "It didn't make any sense."

Paramedics were called, and Hesterberg was arrested on suspicion of providing false information, failing to obey a lawful order, and keeping dogs off leash. San Mateo County prosecutors declined to file charges, according to SFGate.

Fast forward to today, and Hesterberg finally gets his due. A federal judge ruled that the ranger "acted unlawfully with unreasonable force" during her education trip out to the Rancho. The judge brushed away the "lying to the police officer" offense, given that it was in connection to a warning about a leash law violation. And while Hesterberg was "uncooperative," he didn't pose an immediate threat to Cavallaro. He was just walking his dogs. Hesterberg was awarded $ 50,000 in damages for physical and mental suffering.

What do you think about this? Did this ranger go too far in her mission educating people? Have you ever been confronted by authorities over your unleashed dogs in an area frequented by unleashed dogs? Let us know in the comments. 

Via SFGate. 

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golden-lgeMurphy the Golden Retriever is happily basking in her family’s love and attention after spending two years lost in the wilderness.

According to Today.com, nearly two years ago, Erin and Nathan Braun were on a camping trip in Tahoe National Forest in California when Murphy went missing.

The couple frantically searched for days, posting fliers, creating a Facebook page, and never giving up hope, even as the months went on.

But recently, campers who were staying only five miles from where Murphy was last seen, notified the family that Murphy had been spotted.

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Our Downtown Chicago Staycation

Our Downtown Chicago Staycation // Bubby and Bean

Last Friday evening, Robbie, Essley, and I checked into the gorgeous W City Center hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Loop for a weekend staycation. Our three year wedding anniversary was two days earlier, so it was perfect timing for a celebration – and for the first time, as a family of three. For how much traveling we do, we have admittedly spent very little time playing tourist in our own city (especially right downtown where all the action is), so this was pretty exciting for us. We ended up having a really wonderful weekend that was the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure, and we’ve already decided that we need to make this an annual event.

Our room at the W was beautiful (my favorite part being the rad typographic lamp art that read, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – spot on!), so we decided to spend the first night in with a pizza from good ol’ Chicago staple Lou Malnati’s. We are terrible Chicagoans in that we never order deep dish pizza, but since we were playing tourists and all, we went for it. (And thank goodness we did, because omg you guys. So good.) We spent the evening sprawled out on the massive chaise lounge in the room gorging ourselves and relishing in the luxury of doing nothing. (In truth, Robbie watched baseball playoffs and I went back and forth between playing with Essley, experimenting with the delicious smelling Bliss body products from the W’s bathroom, and reading, but this was as close to doing nothing that we’ve gotten in a long time. And it was glorious.)

On Saturday morning, we awoke to discover that it was unseasonably cold and rainy outside. But we were determined. After leisurely sipping on coffee and eating a late breakfast, we bundled up, were greeted by the W’s super friendly elevator carpet (had to snap this picture), and headed outside toward Michigan Avenue with plans to check out the Magritte Exhibit at the Art Institute. The Art Institute is one of my favorite places in the world, and was one of the things I missed most during the 14 years I left the area. Despite our lack of making time for tourist things around here, I do try to make it here about once a year. I have not, however, ever visited on a weekend, and wow was it busy. I’m so grateful that we had a member card because the line to get in stretched around the block and we were able to bypass it. Sadly though, the Magritte exhibit was way too crowded to navigate with a 9 month old baby, so we had to give up after a few minutes and instead headed toward the Modern Wing, which is my favorite area of the museum. I’m especially smitten with the Contemporary Art After 1960 galleries, and it was pretty cool to see Essley react so positively to some of my favorite pieces. (Lots of bright colors and contrast and simple lines make for visually pleasing stuff to babies.) This was her first visit to the Art Institute (outside the womb, anyway) and aside from some jolly-but-intense high pitched screeches in line for the Magritte exhibit, she behaved really well and seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience. I can’t wait to bring her back when she’s a little older.

After a few hours at the museum, we headed across the street to Millennium Park. And here is where I become completely transparent about what a really bad Chicagoland native I am: this was the first time I’d ever visited the bean. To be fair, it didn’t exist until 2006 (and even Millennium Park itself didn’t while I was growing up), but I’ve spent enough time in the park (Chicago’s fashion week runways shows are held there, among other events I’ve done for work) that it’s a little silly that I’ve somehow repeatedly missed what is arguably the most famous part. So for our first stop, the bean it was. It was drizzling and Essley has fallen asleep in her stroller during the short walk, so we let her sleep, snapped a few photos (the sculpture is pretty bad ass in person), and took a stroll around the park. The leaves were just beginning to change and many of the gardens still had flowers, so there was a lot of lovely things to look at as we walked. From there we explored for a while, mainly just to be present and look at things we normally forget to appreciate (there really is some seriously stunning architecture in this city!) and eventually, headed back to the hotel to regroup and figure out dinner.

We ended up getting a little too comfortable in our room (the beds at the W City Center are like clouds, dudes) and dozed off for a few minutes next to Essley. It felt decadent to stop our busy lives for even a brief moment to just relax together. After waking up hungry, we did a little online searching for closeby dinner options.  (We had brunch reservations at the hotel’s restaurant, IPO, for the following morning or we would have eaten there as the dinner menu looked stellar.) Our goal was to find something casual that was kid-friendly but not a big chain, and somewhere that offered some good vegetarian options for me. So I may have let out an audible scream when I realized that Native Foods, a seriously scrumptious vegan restaurant, was right around the corner. We put Essley in the Ergo and just a few minutes later, were sitting a table awaiting what ended up being one of the best dinners I’d had in a while. I had a vegan reuben sandwich and an Ebel’s Weiss beer; Robbie had a vegan gyro health bowl, sweet potato fries (which Essley sampled as well and seemed to adore), and a lavender lemonade. And we shared the best vegan buffalo wings I’ve ever eaten.

When dinner was done, we walked back to the W, and spent a little while checking out the gorgeous lobby and their lounge (called the Living Room). If we’d been sans baby, we definitely would have spent some time chilling over cocktails there. It’s a cozy space with a beautiful vaulted gold flecked ceiling, comfy couches, and the coolest oversized lamps. We then headed back up to the room and got Essley ready for bed, then settled into bed ourselves and watched a movie. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.

On Sunday morning, we packed up our bags (boooo) and headed downstairs to the IPO Restaurant for brunch. The first thing I noticed (of course) was that the space was beautifully styled – I want a set of their hanging light fixtures for my house, and I think Essley does as well. We started off with coffee and a bakery plate filled with freshly baked pastries and sides of orange marmalade and Nutella.  (The croissant was to die for.) After much contemplation, I ordered the eggs benedict (with the canadian bacon on the side for Robbie, who loves his meat y’all) and breakfast potatoes, and Robbie ordered a cheddar, asparagus, and chorizo omelette. Our meals came out fast and were absolutely delightful. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what spices they used for the potatoes, but wow. Hands down, they were the best breakfast potatoes I’ve even had, and I will without a doubt visit IPO again for this very reason. We left full and happy (which when it comes to brunch, is the ultimate way to feel), said our goodbyes to our magical downtown staycation, and headed back to reality with some fantastic memories.

If you live in the Chicagoland area and are thinking about taking a staycation, I can’t recommend the W City Center highly enough. The hotel staff is absolutely wonderful and the rooms are both comfortable and chic. The location is incredible for really experiencing the heart of the city, and the restaurant is more than just convenient – it’s fresh, delicious, and interesting. And the overall vibe of the hotel is great as well – whether you’re bringing the kids like we did, looking for a romantic atmosphere, or planning a fun weekend with friends. You can check out more about the W City Center for yourself right here, or via their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.  During your stay at the W, I also suggest paying a visit to the Art Institute and Millennium Park like we did – both are not to be missed. The Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower – but not to Chicagoans!) is also steps away, and both the Goodman Theatre and Cadillac Palace Theatre are less than a mile from the hotel. If you’re in the mood for shopping, the famous Magnificent Mile is a short few block walk away. Or even if you just want to enjoy a luxurious weekend of lazy bliss in an exquisitely designed room with a heavenly bed – this is the place to do it. I hope you love it as much as we did. Thanks for following along!

This post was in collaboration with W Hotels/Starwood Hotels. I received a complementary stay at the W City Center, but was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. 


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“If We Win, He’s Buying Me a Puppy!”

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Ebola Patient's Dog Has Been Killed by Spanish Authorities

Ebola Patient's Dog Has Been Killed by Spanish Authorities
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Pet Food Recall: Pedigree Expanded Recall

This is an expansion of the previous recall of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products from last week.  In addition to the previous 22 pound bags being recalled, there is a recall of “55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.”  The official FDA Report is below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 31, 2014 – At PEDIGREE®, we care about all dogs and their safety and well-being is extremely important to us, and to our mission – to make a Better World for Pets. For that reason, we have announced the extension of a previous voluntary recall of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The voluntary recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states, but it now is being expanded to 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

This recall is being expanded to Sam’s Club in the U.S. because some of the affected production lot was originally said to be held in inventory but was instead released to consumers, which has necessitated the expansion of the recall. We are confident no other packages or retailers are affected by this recall.

Bags may contain small metal fragments, which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself, but may present a risk of injury if consumed.

We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. We have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

At Mars Petcare, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for this situation and encourage you to reach out to us at 1-800-305-5206 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST if you have questions.

This voluntary recall affects two packages sold in the United States only. No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of dry dog food, wet dog food or dog treats. The affected packages are:

  • 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Sam’s Club will have the lot code 432E1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/7/15. See below for a list of Sam’s Club stores.
  • 15-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General stores will have the lot code 432C1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/5/15. See below for a list of Dollar General stores.
23100 10944 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 15 pound bags
23100 10731 PEDIGREE® Brand Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 55 pound bags

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Affected 15-pound bags were sold between August 18 and August 30 at Dollar General stores in:

  • Arkansas:
    • Perryville
    • Cabot
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Calhoun
    • Hineston
    • Jonesville
    • Pineville
    • Slaughter
  • Mississippi
    • Magnolia
    • Vicksburg
  • Tennessee
    • Memphis

Sam’s Club Affected 55-pound bags were sold between August 14 and August 30 at Sam’s Club in:

  • Michigan:
    • Comstock Park
    • Muskegon
    • Jackson
    • Roseville
    • Saginaw
  • Saginaw
    • Kokomo
  • Ohio
    • Dayton
    • Holland
    • Lima

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