MIGRATION FROM GODADDY TO WORDPRESS – 09.16.2015

On June 24, 2014, I completed the forced migration of hundreds of past blog posts from its original GoDaddy host to WordPress. On that day, I posted the following:

“Today, I completed the forced migration of hundreds of past blog posts from its original GoDaddy host to WordPress. It was a daunting task and is still not over. In the transfer, format-specific issues came up. Font consistency has been lost, spacing is messed up and all videos did not transfer. Over the next few months, I intend to go through every single post and clean it up so that the format can be restored to its previous “look” and videos will be added back in. As of right now, I still will not be creating any new posts and will revisit the possibility of doing so once I have finished restoring the blog. As always, you are welcome to follow Costa Bel Cane Corso by visiting our website at www.CostaBelCaneCorso.com or my Facebook profile at https://www.facebook.com/costabel.canecorso. Thank you!”

Over the last few months, I have been incredibly frustrated trying to restore the blog to its original condition.  Sadly, none of the photos or videos transferred.  GoDaddy did not advise me that all of this would not be included in the export files they told me to create.  Originally, the photos did transfer but when GoDaddy permanently deleted its server contents, the photos were deleted.  This is why there are broken image icons wherever a photo once was.  To go in and try to restore almost 600 blog entries manually would be profoundly time consuming.  I am very upset about this and wish I had a better solution.  Thank you.

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STATUS OF COSTA BEL CANE CORSO’S BLOG – 11.12.2013

It has been about 15 months since my last post.  A lot has happened since the last time I made an blog entry.  I am in the process of revamping Costa Bel’s internet presence.  My website has been updated and plans are being kicked around regarding the future of this blog.  In the meantime, please visit Costa Bel Cane Corso’s website at www.CostaBelCaneCorso.com and be sure to friend me on Facebook since I regularly post photos and updates about the Costa Bel clan directly on Facebook.  Thank you!

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MIRA – DAY 31 – 08.15.2012

This photo shoot marks the last day of Mira’s 1st month of life.  Now that she is a bit older, she will be interacting more with the adults, so progress photos will come less often of just Mira alone.  Now she gets to play with the big dogs!  So, enjoy this last progress shoot!


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CROSS YOUR LEGS LIKE A LADY, MIRA! – 08.14.2012

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MIRA’S 4-WEEK CHECK-UP – 08.14.2012

Today was Mira’s 4-week check-up with the special folks at Animal Hospital of Fort Lauderdale.  Cleo came along for the ride too, below are some cute photos of Cleo in the Jeep. 

 

 

Since Mira’s a little older, I decided to bring the camera with me to take photos of her with the people to whom I owe many thanks for delivering Mira 4 weeks ago, enjoy!  She weighed in today at 3.81 pounds!

Gina + Dr. Cindi Bossart:

Dr. Stephanie Jones:

Dr. Stephanie Jones + Gina:

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MIRA’S AKC PEDIGREE ARRIVED IN THE MAIL!

Presenting Costa Bel Fenice Miracolosa’s 4-generation AKC pedigree; to see it close up, click here and a new window will open in Adobe!  I am very proud to have bred this special girl and look forward to seeing her grow up as a permanent member of the Costa Bel Cane Corso clan.

By the way, “Fenice Miracolosa” means “Miraculous Phoenix” in Italian.  Her name holds a very special meaning to me and was chosen just for her!  Below is a beautiful rendition of a phoenix.

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HELP END BREED-SPECIFIC LEGISLATION ON AUGUST 14TH IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY! YOUR VOTE IS CRUCIAL!

I rarely, if ever, post about matters outside of my kennel but this is an issue that runs very deep for me.  On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012, up for vote is whether Miami-Dade County will end a 20+ year ban on pit bulls.  For me, this vote is not just about pit bulls, it’s about my breed aswell – the Cane Corso.  Allowing a county to enforce breed-specific legislation opens the door for inclusion of other breeds, including the Cane Corso.  Anyone on my blog long enough knows that the Cane Corso is kind, gentle and an amazing animal.  Please help set an example that we will not tolerate the discrimination toward a specific breed!!!  GO VOTE!

 

I have prepared an image, below, of the question on page 9 of the ballot.  Please vote YES and fill in circle 500 for this cause!

Additionally, below is a write-up by Dr. Millie Rosales, a well-respected veterinarian in Miami-Dade County, addressing the effects of BSL:

Dear Fellow Miami-Dade Citizens,

 

Since 1989, Miami has maintained a dog breed ban prohibiting the ownership of the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is based on the idea that breed restrictions of any kind will result in increased community safety, which they have never done, wherever they have been implemented. These regulations are also based on the discredited belief that one kind of dog is more likely to bite or injure a human being than another kind of dog. A report released in April 2012 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), based upon an analysis of 40 years of dog bite studies from Europe and North America, affirms this. Many other studies have shown that these “dangerous” breeds behave no different from any other dog breed when it comes to behaviors that lead to biting.

 

BSL is costly to taxpayers to implement, and difficult to enforce by the already short-staffed Miami-Dade Animal Services, whose employees have much more significant issues to contend with in order to better the lives of pets and strays.

 

Moreover, the breed ban increases the already-exorbitant euthanasia rate in our county shelter, because the banned breeds are unable to be adopted by Miami-Dade residents. The pit bulls are sent to the far corners of the shelter, away from the primary traffic flow where they are isolated and doomed to euthanasia.

 

Both the AVMA and our local South Florida Veterinary Medical Association do NOT support a local breed ban. This past May, the City Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, voted to repeal their city’s breedban. Cincinnati’s repeal follows the historic repeal of a statewide breed discriminatory statute in Ohio, which occurred earlier this year in February.

 

PLEASE, get out to the polls and VOTE “YES” to repeal the ban on August 14, 2012.

 

The question on the primary election ballot will read as follows:

 

“Shall the ordinance repealing the county’s 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?”

 

Your answer should be YES to repeal the ban! VOTE!!! Repeal Miami’s Breed Ban on August 14, 2012!

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PUPPY FORMULA MAKING DAY IS ORSO’S FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK! – 08.12.2012

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ORSO + KARMA – PROTECTION SPORTS TRAINING – 08.11.2012

Below are a ton of cool shots of Karma in class and a video of Orso, enjoy!  You can also watch Orso’s video on YouTube – it looks better there – by clicking here.


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ORSO’S AWARD-WINNING “I-DON’T-LIKE-TO-BE-IGNORED” POUT, LOL! – 08.10.2012

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TYPICAL COSTA BEL MORNING – 08.10.2012

I got to spend some time photographing everyone at play this morning and actually got a ton of great shots, I am talking hundreds!  Below are my absolute favorites and I also created a video compilation of a lot of them that I really liked, enjoy!


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DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER! – 08.07.2012

Empty protein powder jug AND a palm tree frond. It’s Cane Corso heaven for Orso around here!

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MIRA – DAY 23 – 08.07.2012


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MANNING HIS POST! – 08.07.2012

Orso’s on toilet patrol! Keeping all bathroom goers throughout the house safe, day and night, LOL!


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LEGROOM SEEMS TO BE A PRIVILEGE IN THIS HOUSE! – 08.06.2012

Cleo and Orso don’t seem to care that my leg room should come WAY before their comfort!


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ORSO & KARMA – PROTECTION SPORTS CLASS – 08.04.2012

It’s very exciting for me to see the progress that both Orso and Karma are demonstrating in Protection Sports training.  Below is my absolute favorite photo from today’s class.  Also, here’s a slide show of some cool sequential shots from class, enjoy!  A HUGE thanks to Artie Malesci for always taking such awesome photos of us! 

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ORSO’S READY-TO-WORK FACE! GAME ON! – 08.04.2012

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GETTING READY FOR OUR ARRIVAL AT PROTECTION SPORTS TRAINING – 08.04.2012

This is the look of concentration and focus.  Orso is mentally preparing himself for training.  This is not to be confused with the look of a sleepy, disinterested and slow-moving Cane Corso, LOL!


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AN EXAMPLE OF THE CANE CORSO IN ART

Philipp Hakkert, 18th Century

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MY DOORSTOPPER IS PRETTIER THAN YOURS, LOL! – 08.04.2012

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IT’S SHAMEFUL THAT HUMANS NEED TO BE TOLD THIS!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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RAIN OR SHINE, ORSO & KARMA ALWAYS HAVE ENERGY – 08.03.2012

It’s been raining for days around here.  When it’s not raining, the fencing contractors are outside working.  Needless to say, they are terrified of my big, scary dogs, LOL.  If they only knew…

 

So, between the bad weather and the workers, cabin fever is at an all-time high.  I finally threw my arms up and surrendered to Orso & Karma’s energy spurts.  I allowed them to literally take the family room apart.  I figured I’d make it into a Kodak moment instead of letting my OCD take over.  Here are some cute shots, enjoy!

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MIRA, DAY 19, & MOMMA CLEO – 08.03.2012

Today, my friend, Sheila Lieberman of Loving Obedience Dog Training, came by to visit Mira.  I shamelessly took advantage of her presence to whip out the camera and get some shots with Mira and of Mira!  Thanks, Sheila, for your help!  Enjoy!

Sheila:

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DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL – 08.03.2012

This morning, Orso kept Mira distracted while I cleaned up her crate.  He is such a good babysitter!

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ESCAPE ARTIST IN THE MAKING! – 08.02.2012

Now that Mira has her eyes open, she is realizing that getting out of her “puppy cave” isn’t quite as difficult as when her little eyes were sealed shut.  After today’s incessant attempts at escape, she finally fell soundly asleep in her “overfed chipmunk” pose.  Here are a couple of photos, enjoy!

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