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It is the pits and not the pits

did it all begin with dogs?

the rancor, recrimination, disdain, and discrimination,

small versus large dogs.

breed discrimination.

breed bans.

BSL.

talk to any owner of a German Shepherd, Rottweiler, or pit bull (which is not a breed, a bunch of bully breeds including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrirer, Pit Bull Terrier, and others) are lumped together and called pit bulls, and they will tell you about how their dog(s) are vilified, demonized, shunned, and/or called mean, vicious and/or killer dogs, no matter the dog.

is it any wonder then now we have right here in America:

people

red vs blue

GOP vs Democrats

conservatives vs liberals

Bernie supporters versus Hillary

men versus women

white Christian evangelicals aka white supremacists against everyone

heterosexuals against LGBT folks

white people versus nonwhite people

rich versus poor and middle class

1% versus 99%

housed versus unhoused

child molesters and rapists versus transgendered

environmentalists aka tree huggers versus climate change deniers and oil companies, big pharma and nuke, coal, industries

vegetarians and vegans versus meat eaters

war mongers versus pacifists

north versus south

didn’t we fight this war before, I seem to recall something…

people divided

a nation in crisis 

fighting each other and the whole world

when will we learn the lessons and stop blaming one another, pointing fingers, spewing hatred?

it is not the dogs, not the people…

 

a nation gone mad accusing one another for our problems

 

we are NOT NOT NOT going to solve anything with slurs, epithets, walls and bans

 

can we just agree to disagree and MOVEO N?????

 

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on a different note, Cici and I are traveling and met with Howard Epstein in LA for lunch yesterday. It was fun and yummy and we grew up in the same neighborhood in NYC, went to the same high school at different times.

 

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how to talk to media about pit bulls

great discussion on pit bulletin legal news radio with Cathy Rosenthal

we have to not be emotional about these issues, just provide the info so people can feel that they are part of solving the problem (in the letter below I used her techniques for always associating pit bulls with positive, and reframing the question to educating people about dog bites, how media overreports on pit bulls and more.

http://radio.pblnn.com/shows/interviews/405-cathy-rosenthal-talking-to-the-media-about-pit-bull-terriers

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letter to respond to:

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/councilmember-madison-says-city-cant-wait-pit-bulls-must-controlled-now

Councilmember Madison Says City Can’t Wait, Pit Bulls Must Be Controlled Now

By RACHEL YOUNG
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Councilmember Steve Madison points to a pit bull attack this morning as further evidence that the City Council needs to pass his ordinance mandating all pit bulls be spayed or neutered.

Madison spoke this morning after a cyclist was forced to the roof of a car along Fair Oaks Avenue to escape the attack of three pit bull or pit bull mix dogs earlier today. Police officers shot all three dogs with a shotgun, killing one and injuring the other two.

“[Councilmember] Terry Tornek said the evidence doesn’t support it. I don’t know how someone could make that statement, it’s just so clearly false,” Madison said. “To me it’s a case where we should exercise our police power as a city, as a government to impose at least some modest regulation so that we address this.”

This attack comes on the heels of a similar report on Jan. 11 in which a growling pit bull trapped a man inside his car in Northwest Pasadena until the police arrived with a tazer gun. That dog shook off the tazer’s effect and ran away at that time, only to be captured days later.

“This is not something I’m making up. I don’t have anything against pit bulls per se, it’s just [that] no social scientist who looks at this data could draw any conclusion other than these dogs are very dangerous,” Madison said.

Madison pointed out that this attack comes just 36 hours before his colleagues had rejected a “modest” ordinance that did not impose a ban of pit bulls, but required them to be spayed and neutered. He noted that most of the “passionate pit bull lovers” were probably responsible and loving dog owners who already had their dogs spay and neutered.

“When you have a room packed full of passionate pit bull lovers and they’re telling you please don’t do this my dog is great, it’s easy just to put your finger in the wind and not act,” Madison said.

However, he said the conversation should be about the data and not each pit bull owner’s experience. He noted that last year 31 deaths in the country were caused by pit bulls. He also said five of five dog related deaths were caused by pit bulls last year in California, with three of those five being the family pet attacking a family member.

Madison says the City can’t wait six months to discuss a mandatory spay and neuter of all dogs because the problem right now is pit bulls.

“I’ve been working on pit bulls for years, everybody says ‘lets just study the issue.’ We don’t need to study this anymore. This is a clear and present danger and we need to act now. I’ll be happy to discus spay and neutering parakeets and lizards and goldfish and all the rest, but right now those aren’t the threats. The threats are pit bulls,” Madison said.

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editor@pasadenanow.com

Dear Editor,

re: Councilmember Madison mandatory spay and neuter

Everyone in the community is concerned about aggressive dogs and stopping dog bites. No one wants their dog to be killed or shot by police who are trying to deal with the problem of dogs roaming the streets. The mandatory spaying and neutering proposal will NOT solve the problem since breed is NOT a factor when it comes to dog bites and attacks. Councilmember Madison says that breed is the problem but bites by pit bulls are overeported by the media. He is focusing on breeds instead of focusing on the real reasons for dog bites.

It is important to know the factors that lead to dog bites so that REAL solutions can be implemented.

My next door neighbor’s dog is the perfect example of a dog who is potentially dangerous because of all of the red flag factors. Red flags: He is not neutered. He is left alone and isolated in the yard 24/7 rain, cold, sunshine/heat, and he is not socialized, not trained on how to act towards people and other dogs. This is a powerful dog with a lot of energy who is never walked nor exercised. He is frustrated, crying, whining and often heard howling. He is miserable. And if and when he ever escapes his captors yard, he may hurt someone since he does NOT know how to behave. This is not his fault. It is the fault of his guardians who refuse to neuter him, train, exercise and/or take him inside. Their dog is a powerful Siberian Husky who weighs about 150 pounds. It is not how this dog looks that will cause him to hurt someone, it is how he is being mistreated.

Other factors that lead to dog bites include dogs that roam the streets in packs, dogs who are chained up in a yard who can become territorial, leaving a dog outside 24/7, female dogs with babies who protect their offspring, dogs who have been abused, neglected and/or terrorized by humans, sick dogs, starved dogs and dogs who are trained to attack humans and/or other dogs.

In a 2008 study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, dog breeds were ranked based on their propensity for aggression toward owners, strangers and other dogs. The breeds with the highest likelihood of directing aggression toward strangers were dachshunds and Chihuahuas, with 20 percent of the sample attempting to bite or biting humans, compared with 7 percent for pit bulls.

Other breeds rated highest for aggression toward strangers included Doberman pinschers, rottweilers, Yorkshire terriers and poodles. The study states that “scores for stranger-directed aggression found among pit bull terriers were inconsistent with their universal reputation as a ‘dangerous breed’ and their reported involvement in dog bite-related fatalities.” The high aggression breeds identified in the study send people to the emergency room and, even when they don’t, they can instill a lifelong paralyzing fear of dogs in children who constitute the majority of dog bite victims.

It is also important to learn canine body language. Dogs exhibit body postures that forecast how they are responding. In other words, dog give warning signals before they bite. If a dog is staring intently, tail stiff up, and /or growling, it is best to back away slowly from the dog.

And just because a dog (like my neighbor’s) has red flags does not necessarily mean that they WILL bite, only that the likelihood goes up for each factor. And even then, some dogs will NOT bite. Take, for example, the former Michael Vick dogs. Despite the fact that they were chained 24/7, were unsocialized, untrained and had been terrorized, abused and traumatized at Bad Newz Kennels, none of these pit bulls showed any aggression. Eight of them have become therapy dogs. Many are living in homes with children, other dogs, cats and other pets.

History and statistics tells us that solving the wrong problem will not bring an end to dog bites. Breed is not a factor when it comes to dog bites so to demand mandatory spaying and neutering of any particular breed of dog will not end the problem.

Thank you.

 

(they published my letter)

 

 

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/opinion-everyone-in-the-community-is-concerned-about-agressive-dogs-and-stopping-dog-bites

 

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Pit bull news

When it rains, it pours in pitbollian land, it seems, whenever there is news, there is lots of it these days… so here’s a bit of what is going on… 

Patrick Update

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that the Kisha Curtis case is scheduled to continue today, Friday February 22nd at 9:00 AM. While this case has taken almost two years to get to where we are and that is so difficult for many to understand, the NJSPCA does appreciate the efforts of the Essex County Prosecutors Office and the patience of Judge Cassini. The justice system grinds forward so slowly in some cases but the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has and continues to take this case seriously. Frustration is often expressed when cases drag on but the single most important fact of this case is that Patrick has recovered, is doing amazingly well and is happy and loved with the Scavelli’s. I personally have no doubt that Patrick will be forever, “Patrick Scavelli” !!! Capt, NJSPCA

Curtis continues to deny abusing/neglecting and abandoning Patrick, asked for pre-trial intervention, it was rejected, and the next hearing date is April 8.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/woman_accused_of_cruelty_to_pa.html#incart_river_default

Good news

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted UNANIMOUSLY to pass legislation that will protect dog owners in Maryland from discrimination. Dog owners, property owners, concerned citizens and lawmakers have all been working together to find a solution to a 2012 Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that put severe financial and emotional burdens on dog owners and landlords. Next up, the bill goes to the Senate where, according to the Baltimore Sun, it is expected to be favorably received. There is no ‘us vs. them” in Maryland: everyone is working together to achieve safe, human communities!

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/politics/House-passes-bill-on-dog-bite-responsibility/-/9379266/19018136/-/l62q68/-/index.html

Hero Dog Saves Couple From Apartment Fire

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A dog’s heroics helped one family escape an apartment fire over the weekend.

The dog woke up a couple in the nick of time after a fire burned an apartment building in Sheffield, AL. The couple said that if their dog didn’t wake them, they wouldn’t have made it out alive.

Boots is a 9-month-old pit bull mix. Her owner, Brandon McDonald, said he and his wife were asleep in an upstairs apartment when the fire broke out early Saturday morning.

He said the dog kept nudging him, and even barked a couple times, but it wasn’t until she latched onto his arm that he then opened his eyes and saw smoke inside their apartment. Mcdonald said the dog’s bite didn’t break the skin or leave any bruises.

Like others in the building, the couple lost everything in the fire, but they said they’re thankful to still have the dog and each other.

“I’ve always kept a pit bull,” said McDonald. “I won’t ever be without a pit bull again. I will never get rid of my dog. I love my dog to death.”

Firefighters believe the fire started in a downstairs apartment. An exact cause has not yet been determined.

http://www.waff.com/story/21235235/hero-dog-saves-couple-from-apartment-fire

Detroit area may lift ban of pit bulls…

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130213/METRO02/302130350/1009/metro02/Waterford-Twp-may-lift-ban-pit-bulls-bully-breeds
**IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED**

In Nevada

http://act.bestfriends.org/page/-/html/022113_Nevada_online.html

Florida

A Broward County, Florida commissioner has filed a motion to make it illegal to own “pit bulls” in Broward County. This issue is on next week’s commissioner’s meeting agenda. PLEASE SHARE and please make your polite and respectful opposition to this proposal known to the county commissioners. It is very important to note that Florida state law PROHIBITS cities from passing BSL

Florida Statute 767.14 prohibits local governments from regulating dogs due to breed.

http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/broward-county-fl-proposing-ban-on-pit-bulls/

“According to a 2008 study, “Breed Differences in Canine Aggression,” pit bulls are markedly less aggressive toward their owners when compared to other dogs. And the breed has displayed below-average levels of aggression when encountering strangers.”

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2013/02/pit_bulls_not_aggressive_research.php

“Breed-specific legislation is useless. BSL accomplishes nothing. It doesn’t improve public safety, or even prevent dog bites. It’s expensive. It does nothing to hold irresponsible dog owners accountable for their actions, while at the same time punishing responsible dog owners, and here’s the kicker: Not one single animal welfare organization supports the policy. Not one.” ~Shorty Rossi

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Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

 

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Florida pit bulls may get a 2nd chance

Residents of Miami/Dade County will be voting on whether to overturn the 23-year ban against keeping or owning pit bulls

The question on the August 14 ballot will ask voters, “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?”

Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife, Jamie — who moved their family from Chicago to Broward County rather than Miami-Dade because they own an American Staffordshire terrier, a type of pit bull — have supported lifting the ban.

Now, Gary Stein from the Florida Sun Sentinel thinks pit bull owners should have to carry extra insurance to own a dog.

“One million bucks in insurance is a good starting point. More is even better.

You love your pit bull? Great. Prove it with your wallet.”

Gary Stein can be reached at gstein@sunsentinel.com.

Vote in the poll on his page:  Should pit bull owners have to carry one million dollars in insurance?

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/todaysbuzz/sfl-should-pit-bull-owners-have-to-carry-extra-insurance-20120503,0,188226.story#tugs_story_display

what do you think?  should the ban be repealed and should pit bull owners be forced to carry million dollar insurance for their dogs?

Please share with Florida voters and pit bull owners.

there are no incidents to date of a spayed/neutered indoor family pit bull ever having killed anyone.

…[S]ince 1975, dogs belonging to more than 30 breeds have been responsible for fatal attacks on people, including Dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, and a Labrador Retriever.” (It’s also key to point out that you are more likely to be killed by lightening than a dog, and dog bites are at historic lows.)

http://stubbydog.org/2012/05/pit-bulls-by-the-numbers/

Recently, the state of Ohio became the fiftieth and final state in America to overturn breed specific legislation.

what about gun owners? Should all gun owners carry insurance?

Florida is on the TOP 20 list for deadliest state for gun deaths…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/01/10/deadliest-gun-states.html#slide20

oh but then the NRA would be UP IN ARMS… and in Florida, George Zimmerman is free and pit bulls are dangerous.  ALL pit bull owners should be made to pay because of irresponsible owners? Do all parents have to pay because of abusive and irresponsible parents?

It is estimated that for every Pit Bull who kills, there are 10.5 MILLION that DON’T!

Owner Management & Control of Dogs

Owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowingly supervise interaction between children and dogs.

Reproductive Status of Dog –

Owners failing to spay or neuter animals not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.

In 2006, 97% of the fatal attacks were the result of one or more of these reckless or criminal ownership practices.
National Canine Research Council

www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com

and here are some troubled teens working with pit bulls, win win situation, let’s hear more stories like this. Got any stories?  Let us know, thanks.

http://www.woodtv.com//dpp/eightwest/mans-best-friend-bonds-with-troubled-teens

A change making approach to dog issues from our friends at BadRap, don’t discriminate or punish, support and PREVENTION  (get those dogs spayed/neutered and educate the owners, train the dogs)… simple, creative solutions WORK (darned, I know some people prefer to punish others than resolve situations)…

http://video214.com/play/U8w8o6S7YSGaRxouN3n6yg/s/dark

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unleashing the bull

Born to be Scary…

In her latest attempt to stage a 4 legged takeover of my bed, my most dangerous ticking time bomb of a dog, cici circled the covers, whipped them into a frenzy and proceeded to lick me into submission this morning.  Here she is, the devious one, plotting her next playful mauling of my belly.  Run. Hide. Get Under the Covers.

Ignorance is bliss in Maryland…Maryland Court of Appeals just declared that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are “inherently dangerous.”

“The evidence shows clearly that such attacks are disproportionate to the number of pit bulls in society, that they inflict far more damage than other dogs, and that their attacks are associated with a higher risk of death. Pit bull jaws are three times stronger than those of a German (shepherd).”

…”pit bulls are four-legged time bombs. You live with them, you live with risk … 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-rodricks-dogs-20120430,0,3345843.column

I wrote to Dan Rodricks who wrote the above and this was the response, “I return on Jan. 5. Happy New Year, and thank you for reading the column and supporting The Baltimore Sun.”

so not only is his email out of date but so is his faulty logic/opinion with no factual evidence nor research done about pitbulls, surprise surprise. at least he’s consistent.

what evidence where, educated folks want to know. because in the reality based world where we live…

pit bulls do NOT have locking jaws and pit bulls are just dogs like other dogs…

Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia wrote:
“The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of “locking mechanism” unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”

The ‘pit bull’ has powerful jaws, but they are not alone in this. This is yet another myth – that ‘pit bulls’ are more dangerous because they have the most powerful bite. Most large breeds and cross breeds have a very strong bite, and even smaller dogs can inflict a bite powerful enough to kill. Any dog can be dangerous in the hands or an irresponsible, negligent or abusive owner.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111118/COMMUNITY/111119524/1033/news?Title=Pit-bulls-are-just-dogsa

Hero: Refusing to cooperate with profiling pit bulls 

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/05/city-defies-maryland-state-government-refuses-to-profile-dog-breeds/

A personal story from MD

http://stubbydog.org/2012/05/a-maryland-reaction/

Myths about pibbles busted

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2011/11/04/a-myth-buster-of-a-day

bite statistics prove that it is NOT any specific breed but factors are: is the dog chained outside, left to roam free, unneutered, unsocialized… these are the factors that produce dogs of ALL breeds that bite/maul…

but why do any research when you can just spout off myths, stereotypes and fear based opinion?

“at a time when much of the country, with exceptions like the Maryland Court of Appeals, is waking up to how wrong that stereotype is.”

http://www.ohmidog.com/2012/04/30/sun-columnist-dan-rodricks-badmouths-pit-bulls-gets-mauled-by-readers/

http://www.montereyherald.com/opinion/ci_20117852/breed-bans-arent-answer-dog-attacks

well said…

“What Rodrick fails miserably at acknowledging is the owner’s part in a dog’s behavior. Dogs who are abused or neglected are often a bite risk.

Dogs who are owned by individuals who fail to alter them, allow them to roam neighborhoods unsupervised and/or are miserably undersocialized – are a bite risk.

Not Pit bulls – dogs – all dogs.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/baltimore-columnist-blasts-pit-bulls-and-applauds-dangerous-ruling

an update:

http://www.ohmidog.com/2012/05/01/bashing-pit-bulls-is-like-bashing-baltimore/

a pit bull in Denver…

http://vimeo.com/39597705

a tale of two dogs

 http://www.ywgrossman.com/photoblog/?p=837

“My kids are around pit bulls every day. In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull.”    Cesar Millan.  “Pit bulls get a bad rap because of irresponsible owners….”

you can let Rodrick know what you think…

On Facebook: he deleted all of the comments about pit bulls and now his email automatically sends a message to go to the Court of Appeals. So if you want to comment, you will have to post underneath his other posts.

http://www.facebook.com/dan.rodricks

Tips for renters:

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/05/maryland-government-labels-pit-bulls-inherently-dangerous/

asking people to post photos of their awesome pit bulls (or pit bull mixes) to our HSUS MD page: www.facebook.com/HSUSMarylandand/or tweet to @humanesociety using the #WELOVEMDPITBULLS hashtag. Thanks in advance to anyone posting, it is greatly appreciated.”

…a small committee of qualified and trusted experts are now reviewing the legal landscape of this decision to design next steps. One thing you CAN do is to help Maryland’s dogs right at the source by supporting a very special Baltimore-based shelter that has been unwavering in its commitment to pit bull adoptions despite the disturbing news. BARCS Animal Shelter is a friend and is full of good people and deserving dogs. Please keep them on your radar and consider adopting from them, fostering, volunteering or donating a financial gift or dog supplies. And when you do, thank them for staying on course for the ‘pit bulls’ in their care.

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United Continental discrimination

Here we go again.

Despite the fact that many communities are repealing heinous discriminatory bans of pit bulls, United-Continental airlines has just banned nine breeds of “dangerous” dogs from flying their “not very friendly skies.”

The restricted breeds include the following:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Presa Canario
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Cane Corso
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Tosa (or Tosa Ken)
  • Ca de Bou

please sign and share  this petition, call and write and tell them to reconsider and repeal this breed ban on innocent dogs.

http://www.change.org/petitions/united-airlines-remove-breed-discrimination-from-pet-policy 

I sent their media people two emails… here is one I sent to media.relations@united.com:

Smart move… at a time when most communities are repealing breed bans, why in the world would you ban people friendly breeds of dogs from flying on your airline?  I did not see dachshunds and Chihuahuas (breeds that show the highest likelihood of aggression aka dog bites towards strangers) on your list.

In a 2008 study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, dog breeds were ranked based on their propensity for aggression toward owners, strangers and other dogs. The breeds with the highest likelihood of directing aggression toward strangers were dachshunds and Chihuahuas, with 20 percent of the sample attempting to bite or biting humans, compared with 7 percent for pit bulls.

NO breed deserves to be banned. Dogs are individuals as humans.

Mark Buehrle Forced to Move Due to Absurd Pitbull Ban

Mark Buehrle has a dream.

A dream that his four little dogs will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the ferocity of their appearance but by the content of their tameness. A 1989 pitbull ban in Miami-Dade County forced Buehrle to distance himself from the Miami Marlins ballpark in order to legally keep one of his dog.

According to the Miami Herald, Buehrle is an avid dog lover and wouldn’t even fathom parting with his pitbull Slater over the ban. The All-Star ace even said that if there hadn’t been a place for him and his family to move that permitted the pitbull, he wouldn’t have signed in Miami. Luckily for the Marlins, Broward County shares his love for canines…

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1014326-mark-buehrle-forced-to-move-due-to-absurd-pitbull-ban

Willie Nelson on archaic breed ban laws

http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2011/11/17/Nelson-to-panel-vicious-dog-law-in-Ohio-archaic.html

When communities are considering breed-discriminatory legislation, they often place “pit bull” owners in a separate category from the rest of the dog owning population, and they draw on negative stereotypes and generalizations about “the kinds of people who have pit bulls.” But as this video shows, many “pit bull” owners have other kinds of dogs, too.  Stop relying on stereotypes and generalizations. For more information, please visit animalfarmfoundation.org.

Rachael Ray and Jennifer Aniston also have pit bull pups along with a whole slew of celebrities. Are you going to outlaw their dogs, too????

celebs and their pit bulls

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302042753149565.71104.157016340985541&type=3

more info about United…

the carrier has delayed thousands of flights, wiped out the paid itineraries of an unknown number of travelers, “mishandled” who knows how many checked bags, misplaced the seat assignments of a clutch of its most frequent flyers, and generally annoyed the hell out of huge swathes of its customer base.

United has yet to apologize because being an airline means never having to say you’re sorry.

In fact, being an airline means never having to give you the seat on the plane for which you paid. It means never having to fly on time. It means not having to get you home if it strands you halfway around the world. Being an airline means never even having to fly you to the city that appears on the ticket you purchased. Actually, being an airline means never having to fly aircraft—which pretty much means you’re not even an airline.

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Blog the Change: Pit Bull Awareness

When I thought about how to honor Pit Bull Awareness Month (and how to Blog the Change), it occurred to me to do an update about Ginger… one of the three former M. Vick dogs I met in Monterey at the SPCA.    I was hoping to also get stats on pit bulls in Monterey from the SPCA but so far nada. There are about 8 pit bulls available for adoption on their website. They are inundated with a large number of chi’s right now.

But in many many shelters across the country, a majority of the dogs up for adoption and the dogs that are euthanized are pit bulls and pit bull mixes due to human ignorance about the breed. Pit bulls are abused across the board, in all ways, starved, neglected, abandoned, made to fight so humans can make money and tortured for no reason other than how they look and human fear and hatred of dogs. Every year 4-6 million healthy pets get euthanized in shelters across the USA and a high percentage of those are pit bulls and mixes.

(Updates about Patrick, the starved dog in NJ and Lennox, a dog that is not even a pit bull, who may in a week be euthanized in Belfast, Ireland …)

More about Breed Discrimination and Pibbles

Ginger and her mama are very special and fabulous ambassadors for Pit Bulls everywhere. LOVE is the KEY factor that MAKES the difference in a DOG’s Life. And Ginger personifies how great pit bulls are… goofy, loving, sweet and loyal… Even after being fought, tortured, abused, ALL of the former Vicktory dogs are a great example of the breed. Eight of the former Vick dogs are now therapy dogs. And most of the dogs are now spending time in loving homes with other dogs, kids, cats and humans. Several have their own facebook pages… Hector the Pit Bull, Handsome Dan, Cherry Garcia, Jhumpa Jones, and others. Clearly, it is NOT the dogs that cause problems, it is the humans that make a difference, one way or another.

From Stacy Dubuc, Ginger’s wonderful adopter aka doggie mama:

After being rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels, Ginger made the long journey from Virginia to The SPCA for Monterey County.  Two years old at the time, she had spent most of her life in a kennel and had had very little positive interactions with humans.  She quickly went into a foster home to provide her with a quiet stable environment where she would hopefully come out of her shell.  Her early months in foster care were not easy, she was incredibly timid and would cower and hide whenever approached.  The timid shell of an animal I brought home needed way more than simple material items – she needed compassion, patience, love and some sort of understanding after the ordeal she had been through.

Our early days and months were not easy – her clinging to the back of her crate for hours on end as I cried and wondered if we would ever be friends, her fleeing from any attempt at a gentle touch, refusing to eat for days as I tried a variety of techniques to prevent her from wasting further away…it goes on and on and has probably been experienced by many a person fostering an abused animal.  We worked through those tough times and eventually became friends.

It is hard to believe but November 6th will make four years since Ginger came home with me. It has been such a pleasure watching her evolve into the confident, happy, and incredibly loving dog she is today. She loves running about the yard, going for long walks along the rec trail, naps, treats, etc.  The dog that used to cower from people is now curious and willing to meet new people. While, she will still shy away from being petted by most strangers, she will eagerly sit and take treats from them.  Most of the people we meet will never know her past…they simply see her as a beautiful happy dog passing by them on the trail.

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