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Foster a Dog

 

Fostering is one piece of the NO Kill equation

“We all grew up believing that if you worked at a humane society or an SPCA, it was because you loved animals. And we were also told that the killing was a necessary evil and that nobody wanted to do it. And they wouldn’t do it if there was any sort of alternative… But then when the San Francisco SPCA created an alternative model and showed them that, indeed it wasn’t a ’necessary’ evil, it was just evil and we could end it, [the sheltering establishment] didn’t want to hear about it, they didn’t want to know and they felt so tremendously threatened by it that they did everything in their power to try and stop it.” –Jennifer Winograd, No Kill Advocacy Center, in the film Redemption.

http://www.nokillredemption.com/

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Screenings:

“America is two countries now—the country of its narrative and the country of its numbers, with the latter sitting in judgment of the former. In the stories we tell ourselves, we are nearly always too good: too soft on criminals, too easy on terrorists, too lenient with immigrants, too kind to animals. In the stories told by our numbers, we imprison, we drone, we deport, and we euthanize with an easy conscience and an avenging zeal. We have become schizophrenic in that way, and pit bulls hold up the same mirror as the 2.2 million souls in our prisons and jails and the more than 350,000 people we deport every year. Every year, American shelters* kill about 1.2 million dogs. But both pro- and anti-pit-bull organizations estimate that of these, anywhere from 800,000 to nearly 1 million are pit bulls. We kill anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pit bulls a day. They are rising simultaneously in popularity and disposability, becoming something truly American, a popular dog forever poised on the brink of extermination.”

http://www.esquire.com/features/american-dog-0814?src=soc_fcbks

* the No Kill community would argue that we do not HAVE to kill. Some shelters CHOOSE to do so.  Nathan Winograd suggests and has himself implemented the No Kill Equation as the head of a shelter (or two) where he took killing off the table of options and challenged his staff to come up with creative solutions to get pets adopted.

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Can fostering pets save more shelter pets?

Rock and Rawhide thinks so.

There is an estimated 3-4million pets euthanized each year in US animal shelters. That’s 10,000 per day on average. There must be a way to curb at least some of this. There is. Fostering.

There is a strong lack of homes willing to open their doors to fostering a shelter pet. Maybe it’s because they assume that a shelter animal is “broken”, or that they think they would never be able to give the animal up to an adopter, it would break their heart. The former could not be further from the truth. And the latter is selfish. Imagine the heart exploding with happiness that the beautiful pet you have supported and loved, has found forever love with a great family.

Many shelter animals are down on their luck, and need a second chance. They have lived in homes before, they have lived with children, other pets, and life was great! But perhaps their human passed away, or maybe they fell on hard times and just couldn’t afford pet care any longer. And now Muffy or Fluffy or Spike or Spot is sitting in a cage wondering what on earth happened. Sure, there are some shelter pets who sadly have never felt love, or the affection of a human before. Some were abused or neglected. But all of them still have hope, they wag their tails, they purr.

One thing they all have in common is the dangerous waiting game. Will they get sick in the shelter? Will they go crazy if they are there too long? Will they gain bad behaviors because they are not receiving the natural love, attention and comforts that a home should provide? Will they make it out alive at all?

How the animals end up in the shelter in the first place is a societal problem that we alone cannot fix. But if people opened their homes to shelter pets we could save a bunch of lives and help animals transition into forever homes much more easily. That at least would be a start till our society puts a higher value on the lives and existence of our furry friends, till the law stands up for our four-legged buddies, till shelters are no longer overflowing with the unwanted.

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Fostering is a wonderful experience. As a foster parent, you can set certain guidelines with the rescue group as to what type of animal you prefer. A certain breed, age, sex, temperament, that you think will fit into your home. If you work full time and already have a dog, you can always request a dog-friendly foster pet who is house-trained. You will have the full support of the rescue group. But you must also give them full support in return. You must make a minimum time commitment (some rescues require 3 months, some 6 months).

Your job as a foster is to guide the pet into being the best it can be, to get it ready y for a forever home. That could involve teaching a dog to stay off the couch or walk better on leash, or teaching a cat to welcome other pets or to play, or simply to teach trust and love.

For an adopter, it makes the process a little easier. There is less guessing. We are certainly not suggesting that potential adopters should shy away from shelters when making adoption decisions. We LOVE shelters and wish more people would consider adopting a pet direct from a shelter, instead of using it only as a dumping ground. But for some, they need to know more specifics that a shelter often times cannot provide. When a pet lives in a foster home, it has a better chance of showing its personality, of displaying more natural behaviors. An adoptee can be told if that pet likes children, what commands it knows, how it acts in a dog park, what its favorite game or pasttime is, how it is with car travel, what it acts like when strangers enter the home, whether it needs a home with adults only, etc. Some of these traits can be noted by a shelter, but to many the transition from shelter directly to home is one that results in many adopters returning pets.

A pet needs time to decompress, to learn trust, to “get over” the shelter experience. This may be easy for some pets, and not so easy for others. A patient and loving foster home can help them through this process. Each rescue group is different with the type of support it offers it fosters. Some pay for all medical bills, some even pay for food. But all are ready with any help and advice they can provide. The rescue will promote the pet on social media and it’s website, as well as on sites such as PetFinder.com. If appropriate, the pet would also be part of adoption events where the general public can visit the pet. It is always helpful if the foster also promotes the pet to their contacts. They are the best ambassador for that pet.

One example of a wonderful dog that would flourish in a foster home is Millie. She was on the kill list in NYC and was pulled by A Pathway to Hope Rescue, after Rock & Rawhide advocated for her life. A great dog with so much potential, she is currently staying at A Hotel for Dogs in Middletown NJ, a doggie day care facility. She spent 2.5 months in the shelter, and now almost 1 month at the Hotel, where she is doing great. But it is time for Millie to find a home! Two-years-old, sweet, affectionate, listens to commands, obedient, healthy, loves to play, walks great on leash, and loves the car. Yet she’s just one of hundreds, actually one of thousands of dogs in boarding today. Lucky enough to have their lives saved. Unlucky enough that they are still in limbo….waiting.

Consider fostering. Consider adopting. Consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group. And always, hug your pets a little tighter, knowing they are the very lucky ones.

About Rock & Rawhide: Rock & Rawhide aims to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs and cats in shelters, by providing distraction therapy and noise/stress reduction through the donations of toys, tough chew items, Kongs, Nylabones, bones, rawhides, blankets and more. If a dog is chewing, it’s not barking! If a cat is playing, it’s not meowing! Less noise = less stress. In turn, dogs and cats can pass their evaluations at shelters, and show more of their personality, making them more adoptable. We collect items through regular donations, music gigs, visual art shows, culinary events, DJ events, drop box programs, and more.


About A Pathway to Hope Rescue: A Pathway to Hope is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, with a special focus on south to north rescue of northern breed dogs, the rescue of stray cats, and community outreach to further the cause of rescue.


About Hotel For Dogs: Dedicated to providing your dog with only the very best in lodging, play, and love. An owner-operated facility, staffed by hard-working, energetic dog lovers. It’s not enough for us to simply provide your dog with a little space while you’re away. We want them wagging their tails, making new friends, and singing doggy farewells when you come to pick them up – because we’re dog owners too and we know how hard it is to leave them.

 

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would you like to swing on a star? gee officer krupke

Yay, Leslie Smith, ditto, what she said…

http://dogtime.com/michael-vicks-latest-comments-off-the-cuff-and-unbelievable.html

spots = unchanged

http://weblogs.dailypress.com/news/columnists/herenowblog/2011/08/vick_good_guy_act_finally_over.html

Sad and well said

https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-real-no-way-nike-no-michael-vick/my-take-on-michael-vick/148772235207180

It is nice to see the media, LA Times, finally come out and say something near to what we’ve been saying all along… although there are the usual mistakes about how Vick went to jail for dog fighting (nope) and so on.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/08/michael-vick-nfl-eagles.html

L.A. Unleashed
Los Angeles Times Sports columnist Bill Plaschke on Michael Vick’s latest interview in GQ: “Nice to see that Vick is still trying to rationalize his behavior at the expense of the millions of people in this country who don’t use their depressed economic status as an excuse to fight dogs.”   (ya mean not all poor people kill dogs? not all poor black folks are serial dog killers?   who thinks Vick is a vicktim of his background??? of course, his background made him become the most notorious animal killer of our time and we should feel sorry for him. poor vick he got caught COMMITTING CRIMES AGAINST NATURE.   he is a cold-hearted serial dog killer who wants people to think he’s a vicktim, hah).

please vote on this at their website (I voted for tragic outcome):

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/811263-michael-vick-interview-in-gq-magazine-arrogance-resurfaces-causes-concern when did it ever go away????

please comment on Vick’s GQ magazine interview at the GQ website…

“Since his release from prison in July 2009, Michael Vick has had a team of “at least seven” PR professionals working for him. He says they laid down a plan while he was still locked up, a plan “I try to follow to the letter.” They have him working with the Humane Society, with whom he recently came out against an Android app called Dog Wars. (“It just sends the wrong message,” he said in a press release.) Most recently, he appeared on Capitol Hill to back an anti-dogfighting bill…”

In the interview conducted for GQ.com; Mike Vick discusses the cultural aspects that lended to his dog fighting ways:

“[The media is] writing as if everyone feels that way and has the same opinions they do. But when I go out in public, it’s all positive, so that’s obviously not true … You got the family dog and the white picket fence, and you just think that’s all there is. Some of us had to grow up in poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods, and we just had to adapt to our environment. I know that it’s wrong. But people act like it’s some crazy thing they never heard of. They don’t know.”

(Yeah, it’s not some crazy thing we never heard nor conceived of, that makes us want to puke/vomit/barf… everyone knows that all poor deprived black people kill dogs in sick twisted psychotic ways and fight dogs all the time because of their background, that is what Vick is trying to get everyone to understand, he is just soooo misunderstood in the media, so we should all believe that all poor black kids are serial dog killers, just like him, because their culture makes them that way. So every successful black person who got out of the ghetto and did NOT kill dogs are what rare? you buying this crap, puhlease)

Read More http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201109/michael-vick-gq-september-2011-interview#ixzz1VQz0PZ7R

he’s sociologically sick, yeah sure right, he’s got a social disease… no one wants a fella with a social disease

Gee Officer Krupke

 WOULD YOU LIKE TO SWING ON A STAR ? 

Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?

Or would you rather be a mule?

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?

Or would you rather be a pig?

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?

Or would you rather be Mike Vick?

Vick won’t do anything, but play football and kill dogs
He has no conscience or remorse but here’s the hook
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he’s slippery, he still got caught
And wonders why people still think he’s crazy as a loon
Don’t grow up to be sick Vick
Cause you’d be a felon and get locked up for 99 years since you’re not slippery Vick

All the crazies aren’t in jail
You’d have to come up with a whole lotta bail

So you see it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin’ on a star

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the dog washing of Michael Vick

Must Read: 

 

when you get over casey anthony I’ll get over vick, hah !!!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/jamie-fitzgerald/when-you-get-over-casey-ill-get-over-mikey/10150332476870359 

 

 

as i sat and listened to patriotic songs on the 4th of july, my heart bled very sad for America…my America… cried and cried… and

what I got is that Michael Vick and Nike are the perfect symbols/ representatives of everything that is wrong with the USA… greed, bottomline idolation, no conscience, violence, no remorse, macho hoopla, hollow, fake religious fervor… perhaps Nike’s soul-less corporate bots are the perfect vehicle for selling Vick’s fake redemption story?

yes, that foul smelling odor coming your way, clouding the very air you breathe that you are holding your nose against is the dog washing of Michael Vick.

we all know how much dogs hate taking baths. well, dog/animal lovers hate getting the same old questions, as if we are the ones who are guilty, yes I am guilty of the crime of pointing out the truth about Michael Vick and his crimes against nature…. so so so very tired tired tired of the sorry excuses, name calling, distractions and  other garbage.  I thought I had it all covered when I wrote Six Wrongs Don’t Make Vick right (I’d say 600 wrongs now)… but apparently there is still more to say on this subject.

Here’s how to deal with the fleas (block, delete, ban, arm yourself with the facts, be polite and show them we got class)…

there really is no defense for the indefensible… so when 200 million pet owners and millions of parents are armed with the facts, what else can Vick’s peeps say?

in the Orwellian world in which we live, where polluters of the most toxic substances routinely greenwash, try to sell consumers on how eco friendly it is to destroy your health, our planet…

Vick’s PR  handlers and Nike bring you the dogwashing of Michael Vick… the washing off the stench of the blood stains with a squeaky clean redemption story… where he talks about lying but still does not confess his lies, lying about lying… the real lies. the meaningful lies. oh yes, he does say that he lied about what he did, professed his innocence when he knew he was guilty. when all of the evidence against him pointed to what he did, he still said no, I’m not guilty. believe him, he is a self-professed liar.

the responses of Vick’s fans have often been puzzling, infuriating and/or tiresome to many animal lovers. Give them the facts and routinely you are called a racist, while they rant about white bitches, told he has paid his dues, made mistakes, we must not judge him/cast stones since we are not without sin, must give him a second chance and we must forgive…on and on and on it goes…  as if we are the ones who committed the crimes he did…instead of we are the ones pointing out the crimes he did that many still do not know about and some refuse to want to hear, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt…

here’s what sticks in our craws:

1. racists calling me a racist is ironic and absurd

yes, I actually voted for Obama, get over it, and defend him even though am not all together happy with all he’s done and not done. There are plenty of deserving black athletes who could / should have gotten the Sportsman of the Year award not Vick. I do not follow sports, esp. not football, all I know about is beach volleyball, go Kerry Walsh and Misty May Treanor !

But race is so NOT NOT NOT the issue. And no, I am not jealous of his success/blood money as it were, either. And I don’t target Vick because he’s famous. Just read my blog posts. Nor do I hate successful black people. I do however despise people getting away with murder just because they’re rich and famous. And tonight when they are miserable lying mothers (Casey Anthony) who many people believe killed her own sweet baby and got a not guilty verdict. Our justice system is so broken.  no, I do NOT condone child abusers, women beaters, or any other criminal or hold a double standard.

2. paid his dues, did his time

when people say ” he did his time!”

Michael Vick “did his time” for Federal Racketeering, he served his prison sentence for Federal Racketeering – ONLY.

The crimes, the heinous acts and crimes of Animal Cruelty – Michael Vick plead “Not Guilty”.

In a brokered Plea Agreement, the charges of Animal Cruelty were dismissed. Thus, unpunished were these crimes, by this man, against humanity.

The known, proven, admitted crimes of murder, rape, and torture of innocent defenseless beings was thrown out – dismissed – in the Plea Agreement.

The crimes in which, Michael Vick, systematically, prepared, planned, participated and executed, repeatedly, against these animals, was left unpunished in the legal justice system.

This is a known public record of fact.

3. he made mistakes… don’t you ever make mistakes? obviously you’re perfect and never make mistakes*

Define mistakes. Of course I make mistakes all the time, every day I make mistakes. However, it has never occurred to me to kill, torture and maim dogs for fun and pleasure and profit.  How many people do you know who have made these kinds of mistakes? And do you want them as neighbors? friends? role models for your children? And do you know that serial killers have long histories of killing animals before killing human beings? Just because Vick has not (yet that we know of) abused or harmed another human, does not mean he should just slide. Why give Vick preferential treatment just because he is rich, famous and can play football? Joe average would still be in jail for a 100 years for Vick’s heinous crimes.

What Vick calls “mistakes” were actually felonies which could have sent him to prison for much longer than the 18 months he spent incarcerated. The fact is, he spent years torturing and killing defenseless animals.

http://www.examiner.com/crime-in-norfolk/convicted-felon-michael-vick-given-award-by-bet-subway

4. must not judge since we are not without sin

so we should just let cannibals do their thing, child abusers molest children, criminals steal our country and it is just fine to allow murderers get away with murder?

5. you don’t believe in second chances?

how many second chances did he give the dogs he murdered for not performing in the ring? NONE.

Love what this guy says:

http://bullmarketfrogs.com/blog/2009/10/hit-vick-feed-a-homeless-pet/

so so so very tired, tired of the ‘Does he deserve a second chance?’ kind of thing,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of the shelter, which is near Valley Forge. “Maybe it’s about time that the millions of pit bulls euthanized every year got their second chance.”

“… They’re great dogs,” he said, adding they’ve gotten a terrible stigma “because of people like Michael Vick.”

6.  what about all the good he is doing talking to kids?

He has done nothing other than PR for his image. Nothing more than what he was court ordered to do. And oh yeah, dog fighting has gone up due to him Why? Kids think it is cool to be like him. And hey, he got away with a light sentence, slap on the wrist (I know he thinks it was a rough sentence, pshaaaawww, waa waa waa… close the front door …

 http://whyy.org/cms/news/featured/2010/04/12/raid-shows-the-horror-of-dogfighting/35810

7.  Vick was just a victim of his background, neighborhood, culture, and cultural values.

Uh uh. According to Michael Vick’s father:

more indepth than the other article below, http://www.washingtonpost.com/​wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08​/23/AR2007082302385.html

Michael Vick’s estranged father, in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says he urged his son years ago to quit dogfighting, and dismissed the idea that Vick’s friends were the main instigators of the dogfighting operation.

“I wish people would stop sugarcoating it,” Michael Boddie told the newspaper. “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it.”

Boddie, 45, who has not talked directly to his son in the last 26½ months, said his son “likes (dogfighting) and he has the capital to have a set up like that.”

Boddie also said in 2001 his son staged dogfights in the garage of the family’s home in Newport News, Va., and kept fighting dogs in the family’s backyard, according to the newspaper.

Boddie told the newspaper he’s speaking out because he’s been hurt by what he says are inaccurate reports that Vick grew up without his father present. “I’ve been drug through the mud,” he said.

He also told the newspaper that federal investigators have not contacted him about dogfighting accusations against his son.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/falcons/2007-08-23-vick-thursday_N.htm


8.  we must forgive him, don’t you believe in forgiveness? (said with holier than thou attitude)…

 and he is redeemed (well, there you have it church, say amen, glory Hallelujah, praise Jesus)

these last two go together. of course, I believe in forgiveness and redemption. But without any admittance of the truth of sins/crimes, there is no remorse. without remorse, no conscience, how can there be anything resembling real redemption/forgiveness???  His PR/handlers are trying to sell this dogwashed story to the public and  gullible fans are eating it up like dogs eat poop. even the reviewers said that his failed 2010 reality show had too much talk of redemption and not enough talk about his crimes. So for people with brains in their heads, the whole/holey angle rings hollow especially since every time Vick opens up his mouth he refutes the redemption story. You can lead a sociopath to pretend he’s sincere but you cannot make him have remorse when he has no conscience. You cannot make him truly redeemable and forgivable.

He says has no regrets except he’s sorry he got caught and he wishes he had gotten a shorter jail sentence…

http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=382318&title=michael-vick-s-regrets

and he tells kids that he probably should have known better, just maybe he should have known better, inserts his foot into mouth once again, sheeesh… http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/07/eagles-michael-vick-speaks-at-youth-football-camp-in-baltimore/1

http://www.american-reporter.com/4,236/465.html

his new book
http://www.michaelvickstory.com/
read the previews, http://www.michaelvickstory.com/preview.html

why parents should boycott Nike:

http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2011/07/01/nike-signs-michael-vick-and-sends-absolute-worst-message-to-children/

Intentionally maiming and then killing dogs is not a mistake. It is a calculated and callous crime. Vick not only funded a dog fighting operation, he also engaged first hand in the cruelty for six years. He personally violated dogs using electrical wire and then threw them into a pool so they were electrocuted. He also executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well in ‘testing’ sessions” and killed using various methods, including hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.
Is executing animals for profit for six years in a row a mistake?

http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/1480/entry/42293/

Now some fans are laughing at us, saying we don’t amount to a hill of beans, we don’t buy Nike products, blah blah blah… meanwhile, grandmothers and mothers and dads buy their kids Nikes… and 200 million pet owners, some have kids, too… never underestimate the power of Truth, Justice, it’s the American Way !

Send Nike your comments and shoes back.

On July 17, there is an event happening to give Nike back their products at stores all over the USA (see the boycott page). Comments to Nike can be sent to the contacts listed on the boycott page.

Call Nike: 800-344-6453. Choose option 5, then option 9. Let them know how you feel.   World Headquarters Nike World Headquarters One Bowerman Drive Beaverton, OR 97005 503-671-6453 – (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday

Nike USA Inc.
Consumer Services
One Bowerman Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005-6453
Email to Nike is media.relations@nike.com

Join the boycotts:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Nike-for-Signing-Michael-Vick/233317890026111


Here is one letter sent that you could use as an example or copy/paste.

http://chrisdurant2000.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/nike-just-do-it-terminate-agreement-with-vick/

Dog Bless America !

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the race card…

Update: Thank you to Donna Reynolds from BadRap for this blog post… my thoughts exactly, well, great minds think alike…  🙂

a worthy White House literacy project… heh heh heh

http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/worthy-white-house-literacy-project.html

 

This is my 500th blog post, a milestone. It is sad to see people’s attitudes on this subject. Am sick of talking about vick, too. Yet when I hear racist remarks, apathy and cynical, nuthing gonna change so I ain’t gotta do nuthin attitudes, it is clear that more needs to be said on the topic. Can’t we please have an adult conversation and not just shove this underneath the rug? I believe in the power of prayer to change everything/everyone, and that does not mean God has blinders on, nor deaf, dumb and stupid, either.

An adult respects other people’s opinions not their own. An adult agrees to disagree with others without calling them names and bringing up stereotypical images. An adult acts and responds correctly to situations despite emotions and feelings about the subject matter.

Am I always an adult? No. I realized last night that having been abused myself is part of why I am so incensed about this issue. I spent my childhood in a state of terror, cowering, so I identify with the plight of the underdogs. I feel their pain and fright. And people’s pasts and emotions do not dismiss the valid points. Let’s just keep it civil. Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. Give others credit and let them have their opinions without resorting to rants, please.

It is clear that our country is still divided racially and racism on both sides rears its ugly head again over Obama as president and over Michael Vick. Ugh.

http://atlantapost.com/2011/01/03/do-white-people-love-their-dogs-as-much-as-black-people/

people, can we have a civilized conversation without resorting to racist claims on both sides? Some black Americans are using the race card and so are some white people but this is not a black/white issue… and I can understand why some black Americans think this is just a new excuse to hate them, hate successful black men, because of the tragic history of American racism and how dogs were used against them. That is a valid point.

and this is what I wrote to Ms Charing Ball.

I just read your piece about vick and I appreciated what you wrote and have a better understanding of how and why some black Americans are responding the way they are to this dog doo. This country is still divided racially and lots of stupid racist people are chiming in, like tucker carlson. I for one have tried to steer the conversation away from that b.s. by asking people to concentrate on the healing of the dogs instead of their hatred of black people.

Please don’t throw the babies out with the bath water!

I love dogs, hate fu fu dogs, and make fun of people who dress up their dogs and get them married, for goodness sake too. I laughed hard at that stuff white people like blog post.

Also, I have a pit bull mix that I rescued from the hands of a homicidal maniac and met three of the former vick dogs and am still haunted by the terror in those sad sad eyes. For a week or more after meeting them, i would cry every time my happy go lucky trusting dog would meet strangers. Those dogs will never be a dog like her again although they’ve come a long way.

I am writing to clarify a couple of key points, so maybe you can get beyond the color of Michael Vick’s skin and see why people of ALL colors are still outraged over him.

1. Vick used his own dog as a bait dog to be savaged. He is only banned from having a dog until 2012, he should NEVER be able to have a dog again.

2. if / when you read the lost dogs book by jim gorant, you will learn that vick got a plea deal, never admitted any personal wrong doing and he never got charged with animal cruelty. The book outlines precisely how they found the blood on his hands. He killed dogs for fun and profit. That is not just a mere mistake.

The ASPCA and law enforcement know that there is a well documented correlation between people who abuse animals go on to abuse people.

3. Redemption begins with admitting what you did wrong and remorse for what you did. Vick has never done that. He has said repeatedly he’d still be fighting dogs (and killing them brutally) if he had not been caught. He wants forgiveness without admitting what he did. It’s all a big PR show for money. we resent that football players of all colors get away with murder and all that matters is that they play ball.

4. Many people in this country are still outraged about bush/cheney getting away with murder and mayhem, and blame them for the economy, rightly so. many hate those two white guys. and anyone sane of mind, knows sarah palin is nuts, don’t get me started.

5. This guy has good points about how it’s ok in this country to get away with stuff if you are rich and famous.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morris-w-okelly/mr-president-youre-wrong-_b_801965.html

and from the people in the trenches taking care of the dogs, Best Friends, who took in 22 of the dogs.

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2010/12/29/when-the-president-calls-about-the-vick-dogs/

Thanks for listening.

am glad this guy is finally free, but it took 30 years, wow… hint: he is black…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110104/ap_on_re_us/us_dna_exoneration_texas

now this stuff (see link below) that people say about President Obama is about racism. I agree with Michael Moore that some people became unglued when he became president and so they keep coming up with all kinds of crazy reasons to hate him.

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-in-the-news/michael-moore-on-anderson-cooper

 

what do you think???

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