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The Call for Love

13 Nov

Below is a poem written by Toasty’s, now Bella’s, 11 year old human sister Kaylah. We’re so proud that we’ve found such a wonderful family for Bella, and that they’ve all become such wonderful advocates for pitties everywhere!

Adopt a Pit.
Love a Pit.
Don’t despise a Pit.
Love the breed.

Care for the breed.
Don’t despise the breed.

What Would Stephanie Tanner Say? Part 2

5 Oct

Following my post on Tuesday about online behavior, I stumbled across this thread on my Facebook wall (pictures have been removed and names blurred out of respect for privacy):

And I was just sort of…stunned. Do I agree that what Michael Vick did deserves justice being served? Do I think karma is a bitch? Well, sure! I think he should be behind bars for the crimes he committed. He should be made to be an example of what the consequences of animal abuse are.

But to see someone publicly posting, “PTS PTS PTS PTS PTS,” about another human being is astounding to me. Even after knowing that the article was a complete hoax, it doesn’t change the fact that people want to see another person severely injured, maimed or even worse.

More importantly, as animal welfare and pit bull advocates, does it serve our cause to be saying things like this? Are statements like this effective in showing that we, as pit bull owners, don’t have our dogs as symbols of machismo, aggression and violence? Don’t expressions of outward hatred like this only lower us closer to the level of the initial crimes committed?

The original poster is a personal friend of mine – one who I know has tons of compassion and love in their heart, and a level head on their shoulders. Was their intent, in my opinion, based in anger like this? No, I don’t think so – I think they just meant to share a piece of ironic news to show that karma will come around a get the bad guys in the end. But the way this online discussion degenerated disturbs me, and I strongly feel that despite all of our anger towards Michael Vick, we need to be sure to maintain our focus on showing how amazing our dogs can truly be – for that’s the only way to change perspectives.

Must-Read Blog Posts

2 Mar

Lately, we’ve read a lot of pretty amazing blog posts that we think are crucial for anyone, non-dog owners included, to read. So, to cap off this week of exciting events (more on that to come later in the month, hopefully!), we decided to highlight just a few of them here today. If you haven’t read them, please click through and do so. If you have, well gosh darn it, read them again!

First up, we have the amazing story of Olive from the Bad Rap Blog.

Olive was severely neglected at a no-kill shelter where she was deemed “dog aggressive.” Bad Rap stepped in and brought this girl back from the brink and allowed her to blossom through lots of love, comfort and patience.

Next up, we have a blog post that not only inspired us, but taught us a heck of a lot about how we could be better ambassadors for the breed we love so much. Our good friends at Love and a Six-Foot Leash wrote a brilliant post (it may even be their most popular post to date) about how our words have a significant effect on the impressions our dogs make on other people.

Our third post comes from the always awesome StubbyDog, revealing that there’s more to a dog than just how it was raised. There are many things that factor in to creating a dog’s temperament, emphasizing the fact that with adult dogs, more often than not, what you see is what you get.

Paws Abilities brings us our next post, which stresses one of the most important concepts in pit bull (and canine) advocacy: every dog is an individual. Focusing on a dog’s past will not serve the dog in it’s future. It’s important to evaluate each dog as just that: a dog. Then work out the individual issues and takes the appropriate steps in resolving them.

Finally, we have a fascinating blog post from one of our heroes, Dr. Sophia Yin, who writes about positive and negative reinforcement and punishment.

She defines what all those terms really mean, and how we can best use the tools we have to get the desired response from our dogs.

And on that note, we hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We have our biggest pack walk to date with the Big Apple Pittie Pack, so you’ll be reading all about that (and those other exciting events we mentioned earlier) very soon!

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