On the heels of our recent pet resume article comes a bit of hopeful news: there is a woman in Rhode Island who will only rent her home to tenants with pit bulls. For those of you who have tried to find housing with your pit or bully breed dog, you can appreciate this gesture. We applaud her. Read the story below. [Read more…]
Zefrank captures the true essence of what it means to be a dog. This video highlights some of our best friends’ daily struggles including: demystifying magical cat creatures, trying to help humans learn to poop outside, and more.
Prepare yourself to laugh uncontrollably.
Slightly adult language.
Here we go again…
Kelly Ripa is the latest in a string of celebrities and organizations that feel it’s necessary to continue to perpetuate stereotypes about pit bulls.
Kelly Ripa’s Quote From the Show:
“But the gangster’s dog is uh, I mean if it’s a gangster it would have to be a dangerous, uh, Pit Bull kind of dog, right?”
I’ve read a few reports defending Kelly Ripa saying that she “chose poor wording” or that she had not adequtely prepared for the segment and was just going “on the fly”. Um…isn’t speaking on television her job? Do you mean to tell me that every segment on her show is scripted and that for some reason this one wasn’t and she stumbled? Even if she did stumble on her words, we are still left with the root issue – which is that Kelly Ripa immediately associated gangsters with dangerous dogs, which (in her mind) means a “Pit Bull kind of dog”.
Do you think is being blown out of proportion, or does Kelly Ripa owe Pit Bull owners and advocates an apology?
“I’m sure someone will adopt him.” Wake up.
So you’ve left your dog at the shelter. Now the clock starts. Your dog has about 72 hours to find new owners, starting at the time you dropped him off. This 3 day deadline can be extended if the shelter isn’t jam packed with other abandoned pets, and if your dog manages to ward off one of the many infections that inhabit animal shelters. Your dog will lay on a cement floor, confined to a small kennel, surrounded by other displaced dogs. Your dog will shiver, whine for you, and wonder what it did to deserve such a horrid punishment. It will be forced to relieve itself in the same place it sleeps. Each day their cement box will be pressure washed to clear the area of their excrement. Your dog will cry for companionship, attention and care. Most will receive attention via a metal bowl filled with donated food slid under their door twice a day, and the lucky ones (at facilities with lots of staff and volunteers) will get to go for a walk or two during their stay.
Eventually, all this anxiety and confusion will make your dog more succeptible to picking up one of the many viruses and bacteria that are housed in the shelter. As soon as your dog shows any signs of poor health, he will euthanized. As soon as your dog starts displaying any type of adverse behaviors, he will be euthanized. If your dog gets into an altercation with another dog, he will be euthanized. The shelter employees and volunteers do not do this because of a sadistic love of euthanizing pets, they do it because they lack the resources to nurse your ill dog back to health, and because they lack the space to separate dogs with special needs. [Read more…]
Your votes for Johnny the Pit Bull to be made into a GUND stuffed animal paid off!
GUND announced on their Facebook page that Johnny Justice, one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation, was selected as the “most beautiful dog in the country“. In honor of his dashing good looks, his likeness will be used for the next GUND plush toy expected to be available in 2013.
Many thanks to GUND for offering this contest, and to those of you out there that showed your support. In a time when most of the media focus (a.k.a. bias) is centered on negativity surrounding these dogs, it is wonderful to see so many people show their love for this breed.
Johnny Justice embodies the true characteristics of these dogs – loyal, loving and intelligent (and of course, handsome). I simply can not wait to get my hands on a Johnny of my own!