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…]
Apartment/house hunting is hard enough as it is, not to mention with a dog. Landlords can be very particular when choosing whether or not to rent to tenants with pets. Reasons for this particularity are understandable–they may have had a bad experience or gotten stuck with an outrageous bill after a tenant left an apartment in disarray–so you must take their concerns seriously and get creative with overcoming the issue. You need to convince and reassure your potential landlord that both you and your pet are responsible, clean, “well-trained,” and fully capable of keeping the apartment in good condition. This is especially important if your furry companion is a pit bull or bully breed, due to the unfortunate stereotypes and discrimination facing these dogs.
A powerful tool that will give you a leg up against other applicants is a resume for your dog. It might sound silly, but it will show the landlord that you take pet ownership seriously, and directly addresses any concerns he/she may have about pet behavior and health. The key here is to include as much information about your pet as possible while keeping it relatively light and fun. You want your pet to seem approachable, especially if your dog is susceptible to breed discrimination, to help break down those barriers with your landlord.
Just as you do with your own resume, your pet resume should aim to highlight your dog’s best qualities. A good dog resume should include:
- Photos: Pick the most adorable ones you can find. You might also consider embedding a video if the resume is digital, preferably of your dog playing outside, interacting with people and/or other dogs.
- Description: Talk about your dog’s age, size, temperament, years with your family, etc.
- Activities: Describe how your dog gets exercise, what type of exercise he/she prefers, and how often. You can also mention favorite toys and games here.
- Health and grooming: Describe your pet’s vaccination history, whether they’re spayed or neutered, flea/tick control methods, and veterinarian information.
- Training: Talk about any kind of formal training classes your dog may have completed, whether they are house broken, and whether they respond to voice commands.
- About you: Showcase your abilities as a responsible pet owner. Explain that you always clean up after your dog and that you have arrangements for reliable pet care if you go on vacation. Also mention that you would be happy to arrange a meeting between your dog and your prospective landlord.
In addition to your pet’s resume, it may also be a good idea to attach references from your current/past landlords, neighbors, groomers, and trainers who knew your dog, attesting to the fact that you are indeed a responsible pet owner. You may even want to offer to provide an extra security deposit for your pet as a courtesy. Supplying your pet’s resume and additional documents from the get-go, even without the landlord asking, will likely boost the “responsible pet owner” factor and improve your chances of being the chosen tenant. Furthermore, going to the effort to create the resume and getting the additional paperwork together on your own shows that you respect your pet, which will in turn encourage others to treat your pet with respect as well.
Even if you aren’t planning on moving any time soon, it can’t hurt to be prepared and keep a resume for your pet on file. Life happens, and you may be forced to move sooner than you had planned. You deserve flexibility in your living situation, but leaving your dog behind should never be an option. Equipped with your carefully crafted pet resume, you can now approach hunting for your dream apartment/rental home with an optimistic attitude and man’s best friend by your side.
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.
Dog Liability Insurance, also known as canine liability insurance or pit bull insurance, pays for damage your dog does to other people/animals or property.
With so many states, cities and counties changing laws about Pit Bulls (and other “dangerous” dog breeds), you may need dog liability insurance. Even if you are not required to have dog liability insurance, it’s highly recommended! The unfortunate truth is that many people are often looking for any excuse to sue, and a dog liability policy can help to make sure you are covered.
Does your home or renters insurance provide dog liability insurance?
Blow the dust off your policy and crack it out. Look in the EXCLUSIONS portion of the policy and read about the Liability Exclusions. See if your policy mentions anything about excluding dog bites, injuries caused by animals/dogs or if it lists specific breeds. If it does, your dog is most likely not covered.
While many insurance companies and carriers breed discriminate, there are a few that love all dog breeds (so long as there is no history of biting/aggression). You don’t have to give up your beloved 4-legged family member, you just need to know what options are available.
Einhorn Insurance Keeps Families Together
Einhorn Insurance can help owners of all dog breeds get dog liability insurance. If they are not licensed in your state, they’ll point you in the right direction. The folks over at Einhorn Insurance all own Pit Bulls and understand how it feels to be discriminated against.
Even if your dog has a bite history and/or been deemed dangerous, potentially dangerous, vicious or potentially vicious, Einhorn Insurance has options. Feel free to give them a call at 858.336.4644, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.einhorninsurance.com
What does dog liability insurance cover?
Many people think dog liability insurance is like having health insurance for your dog. This is not the case.
Dog Liability Insurance Covers:
- Bodily injury your dog causes to other people or other animals.
- Vet Bills including surgeries and medicine.
- Medical Bills including plastic surgery to the injured person.
- Attorney fees if your claim goes to court.
- Damage your dog causes to other people’s property (not including the damage your dog causes to the place you are renting).
- Income compensation if the injured person can’t work.
It is important to have the right dog liability insurance!
Dog owners may lose their homes, assets and income in a dog claim. People (especially the parents of hurt children) that are victims of a dog injury want compensation for injuries. When a dog owner doesn’t have the right coverage, the injured party can go after that person’s assets or take a portion of each of your pay checks until they are fully compensated.
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…]
Many pet owners will be faced with the decision of whether or not to bring their dog along as they travel. It may be very tempting to bring your best friend along with you on your travels, but each dog’s particular temperament, as well as any illnesses or physical impairments, need to be taken into consideration when making travel arrangements for your pet. A pre-trip visit with the vet is advisable for any owner traveling long distances with their dog; just a quick check to make sure they have all their vaccinations and assess their overall health can avoid unwanted issues. If you have any doubts whether or not your pet is fit to travel you should consult your veterinarian. [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!
The plush toy maker, GUND, is selecting one dog to be made into a limited edition, huggable toy.
Jonny is an adorable pit bull in the running to be GUND-ified.
If you’d like to see a pitty as the next face of GUND, please click the link below and vote for Jonny. You may vote multiple times, so vote often! Voting ends August 15th.
A reminder to make sure to keep your dogs safe.
…Based on his (Cesar’s) injuries, investigators say they don’t believe the 4-year-old dog was hit by a car — but the message written across his fur shows at least some of the dog’s wounds were completely intentional.
Robert Cole said he adopted Cesar when the pit bull was a 14-week-oldp pup. The companionship the two enjoy was nearly cut short Wednesday, when Cole followed a trail of bloody paw prints in the garage to find Cesar curled up in the corner in a pool of blood.
“Literally a breath or two from dying,” Cole recalled. “They gave him something that elevated his heart rate because it would have stopped.”
Cole told FOX 9 News that Cesar had been in his backyard with his other dogs, but he later found the gate had suspiciously been swing in.
“If the dogs would have pushed through this way, the fence would be this way,” he explained.”
After noticing the gate had been opened, Cole went looking for Cesar. When he found him, he saw the dog’s leg had been slashed open.
“The fur was gone — a lot of muscle missing. It was down to the bone,” he said. “It looked like somebody sliced. That’s what it looked like to me.”
At one point on Wednesday, veterinarians did not expect Cesar would live. Now that he is expected to recover, all attention has been focused on figuring out who did it.
Investigators say they’re pretty sure it was someone with a beef because a message was scrawled on the dog’s back, telling Cole to “back off.”
Cole, who makes a living as a dog trainer who specializes in calming aggressive dogs, said attacking Cesar affects his livelihood. Since his work frequently puts him in contact with Midwest Animal Rescue and Services, they paid his vet bill — and they have established a fund to help cover those costs. Anyone wishing to donate can make a contribution online.
No arrests have been made so far, but officers say they believe they have a solid animal cruelty case.