Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Say, can anyone find the phrase "pit bull" anywhere in this story? Oddly enough, no. Looks like when the news is good, the evil phrase isn't spoken...
UPDATE: After many readers posted comments questioning why D-Boy wasn't identified as a pittie, this story was updated on 12/10/08 at 5:40 pm to include the phrase "pit bull." FINALLY! D-Boy gets his day! Go D-Boy!!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
But Oscar wasn't going to let anyone down! He not only passed - he flew through the course meeting and beating obstacles that would have sent any ordinary canine back to his kennel in shame! Read more...
Monday, December 1, 2008
They spent some time with the lovely Brandy (who was wearing a rather clumsy e-collar due to recent surgery), and it was love at first sight. This previously aloof dog pranced right up to this couple and sat on the fellow's lap as if to say "you're not going anywhere without me!"
The rest is history. They came back a few days later (the day before Thanksgiving) to pick up Brandy and bring her to her forever home.
This had to be the best Thanksgiving any of us has had in a very, very long time!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I know I'll be watching as these great dogs go from feared animals to loved companions!!
But at least the folks at PAWS have been able to find homes for the dogs and cats that have been coming in by the droves. Hopefully, things will quiet down so I can see more of my mom!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
According to their study, behind the big brown peepers of that cute little Doxie lurks an evil, black heart, ready to nip the life out of your ankles.
[Side note: A friend's Cairn terriers made mincemeat of his finger last week, over the 4th of July weekend. Apparently, he tried to break up a nasty spat over a piece of hamburger that fell off the grill. Yes, Do's cherubic little dog bit through his fingernail, broke the bone in his fingertip, shredded - literally - his finger from knuckle to fingertip, on both sides, until the poor guy shrieked "uncle." That'll teach ya never to interfere with Mother Nature. Especially when there's food involved. As Toto said, "there's nothing like burger, there's nothing like burger..." You done with those fries?]
Saturday, June 28, 2008
She's a truly amazing dog. You'd think a nine-year-old, blind dog would want to put up her paws and sleep all day. Not this girl! She loves long walks, and is great at maneuvering her way around. She learned the layout of PAWS and I'm sure she'll quickly learn the pattern of her new home.
All the best to Trixie and her new family! Kisses and hugs to you sweetie!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"I don't know what you mean, dear."
"What's that "L" on your forehead?"
"What "L" is that, dear? It's probably just a shadow from the sun, honey."
"No, mom, it's clearly an "L." As in Loser."
"All right, dear. I broke the first rule of interacting with dogs."
"And that is...?"
"Never let your guard down when two strange dogs are near each other."
"English, please, Mom?"
"Okaaaay... I put my hand near an angry dog's mouth, and it became an hors d'oeuvre, okay honey? Happy now? Your mom is an idiot."
"I see. Was it a big, mean pit bull?"
"No, dear, it was actually a small breed. I've never been bitten by a big, mean pit bull. Just those little ones. Always the little ones."
"You're enjoying this, aren't you honey?"
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I was tied to a Stop sign when I was 10 weeks old; some of us were abandoned at PAWS; one spent a very long time in a cold, damp pound before being rescued by PAWS; countless others were physically abused or neglected.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My mom told me about a little girl, about 6-8 years old, going up to my brother, who's the biggest, mushiest Border Collie in the world. She stuck her face right in his. When he growled in warning (thank goodness he didn't bite) the girl's mom gave my mom a dirty look.
Did I mention that they were at an agility center and the girl's mom was a trainer? A "dog-savvy" trainer? So why didn't she teach this eight-year-old that walking up to a dog, staring at it eye-to-eye, and putting her face the dog's face was a really, really bad thing to do? No! Sit. Stay! Bad girl. Bad.
Here's the thing. When a dog and a child are at eye level, the dog feels threatened. When the child is a stranger, the threat doubles. (When the parent is an idiot and lets the child do whatever it wants then blames the other party... Well, you get the picture.)
Seriously, folks, countless children are bitten by dogs because they aren't taught the correct way to approach a strange dog. Here are some simple tips that both children and adults can benefit from:
- Ask the owner if the dog is friendly. If it is, ask for permission to pet him/her.
- Once you have permission, don't crowd the dog or bend over it. Squat down, DON'T stare at it, and offer a closed fist, palm down. Let it sniff your fist and come to you. It will decide if it wants to make contact; if it doesn't just leave it alone.
- If you do look at the dog, look away quickly. Staring is a dog's way of "daring"another dog.
- Don't go near a dog that's eating, playing with a toy, or chewing a rawhide bone.
- Let sleeping dogs lie. A sleeping dog can startle easily and snap or bite.
- Don't run from a strange dog. Fold your arms and LOOK AWAY! Don't threaten it with a stare.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
And it burns me up. It makes me want to stomp my paws and bark at the mailman!
Often, if a dog is aggressive or violent, it's due to poor breeding, poor upbringing, or a combination of both.
BSL doesn't solve the root of the problem: Humans who have trained their dogs to be fighters or otherwise dangerous. Rather than addressing the need for responsible pet ownership, BSL ignores the human factor and punishes the animal.
And besides, how would you ban pit bulls with Breed Specific Legislation? We're not a breed! Us plain old pits are a mix of as many as 35 different breeds of dog including Presa Canarios, Cane Corsos, Spanish Alanos, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Bandogs, Dogues Brasileiros, Dogo Argentinos, Guatemalan Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, Boxers, Bull Mastiffs, Bull Terriers, English Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Akitas, Chow Chows, and even Labradors. Look for a Lab with a purple tongue. They're quite common.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Check them out on Bad Rap's home page. Just look at those meeeeeen pit bulls. Six of them in one room, eating each other alive. Or is that one on the floor sleeping, while the others on the couch are cuddling, and the other one on the floor is jamming his way in for pets, and another is... well, you get the picture. These poor dogs were never meant to fight. We pit bulls are so misunderstood. Take a look at Bad Rap's pups today.
Best Friends Animal Society took in 22 of these great pups. It was a long haul for both of these rescue groups, and many of these guys are ready for their forever homes!
Thanks to rescue groups like Bad Rap and Best Friends, my peeps will have their second chances at love!
Let's face it. Don't get a dog if you really want a new bag. Or shoes. Or a pretty blouse. That's not what we're about. We're not the latest fashion accessories. If we were, it would mean that we'd end up out of style, and we'd fill up shelters across the country. Imagine if that were the case!! Okay, it IS the case.
Chew on this: The HSUS estimates that between 3-4 MILLION unwanted dogs and cats in shelters are euthanized every year. That's 3-4 MILLION! You can help put an end to this craziness by spaying or neutering your pet. If you don't have a pet, support spay/neuter programs in your area.
Look, an average cat can produce up to three litters a year. Each litter averages 4-6 kittens. An average dog can have up to two litters of 6-10 pups a year. You do the math. And besides, unneutered male dog or cat pee really stinks. Jeez, guys, gimme a break, wouldja?