Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pit Bull saves family from intruder!

D-Boy, a pit bull living with his family in Oklahoma, saved the day when an intruder burst into their home recently. Although the dog was shot a total of three times - including once in the head - D-Boy survived and chased the intruder into the night!

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

A Vicktory dog passes his canine good citizen test!

If Oscar, one of 22 Vicktory Dogs at Best Friends in Utah, wanted to even be considered for a foster home (never mind adoption!), he had to first pass his Canine Good Citizen tests with flying colors.

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

A REALLY Happy Thanksgiving!

A while ago, I told you about a friend of mine, Brandy. She had been at PAWS for FOUR YEARS. Well, her luck had finally changed when a really, really nice couple came in specifically to meet her!

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!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Watch "Second Chances" - September 4th

National Geographic will kick off the new season of Dogtown on Friday, September 5, at 9:00 pm EST. "Saving the Michael Vick Dogs" is a special two-hour program which chronicles the arrival of 22 of Michael Vick's most challenging dogs at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. This episode follows four of the dogs as they begin the lengthy process of healing and rehabilitation.

I know I'll be watching as these great dogs go from feared animals to loved companions!!

Hey! Where Ya Been?

Sorry folks, my mom's had a busy few weeks. The shelter has had so many dogs in and out - which is good news. The bad news is that they've had so many dogs - too many foreclosures and people can't take their pets with them when they move to their new digs. I can't imagine what I'd do if my mom couldn't keep me. :-(

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

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the meanest of them all?

Say what?! How could you tell me that those sweet little wiener dogs are vicious? Well, these guys insist they're the meanest of them all. (Jeez, not pit bulls?!)

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

News Flash: Trixie finds a forever home!

I'm so psyched! My friend Trixie has found her forever home!!

Trixie is an older dog, blind, and a little hard of hearing. She'd been at PAWS for a while, and we were beginning to worry. But a really nice family came along and took this sweetie home yesterday.

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

Mom! What's that "L" on your forehead?!

"Mom, why's your hand all bandaged up?"
"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."
"Stitches, mom?"
"You're enjoying this, aren't you honey?"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

LA Times correction - It wasn't a Pit after all!

Earlier this month, the LA Times reported - then corrected - that a family's pit bull bit their toddler. The LA Department of Animal Services later reported that the dog was actually a shepherd mix, not a pit bull. Thank you, LADAS, for clarifying this for us!! (Best wishes for the child's speedy recovery!!)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Did you know Helen Keller had a Pit Bull?

It's true! And so did Fred Astaire and Thomas Edison. So many of today's celebs are pit lovers, too.

Little Red: A Vicktory Dog

Little Red is one of Michael Vick's former dogs, now at Best Friend's in Utah. Her story is sad and uplifting at the same time. Even though she had her teeth filed down so she couldn't fight back, her love and trust still shine through. It's amazing how forgiving animals can be!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

If We're So Mean, Why Are We Always Smiling?

Many of us have had pretty tough lives.

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.

So why are we Pits known for our smiles? Because we really are loving and happy animals! I thought I'd share some pictures of my smiling friends. Be sure to check the captions for their stories. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

May 18-24: Dog Bite Prevention Week

No one wants to be bitten by a dog, right?

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.

Lots more tips and information can be found here. Animal Planet is a great resource (and I like to watch the animals on TV!). And here is more info from Best Friends Animal Society. Be safe!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Francois Makes His Modeling Debut

Check out my mom's new vanity plate, and her hot male model, sure to make Vanity Fair's cover in the months to come!

All inquiries about this exciting new talent should be directed to PAWS!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Breed Specific Legislation Ticks Me Off

What do German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Akitas, Greyhounds (yes, Greyhounds), and pit bulls have in common? They're all great dogs who have become the target of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in many countries around the world, including the United States.

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.

It's time to hold owners responsible for their despicable actions. The Michael Vick case was a disturbing event that will hopefully show officials that it's the humans, not the animals, who are the responsible parties. Of the 49 dogs that were seized from Vick's property, all but one will be placed with families or live their lives in peace as loved members of sanctuaries.

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

One Fine Brandy...

It never ceases to amaze me when my pretty friends are overlooked at PAWS. So I thought I'd tell you about a few now and then.

This is Brandy. And she's a beauty. She's been at PAWS for a couple of years now, and who knows why. Probably because she's not a puppy, or a small cuddly designer dog, or a Golden Retriever, or a who-knows-whatadoodle. She's just a dog's dog.

And she loves people! She just wants a home with a fenced-in yard, a dog bed to call her own, and a couple of toys. Just add water, and you have a family pet! More about Brandy.

Apply to adopt Brandy! (PAWS only adopts locally, within the Connecticut area. That way they can make sure you take good care of us and help you out if you need it!!)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

My Old Home Rocks!

They're having a Spay/Neuter day today for feral cats. This is one way to reduce cat population among cats that can't be placed in homes because they just can't be "tamed" enough to live among humans. TNR programs (trap-neuter-release) can be found anywhere across the country, and have been so successful... When they did this at PAWS just a few weeks ago, they spayed and neutered over 70 cats. I'll give you an update on today's numbers when I hear my mom talk about it later.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Don't be a Vick

Former NFL star Michael Vick's dogs are now stars in their own right!

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!

Paris Hilton is the Root of All Evil

There. I said it.

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?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Welcome to my blog

This is nothing new, a dog with a blog. Go ahead. Google "dog" and "blog" and you'll get zillions of hits. And, it's easier for you to do with fingers than for me with pads and claws.

Anyway, this blog is necessary. You see, I was unwanted once, but I got lucky; I found a place to put up my paws and call home. Now I have to help my furry critter friends at PAWS in Norwalk, CT find their forever homes. And, I have to make people understand that we pibbles are good dogs, not the maniacs you see on the evening news.

I'll tell you about these gems if you promise to pass the word on to a friend or two. Together, we'll find these beauties loving forever homes. Deal? Okay!
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