Monday, November 29, 2010

The Problem with Pit Bulls...

...is you can never get a good family photo.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pit Bull Media Bias: My Letter to KLTV 7 Texas, Go Bears, and Updates on the Texas Pit Bull Ban

Today I came across an article by KLTV 7 news in the East Texas area. The article was entitled "East Texas Man Dies of Heart Attack After Pit Bull attack. You can read it by clicking    here.

I have found many articles by this news station to be biased and after reading this article I had enough so I sent in this letter.


To whom it may concern,

I am writing today because of the frustration I felt after reading the article "East Texas Man Dies of Heart Attack After Pit Bull Attack." My frustration was brought on by the title and the first sentence of this article. After reading the title I expected the story to go something like this: Man has heart attack after he is attacked by a Pit Bull. Turns out, this was not even close to what I would read.

Pit Bulls are under incredible scrutiny from the media. It is proven that there is a media bias against Pit Bulls and I am sad to report that this news station is involved in it. By making the title of the article "East Texas Man Dies of Heart Attack After Pit Bull Attack" all involved have blatantly used the Pit Bull name to bring in readers.

My complaints are as follows:

-The title of this article makes it seem as if the Pit Bull attacked this man when in reality the Pit Bulls were going after other dogs which in fact, happens every day with every single breed of dog.

-The first sentence of this article is, in my opinion, outrageous. “Another East Texas pit bull attack leaves one man dead...and sends one woman to the hospital.” To me, the writer of this article makes it seem like the Pit Bulls attacked and killed the man and attacked the woman. This was not the case at all.  The woman was hurt trying to break up the fight, which is something that can be expected when breaking up any dogfight. The man, according to the article, was not attacked or bitten in any way. He simply died of a heart attack, which may have had nothing to do with the dogfight. He could have had bad health for all we know. It obvious that the writer of this article believed that the heart attack was brought upon by the fight. This could be very untrue.

- I know there is a brief statement about the second Pit Bull biting someone on-scene but because of the lack of information in the article we have no idea what the situation was. The first Pit Bull was shot to death, which may have caused the second Pit Bull to become very scared leading to a bite. We don’t know the situation, nor do we know whom it bit. This fact is not relevant with out more information.

As far as I am concerned, the news should be delivered without a biased opinion in all aspects; from politics, to sports, to Pit Bulls. I hope you will take my opinion seriously and take the appropriate actions to prevent this from happening again. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Yvonne Dean

In other news: The Bears won against the Eagles and Michael Vick! Vick didn't perform so well today. Maybe he should be treated how his dogs were when they didn't perform well in the fighting ring. Just a thought.

And last but not least, I am VERY happy to report that senator Kevin Eltife in East Texas has expressed that he is not interested in a state-wide Pit Bull Ban. He is willing to work with Tyler attorney Cynthia Stevens Kent on controlling dogs at a city and county level. Hopefully these cities and counties will do the right thing and stay away from BSL.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I'd Like You to Meet...

I'd like you to meet...

Chanel

IS SHE NOT THE CUTEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN?!?!? 
Chanel is my daddy's new 3 month old Pit Bull! She was adopted from the Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue

I've only spent a couple of hours with her but I know she is going to be a great dog and a good ambassador to the Pit Bull Breed. She's playful, adora-bull, and SMART. She already knows how to sit and potty training is going decently well as far as I have heard! 


I couldn't be happier to have another Pit Bull in my life. I am overjoyed! I hope to do an I'd Like You to Meet 2.0 when I get to know her a little more. I just HAD to blog about her and show her off! 

AND, 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Off the Chain: A Pit Bull Documentary




The video below is a documentary on dog fighting and American Pit Bull Terriers. The video also focuses on bans, and the history of Pit Bulls. Some of it is incredibly difficult to watch. It made me cry so hard that I nearly threw up. Although it is difficult to view, I think everyone should see it. Not just APBT owners but EVERYONE. Please share it.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pit Bulls: For Drug Dealers and Gang-Bangers

Today I was doing some internet stalking about the Texas Pit Bull Ban, (what's new?) and came across a commenter who said Pit Bulls are for drug dealers and gang-bangers. Well commenter, I am proud to say that I own a Pit Bull and do not fall under either of those categories. I have never dealt drugs and surprisingly enough have never participated in a gang-bang. Shocking, I know. In fact, I am no where CLOSE to that. Actually, I am a 22 year old masters student studying music. I have been playing clarinet for 11 years and plan to play the rest of my life. I have never even tried drugs, nor do I ever intend to. I also own a Cocker Spaniel and a Maine Coon cat. What does that label me as? A crack addict and a porn star?

Do not label the Pit Bull owning population as drug dealers and gang-bangers. Most of us are normal, respectable members of society. Thanks.

This is me! Do I look like a drug dealer?

Monday, November 15, 2010

For Your Information...

I go to Roosevelt University in Chicago, which is named after President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt who in fact, owned a Pit Bull. 

Pretty cool huh? 




Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Media: A Whole Lot of Pit Bullies

The past couple of days I have had my eyes glued to the internet due to this possible Texas Pit Bull ban. I have been searching Google once every two hours to see if there is any new info. During my searches I find very little about Texas, and a lot about Pit Bull attacks. There is page after page after page of Pit Bull attacks, many of them covering the same attack. This changed my interest to the media bias against Pit Bulls. It has been proven that media reports much more about Pit Bull attacks than other dogs. The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) has presented more than once proofs of this media bias. Below is one of their studies.

The NCRC did a quantitative study of dog-bite reportage over a 4 day period in 2007.

August 18, 2007: 70 yr. old man attacked by Labrador Retriever. He was sent to the hospital in critical condition. The dog was shot by the police after it charged them.
There was one article posted in the local paper.


August 19, 2007: 16 mo. old child received fatal head and neck injuries after being attacked by a mixed-breed dog.
This attack was reported twice in the local newspaper.


August 20, 2007: Six yr. old boy hospitalized after having his ear torn off and a severe bite to the head by a mixed-breed dog.
Reported in one article in the local newspaper.


August 21, 2007: A 59 yr. old woman was attacked in her home by two Pit Bulls. She was hospitalized with sever but not fatal injuries.
This attack was reported in over 230 articles in national and international newspapers, as well as major television news networks including CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.


The NCRC also did this study in 2006. You can view it here.

It is also a fact that any dog that even minutely resembles a Pit Bull will be labeled a Pit Bull. I believe I have posted this at an earlier point but I am going to post it again. This link includes 20 different pictures of 20 different dogs. Only one is an American Pit Bull Terrier. Can you find the APBT? Unfortunately, if ANY of those dogs pictured attacked some one, I guarantee they would be labeled as a Pit Bull even though 19 of them aren't.

The fact of the matter is the media is a bunch of bullies. I have one thing to say to them. "Hey Media, DON'T BE A PIT BULLY."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop


Texas Pit Bull Ban: Let's Prevent It

After two Pit Bull attacks in nearly two weeks, East Texans are pushing a state-wide ban for Pit Bulls. To view the full article and details you can click here.

Here's what we can do for now.
Email Senator Kevin Eltife: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist1/dist1.htm#form
Email Representative Chuck Hopson:
http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=11&session=81

Also if you live in Texas please visit Love-A-Bull's website and sign the anti-BSL petition they will be presenting to the Texas State Legislators. To find this, click the link I provided and scroll down to find the petition, it is near the bottom of the page.

I have already written both Senator Eltife and Representative Hopson and I hope you will do the same.

Also please visit the National Canine Research Council page to view Texas dog bite fatalities from the past 45 years. Quite interesting information. I see a pattern of irresponsible-ness all over that page. Deaths that COULD HAVE been prevented.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm Yvonne Dean, and I am an American Pit Bull Terrier owner.

Today I found something that is really cool that I thought I would share with you all. During my daily Pit Bull-Facebook-Group readings I came across the Pit Bull Positive Show. 

Here is a link to their Facebook page.
And a link to their website.

Not only do they have those two resources, they also do a weekly online show on Tuesdays at 8 CST. How cool is that? 

Now, let's talk about the title of this post. The folks over at the Pit Bull Positive Show want to make a video and they need as many people Pit Bull owners to participate as possible. All you have to do is record a video of your self saying, " I'm ______________ , your occupation, and I am an American Pit Bull Terrier owner. You can have your dog in the video or you don't have to. The goal here is to show the real people who own Pit Bulls. I think this probably the coolest idea I have ever heard of and I am so excited about it. If you want to participate (which you do) you can send your video or questions to Dan at danmeagher@pitbullpositive.org

The Face of Dog Fighting: One Dog's Incredible Journey

I found this video posted on the StubbyDog Project's Facebook page. It's about the dogfighting raid of July 2009, one of the largest raids in US history.



This is a heartbreaking story. I can't help but weep for Stallone and the other countless innocent animals that were injured and died in this fighting ring. The most horrible part about this story is not how badly injured Stallone was or the fact that he didn't make it. It's the fact that the dog fighter received only two years in prison. TWO YEARS! It's appalling to me. That is NOT long enough to learn a lesson.

Below is some footage from the actual dogfighting sites.



And one more...



This has got to stop and there is no way it will if the dog fighters are only getting two years in prison. No way.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

Thanks to all of the men and women who serve/served our country.

AND the Pit Bulls. :)



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Michael Vick and Dog Fighting: NOT A JOKE

I apologize in advance. What you are about to read is a rant of built up anger that I have had ever since I have gotten a Pit Bull.

Terribly enough, people associate this:

Michael Vick

With this:

Because of the terrible thing Michael Vick did, these two will go hand in hand with each other for a long time.  For some reason I have found that people like to joke around about   MIchael Vick and Pit Bulls. I have kept my mouth shut for awhile but NOT anymore.

When people are playing around with Addie they will get her all hyped up to where she is barking and running around and jumping. With this comes these awful comments. Here is one example: Addie will be jumping around, barking, and what not and then some one will say "Oh, tackle her like Michael Vick would." 
That's. Not. Funny.

How about I make a rule that states you can never use the words Michael Vick and my Pit Bull in the same sentence. Thanks. 

For some reason people take this whole Michael Vick thing lightly. It is NOT a joke and it's definitely NOT funny.


HE BRUTALLY KILLED PIT BULLS. Not only he did he fight Pit Bulls he shot them, hung them, beat them with shovels, and even electrocuted them. Yeah, that's HILARIOUS. Not.


The next time you want to joke around about Michael Vick I want you to think about the above picture before you open your mouth.



Or this picture.

Or better yet, keep your mouth shut around me.

End Rant.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TODAY ONLY! November 4, 2010

Have a minute? Please call 888-77-JUDGE (58343) and press 2 for NO to the question "Should Neighborhood Associations be allowed to ban "pit bulls". Let's knock this survey out of the park! This poll ends tonight, so vote now and repost!


Please do this. Today only! Thanks. :)

CHECK IT OUT!

Hey there Pittie lovers! I have some promoting to do! Please check out the following things! Please? :)

First of all, I got an exciting email from Barbara over at StubbyDog letting me know that their website will be launching this month! YAY! They, like the rest of us, are Pittie lovers and are dedicated to making a good name for Pit Bulls. I think this is going to be an amazing website and an even more amazing way to help the Pit Bulls. All though the website is not quite launched yet you can still check them out on Facebook! Their page is filled with all things Pit Bull including pictures, and news. Also if you like their page you'll be the first to know when the website is launched. Or you can just keep checking back at www.stubbydog.org.


NEXT on the agenda to talk about is another great website, www.theunexpectedpitbull.com!  They, like the StubbyDog Project are dedicated to helping the Pit Bulls. They have wonderful Pittie stories, pictures, and facts and fictions of the wonderful breed. Also they produce a great calendar every year! Since 2011 is quickly approaching, I recommend you head on over to their site and purchase one! It's bound to be adora-bull. You can click here to go directly to the purchasing page! All of the funds got to Pit Bull rescue, education and advocacy organizations! PLEASE consider it! You know you want to!

Please and thank you for checking out these great sites! Let them know I sent you!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Few Random Updates

Yeah, I am sure you already know but I am busy busy with school and neglect this blog all the time now. When I started this blog I was in the middle of summer vacation so I honestly didn't have a whole lot to do. Now I have a lot to do. Thanks for your patience though!


So the black lab my boyfriend Brett found last week turned out to be Lucy! Like I said she was a great dog and Brett was sad to give her back to her owner! Not that I wasn't sad it's just that Addie had to stay cooped up in her cage while Lucy was with us. We went to all the vets and animal shelters in our area and left our phone number so that it could be passed on to the owner if they called. She hung out with me for about 5 hours before her dad came and got her!


Next on my list to chat about is: Addie may be part cat. You see, Brett has a laser pointer on his key chain that he messes with sometimes. Well one night he was shining it on the floor and Addie went berserk! She LOVES to chase it all around the apartment! It's her new form of exercise. She will chase it back and forth for hours! What's your dog's favorite form of exercise?

In other news, my sister just came home and told me she saw a boxer bulldog mix on her way back into the city. She stopped and talked to the guy and asked what kind of dog it was. He explained to her that it was a boxer bulldog mix. Then he said don't worry, she's not a Pit Bull. My sister then explained to him that her sister, that's me, had a Pit Bull. He followed that by saying, "Oh, so you know they aren't mean then." He told her a lot of people are scared of his dog because they think she's a Pit Bull. I know exactly how he feels. More times than not I get people who would rather walk in the street than walk next to us on the sidewalk. I guess they'd rather get hit by a car then attacked by my "vicious" Pit Bull. Lately when I am with Addie and someone is walking our direction, I will move over to the grass have Addie sit and let the person pass. It's so frustrating sometimes. The people she does get to meet like her very much although she can get excited and start jumping and kissing. I love when we run into other Pit Bull lovers because they always adore her! :)

I'm sure you've noticed I changed the look of the blog. I just needed a change! :)

Thanks for reading and check back soon for some new entries!

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