Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Find Your Better Half Contest

It's CONTEST time! The nice folks over at Norwood Unleashed have starting a really unique contest and it's going to be for a great cause. Here's what you do:
 The purpose is to find your dogs doppelganger, a.k.a. a dog that looks similar to yours but is the opposite gender, on Pet Finder!
When you find the perfect match write a blog post about your findings.
Then, email the post to norwoodunleashed@gmail.com.
For every entry one dollar will be donated and whoever gets picked as the winner gets to choose which charity the money goes to!

So after a hour of searching Pet Finder I think I have found Addie's doppelganger.

Here's Addie




and HERE is


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

21 Reasons Why We Love Pit Bulls

I have just read a plethora of bad comments about Pit Bulls. Now I am upset, frustrated and here to blog. I was going to go to sleep and do this post tomorrow, however, I am no longer tired. 

On the Don't Be a Pit Bully Facebook page I asked people to tell me why the love Pit Bulls. Not only did I have them tell me why in a written form but also in a visual form with a picture! So here we go: 21 reasons why we love Pit Bulls.



We love Pit Bulls because:

They like to be held no matter how much they weigh.

They'll dress up for you.

They know how to relax.

THEY LIKE TO SWIM TOO! 

They love kittens just as much as we do.

They think they're lap dogs.

They'll go anywhere with you.

They are gentle.

They always have a smile on their faces.

They sleep like humans sometimes.

They smile in their sleep.

They're sensitive.

They make us laugh.

They bring sunshine to our lives.

They will sleep with their paws in the air.

They LOVE to cuddle.

They love each other.

They make friends.

They have character.

They are heroes.

And FINALLY...

We love Pit Bulls because they love you with all their heart.




Monday, January 24, 2011

Texas Pit Bull Ban: Back in the News

Well, the Texas Pit Bull Ban is back in the news unfortunately. Our good friend (insert sarcasm here) Cynthia Stevens Kent is pushing for Pit Bulls to be banned in Texas. If this ban happens and you own a Pit Bull in the state of Texas, you will have committed a third-degree felony. Luckily in the latest article I have read, they say that the bill has a slim chance of passing. We also have a quote from Merritt Clifton saying that Puma's aren't adopted out as pet's and neither should Pit Bulls. I think I went over this before. I also have gone over the people you should contact in Texas to prevent this ban from happening. Reread this post to see that information. The moral of the story is, if we don't do our part in contacting these representatives, and the ban is put in place, hundreds of innocent Pit Bulls will be killed.

I Miss My Pit Bull

video

You serious blog followers know that I go to school in Chicago and my Pit Bull can't be with me. It's a terribly, sad story but somehow I manage. In this video, she can be seen chasing after the laser pointer on the floor. This one of her favorite activities and it really gets her pooped. Of course we are very careful to make sure she doesn't look directly into the light. She's too busy chasing it around the floor anyways. Please note: I made this video for my sister so if you could please ignore the god-awful face I make at the end, that would be GREATLY appreciated.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'd Like You to Meet...

This big guy is ADORABLE! You'll love him...

I'd Like You to Meet...


Rocky

Here's what Rocky's mom has to say about him!
"What a cute smile!!!!!! Rocky is a 4 year old Red Nosed Pit Bull. He was the smallest of the litter and the playful one. He is loving and loyal. His favorite things to do is his yoga and play with his big brother Rex. His favorite games are hide and seek and tag. (It's fun to watch!) He is a crazy little boy and loves to make people laugh. He extremely friendly to people and other dogs. He also loves playing fetch."

Want to see some more pictures?


"He loves wearing sunglasses!"


"Crazy little boy!!"


"Him and his big brother!"


"Rocky doing his yoga!"

On behalf of Don't Be a Pit Bully and Rocky's mom, we hope you enjoyed reading about Rocky! Isn't he adorable?!  


Want your pittie featured on the blog? Send me an I'd Like You to Meet request at dontbeapitbully@gmail.com! Introduce your Pit Bull to the world! I'd Like you to Meet is a great way to showcase the who the real Pit Bulls of the world are! 



Attention Bikers: Help Stop Dogfighting!


Save this date and keep checking back at their website to get information as it comes out!

The Vick Dogs: Doing "Alright"

Last night on PBS' Need to Know the Vick dogs were featured. It served as an update on their new lives. It is a WONDERFUL video. Please share it so that we can get as many people to watch it as possible! It's time they learned about the Vicktims and NOT Vick.


Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears and Pit Bulls, OH MY!

I stalk the internet reading about all things Pit Bull because I love them so much and I love writing about them so much. Like you all know, not everyone loves them as much as we do. In fact, they HATE them because they're "big and scary". Today I read an article where a man compared them to lions, tigers, and bears, you know those undomesticated animals that live in the wild and our zoos? Yes, them. I have heard people say things like this before, but today it really bothered me. I did a little research and below I have presented a  small portion of information on each of the animals so that you will easily be able to compare them.


See that big fluffy guy right there? That is a lion. You may have seen them in The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, or on your last trip to Africa. 
Size: 4.5 to 6.5 Feet not including their tails which can be from 26.25 to 39.5 inches
Weight: 265 to 420 lbs
Needless to say, he won't be curling up on the couch with you anytime soon.


As a child you may have curled up next to one of these guys except it was a lot smaller and stuffed. I'm talking about bears, people. 
Size: 5 to 6ft tall
Weight:200-600 pounds
Speaking of which, good luck to the Chicago Bears this weekend. (I live in Chicago so I have to say that.)


That is a big kitty. 
Size: 10.75 feet...he's way taller than me, that's for sure.
Weight: 660 pounds
Unfortunately these guys are an endangered species which is what our Pit Bulls are going to be if we don't do something.




The Pit Bull.
Size: 18- 22 inches
Weight: 22- 100 pounds

It goes to say that maybe the people who say these things are exaggerating a bit much. I myself have never seen a 600 pound Pit Bull. Have you?





Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For Your Enjoyment

This post is brought to you by the musical theater chick one floor above me who has decided it's a good time to practice even though it is 11:16 p.m. Hope you enjoy. :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Two Sides to EVERY Story


A poor 5-year-old girl lost her life due to the ignorance of a irresponsible Pit Bull owner. The girl was attacked and killed by two Pit Bulls on January 7th, and her grandmother was severely injured when trying to help her. It's a terrible story...stories I hate to read about. It's just another story I have to argue about when I am out in the world trying to help Pit Bulls. BUT, there are always two sides to every story and there is for this one as well.

Turns out, these dogs were very well known around the neighborhood. They belonged to Michael Gordon, 23, who was released from prison last May for felony charges. The female dog, Daisy, was reported to be "so emaciated that she looked like she shouldn't be alive." The dogs were seen either roaming the streets searching for food, or secured on a chain. Either way, neither are good for these dogs. Daisy was also said to have had puppies recently and just left out to fend for herself.

When a neighbor called Animal Control they claimed that there was nothing that they could do.

These dogs were abused and treated poorly and unfortunately a little girl had to die. Where was animal control and why couldn't they do anything? This little girl did not have to die. Neither did the dogs. But they were punished because their "owner" is a sad excuse for a human being.

Normally we don't see this side of the story. All we see is "Vicious Pit Bull Attack" but I would bet my life on it that a lot of stories are just like this. Don't forget about the OTHER side of the story. Just because the media does, doesn't mean that we have to.

Articles on the attack: Monroe Scoop, examiner.com (Source of information in this post)


Friday, January 14, 2011

Big, Mean, Snarling Pit Bull


This picture accompanied a local "Police Shoot Pit Bull" article.
The caption? Photo of a Snarling Pit Bull Terrier Dog.
Now, I have seen this look before from my "vicious" Pit Bull.
It typically happens when she's laying her whole 60 pound body across me.
It's called a YAWN.
Not a snarling Pit Bull.
Good Lord.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Another Update

Hello readers! Like I said in the last post, I am back in school now and as busy as ever. You see, I am a music performance major; I play the clarinet. As in all of the fine arts, to make it big somewhere you have to be not good but great. That is why my days are spent in the practice rooms at Roosevelt University. It doesn't help that I have an audition I have to record tomorrow. In other words, I am swamped. I leave home around 9:30 a.m. and don't get back until 10:00 p.m. Anyways, enough about me. Let's talk about the Pitties.

Now that I am back at school, I am without my darling Addie. Luckily, I got to travel over to a nearby suburb where my boyfriend lives to visit him and Addie. (He's not back in school yet, LUCKY!) As normal she was so excited to see me and jumping all over the place. I sure wish I could have her at school with me...well both of them actually. Does anyone else have a long distance relationship with your Pittie?

In other news, I am reading The Lost Dogs. I haven't finished because some of it is honestly  incredibly difficult to read. But I have gotten through it and hope to write my thoughts about it when I am finished. After reading what I have, I would do anything to be able to help those helpless dogs that being forced to dog fight now that we don't even know about. I also want EVERYONE to read this book. If I could I would buy 100,000 copies and hand them out for free on the streets of Chicago. Considering I am going to an extremely expensive school that WON'T happen anytime soon. :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Random Post

Well, my holiday break is almost over. I have been out of school for a month now and tomorrow it starts back up. Hopefully this doesn't mean I won't be posting as much but it is a possibility. I will try my best!

Last night I had the opportunity to go to a Chicago Wolves hockey game. It was the first hockey game I've ever been too and it was SO MUCH FUN! The best part about it was that it was Adopt-A-Dog-Night. They had a lot of adorable doggies there. And yes, there were pitties. Lots and lots of pitties. I am not sure how many of the Pit Bulls got adopted but I know that around 85% of the dogs ended up getting adopted. Since a majority of them were Pit Bulls or Pit mixes some of them HAD to go home with someone...or at least I hope they did. I would have adopted all of them if I could.

I received a very nice email from the Humane Society of the United States about my last post on their view of Michael Vick owning a dog again. It was very respectful and nice and I appreciated it so much. There were also a lot of good things said about the blog which ALWAYS makes me happy. A big thank you to them for being supportive, even if we don't agree on this whole Michael Vick thing!

Now it's time for me to put my computer away and go play with my Pittie. Since I am going back to school today, I have to say good bye to her for a couple weeks. She stays with my boyfriend Brett and he takes good care of her. I would like to thank him for all that he does! It is hard to be a single Pit Bull dad while mom is away at school! Thanks, Brett! :)

Have a great rest of your weekend, everyone!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Humane Society: On Team Vick

I have tried, really tried to be a forgiving person. However, I can't and won't forgive Michael Vick. We have all heard the hoo-rah concerning Michael Vick perhaps owning a dog again. I have found that most of my readers and the Pit Bull Facebook community all agree on the fact that Michael Vick should not be given the privilege of owning a dog...ever. It turns out there is a group that disagrees with us, a group that you would 100% expect to have the same opinion as us...The Humane Society of the United States. Wayne Pacelle, President of the HSUS, says that it could be a good thing if Vick could adopt a dog again after his rehabilitation process. I just don't agree with that. I can't do it. He killed dogs. So why should he get the ability to have them again. If it were humans he did this too he would be locked up for life but for some reason animals are not as important as humans. Why is that? They are living, breathing creatures who love us more than just about any one in our family. Just because they don't speak to us like we speak to each other doesn't mean they're less important than we are. Well, that's my opinion anyways.

This the way I see it. Let's take a teacher who has sexually assaulted a student. Not only do they have to pay for their punishment with jail time, they don't get to be exposed to students because they will NEVER be allowed to teach again. They lost their privileges. I think the same thing applies here. Michael Vick brutally killed dogs, so, he shouldn't be allowed to have one ever again. Isn't it enough that he is making millions of dollars in the NFL? I'm sure that eases the sting of not being able to have a dog. And let's take into account this wonderful season he is having. To me, it seems like just because he is doing well, people are forgiving him for what he has done. Case and point: President Obama. Sure, he paid his time but I can't forgive someone who has wrongfully and brutally killed another living creature. The worst part is he enjoyed watching these animals get hurt and killed. I can't forgive. I am sorry.

I don't think you're a bad person if you disagree with me. If you can forgive him then good for you. You're entitled to your own opinion...even if I don't agree with it.

Monday, January 3, 2011

I'd Like You to Meet...

With everything going on with Michael Vick, and how he is now God's gift to the world because he can play football, I think it is time to meet one of his Vicktims.

I'd Like You to Meet...
Mel



Sunday, January 2, 2011

Reaction to Phil Luciano Article

My attention was brought this article by Phil Luciano. So I posted the article below and then took chunks ad wrote my reactions of what was being said. I wasn't happy.

Phil Luciano: Not the Breed, But the Need for Safety

"A recent - and ridiculous - hullabaloo over a Tazewell County pit bull shows why a lot of us get so put off by advocates for the breed.


Already, at just that first paragraph, pit bull apologists are plinking madly at their keyboards to bombard me and this newspaper with e-mails. Save it. I know the arguments.


Look, I realize that some pit bulls make for fine pets. And I realize that not all pit bull owners are dirtbags. I get it, I get it, I get it.


But what I don't get is why some pit bull freaks get so over the top.


They refuse to see that some pit bulls - just like some dogs of any breed - deserve to die. And such zealotry alienates clear-thinking people. Instead of making people sympathetic to decent pits and their owners, we get further spooked about the whole thing.


And that's what's going on in Tazewell County. The situation is simple - or, rather, it should be.


Tazewell County Animal Control recently captured a loose pit bull. It's about 7 months old, yet all muscle and as large as a fully grown boxer.


The owner has not come forward.


The problem: The county veterinarian says the animal has been aggressive to other animals at Animal Control. He is worried that the pit could tear someone up. So, he is refusing to let it be adopted. If the owner doesn't come forward soon, the dog will be euthanized.


Is that sad? If you think so, answer this: What, exactly, are we supposed to do with dangerous dogs? Put them down. No other choice.


But that's not how Catherine Hedges thinks. She runs Don't Bully My Dog Breed, a Chicago-area rescue shelter and advocacy group for breeds (including pits) she thinks are unfairly maligned.


If you talk to her, as I did, she eagerly will run through the typical checklist regarding pit bulls: The breed is no more dangerous than others; they get mean only if the breeder or owner is bad; blah, blah, blah. That's all fine and good. But that's not the point here. The only issue in Tazewell County is one dog that the county vet feels is a potential menace.


But she thinks otherwise: "This pit bull is being discriminated against."


She thinks that if this were any other breed of dog in question at Animal Control, it would be adopted. Thus, she is miffed that Animal Control won't let her adopt the dog.


But Tazewell County would be crazy to do so. Think of the liability.


Furthermore, think of the county's moral conundrum. What if Hedges gets the dog and it chews off a 2-year-old's face? Does Tazewell County want to deal with the fallout?
Hedges also derides the expertise of the county vet, Arthur Herm. She says that because veterinarians don't take courses in animal behavior, he doesn't know what he is talking about.


"I am more qualified to evaluate this pit bull," she says.


Herm declined to discuss the matter with me. But he has practiced as a vet for 36 years. He has been at the Morton Animal Hospital for 32 years. He has worked with Animal Control for 22 years. Not a bad resume.


It would seem he knows what he's talking about.


Still, as a self-professed dog lover, he feels bad about this situation. As he said in an earlier story, "I feel like 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' for these people. But unfortunately, I can't help them this time. It's black and white. There's no gray area."


This is the only part where I'll argue with Herm. He is not the Grinch: His heart is not three sizes too small. Rather, he is doing the right thing. The good citizens of Whoville - if not a Chicago busybody such as Catherine Hedges - would understand.


Let me be clear. Neither I nor anyone else here is calling for the breed to be eradicated. 


Rather, we're talking about just one dog - an aggressive, potentially dangerous dog. 


That's it.


Some pit bull owners like to whine at me that I never write about other nasty breeds. 


Certainly, I realize any breed of dog can be a menace. And I promise, the first time a poodle or dachshund shreds apart a local pet or person, I'll write something.


Further, some pit bull owners want me to write about their dog because it behaves well. They seemed shocked that I'm not interested. No prejudice there. It's the same reason I don't write about airplanes that don't fall out of the sky or houses that don't burst into flames. No news there. That's what is supposed to happen.


I really don't care that your pit bull hasn't eaten any children lately.


You don't get a medal for mowing your lawn or keeping your stereo low at night - and you don't get an award for properly maintaining your dog.


That's your responsibility.


If things go wrong, well, that's when reporters and police take notice.


Tough. That's how it goes.


And it's worse when people such as Catherine Hedges just don't know when to draw the line at advocacy. You want to talk about the merits of pit bulls? OK. But when one goes bad, don't make excuses. Otherwise, we start to think you and your dogs are nothing but trouble."




Here's my reaction:


Already, at just that first paragraph, pit bull apologists are plinking madly at their keyboards to bombard me and this newspaper with e-mails. Save it. I know the arguments.
-First of all don't call us "Pit Bull Apologists." We are not apologists, we are ADVOCATES for creatures that can't speak. And like you said, because there's "no news" in writing about anything but Pit Bull's gone wrong we HAVE to speak up. We're forced to speak up because all the media does is give Pit Bulls a bad name and someone has to do something to convince the world that not ALL Pit Bulls are bad. So yes, we are "plinking madly at our keyboards," and no, we aren't going to "save it."

And I realize that not all pit bull owners are dirtbags. I get it, I get it, I get it.
-Just by saying that you "realize that not all Pit Bull owners are dirtbags" classifies that fact that you associate "dirtbags" with owning a Pit Bull. Thanks for the stereotype. However, thanks for realizing that not ALL of us are dirtbags...

But what I don't get is why some pit bull freaks get so over the top.
Hi Phil, my name is Yvonne Dean. We've never met. I live in Chicago and attend Roosevelt University. I'm pursuing my masters degree in clarinet performance. In my spare time I advocate for Pit Bulls by writing a blog called "Don't Be a Pit Bully." Yes, I love Pit Bulls. But because we don't even KNOW each other I would appreciate if you didn't classify me or my Pit Bull loving friends as "pit bull freaks." People who advocate for disease aren't freaks and neither are we.

They refuse to see that some pit bulls - just like some dogs of any breed - deserve to die. And such zealotry alienates clear-thinking people. Instead of making people sympathetic to decent pits and their owners, we get further spooked about the whole thing.
-Yes, there are some people out there that may perhaps believe that no animal should die. But I would say that most of us as, Pit Bull lovers, understand that there are some dangerous dogs that may need to be euthanized. However, what we don't believe in is killing dogs because the have shown aggression towards "other animals at animal control." According to what you have said no aggression was shown towards any humans. Maybe all this dog needs is a home with out animals. Call us freaks or whatever you want. We just would like to save as many Pit Bulls as we can. We know how much joy they bring us and we just want other people to feel our joy. And, I don't say this just about Pit Bulls I say it for any dog. If this was a golden retriever I would say the exact same thing.

Tazewell County Animal Control recently captured a loose pit bull. It's about 7 months old, yet all muscle and as large as a fully grown boxer.
-I'm not sure why this statement is even here. So what that he is muscular and large. So is my Pit Bull, the sweetest, most kind, dog I've ever known.


He is worried that the pit could tear someone up. So, he is refusing to let it be adopted. If the owner doesn't come forward soon, the dog will be euthanized.

Is that sad? If you think so, answer this: What, exactly, are we supposed to do with dangerous dogs? Put them down. No other choice.
-As far as I've seen this dog has only showed aggression towards other animals, not people. My mom's cocker spaniel HATES other dogs. We simply just keep him away from other dogs. There are good owners out there that could cope with this situation. And not to mention some dogs can be rehabilitated. 

If you talk to her, as I did, she eagerly will run through the typical checklist regarding pit bulls: The breed is no more dangerous than others; they get mean only if the breeder or owner is bad; blah, blah, blah. That's all fine and good. But that's not the point here. The only issue in Tazewell County is one dog that the county vet feels is a potential menace.
-Blah, Blah, Blah is right because those ARE the facts. We understand the point that the vet feels it is a potential menace. Maybe it is. Or maybe it's not. Maybe it's acting aggressive towards other animals because of the environment it is in. Maybe it's scared. We don't know. What we do know, is that this dog could be a great dog and we just want the chance to see if it is. 

She thinks that if this were any other breed of dog in question at Animal Control, it would be adopted. 
-And I agree 100% with her. 

Furthermore, think of the county's moral conundrum. What if Hedges gets the dog and it chews off a 2-year-old's face? Does Tazewell County want to deal with the fallout?
-Catherine Hedges being the animal lover she is, probably isn't going to be letting a dog run around and she definitely will be taking good enough care of it that it won't be chewing any 2-year-old's faces off. I can guarantee it. I've never met her but I am sure she is not as worthless as you are making her seem by this awful statement.


Herm declined to discuss the matter with me. But he has practiced as a vet for 36 years. He has been at the Morton Animal Hospital for 32 years. He has worked with Animal Control for 22 years. Not a bad resume.
-Yes, "not a bad resume." However, I think there needs to be a second opinion. 

Further, some pit bull owners want me to write about their dog because it behaves well. They seemed shocked that I'm not interested. No prejudice there. It's the same reason I don't write about airplanes that don't fall out of the sky or houses that don't burst into flames. No news there. That's what is supposed to happen.
I really don't care that your pit bull hasn't eaten any children lately.
-Okay buddy. That last sentence is out of line. Like most of your statements before, this makes me feel as if your stereotyping Pit Bulls to be man-eating dogs like the rest of the media does. Thanks.

And it's worse when people such as Catherine Hedges just don't know when to draw the line at advocacy. You want to talk about the merits of pit bulls? OK. But when one goes bad, don't make excuses. Otherwise, we start to think you and your dogs are nothing but trouble.
-What excuses were made? I didn't see any. Stating facts is different than making excuses.  And just because we stick up for what we believe in doesn't make us "Pit Bull freaks" and it certainly doesn't make us or our dogs "trouble."


Phil Luciano

Saturday, January 1, 2011

For Your Enjoyment

Anyone seen Back to the Future 2 lately? Well, I just watched it and in four short years...


...we will be traveling by...

Pit Bull hover boards. 

I'm not sure I agree with the logo though...



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