Thursday, March 31, 2011

Patrick the Pit Bull

It seems like dog abuse has been on the rise the past couple of weeks and poor little Patrick was a huge victim. If your active on Facebook or search daily about Pit Bulls you probably know Patrick's story. If not, don't worry, I will post it here.

The trash chute where Patrick was found.
Patrick is from Newark, New Jersey. His owner Kisha Curtis, also known, to me, as satan, left Patrick tied to a balcony railing and then left New Jersey for a week. Upon returning, she bagged him up like trash and threw him down 22-story trash chute. Patrick was found by maintenance on March 16th, severely emaciated and dehydrated, and barely clinging to life.

This link contains a picture of Patrick the day he was found. It is quite disturbing so please, view at your own risk.

Fortunately, Patrick's health is improving and you can follow his story on this site.
Also if you are on Facebook, join The Patrick Miracle!

Get better little Patrick, you are an inspiration.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

For Your Enjoyment

It has been reported that Katherine Heigl is nursing a Pit Bull, used as a bait dog, back to health. She has always been a favorite actress of mine (I am a die-hard Grey's Anatomy fan) and I'm thrilled to see her raising awareness and helping the Pitties!




Prong Collars: What Do YOU Think?

Prong Collar
Do you use a prong collar on your dog? I will admit that I do use one on my Pit Bull, Addie. Now, before you freak, hear me out, please.

There are many trainers out there that say these collars are inhumane for every single dog. I must disagree with them. I think that if it should be based on a case-by-case basis. 

You see, I have always had a hard time walking Addie. She is very strong and gets quite excited when we go for walks. Before the collar, I would walk her, come home, and then have to load up on aspirin because my arm hurt from trying to keep her from pulling me down the street. 

I started to think about the fact that what if, one day, she pulled too hard and I lost her. I didn't want that to happen. 

Like many people, I was against using the prong collar. But after some thought, I decided to just try it and see if it helped at all. 

Next thing I knew, our walks were SO much more enjoyable. There was NO pulling. We were strolling down the street at a good speed (I wasn't having to power-walk to keep up with her) and she wasn't pulling to go see other people on the sidewalk. It was amazing. And the good news is, the collar wasn't hurting her at all. 

The key is to have the collar on loose enough to where the prongs are not digging in but tight enough where the dog can't slip out. When the dog is walking at normal pace and not pulling the prongs are simply laying slightly on the neck, no digging in. So when I walk Addie, she is perfectly comfortable. No pain, no suffering, just a pleasant walking experience for both of us.

Like I said earlier I think prong collars should be used on a case-by-case basis because not all dogs are the same. If Addie didn't react well to the collar I would have tried something else immediately, but it works for us. 

What do YOU think? Do you use prong collars or another type of corrective collar?

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Worst Nightmare: IL HB 1080

I have heard rumors, during the past couple of months, of a bill that, if passed, would allow Breed Specific Legislation in Illinois.

I live in Illinois.

For some reason, up until about ten minutes ago, I have put this thought in the back of my mind and I haven't really considered what it means. If passed, the city which my Pit Bull lives in could, if they choose, ban her or any other dog based on their breed.

Now, the bill has been re-reffered to the Rules Committee as of March 17th which is sort-of a good sign. Some say that a bill that has been re-reffered to the Rules Committee is a place where bills die. However, if there is enough support for the bill it could be moved to the house floor to be voted on. We cannot let this happen. Please, if you would, help by writing to the Rules Committee. Their contact info is below. Please be brief and polite with them.

Barbara Flynn Currie, (217) 782-8121, FAX (217) 524-1794
Timothy L. Schmitz, info@timschmitz.org
Lou Lang, langli@ilga.gov
David R. Leitch, davidleitch@ameritech.net
Frank J. Mautino, patti76th@ivnet.com

Thanks in advance for your help. 


For Your Enjoyment

Who needs JT when you have a Pit Bull?

You go, Jessica Biel.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'd Like You to Meet...


  
Bella

Bella is growing up so fast and turning into quite the little lady.  She loves my kids and her raw-hides.  Those are her 2 favorite things!  She also loves her daily walk (sometimes we take 2) and she walks on the leash like she's been doing it forever!  She was born October 26th, and we got her at exactly 6 weeks old.  She has quite a bit of her own story.




Bella was born blue.  Not like the pit color blue, but not breathing blue.  Bella's mom pushed her aside and wasn't cleaning or taking care of her.  My friend (who had the litter) took the baby and wrapped her in a warm towel and actually did mouth to mouth on her until she started breathing on her own.  She cleaned her face, made her go potty then placed her back with the litter.  Gracie rejected her again and my friend again wrapped her up in a towel and pinked her up again.  She was bottle fed until she was as fat as the others, then Gracie took her back and loved her ever since. She truly is a miracle puppy.  She was one of the smallest born and now she is one of the bigger ones.  She's bounced back like she was born healthy and perfect!  





Everyone we meet on our walks loves her.  Her vet loves her, said she was the sweetest puppy she had seen in a while.  She's our little Bella-Boo and she fits in perfectly.  And she is perfectly healthy now as well!  The lack of oxygen at birth did nothing to her mentally or physically.  She's my little trooper!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Don't Be a Pit Bully Poem

I have felt extremely bad for not posting lately so I decided to write a little poem. I hope you like it and if you do, share it, just make sure to give me some credit! :)

I love my Pit Bull, what else can I say?
Truth is, I wouldn't have it any other way.
She brings me joy and happiness with her big smile
For her, I would run miles.
She's not vicious or mean or dangerous, I swear
So when you see her please try to be fair.
She'll light up your heart if you give her the chance
So much so, you may want to dance.
Please meet her and get to know her fully
and while you do, Don't Be a Pit Bully!

Pittie Pick-Me-Up



Monday, March 14, 2011

Pittie Pick-Me-Up

Ever stressed out, and need a good laugh? Me too! So I am going to start posting funny pictures I find of the beloved breed I write about. :)

Enjoy!


Friday, March 11, 2011

To My Readers

Hey everyone,

It doesn't take much to notice that I haven't been blogging much lately. I just wanted to take the time to apologize! I truly feel guilty about not keeping up with the blog. I have been busy with school, plus I was really sick for awhile. Thanks for sticking around and if you haven't already, read some of the older posts if you're a newer reader! Hopefully, I will be writing more soon!

Thanks,
Yvonne


Sunday, March 6, 2011

WE WENT TO THE DOG PARK!



A couple days ago I wrote about my concern about taking Addie to the dog park. We decided to check it out the other day and there was a very nice lady and her Jack Russell Terrier there. She said that her dog got a little snippy with other dogs so we stayed on the one side of the fence while they were on the other. Addie had SO much fun just running around! Next thing I knew, two other dogs showed up. I wanted to leave but my boyfriend convinced me to let Addie meet the dogs. They all seemed to get along well so we let her play with them! I could just see in her eyes how happy she was. It was so wonderful! I still am a little nervous about her going but I think it is something we will do more often! Thanks for all of your thoughts and advice!

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