We're vegetarians, so Lilly's favorite part of Thanksgiving is lounging by the fire in her sweater.
We all hated "Shane," but here's a reason (or 2) to love the actor that played him, Jon Bernthal!
"Bernthal also works to retrain pit bulls that have been abused, then placing them in new, loving homes. Bernthal lives with his wife Erin, their baby Henry and their dogs, Boss and Venice." Source
Other sources say his dogs accompanied him to the set all the time. They have also appeared in Capitol File Magazine with him.
Miami-Dade County: Gone Too Far | StubbyDog
-- [The Department of Justice has expressly stated: 'The Department does not believe that it is either appropriate or consistent with the ADA to defer to local laws that prohibit certain breeds of dogs...' Miami-Dade County has ignored the law, and has caused great suffering in doing so. Now, tax payers are paying for the County’s defense.
She is a white "mini bull terrier" (for want of a better breed name) we rescued a few years back. She got a great home, and now she has a brand new brother too!
Too much cute.
This was when we had Lily:
Target Pharmacy, I adore this sign. :)
I can only assume that they just love the bully breeds, given their current Target Dog mascot, plus this guy. :D
Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2013, 12:38 am
There are more than a few bulldogs, mastiffs, and what appear to be a handful of pittie puppies in this ridiculous video. :DSHAKE | Variable | Vimeo
-- [SHAKE is based on a photography series of the same name by co-director Carli Davidson. The work was inspired by her own dog Norbert, whose drool she regularly cleans off walls due to his own frequent shaking.
Lilly likes autumn because she can snuggle up in her favorite blankies.
I am still alive and reading.. Are YOU?!?!?!?!
I had a baby awhile back (he's 8 weeks old today) so I've been quiet but around, promise.
I still have both annoying,big,beautiful pups . Georgia turned 9 in August, did I post about that? Baxter is 7 until March.
Baxter is daddy's baby. He has always been spoiled before my husband and I got together (well, he still is I suppose) He is a pushy loud mouth of a giant but he is adjusting to the baby well.
Georgia doesn't even seem to notice except she licks him when he's face level-of course...
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Petition: Maximum sentence for Puppy Doe's abuser | Examiner
-- [As reported by the Patriot Ledger, 32-year-old Radoslaw Czerkawski of Poland was arrested yesterday and charged with 11 counts of cruelty to animal in the case of Puppy Doe. He was also charged as a fugitive from justice. His bond has been set at $500,000. Now a petition is being circulated, asking that he be given the maximum possible punishment available under Massachusetts law for this horrendous crime.
New details emerge in 'Puppy Doe' case | WHDH-TV 7News Boston
-- [7News has learned new details in the case of a dog, called "Puppy Doe," found brutally beaten, and left for dead in Quincy. The one-year-old dog’s injuries were so bad she needed to be put down. Detectives in Quincy have been working the case for weeks and sources told 7News that they have focused on a person of interest in this case.
Recommendations for coats (sweaters, jammies, etc.) that will fit pit bull necks and shoulders? We do a lot of cold-weather walking and hiking, and I'd like something with more coverage of chest and belly than the horse-blanket-style rugs we currently own. Thanks!
My le terrible baby muncher.
Poundcake and Luke, eagerly awaiting the Jolly Ball.
Gratuitous non-bully Kate pupdate (awaiting her new toy):
Kate's new crinkly, squeaky pumpkin toy from PetSmart. :)
Ruby's home! She was able to come home last night and after we set her up in a small pen with a comforter and a couple of spare pillows (more space and comfort than her crate), she went right to sleep.
She's not tolerating the e-collar at all so she's not wearing it. Which is fine because she's not bothering her stitches and doesn't really need it. The vet sent her home with sedatives and painkillers for the next day or two.
She's laying all over her incisions, of course. Although, there are 6 of them total so I suppose it's kind of hard to avoid laying on them.
Thank you to everyone who kept Ruby in their thoughts! Everything went really well. Now it's time to focus on resting and healing.
Cuse Pit Crew: "Wow. We are loving how Ralph Lauren is featuring rescue dogs in their fall accessories launch. And a PIT BULL on their homepage today? So awesome! http://www.ralphlauren.com/home/index.jsp?ab=global_logo"
The Dog Walk | Ralph Lauren -- [From October 15 through November 15, 2013, 10 percent of the purchase price of select accessories and dog apparel featured in the film will be donated to the ASPCA.]
Here's a direct link to the video that's part of the ad campaign, where two pit bulls are featured at about 1:35 and 2:07. :D
Ruby is at the vet's office this morning. She's having several lumps surgically removed today, at least one of which is a confirmed mast cell tumor.
I'm a nervous wreck.
Please keep her in your thoughts or send good vibes/prayers/etc?
37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Pit Bulls | BuzzFeed
-- [Here are some pictures that will make you think differently about pit bulls. Remember: 'Judge the deed, not the breed!'
] -- No restoration needed, but affirmation never hurts. Oh, dem pittie smiles. :D
Gallery: Marlowe plays with the rope | Wil Wheaton
-- [This is pretty much how it goes whenever I try to play fetch with Marlowe.
] -- This is too damn cute. :D
Here, have a pit bull playing tug with a horse:Horse vs pitbull: Tug of War | TheMendesRanch | YouTube
-- [This is Mister, a quarterhorse/Mustang mix, and Jasmine, a very sweet pit bull, as you can see.
] -- Too cute! :D
We saw this pup on petfinder and decided he would be a perfect addition to our house of misfits. I am now the proud owner of two deaf
derps dogs and a cat with 3 legs. Who knows, the next animal we adopt might have two heads (I hope so.) He's about 7 or 8 months old, he was found with his brother (who is also deaf) in a crack house in Detroit about 4 months ago. He and Ike hit it off right away. As of right now we're not sure what to name him. My 4 year old daughter thinks his name should be Oakey to go along with Ikey. I've been calling him Crackhead. We should probably stick with Oakey. Then again, I could change his name everyday if I want. It's not like he knows what it is.
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Baxter loves getting' fancy!!!
Come on everybody, I know you've got some entries!!!!
Theme week suggestion: Halloween Bullies :)
Pit bull named year’s top "American Hero Dog" At the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards | American Humane Association -- [Therapy Dog "Elle" Teaches Children About Dog Safety, Reading, and Overcoming Prejudice.]
The nation’s top therapy dog, a pit bull named Elle (pronounced Ellie) from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina who helps teach children about dog safety, reading, and overcoming prejudice and stereotypes – something a pit bull knows too much about – has been named this year’s 'American Hero Dog' at the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.
Beyond the Myth | Hulu -- [Unfairly known as violent killers, Pit Bulls have suffered from the stigma of negative media coverage that has lead to city-wide bans across the country.] -- Watch it for free throughout October, Pit Bull Awareness Month! :D
Shorty keeps it real in his sister's hat.
Animal Learning Is Not Breed-Specific | StubbyDog -- [The truth is that pit bulls are, above anything else, dogs. The truth is that all dogs (and all animals, for that matter) learn the same way.]
The truth is that we can effectively train dogs, of all breeds, without hurting or scaring them. The truth is that all dogs learn via consequences and associations. And the truth is that (given the right motivation), these consequences and associations needn’t be painful or frightening. And if they needn’t be, they shouldn’t be.
Less than Bans, Still Discrimination | StubbyDog -- [Not all discriminatory laws against pit bull type dogs are outright bans. Though not an outright ban on the breed, these discriminatory policies still place an undue burden on responsible owners. They also waste valuable animal control resources enforcing ineffective laws while distracting the focus from actual animal control issues like roaming dogs, permanently chained dogs, or abused and neglected dogs.]
Meet our newest
AmStaff! (Shhh, she doesn't know she's not an AmStaff yet. Probably wonders when she's going to lose the fluffy coat and look like the rest of her new siblings. ;)
This is Kate -- Avatar's Kiss Me Kate at Gekko: ( Cuteness abounds!Collapse )
We'd been on a waitlist with her breeder for quite some time, and when we were offered a co-own, jumped at the chance. We were originally expecting to pick her up this weekend, but when her owner/breeder got back into town earlier than expected, we arranged for Wednesday. She's pretty much the most adorable non-AmStaff puppy ever. :D She's already met dozens of people, quite a few dogs, three horses, several cats (at the stable and at home), been to stores, ridden in the car for hours, and has totally taken it all in stride -- even sleeping through the night reasonably well, at 10 weeks old!
She's really just I can't even:Totally
an AmStaff. (gekko
is amusingly flummoxed by a dog who keeps instinctively retrieving
2013 Wheaton Wiggle Waggle for the Pasadena Humane Society | WIL WHEATON dot NET
-- [This year, we’re doing the Wiggle Waggle Walk again … but we’re doing something *really really awesome* for people who donate to our team. Here’s Anne Wheaton (the better half of Team Wheaton) to tell you about her Secret Project:
Be sure to visit the post and not just watch the video above -- there's another video featuring Seamus and Marlowe and their housemates, and plenty of photos! :D
Disappointing final sentencing for Patrick's abuser | National Advocacy Examiner
-- [The advocacy community was outraged to hear of the news regarding the final judgement against 29-year-old Kisha Curtis, the woman who had been charged with the starvation and neglect of an innocent Pit Bull named Patrick. After Patrick had been starved to the point of near death, he was heartlessly thrown down an apartment garbage chute in early 2011. Numerous news agencies including News 12 New Jersey published the details of the final sentence of only 18 months of probation.
] -- Tragic miscarriage of justice. :(
...if she's too late for the Theme Week "Bully Teeth" Contest.
From Shelters to Service: 'Pit Bull' Dogs Change Lives as Assistance Dogs | Animal Farm Foundation -- [Animal Farm Foundation’s mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity for 'pit bull' dogs. In an effort to meet that mission, we established a Service Dog Training program so that rescued and sheltered 'pit bull' dogs can be considered for the same work traditionally reserved for purebred, purpose-bred dogs.]
This link isn't pit bull-specific, but it's great info for dog owners and dog lovers. :)
Teaching Dog Safety | Victoria Stilwell Positively -- [Victoria was featured in the August 2013 issue of 'New York Resident'. The one-page editorial feature, written by Victoria, entitled 'Teaching Dog Safety' discussed why children are more likely to be bitten by dogs than adults and provided simple rules and signals to keep yourself safe when interacting with dogs.]
Twinkie, vicious water-slayer!
Ziggy, devourer of giant tennis balls!
Annie, just swimmin' along. :D
Sun, Aug. 18th, 2013, 10:33 pm
Is this community just for pitBULLS or any bully breed?
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has a new aquatic show that features rescue dogs, one of which is a "terrier mix" *winkwink* The idea is to show that their method of training can work on our pets at home as well. They posted this video on their facebook which talks about different practical applications of training (vet exams etc.) and is a nice little plug for rescuing.
these two like to play tug of war today they both wanted that tennis ball. even though we have more than one ball lol.
Emma loves a good yawn in the morning. Ferocious, eh?
On Saturday, we took Cherry down to Stony Point Fashion Park, a delightfully dog-friendly indoor/outdoor shopping mall, complete with Dog Comfort Stations, water bowls or troughs everywhere, and signs on all store windows indicating if dogs were welcome (and if so, what size of dog). We'd intended to get down there earlier to meet up with some other dog trainers and practice obedience in such a distracting location, but due to traffic adding to the already-hour-long commute, we never hooked up with them. However, Cherry was awesome (once she got to focusing), and we walked the whole length of the mall a couple times -- including an extra loop once we realized that Three Dog Bakery
was just past the far end of the mall where we'd just walked away from.
Cherry was initially Very Concerned about this strange black dog, but after a bit of coaxing and treats, she decided he was okay. :)
Go Cherry! :D
The ever elusive landshark
Hi guys, I had a health question of sorts about my pitty Bella! I didn't see this firsthand since I was on the phone, but my roommate just a little while ago said she saw my dog have what might have been a seizure. She was near the back patio walking up and her body suddenly locked up, and she fell to the side and hit her head on the nearby tree. She recovered pretty much immediately and there was no drooling or actual seizing on the ground. As of right now she's doing fine. She hid under the patio for a second since she was probably freaked out about her head hurting, but otherwise is acting normal.
Was this probably just a dizzy/fainting spell? I have her inside and am off for the rest of the night so I'm going to be keeping a close watch on her, I'm just not sure if this is something I should be overly concerned about or not - Any ideas as to what might have caused this or if this is semi-normal? She's around 5-6 years old and as far as I know of has never had a seizure or anything like this before.
Edit: I'm starting to think this is probably heat related? Her water bowl was low when I came in and its been in the high 80's-low 90's all week here, and she's currently plopped right in front of my fan. She's been laying there for around 15 minutes and doesn't seem to want to move anytime soon.
I have a question. My sweet Dozer has the potential to be labeled a vicious dog. Obviously I don't want that to happen. this came about a couple of weeks ago when we took one of the other dogs and 2 of the cats to the vet. we had to put the oldest cat to sleep. (at 20 and in pain it was his time) and Dozer pushed through the back of his crate and jumped out of a window. I raced home and got him I made it there before animal control . I took him with me to get the hubby and such at the vets office. On the way home we picked up more zip ties to keep the crate from being opened where it's not supposed to. the officer finally stopped by today to do a follow up.
now here is my problem he said that since Dozer was walking around outside his fence and barking if the cops had made there first he would have been listed as a vicious dog. and then he went on to list what would happen with each incident. Now I try really hard to keep him from getting out and getting out of the fence.
so here is my question, should I start with a behaviorist? to see if his issues are fear related. I have also considered contacting a bully rescue to see if they have trainer they recommend. I know he can be a sweet loving dog but there are issues to work on and i'm not sure where I should start. any suggestions I haven't thought of would be appreciated.
edit: I apologize I had a few distractions while I was writing this. while the family was a the vet Dozer pushed out of the back of his crate and jumped out the window. he is able to jump over the side fence and managed to get into the cul-d-sac. he was barking at the neighbors. I only found out he was out because a neighbor called me and told me. I have fixed where he got out of his crate. but now I want to move forward with training him but he is dog reactive on the leash so I can't take him to a training class. I'm not sure where to start with him.
The current issue of Time Magazine
has a big article on pits, even including pictures in the table of contents and on the front of their culture section, where the article ran. You have to subscribe to read it on line, but here's the text, anyway, under a cut because it's long.( Check it outCollapse )
I've been a long time lurker and posted about two years ago that I acquired a pit bull via an internet friend who passed away.
I just wanted to share some pictures as well as a blog link [I checked the rules, if I missed something, feel free to delete this, or make me delete it!].
My Pit Bull had an FHO [femoral head ostectomy] on June 19th. My dog Seppel had uni-lateral hip dysplasia that was starting to cause him pain. When I got him two years ago I did x-ray his hips, I knew the one looked crappy - but it never gave him any trouble. However May of 2012 we tried the sport of Schutzhund [IPO], and we've been training to get our BH/IPO1 ever since. I feel that this year especially he has become a lot more active, we play ball nearly everyday, he runs on the treadmill several times a week, and we were doing bite work at least once a week. In May I could tell he was a little slower than normal, and he ended up straining his iliopsoas and only had 75% range of motion in his right hip. I consulted with the vets I work with and then also saw an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately not only can I just not afford a THR [total hip replacement], I also don't think he could be quiet for the amount of time required after the surgery. An FHO is not as good as a THR, with an FHO they cut the head of the femur off [so it is no longer in the hip socket] and the dog needs to rebuild muscle and build a false joint with scar tissue to be able to use the leg again.
When coming to this decision I decided I didn't really care of competing wasn't in our future - I just wanted my dog pain free and able to be his crazy self. For him to be a "good dog" he needs to be tired!
So anyway, I have been trying to post my blog and our story wherever I can because when I was researching the surgery it was really hard to find progress updates on dogs going through this. My hope is to keep updating until we are at least a year out. That way people who are considering this as a surgical option can see the recovery process, as well as the ending outcome, and hopefully see us either competing or just playing with the bite sleeve. I really don't care if we don't make it to competition, there are three IPO protection routines that he can learn, so it doesn't matter if we title or not.
Seppel is my very first Pit Bull and now that I have had one - that will be my future dog of choice. I have two other mutts that I adore - but they aren't nearly as tenacious or animated as Seppel is. Pics will be behind the cut, as well as a link to my blog. Right now my blog is mostly about his FHO recovery, but I have older posts that talk about where he came from, things I discovered being a new bulldog owner etc. I also talk about training, share some of our IPO experience too. I wanted my blog to help educate people who may be in my situation - first time Pit Bull owners. When I got him I had no idea what I was in for! He's been one of the best things to have in my life.( Pics and Link :)Collapse )
I saw this on facebook and I had to share.
From Animal Farm Foundation:
Discriminatory, ineffective laws are being replaced with fair, humane, and effective laws: one town, one county, one state at a time. In the past week alone:
1. Annapolis, MO repealed their Breed Specific Legislation
2. Westwego, LA dropped their proposed BSL
3. Rhode Island is one step away from passing a state-wide preemption against BSL.
Don’t let the doom and gloom talk fool you. We are WINNING!