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Mon, Jul. 27th, 2015, 12:59 am
skreidle: Avoiding Dog Bite Tragedies

How to avoid future dog bite tragedies | Citizen-Times -- [Dog management factors are key.]
"Recent media reports of a dog bite fatality left our community wondering how we can prevent future tragedies and left us with more questions than answers. I would like to take this opportunity to share my research, which focused on peer-reviewed, fact-based, unbiased studies."

Mon, Jul. 27th, 2015, 12:54 am
skreidle: Fostering FTW

16 Reasons Why Fostering A Shelter Pet Is Basically The Best Thing In The World | HuffPost Pit Bulls -- [Want to make the world a better place in one easy step? Take home a foster pet from a local shelter or rescue group.]

Sat, Jul. 18th, 2015, 12:12 pm
skreidle: Training & Canine Aggression

Study Says Human Behavior -- Not Dog Breed -- Predicts Canine Aggression | The Dodo -- [A recent study indicates that dog owners’ behavior -- not the dog’s breed -- could be key to predicting whether or not a dog will be aggressive.] -- In fact, "training methods that used [aversives or punishment] increased the chance of aggression to, well, everyone."

Sat, Jul. 18th, 2015, 11:51 am
skreidle: Bull Terrier Muse

Wife Leaves And Takes All But The Dog, Guy Responds With Incredible Photo Series | Amazing Things -- [Left alone in an empty all-white apartment, it was almost destined that Mantesso produce something spectacular to fill the blank canvas that now surrounded him both emotionally and physically. His bull terrier, who his wife had named Jimmy Choo after her favourite shoes, provided him with the inspiration to pick himself up, move on and make the best of the situation.] -- This is great. :D

Tue, Jul. 7th, 2015, 06:20 pm
skreidle: Firefighters & Pit Bull, "Ugliest Dog" Makeover

  • Shirtless Firefighters Pose With Abused Pit Bull For Charity, Set Our Hearts Aflame | HuffPost -- [Is it getting hot in here, or is it just some shirtless firefighters cavorting on the beach, alongside a formerly abused pit bull?]

  • World's Ugliest Dog Gets a Makeover | Jimmy Kimmel | YouTube -- [We wanted to do something special for Quasi Modo, the winner of this year's World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. So we reached out to celebrity stylist Carson Kressley and his team of hair, makeup and fashion experts to give the World's Ugliest Dog a full celebrity makeover.] -- Quasi is adorable, and Carson Kressley is fabulous. :D

  • Tue, Jul. 7th, 2015, 12:15 pm
    skreidle: Pit Bull Onna Mattress :D

    Pit Bull on a Mattress | Gil Abramov | YouTube -- [Loco plays with Light and Lian] -- Who needs a trampoline when you have a mattress? :D

    Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2015, 07:18 pm
    skreidle: AKC vs BSL, Pit Bull's Kittens, Snuggly Rescue

  • NY committee is considering a bill to protect dog-owning tenants from breed-specific policies | AKC -- [Ask NY to Support Bill to Stop Breed Discrimination in Rental and Public Housing.]

  • Rescued Pit Bull Mothers Abandoned Kittens With Lots Of Kisses | The Dodo -- [I'm sure there are many of you out there who have a World's Greatest Dog, right? Well if there were an award, our rescued three-legged pit bull Bella would definitely receive a nomination — if not take home the gold.]

  • Pit Bull Rescued From High-Kill Shelter Really Loves Snuggling, Especially With His Adoptive Dad | HuffPost -- [Beware the pit bull: he might sit on your lap and refuse to get up.]
  • Wed, May. 27th, 2015, 10:55 am
    rlagmagm: Pit Bull puppy question.

    When I move out of my parents' house I would like to adopt a Pit Bull Puppy. What I would like to know is the difficulty of training that would be involved. I would also like to know what brand of food is best. I know that the puppy will have to fit my lifestyle, which I have figured out and written down. My other question is, do you think Villalobos is a great place to adopt from? Or do you suggest another rescue to adopt from? If so, which rescue is best? I'm sorry if these questions sound stupid, but I am trying to learn a bit more about the breed. Thank you.


    Rebecca M.

    Wed, May. 13th, 2015, 01:03 pm
    rlagmagm: Honest question...

    I have a cousin, who is a vet and a huge supporter of the BSL garbage and I am trying to help educate her and change her opinion and view on pit bulls. Personally, I am against BSL and the like. Anyway. My cousin has come up with the crap that pit bulls are highly prey driven and tenacious. My rebuttal was: a lot of breeds are highly prey driven, especially the Terriers, some Toys, Hunting, Sporting and some Working dog breeds and not all pit bulls are that way. They have to be trained to redirect and/or ignore their drives. And tenacity-well that trait belongs to certain dogs of different breeds and has to be worked with. My question is this: was my rebuttal true and if not, what parts weren't true? I am trying to learn more about Pit Bulls because I hope to own one-one day.

    Sat, Mar. 21st, 2015, 11:30 pm
    skreidle: Nanny Dogs & Monsters

    Pitbulls Used to Be Considered the Perfect "Nanny Dogs" for Children -- Until the Media Turned Them Into Monsters | Alternet -- [Despite their reputation, the United Kennel Club doesn't recommended using pitbulls as guard dogs because they're too friendly with strangers.]

    Fri, Mar. 13th, 2015, 08:09 pm
    manintheboat: Model Citizen

    Guys! Lillian Booth is the poster child at the vet's office for dental cleaning. The vet used her dental cleaning because she is the most well behaved and obedient of all his patients (I think maybe she hams it up good for the camera too)! So proud! I'm working on getting a better copy:

    Fri, Feb. 20th, 2015, 10:02 pm
    skreidle: Ransom the Bipawd

    Pitbull puppy with deformed legs rescued from trash and from life of pain | DogHeirs -- [Ransom was just 5-weeks-old when he was abandoned by breeders in Houston, Texas, who knew they could not sell the blue nose American Pit Bull Terrier because of a severe hind-limb deformity. A person found him in a trash can, rescued him, and posted a classified ad...] -- Good lord, he's cute!

    Fri, Feb. 20th, 2015, 10:36 am
    skreidle: A Pit Bull's Dresses

    Pit Bull Who Survived Extreme Abuse Wears Adorable Doggie Outfits To Protect Damaged Skin | HuffPost -- [It's not just for sartorial effect that Diamond the pit bull wears her fabulous getups.]

    Thu, Feb. 19th, 2015, 10:36 pm
    skreidle: Pit Bulls' True Nature

    Proof That Pit Bulls Are Amazing and Loving Pets | Boredom Therapy -- [Many believe that Pit Bulls are an unpredictable and extremely dangerous animal that should be banned. ... That’s why this video, which shows the true bond between a pit bull and its owner, is a beautiful thing.]


    Tue, Feb. 17th, 2015, 02:04 pm
    skreidle: Jelly Wins Breed at Westminster!

    Goooo Jelly!! Poundcake's littermate brother, Jelly (Ch. Alpine's Highwayman), just won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in NYC! :D

    Fri, Feb. 13th, 2015, 09:30 pm
    skreidle: Carmen the Hero Boxer

    Vets fight to save hero dog who tried to shield owner from house fire | CNN -- [Vets fight to save hero dog who tried to shield owner from house fire.]

    News Update: Heroic dog taken off ventilator, shows strongest signs yet that she will pull through | WCPO Cincinnati -- [Carmen critically hurt shielding owner from fire]

    Vet update: Care Center Vets (FB) posts her latest update:
    Carmen is coming off fluids and IV medications today. She still requires oxygen support at this time as her lungs continue to heal. She is eating and drinking on her own and will have some more rehabilitation today. Carmen is in good spirits and wags her adorable little nub tail to show it! She has started to give out some sweet doggie kisses to her family, Dr. Anderson, and her technicians. Rest is still needed as she recovers, but we are all so glad to see her strength and progress. Thank you to everyone who is thinking of Carmen and her family. Your generous thoughts and messages continue to surround her each day. ‪#‎HopeForCarmen‬

    Wed, Feb. 4th, 2015, 09:22 pm
    skreidle: Pajamas for Pit Bulls! (And other breeds. :)

    Pit Bulls In Pajamas Aim To Warm People Up To The Breed | HuffPost -- [Stephanie Karr lives in Canada, sews, and loves her doggies, so she's always made warm winter jackets for them. But for her thin-coated pit bull Thor, she stitched up an adorably warm, fleecy number that Thor could wear inside and out, for days at a time. However, her pajamas aren't just for big, blocky-headed dogs.]


    Sun, Feb. 1st, 2015, 03:04 pm
    skreidle: Stand Up For Pits!

    Stand Up For Pits Arlington Tix on Sale Now! | Stand Up For Pits -- [The Stand Up For Pits Foundation is thrilled to be bringing Stand Up For Pits back to Arlington VA!] -- This looks like a great time, for a great cause! Pibble adoption, silent auction, Angel's kissing booth, and Rebecca Corry's standup comedy, supporting Bully Paws, Baltimore Bully Crew, and Stand Up For Pits! (Not just in Arlington, but that's the closest stop to me!)

    Wed, Jan. 28th, 2015, 09:19 pm
    skreidle: Budweiser Puppy Ad, GoDaddy Puppy Ad

    Not pibble, still gotta share with y'all dog lovers. :)

  • Aww! Watch Clydesdales and puppy reunite in Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad | Today -- [It wouldn't be the Super Bowl without the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, and they are back with the adorable friend they made in last year's award-winning commercial.] -- <3 <3

  • GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Ad After Complaints About 'Puppy Mill' Humor | AdWeek -- [On the same day it released its 2015 Super Bowl ad online, GoDaddy quickly responded to a wave of criticism from dog advocates and said it would not air the spot on the game.] -- And GoDaddy's official response: We're listening, message received.
  • Tue, Jan. 27th, 2015, 08:32 pm
    skreidle: The Majority Project

    The Majority Project with John Bernthal | Animal Farm Foundation | Vimeo -- [Be a part of The Majority and help put an end to stereotypes and discrimination! Visit: themajorityproject.com/]

    I am a high school teacher. I am a *pit bull* dog owner. I am the MAJORITY.

    Tue, Jan. 27th, 2015, 12:02 am
    skreidle: Bulldog Puppy's New Bed

    English Bulldog puppy loves his new bed | Rumble Viral | YouTube -- [Chunk, a 4-month-old English Bulldog puppy, just got himself a brand new comfy bed! Watch how the adorable little guy reacts after stepping into it for the first time.] -- Ermahgerd. <3


    Sat, Jan. 10th, 2015, 10:14 pm
    skreidle: Daily Sweet Potato

    The Daily Sweet Potato: Because Everyone Deserves A Little Happy | Humane Society of Silicon Valley -- [You have to trust us that nothing bad is going to happen. We're not going to make you sad or gross you out or anything. No Sarah McLaughlin 'Let Us Ruin Your Day' ads, okay? Now that we have that out of the way, without prejudice meet the darling of HSSV: This is Sweet Potato.]

    Mon, Dec. 29th, 2014, 09:40 pm
    myras_girls: (no subject)

    Hello pibble friends!

    Our dog Malcolm, formerly Pooch, is featured in a book about three pit bulls who were transported across the country for a second chance at life. The book just came out a few weeks ago. So exciting!

    Saving Sadie and Sasha

    Sun, Dec. 28th, 2014, 04:06 pm
    skreidle: Pit Bull Helps Deer :)

    Pit Bull Comforts Deer Tangled in Fence Until Help Arrives | Life With Dogs -- [Gotti is a pit bull, and is proving once again that all a pit bull ever wants is love. Upon seeing a deer caught in his human’s fence in their backyard, Gotti sprang into action alerting his humans of the situation. Gotti then stayed with the frightened deer, covering it in kisses.]

    Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2014, 11:42 pm
    skreidle: Pibble jammies!

    Pajamas 4 Pitbulls -- [Keeping Pibbles warm 'onesie' at a time!! Find the Perfect PJ's for your best friend in Fleece or Cotton blend prints that will be sure to put a smile on everyone's faces.]

    Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2014, 08:51 pm
    skreidle: Cane's Bucket List, Wallace the Red-Nosed Pit Bull

  • When This Pittie Was Diagnosed With Cancer, His Family Did Something Beautiful | BarkPost -- [While the news most surely wasn’t easy on them, they decided to do the best they can for their pup by creating a bucket list for Cane so he knows he is very, very loved by his family.]

  • Wallace the Red Nosed Pit Bull | My Pit Bull Is Awesome | YouTube -- [Here's proof that Santa loves pit bulls!!] -- Wallace may no longer be with us, but his awesomeness and legacy live on. :)

  • Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2014, 05:44 pm
    skreidle: RIP, Hector and Sharky

  • Former Michael Vick Fighting Dog Passes On, But Look At The Badass Life He Led | BarkPost -- [Hector was a friendly and compassionate Pit Bull that was loved by many. He truly did beat the odds proving that not every dog can be defined by his past. With training and lots of love the determined dog was able to help others and change stereotypes about his breed.]

    "It is my sad duty to inform you all of my battle with Cancerous Mast Cell Tumors Lymphoma. You maybe noticed I have not been wearing a doggy collar. This is picture from yesterday (notice my pale gums but happy last smile for you). :)"
  • Sun, Dec. 7th, 2014, 12:09 am
    skreidle: Pup-Cake and a Bad Santa

    Mall Santa Fired For Turning Away Girl With A Pit Bull Service Dog | The Dodo -- [A grinch masquerading as Santa Claus has been given the boot from his job at a mall in Southern California for allegedly refusing to be photographed with an autistic girl simply because she was with her service dog.] -- Good on the mall and the Santa company! Keep up the good work, Pup-Cake. :)

    Show your support for Pup-Cake on Facebook and Instagram!

    Sat, Dec. 6th, 2014, 01:26 pm
    skreidle: Pittie Love

    Two Pitties Met and Fell in Love, So Their Humans Got Married | BarkPost -- [Ladies: prime your Pinterest boards!]

    Fri, Nov. 28th, 2014, 07:55 pm
    skreidle: AmStaff Snapshots

    Yes, Cherry? Is there something I can help you with? Some of my snack, you say? ;)

    Welcoming committee when I got home from school September 5th -- Poundcake and Kate. :D

    Cherry, focusing on Riss during the obedience/rally trial Nov. 6th. :)

    Tue, Oct. 28th, 2014, 10:44 pm
    kuffs9855: pit bull in 4-H

    my daughter joined 4-H. she is working with our older pitty Missy. don't mind the crappy picture. now I have a couple of questions. 1. I need a 6' leather lead and a buckle collar with no tags (she has a buckle collar but the thought of taking the tags off every time we do agility is ugh) so does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find these items. i want a good quality so I don't have to replace them all the time. otherwise we are pretty much set. I simply wanted to share my daughter pretty pitty in 4-H.


    Wed, Aug. 20th, 2014, 09:26 pm
    cowgirl524: Update on Huey and another question!

    Rather than reply to everyone who commented with advice on my post yesterday, I thought I'd just do a new post.

    I ended up mixing wet dog food into his dry, then adding water until it kind of looked like a disgusting doggy version of cereal in milk. I let it sit for about 45 minutes. He wolfed it down like he usually does, but instead of crunching on kibbles, he was able to slurp the kibble down. It did not seem to bother him that the food was mixed together and watery, but he will pretty much eat anything. I did the same thing this morning with the same results. Each time I've sat next to his crate listening hard for any crunching sound so I could whip the bowl away, but nothing. Success!!

    Our next hurdle is the Cone of Shame. We were given a hard plastic one, and he is not happy about it. So far, he has only had to wear it overnight. I work at home, so I am with him all day. I have a small house so I can always see him and he has not tried to mess with his mouth, thank goodness! He gets upset when the cone crashes into something so everything in my living room has been pushed up against walls to make room for him. Poor little man.

    The potential snag here is that he is always in his crate when I leave the house. The Cone of Shame will not fit in the crate. Should I a) put the cone on and shut my other dog in the bedroom, giving Huey the living room and kitchen or b) put him in his crate without the cone? I would hate for him to hurt himself while I am gone, but I'm also not excited about the possible damage he could do uncrated. Even with the cone, there is plenty he might try to get into that could potentially hurt his mouth! I'm trying to stay home as much as possible, but I have promised a friend to look after her pets tonight and tomorrow morning. It requires about 45 minutes total of being away from home (although she is fostering a puppy so maybe add some time to clean up puppy messes).

    Sorry for all of the questions! Once again, I would be so grateful for advice!

    Lori&quot;s Pics 779

    Tue, Aug. 19th, 2014, 06:10 pm
    cowgirl524: Question about wet dog food

    Hi! So it's been a long time since I've posted, but I have a question that googling is failing to answer.

    My dog, Huey, is supposed to eat wet dog food for 7-10 days. He has a couple of growths in his mouth that were biopsied today, and required a suture apiece. The vet just said wet dog food, but I didn't think to ask how much is adequate. His ideal weight is 80 lbs (and he is heavy right now at 93 lbs but maybe a diet is not the best thing right now?). The dog food can says 1 can per 10 lbs of dog a day. That's eight cans a day! Is that right?? Or is it high like dry dog food bags, to sell more product?

    Any resources or information would be really appreciated. And some pictures because he's terribly handsome. :-)


    Mon, Aug. 4th, 2014, 05:12 pm
    skreidle: Bull Terrier Puppy Meets Crab

    Jerry the Bull Terrier Puppy Meets Crab | JerryBullterrier | YouTube


    Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014, 12:11 am
    skreidle: HuffPost: Pit Bulls!

    10 Stereotypes About Pit Bulls That Are Just. Dead. Wrong. | Arin Greenwood | HuffPost -- [HuffPost Green is launching a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned 'breed' that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home.]

    Fri, Jul. 25th, 2014, 10:14 pm
    skreidle: Pit Bull Saves Chihuahua

    Pit Bull Saves Injured 'Soul Mate' Chihuahua | The BarkPost -- [Jonie really does love Chachi. Last week, a pit bull named Jonie was found carrying her injured friend, a Chihuahua named Chachi, in her mouth around a Savannah, Georgia neighborhood.]

    Sat, Jul. 19th, 2014, 10:32 am
    skreidle: Officer Tries to Shoot Friendly Pit Bull, Shoots Self Instead

    Cop Shoots Himself Trying to Kill Friendly Pit Bull | Care2 Causes -- [When this friendly pit bull approaches a cop, the cop shoots at him! The cop ends up shooting himself, requiring an ambulance and causing quite a stir in the neighborhood. While we hope the officer is okay, it’s difficult for us to sympathize with unnecessary violence paired with breed specific discrimination.]

    Tue, Jul. 15th, 2014, 08:04 pm
    skreidle: Wheaton Pitties @ Pasadena Humane & SPCA

    A Dog's Eye View of Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA | PasadenaHumane | YouTube -- [PHS alumni Marlowe and Seamus Wheaton give you a guided tour of the shelter and the inside scoop on programs and services PHS offers to the animal community.]

    Fri, Jul. 11th, 2014, 10:19 pm
    skreidle: Remembering Lennox

    Remembering Lennox | Animal Advocacy Examiner -- [On July 11, 2012, a beloved and innocent dog named Lennox was killed, after spending 785 days all alone in 'secret kennels'; held by the Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland. On this sad anniversary, it is fitting to reflect on Lennox and what his life and death have meant.]

    Thu, Jul. 10th, 2014, 11:17 pm
    skreidle: Wallace's Birthday Surprise

    After Surviving 7 Months Chemo-Free, This Sweet Pit Bull Gets The Surprise Of His Life. | Reshareworthy -- [Wallace the Pit Bull celebrated his 11th birthday with a wonderful surprise from his loving parents! After a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma (a type of cancer), Wallace was given 2 weeks to 3 months to live without chemo. But after going 7 months chemo-free, Wallace’s dad was ready to spoil his dog with a special gift!]

    Tue, Jul. 8th, 2014, 07:26 pm
    skreidle: BAD RAP Responds to TIME's 'Problem'

    TIME's 'Problem' piece: What a media giant's fumble can teach us about dog bites and an industry in decline | BAD RAP Blog
    The number of dog bite injuries spikes in summer months, so to help curb the tide, news sites, trainers, advocacy groups and humane orgs roll out a perennial offering of bite prevention info as early as May. The efforts to educate seem to be helping: Reports from public health agencies around the US tell us that the number of bite injuries reported has declined significantly, even as the dog population has risen by millions during the time period bites have been studied.

    What happens though when you take the same worthy topic of dog bite prevention, hand it to a life style writer on a very tight deadline, give the mike to two former bite victims with a whopping vendetta against pit bulls, omit science-based data and add the odor of a messy hoax -- one that falsified claims and exploited a child victim’s very real injuries for quick cash. What do you have?

    A messy, tabloid-esque piece for Internet rubber neckers? Yes. Except in the case I’ve just outlined, the bomb that dropped came with TIME Magazine’s name on it. ... It’s so painfully bad, it seems to mock the nine 'Principles of Journalism.'

    Fri, Jun. 27th, 2014, 04:37 pm
    skreidle: Ignorance vs Pit Bulls

    Another great pro-pit bull article. :)

    Ignorance Kills One Million Pit Bulls per Year | HuffPost -- [I was a bigot. Hence, I can sympathize with all those who still are. I was terrified of pit bulls. I knew very little about them, but what I'd heard in the media sure sounded terrifying. But it turns out it's utter garbage. All of it.]

    Tue, Jun. 24th, 2014, 10:27 pm
    skreidle: HuffPost vs TIME on Pit Bulls

    It’s Time to End the Prejudice Against Pit Bulls | HuffPost -- [It is truly astonishing how many otherwise progressive people consider their prejudice against pit bulls to be perfectly reasonable, when the data shows it isn't.]

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the abhorrent, hateful, anti-fact, anti-science, anti-pit bull hack job that Charlotte Alter wrote and TIME magazine made the incomprehensible decision to run in their formerly-respectable publication. (FYI: Anyone who refers to dogsbite.org as a valid resource has invalidated their entire position.) Fortunately, Arin Greenwood of the Huffington Post produced this masterful work of actual facts and science in response, and it’s a delight worthy of bookmarking for future reference.

    Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2014, 01:52 pm
    anamomda: (no subject)

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    Our beautiful Roxy (our entire family, really) is being lied about to our new neighborhood in Ohio via messages on Nextdoor.com. Roxy is being called an "aggressive pitbull" that we "keep locked up inside" nearly 24/7 by a couple retaliating after we filed a bite report when their dog bit our daughter... for the second time! They are publicly denying that bites took place (unbelievable), and posting accusations that are so false, they're libelous! And so I've responded by creating a public Facebook group/page showing vids and pics of Roxy outside, on walks, enjoying car rides, being trained, performing tricks, and behaving gently with children, friends, our cat, and even a pet rat. Page also features testimonials from people who actually know our dog. Help fight breed discrimination one dog at a time by checking the site to help support our Rox-girl! https://www.facebook.com/groups/wesupportroxy/

    Or simply enter "we support Roxy" in your Facebook search bar. Thanks, petbullers! image

    Thu, May. 22nd, 2014, 08:34 am
    nutmeg3: Hero Pit Calls 911 for Owner

    A half-pit service dog called 911 when his owner had a seizure. Pretty amazing stuff.


    Tue, May. 13th, 2014, 06:17 am
    ginkaruja: Pet Portrait Commissions Open

    (Mods, feel free to delete if not allowed.)

    Hello!  It's time again that I offer up pet portrait commissions.  These are ACEO/ATC sized (trading card sized, basically) and done in watercolor (though if watercolor isn't your thing or you wish for something larger, I can work in other mediums and sizes as well, just ask).  They're $20 each, mailed.  I will need photos taken by you for reference that I can choose from to work with, and please note that head shots are best to work with for this size.

    While my examples currently are only dogs, I'm looking to expand into other species, so don't be shy if you have cats, bird, rats, rabbits, etc!

    I am open for 5 slots (may change depending on various factors), and will do a waiting list if needed.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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    Thu, May. 8th, 2014, 08:51 pm
    nutmeg3: Artist Plans To Paint All 51 Michael Vick Dogs

    An artist plans to paint portraits of all 51 of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's clutches, and her work wonderfully captures each dog's spirit. Here's a link to the article: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/beautiful-new-portrait-project-honors-michael-vicks-former-fighting-dogs/

    And here's her portrait of a dog named Ray:

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    Sun, May. 4th, 2014, 02:14 am
    neive: Potentially Tagged By Dog Fighters?

    Hi guys,

    My close friend got back to her house today to find a long black ribbon tied onto her fence and trailing onto her next door neighbor and cross-street neighbors yards. All 3 of them have dogs (2 confirmed pits/staffies). It was supremely long and looks like whoever did it probably had to run off before they could cut it. She unfortunately lives in a really sketchy part of the town and has been seeing a new graffiti around the neighborhood of "vamos", and in the past few weeks noticed one of her fences had been messed with and attempted to be broken into. The next door neighbors dog (who's also unfortunately outside almost all the time) has been antsy and acting like someone is outside nearby at night. The fence could've been from something months ago, but after this happening now we're not sure if it is an old event or not. She had objects by it that blocked whoever was trying to get in at the time.

    Long story short, has anyone else heard/seen of anything like this, and is it likely related to other activities or a mark on them all being dog houses? I tried doing some searching and most cases I read of people were using blue ribbons, and it being rumored to be a tag for potential dog-thefts or break-ins. Dog theft was a recurring theme though. Any confirmation to this or what else it could be?

    She's going to take precautions in the meantime and contact the police tomorrow to let them know, but just trying to get some more information on this since we're not familiar with it. :c Even though they aren't my dogs the idea of them being a target for dog fighting rings is extremely unsettling.

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