Pit Bulls nominated for Hero Dog Awards--please vote!
Normally I am not a big pusher of online voting things, but I want to make an exception in this case, since this particular bit of online voting is a Big Deal. Every year, the American Humane Association (note: this is not HSUS) sponsors the Hero Dog Awards, rewarding dogs who've performed heroically in several different capacities (law enforcement, therapy, service, etc.) The prize is a trip to California and $5,000 for charity. There are a lot of amazing stories and awesome dogs there, but I wanted to especially point out two pit bulls who've been nominated.
First, in the service dogs category, is Booker, a seizure-alert dog who actually lives in my area. I found out about his nomination through the local paper, which ran an uncharacteristically awesome story about him: on the front page, there was a bump that read "HERO DOG: Tucson pit bull is award nominee", and then in the actual story, they 1) mention that he is a pit bull several times, 2) say that he was adopted as an adult from a shelter and 3) mention that he was seized in a drug bust. It's a great, positive story that doesn't gloss over his breed, and it's a nice turnaround to that annoying "Oh, it's all in how you raise them" narrative. This area has both a lot of pit bulls and a lot of BSL, and it is just fantastic to see some positive pit bull press; I would LOVE to see Booker win just for that.
Second is Lily, an eight year old pittie girl who pulled her mom (who had fainted on the tracks) out of the path of an oncoming train. She sustained several severe injuries herself in the process and ended up with an amputated front leg; she's actually missing the same leg as my dear sweet Nellie. She's now happy and healthy and making lots of appearances to promote pit bull adoption, and she sure as heck deserves this award.
Go check out the dogs who are nominated--it'll do your heart good--and please consider a vote for Booker and Lily. You can vote in every category, so you don't have to decide between the two of them!