Monday, March 30, 2009

No one is immune

Tougher Rules for Pit Bulls
Even in the land of Best Friends and many of the former Michael Vick Pit bulls BSL is trying to raise it's ugly head! It seems that the city of Ogden is looking at making amendments to put in tougher requirements for owners of pit bulls. Special collars to identify them - see previous blog - and WHO is going to id them? Who can pick out the pit bull in these pictures?
We must be diligent, we must be the best pit bull owners and advocates, we must not think this can't happen where we live.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Play Time

Too much seriousness in the world right bout some pitty play

and just one more of some major squeeking

That's all folks!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Tribute to a Special Friend

Rocco's picture graces much of our website. He is a very special dog to many of us and he has recently been diagnosed with Lymphona. Our hearts and prayers go out to Rocco and his mom and dad.

Rocco's dad Kevin would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to have those lumps and bumps checked out. Roccos is a young vibrant dog and the diagnosis of Lymphoma was a shock, but hopefully they have caught it early and he will respond to the chemo.

Rocco and his sister Havana chillin on the couch (hmmm..more couch taters)

I'd like to share this little tribute beautifully written by Mike but he speaks for many of us.

To Kevin, Alicia and Rocco and Havana:

A trip down memory lane can bring back so many fond memories.
This could not be any truer for our memories of Rocco and our relationship with his loving parents.
Rocco was our foster pre-Our Pack and helped cement our journey into rescue and the love of a a breed that will last forever.
Rocco has taught us what a temperamentally sound pit bull is.
Rocco is a true ambassador for the breed.
He became our very best friend.
Without an ill-tempered moment, always looking for approval, since all he desires is being loved.
He is able to invoke love, since all he does is exude love.
We always think of you fondly and hold you dear to our hearts.
Good luck to you old buddy, we love you!

Grazin' in the Grass

Always willing to look silly for his adoring fans

Dancing with the Stars has nothing on Rocco
You will always be a star in our eyes!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tender Moments

Why do we do what we do?
We do it for Connection
the love
and the understanding
You're welcome to tell us about the love or your life or send in pics.
I think in these times it might be good to realize how rich we actually are.
The above pics really show the true riches of least to me and I'm sure for Leo.
The pics above are Mike and Leo having a Sunday morning together.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Results!

Well gosh, no one guessed that the major breed in our friend Jaws is Golden Retriever and I had a spiffy Our Pack Bumper sticker ready to mail to the winner!!

Here are the results.

  • Level 1: Over 75% of the DNA found in your dog is from the breed listed: (Jaws did not have any breed for Level 1)

  • Level 2: Each breed listed represents between 37-74% of your dog's DNA: Golden Retriever

  • Level 3: Each breed listed represents between 20-36% of your dog's DNA: Boxer

His Foster mom says that the Golden actually does fit some of his personality traits and we all definatlely see Boxer in him so that isn't a big surprise.
Now I know this company does not identify Pit Bulls, but that just adds to the confusion and the difficulty in identifying breeds. A second DNA test is being done with a company that does recognize both Am Staffs and Staffy Bulls so we will keep you posted on those results. Stay Tuned!

The Trouble with BSL

We're going to have a name the breed contest.
With more and more cities looking at restricting pit bulls and other breeds it's very important that "someone" can accurately identify just what breed a dog is.
Here is an example of a dog who did have his DNA done.
Post your guesses

We'll post the results on Monday - maybe even a prize for the winning guess??
(No cheating now those people from our Sunday Class) :-)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Sports Illustrated Article about the ex Michael Vick Dogs

Sports Illustrated came out with yet another article on the ex Micheal Vick dogs. We'd like to hear what you folks think about this but I do want to make one comment however. While dogs are forgiving by nature, some dogs can be damaged from abuse. Some are more resilient than others within any breed. This is one reason why it is very important to evaluate each dog on his own merit individually and not by his breed.

People should be judged as individuals too. Should Michael Vick be able to go back to football? Is it the same as if an engineer lost his job due to committing a crime? What are your thoughts?
Comment away!

Friday, March 6, 2009

A Moment of Silence

Please go to the link above to see the video and pictures with this article. And keep a tissue handy.

Stop BSL
Candlelight Vigil Held for Innocent Victims
March 5, 2009 : 10:04 PM
Emotional remembrance a hopeful beginning for change in North Carolina By Pam Hay, Best Friends Network Volunteer Last night a group of animal advocates came together in Raleigh, North Carolina to attend a candlelight vigil in memory of lives lost - in this case 145 canine lives - who were killed through no fault of their own, but because of an unjust law.
Heartbreaking to all involved, the purpose of the vigil was twofold; to mourn the loss of the euthanized dogs, including approximately 70 puppies, as well as to help make sure this does not reoccur. The event’s message was clear; change the way dogs are treated once seized from fighting operations. Give them the opportunity to be individually assessed by experienced and reputable organizations and give them the chance they deserve - the one that was denied to these innocent victims.
Laura Gonzo, a Best Friends volunteer, commended law enforcement for taking dog fighting seriously, but criticized the mandatory execution of dogs without due process, instead encouraging change in the current North Carolina law, so that future seized dogs have the right to be given the potential for a loving life.“We are here today to send a message to our legislators that these are not monsters, but dogs that deserve our compassion; dogs that deserve to be evaluated as individuals, dogs that deserve the same chance that we would give any other dog,” noted Gonzo. “Any dog that comes into the shelter system should be held to the same set of standards and given the same opportunities. All homeless dogs, no matter where they are found or who has failed them, deserve a second chance.”Shelia Carlisle, Best Friends volunteer and foster parent for several of the victimized animals, described how loving and playful these innocent puppies were and how her heart was torn to pieces when she had to give them up only to then be destroyed. She had recently reached out to Best Friends in an attempt to try and save the puppies she had carefully nurtured.(click on the image to the left to view a video chronicling the vigil)“This is a dangerous pit bull dog that must be killed,” noted Carlisle as she held a photo of Grimmy, one of the many puppies born from the seized dogs. After being fostered from near death to health, his foster mother was “told that she must bring him back to the warehouse because it was time for him to be killed.”
A bell was rung 145 times as attendees placed 145 collars on a dog bed, in memory of each canine who had crossed. There was not a dry eye at the site, as Carlisle then sang Wayfarer Stranger by Johnny Cash with true emotion in her voice. Even one of the journalists reporting on the event noted, “This was done with dignity and was very powerful.” This travesty of justice was the direct result of North Carolina’s antiquated laws that state all fighting dogs seized be catagorically defined as dangerous. There are so many misconceptions about the American pit bull terrier, as well as other dogs that fall into the category of "bully breeds." The public is led to believe that fighting and viciousness are "in their blood." This is not true; these dogs are just as innocent when they are born as other breeds.What makes dogs dangerous is not their breeding; but the people behind them. They are not lost causes. In fact, there have been many instances that prove just the opposite. Many are capable of being socialized to become loving, loyal pets, even where there are children and other animals in the house. Bad laws and policies regarding fighting dogs must be changed so that these dogs can be evaluated individually, not as a whole, and given a second chance at a good life.“This vigil became an event because of the deep conviction of the volunteers,” noted Ed Fritz, Best Friends Pit Bulls Campaign Specialist. “It is the outpouring of support from people at times like this that validate my commitment to this issue.”It is the hope and prayer of those attending that the public continues to push and give voice to the voiceless - the most unfortunate victims of dog fighting operations.“These animals were beautiful, they were funny, they were playful, they hugged us, they wanted us to pick them up. We fell in love with them and we tried so hard to save them, and there was no way…,” Carlisle said to the crowd. “I just pray to God that this never has to keep going on and happens to other animals.”
How You Can Help:
• Do not let history repeat itself. North Carolina residents are urged to contact your state Senator and Representatives to request a redraft of North Carolina Statute NC 67-1 - 4.1 (a)(1).
• Find your state legislators here by inputting your zip code + 4 (scroll down page, right hand column).
• Insist that the following language from North Carolina Statute NC 67-1 - 4.1 (a)(1) be removed from the definition of Dangerous Dog: “Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting.” Please also remind your legislators that all dogs are individuals and should be evaluated as such, not grouped together by breed.
Media coverage:
Pit Bull Lovers Hope To Change State Law To Allow Dog Rehabilitation
Activists upset at dog euthanization over rehabilitation
Group hopes to save dogs from euthanasia
Group holds vigil in hopes of changing NC dog fighting laws
On the Internet, everyone helps your dog

Posted by Jennifer Hayes, Best Friends staff
Photo credit: taken by Clay Myers, Best Friends photographer

Please write to whomever you can to get this law changed.