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Sunday, August 23, 2009

You Don't Say...

Well, folks,in the past few months my lust for blogging has taken a back seat to other duties. And I don't see my schedule allowing for more blog-time, so it may be a while before I am back in a regular routine.

I'm not thinking of this as a "so-long post" but rather, a "it may be a while post." So, keep using this blog as a resource to other blogs and dog links.

Until then, take care.

Donovan

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Will Be Back



Sorry for the long delay on getting something up about my absence.


I've been on vacation for some time now and did not prepare a message to indicate that I would not be posting for several weeks. But from looking at the traffic, it seems that many of you are still stopping by - Thank you.


The vacation is over; I am just about re-settled into real life and should be ready with a post by this Wednesday.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Positive Press


These guys are awesome!

I've mentioned them several times on this blog and it's because the work this family does is unparalleled. Sure, many folks are successful in dog sport with their Pit bulls and many have been highlighted in their local papers for therapy work or rescue effort - all of which is super important as well - but few have been able to attract the level of positive attention as the Yori's.

These folks are a non-stop positive press reel for Pit bulls.

So for one of the BEST news stories on Pit bulls, please watch this video.

For more information on this wonderful crew, visit Wallace's official website, click here.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

On Vacation...

and I wasn't able to prepare a post for today's update. Check back on Wednesday. Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Told You So...



I've been telling folks for some time now that the fight against BSL is gaining traction.


Some see it, some don't. And when asked to give examples of my claim, I often point folks toward the internet.

Namely, I tell'em to look up info pertaining to the many countries, states, counties and towns that have either reversed or rejected Breed Specific Legislation.


In fact, two European nations (The Netherlands and Italy) recently repealed long standing breed bans citing that the laws were not effective in increasing public safety.


And while I really appreciate all the work done by Pit bull, Rottweiler, and German Shepherd owners - not to mention the owner's of the many other breeds whose dogs eventually end-up on the BSL list - I am always tickled when I find those with dogs that are not on the BSL list speaking out against BSL.


So with that said, here's the impetus for this post: Retrieverman's post encouraging folks to reject BSL.


Now, his post isn't worded the way I would have worded it, and many that are uber-involved with BSL issues will take notice of some the phrasing and examples - yes, I did too.


BUT Retrieverman is spot-on when it comes to his stance on BSL: it is not the answer. And at the end of the day, no matter what, it is always good to have folks with dogs not often on the BSL lists putting their foot down on the matter - it is appreciated.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Two of a Kind



After months of speculation on what will become of Micheal Vick upon leaving prison, one thing is clear: he's already got a contract.

The HSUS signed him.

Now, I'm pretty sure there weren't any signing bonuses and the dollar amount is probably scandalous - as I trust this is a volunteer position. But nonetheless, the Vick brand is still in play.

Honestly, I am not surprised or bothered by this move. But here are some words on the matter:
"In Bed with Monsters."

Hopefully, Micheal Vick can use his story to help deter dogfighting.

And hopefully, the HSUS will continue to be exposed as an opportunistic fundraising animal rights group that in-fact does very little good for Pit bulls, and animals in general.

The sad part about the whole mess is that I struggle to give any validity to the HSUS' attempts to battle dogfighting, and the same goes for Mike Vick.

Why?

In short, I believe they're both using dogfighting as a vehicle to get what they want:

the HSUS wants animal rights legislation in which they can shape to their agenda, which is to say nothing about the questionable fundraising campaigns based on their anti-dogfighting program;

and

Mike Vick wants his NFL career back.


It's pretty simple, really.

So here's the irony: will Micheal Vick and the HSUS ultimately share the same trajectory? And for the similar reasons?

Think about.

After years of elitist and deceiving rhetoric, the HSUS has seen better days, and while Vick's fall may have come damn near overnight, Wane & Co. continue to make one blunder after another, which at some point will lead to their downfall.

It's to the point where folks are taking notice, and it's not just Pit bull people and farmers anymore.

No, their core audience is noticing as well.

Again, think about it. The information is out there. Do some reading on the two parties, and the similarities will become apparent.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

One Good Turn...




Pit bull NM is linked by several websites and blogs, and whenever possible, I try to return the favor by promoting and linking to other useful sites.

So, with this post I want to remind you all to check out the KC Dog Blog's Weekly Round-Up.

It is a fine measure of the many positive and, sadly, negative dog happenings around the country (and sometimes abroad).

To be sure, make it a part of your week.

An Interesting Turn of Events



On Friday, 5-15-2009, the YesBiscuit! Blog turned out an ABC News story, complete with video, out of the Atlanta area.

The story looked into the HSUS fundraising machine.

I'm assuming, based on the 5-16-2009 YesBiscuit! update, that the story was taken down from the ABC website the day after it aired - if not sooner.

Interesting.

Especially since the story raised several questions pertaining to the legitimacy of the HSUS' fundraising schemes...

Be sure to read the comments section of the post, as that is all that is really left of post.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So I've Been Thinking


...and I am going to turn Pit bull NM into a twice-weekly blog.

It seems to me that I've been a bit inconsistent in my postings, and up until now that was okay. However, I am looking to be a bit more reliable for the readership - which is quite a few folks. Thanks, by the way!

So with that said, I am thinking of going to a Wednesday and Saturday format.

I trust that the new format will make the blog a little easier to follow, instead of having to anticipate new posts or simply just checking-in from time-to-time.

...now there's nothing to it but to do it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This Just In


What a great way to start the day: I received an email from Kris Crawford of For Pits' Sake telling of an awesome event that she and her dogs recently participated.

In her words:

"Special Kids Day is a bi-annual event for 150 special needs children - those with physical and/or cognitive challenges - that my girls and I have participated in for the past 9 years. Its a fun-filled day where nobody sees the wheelchairs, the limps, the blindness, the tempers, or the emotional problems. It is an event designed specifically to make these kids feel special and, for that one day, they get to be the "normal" kids, equal in their ability to have fun and to be themselves."
Visit this webpage for more on the event.

A big "thanks" to Kris and The Girls for continuing to work for our breed, and most of all, for being considerate members of their community!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Third Time is a Charm


As of late, I've had a whole host of activities keeping me from focusing on this blogging thing...which isn't a bad thing, as I've gotten a lot done around the house.

Nonetheless, I do feel that I have missed the blog-boat on one issue: the HSUS "policy change" on dogfighting bust dogs. Really, I have plenty to say on the issue but haven't made the time.

So, for what it's worth, this post from BlueDogState pretty much sums up what all I have been saying on the matter.

And best of all, check out the BlueDog comment section from this post, our very own Caveat puts it down!

Monday, May 4, 2009

BSL DVD


I recently recieved an email from Drayton Micheals of Urban Dawgs in New Jersey announcing the arrival of his BSL DVD, The Pit Bull Hoax.


Here is the trailer.


While there are many useful anti-BSL YouTube videos out there, I have a feeling this production is going to be on a more professional level.


Additionally, and unlike the many efforts found on the web, this video will be available in DVD form and is intended to be given to legislators.


The video will be available for free, but those looking to get their hands on'em are required to pay Shipping & Handling ($4.95)...not a bad deal.


I have not seen the entire video but look forward to getting a copy...as I trust this will be a useful tool for battling BSL.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

On 2nd Thought...

When the first reports came back from the HSUS' Vegas retreat, especially with concerns to the Pit bull meeting, I'd planned on writing an in-depth commentary.

But instead, I have boiled it down to this:

the HSUS is a politicaly motivated organization that is willing to take most any positition that will ensure it's fundraising abilities.

And when it comes to Pit bulls, they should keep their mouths shut because their flip-flopping on the subject (especially in this type of situation) only shows how little they truly understand what they are talking about.



Seriously: up until a few weeks ago, the HSUS leadership swore the dogs from fighting busts were dangerous animals needing of wholesale killing...now they are firm believers that bust dogs deserve a temperament test.


What does this say about the HSUS "expert", JP Goodwin?


What does this say about the HSUS "leader", Wane Pacelle?


What does this say about the HSUS?


Think about it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

You Don't Say

I'm gonna wait and see how this works out.



For those wanting info and commentary on the HSUS Expo, and specifically the Pit bull "National Stakeholders" meeting, please visit the following blog posts:

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (and Other Sheltering News)

What Happens in Vegas…

Las Vegas, Round 3
- Nathan Winograd

Animal Welfare Groups Announce New Collaboration to Save Pit Bulls
- HSUS

No more excuses - Bust dogs are on the bus
- BAD RAP

A victory for canine victims of violence
- Best Friends

For those wondering about my take on the situation, beyond the cautiously optimistic sentiment, I'll post something in the next few days. At this point, I am wanting to "sit on it" for a little while longer.


ETA (4/14/09):

Meeting of the Minds
- Wayne Pacelle

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wallace & Hector: American Dog Magazine

Well, they've done it again! Roo, Wallace, and Hector have found a way to bring about positive press for Pit bulls.

Good stuff, fellas. And we certainly hope you know that we appreciate it!

Please visit, The American Dog Magazine, website to read the article. Better yet, stop by the news rack to buy a copy: nothing like supporting those that are supporting us...and while many may be quick to point out some of the questionable groups/organizations that are linked from the Magazine's website, I will say that the folks putting out this publication are clearly Pit bull supporters.



Wednesday, April 1, 2009

You Must Be Trippin'

Watch out for underfoot pets...Thankfully, "The Media" hasn't been stirring Pit bull hysteria by mis-representing the findings of this CDC report. Although, I shouldn't get too cocky - it may just be a matter of time (HA!)
Click pic for details.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Problem Owners, Their Dogs, & The News


Sunday night, the local news promoted their 10 O'clock program with this announcement: Local Man's Violent Encounter with a Pit bull.

I wasn't in the TV room, but I was able to hear the commercial - and just for clarification, I called out to my wife: "what did I just hear?"

Yeah, I had heard it correctly.

I didn't stay up to watch the segment. However, I did look for the segment Monday morning, and while I was able to read the story, I was not able to find the video - which I believe was an interview of the men whose dog was killed. That said, I am not sure if there are differences between the write-up and the video.

From the time I heard the news promotion and up until the point when I was able to read the story, all I could think about was this:

I wonder if the dog was even an American Pit bull. And if not, shame on the local news for tarting up the story for ratings.

Sure, many will cite that my question is heavily based in semantics - especially for a guy that is writing on a blog that often uses the generic term "Pit bull." Point taken. And the discussion is worth having, but I digress.

When I found the news article online, the title was not nearly as sensational as the 10 o'clock promo:




Clearly, this title isn't as sensational as using the terms, "Pit bull" and "violent", in the same sentence.

In fact, the title is a decent one as it doesn't exploit the situation for ratings. This title is so tame and reasonable that I'm wondering if the news station received emails and phone calls from concerned viewers about the segment, which may influenced how they presented the story on their website.

Back to my question:
is the offending dog even an APBT?


Turns out the dog is likely to be a mixed breed.

Turns out the dog has a history of running loose in the neighborhood.

Turns out the dog's owner is a "problem owner."


More than likely, this dog would not have ended-up in the headlines had this woman kept the dog on her property...and most regrettable of all, these gentleman may not have lost their dog in such a violent and up-setting fashion.

Same old story: crappy dog owner allows dog to menace neighborhood - crummy journalists selling out their professions to keep advertising dollars coming in.

My heart goes out to the guys that lost their dog in this attack.

My frustration goes out to all the idiots that allow their animals to roam.

Yes, accidents happen and dogs get loose even under the watch of the most responsible owners - but when it's a reoccurring theme, it's a problem.

As for the media, I won't waste my time going into detail: they're just as irresponsible as the owner of this dog.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Some Days...

life is a real balancing act. Hope you all are having a good week!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Lulu Disappears Sister. Or Fun With Photobucket.

Lulu was caught using her magic powers this morning, and thanks to a super-duper camera equipped with a fancy lens, I was able to capture the whole thing.

As you can see, Lulu first brought about a bright light in which to distract Coco, and within an instant, the trance rendered her sister defenseless. The rest is history.





Thankfully, Lulu isn't very practiced with her magic skills and we found Coco in the next room, confused but content, working on a stuffed Kong.

The End.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fetch: Pit bull Style

These pics come to us from a Kiwi internet friend of mine. As she tells it, the video was taken while the dog was starting to wear-out, so there is only one good "flip", but it's still fun to watch nonetheless. (Besides, that's New Zealand in the background!) Thankfully, there are also still pictures, which really show the athleticism of her doggie.

And make sure to watch the video, it gives the viewer a much better idea of what the dog is actually doing. The stills make it look like the dog is just jumping randomly, when in fact the dog is playing "fetch."

One of the many things about Pit bulls that I love to brag about is their natural athleticism. Physical ability and confidence can make for a very fun dog, and many Pit bulls have both in bulk.

So while there are many Pit bull videos showing the dogs excelling in weight pull or working the spring pole, I really enjoy when I find these types of videos and pics, which demonstrate the versatility of this breed's athleticism and enthusiasm for exercise.

Also, these pics should remind us all that energetic, athletic dogs have needs that are best met with consistent and vigorous exercise.





Now, that's just cool - I don't care who you are!

Fight or Flight.


Some days I feel that all I do on my blogs is rail against The Media, the HSUS, PETA, and BSL, and while it is time well-spent, I thought I should lighten it up a bit.

That said, many folks around the US are now several weeks into working against troubling legislation, and while it is tiring work, it needs to get done.

Without a doubt, I appreciate these hardworking souls - especially those working hard in my home state of New Mexico.

In hopes of bringing a chuckle to the many exhausted folks who've been hustling to keep animals safe from BSL and the over-reaching animal rights agenda, I offer the following tongue-in-cheek pics. All of which are for sale at CafePress.



Nothing says, "I mean business", like a coffe mug that reads, "obey the Pit Bull!" (LOL).

Monday, March 16, 2009

Crunch Time!


The New Mexico Legislature is in session for only a few more days.

At this point, the only animal related bill that is still troubling to me is HB159.

Thankfully, an amendment was added to the bill that has made it a lot more palatable, but there are still aspects of the bill's language that could create "animal abusers" of many responsible animal owners.

Many level headed, tireless folks have a put a huge dent into some otherwise nasty bills: HB667, which was going to require that all Pit bulls and Rottweilers be registered under the NM Dangerous Dog Act has been "killed"; SB127, has been molded into a fairly reasonable bill but has yet to pass into law.

Please visit the CNMAO blog for contact info and talking points on the many animal related bills. The legislsative session is not over, and there is still much work to be done... so find out what is still what, and speak-up now.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Too Cool For School!


This endearing story comes to us from the great state of South Carolina:

Brian Harvey, a social studies teacher at Southside, said the group of students notified him of a recent attempt to get Scranton town officials to consider banning pit bulls.

In February, Ernestine Haselden, a Scranton resident, asked town officials to consider a ban on “pit bull-type dogs.” She also is scheduled to speak to council Thursday.

The student group has put together a presentation on why the legislation is wrong, how it violates one’s rights, how it’s inhumane and the cost to enforce it.

Harvey said the students have updated the information to include more research on failed attempts to pass breed-specific legislation across the country. The presentation includes ways to prevent that type of legislation.

Instead of banning certain breeds of dogs, the students propose implementing canine safety education programs in schools and offering responsible canine ownership classes to pet owners.

Certainly, I send my appreciation to this group of students. But I also hope this story causes a moment of pause for those that feel the youth of this nation are not involved in their communities and are self-serving little brats; clearly, this is not always the case.

My hat goes off to Mr. Harvey and this group of Southside Students.

Monday, March 9, 2009

How About That!

I love to see stuff like this: it shows that our dogs are useful, and it goes to show how trainable and gentle they can be as well.

Be advised, Nay-Sayers, the word is out - pit bulls are some of the best dogs around!

Kudos to the folks that took the time to train this cute little doggie. And most of all, thanks for sharing this video!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Jonny On the Spot

The Vick Dog Blog had a funny one last week...check it out!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Start Your Doggies: Iditarod Underway

From the Official Iditarod website:

You can’t compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race over1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility,the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.

To all the brave souls competing this year, please know we're keeping you all in our thoughts.

Timeless Tail



Nothing like a kid and a dog.

Both are staples of the good life, and this young man seems to be every bit as happy as his dog. And while I am not one for dressing up the dogs, I couldn't resist the good natured fun that is this picture.

Neither the dog or the boy belong to me,
but when this picture was posted on the pit bull board that I frequent, I knew I had to share it you all.

Hat Tip: Aquadoc.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Brains Before Ball

If your dogs are anything like mine, Happiness is a Tennis Ball.

But a hard game of ball has been known to cause a few injuries.



And it makes sense: running, jumping, twisting, grabbing, and landing - all of which is done while going "full steam ahead."

Hell, the game of Tennis is rough on human participants simply because of all the running, jumping, twisting, and landing.

Obviously, the tennis ball is designed to have a fair amount of bounce. So when we use'em to exercise our dogs we're accepting this fact, and IMO, the trade off is worth the risk.



That said, I don't know how many times I've seen my dogs, and other people's dogs, go up for a ball that took an odd bounce only to land in an awkward position.

Clearly, the fun part must be chasing the ball with a reckless abandon.

C'mon, would a good dog really have it any other way?

So, in all my experience playing "ball" with energetic and athletic dogs, I have found that cutting a slit in the ball can cut back on the "bounce factor."

Is it a cure-all? No.

The ball still bounces, and the slit isn't a 100% guarantee against the ball taking a "bad hop."

But time, and time again, I have noticed that this simple procedure reduces the amount of bounce in the ball, which in turn, requires less jumping and twisting of the dog.

So for those of you out there looking for a way to keep your wild and crazy ball hog on the road a little bit longer, and still have fun playing ball, I hope this post is of some use to yah!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rocky Mountain High

Denver: Beautiful Scenery, Horrible Dog Laws
Rinalia at For the Pit Bulls, and Brent at the KC Dog Blog, have posted their thoughts on the results of a dog bite study that was conducted in Colorado.

Here's a snippet from Brent's blog:


Over the weekend, Colorado's Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs produced data from its year long survey on dog bites in Colorado.


First off, let's talk about the people who make up the Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs.

The group is made up of the following organizations:

All Breed Rescue Network
Animal Assistance Foundation
Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers
Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians
Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society
Metro Denver Shelter Alliance
Summerlee Foundation

...one would believe this would be a fairly balanced group of folks that would actually be concerned with human safety when it comes to canines. So what they'd find out?


I haven't had a chance to read the report, but plan to do so in the next few days. Here's the link to the study.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


I haven't read much in the way of what to expect from the big meeting of "Pit Bull National Stakeholders."

And worse, I haven't seen anything out there talking of how to influence this get-together.

Now, I know many of us don't trust the HSUS; I have a feeling Best Friends isn't too high on every one's list; and Pit bull people have mixed feelings on BADRAP.

So what the hell are we to do?

Don't get me wrong, I understand the motivation for Wane Pacelle calling this meeting: to get his organization out of hot water.

Clearly, I hope those of us that can't stand the HSUS' practices aren't so easily swayed to shut-up.

Hell, the last I looked, "The Meeting" isn't even on their Expo itinerary...and does anybody know who all is on the Guest List?

I say phase two of making change is to come up with a few ideas on the matter...feel free to send'em to me via the comment section or email.

I think we've gotta little more hell to raise before April.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wane's World

Pacelle on his life's work:

"It's really about human behavior and less about the animals.

Animals for the most part just need to be left alone."

So says a man that is literally making his living on the backs of animals.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Crisis Management

Seems to me there has been some serious crisis management going on at the HSUS.

From the Best Friend's Website:

A meeting of the minds


The Humane Society of the United States on February 23 issued an interim policy recommending all dogs be evaluated as individuals, and is calling a meeting of leading animal welfare organizations concerning dogs victimized by dog fighting.
[...]
Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer and president of the Humane Society of the United States, suggested the meeting of major stakeholders in Las Vegas to work through the associated issues. This meeting is in response to concerns expressed by Best Friends Animal Society in December 2008 regarding HSUS policies related to animals confiscated in dog-fighting busts. [1]
[...]
Pacelle said the meeting, scheduled for April, will include the participation of national stakeholder organizations that deal with pit bulls. [2]
[...]
The new interim policy announced by the HSUS, pending the outcome of the meeting, recommends that local law enforcement and animal control evaluate such dogs as individuals rather than as a category before any decision is made regarding their future. [3]
[...]
We expect government, corporations, and individuals to constantly re-evaluate how they deal with animal issues,” Pacelle said. “Likewise, we regularly review our own policies and procedures here at HSUS, and we think it is important to talk with professional colleagues in the movement to examine issues related to the disposition of fighting dogs."




I've got to point out a few things:

1) The HSUS is calling this meeting in response to Best Friends expressing concerns over HSUS policies?...what the hell?

The HSUS claims to represent 10.5 million people. So, am I to believe that none of the HSUS faithful are pissed off and concerned about this latest debacle? Not very likely.

Does it really take the concern of a "professional colleague", and competition for membership dues, for the HSUS leadership to start talking about making changes? Again, what about the 10.5 million and their concerns?

I have a strong suspicion this week has seen a decline in membership for the HSUS, and yet they're prepared to ignore the folks that are already sending'em money.


Watch out, Best Friends, I hope this isn't just a plan to steal your play-book.

2) National Stakeholders. I am dying to know how the HSUS defines the pit bull's National Stakeholder. Any chance my name is on that list? Doubtful.



3) Plenty of weasel words ("interim policy" and "pending the outcome") in the HSUS' new policy for recommending that all "bust dogs" be evaluated....and why the hell is this a new policy?

In short, they've got a built-in "out clause" that'll allow them to revert to their old ways once the pressure dies down.


Alright, enough of the railing.

I think this is a fine time for pit bull advocates to express their opinions to the HSUS, Best Friends, BADRAP, and the other (unnamed) "national stakeholders."

Honestly, I don't know what type of outcome to expect from this meeting.

And since it's scheduled for this coming April, a lot can happen between now and then...and I tend to believe that Wane Pacelle is hoping that some of the heat is taken off his organization by then.

A notion that will greatly influence the tone of April's meeting.


Related Blog Posts:

B-More Bulldogs:


BADRAP Blog:


Pet Connection:


Blue Dog State:


Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's Not Just Pit Bull People, Anymore...

Earlier today I happened on this post: Losing Faith in the HSUS.

For the longest time, it seemed as if only "Pit bull people" and property rights advocates had a bone to pick with the HSUS and their tactics concerning Pit bulls.

Lately, however, several mis-calculations ( Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C ) reveal their elitist agenda and willingness to flat out lie.

And while I've been aware, for some time now, that many people from all walks of life are not impressed with Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS, I did find this blog post to be telling of the range in which WP offends: Wayne Pacelle: The Human Conundrum.


It seems that many of the statements coming from HSUS leadership, on many issues, are contradictory; are a disappointment across the board; and often times don't even jibe with HSUS rhetoric.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hey, Wane...


you guys really screwed the pooch this week.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Not Good.

From the Humane Society Legislative Blog:

U.S. Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), announced today that they will co-chair the newly formed Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, working with The HSUS and HSLF to take lawmaking for animals to the next level.

Check with the Smartdogs' Blog for additional thoughts on the CAPC.

If this something you find troubling, please contact your US Representatives and Senators to inform them of your concerns. Politely, let them know how you feel about the HSUS and the propspect of them working together.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Read'em and Weep.

The last few days of dog blogging has been a tough one, to say the least. And I really don't have anything to say that hasn't already been said.

But nonetheless, I still have to say something:

The HSUS, once again, recommended that dogs (and very young puppies) taken from a dogfighting operation be killed.

In all fairness, the HSUS does not make the call in these situations - ever. The dogs in these cases will always be at the mercy of a judge that is acting according to the local laws.

Judges, like all people, are not specialists in all matters, and as such, are likely to have no clue as to politics of the HSUS or the great dis-trust that many Americans and Canadians have for the organization...let alone a strong understanding of dog behavior.

And because this group has been around nearly 60 years, is a known player in the world of politics (read: they are powerful lobbyists), and has the word Humane in it's moniker many politicians seek their counsel, many judges seek their counsel, and many legislators seek their counsel.


So with that said, please take the time to read the following blog posts, all of which express their frustration with the lack of understanding, respect, and decency that can be found in the HSUS' actions:

Lassie, Get Help:Worse than Vick

KC Dog Blog: The Answer is Kill, Now What is the Question?

BADRAP Blog: Numb

YesBiscuit!: HSUS and the Ongoing Campaign to Kill Rescued "Bust" Dogs

B-MORE Bulldogs: Letter to the HSUS

Caveat: Time to Take the Humane Out of HSUS

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Update: HB 667

The AKC's website has this statement on HB 667:

Representative John Heaton's office has confirmed that HB 667 will be amended to remove the breed-specific provisions. The AKC Government Relations department thanks all those who called, wrote letters, and emailed their representatives about this important issue. We will provide additional information once the amended text is available.


As of last night (2/17), the newly amended bill wasn't available on the Legislature's website, but I have a strong feelign that someon at the AKC wouldn't have made the above statement without having contacting Rep. Heaton's office.

Hat tip to LK in Santa Fe for the heads up.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hey, Lady...

I got home about an hour ago, after spending the afternoon out -and-about with Lulu. We had a blast at our favorite off-lead spot: a couple games of fetch and some training (her "heel" and "sit" are AWESOME, btw).

And then, for old times sake, I thought I would take Lulu to a local golf course where many take their dogs to run on the greens. While Coco and I have logged countless hours walking the golf course, Lulu had never been.

While walking aroung the place, I remember why I stopped taking Coco, and why I had never taken Lulu: it's too crowded in the evenings and very few people have control of their dogs.

Now, don't get me wrong, this place works well for LOTS of people and their dogs but it's just not a good fit for me and my crew....and I was reminded of this tonight, and in a big way.

If a walk around a 9 hole golf course crowded with loose (albeit generally social), no-recall having dogs (and owners that see no problem with letting their dogs run up to unfamiliar animals) doesn't seem so bad, you're right, it's not so bad...but wait till you get a load of this:

So, while heading back to the car with Lulu, a woman and her dog are headed in our general direction. When I am close enough, I offer up a greeting: "Hey, how you doing?" What do I get in return?:


"that dog is starving!"


I reply: "why would you say that?"

Some lady: "Well, look at her!"

Me: "She's not starving."

Some lady: "You can see her ribs, and you're not supposed to see that!"

Me: "I'm sorry, now where is it that you got your Veterinarian's Degree?"

Some lady: "Ohhh, O.K...C'mon [dog's name], get away from him, he's obviously out of his f**kin' gourd."

Me: [nothing.]


Is the dog thin? Yes.
Is she starving? No.
Does she receive an appropriate amount of food (and treats) through the day? Absolutely.

So why is she thin? Because she gets a fair amount of vigorous exercises, she is not over-fed, and she's a growing puppy.

The aspect of this whole thing that really gets me fired-up is not that someone commented about my dog's weight, but the manner in which this woman did so.

I would've answered any question this woman had about Lulu or her feeding regimens. Would've had no issue spending 5-10 minutes talking about Lulu's "lifestyle."

But there's the rub:

She didn't ask one question...she was all statements and diagnosis.

And then, when pressed for her credentials she really showed her true colors.

Lady, whoever you are, thanks for ruining my evening.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bad Rap, Indeed.

Please read this post at the BAD RAP Blog.

NM BSL ALERT

(Update 2/15):

It's being said that the Pit bull and Rottweiler language that first appeared in HB667 is going to be taken out. However, these amendments have not yet been made public...and while the info that I've received has come from reliable sources, I am going to define the mood on this end as: Cautiously Optimistic.

I have a feeling we're going to have to wait till Tues or Wed of this coming week before we can get a look at the new language: I'll be sure to keep checking at the NM State Legislature's "Bill Finder."

Keep in mind folks, simply removing the BSL language, while making these requirements for ALL DOG OWNERS, is not a good thing either - so we really need to continue to check in on this bill...but at least for the moment, hold fast, it seems the BSL aspect of this one is going away.

Contact info for legislators and links to HB 667 are available in the 2/10 update - all linked text is underlined.

NM BSL ALERT

Update (2/11):

HB 667 will bring about the following for all Pit bull and Rottweiler owners:


required to obtain $250,000 liability insurance policy;

home inspections by Animal Control agencies that are both unannounced and without a court issued warrant;

mandatory spay or neuter for all Pit bulls and Rottweilers.




Additionally, this legislation has SERIOUS implications for SHELTER & RESCUE dogs:


If the proposed legislation passes, VERY FEW people will consider adopting a Pit bull, Rottweiler or any dog with that appears to be a mix of either, which will ultimately bring about even more perfectly adoptable dogs being euthanized.

More so, many rescue organizations will avoid representing Pit bulls and Rottweilers due to these requirements.

Please contact these legislators and let them know (politely) that you oppose this legislation (HB 667.)
Contact info is available in the 2/10 update, via the white, highlighted text.

Monday, February 9, 2009

NM BSL ALERT

Update (2/10):

House Bill 667 was introduced on 2/9, and has one sponsor - Rep. Heaton - and it's current location is the
House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee:


CONSUMER & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Meets: Tuesdays & Thursdays - 1:30 p.m. - Room 315

Committee Members:




Representative
Gail Chasey - (D)
Chair

Representative
Antonio "Moe" Maestas - (D)
Vice Chair

Representative
Thomas A. Anderson - (R)
Member

Representative
Zachary J. Cook - (R)
Member

Representative
Karen E. Giannini - (D)
Member

Representative
Bill B. O'Neill - (D)
Member

Representative
Al Park - (D)
Member

Here we go, folks!

Rep. John Heaton from Carlsbad has introduced House Bill 667, which will require all pit bulls and rottweilers in the state to be registered as dangerous dogs under the Dangerous Dog Act, regardless of whether the dog has any history of violence.


Please look at the bill and contact your legislators and the sponsor to let them know that you oppose the bill.

The bill is available in PDF form via this link.

You can find your legislators through the legislative website at www.nmlegis.gov .

Please continue to check my blogs for updates, and feel free to email me with questions or suggestions.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

This Guy Has Got Balls!*

Brent at the KCDogBlog has touched on a situation that is really worth discussing: responsibly advocating for the spaying and neutering of dogs. The comment section of this post is also worth reading.

In the last few years, I have volunteered at community shelters, as well as adoption and education events, and it seems to me that many hosting, promoting, or volunteering at spay/neuter events have no idea (or at the very least are not providing this information) that there are potential downsides to disconnecting an animal's developmental system.

For the most part, I don't think these groups are deliberately holding back information from the public, I just don't think they've ever stopped to think about what they were doing. And those that have, are likely to feel that the ends justify the means.

Not too mention, I have a strong suspicion that a number of the Veterinarians volunteering (or greatly discounting) their services are likely to skip many (if not all) of the pre-procedure tests that are available, which could reveal conditions suggesting the animal not be altered.

As per usual, we're responsible for our animals and should research the decisions that we're making on their behalf.

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* Sorry, couldn't pass on the opportunity to use the word "balls" in the title of a spay/neuter post.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Lulu Celebrates a B-Day!

Seems that "The Little One" is already a year old. Yup, Sweet Baby Lulu is getting all-growed-up on me.

Lulu is out of one of Diane Jessup's breedings: Boldog Dirk (SchH III, FR Brevet) X Boldog Freakshow (SchH B, CGC, APA WP 3) - and came to live with us when she was 5 months old.


I have had the pleasure of meeting both Dirk and Freakie, and I can say that our Lulu is a great mix of those two.


She is a fine example of a Pit bull and a lot of fun to work with.



I cannot say enough good things
about this little dog: she is full of drive, brains, and athleticism. Not too mention, a real cuddle bug.

Happy B-Day, Little One.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Burque Babes & Bullies


For some damn reason, I have yet to give the Burque Babes a mention on this blog. Don't know why I forgot to do this for so long, I see lead Babe, Kassie Brown, every week or so.



A smarter person may have remembered to show them some love a good while ago...thankfully, some say late is better than never.



Long story short, the Burque Babes Crew put together a very cool Calender for 2009. Now I know that we're a good 30 days into 2009, but it doesn't mean that it's too late to buy one of these things.


And if the lovely ladies in the pics aren't enough motivation (and I'm not sure how that could be), and the cutie-pie dogs don't do it for you either....how bout this:

100%(yes, one.hundred.percent.) of the profits go to help out, RAAP, a local pit bull advocacy group. RAAP (Responsibly Adopting Albuquerque's Pit bulls), is always in need of your hard earned dollars - running puppy socialization classes, printing out promotional materials and buying doggie supplies is not cheap.



And if a 2009 calender isn't what you're looking for, not too worry, the girls have got you covered, there is plenty of other cool stuff at their Cafe Press store.



So if you got a few extra bucks, and helping an Albuquerque crew of pit bull advocates keep their programs on the road seems like a good thing - plus you enjoy knowing what day of the week it is - please stop by the BB&B site to make your purchase.
It will be appreciated.
100% of the profits are used to support RAAP programs
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Why Pit bulls?

As I work to provide positive, rational, and balanced information about pit bulls, and the virtues of dogs in general, I am often (read: ALWAYS) asked why I am so taken by this breed of dog. It is a fair question that isn't always asked in a reasonable manner.

In short, I find many pit bulls to posses the qualities that I value in a canine companion: great with friendly people, loyal, goofy, energetic, athletic, intelligent, and willing. To be sure, the run-of-the-mill pit bull is a lot of dog. It is all of these qualities in a medium-sized dog that has me so taken by pit bulls.

Alas, there are many aspects of pit bull ownership that are less enjoyable. Namely, dealing with the many negative stereotypes, and the constant battle to balance the mis-information provided by the breed's detractors.
...thankfully, it only takes is a few minutes of lovin' from my doggies and I am reminded they're worth the effort.

I hope this blog gives others insight into my life with pit bulls, and most of all, provides information on the breed in general; there are a lot of misinformed generalizations about these dogs.

Please contact me with questions or comments pertaining to dogs, pit bulls, BSL, etc..

All the best,

Donovan McBee
nobslnm@yahoo.com


And don't forget to visit my other blog, No BSL NM.



The HSUS attempted to fund raise for the care of Micheal Vick's dogs, while at the same time suggesting that the dogs needed to be killed.

And to add insult to injury, they weren't even planning on taking possesion of the dogs.

Contact the HSUS and tell them this is unacceptable!
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