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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.

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

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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

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!