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I know, I know I have been MIA for some time now…

Well gang this has been a crazy year, I have completed my dog training coarse, and I am now certified. I am finishing odd another coarse now so that’s why I haven’t been as devoted here.

Last week I got word that a fellow rescuer friend of mine has fallen on hard times, she did a wonderful YouTube video a few years back that I would love to re share now:

Pit bulls – you can be a voice for the voiceless

I am sending out an urgent call to arms on Kym’s behalf, she lost her job a while back and has now lost her home, the home she shares with her two rescued pit bulls Max and Sam, who have a Facebook page Max and Sam we are emma shay’s legacy (https://www.facebook.com/weareemmashayslegacy?fref=ts)  if you want to show them some love.

Kym has worked tirelessly over the years for pit bulls, fighting BSL, and working in rescue, she has given of herself so freely and with an open heart, I have set up a fund-raiser for her in hopes she can secure a new home and to  get set up. Any left over money will go to rescue, shelter aid and care, because that’s Kym, she’s always thinking about ways to pay it forward!  Watching her go through this has been very hard, seeing bad things happen to good people really angers me!

The fund-raiser can be found here:

Helping a rescuer keep her pit bull family together

My sincere wish is to help a wonderful lady, a bank account specifically for her fund-raiser will be opened on Monday and I will update that for those who wish to verify where their donations are going.

Please any fellow rescuers, pit bull owners, advocates, please share the links so we can get help for Kym and her crew as we can, and please if you can donate!

Thank you everyone for hanging in there while I completed my training, thanks for sharing my posts and for standing up for pit bulls and abused and neglected dogs everywhere!

-Apitome-

 


It’s Halloween and the photo’s are in so here’s Apitome’s Halloween Photo Contest winners for 2012…

Here are all the photo’s I received:

#1) Sleepy Baby

#2) Captain Olivia:

#3) The Headless ghosts of the 1700’s:

#4) Baylee and Fiona the sister witches:

#5) Angus and his Ghouls:

    I must say that everyone did a great job on these costumes, I tried very hard to pick just one, but couldn’t, even my daughter couldn’t help me get it to just one, so we came up with a solution. We based our decision on who put in the most effort, and we decided that there will be two winners.

And the winners are: “Captain Olivia”, and “The ghosts from the 1700’s” Congrats to both winners! and to all the contestants thank you so much I can’t tell you how hard it was and how great we thought everyone’s pictures were! The winners will also be notified via email.

Sorry to Sleepy Baby’s mom I couldn’t get mt editor to rotate the photo of your pup.

I will be putting together the gift boxes to be mailed out to the winners again, congrats everyone and each dog was a winner to us! Here at apitome’s blog we don’t discriminate based on breed!

Thanks again and have a safe and happy Howl-o-ween!!!!!

-Apitome-

 

 


Beyond the Myth Free screening for a limited time!!!!!!!!

This is a wonderful documentary! It is an opportunity for those who missed this at other locations and screenings to see it now, Please share this and Help educate those in your area that may not know all there is to know about pit bulls and bully breeds.

Starting today Oct. 26th and continuing through Nov. 2nd, Beyond the Myth will be available on Hulu.com for free! This is an amazing opportunity for all fans, owners, advocates or just people that want to see the real deal, not corn fed lies from dogsbite.org and PETA. It’sa chance to promote to friends via email and social media or put a link to it on your website! The trailer is up and free viewing begins today!

Beyond The Myth video link

I Absolutely want to thank the wonderful folks behind Beyond the Myth, and hulu.com for making this possible and for helping the bully owner and advocate community in busting down these stereotypes and lies about our dogs!

please get this out there, please help create a positive change for these dogs before it’s too late!

-Apitome-


Another dog shot by improperly trained police!!!! Just exactly how many of these will go on before we demand change?

The idea to do this post came to me from a contact on Facebook, Charlie Cifarelli. He has created a page: (Star The New York Pit Bull Shot by Police) here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/StarTheNewYorkPitbullShotByPolice Thank you Charlie for sending me the info and the link!

I understand the fear behind a rushing dog, believe me I do being the victim of a vicious dog attack, I above others understand that, however the dog that attacked me and this dog are in very different categories and circumstances.

In a society where we have companion animals, better understanding and training are quite obviously needed, I mean how many dogs have been shot this year by misguided and overly aggressive policing? Well there have been 8 reported cases in the USA and 3 reported in Canada to date this year, and I should say that I found, there could be more, so who knows the real numbers, we will never know about the unreported cases now will we?

Today police are so sadly and obviously untrained on how to deal with such situations, so let me give the good old boys in blue some insight, and this comes from over 30 years experience with dogs.., dogs give “bluff” rushes or “charges” in situations where they feel their safety or the safety of their pack is in question. That is Fact!

This dog was trying to back them off, to get people to step back, he was protecting his daddy! Plain and simple! This was no aggressive or dangerous dog, and he certainly was no “threat” to public safety.

My problem with this is a two-fold one, and it comes to play when I see police men/women not taking the “proper” steps in conflict resolution with companion animals more specifically dogs. My concerns are as follows;

Firstly the use of deadly force, when a taser or pepper spray should have been the first choice, and deadly force the last and only option, I can also tell you that pepper spray or mace would have incapacitated that dog long enough to subdue him. All police officers should be equipped with such items, Yes???

Secondly the dog appears to have no leash on, so again, we have a situation where a pit bull is out in public without proper protection, yes that’s right protection, like it or not as bully/ pitbull/ mastiff/ boxer/ rotti/ owners we are all under the microscope, ALL OF THE TIME, and we MUST protect our dogs.

As an example I always “umbilical” or waist belt my dog when we go for walks, ALWAYS!  I am not blaming the victim by any means rather I feel for this man, on many levels, but… had he been leashed, had a leash been around his owners hand, or waist maybe the outcome could have been different.

For me anyway, this is proof that police are NOT properly trained, and yet are given guns, given weapons that kill, and given carte blanch to do so, and very little training to go along with that heavy burden. It is shameful to me! It is scary that a police officer can say something like “I only had 10 seconds to react, so what could I do?” and all of a sudden it wipes the slate clean. It shouldn’t! So here’s just one more thing to think about if it was your dog, or child, or husband that they perceived in 10 seconds to be a threat, would it wipe the slate for you?

Many aspects of police work, standards and policies MUST be revamped and much more in-depth training simply MUST take place for the safety of all citizens, and their pets!

Here is the video originally released on YouTube: Star shot by improperly trained idiot policemen

What do you think about this? Please feel free to comment.

Thanks

-Apitome-


Sorry, I have been away because…. I broke my jaw! so here is last weeks rescues of the week:

True story! not very exciting you see, but true none the less! I have a long history of being the girl who trips over such things as dust bunnies, porch dirt, shoes, ah yes those beastly shoes! they are my Nemesis!!! I recently tripped in high heels, falling face first onto cement and broke my jaw! Snapped that puppy like a red neck snaps a chicken bone!

So I have been a little out of it for the last 6 or so weeks. Mostly feeling quite sorry for myself  while in a Tylenol 3 induced stupor LOL!

But I did manage to finish my stage 9 exam with Animal Behavior College, and passed with 92% so I am very excited about that! I am back and ready to take on the dog training world, and animal advocacy as well!

Now, here are last weeks rescues of the week, these three babies have a chip in under Hearts Of Love Rescue, my friend Michelle Binnette is trying to get much-needed funds for transport to Canada, and vetting, they had boarding fees attached so please feel free to share these wonderful pups each one is desperate to find their very own fur-always home!

Michelle had this post on her Facebook page :URGENT ******DESPERATELY NEEDING YOUR HELP
Things are not looking good, we have only raised $65 more dollars out of the $435 needed. we need all the funds by Wednesday of this week or these 3 little ones will not get to go on transport   T…hese babies need your help in raising the funds needed. Transport is this thursday and if we don’t have all the funds raised in time they will not be going on the transport and that is they last thing we want to happen. Here is the chipin link explaining what is needed. Your help is greatly appreciated, no amount is to small. if we don’t get this money raised ASAP these 3 little ones will NOT be on the transport to their new start in life and that is the last thing we want to happen. their has been problems with the chipin link so our rescue paypal is heartsofloverescue@gmail.com. http://heartsofloverescue.chipin.com/3-harbor-shelter-dogs-hc-boarding-and-transportSee more
These 3 babies I pulled from Harbor Shelter Today, We really need your help in raising the funds needed for these 3. Boarding is $240 for all 3, Health Certificates $75 for all 3, Transport $120 for all 3 So we need $435 in total to get the…se babies to their new start in life. I know we can do. Please share and help us make this happen. these babies will be eternally grateful. Rescues paypal is heartsofloverescue@gmail.com All help is greatly appreciated Thank you!
I can say that Michelle is a wonderful woman trying very hard to save as many lives as she can, but saving lives sadly comes with a price, please help Michelle get the funds needed to help these great pups!
Thanks guys and I am glad to be back!!!!!!!
-Apitome-

This weeks dog is…..,Rose!

So this is sweet Rose, although she’s sleeping I can tell there’s a wonderful dog in there, I mean any dogs that looks like an angel when she sleeps, has to be one in real life right? LOL. I hear she’s quite the social butterfly as well!

Roses mom writes;

This is Rose, she is a year old APBT/boxer mix.  She is the goofiest little (or not so little) thing.  She is terrified of our cats and whines for us to pick her up and carry her past them. No easy task anymore since she is around 40 pounds now and getting bigger everyday. She loves our daughter and us immensely and rarely wants to be out of the room away from us.  She is amazing with other dogs and has quite a few dog friends at the park who get very excited to see her.  She is the love of my life.

Well Kristin, I can certainly see why! I’m glad she is yet another voice, or bark, if you will, for the cause.

Another fine example of what pit bulls, and mixes really are, Thank you for sharing your girl with us all, and thanks for showing more people, that responsible ownership equals great dogs! Have a wonderful weekend Kristin, Rose, and family! And remember everyone please share, and tell your pit bull loving/owning friends to email their pictures to apitomesblog@shaw.ca and I will gladly showcase their wonderful dogs as well, and even thought this is a pit bull blog we will gladly showcase any dog that is a positive and responsible member of the family and the community, here at Apitome’s Blog there is never discrimination based on breed, I love all dogs equally, and every special dog should have their day to shine and be recognized!

-Apitome-


I will always go to bat for those in need so with that said..,

Here is an excerpt from a Facebook page that I am part of;

My Facebook friends…..it hurts me to ask for anything, but I have to make the hardest decision of my life next Saturday and I need help with the money to help Sebastian cross over……..If you can, you know how grateful I am, if you can’t, believe me, I understand………just keep us in your prayers as I go through this week of saying goodbye to my best friend of 17 years……

This girl has gone to bat for so many rescues, and animals in need over the years Sherryl Jenkinson, is losing her best friend and she can’t pay to have him cremated and handled properly because she gives so much of her own funds, time and energy to all these other rescues, her goal is $250.00 and I NEVER support chip-ins on the blog, unless they are for a rescue directly, but since I know Sherryl, I am going to make an exception to that rule!

I want to help her get this done so she can focus on helping dear sweet Sebastian cross over the rainbow bridge!

If you cannot donate, that is fine I can repsect that, but please share just in case there are others out there you know who will. Below is Sebastian’s chip in:

Sebastian’s Chip In

Thank you very much and if you are on Facebook if you would like to send Sherryl any special messages of sympathy, I’m sure she would appreciate it very much!

-Apitome-


When is a service dog, a service dog? Who decides what “service” & “disability” really are and/or who really has them?

This is the second story of the same nature I have heard about this week, so I felt compelled to share it with you. Also I would like to give a special “Bark out” to Edward Owens for allowing me to share this with you all.

Eight-year-old Sean Forsyth suffers from autism. The Pine Richland School District (In Gibsonia, PA) has used stalling tactics and other unprofessional behavior with the Forsyth family to discourage them from asking that Sean’s service dog, Sophia, be allowed to attend school with him. The petition will be sent to the superintendent and other officials in the hopes public opinion forces them to follow the law and allow Sophia to attend school with Sean under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sophia is Sean’s best friend and biggest helper. Having her in school with him will help give him the best educational experience possible. Below is a petition to allow Sophia to go with Sean to school, please feel free to sign and share with friends.

Let Sophia go to school with Sean

It is really time we start looking past our own “Issues” and focus on helping people. The simple fact is that children, all children deserve the right to a proper education, and personally I feel if Sophia can help Sean obtain that, then I fully support her and her skin-kid! Sean’s Mother Jennifer started this petition and Edward graciously allowed me to “borrow” his copy if you will.

It has been said that the safety of the other children is a concern, and honestly that is so silly to me, I mean let’s think about it for a minute, service dogs are everywhere in the Western world, Canada and the USA use them for a variety of tasks and at no time when I see a service dog in public to I think, “Oh my lord, gather your children, the beast is a bout to strike!” If we did, there would be no service dogs, and the only service dog in History, to attack a person was a Vancouver service dog that was protecting his owner from a mugging, so for me it’s a “no counter”

I think that what is important here is that Sophia gives Sean what he needs to be able to function at school, and frankly even if at the bare minimum, all she gives him is self-confidence/esteem it would be a resonating YES for me.

To everyone who has taken the time to hear Sean and Sophia’s story, and help out! You are action takers, and the world needs that right now, so thank you very much!

Here is the other story I was referring to:

Washington, PA boy denied service dog

makes me wonder if PA needs to accompany the tin man to see the wizard and obtain their heart as well!

-Apitome-


Networking dogs with Penny Eims!

http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/duct-taped-dogs-dumped-at-shelter

Penny wrote this very sad, but often true story of abandonment. How often we have to see with vivid clarity how easy we have made it for people to abuse animals and just walk away!

I struggle with how to teach my children there is still goodness in the world when I have to see this garbage day on and day out, 365 days a year! My heart breaks for the dogs and various other animals that suffer in such ways, and by most standards sadly, this treatment was tame in comparison to some I have seen. I guess the focus should be first teaching my kids that lending aid when it is needed is key, and secondly that there are good people left in the world, people just like Penny, and just like the shelter staff that fall in love with these little innocents! They do what they do everyday, in hopes of saving just one!

Please help me to help Penny and the wonderful staff especially, (Linda Soto) at Maricopa County Animal Control, who want to see these dogs saved!

their ID# are as follows:

ID numbers on these dogs: A3107173, A3107174, A3107175, A3107176, A3107177, A3107178, A3107242 Contact:  lindasoto@mail.maricopa.gov If the dogs are not networked, they will likely not leave the facility – their owner’s cruel actions the last defining moment of their short lives.

Please network these babies, lets save them! If Dolly the pit bull’s story can go viral, why not theirs? It’s just as tragic!

Thanks much!

-Apitome-


Bark out time for my Baylee she’s on Youtube!!!!

I must first explain the channel name, My Damn Dog…, Well my daughter and I were jokingly fighting over Baylee her first night with us, Noa said “Is she my dog?” and I said “No she’s my dog.” joking obviously. Well we got on a real role over who was going to own the worlds greatest pit bull! Translation: (It’s my damn dog! No, it’s my damn dog!) We love Baylee with all our hearts so no hate mail please 🙂 I joke a lot with my kids, I teach them that there’s many things about life you have to laugh at… including yourself!

We want to see This YouTube channel succeed, to bring the public around, to show them that pit bull’s really are just like any other dog, they are capable of all the same things, success and failure! It’s the guardian/parent that shapes the dog just as they would a child!

Thank you so much everyone your support since day one is very humbling to me, my family, and yes, even Baylee. You have helped me with every post, in changing the way the rest of the world looks at Pit Bulls, bully breeds, and even the breeds who just look like pit bulls, so on behalf of Baylee I will simply say, once again, Thank You Very Much! She went from a little starved dog slated to be euthanized, a dog that looked so beat down and pathetic, even I wasn’t really ready for some of the behaviours I saw in her, so scared, so timid and untrusting of what may come next, to a dog that will not be brought down! She’s a star! She has come a long way, and still has a way to go, but she is changing everyday, becoming what I affectionately call “My Little Barnacle” Here are some pictures of Baylee the first ones are how she looked when we got her, the others are as she is today.

Love that dog!

Here are her first two YouTube videos please enjoy, like, share, comment, subscribe to the :MyDamnDog channel!

Send us video ideas, things you’d like to see. Eventually we will be doing reviews on dog food and dog related products.

We want the world to see how funny life with a pit bull can be, most of all we want to share our funny videos of the little pit bull that could with all of you!

My Damn Dog gets serenaded to sleep

My Damn Dog hates air (short)

Thanks everyone, and have a great day!

-Apitome-


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