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Kelly Rippa and the pit bull statement.

Yesterday Kelly Rippa was interviewing Christopher Walken about his upcoming movie Seven Psychopaths, wherein she refers to the types of dogs, a gangster would take by saying “But the gangster’s dog is uh, I mean if it’s a gangster it would have to be a dangerous, uh, Pit Bull kind of dog, right?” now here’s a clip I found on YouTube:

Ok, I certainly do not claim to be the defender of all things ignorant or stupid, and her comment was pretty ignorant, but what we really have here is a woman, who at worst is uneducated about the breed. She has possibly read to many things from websites like (insert laughter here) Dogsbite.org or any of the other hype mongers out there. But it doesn’t make her evil, or even mean, and it certainly doesn’t mean she hates pit bulls. People like Kelly I can live with, because their hearts and minds can be opened, can be changed through exposure and education.

It’s the real haters, the Colleen Lynn (Holder’s) and the Ingrid Newkirk’s, of the world that I can’t stand! Because their motivation is driven by money and hate, or both! Placing Miss Rippa in their company by saying she slams pit bulls, or hates them is truly unfair!

Let’s face facts here folks, it’s not like the wonderful family pet pit bulls, bully’s, staffy’s and mixes, who live uneventfully but happily with a “fam” in the “burbs” makes the most headlines now is it?

No, it’s the dog fighter, drug dealers, food stamp fraudsters, and all around sludge of society, including neglectful or possibly abusive owners that make the headlines with their pit bulls! After all to them making a mean pit bull keeps your stash safe and gives you that all important “street cred.”

So to be fair to Miss Rippa I think everyone needs to take a HUGE step back and analyse how we as responsible loving owners want to discuss and address situations like this, rather than jumping on the attack band wagon (keep in mind here she’s not McDonalds, she didn’t deliberately use the pit bulls negative stereotypes to gain media attention.) She did make a big mistake, that’s for sure, but by immediately attacking someone rather than writing to them, and asking them to show our dogs, the good dogs, offering to introduce and educate them/her about the breed, many of you have chosen to launch for the throat so to speak, and frankly, that once again paints Pittie, bully, and staffy owners as  “aggressive, dominating, and bullying” NOT the image I personally want conveyed about me or my dog.

So to Miss Rippa I offer this… Any time you want to come and experience “Pit Bull Awareness at my house you are more than welcome to come on over and say hey! We don’t bite!

Let’s remember friends it’s “Pit Bull Awareness Month” So let’s try spread the right message! and have understanding for others that may be ingnorant or uneducated about our dogs, give them the benefit of the doubt, some may surprise you!

Thank you,

-Apitome-


Here we go again… Schroeder is in need of help, and our understanding.

Please check out this change.org petition, this guy needs some help now!

Help save Schroeder

I am the first to say “Don’t blame the victim” and mean it..,  but call me crazy here, if I was a mail carrier, and the door to a home I knew or suspected to have dogs residing within it was open, there is no way I would have ever stepped on to that porch or door step! Remember folks mail carriers have an easy out when it comes to dogs, if they feel that entering a property with dogs places them in eminent or immediate danger, they are not, repeat NOT obligated to go there!

In Canada a supervisor delivers a note card that states free roaming or mail slot aggressive dogs will result in the stoppage or pause of mail delivery. So I have to question whether all the facts are as the carrier see it, but in the long run that is not my call.

I feel for a dog that is placed in this or any situation where their reputation and or safety are put at risk, so with that said I also feel the owners had a great responsibility to their charge and they failed him! I know roughly when my carrier is coming, but it does change from time to time with seniority and shift changes, and with that said Monday to Friday  my door is kept closed until mail is delivered for that day, period and end of story! Weekends we occasionally get deliveries via courier, however both my dogs bark well in advance of anyone getting to the porch and when they bark I call them back and take them outside into our secured back yard, so that there is never a chance that  a carrier or delivery person will ever be injured and my dogs will never be seized.

So I will call them( the owners)  out on the carpet over this one, but their inactions or failures should not mean a strike out for this dog. He deserves the chance to stay in the living.

It should mean changes to how he is handled, or possibly a more responsible owner/s may be a better option than death. To me a nip or property line offense is a much different category than let’s say a mauling or vicious and aggressive attack. although all dog agression should never be treated lightly and should always be addressed immediately by a trained professional.

I truly feel for dogs in these circumstances because the majority of dogs view their home and people as something to be protected at all cost.

Honestly I just wish in general, dog owners would wake up, and be proactive enough to consider that even the friendliest of dogs can view delivery people in a different light than we do. I wish that before people get a dog, they take the time to properly educate themselves on how to successfully transition, raise, socialize and train dogs before they bring them home.

We must stop expecting dogs to live in our world, by our rules alone. Yes they must become accustom to our lives and interactions with others, as well as the way we do things and mostly what we expect from them, but we too must learn their language, understand their minds and body language, their very natures, if we are ever to successfully have a cohesive bond with them, and thusly a successful well-adjusted and happy companion at our sides.

Please consider giving Schroeder your support and sign and share his petition today!!!!!! Just because his family cannot afford the court fees does not mean this dog should die.

interesting fact: a golden retriever did the same thing last year, in Canada and… well he never left his yard! His owners were given a fine and restrictions on their dog, but he was not seized, so I guess the bias and breed discrimination continues, how sad!

-Apitome-


This one is about pit bulls and this pretty mama needs our help! Here’s the rescue of the week:

This little gal and her babies are very urgent, so please feel free to share her, let’s get this little family out of danger, her details are:

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – RESCUE NEEDED FOR MOM AND SEVEN 10 DAY OLD PUPS…Momma and her seven puppies came into The Fort Lauderdale Animal Care & Adoption Center yesterday. The person who brought them in was homeless and had been trying to care for them on her own. All of the puppies have upper respiratory and are a little bit thin. We think the puppies are about 10 days o…

ld. Mom is very friendly but she does need some help with her kids. Mom is nursing them but we do not think she is nursing them enough. This family is in need of IMMEDIATE RESCUE. Please contact Mperry@broward.org or lreyes@broward.org 954-359-1313 x 9272 if you can rescue them. They can go home immediately!! Mom’s animal id number is A1538701.
Thanks everyone, and remember if we save just one life, we have made a difference, and maybe together we can save more than we lose!
-Apitome-

Change to the “Dog of the Week”…. An update.

I’m baaaaaack!

Phew!!! It’s been a grueling couple of weeks in the dog training course and it looks like my next section will be a big one too, but I’ll try to keep the posts coming more often.

I am sad to say that There didn’t seem to be a lot of interest in the dog of the week, Thank you so much to all the great families that sent in all those amazing pictures of their dogs and puppies, without you these dogs would be lost!

Thanks for showing the world what love and responsible pet ownership really means, you guys rock!

So with that said I am changing things up a bit, rather than feature your dog photo’s, I thought I would feature a dog in need, rescue’s and fosters, you are welcome to send in your pictures please make sur you send a photo, and complete contact info as well as the city, state or province, and Country as well. Don’t forget to add some details about the dog, everybody like to have the story behind the picture!

You can send them to apitomesblog@shaw.ca The goal will shift from showcasing the breed to saving them from certain death in some cases, in shelters and pounds and we all know that pit bulls make up the highest percentage of shelter dogs.

Today’s little gem will break your heart, make you fall instantly in love and inspire you to get involved! As far as I know he has no name so I have taken it upon myself to dub him Esperodo loosely translated it means “He has hope” in the basque language.

With out further ado here is Esperudo:

This emaciated boy wondered into Jennifer Marcel (SNARR adoptions coordinator) neighborhood and her husband picked him up. Looks like a new SNARR baby…. the vet said He is 12 weeks old, 12lbs, a broken k-9 baby tooth, dehydrated, loaded w…ith hook worms and will need possible surgery to repair the hack job done to his ears. To help with his care donations can be made through chipin http://snarr1.chipin.com/tonka or via PayPal @ snarr_1@Yahoo.com or through our website www.snarranimalrescue.org

Please help me to help SNARR to get this boy the help he needs and ultimately help him find a safe, loving, and fur-always home.

Thanks everyone for your patience and support while I have been busy at school, you guys ROCK LIKE NEW SOCKS!

So the dog of the week shall now be dubbed “Rescue Me Weekly” and may sometimes showcase more than one dog depending on urgency.

Have a great weekend!

-Apitome-


A call to arms! Pit Slammers can be bloggers too, but this verges on abuse and harrassment!

Before you check out this idiots blogs, please keep in mind a few key points; This little hater network has launched an attack on the pit bull/bully community.

They are NOT animal behaviourists in any way shape or form, they are not qualified to speak to the nature of the breed at all, in fact what we have here is nothing more than a hater that has made a following. Whether it’s Colleen Lynn behind this or it’s just some other piece of trash trying to make a name for themselves by attacking these dogs, I do not know.., YET!

What they do is Flagg all advertisements relating to the dogs. Such as: Buying, selling and trade. Now I am certainly not a fan of the “Craigslist Dog Ads” to re-home and or trade the dogs, more often than not it’s a dog fighter posing with a fake family that comes to collect your beloved family member. So always remember that taking on a pet means a commitment of the next 13-15 years, so be ready for that, and if you have any doubts, do not get a pet. BUT, it doesn’t give these people the right to step in and play cyber bully or pit-cop! Here are the links:

Pit Flaggers

and here’s the mother blog:

Staffordshires Online

What they are, is a group of well-organized haters, they preach the same old “Nutter” rants, they say we routinely blame the victims (Not So) the blame sits squarely on the shoulders of the owners of these dogs as individuals, and everyone that breathes from their noses know that! I have never heard a responsible pit bull owner blame the victim, they make take aim at the lack of common sense with some, such allowing a small child to be in a room alone with a dog, any dog, but certainly not blaming the child, or anyone else who has been the victim of an attack, I have been attacked myself, which I have spoken about before, but I did not let that attack lead me down the road of wanting ALL Malamutes dead, and I do no preach hate against the breed, his owner was at fault, end of story!

In any case you can do what your heart tells you to do, mine told me to report them and speak out! where does yours lead you?

here’s the link to report them to blogger:

report abuse to “Blogger”

Please remember when viewing the videos on the Staffordshire site that ANY dog can be a loaded gun, any dog can attack, and many breeds are capable of extreme bite force and damage (FYI When Brady Barr measured the bite force of various animals for a National Geographic program, a hyena again was measured at 1000 psi/pounds of force. A lion’s bite force measured 691, a shark 669, and a Rottweiler 328, a German shepherd came in at 238, and a pit bull’s bite was measured at 235 psi/pounds of force). We are the guardians, and much like we shape a child, we shape them as well. See brady Barr’s video’s at National Geographic’s website, both video’s are available under Dangerous Encouters Bite Force and Bite Force 2. Below is a Youtube video clip of that programe series:

Dangerous Encounters “Bite Force”

For all the videos (grainy or clear) that these “Pit Slammers” come up with, you can go to Youtube and see videos, of happy, successfully trained and raised pit bulls, staffies and bully’s that have become wonderful family pets, therapy dogs, assistance dogs, the list goes on. I have NEVER seen a recorded pit bull/bully breed attack from a well adjusted and well trained “family” dog

The point here is they perpetuate lies, and mis-information, they harbour and create a false sense of danger, and they instill fear and hatred unnecessarily for these dogs.

Many Michael Vick dogs have since gone on to be certified Canine Good Citizens and Therapy dogs, which shows you that even abused pit bull can be shown that life doesn’t have to mean aggression = survival.

please consider reporting these two blogs, because they are not blogs, they disguise themselves as such, but we all know this is just another forum to preach hate and spread more fear mongering. If it was a blog about defaming people, or a specific ethnic group, they would be immediately removed and we all know that.

Also I forgot to add this comes from the “Mother Blog” See below:

“NOT ADVISED” If you have a neighboring pit problem, I would never suggest you use antifreeze nor use this recipe: “Buy or obtain a whole fish, gutted. Line the abdominal cavity with raisins. Then chop up a large bar of baking chocolate and …mix with diced unions. Fill the space with it. Next, to make it sweet and bind it all together, intermix some kiwi or other show polish. They like it more than sugar itself it seems. Then seal the whole thing up with peanut butter and give to pit. This good to pits only, no other types of dogs.” Do not feed the neighbors dogs, it may make them sick. This blogger does not advocate it. The recipe found on net and posted above it to inform people what not to use to feed dogs. can we see the sense of urgency now

Thank you and sorry I have been away with a terrible cold.

-Apitome-


And this weeks “Pit Bull Of The Week” is…..,Zella!

So This weeks star is sweet Zella!

As you can tell she’s the real deal “the nanny dog” to the fullest!

Zella’s mom says this sweet girl goes everywhere with them, and they love telling people she’s a pit mix! Good for you mom! The more the real pit bull is shown off to the public the quicker the stereotypes and false perceptions will change!

Congrats Zella! and thanks for being just who and what you are…., the best!

Keep showing the world that “pit bull” doesn’t have to be a dirty word! That in fact, you are the best of the best at what you do, which is loving your family!

And thanks to Zella’s family for sharing her with us all, it is so great to see that there are people out there filled with pride, and not ashamed to show off their happy, healthy, well-adjusted family members.

Have a great week Zella and family!

-Apitome-


McDonald’s makes a pathetic and damaging attempt to win over the masses, at the expense of pit bulls!

 So which pencil jockey VP at McDonald’s headquarters thought this little gem up?

And which member of the Kroc family thought this was PR and AC gold? Do they realize or even care how many shelter pit bulls this will affect? Have the even stopped to contemplate how many legitimate breeders of APBT’s will be effected?

How many shelter pit bulls have been passed by, or flat-out shunned by a naive and gullible public *we know they are out there, in significant numbers!* since this came out?

McDonald’s has now joined the ranks of Nike, Subway, BET network, Android and Burger King, in my books!

Their placement for me, is in the trash! I refuse purchase from, support, or otherwise endorse companies that deal in breed bias, or the sponsorship of animal abusers!

McDonald’s has (Ahem! Clears throat loudly!) apparently issued an apology, and frankly it doesn’t cut the mustard with me! It is insulting to say the least! It was a very calculated move on their part, they knew it would draw the attention of pit bulls advocates and haters everywhere! They knew they would be issuing said apology, and the entire thing makes me sick!,

Once again these dogs are vilified and used as pawns in the pursuit of cash! I will never eat at another McDonald’s restaurant again! Further more I will be reposting this everyday until the Kroc family and McDonald’s (RTM) takes ownership over their calculated abuse of these dogs and makes it right.

Perhaps by supporting the dogs that will be passed over at shelters thanks to their advertisement! Please look over the ad again there is an 1-800 number listed below…, please make a call! Please let McDonald’s know exactly what you think of them slandering your breed of choice!

This is not only disgusting to me, but completely un-acceptable on every level! McDonald’s and the Kroc family…

Welcome to Full-of-crapville! Please feel free to join the companies listed with you, and Michael Vick as its kings!

-Apitome-


I am proud to announce this week is the very first “Pit Bull of the week” and this weeks star is…

Huckleberry and his beautiful sister Holiday! Below we see Huckleberry and his dad I believe, pretty cute baby picture right?

 What a face!

I included this one of Huckleberry and his sister Holiday because just like him, she is so darn cute and family always has to stick together! Huckleberry and Holidays mom tells me that she was very quickly won over by the pit bull personality, I can relate! She also says that Holiday was a rescue from a storage yard, well… you know what they say, one mans junk is another’s treasure! Thanks so much to Tom and Esther for sharing their beautiful babies with us all!

It takes all of us sticking together, working together, and networking as one united group to create change, and with owners like you both out there, we get one step closer every day!

As stated in my pics post, every week on friday I would like to feature a very special pit bull (and family) if the pictures include their human sidekicks.

Please share with your friends, and please above all else, keep the pictures coming! Keep in mind here at Apitome’s blog we don’t discriminate based on breed, but obviously we are trying to spotlight dogs labeled under the “dangerous dogs” banner, so we are trying to focus on Pit bulls, pit mixes, etc.,  But by all means don’t hold back we are always willing to show pictures of your dogs too!

Let’s show the world how great our dogs are! Lets change some hearts and minds, and lets kick down some barriers and walls!

Our dogs would do anything for us, so it’s the least we can do for them.

Have a great weekend everyone!

-Apitome-


Photo Time!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR PIT BULL PICS!!!

We would love to feature your pit bull photos, I am hoping to take another stab at doing a weekly featured pit, our only request is, no photos of dogs on chains, and if you are looking to show off how tough your pit bull looks, please try Facebook or MySpace instead. Other than that, we welcome all breeds, pure breds, mixes, rescues and their people! the goal here is to pump photos out into the mainstream that educate, that show happy, healthy dogs!

Let’s get their reputation and their image back. I am sick of seeing nothing but snarling, and or fighting photos all over the net, lets show the world the real pit bull! Please send your photos to apitomesblog@shaw.ca please be sure to include some details about your dog.

All photos WILL be posted, and once a week, if I get enough I will post the “Bark Out Dog Of The Week” every friday, so please share this with your friends and ask them to send it to any friends that have pit bulls as well, lets show places like Denver, Australia, and Belfast exactly what they are missing!

-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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