list of things I have said to the dogs in the past half hour
“Skylie, no, don’t eat the sauerkraut!”
“do you need to pee or did you just want to stand outside?”
“what’s Q doing? it doesn’t involve you, that’s what she’s doing! yes!”
“who wants to do laundry?!”
“that’s a dishwasher, skylar, not a door.” (the concept of “door” is difficult for her.)
“Beckie, look, little dogs.” (she likes animal noises and watching their movement, so I put nature programs on netflix instant for her sometimes. her favorite is the bird noises episode of Life of Birds.)
dogs make everything more exciting and also increase embarassing behavior by 60%.
okay basically today, north carolina is making it legal to kill a dog of a certain breed
after it has stayed in the shelter for 72 hours
the dogs that fall under this “breed ban” it won’t even get the chance to be adopted
if the owner brings in the dog it will immediately be killed
the breeds in the “ban” are “bullies” ie: Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Pitbulls, Mastiffs, Akitas and Huskies
and reblog the shit out of this.
as someone with ties to animal sheltering, there is some misinformation in this post and it replies to it that should be addressed.
first: this was not a statewide proposal. it was for Cumberland County, North Carolina’s county animal shelter only.
second: the plan has now been dropped. there is no immediate danger.
third, and most importantly: an adoption ban is, despite the name, a death sentence for dogs who enter shelters who employ the bans. these dogs are very unlikely to be transferred to another shelter, or sent to breed rescue. not all county shelters are the same, but many of them are strapped for money and time. there is not a lot of incentive for them to go above and beyond their outlined duties.
this is all a moot point, however, when you consider that across the U.S., pit bulls account for an average 29% of all dog intakes at shelters. that’s on the rise, by the way: in 2003 they were already at an average of 23% of surrendered dogs. they also make up an average of 60% of the dogs euthanised in shelters in 2010. the dogs in cumberland county were only the most visible victims of an overpopulation crisis in pit bulls.
if you are reading this and are concerned about the welfare of these dogs: are you helping provide low-cost spay and neuter to pet owners in need? are you supporting your local shelter? did you adopt your dog? are you breeding the dogs that will be put down in shelters in 2012? now that you’ve signed the petition or reblogged a post about it, what are you going to do?
what are you going to do to help the dogs and their owners when the cameras are off?
aquire one pit bull mix (approximately $25 at county animal control shelter). provide with good-quality food, positive reinforcement-based training, and love. reap the rewards of your now only slightly weird looking dog.
from The Bark magazine. I can’t wait to live somewhere that I can do the landscaping for myself- I’m not too concerned about decorative plants (I’d prefer native plants, anyway), but I’d love to have raised garden plots and someday install a dog swimming pond.