Pit Bulls on parade

Yesterday I dropped by a fun adoption event called Pit Bulls on Parade, presented by Bullseye Dog Rescue and held at Issaquah, Washington’s Riverdog Canine Coaching.

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And while I didn’t particularly see any parading Pit Bulls, nor any Pit Bulls in cute red wagons like in the picture above, I saw some of the sweetest dogs around. Dogs that get a bad rap. Dogs that need our help to stand up against BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) that bans Pit Bulls just because of their incorrectly perceived temperament .

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Pit Bulls are not bad dogs. No dog is inherently bad. People? People can train dogs to do bad things. People can be intentionally stupid. So, as the graphic shows above, if anything were to be banned, it should be the stupid people and not any breed of dog. Now that is legislation I can get behind!

End of rant and on to the pictures!

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I’m a sucker for a dog in a tutu, what can I say.

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This was a very kissy Pit Bull!

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An awesome display of pictures from Bullseye Dog Rescue.

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Handsome smiley boy.

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Such a demure girl in the shade.

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This Pit must have been parading, because he was tired and had to lay down to take a break.

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Someone needed to tell this guy they had shave ice for pups over by the swimmy pools.

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And speaking of swimmy pools – this Pit sure knew how to splash up some waves!

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So many happy faces on the Pit Bulls I saw…it’s like they knew the party was in their honor!

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And lastly, a Standard Poodle with pink hair rocking a “Honorary Pit Bull” shirt. Way to show support!

 

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Walking for the Animals – Go, Team DogSplendor!

DogSplendor is SO excited to be heading up a team for this year’s Seattle Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals. The walk takes place on Sunday, September 23rd, at University Village in Seattle, with FidoFest at the same location immediately afterwards.

Here is how YOU can help:

1) Join us!  Click here to join the DogSplendor walk team.

2) Consider making a donation of any size to help shelter dogs that aren’t as fortunate as your own. Your donation can help fund the important life-saving programs at Seattle Humane including community services like the Pet Food Bank for older and low income families, dog training classes, the Visiting Pet Friends program where animals and volunteers visit convalescent homes, educational programs, and free or low cost spay and neuter programs for the community.

Thank you in advance for your help with this important cause!

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Feed the Need

Hey you, over on Facebook. Yeah, you know who you are. Clicking around, liking all your friend’s pictures, making snarky comments, seeing if your former high school classmates got fat and/or divorced, and  procrastinating from work and whatnot.

Well, what if you used Facebook for good?

Natural Balance Pet Foods (the one started by Dick Van Patten – totally the dad I wished I had growing up watching Eight is Enough, but I digress) is teaming up with Angels in Fur Dog Rescue to donate one pound of dog food for each new “LIKE” on the Natural Balance Facebook page.

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Seriously folks, click their “Like” button by August 31 and dogs get some food.

Feed the need!

Oh, and while you’re feeding stuff…

Feed my ego and “Like” the DogSplendor Facebook page too, will ya? I promise there is awesome stuff over there. You know, the kind of stuff you can share on your own Facebook page and all your friends will like you that much more. So, basically “Liking” the DogSplendor Facebook page, and sharing its content, is guaranteed to make you 100% more likable to your friends! Can’t beat that!

 

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Senior Pups

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We envision a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. -The Grey Muzzle Organization

Last weekend I had the pleasure of learning about The Grey Muzzle Organization, and speaking with one of their volunteers. And now that I know of the great work they do, I want to make sure you do, too!

The issue:

It’s hard to comprehend the fact that often older dogs are surrendered to shelters when signs of old age appear, or extra care is required. The same people who were overjoyed by a young puppy, can become intolerant of the needs of their senior pet. Sometimes a family is legitimately not able to afford a senior dog’s care, and seek a new home, but often the dogs are just abandoned.

A solution:

The Grey Muzzle Organization is a non-profit group that raises funds to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs. The organization is able to provide grants to carefully chosen shelters, rescue organizations and the like that often have a hard time placing dogs over a certain age. The grants help build programs across the country that are specific to senior dogs, or form new non-profits that address the special needs of senior dogs.

While the organization’s main focus is homeless dogs, they also provide  multiple resources to help guardians be better prepared to care for their senior pet in the home. The Grey Muzzle Organization states its values as:

  1. We believe old dogs contribute positively to our quality of life and have much to teach us about patience, respect, responsibility, loyalty and unconditional love.
  2. We believe every senior dog deserves to live out their golden years, months, weeks or even days in a place of love, security and peace.
  3. We believe dogs are not a disposable commodity; rather, they depend on us to care for them through all stages of their lives.
  4. We believe at times it is appropriate to make an end-of-life decision based on a deteriorating quality of life or if the dog is harmful to itself or others.
  5. We believe in working with diverse organizations from across the country that share our fundamental values.
  6. We believe in honest and open decision making that allows us to be accountable to our donors and the organizations we support.
  7. We believe in providing educational support, advocacy, and sharing of best practices for those who support senior dogs.

I hope hearing about The Grey Muzzle Organization has helped you see senior dogs in a different light. If you’d like to learn how you can help their efforts, click here.

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