Sometimes, I just have to share stories that bring a tear to the eye.
Josh Kelly’s service dog, Cletis, would accompany him to classes in Geology at Idaho State University. The young man, who suffered from seizures, was due to graduate this year. Sadly, he passed away in February.
However, Cletis attended the graduation ceremony for Josh. Cletis is a Pit Bull, by the way!
DoggyMom.com and Canine Catering do not support breed specific legislation in any form!
Rescue groups often put photos and videos online to showcase key cases and the good work they do. Every now and then, though, there will be a video that is particularly well done and with a success at the end.
As we reach the end of another week (yes, it’s Friday!)…here’s a story of a Pit Bull and her chance at a better life thanks to Hope for Paws:
Whoopee! (or should I say ‘woof woof’). This week the White House put out an official statement concerning its position on breed specific legislation. And it’s great news…
“We don’t support breed-specific legislation — research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.
In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it’s virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.
The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren’t deterred by breed regulations — when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.
For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation — which they call inappropriate. You can read more from them here.
As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that’s a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners.”
Ginger Girl is one of the ex-fighting Pit Bulls saved from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels and rehabilitated. She lives in a loving home.
Pit bulls are often the subject of breed specific legislation; yet they are very sweet dogs capable of much affection and devotion.