Friday, December 9, 2016

Emaciated Dog Blacks

The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a great organization that focuses their work on saving and caring for abused or neglected animals. They go into the most disgusting places to save animals; and many times the animals don't trust them and react harshly. Even though they know the risk of their job, it doesn't stop them from helping one bit. Awhile ago the Gwent police called RSPCA after they had busted a man for drug related conditions. The police stated that there was a dog in very poor condition that they needed to pick up. When their team got there the had to cover their noses and mouths because the smell was that unbearable due to the week's worth of dog urine and faeces all over the house. His name was Blacks, an 18 month old brindle greyhound. They were able to coax him out of the house where they then got a good look at him. In the article they wrote, “He was shaking, timed and very unsteady on his feet. Shockingly every bone in his body was protruding including his ribs, hips, spine and backbone.”. He weighed only 32 pounds when a normal male greyhound should weigh anywhere from 60 to 88 pounds. This poor dog was barely ½ the weight he should have been. Luckily this dog had a great appetite, and was ready to eat as soon as he could. Within just one month he was up to 50 pounds.

There's nothing more that I love then a happy ending; and luckily this story has one. I can't imagine owning an animal and neglecting them as so. People can be so irresponsible it's unbelievable. Just in the past 10 years the Animal Legal Defense Fund has found that 30% of their cases go back to animal neglect. The owner of this dog tried to tell the po;lice that his friend was supposed to be watching his dog; but then couldn't identify who his friend exactly was. With all evidence going against the man, he was found guilty. He faced four weeks imprisonment and wan no longer allowed to have an animal for 10 years. More stories like this should be told so people will be too scared to neglect their animals and instead give them up. Blacks was renamed Dash and with his new home he's happier than ever.

Negative Image and Stereotypes towards pit bulls.

Guest blogger this week is Liana Hetticher.

The way a dog is raised is the way the dog will act. “According to the ASPCA, 1.2 million dogs in shelters are euthanized each year. Different studies show that 800,000 to 1 million of these are pit bulls.” People often blame the dog its behavior when in all actuality, it is the owner and trainer you should be blaming. If a pit bull, or any dog for that matter, are raised in a friendly and safe environment, then the dog will not see a need for aggression unless shown otherwise.

In Montreal, Canada, a city wide ban on pit bulls was put into place. A new city council meeting was organized for December 14th, 2016. In this meeting they will discuss the ban that was put in place, and instead, discuss bylaws.

This is a list of the top ten “dangerous” dogs. Notice that number one is a pit bull. Pits’ are often identified as the most dangerous and vicious dogs, most of the time, they are actually very temperamental and loving dogs. They have to be raised correctly though; just like any other dog. The last dog on this list is an Akita, they are equally as loving if raised right. Stop blaming the dog and take a step back to observe the owner’s behavior.

Before you get a dog, especially a dog with a hyper personality. Do not get a dog of this breed, and just expect it to behave and get along with every dog and person it meets. You need to socialize your pit bull, you need to reward more than reprimand, as a puppy, they only have about a 5 second attention span. Try and reward and praise your pit bull as a puppy and their good behavior will continue on into adulthood where they will mellow out, within one to two(1-2) years of age.  

The problem is not the breed, the problem is the owner/trainer. If you raise a pit bull to be aggressive, if you purposely dock their ears to look “badass” as many would say, if you hit, talk down, and reprimand your dog more than you reward it, you will have a very aggravated dog on your hands. If you nurture your dog, if you love and show affection, if you reward and redirect instead of reprimand when an accident happens or it does something wrong, you will have an understanding dog to work with. Pit bulls are very smart animals, they will understand what you are saying, they understand the tone of your voice. They want to please you, they crave your affection. Your dog may just be a small aspect in your life, but to them, you are your dog’s entire world. They rely solely on you for comfort, food, safety, and love. If you fail to love your dog, your dog will fail to love in life.

Passion Post: Pit Bulls
Something that drives me crazy is the way that people can be afraid of certain dog breeds. Many people say that pitbulls are vicious dogs who can't control their tempers because they've been bred to fight. It doesn't work that way. That's like saying every generation of your family. Or my family, all have the same temper and all have the same amount of aggression. Just because one dog was raised to fight doesnt mean its puppies will grow up and want to fight also. It's in the way you raise a dog that makes all the difference. As a owner, it's your job to teach them right from wrong. All puppies love to chew and bite but if you reprimand them they will soon realize it's wrong; it's the same process of potty training them. Animals want to be loved just like any other creature; and that's exactly what they deserve. There are 12 states who have wanted and tried to ban pit bulls, when the real problem is actually the owner. I have 3 pitbulls and they are the sweetest, most loving dogs you could wish for. Now of course they are protective, just as every good dog should be. They are only aggressive when they need to be and that's because they were raised right. If a dog attacks you, you must have been doing something wrong; or maybe it's just how the dog was raised. It's wrong of us to blame this problem on one breed of dogs like they can't be controlled when I’m sitting here saying they can. Not only am I saying they can but they are, in many homes and families. For dogs to loose their lives due to uneducated and careless owners who didn't take the time to train them is wrong. We need to take a stand and educate instead of euthanasia, and teach rather than remove.
Passion Post: Animal Abuse
By, Rickiyah McGrady

One thing I don't understand is how people can abuse animals. How can anyone look into the big sweet eyes of a innocent animal who just wants to be loved and physically hurt them? I feel as thought it's almost our duty to care and love for them. If they could speak to us things would be different; but since they can't it's up to us to be their voice. After all, they were here long before we were and we practically took what they had to call home. Humans are such invasive species and we build and build with no concern of the other species around us. Our population is growing at an exponential rate and we are doing nothing to slow it down. There is only one earth and to take everything like it's ours without realizing were hurting other species is so very wrong of us. We will use nearly any animals as profit and many times do not think of them as living beings. We put them in small cages and tanks they can barely move around in, just to put on a show. We pay to watch these animals suffer when we know where they really belong and that we’re wrong to enjoy is. We still do it.  Humans take advantage of the resources we are so lucky to have and don't give it a second thought. Can you sit for a minute and just think, how sad would it be to have children and have them never get the chance to ever see a giant panda, or a polar bear, or even a rhino, just because we are so wrapped up with our own agendas and we don't care what we take out, or what we have to do to get what we want. It's time for the human race to wake up and realize it's not all about us, and if we want to continue to think that way then our time on earth will be shortened.