TV Stars!~ (I want one of those "Pit Crew" badges...)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Hector is one of Michael Vick's Pit Bulls. Since his rescue from the Vick fighting dog compound in California, he has undergone a complete transformation. No longer a menace, under the caring and knowledgeable guidance of Andrew 'Roo' Yori, he is not only a loving pet...but a Therapy Dog.
Traveling on our special invitation from New York, meet the dog who shows us what love and second chances are all about. This is the first time a Michael Vick dog has visited Indiana."
More Information: PetPals.tv
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Getting Your Dog Started On The Path To Becoming a Therapy Dog
by Patch O' Pits Therapy Dogs on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 12:13pm
If you'd like to have your dog become a therapy dogs it all revolves first around a dog that has a good "rock solid" temperament, working ability, and a great love and tolerance for all sorts of people. After that, it's a ton of socialization and basic obedience and then from there a lot distraction training work and exposing her to many different types of equipment, environments, and situations.
Some orgs require a CGC and some don't. But is is always nice to have a CGC especially with a bully breed like the APBT just to show what great dogs they are. Some insurance companies will also give you a discount if the dog has one which is another plus. Just remember the CGC is NOT a therapy dog test. Some dogs who pass it actually may not be able to pass therapy dog testing. It is just another tool along the way.
Here is a link to info about it:
When you think your dog is ready you can choose to test from one of a variety of different orgs.
I have links to a few organizations on the links part of my Patch O' Pits Therapy Dogs facebook page. On there, I also have a TON of stuff written up in older posts if you have time to scroll down and in the notes section. Feel free to drop by the page to ask more questions.
Here is a note on what it takes to be a therapy dog/handler team:
You can also post any questions you have here and I'll gladly answer. Another option is to go onto APBT Network University where I put a lot of that same info in easier format, but you have to make a quick account to sign into the site. Here is the link: http://www.ukcpitbull.com/edu2/
Look around and ask questions I'm here to help and there are a lot of other knowledgeable people on this page who are very helpful too. Let me know if you need more info or specifics on any aspect of it.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
To reiterate what I put up in comments on YouTube:
There are no bad dogs. Just bad people, as so MANY of the fucknutz on this thread demonstrate with no apparent modesty.
The dog which inflicts the MOST bites on people is the Dachshund;cockers are in the top five, as are Goldies.
Breed-restrictive legislation is aimed at the owners of the "stigmatized" dogs, to exclude "undesireable" people, not the dogs themselves.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Shamelessly, Cut & Pasted from "The Bark." Yippeeee for Parfait and bunn-friends!
As you can imagine, we get loads of fabulous dog images from Bark readers—handsome, adorable, funny and inspiring dogs of every stripe. But when Parfait arrived over the transom, we stopped in our tracks: Who is this recovering beauty with a harem of rabbits?
A little more than a month ago, Parfait was a feral, starving dog living on the streets of North St. Louis, a neighborhood known for dog fighting. She was found trying to keep her newborn pups warm in the cold and snow; they had already frozen to death. She was also near death, due to an infection from an embedded collar that was strangling her.
“She was originally saved by Randy Grim of Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Randy has spent many years going out daily to feed and save the suffering street dogs in his city. I admire him greatly,” says Janice Wolf of Rocky Ridge Refuge in North Central Arkansas. “I named her Parfait because she needed a sweet name to reflect her nature, especially being a Pit Bull off the streets.”
Wolf continues, “I specialize in helping animals with special needs and medical [issues], and at the holidays I always try to take on a special case for another rescue to help them out. When I learned of Parfait … I offered to bring her to my refuge.” A friend volunteered to drive her the five hours to Rocky Ridge.
“She was initially quite shy, but soon came around with the help of my other dogs,” Wolf says. “She is a young girl, no more than 18 months old. She will have no handicaps really. She does have a severe neck wound with a lot of scar tissue there, and will never be able to wear a collar. Her voice is a little funny because of it too. If I can figure a way to get the funds, I am going to see about having the vet reduce and modify the excess scar tissue to make a smoother and less restricted skin area there. Otherwise a healthy, smart girl that will be up for adoption.”
For now, Parfait is keeping company with a menagerie. She met the bunnies a few days before Wolf took the photo she sent to us. She has also cuddled with lambs and chicks. Check out more of the multi-species healing at Rocky Ridge in our slideshow.
“I don't know that there is an 'advantage' per say in having all the species together, it just kinda has to be this way here due to lack of space to do it differently!,” Wolf told us when we asked about her crazy-mixed-up soup of a refuge. “I love that the many different species do form a family and look out for each other though. For the most part it works amazingly well and some odd relationships have developed.”
She is careful to respect individual boundaries and tolerances, and she doesn't expect every animal to automatically love every other critter. Some of her rescued dogs will not safely live with fawns or lambs or chicks, due to their breed prey drive or past experiences.
Wolf, who is writing a children's book about Parfait to raise money for her refuge, told us she’s been rescuing animals since she was a child. She says, “There’s nothing better!”
Visit Rocky Ridge Refuge’s Facebook Fanpage to learn more about the refuge and to follow Parfait. Also, check out Bark’s story about Gateway Pet Guardians, a grassroots rescue group caring for the strays of East St. Louis, across the Mississippi River from where Parfait was discovered.