Picture it: Sicily, 1922. Nope, sorry — Western New York, this past October. Niles and I are walking at the park. I like to walk the dogs at the park because it’s pretty much one flat space that allows me to see potential issues before they’re on top of us. Typically, there aren’t any loose … More Maybe you’re the tool
Owning a pit bull is an inherently political thing. This shouldn’t be news to anyone, because living is political. As Chuck Wendig said: “Politics is a thing we’re all swimming in. It’s not outside us, held to the purview of politicians. If you don’t notice politics or don’t want to deal with it, you’re just … More Pit bull political
Last week, I finally forced myself to read the Washington Post’s exposé of the animal rescue industry, particularly as it relates to rescues paying for animals. If you haven’t read it or you’re not familiar at all with the practice, I encourage you to read the story first, as I’ll be referencing certain points without … More How much for that doggy in the auction?
Remember last month when I got a little mean about puppy applications? I was frustrated with people thinking that raising a dog from puppyhood would guarantee them the adult dog they’ve always wanted. I stand by everything I said in that post, but I wouldn’t have guessed the universe was organizing a real-life example of … More Clear eyes, open minds, can’t lose
If you’ve been reading along for a while, you’ve probably seen me refer to Niles and Celia as “reactive” dogs. If you don’t know what a reactive dog is, it’s basically a dog who overreacts to certain things; most commonly, it means a dog who barks, growls and lunges at people or other dogs. For … More Diary of a Reactive Dog, part 1
I’m going to confess right off the bat that this post is not coming from a place of altruistic knowledge-sharing. I’m a little bitter. I shouldn’t be, but I am. For the past two weeks, we’ve had white moms climbing over each other to apply for this litter of puppies we got in. Seriously, our application … More You don’t know what you’re getting
“Now, your dogs are full pit, right?” This is a question I get pretty often. Most of the time it’s our friends asking out of simple curiosity, and there’s no harm in that. One time a guy and his wife pulled over as I was walking Nelson to ask if he had papers. If you … More Breed profile: American Heinz 57