Wednesday, December 30, 2009

pit nutter of the month: steve markwell - rescue angel, lion tamer, child of the universe, and a good candidate for B12 intervention

steve markwell of the olympic animal sanctuary.

it was a tough decision that was only made easy when Idea Mensch published this piece around x-mas. markwell talks about a pit lab mix bite that he received a few months ago that broke his hand. markwell shrugs off the broken bones. he sees dog bites as an opportunity to expand his personal scar collection for the day when he meets that special girl. you know, cuz girls like scars.

markwell has a rather bizarre view of dogs and the world. he doesn't think it is fair that dogs are singled out among all other animals and not allowed to bite. he states, "Cats are allowed to bite all they want. Horses are allowed to bite and kick and stamp. A hamster can bite. But when a dog bites, we go crazy." maybe i live a sheltered life but i have never heard of cats or horses or hamsters escaping containment and going on a rampage.this man with a mission to save dangerous dogs first came to my attention when he took in SNAPS. snaps was sicced on a woman in seatac, washington when she tried to intervene on behalf of the dog who was being beaten by psychopathic teenagers. king county animal control deemed snaps unsafe to adopt out but sent him to live out the rest of his life with this dog nutter. i can't tell if markwell is crazy or stupid.

Taming dogs with a mean streak

steve markwell's kindred spirit
don't give up steve. you will get there if you try hard enough!
warning to all of you delicate youtubers about clicking on that link, it's not for sensitive viewers.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

pimping the vick dogs, ssshhh

hector is making the rounds, drumming up business for the pit nutters. hector reminded me of a couple of other vick dogs that i saw in the news.

click photo to watch video or click here.

about half way through this video:
rachel ray: "so, we are not clapping because we have a very special guest here. who is this guy?"
donna reynolds: "this is johnny justice."

at the end:
rachel ray: "i have a big surprise for you! i really love this company, dad's pet care, they're donating $20,000 to badrap. $20,000 to help save and rehabilitate these animals. and they're giving you a year's supply of better than ears snacks."
"guys if you want to learn more about badrap, how to adopt these beautiful animals or help out, please go to our website and we'll direct you. sssshhhh, we'll be back in a couple."

so, what's up with all the no applause and ssshhh? where have i seen this before? this seems really familiar? oh, yeah, now i remember...

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this is a screen grab of one of the vick dogs that went to the utah pit nutters. the caption reads: Handlers cannot explain why loud noises make Little Red jumpy.

how can a former fighting dog be ready for adoption when its environmental noise level requirements is the equivalent to a library?
doesn't rachel ray asking for money and the $20K donation from dad's pet care violate the judge's NO FUND RAISING order?

i wonder if hector required a shhhhh intro and exit at show & tell?

watch below or at badrap or on youtube.

Monday, December 21, 2009

"a really bad experience"

donna reynolds on pit bulls and dog parks:

My pit bull male is fine at dog parks (I don't know go, because I can't stand the filth, among other things)


But if you love your dog, why would you want to set him up for a really bad experience?

btw, this links to a really fascinating 13 page discussion at a cadre of elite pit nutters are attempting to redefine pit bulls, aggression and genetics.

tiny was attacked by a pit bull at a california dog park, the pit nutters ran off. tiny's owner was also bitten and is stuck with a $3000 vet bill and still tiny might not be able to walk again.

oh the horror! that poor little wiggle butt had a bad experience at the dog park. i hope pittie's fur mommy got him into counseling asap.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

good job! has exposed the deceptive practices of the utah based religious cult known as best friends sanctuary and the public relations shyster they hired to polish the pit bulls' turd of an image. ledy vankavage is now on her world wind tour promoting best friends' newly created online BSL calculator. consulted with the city attorney of council bluffs, iowa in regards to their pit bull ban which was enacted january 2005. according to don bauermeister there has only been one instance of a DNA test. "The DNA test was requested and paid for by the Defendant," he said. "The City incurred no costs on the DNA examination. The owners paid for blood draw, mailed it in and awaited the analysis."
compare that to the best friends' online BSL calculator which claims that the city's annual cost of DNA testing alone would be $8,860.

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notice the name of the url?

guerrilla economics?

Guerrilla marketing an unconventional system of promotions that relies on time, energy and imagination rather than a big marketing budget and facts. Typically, guerrilla marketing campaigns are unexpected and unconventional and misleading; potentially interactive[1]; and consumers are targeted in unexpected places.[2] The objective of guerrilla marketing is to create a unique, engaging and thought-provoking concept to generate buzz, and consequently turn viral. regardless of its actual value

this sounds much like the tactics of guerrilla warfare which utilize terrorism, ambush, sabotage and DECEPTION to defeat their enemy.

the BSL calculator will be added to the existing pit nutter arsenal of guerilla tactics such as:
  • your breed will be next
  • it's all how you raise 'em
  • there is no such thing as a pit bull
  • petey was a pit bull
  • pit bulls score higher than poodles on the ATTS
  • they were originally the nanny dog
  • first it was the GSD, then it was the doberman...
  • man biters were culled
  • your're a racist
the illinois bar association has set a mighty low standard.

be sure to read the entire blog Son of Rosie Humphreys Starts Campaign to Ban Pit Bulls in Flora

GUEST VIEWPOINT: With pit bulls, it’s time to blame the breed, not just the deed

Appeared in print: Thursday, Dec 17, 2009

On Monday, Nov. 23, I buried my beautiful, trusting, blue-eyed cat. He lived a wonderful, if brief, life. But he died a hideous death. He was savaged by a pair of marauding pit bulls that terrorized my neighborhood and killed two other pets. The cats didn’t stand a chance.

Since that terrible day, I have searched the Internet for everything I could find on pit bulls. What I found is frightening.

For example, I learned that I myself might have been mauled, if not killed. When I saw the pit bull standing over my cat’s body, I ran to them. The pit bull did not back off, but stood there staring at me. I was in shock, heartsick and furious. I was not thinking clearly. Had I tried to save my cat from him, I almost certainly would have been attacked.

Pit bulls whose attacks on pets or small children are interrupted by an owner or a parent attempting a rescue can create a classic scenario of redirected attack.

Such was the recent case in Woodburn — a woman walking her small dog was seriously mauled when she tried to save her pet from a pit bull. In Eugene, a blind woman walking her guide dog was rescued by a passer-by before she could suffer a similar fate. Her guide dog was mauled by the pit bull and will probably be useless in the future as a guide dog.

An incident near Portland illustrates this breed’s ferocity, sheer power and tenacity, as well as its high tolerance for pain. A father heard his little girl screaming in their back yard. He managed to save his child from the pit bull, but was brutally attacked himself. He and two other men, one with a baseball bat, were still struggling to subdue the dog when the ambulance arrived.

Redirected attacks are only a part of the story. The pit bull has a well-documented history of attacking human beings without provocation or warning. This includes turning on family members, often children, as well as strangers.

One study reported that more than 13 percent of pit bulls attacked their owners, compared to 2 percent of other breeds.

Many jurisdictions, including a new ordinance in Malheur County, have implemented restrictions or out-and-out bans on the pit bull. This is called breed-specific legislation, and it is hotly contested by vocal and well-organized groups comprised mainly of pit bull owners and breeders. Their motto is “blame the deed, not the breed.”

But this snappy-sounding slogan is basically meaningless. Yes, we want irresponsible owners held accountable, but without genuine measures to prevent future attacks, the problems will only increase as the population grows.

In 2009, state Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, proposed legislation that would have put a higher standard of responsibility on the pit bull owner, but after receiving a petition bearing 4,152 signatures opposed to any restriction on this breed, the bill was dropped. Of the 4,152 signatures, only 1,072 were from Oregonians!

Pit bull owners say their dogs love people and if raised right, this breed is no more dangerous than any other. Any dog, after all, can bite. (However, if a beagle is angry, you may get bitten. If a pit bull attacks, you get mauled.) They claim the pit is getting a bad rep due to the media sensationalizing the attacks. They also call the community “ignorant” and tell us to become better educated about the pit bull. I, too, believe we should educate ourselves about the nature of this potentially lethal animal that lives among us.

The history of the pit bull goes back hundreds of years to England, where their predecessors (butcher dogs) were used in bear and bull baiting. When bear and bull baiting was outlawed in the 1830s, breeders crossed this dog with English terriers for a smaller, more agile animal created specifically for dog fighting. They were bred as a weapon.

According to Ingrid Newkirk of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, “These dogs were designed specifically to fight other animals and kill them for sport. Hence the barrel chest, the thick hammer-like head, the strong jaws, their perseverance and stamina.” This is their sad history.

That these dogs are dangerous is unquestionable (see www Pit bulls account for nearly 50 percent of all human dog-related fatalities in the United States!

I therefore do not believe that pit bulls are like other dogs. Their breeding, their unpredictability, their physical strength and their strong prey drive set them apart.

Living near intimidating, dangerous dogs, and the fear they instill in residents, can destroy a neighborhood. My neighbors and I plan to address these issues before the Eugene City Council.

Oregon, so far, has been relatively lucky. But with the population growing and more pits being brought into the state, problems will only increase. I hope we can learn from the recent local incident and from what other states have done. Let’s not wait for a truly horrific attack before we act.

Betty Kang lives in Eugene with her husband and a surviving cat.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

LOL time

two pit bulls were dropped of at Dulles International Airport to be shipped overseas on Korean Air Flight 94. they arrived in separate kennels but one chewed out of its kennel and into the other dog's kennel and attacked it. police responded to the dog fight call at the Air France cargo building @ 9:40. the officers unsuccessfully tried to break up the fight rinalia style but ended up shooting the dogs.

Police did not release the name of the owner but said the investigation is continuing.

see also pit bulls on planes part 2 and pit bulls on planes part 1