Gilligan Jane Berkey
The Skipper Diane Jessup
The Professor Dr Nicholas Dodman
Mary Anne Drayton Michaels
Ginger Jean Donaldson
Mr Howell Ian Dunbar
Mrs Howell was tragically killed by a falling coconut.
DIANE JESSUP enjoys an unusually comfortable position as pit bull "expert". JESSUP is universally admired by all pit bull owners (except the game-dogger demographic). she has written books, trained sniffer dogs for the police, worked as an animal control officer and unlike her good friend KRIS CRAWFORD, she is not a deranged felon. Diane is in a unique position to lie and exaggerate with absolute authority. it seems no one ever questions her integrity or "expertise", until now.
let's take a closer look at DRAYTON MICHAELS' exaggerations first. this documentary, as best that i can tell, is at least one year old.
DRAYTON MICHAELS says: "DIANE has been working with pit bull dogs for over 30 years."
DIANE JESSUP says: "Having worked with the American pit bull breed for 25 years..." 9/1/10
DRAYTON adds a minimum of 6 awe inspiring years to her resume, twice the number of years he has been a dog trainer.
DRAYTON MICHAELS says: "She has authored many books on pit bulldogs."
amazon.com says: Jessup has authored three books, actually two books. i am not sure that a novel about a talking pit bull counts as anything other than bathroom reading material.
DRAYTON redefines 'many' to further inspire the gullible masses.
DRAYTON MICHAELS says: "She is also a former animal control officer of 20 years."
DIANE JESSUP says (in public): "I have watched with horror while misinformation, downright mistruths and ignorant statements have come out of Skeldon's office. This guys is a train wreck. THANK YOU to this group for standing up to this kind of abuse of office. I was an animal control officer for 20 years, and Skeldon makes me ashamed. I now train and donate detection dogs to law enforcement. Because of the breeds I use, I would never consider donating one to Lucas County. Please get someone with some professinalism in this position. Thank you."
(Jessup adding her 2¢ to the war on Tom Skeldon)
DIANE JESSUP says (in private): "Could she maybe ditch a few of the dogs and then sneak them back in a month or so? Believe me, AC doesn't check back."
(this is JESSUP helping someone continue to violate animal law in tacoma. this is her "expert" response to a woman who has been cited for dog at large and told by animal control that she is over the legal limit with 6 dogs and 4 cats and she has to get rid of some.)
i can't really fault DRAYTON here, i doubt that he follows JESSUP as closely as i do.
as you saw above, pit bull advocates have two personas. the one they share with the public and the one they share with each another.
here's my favorite "just between you, me and the fence post" pit nutter comment. this is the pit bull expert DIANE JESSUP on the ATTS:
"Would just like to mention that anyone entering with an American pit bull should keep in mind that the passing states are used to our advantage the past few years. Every failing dog takes us down a notch - so make sure you enter sound dogs! Thanks!" 3/31/08
(woops, looks like that link has been killed. not to worry.)
click to view it at 100%.
what is really pathetic about this comment is not just that she knows these scores are skewed and she encourages people to skew them even further (ie CHEAT) but with her knowledge of dogs, particularly in the protection sports, she KNOWS that it is unfair to compare the ATTS scores of pit bulls, german shepherds, malinois, dobies and rottweilers to the ATTS scores of border collies, labs, dachshunds, cockers and chihuahuas. it's apples to oranges, plain and simple.
DIANE JESSUP states publicly that she admires pit bulls for their loyalty, stability, sensitivity, eager to please, never say die attitude but then names them:
Crazy Kate, Dread, Grim, Maulie, Bad, Freakshow, Amp, and Hellboy. she gets a vanity plate for her van that says "1BADPIT", has a "firstname.lastname@example.org" email address and promotes insulting t-shirts like this