Thursday, October 05, 2006
Another unpredictable pit bull...
Actually, Nadine, who lives in Ohio, has no problems at all. Her owner, who is studying to be a vet, writes: Your experiences picking up strays mirror my own very much. I have watched 10 or 15 people pass a stray as though she wasn't there before I just led her away, put her in the car and took her home. I also thought you gave amateur dog rescuers excellent advice throughout the text.
I am a pre-veterinary student at Ohio State. I hope to dedicate my first few years as a vet to a pit bull rescue group, helping with things like spay/neuter, vaccinations and general pit bull education. I am a loud but friendly advocate for these guys. I want my dog to be a good example. Every time I am out with my dog (which is often, she goes everywhere with me) is a chance for me to give someone a small bit of truth about pits. They see my well-trained, healthy, happy pit and they say "what kind of dog is that" I proudly say "she is a very nice pit bull, don't believe what you hear about them, there are lots of good ones out there"
My mom also has a pit. Her name is Priscilla and she is a therapy dog. Certified with CGC, HOPE and DELTA. She goes into hospitals and nursing homes with my mom as her handler (one might speculate that this is who I inherited my insane animal obsession from). Priscilla has even scored a few appearances with the local news in Richmond, VA. After news of a pit bull attack, my mom contacted our local station and they interviewed her with Priscilla about her therapy work. NBC 12 called her "an ambassador for the breed".