Saturday, April 08, 2006

Two for one at Amazon...and Books A Million too!

UPDATE: The deals at Amazon and Books A Million are still valid, but they are out of stock on the book. You can still order it, but if you want the book soon, I suggest paying a little more at Barnes and Noble.

Thanks to Terry Gross, The Dogs Who Found Me is selling like hotcakes or something. At Amazon it has been between #30 and #40 for the past couple of days. Because of this high ranking, they have discounted it by 40%, to $7.77. So for a little over $15.00 you can get two copies. Not to be out-done or undersold, Books a Million has now lowered the price by 42% to $7.50. I mention this because I know a number of people seem to be buying it for their friends or their rescue group or whatever, so this is an amazing deal, and frankly, I don't know how Amazon makes any money on it.

You'll also notice that Amazon says "ships in 9-14 days." This isn't quite true. I've been told there will be plenty of copies by Tuesday. Barnes and Noble and Books A Million claim to have copies ready to ship today.

Of course, you can also order it through your local bookstore, or one of the other links below.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Petey from Our Gang


Petey from Our Gang
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
I mentioned Petey from Our Gang on the radio, as well as Buster Brown, so of course I'm getting mail telling me I'm all wrong. Actually, I've only gotten a message from one person, anonymously, who says that Petey wasn't a pit, he was an American Bulldog. Of course, the big problem with breed legislation is that no one knows what a pit bull is, so sometimes it is an American bulldog, sometimes a Staffordshire, etc.

Petey's owner called him an American bull terrier. Which is another made up designation. (If I'm wrong, please let me know, but I haven't found "American bull terrier" in any formal breed listing.) The dog (or dogs) that played Petey look fairly pit-ish to me, and much smaller than an American Bulldog.

Of course, the person who wrote in about this designation also claimed that I was talking about the RCA dog. I wasn't. If memory serves that was a jack russell or something. This person also says that Valentino couldn't have been an 85 pound pit bull. Well, most pit bulls are around 50 pounds, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some large variations, particularly since there isn't a breed standard.

What concerns me most about this anonymous poster is that he/she says that they didn't support breed legislation until they got an American Bulldog. Now they love the dog but think they should be banned.

Hello?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mr. Brando Foster


Mr. Brando Foster
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
If you are looking for Brando and the other dogs, you can find them throughout the archives here, or go to The Dogs Who Found Me website. You can also find some gorgeous shots of Brando, Zephyr and Sula at Cami Johnson's website Old Yeller's Revenge.

If you are looking for the book, try Powell's, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books A Million, Booksmith, Cody's, Book Passage, Shaman Drum or your favorite local store.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fresh Air Thursday April 6th

My interview with Terry Gross airs tomorrow, Thursday April 6th. Check your local listings, or listen online at www.whyy.org/freshair.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Cingular Wireless still sucking the life out of desperate New Orleans residents

This past weekend, after I was in a car accident on I-10, I sat alongside the road trying to call 911. Of course, this was futile, because I'm still subscribing to Cingular wireless, and as readers of this blog know, they have some kind of unwritten policy against providing working service to anyone in New Orleans. Okay, maybe it isn't a policy. Maybe they are just inept. But the problem has been going on for quite a while--five months--and at first they tried lying to everyone and saying that no one was having any problems. In December they convinced me that buying a new phone would do the trick. Of course, this also required a new contract. When the phone didn't work, they insisted I swap it for another, and when that didn't work, they tried to refuse to allow me to return it. Today I called to report the problem reaching 911. Silence on the other end of the phone, like they weren't sure why I thought that was a problem. They told me that there are no problems in the area. Funny, I said, last week I was told that there WERE problems and had been for months, but they didn't know when they would be repaired. In either case, they refuse to let me out of the contract, refuse to give their names, and claim they have no obligation to fix the problem. Today I discovered that they want to hold me to the NEW contract, that I only signed in order to get the new non-working phone that I have long since returned. They put me on hold to call to confirm that it had been returned, and then we were disconnected. Whenever I call we are disconnected or they cannot hear me, but this isn't sufficiennt evidence that there is a problem. I waited, thinking they would call back. No call. I called, and the records indicated that the previous manager HAD called me back. Funny, I said, the phone didn't ring. I guess that means my phone doesn't work. Or that Cingular employs a bunch of incompetent liars. Or both.

Monday, April 03, 2006

TJ and The Dogs Who Found Me


tj and the dogs who found me
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
I spent the afternoon of March 26 signing books at the Lousiana SPCA's Dog Day Afternoon, where I met many very happy, friendly pit bulls. One of them, TJ, took a seat in the shade next to a giant poster of Sula. Notice that TJ (aka Trap Jack) is nearly as big as the wildly enlarged Sula.

TJ was a foster dog with the LA-SPCA, but like many pits I know, he managed to convince Emily, his foster mom, that she really didn't need to find him another home. Pit bulls are like that. Just ask Sula.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

A note from our Canadian friends: Tom and Rocky Price

Some people have been asking about Rocky, the 8 year old supposed pit bull who is going to be put to sleep in Ontario because someone is worried that he looks like a pit bull. Can Rocky be moved? I emailed his owner and got this response:

Yes there are quite a few rescue groups in Canada that have offered to move Rocky. There have also been offers from a few neighbors to the south of us. Currently, it is quite easy to move Rocky somewhere else in Canada, because only Ontario has the Pit Bull ban. Some other provinces have dangerous dog policies, while others insist upon insurance for pit bulls.

If you are following the Canadian problem, one of our top Constitutional lawyers will be arguing the Ontario ban, at the Ontario Supreme Court, on May 15& 16/06. It is no secret, if the court upholds the Ontario ban, the flood gates will open. I'll go as far as to say within the year, all provinces will have pit bull bans. There will be a lot of dogs put down, or we'll be looking for lots of rescues from our friends to the south. We expect to hear something by the end of June from the courts.

The real problem is the other 45 breeds that have that similar bull look + all the mix breed, and all the poor things such as Rocky, which nobody has a clue about. Yes, Rocky could be pure Staffordshire (It appears highly unlikely) he could be part Staff, or he could have no Staff at all. But because he has that bull look, he is automatically deemed to be of the Pit Bull variety. This is the fight I'm having. There is just no scientific way to say one way
or the other, so let's base it on the fact that in 9 years he's never been in trouble with the law, not suddenly he looks like a Pit Bull.


Our next step is an Appeal to full council to over turn the designation on April 24th, which is why I've sent all the email addresses. We need to flood these guys with emails to prove we are tired of this, and we are not the small minority they refer to us as. 50,000 - to a quad zillion emails are needed so please spread those addresses around.

If this Appeal is unsuccessful (which is pretty much a given)then it's off to court we are going, and a stay of Rocky's death sentence should be granted. If not he'll be moved.

I hope this was helpful to you, and once again I'd like to thank you for your support and efforts.


He also supplied the following email addresses for anyone who wants to write in:

John Smola (Chairman of Dog legislation Committee)
john.smola@city.kitchener.on.ca

Mike Galloway micheal.galloway@city.kitchener.on.ca

John Gazzola john.gazzola@city.kitchener.on.ca

Christina Weylie Christina.weylie@city.kitchener.on.ca

Geoff Lorentz geoffl@city.kitchener.on.ca

Carl Zehr (Mayor) mayor@city.kitchener.on.ca