Friday, November 23, 2007

Home for the holidays

Wink and Rocky, originally uploaded by kfoz.

I'm in PA for a few days with my family, which means that Rocky is here too. Rocky (the dog in this photo) is my sister's dog, and is featured in "The Odd Couples" in my new book Dogs I Have Met. With him in this photo is Doodle (aka Wink) the cat he's obsessed with and loves to lick. She doesn't seem so pleased, does she?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Sula screens "An American Opera" at the St. Louis Film Festival

Since we moved in September, Sula's been having extreme separation anxiety--not just from me, but also from total strangers. She became distraught when strangers left the house after spending an hour working on the phone line. So I took her with me to a screening of the documentary "An American Opera" at the St. Louis Film Fest. This was her first time at a film festival, and I am pretty sure she was the first pit bull to ever attend. I was unsure of what she'd think of sitting in a movie theater with lots of people. But she had a blast, scampered up and down the aisle kissing people before the show, kissing people who passed during the screening, etc. Then she went on stage to join me for a panel discussion afterwards. This made her a bit nervous--lots of flash photography, amplified voices, etc. But eventually she curled up between me and the founder of Kinship Circle. And by the time we got in the car to go back to our fancy hotel room, she was ready to collapse.

Of course, there was an evil troublemaker stalking us in the hotel lobby every time we passed through. A miniature Schnauzer that lunged and snapped and had owners who couldn't be bothered to look up from their coffee.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

PETA continues to exploit pit bulls

It is always interesting to see how some animal rights organizations exploit the very animals they claim to be saving. With PETA, the situation is even more absurd--they exploit the image of pit bulls, even while endorsing breed bans and the wide-spread euthanizing of the breed. And yet they continue to use photos of pit bulls almost exclusively in their solicitations for contributions. I hear from people every week who have been duped into thinking that PETA supports all animals. This week is no different--a reader sent me the latest holiday solicitation from PETA and two of the three dogs featured are pit bulls.

In the past, when this issue comes up, PETA always insists that they didn't say this or that, or that the information being quoted is out of date. Yet just yesterday on Tampa's Fox affiliate, Laura Brown of PETA stated that the dogs need to be banned in order to protect them from abuse. The same insane logic I quote in The Dogs Who Found Me.