Sunday, March 02, 2008

News cameras catch me making out with a pit bull

Yesterday was the first clinic sponsored by The Sula Foundation. I had no idea what to expect. In fact, one of the things that kept delaying my starting this organization was that sense of not knowing. Then I just decided to go ahead and figure it out as we went. I filed the paperwork with the state in January. Opened the checking account in February. Found a space in the lower ninth and made flyers, then borrowed some educational materials from Bad Rap and Animal Farm Foundation to hand out.

But getting the media to promote the event was another story. As with my pit bull party last fall, I couldn't get anyone to report what we were doing. Pit bulls biting people are news. Pit bulls getting vaccinated and trained by their families is not news. Or that's what it seemed. On Friday, one of the local stations announced the clinic, but deleted the words "pit bull" so it seemed that it was a clinic for all dogs.

So I decided we'd have to wait for the next time to really get the word out.

I showed up at the site to set up at about 11:45, and there was a family already there with their one year old pit bull. A few minutes later, WDSU showed up and started filming. When the pit bull approached me and began licking my entire head, the camera man said "This is amazing!" They interviewed all of us, and got footage of the dog getting his shots. I was completely flustered and illiterate, because I had put the idea so far out of my head.

Later I called the station to make sure they had my contact info and would share it along with our plans for more clinics and spay/neuter services. That's when I learned that they were running the piece as a feature on Sunday evening's show. I'll post photos when I get them later!

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