While I usually write about dogs and, then, chiefly pit bulls, the L.A. Times recently ran  great piece about a champion calf roper who needed a new partner and took a chance on a rodeo washout named Bruce. It’s the kind of  feel good, ‘underdog’ (in this case, under horse?) tale that makes you want to go out and hug a steed, and maybe a cowboy. 

Bryce Runyan and ‘Bruce’

I don’t want to crow – a whole flock of the clever birds hangs around outside our condo hoping we’ll toss them some stale bread – but Cesar Millan recently posted a list of the ‘Best Dog Breeds for Kids’. Care to guess which was number nine, ahead of poodles? Here’s what he had to say about my kind: “The media pays a lot of attention to pit bull attacks – way more than other breeds – but these pups are actually great with kids as long as you do a good job of training and socializing them early. Luckily, pits are smart and highly trainable – plus they really like pleasing people. Couple that with the fact that they’re energetic, playful, and solid enough to put up with a lot of roughhousing but don’t need a whole lot of exercise and you have a wonderful dog for children. Plus, who’s going to mess with a kid who has a pit?” Since I’m on a role, a recent Instagram post from @pitbullstagram claims that, according to the American Temperament Test Society, in tests involving 400 or more dogs, pit bulls rank second in temperament (the test covers aggression, panic, avoidance, and other behavioral traits), behind only Labrador retrievers and ahead of their golden cousins. 

What, me worry? Only if we run out of margaritas!

If you follow this blog, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a super cool rescue group that sponsors the twice-annual ‘No Kill LA’ mega adoptions. Their recent newsletter contained the wonderful news that that deaths from euthanasia at L.A. County Animal Services shelters continue to plummet. The story notes that: For the fiscal year of 2014-2015, the six LAAS shelters recorded historically low killings and euthanization: 11,737. That number is a decline of 8 percent from the previous year’s number of 12,683. The overall save rate for LAAS has increased to 78.5 percent, or 88.4 percent for dogs and 68.7 percent for cats. The threshold save rate for a community to be considered “no-kill” is 90 percent. “These numbers reflect the hard work of a lot of groups and individuals coming together to save shelter pets in Los Angeles,” said Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society and one of the architect of NKLA. The next mega-adoption is right around the corner, November 7-8 at the LaBrea Tar Pits, so stop by, take home a BFF, and help make the City of Angles a ‘no kill’ zone.

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