As many of you know, Eugenie, Lou & I donate a portion of the proceeds from GIMME SHELTER to animal rescue groups. So many organizations do amazing work that we’d need another book to list them all. Instead, we’d like to give a well deserved shout out to some of our favs, like Karma Rescue, Downtown Dog Rescue, St. Martin’s Animal Foundation, Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation, Animals Advocates Alliance, Canine Adoption Rescue Leage (CARL) of Ventura, and Healthcare for Homeless Animals (formerly Malibu Pet Companions). If you have some spare Benjamins, they’d be happy to take them off your paws so that they can help more dogs like me, and Freckles, whose life was recently saved for a second time by the folks at Karma.
In keeping with our rescue theme, if you live in the Los Angeles area and you’re thinking about a rescue dog, or cat, then be sure to check out the Best Friends/No Kill LA mega-adoption this weekend Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. The popular event has a mission of turning L.A. into the nation’s largest No-Kill City by 2017, will feature more than 1,000 adoptable pets from 50 rescue groups. “Last fall, the NKLA Adoption Weekend found homes for close to 400 dogs and cats in 48 hours and we hope to beat that number this spring,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles. “Any Angeleno who is looking to adopt should check out the NKLA Adoption Weekend, as it’s the perfect venue to find your new best friend. You can even bring your dog along for a meet and greet.”
|Eugenie and Tanner @ last year’s event
Spent the morning cuddling with Tanner who was lucky to make it out of the shelter after spending seven weeks on death row. We left him resting in his bed and made our weekly stop at the Malibu Farmer’s Market, where dogs are not allowed. There was a pet adoption adjacent to the market and about half the dogs were Pits, no surprise there. One was ‘Benny’, a beautiful white boy who was also deaf. Dogs like him usually do well in homes where another dog can act as their ears and get them to follow commands. There were two Pit pups, a blue fawn with the same tan and white markings as Tanner, and a cute brindle. We have a friend will who says she wants a dog like ours and so we’re hoping that she might adopt one of them. If you know anyone who might have room for a ‘ferocious’ bundle of love and kisses, contact The Forgotten Dog Foundation at 310.990-2020, firstname.lastname@example.org, or check them out online at www.theforgottendog.org.
In other Pit Bull news, the Maryland state legislature recently passed a law declaring that all Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous:
Tracey v. Solesky, No. 53, September Term 2012, Opinion by Cathell, J.
STRICT LIABILITY ADOPTED IN RESPECT TO ATTACKS ON HUMANS BY PIT BULL DOGS AND CROSS-BRED PIT BULL DOGS.
Upon a plaintiff’s sufficient proof that a dog involved in an attack is a pit bull or a pit bull cross, and that the owner, or other person(s) who has the right to control the pit bull’s presence on the subject premises (including a landlord who has a right to prohibit such dogs on leased premises) knows, or has reason to know, that the dog is a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull, that person is liable for the damages caused to a plaintiff who is attacked by the dog on or from the owner’s or lessor’s premises. In that case a plaintiff has established a prima facie case of negligence. When an attack involves pit bulls, it is no longer necessary to prove that the particular pit bull or pit bulls are dangerous.
In practical terms, the law means that in any incident involving a Pit Bull, the owner or a or a landlord who rents to the owner of a Pit Bull will automatically be guilty of owning or harboring a ‘dangerous’ dog, exposing those people to legal liability. In all likelihood, it will making adoption of Pit Bulls much more difficult, leading to more euthanized dogs. If this rankles you (Imagine a law that said, owing to the nature of the Mafia, all Italians are inherently criminal), contact the Maryland State legislators and tell them to reconsider their prejudicial, misguided law.
My name is Tanner, and I’m a Pit Bull. I was what they call a stray, a homeless dog, or, as I like to think of it, a free spirit, living with other dogs on the street.
I had an owner once, but that was a rough situation. Let’s just say I was better off going hungry and sleeping outside in the cold and rain. Then one day, some lady lured me into her car, and took me to the shelter in Agoura Hills. The food was better, my bed was warm, and there were lots of other dogs, including dozens of Pit Bulls, but I was no longer free to roam about as I pleased. I was in doggie jail.
Unlike street dogs, the jail dogs were anxious and scared all the time. Like me, some of them once had owners who’d either died, or moved, or sent them away. The lucky ones got new owners. But the other ones, the shelter people took them to a place where they went to sleep. Those dogs never came back. The people who fed and walked me said I’d probably go to sleep, too. But then this man and woman brought me to live with them.
I’d tell you all about it, but my paws aren’t suited for typing, so I’ll let Lou (that’s the man’s name), help me. We’ll discuss our friends (two and four-legged), my toys, the dog park, the cute tricks I’ve learned and other details of our life together. If he gets off track (he’s a writer and really likes to talk) I’ll step in to set the record straight.
Along the way, you’ll also hear about our first year together – how my people found me, how I helped Lou deal with his ‘issues’, and how he and Eugenie helped me overcome mine. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t always pretty but things worked out just fine. We’ve written a book about it, GIMME SHELTER. If you want the full scoop, you’ll just have to wait until it’s published. Until then, drop by from time to time and we’ll keep you posted on what’s new with us.