It’s been a hard summer for pit bulls in this city. There have been a number of dog attacks in the past three months and the media has managed to relate all of them to bully types. And of course they can’t do this without bringing up everyone’s favourite subject: BSL.
There is nothing I can say on the topic that hasn’t been said a million times. Unfortunately, I don’t know if any of the public awareness campaigns, books, articles, blog posts, newscasts, or parades have made one bit of difference in the general public’s mindset. Articles like this one seem to have more power than all of the above combined. Just last week I had a conversation with someone on the bus about dogs. He said he loved large breeds but “would never, ever get vicious dog like a rottweiler, Doberman, or pit bull.” I probably should have jumped in to correct him but I was just too tired of having the same bloofy discussion over and over again.
BSL concerns me greatly. There is already one county in this province with by-laws that legislate against certain breeds of dog. Albeit, a small county that hardly anyone lives in, but the laws are there. It concerns me as a dog lover and as the owner of a dog many people mistake for a pit bull. I am reluctant to even visit this county for fear of getting in trouble. I certainly don’t intend on spending any tourist dollars there. If my own municipality seriously considers moving in this direction, as is alluded in the article, I am not sure what we will do. Moving may become our only alternative.
But all of this doom and gloom brings me to another pit bull related topic. One filled with much more hope! The inspirational humans behind the fantastic blog Love and a Six-Foot Leash have agreed to take in another foster, the absolutely stunning, undeniably fabulous, Lady Zabora!
Unfortunately, Lady Z. may be in need of more help than one family can provide. At eight years old she is considered a senior. She suddenly found herself homeless and alone after her owner was incarcerated. Naturally, she ended up in the shelter. Unfortunately, this is not the end to Zabora’s troubles. She also suffers from a number of medical issues including arthritis, conjunctivitis, a mild balance problem, as well as complications due to her recent spay surgery. The rescue organization that agreed to take her on does not have enough resources to take care of her needs and make sure she is as healthy and happy as she deserves to be.
The wonderful people behind Love and a Six-Foot Leash have decided to set up a trust fund for the family eventually lucky enough to bring her home. But they are going to need a lot of help to make sure she is ready for this next big step in her life. On their blog, they have asked readers to pledge their support. They have set up a fundraiser and the response has been incredible! In only a few short days they have managed to raise a large amount of money for Zabora’s care. The response from pit bull lovers has been so fantastic they have now put together a raffle with some pretty impressive donated items to give away to those who have supported the campaign.
It’s heart-warming to see what a lovely little dog can inspire. Thanks to the contributions of many people, Lady Z’s life is going to change forever. But they still need help! If you are able to donate, please check out their website, and don’t forget to enter the raffle! There is a wicked Holga Camera calling your name.