My name is Tanner the Pit Bull. I was living on the street when a kind lady took me to the shelter, the jail for dogs. I was supposed to 'go to sleep', but then Lou and Eugenie showed up and took me home. We've written a book about it, GIMME SHELTER. We're hoping you'll drop by from time to time to learn what's new with us and our friends. We'll be talking about rescue dogs, especially Pit Bulls, anger issues, and things we love, like movies, books, travel and karate.
The April 24, 2015 issue of The Week highlights two animal rescue organizations - Pilots N Paws and Wings Of Rescue - where volunteer fliers are helping shelter dogs and cats avoid the threat of euthanasia by ferrying them from badly crowded urban shelters, where they stand little chance of being rescued, to less burdened areas where they are often quickly adopted. If you have some loose coin burning a hole in your pocket, maybe think about giving them a few shekels to keep up the great work. "More than 4 million pets are euthanized in the
U.S. every year, mostly because of overcrowding in shelters. But a growing
number of kindhearted pilots have been donating their time, fuel, and aircraft
to transporting unwanted rescue dogs to less overburdened shelters, where many
of them are quickly adopted. Groups like Wings of Rescue and Pilots N Paws have
helped tens of thousands of strays find new homes over the past several years,
and the number of volunteer aviators continues to rise. “We get a lot of the
glory,” said pilot Angela Garcia. “But in reality, it’s just pure fun.”
Guardian angel with his rescue pups
Since mid-Janaury, Eugenie, Tanner and I have been working with Advertising students at Pepperdine University to design a new campaign for our favorite dog memoir, GIMME SHELTER. The three awesome teams delivered their final pitches last week and we were blown away by the depth and breadth of their creative genius. They covered everything from redesigning the book cover and business cards, to implementing exciting digital, mobil and social media strategies, leaving us with the unenviable task of choosing a 'winner'. We'll keep you posted on when, where and how we'll be rolling out their ideas. A huge thanks to all 19 students, and their amazing professor, Dr. Ginger Rosenkrans, for an unforgettable experience.
Tanner kicking it at a Pepperdine photo shoot
In this week's issue of his Cesar's Way Newsletter, dog guru Cesar Millan focuses on 'dangerous' dogs and BSL - Breed Specific Legislation. Although it's discriminatory, and proven not to work, some elected official and communities still advocate banning breeds like Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Mastiffs and other 'bad' dogs to keep their citizens from being slaughtered. As Cesar points out, you are 650 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than to be killed by a dog attack. If safety concerns are the issue, then maybe BSL supporters should also consider turning in their driver's license, draining their swimming pools and lobbying stringent gun control laws. From Gimme Shelter, here are some odds on the chance of being killed by a Pit Bull:
- According to CDC
studies, about 10 persons die each year as a result of dog attacks. Of that
number, Pit Bulls are responsible for approximately 28% or 2.8 deaths.
- In 2008, the Consumer
Products Safety Commission reported 7 deaths from fireworks. Based on that
number, you are two times more likely to die from a fireworks mishap than from
a Pit Bull attack.
- Approximately 10 people
a year die from snakebites, 3 times the number killed by Pit Bulls.
- From 1990-2003, 756
Americans (an average of 58/year) died from lightning strikes. That means you
are more than 20 times more likely to be killed by lightening than by a Pit
- CDC statistics show that
every day 10 people die from drowning, the second leading cause of
non-intentional death for people ages 1-14. A person is 1,300 times more likely
to drown than to be killed by a Pit Bull.
- Every year in the U.S.
more than 1,700 children (roughly 5 each day) are killed by their parents or
guardians, either through abuse or neglect. A child is more than 600 times more
likely to be killed by their caretaker than by a Pit Bull.
every Pit Bull that kills, there are MILLIONS that DON'T!