During my morning hop through the blogosphere, I learned that today is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, and feel compelled to contribute.
I’ve never known any fighting dogs, and until recently, I didn’t really know any pit bulls very well. I’ve been a fan of Pit Bulls and Parolees since it started, and I’ve been working on a novel for a few years that prominently features fighting dogs. At first, I gave a main character a pet pit bull, but my fascination with the Michael Vick case led me to broaden the storyline to include dog fighting and pit bull rescue. And that’s led me to go out of my way to make friends with some pitties.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been hanging out with Maverick, a pit mix at my local shelter. I think he’s a really special dog. I love the way he smiles at me, and he knows how to have a good time in the play yard. But I fear that every day that goes by with him spending most of his hours in a kennel, the less adoptable he becomes. He needs lots of attention and consistent reward-based training. So far, I’ve been working on teaching him his name.
Yesterday, there were two dogs barking at us from the adjacent play yard, and a little girl walking a teeny tiny dog on the other side of the fence. Maverick looked very interested in all of the dogs and not remotely aggressive.
In case you missed it, here are a few of my posts about volunteering at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley:
- New Doggie Friends features a picture of Junior, who may be a Dogo Argentino. Very lovable boy who has since been adopted by some lucky family.
- Five Doggies Looking for New Best Friends features a video of my buddy Maverick playing with a rope toy.
And here’s another video of ol’ Mav, this time with a floppy disc.
This post is part of a special Dogs n’ Pawz Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop dedicated to raising awareness about dogfighting and special bullies in need of adoption. Cohosted by Lola the Pitty, Barking from the Bayou, Talking Dogs Blog, and Love is Being Owned by a Husky.
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