Canine Advocate by Melanie Coy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/ en-us Betrayal & Shame http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65877 On Wednesday, April 27 2016, the Senate of Missouri, ignored the will of the people and allowed HB1811 to be killed by those who promote the genocide of the American Pit Bull Terrier. My first question after the shock wore off was, when did the Agricultural Committees in Jefferson City begin supporting the animal rights groups? In a nutshell Senator Brian Munzlinger, Republican of the 18th District, cited the following statute as his reasoning for killing this legislation: Ownership of... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:07:36 -0500 Empathy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65845 This has been a week of high emotion. In the Missouri Senate we have seen legislation designed to eliminate the crutch of weakness represented by holding dog breeds responsible for the crimes of humans, go into what might well be the last step before heading to our governor. This has also been the week marking the anniversary of what has become the most notorious dog fighting bust in our nation. In April of 2007 Michael Vick was exposed not as a sports hero but as a murderous criminal whose... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:02:19 -0500 Reason to Celebrate http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65305 The past week and a half has seen a number of reasons for the Pit Bull world to celebrate. Yesterday, February 24, 2016 HB1811, the legislation that would eliminate the crutch of breed targeting over addressing the irresponsible human, successfully passed 10-0 in the Missouri House of Representatives. This bill will now go to the House floor, hopefully to pass as quickly and cleanly, then on to our Senate. Well done Missouri advocates and my apologies to those I doubted. The work is not... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:30:09 -0600 The Champions http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65220 Since the news of Michael Vick’s arrest and conviction for dog fighting we have seen numerous documentaries of the horrors this monster sanctioned at his Bad Newz kennel. Last winter I attended a new sort of documentary, from a different perspective called The Champions. I believe we have all shed tears over the torture and murder of the dogs at the hands of Vick and his bloody crew but in the case of this documentary the tears are not only of sadness but of pure joy for the lives... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:51:41 -0600 Holding Our Breath http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65140 I should be spending my time trying to get the advocates of Missouri off their duffs and contacting their legislators. We have two excellent opportunities to push sanity in Missouri’s laws in both HB1707 which would begin an animal abuser registry and HB1811 which would eliminate the crutch represented by breed specific ordinances in this state. Strange as it may seem to some at least one of the national supposed animal rights groups is more concerned about Missouri enabling itself to... Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:02:28 -0600 HB1811 Anti-BSL http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65057 First to those who follow this blog and stand in support of the American Pit Bull Terrier I must apologize. I suffer from a personality flaw which causes me to believe in people until they prove my faith is misplaced. In the case of those with the power to see the crutch of Breed Specific Legislation removed from our local ordinances by enacting state law I find them as guilty as the haters and the animal rights groups who would see this breed destroyed. I do understand how difficult it is... Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:32:40 -0600 Abuser Registry http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64973 Last year the Tennessee legislation passed a bill which would allow for a public registry of animal abusers. The registry is based on the same structure as the network for child abusers and sex crime offenders. This law went into effect this year and has already had its first entry. Why is this important? First of all for all those exercising due diligence in the matter of the placement of animals from the shelter/rescue network, this tool is invaluable. Instead of attempting to do... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:26:54 -0600 For The Love of a Dog http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64890 In 1870 the late Senator George Vest of Missouri appeared as counsel for Charles Burdon whose favorite hound was shot and killed by neighbor Leonidis Hornsby because he suspected the dog was responsible for killing sheep. Mr. Burden won this action against his neighbor with Senator Vest's speech to the jury being given credit for not only winning the case but being responsible for the term "Man's Best Friend". Amidst the criticism the owners of targeted breeds face it is easy to forget the... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:38:52 -0600 Double Standards http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64827 Double standards or the do as I say not as I do attitude is alive in well in the world of dogs. It could well be one of the best examples of those without a clue judging the actions and behaviors of something they know nothing about. Those following this blog have seen the shining examples of the unwashed masses in the matter of dog breeds. One commenter repeatedly mentioned sympathy for my neighbors who must live next door to three Pit Bulls. In my neighborhood there are a number of dog... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:54:28 -0600 What I Will Fight to Save http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64747 Over the past three weeks I have shared with you what the fight for the existence of the American Pit Bull Terrier means to me personally. I have endured a full assault of words by the haters but as they have learned I am not a woman prone to emotional outburst....unlike them and their kind. What the regular readers of my entries are already aware of is the fact those years of being attacked by the haters and the animal rights groups has made me stronger as an advocate. I use the emotion as... Sun, 03 Jan 2016 10:58:43 -0600 What You Would Destroy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64672 Part 3: Drake Drake is my baby boy. He will be three years old in a few weeks but will forever be just a "kid" of a dog. He celebrates life every single day with an exuberance we could all take a lesson from. He is not an actual rescue dog in the usual sense of the meaning. Three dear friends sent me a 911 text when I was returning from the training program in Charleston asking me to meet them at their place of work. I went with my usual cynical attitude expecting another street bred dog.... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:43:53 -0600 What You Would Destroy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64623 Part 2: Bristol Bristol is without a doubt the most unique member of my pack. Where the other two are high drive and tough as an old shoe, Bristol is soft and quiet with a very gentle soul. His rescue story begins with leaving his litter, being taken by a young man who failed to check with his landlord about having a pet, to Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, then to me all in a matter of hours. He may hold some sort of record for the least amount of time spent in the rescue network. At the... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:57:38 -0600 What You Would Destroy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64558 Part 1: Emma The past couple of weeks have been one of showing just how nasty the Haters of the American Pit Bull Terrier can be and they have demonstrated they have no qualms about killing every representative of the breed including the "pit bull types". (Doesn't matter if they do not have even a drop of Pit Bull blood, they have large heads, close coats and are muscular) This week I begin a new series in the hopes of showing why I am not going to back down and just what this fight means... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:52:01 -0600 Wake Up People http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64495 After the storm of comment in last week's entry I had planned something very different for this week's entry. A group, I have named the Haters, attacked my request for the supporters of the American Pit Bull Terrier to take a stand against breed biased legislation in Missouri. After a week of the entry circulating the social media sites I was somewhat stunned to learn how many owners of this breed had no idea there was any threat to their ownership the level of what was represented in response... Sun, 06 Dec 2015 19:11:08 -0600 Will You Stand? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64425 Thanksgiving is meant to be a time for reflection on all things we hold dear. I have been blessed in a vast number of ways. While it may seem strange to some but perfectly normal to others, I consider my dogs to be one of those blessings. On Tuesday, December 1, pre-filing will begin in Jefferson City for legislation to be considered during the 2016 session. For almost a year I have stepped back from this blog to spend time talking with people, considering the best way to address the issue... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:23:14 -0600 Reality vs Hollywood http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/64364 I had actually intended to extend my hiatus from this blog site until the first of the year. Over the past several months I've been absent I've noticed more and more of the so-called "trainers" are gravitating toward the Hollywood illusion representing dog training. This has become something of a burr under my saddle you might say. A former co-worker began his working life after college as a high school teacher. During a discussion of his previous career he outlined a class project in which... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:18:33 -0600 Adventure in Photography http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/61125 In the world of dogs you never know what each day or for that matter each year will bring. A project that has been in the works for a few months is now ready to unveil and what an unveiling we have planned. The move toward photographing shelter/rescue dogs in a more positive, beautiful light is not a new idea. Our own "mom of a super hero" Rochelle Steffen has been sharing her craft for quite some time in just this way and the results have been amazing. Thanks to the passion of another gifted... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:08:08 -0600 Pay It Forward http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/59648 With Labor Day and the SEMO District Fair comes a sort of closing for summer. Schools are back in session and we turn our attention to the business of getting fall under way. With fall comes anticipation of the National Pit Bull Awareness month of October. In 2007 Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys launched the idea for a national day of recognition for a breed which has been buried in misinformation and destroyed by the thousands because of ignorance and fear. October 25, 2014 will be the... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:01:06 -0500 Cincinnati's Security Blankie http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/59519 In 2012 the legislators representing the citizens of Ohio voted in both the House and the Senate to repeal the breed specific statewide law designating Pit Bulls as vicious. This law had been in effect for 26 years and had proven it had no effect in protecting Ohio's communities in the matter of irresponsible owners. Despite this move toward sanity the City of Cincinnati is now wringing their hands and crying because it cannot effectively maintain order without singling out a dog breed. In... Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:11:48 -0500 Statistics http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/59342 Statistics are a method of collecting data which is used in every aspect of our lives. Without going into the very fine details of the two categories of statistics this is a method used to either demonstrate qualities present in a very select sampling or they can also be used to predict possibilities in a broad range of subjects. The drawback of embracing statistical data is that it lacks the depth of detail required to make an educated decision and percentages can be easily manipulated to... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:14:36 -0500