Canine Advocate by Melanie Coy en-us Jasper Tennessee For the past couple of weeks, I have been providing information to a group out of the Kansas City metro area attempting to overturn a Pit Bull ban and a group out of Jasper Tennessee attempting to block one which is scheduled for a final reading on June 12, 2017. Missouri has a long history standing with Tennessee in the fight against the insanity of holding a dog breed responsible for the irresponsibility of humans. I had intended a very different entry this week but I finally found the... Sun, 21 May 2017 08:22:16 -0500 Macpuppywrangler In addition to the physical special needs dogs coming into Mac’s Mission, there are also numerous cases of orphaned puppies joining the rescue which need around the clock bottle feeding. These babies come in highly at risk due to the loss of their mothers. So many factors go into the saving of bottle feeders and time is not always on their side. Nothing daunts the efforts of the Mac ninja team and so many who would have perished have thrived to take their survivor’s spirit on... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:09:46 -0500 Baby Zayda This past week I engaged in yet another discussion on breeding Pit Bulls. My standard question to those who think they have a reason to breed is “Have you done your OFA and all applicable health certifications?” While my position on breeding makes me something of a heretic, I stand by the “set in granite” premise, the only two reasons to breed are to preserve and improve. In the case of the backyard breeders, these rules are completely ignored and substandard... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:01:05 -0500 Springfield Missouri On April 4 Missourians will once again have the opportunity to take part in the political process by exercising their right to vote. For many, this will be a time of taking part in the hiring process of those employees with the power to initiate positive change in our communities. Many Pit Bull fanciers may wonder why the mayoral election in Springfield Missouri should hold importance to all of Missouri’s dog loving citizens. The answer is simple, Springfield is on the threshold... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:47:01 -0500 The Honor System Over the years, I have dedicated several entries to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and service dogs. It is no secret I am a defender of the ADA but the one area I have never shared has been those who depend on service dogs to not only get through daily life but to insure their very survival. Thanks to a young woman who boldly shares her story with the world, I hope to be able to impart why the protection of the ADA rules for service dogs is so critical. Drake and I have been... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:41:04 -0500 No Satisfaction Many people may consider the opportunity to say “I told you so” to carry some satisfaction. Is does not carry any for me. Representative Bruce Degroot, District 101 Chesterfield, has sponsored HB905 which would effectively eliminate the use of breed specific legislation in Missouri. The text of the bill is explicit in mentioning no community will be dictated to in the matter of animal control regulations except they must eliminate all breed language. As expected, the... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:38:55 -0600 How Sad The week leading up to last week’s entry, Targeting, began as a seemingly simple project. I was aware of a vast number of groups who have experienced this phenomenon but I was startled by how many came forward after the words were put to paper. During this week, more details regarding an assault against one of the groups being hit the hardest, have come to light. For some unknown reason, the aggressor seems to believe I hold the power to “make it all good” in her... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:22:09 -0600 Targeting With the outright stupidity of one of the comments tacked onto last week’s entry, it seems a flood of similar idiocy has been unleashed on the Pit Bull rescue network. As the dam broke, the “targeting” of legitimate rescues and Pit Bull fanciers is something far too many have been suffering for quite some time. What I am calling is targeting is the intentional attack on a Pit fancier with the hopes of some sort of profit. You see this media created frenzy has given... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:07:03 -0600 Raven, The Oppressed The title for this week’s entry is not my own. I borrowed it from a post on the Facebook page of Mac the pitbull. I fell in love with Raven the first time she showed up as a rescue with Mac’s Mission. In still photos you see a stunningly beautiful, little blue Pit who appears to be at the peak of health. Mac’s Mission has dedicated themselves to the dogs whose chances of survival in other environments are slim to none. Raven is no exception. This little darling... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 10:27:19 -0600 One More Time, Please Pay Attention It seems the issue of shelter/rescue responsibility for the destruction of the American Pit Bull Terrier will never end. Once again, a shelter in Los Angeles, has ignored the behavior of an ill-bred Pit resulting in the serious injury of one of their kennel staff. When the staff was asked, they confirmed there were many dogs with unstable temperament in residence including on the adoption floor. The shelter director herself could not be bothered to take the situation with either the... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:14:43 -0600 Getting Our Mojo Back After taking several emotional “hits” it is not unusual for individuals to feel their forward momentum has been thwarted. It is safe to say this has been the case for many of the trainers and advocates in our area. I take responsibility for a lot of the roller coaster highs and lows. I shared a dream of being able to turn our passion for dog training into a means of earning a living. The old saying goes; do something you love and you will never work a day. I believe this but... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:49:17 -0600 Purpose Bred Dogs In keeping with the “theme” of service/assistance animals there is a topic which will invariably come up, the matter of using shelter vs breeder dogs. This is a subject shrouded in a lot of good intentions but as much, if not more, misunderstanding of what a trainer looks for when evaluating a working dog, as the American’s with Disabilities Act itself. A couple of years ago, a friend and respected trainer of working/service/assistance dogs invited me into a... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:32:24 -0600 Business & the ADA Over the past few years I have posted entries describing what constitutes a service dog protected under the federal rules of the American’s with Disabilities Act. The rules of the ADA are in fact explicit but they are also very misunderstood. Because of a general lack of knowledge and understanding of these rules, we are seeing more and more flagrant violations by both the business owners and handlers who misuse the protections by presenting dogs who are not actual service... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:42:44 -0600 What We Allow 2016 ended with the dog world in upheaval over a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling justifying the shooting of dogs during the execution of a search warrant. This case began when the owners of two dogs killed during a 2013 raid, sued the Battle Creek Michigan officers who shot one dog upon breaking through the front door of the home and basically followed the second to the basement where they killed her while she was just standing there in a side stance barking. The... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:06:20 -0600 With a Twist Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. In short it is a fear response to situations which cause a sufferer to “flash back” to horrors the mind finds impossible to come to terms with or even comprehend. PTSD is associated mostly with returning combat veterans but it is also prevalent in women who have survived rape and extreme abuse as well as child survivors of assault and abuse. No one is... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:32:44 -0600 Giving This is the time of year when giving is encouraged not only in the spirit of the season but by many accountants. From the accounting aspect, this is not a harsh consideration but a very realistic one. We all scramble to find ways to offset the pending tax season. It is impossible to turn on the television without seeing the push for annual giving to national organizations who profess to have the best interests of the animals in their “hearts”. They use photos and videos of... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 07:35:46 -0600 The Coming Together Christmas is just over two weeks away. As this year draws to an end it is natural to reflect on the roller coaster represented by 2016. The canine advocates had their hopes raised then dashed at the eleventh hour when the final committee hearing for HB1811 was cancelled. As the year progressed we fought to see vacancies in both the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate filled by those who represent legislation and the will of the people versus the politicians promoting business... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:35:23 -0600 Blind Stupidity During the Thanksgiving celebration, I was alerted to the fact several people I have held in high regard have aligned themselves with a group of animal rights freaks presenting themselves as champions for animal welfare. I do not know if it is my hatred of what animal rights represents or the disappointment in finding out those I considered to be of reasonable intelligence are stupid enough to fall for the lie. I do know the 2017 legislative session in Missouri will become a blood bath if... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:04:13 -0600 Let the Miracles Begin There is no denying shelters all feel a financial crunch during the best of times. For one shelter in our extreme boot heel area, a financial crunch has become a financial crippling of their efforts; or at least could have been crippling. The Caruthersville Humane Society has long faced a battle because they are in one of the highest poverty counties in the State of Missouri. Many would have counted their losses and closed their doors. You do not know the supporters of this shelter if... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:22:53 -0600 Why It Matters Staying in the theme of last week’s entry, I thought it would be beneficial to finish my thought on why mandatory spay/neuter is nothing more than another form of genocide. I stand in a different position than most of those involved in saving this breed in the fact that my background was influenced by the show ring. I am a true fancier, not just someone who has a Pit now but may have something else later. While I have had many single representatives of other breeds since acquiring... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:20:03 -0600