Canine Advocate by Melanie Coy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/ en-us Itís Official http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/67195 It is official, the Pit Bull fanciers of Cape Girardeau will come together in celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 22, 2016. Thanks in no small part to Mutts N Stuff of St. Louis, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary will present a viewing of The Champions, one of the most powerful, nationally acclaimed documentaries produced in honor of the survivors of the Michael Vick horrors. From the website of The Champions: Directed and Produced by Founder of FIREFLYFILMWORKS... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:13:55 -0500 Kill Shelter http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/67140 The title to this entry is a phrase that absolutely infuriates me. When I hear this used in regards to an open admission shelter, it tells me immediately the person using the phrase has zero experience working in a shelter whose doors are open to ALL animals. It also tells me this person is a narrow minded, judgmental individual unwilling to educate themselves or do anything to relieve the burden for care in the open admission shelters. I would encourage such individuals to work one... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:39:41 -0500 Fate http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/67019 We hear debate over the topic of fate and whether or not it is reality or simply the way events fall. This past week I became a true believer in fate when the two dogs retreived from the ugliness of last week's entry created a chain of events resulting in their being returned to their rightful owners. Within minutes of receiving a photo of Rita wagging her tail after a stellar check up at the vet's office, fate intervened, one detail after another began to fall in place and thanks to... Sun, 04 Sep 2016 07:35:29 -0500 Just Ignore It http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/66959 UPDATE: I just became aware of the names of the principals in control this property and responsible for this abuse. The woman involved has been an offender for years and the "powers that be" are very much aware of her. She falls under the protection of a family member who also happens to be a ranking police officer with Cape Girardeau city. We need to see justice done but it won't be done in Cape Girardeau county. This will have to go to the Attorney General then pray that someone... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:37:18 -0500 Obedience vs Tee Ball http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/66797 Out of the roller coaster of this past week it was brought to my attention the movement toward everyone plays, we do not keep score and there are awards for all regardless of ability has infiltrated the competition obedience rings. First, I am not a parent. I am the person in Walmart who must endure out of control, disrespectful kids whose parents have adopted the idea, kids will find their way if they are allowed total free rein to navigate through life. I am the same person who takes great... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:28:15 -0500 Marking Anniversaries http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/66484 July 8, 2016 marked the seventh anniversary of the largest dog fighting bust in United States history. More than four hundred dogs were seized from multiple states, brought to Missouri and became known as the MO 500 by the time all the pregnant females had given birth. For those who rescued, rehabilitated and eased these dogs into the safety and love of responsible homes, this anniversary will always bring to mind the “what if’s”. The reality of the life the American Pit... Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:52:44 -0500 Libby http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/66357 Not quite three weeks ago I received a call regarding a Pit Bull which had appeared at a man’s home and had him too scared to enter. Many things run through my head when I get calls like these and it is rarely anything positive. My first impulsive suggestion was call animal control. Pit Bulls running at large are a major source of annoyance for me because the sins of others are shouldered by the responsible owners of this breed. I also know the dogs are taken to the shelter in Cape... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:20:18 -0500 Things Which Make You Scratch Your Head http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/66053 This has been one of those weeks where the roller coaster seems to just stay on the downhill slope. After last week’s entry I found out circumstances aligned to prove to me my impressions were correct. On Wednesday I had yet another stray Pit show up outside the fence around my backyard. I say yet another because in the “running at large” world of dogs I have the cool house. They seem to be drawn to my yard. Fortunately, my neighbors finally realize they are not all mine... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:25:29 -0500 A Rose by Any Other Name http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1452/entry/65987 There is a new movement within the shelter world pushing to remove breed labels from dogs seeking homes. The school of thought is that by not labeling certain dogs adoptions could be increased. The breed in question is of course the American Pit Bull Terrier. First consider all those who would not know a Pit Bull if it was sitting in their laps. One person mentioned the head of the board of her shelter hated Pit Bulls so the staff had long been calling them Lab mixes, Boxer mixes etc etc. I... Sat, 14 May 2016 17:52:49 -0500 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