I had intended on having this post be a part 2 of Whats With Pibble Knees and how breeders of all dogs, not just pitties, are ruining the quality of ALL breeds! They don’t care about what the outcome is, they just want numbers. The more in the litter or the more litters per year, the more dollars they get, whether its puppy mills or dog fighters. In a perfect world, EVERYONE would just go to a reputable breeder to get their dogs. Shelters would be extinct! It would be an honor to breed dogs, create life and get quality living, breathing beings; they would care what was produced! They would go to wonderful homes and would be taken care, as family members, until they die! Teaching their human children the right and wrong way to treat animals so that when they had their own homes, the process would start all over again. OK I’m back from Lalaland!
Every time I started writing or thinking about the direction the post would take me, I found myself getting angry, sad or disgusted just thinking about what happens to animals in puppy mills, basement cages or secluded dog fighting ‘arenas’. That’s one of the reasons I started fostering! I couldn’t stand going to the shelters, seeing the animals in cages, barking like crazy, pleading with their eyes to get out. Maybe I’m a weenie, I don’t know! It broke my heart! On the other hand, I’m not a person who would do well in a customer service job because I would most definitely give you my opinion and it was surely coming out when I was thinking about backyard breeders, puppy mills or dog fighters! It would not have been a positive post! Anybody interested in reading these posts are more than likely dog/animal lovers, have dogs/animals of their own or volunteers with dogs/animals/shelters and they already know what comes and goes, the horror stories about shelters/abused animals and how dreadful people can be and feel the same as I do ANYWAY!!
There is probably not, in recent history, a more prominent backyard breeder, dog fighter, animal abuser than Michael Vick and his Bad Newz Kennels! After Michael Vick’s 51 pit bulls were seized from his property in April 2007, two rescue groups took most of them in — Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, and BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) in San Francisco. Don’t get me started on this topic!
Finally, the positive and the direction this post SHOULD go…
Although the Vicktory dogs don’t have perfect stories, most have perfect, positive endings! If you follow any of them on Facebook (and if you don’t, I suggest you do), you can see that although they still have some issues and health problems, they are wonderful dogs, in fantastic homes with loving families who are willing to do the work that they needed, not only for the Vick dogs but for many other fosters as well!
Today, instead of beating a dead horse and bashing people who do everything wrong when it comes to animals or pitbulls, read about where a few of these dogs are today, 5 years later! All because of the work of loving people who didn’t think these dogs should just be discarded. They knew they deserved a second chance and, OBVIOUSLY, rightly so!