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Morning, Everyone (: (Sidenote: that gorgeous Pitbull in my picture is, unfortunately not mine, he’s just one of the many pitties waiting for a forever home.) Today, I’m gonna get serious on ya for just a second because I want to take a minute to talk about something that is of utmost importance to me: animal rescue.
Let me just tell you a little bit about my animal background first…
I have been deeply involved with animals ever since I was born. Growing up in Dallas, Texas was a blessing to me most of the time. Hey, I’m a city slicker, born and raised, what can I say? But, unfortunately, living in a big city means a bigger population… which, coincidentally, means much higher rates of animal abuse and neglect. I’ve grown up around it. I see it. I understand it. It’s what drives my passion today.
I have never lived a day in my life without my family or myself owning a dog. Currently, I own five! I’m the proud Momma Bear to two beautiful Pitbulls, a little fluff ball of a Shih Tzu, a hyper and outgoing Beagle, and the smartest German Shepard you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. They’re all rescues and they’re all perfect.
I know what some of you are thinking and it breaks my heart: two Pitbulls? Yes, two smart, playful, gentle, loving, sweet, loyal Pitbulls… my babies. If there’s one thing that I want you to take away from my blog post today, I want you to understand that Pitbulls are NOT EVIL. There’s no such thing as a mean dog, just mean owners. There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad situations. Pitbulls are no more “viscous” than a Golden Retriever or a Pomeranian, and I bet you’ve played with plenty of those dogs! If you ever get the chance to meet Little Bit and Mikey, they’ll steal your heart.
It is also important to me that you guys all get involved with your local animal shelter someway, somehow! You can do that four ways: donating, adopting, volunteering, or fostering. I know that asking you to adopt and foster is stretching it. If you don’t have to time to put into an animal, don’t do it! That’s why our shelters are overpopulated. People think they have the time and money, when they really don’t. But you can always donate. And I’m not talking about money here, I promise! I would never ask you do that if you don’t feel comfortable or aren’t at a place in your life right now where that’s possible. You can donate supplies! I’ve worked and volunteered at shelters before, they are always in need of supplies! Any old baby blankets or towels? Newspapers you’re done reading? Water and food bowls? Any toys your dogs and cats are willing to share? Bring ’em in! Bring them to your local shelter and I promise you, they won’t be able to thank you enough.
“Rescue animal aren’t broken. They’ve simply expierenced more life than other animals. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand that responded with courage. Don’t pity them. Do something. And be proud to have greatness by your side.”
Give a voice to the voiceless. Don’t be afraid of adopting a rescue dog, those are the best pets to have. Rescuing animals doesn’t make you a saint. It just means you have bigger heart with an open mind. Those beautiful dogs that I rescued? They ended up recusing me.