“You’ll find in your life that sometimes your great ambitions will be momentarily stymied, thwarted, marginalized by those who were perhaps luckier; come from money; had more doors opened; where college was a given, not a student loan; it was something that dad paid for; where an ease and confidence in life was almost a birthright. Where for you, it was a very hard climb. … That happens all the time.
Just because you come from nothing, you must not let that be something that holds you back.”
PIT BULL USED AS WEAPON BY ROBBER TURNS OUT TO BE GENTLE - “From the very beginning, she just needed a chance to be a dog.”
A female pit bull named Scooter was once used by a robber to threaten a man and his child. The robber made it look like Scooter was tugging at the leash. However, Scooter was later rescued by a shelter and determined to be non-agressive. To everyone’s surprise Scooter turned out to be so personable that she trained for the Canine Good Citizen test. Please read the story from msnbc.com:
Scooter never did anything wrong. But last July when a father and his teenage son strolled with their bikes along the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., a robber used the gray and white pit bull to mug them. It worked.
Scooter proved to be extraordinarily loyal, never wanting to leave her foster mom’s side and even assisting as other dogs got groomed. It appeared she hadn’t played with kids before — but before long she was rolling over to welcome a belly rub from…children.
“Scooter’s story is important because it highlights a lot of dogs who are misaligned because of what they are, what their breed is,” said Collingsworth…“From the very beginning, she just needed a chance to be a dog.”
The 4-year-old pit bull seemed perfect to Kris Beattie, a retired nurse who wanted a therapy dog to help cheer up nursing-home patients. So, she adopted Scooter and brought her home. Beattie said she loves the way Scooter follows her around, gazes at her soulfully and intently watches her cook.
Scooter is an example of how some dogs just need to be given a chance to shine. Click here for the full story, and click here to see Scooter on YouTube. Also, click here to learn about a rescue organization called Born Again Pit Bull Rescue, which helped with Scooter’s rehabilitation.
I love Scooter, from robber’s weapon to therapy dog because people gave her a chance. Also, I love everyone in this story (except the robber, obvs). Monday love, that’s hard to come by for real. Awesome story. PEOPLE, stop judging dogs by what they look like. There are so many of these stories. Just stop.
A public service announcement about pit bulls from the Humane Society of Hamilton County. It features a fire chief, a police lieutenant, a pediatrician at Riley Children’s Hospital, a Lutheran minister, and Chris Denari (voice of the Indiana Pacers).
I’m sorry, but the temptation to reblog this picture every time I see it is just too great.
Way too tempting. The white one is a Trixie-type dope, licking on anyone who will take it …. BTW, Trixie is totally undaunted by the heat. I took off (from running) Friday because of the crazy heat. All day I had nothing but muscle aches and stiffness. And one nutjob of a pittie gal hounding me and Rocky to play all day, even when I was sweating in the blasting AC and felt miserable and stuffy with raging pms, she wanted to play. Yesterday, we ran and both felt much better all day. I just let her stop whenever she wanted and get up and go if she felt like it. It just works best for us. Except for the sleeping, I have been getting up so early to get everyone out before it gets too unbearable, that I am totally beat. She was totally in this mode this AM.
She isn’t really laying still like that, she is rolling from side to side, pause like this, then roll again. I wasn’t dragging her limp body with me, I swear!
I’ve never been one for celebrity or lady crushes, but I LOVE this girl
I have always loved Brooke Davis and thought Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) seemed like a really classy and cool chick. Then came Twitter and the Gulf Oil spill, my dog Trixie, stress about the environment and my need to educate about pit bulls and treating dogs as individuals. And suddenly I was so in love with the person/actress as well. Not like sexy girl love, but wanting-her-in-my-BFF-circle love. Who am I kidding? I want her as my best besty of all besties.
She is one of those actress/celebrity people who does absolutely everything to use her fame to better the world. People, animals, the environment, she is so on it, while looking amazing. Also- we hear all the time about celebs taking their dogs everywhere with them and it always turns out to be a mini-doodle or a shit zhu (I know) or a chihuahua, yorkie, pom, etc. This girl? Nope. She takes her one-eyed pit bull rescued from New Orleans to all of her sets, all of the time. Check this out in the airport. It’s the kind of love and affection few of those people carrying their little dogs (or the dogs themselves) ever display.
Here she is with Patch:
She always looks so good. I would wear that and get like tomatoes thrown at me or something.
Dogs (pits and mastiffs!), sense of humor, generous, charitable, thoughtful and beautiful. Anyone who doesn’t love her is just so wrong. Plus she surfs! And is Brooke Davis, one of the best characters ever! Such a well rounded gal (pal- in my head). It’s out of character for me to love and believe a celebrity is actually doing good. But it’s more like, with her, she is a great person who does good stuff and works as an actress and happens to get her pretty picture taken.
Here she is last month, looking lovely for an event…
This video will make you love Sloths & brighten your day.
So I am all, great, this again. The baby sloths eating the beans and looking all cute and sleepy like the baby sloths do. It’s probably the same one, like from 2010. I am so going to watch it and it is the same old video, going around again. But AWWWWWWW, it’s NOT!!! It’s more sloth babies being cute AGAIN! They do eat the beans, just like those silly little guys always do. I know because I already LOVE them. You know, since that last sloth video I super loved too. Aw, man, thanks guys. Thanks for the new baby orphan sloth video. It’s awesome. I hope another one comes soon.
Pretty sure this is exactly what I needed. Second to the quaalude I am missing. Bad day, lost a lot of this month’s time in a new productivity scale. F-me for sure, so much to do before Sunday night. It’s no holiday where my employer is HQ’d. Shit. What was I talking about? Oh- this picture. I LOVE it times a million. Dudes. Those are the tiniest bunnies, adopted by the grey muzzle older lady dog. Seriously, it’;s much better than the video I just saw of a dog watching its owners leave the shelter- a middle aged dog they had had since a puppy, now lost and confused and heartbroken, so very sad. People never think about how their dog is feeling, how long they look for their owners every time the door opens or their name is said, every time a box of treats is rattled, as they wait to go back home or at least outside to the bathroom. Which never happens, as the selfish people move on with their lives as if their dog moved happily to a new home with a big yard and a family with plenty of time and money. Ugh. So, bunnies it is. And an old golden who fell in love with them and holds them safely under her arm (I know, front leg).