Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Where you at?

On Sunday, August 26th we held our second event titled “Sips with Sweet Pits” benefiting Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue.  Though the weather didn’t cooperate overall the event was successful.  There were several pit bulls attending the event with their guardians as well as other breeds of dog.  All of the dogs got along, where playing and greeting each other nicely.  The guardians of these dogs were surprised to see the many adoptable pit bulls or rescue dogs behaving themselves.  The musician acknowledged this fact by stating “how he was excited to see so many pit bulls on the premises and look no one is being attacked.”  One might look at his statement as being condescending however, he was telling the truth.  Upon entering the winery with the adoptable dogs some patrons looked appalled the winery would allow “that” breed into their establishment.  After getting all people and dogs settled the event and the day went well.

Our sister who was afraid of pit bulls due to the misinformation she received from the media was one of those that came out and supported us.  Although we’ve had Sasha and Krush for over a year it was not until April 28th, at our inaugural event, “Pits & Pumps” Dog Fashion show that our sister mustered up the nerve and walked Krush confidently, boldly and quite stylish may we add down the dog walk.  As she walked down the dog walk her wall started to come down and she started thinking that this bully breed might not be as bad as previously thought.  However, her motto was, “we’ve changed her perception but, not her mind.”  We were ok with that because once a person’s perception is changed you can change their mind.  Krush and Sasha were doing just that for our sister as they have done with other members in our family and the community.  To solidify the change in perception in her mind was when Krush saved our family from a possible intruder. Upon hearing the story her wall came tumbling down like the Berlin wall.  Krush and Sasha had WON, another pit bull had changed the perception and mind of a productive member of society.  Our sister attended “Sips with Sweet Pits” on Sunday to find her “Brutus” and of course support us.  There were several pit bulls to choose from however, one caught her attention, grabbed her heart and would not let go. His name is Moosh aka Brutus to our sister.  Moosh was all she could talk about, the entire family was excited about Moosh however, there was a dark cloud that loomed over the situation…the pink elephant no one wanted to talk about but, needed to be spoken on….our sister lives in a county that bans pit bulls.  The ban has been instituted since February 1997.
Our family knows how much we love pit bulls and how we have been on the forefront of abrogating this ban from Prince George’s County, Maryland.  Now the fight has become personal.  After our sister posted on facebook that she would be getting Moosh aka Brutus, posting pictures and providing a play by play of her filling out the application; the pink elephant in the room moved.  She received an e-mail from the rescue stating because she lives in a county that has BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) she would not be allowed to adopt Moosh aka “Brutus”. She was deflated and off to social media she went to vent about the situation.  Everyone showed their support for her in this dark hour as they did when the sun shined.  Many, apologized and others googled and provided facts we already knew.  A huge debate ensued which we indulged separating fact from fiction.  Our sister knows we have been fighting for this ban to be abrogated however, it went in one ear and out of the other, now that it affects her decision and the type of dog she wants it’s time to sound the alarm.  Where was this same passion when we sent invitations to the public to come together to form a formidable plan to take to the council members to review and repeal the ban.  Many members in the community have suffered in silence for so long, many animals are dying daily, many neighboring counties, cities and states are suffering due to this ban, yet many that showed support for our sister will do nothing to change the law that inevitably will affect them some day.  To all those that sit on social media to vent instead of writing your council member, senate, delegates, sheriffs, police, animal control etc. WHERE YOU AT? Stand up and make your vote and voice heard.

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