Be the Change: Help Stop BSL

Hi everybuddy and Happy Saturday!

Today we’re pawticipating in that super terrific event called Blog the Change for Animals.


Everybuddy who pawticipates is supposed to tell their furends about a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts. So today we’re gonna tell you abouts two ways that some of our furends can help stop that hateful BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) thing in Ohio and Texas.

Now, if you don’t know what BSL is…it’s laws that humans put in place that make it against the law to have doggies that look like me.

RAWR! I big skeery monster! Heehee! Nooooo...not really. Can I have some of your pudding?

See, some peoples think that just cuz a doggie was born with a blocky head and a broad chest and a short coat — that automatically makes ’em mean. But just like with people, how a doggie looks doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not it’s gonna bite. Any doggie can bite or be dangerous if they don’t have a good owner.

So I have two really impawtant ways that you can help stand up for good doggies and good owners if you live in Ohio or Texas.

OHIO

Ohio is the only place in the entire country that has BSL that covers the whole state. But it hasn’t kept peoples from getting bitten (duh!). So this nice congress lady is working to take the part out of the law that says that a dog is dangerous if it “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog. The ownership, keeping, or harboring of such a breed of dog shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership, keeping or harboring of a vicious dog.” (Whew! Those sure are a lotta big words!)

So, if you live in Ohio, could you pretty please call your representative-person and tell them that you support this change in the dangerous dog law? To find your representative, please click here. And if you wanna learn more about all this, please visit my furends over at Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates.

TEXAS

A little while back my mom told you about a really sad thing that happened in Texas. Right now, Texas’ law says that towns can’t have BSL. But cuz of this sad thing that happened (that was totally the fault of the humans), some peoples are trying to get that changed. And if that happens, that could hurt dear furends like Shelby and the Houston Pittie Pack.

Sweet Shelby

But in order for this BSL thing to get anywhere, they’ve gotta find somebuddy to sponsor it in the legislature (another big word!). Right now, they haven’t been able to find anybuddy to do that. But that’s why it’s REAL impawtant that if you live in Texas that you get in touch your representative-person right now and tell them that you don’t support BSL in your state. Here’s a linky to find your representative.  And if you want to learn more, please click here to visit StopBSL.com.

Okie doke! I think that’s it. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to read this and I hopes you have the Most Wonderful weekend that ever, ever was doing all the things you like to do best!

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28 responses to “Be the Change: Help Stop BSL

  1. That is a terrific post. It is such a shame that they put the bad name on the Pit bulls. Like you said, any dog can bite and any breed can be mean. I have seen many mean dogs of all different breeds. Before they demand that any be put down, they should design a test like they have for the dogs that become ‘good citizens’. Great post Mayzie.

  2. My sister, Sharona is a brindle pit bull (Paws Up Brindles!)! We don’t support BSL and we will bark it loud! Great post.
    xoxo Winnie Cooper

  3. Frankie Furter

    Being from Ohio… I am totally aware of this law. I have been in contact with my Rep. and made my feelings known!!!!

  4. I’m not from either of those states but we have our own issues here so thanks for making us all think about this!!!

    By the way, the only thing skeery about that picture was the thought that they might not have shared the pudding with you. That would be most awful!!

    Wags,
    Zona

  5. miss mayzie,

    BSL is totally mega stinkage!!! just like you woofed, any doggie, no matter what they look like, can be dangerous if they have bad owners. thankies for givin’ this informational for peeps ‘n doggies in ohio ‘n texas to get in touch with their congress peeps and let their voices be heard!

    *woof*
    the booker man

  6. I used to work in a boarding facility – for three years.

    I was bitten 5 times.

    4 times by little dogs (Dachshund, Yorkie, and a Chihuahua twice).

    Once by a large dog. It was a German Shepherd.

    Approximately 40% of the dogs we boarded were Pit Bulls.

    Hmmm.

  7. I like how you gave people options for what to do about it! We just saw a news story on our local news a couple of days ago that said one third of the dogs in our county shelter were pit bulls or pit mixes. We’ve actually been pondering what we could do about that ourselves. It’s sad that any dogs are homeless, but out of 2,500 dogs that were in the shelter in the past year, 1,00o were pits or pit mixes.

    Bunny

  8. Really great post. BSL sucks!

  9. Mayziegal
    Those ignowant hooman laws just make me soooo angway I could spit.
    This is the kind of thing stoopid hoomans did doowing WWII..saying what you look like makes you bad..Idiots!!!!!!
    I love all my doggie fwiends and Pitties awe some of the sweetest, kindest , most loyal and affectionate =doggies awound. Thank you fow posting about this. I wish I lived thew and could do something . I told all my fwiends in Texas..I hope it wowks
    I love you
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

  10. Thanks for calling attention to such a hugely important cause, Mayzie! (And that pic of you is adorable. I really hope they shared that pudding with you!!)

  11. Hey Mayzie
    Mom and I learned a lot today from your post and we thank you…
    Mom says she’d curl up on the bed with you any time any day any way without any fear!! Hugs sweetie pie…Oh and guess who mom met today (w/o her camera…bad mom) Mack..the most handsome Bull Mastiff she has ever seen….he was asolutely precious in a big way…all 160 lbs of him. He was two and he is the big bro to two adorable two legger boys…Mom also saw a hawk today w/o a camera….Bad mom again. She promises to always have a camera with her on her walkies.
    Hugs Madi

  12. Bravo!!!

    The last pikh of woo is sooooo furry khute!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

  13. A most excellent post Mayzie, if there is anything I can do to help from over here in the UK please tell your Mom to drop me an email.
    With Love n Snuggles to your most beautiful brindle self
    Momma Tea
    xx xx xx xx

  14. Thanks for bringing to our attention. We are from OH-IO! 🙂

  15. Teddy Bear

    Thank you so much for such great information. Shelby looks amazing.:)

    Love,
    Teddy Bear

  16. We don’t live in those states… We live in Illinois… but when Mama lived in Colorado, she had a friend with a pitbull. Mama and her friend lived right near the edge of Denver, and when her friend walked her dog, she had to stay away from Denver or the police would take the dog away!!! We hope Breed Specific Laws will go away soon. 😦

  17. Mayzie, you are beautiful! Paws up to your “Blog the Change” post! Paws way way down to BSL.

    Are you so relaxed and your paws crossed so sweetly in the last photo because you got some of that pudding you were after?!

    -Chandra at Daley’s Dog Years

  18. I will sooner trust a pit bull than some of the small yappy dogs. My family has owned 2 pit bulls and they are the sweetest dogs ever. Italy has repealed their BSL laws, hopefully more countries will, too.

  19. I was floored when a beautiful Pitty licked her owner’s Kindle in the latest Amazon commercial. It was awesome on the part of the ad campaign to show Pitties in such a positive light. I hope that dog sells TONS of Kindles. 🙂 Take THAT, Ohio.

    Thanks for Blogging the Change!
    Kim
    BtC4animals.com

  20. My mom says that if BSL laws make sense, then she should be on that list…BOL
    It’s a dumb law, and as for Texas – I’m running right now to go tell my Texas friends to read this!

  21. Pip

    I am with you, Mayzie. These are terrible laws! Just terrible. They make me so mad, grrrrrr!!!!

    My mom feels bad about missing Blog the Change. She forgot all about it …

    Your pal, Pip

  22. Nice blog! Hopefully OH gets repealed soon! I’m in PA and a local rescue does what they can to pull pitties from shelters in OH to save them… thanks for posting this!

  23. We agree with you, too, Mayzie! It is awful, and makes Grammy really mad! She’s known lots of Pitties, German Shepherds, Dobies, and a few others that have been put under these restrictions from insurance companies who won’t insure their people here in CA! The dogs themselves have been wonderful animals. Grrrr… Some humans are just ignorant! The CCC

  24. Kristine

    BSL is ridiculous and tragic. Not only does it hurt innocent, loving animals, but it doesn’t even work! The more said about it, the better. Legislating based on breed is only harming and pushing aside a problem that has much deeper roots. In my opinion, it is just taking the easy way out, saving politicians from actually having to do something real.

  25. An important topic to make people aware of. Happy Tails Books just published a great resource for those looking to fight BSL. I’m not just calling it great because I edited it! It’s 364 pages of information about BSL, violence in society, and how focusing on the dogs actually makes our communities more dangerous because while dogs are being euthanized, the people who abused them and continue to abuse their pets and families are on the loose. I really learned a lot from the book and feel I’m a much better advocate because of it. The author originally wrote the book as a master’s thesis for a forensic science program, so the information is well-researched. We’ve got sample chapters available online. I hope you’ll check it out. http://happytailsbooks.com/buy/#boucher

  26. We sure do really hate BSL in this house

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

  27. Susie "George's" Mom

    Thanks for this post. I live in Dallas, Texas and just emailed my representative about this. I have 3 indoor pit bulls and I consider myself a very responsible pibble mom. Again thanks for the heads up.

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