The Top 5 is a monthly post featuring the 5 most popular posts for the month based on information from Google Analytics. The +1 is my opportunity to highlight a post that I wish had been more popular but didn't make the list.
Because I missed the Top 5 in September, and posting was pretty light that month, I'm going to combine September/October for the top 5 posts over the two months. Enjoy.
1) Pit Bull Facts/Myths Info Graphic -- this infographic, put together by 1-800 Pet Meds for Pit Bull Awareness Month, was the most popular post over the past 2 months.
2) Considering the Source -- while the internet has been great about allowing the free-flow of information, it has also evened the playing field where sites by professionals are often given the same priority as sites by people with no real knowledge or expertise in the topic they're covering. This is very true with breed-specific legislation, where virtually every professional expert in the field of animals, or law, realizes that laws targeting specific breeds are ineffective and based on poor science. This post was about making sure we were smart about considering our sources before making decisions.
3)What kind of doggie is that in the window? - my coverage of the results of a breed identification panel done by the University of Florida and Maddies Fund shows the difficulty even professionals have at identifying breeds of mixed-breed dogs. My follow-up to this story just missed making the top 5, and you can find it here.
4) The case against breed-specific legislation in Australia -- I cover a new report from experts in Australia breaking down the case against breed-specific legislation, including breed identification issues, the science against breed-specific laws and the failure of such laws across the nation. This was a fantastic report and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to read it in its entirety.
5) Barriers to Pet Adoptions -- a new report from the AVMA highlights the top reason why people don't get pets. I think this is valuable information in helping us to convince them the value pets bring to their lives.
There were a couple that I considered here -- but this one is especially dear to me: Determining what is dangerous, the military and base breed bans. While the military is banning breeds from their military bases, the reality is that the biggest threat to soldiers, many of whom suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is themselves. The reality is that large-breed dogs often provide the best comfort to these soldiers, who often feel tough and misunderstood themselves, and the military is banning these dogs, which could potentially save these veterans' lives from the bases they live on.