Well, this is awkward. But I have this weekly column, the weekly roundup, that it's been over a month since I've posted. That's a little embarrassing. So today, I'm cleaning out the files. No dog bite news. Probably not much BSL News. But today I'll post a collection of links that I think are useful that I've collected over the past month that I hope you'll find of value. Let's see how this works:
Cities/States and Laws
Clay, AL (population less than 10,000) passed a law targeting "pit bulls" after the sheriff was approached by an aggressive pack of dogs that he believed to be Rottweilers. Anyone who thinks laws targeting pit bulls are done because of a rational approach, see this.
Breed Specific Legislation
Animal Farm Foundation has the details, and a really nice infographic, that notes that more communities are either looking at breed-specific laws, and choosing breed-neutral ones, or repealing BSL, than passing it. This is something I've been discussing for years here on this blog -- but the infographic and details in the AFF blog are nice to see.
Here's the trailer to the new documentary "Guilty 'til proven innocent". Looks interest for sure from the short trailer. If anyone has more information about the movie, or has seen it, I'd love to hear feedback.
Breed Specific Legislation - Pride, Prejudice and the damning of pit bulls -- Great thoughts from Dancing Dog Blog
Short term offers with fee-waved adoptions are a great way to help move animals quickly for shelters and research indicates that these pets are just as valued as pets that are paid for. I'm going to post more thoughts on this, but this is good research for now.
New study links herbicide exposure to bladder cancer in dogs -- this isn't probably earthshattering news to anyone paying attention...
Are you overly protective when your dog plays rough? - A nice article from Dogster about reading canine body language and not interfering with healthy behavior.
We are them -- ASPCA Pro, Dr. Emily Weiss, notes how spending time with "Them", with an open mind, will help people overcome negative perceptions of low income people not believing in spay/neuter, or not being safe, and turning those perceptions into the reality that "they" just need access to resources and comunication. Great thoughts Emily.
What I learned, what I've come to appreciate -- some interesting thoughts about looking back on what previous notions she had about dogs, and things she didn't know and thought she knew -- from Beyond Breed
The anatomy of a dog attack -- a reminder that dogs don't attack "out of the blue" or "totally unprovoked" -- from K9 Magazine (UK)
Black Dog Syndrome - Fact or Fiction -- more thoughts on "Black Dog Syndrome" from Patricia McConnell
Lost & Found
Could your lost and found listings use a tune-up? Some good thoughts from ASPCA pro on how to up your Return-to-owner rates through lost and found.
Probability vs Possibility - Lost Dogs Wisconsin has a great post on finding your lost pet -- focusing on what PROBABLY happened will more likely lead you back to your lost pet that focusing on what possibly happened.
This is an interesting post from Lucky Dog about the first pit bull that changed everything for her and drew her to rescue. I think most of us have a "that dog" and I think this post will help move you to remember back before "that dog".
And if that post doesn't get you, this visual from Poodle and Dog Blog will.
The world is not changed by people who sort of care -- not animal welfare related, but completely animal welfare related -- from Sally Hogshead.
Participation isn't difficult or mandatory -- I love this little graphic that reminds us that politics, and particular dog politics, is not a spectator sport.
25 animals at bath time - this pictoral is as cute as you'd expect