The Top 5 is my monthly look at the 5 most popular blogs for the month based on information from Google Analytics. The +1 is my opportunity to highlight a post that wasn't in the Top 5, but I think was worthy of more exposure. Here's this month's top 5:
1) (Almost) Horrifying Video highlight why human behavior is so important in judging dog behavior -- This video of a toddler jumping on a dog (repeatedly) while the dog shows obvious distress signals and the adults in the room just laugh and egg it on was by FAR the most popular post of the month. While the dog in this case (miraculously) didn't bite, it shows why human behavior is so important in determining dog behavior.
2) Four year old girl dies from dog attack in Iowa and why you can't talk about dogs without discussing owners -- in a similarly themed post (with a catastrophically different ending), a four year old girl was tragically killed in Iowa while being "babysat" by a woman who was just a year away from pleading guilty to various drug charges and child endangerment of her own child.
3) New York Court rules no legal basis for breed discrimination - Very Good Sentences - The New York Supreme Court once again ruled that there is no legal basis for discriminating against breeds of dogs.
4) Failure of breed-specific policy in the UK - The UK has banned four different breeds of dogs for more than 20 years, and yet, in spite of the ban (and likely, because of the ban) hospitalizations due to dog bites continue to grow. A recent case shows why....
5) KC Pet Project spends week with Aimee Sadler - thoughts on shelter playgroups - We spent an amazing week building up the playgroup program with the shelter dogs at KC Pet Project -- my thoughts on the process, what it means for our dogs, and some video.
+1 Maryland's missed Opportunity - Both houses of the Maryland legislature unanimously opposed a court ruling that declared 'pit bulls' potentially dangerous. While everyone agreed that that ruling was wrong, and causing unnecessary, unwarnanted hardship, the two houses were unable to agree on an alternative. I chose this post as the +1 because I think it's important for people to realize just how little support for singling out breeds there is -- in this case, exactly zero support within the Maryland legislature.