15 Seconds of Fame with “Pit Bull” Dogs

I’ve been on the news a number of times of times at this point in my career, and I’m finally getting comfortable with it. Usually it’s just bringing an adoptable dog or cat to the station for a quick 45 second clip. Yesterday, however, our shelter got the opportunity to do a much longer, more involved program with a local station’s morning news reporter. We covered a few topics including our upcoming gala, adopting senior pets, and “pit bull” dogs. Being that I’ve been on camera plenty of times and I’m the resident pittie lover, I stepped up to talk with Holly about “pit bull” dogs.

It’s funny how you can basically eat, sleep, and breathe a topic, and still not know exactly what to say when put on the spot. You’ll see in the video that the anchor came on full force with pit bull myths – yikes – so I went heavily in the direction of lumping “pit bull” dogs in with all the other just dogs.  Shooting live always ends up being the type of situation where you don’t really know quite what you’re saying until after it’s over, and when you look back you probably would have said a whole bunch of stuff differently – but you can only prepare yourself so much.  I think today turned out well, even if I – as always – wish I could have a do-over.  At the very least Thelma, Louise and Angel were extremely well behaved camera stars! Maybe they will even get some adoption interest from their time in the spotlight (hint hint: that means you, reader who is looking for an awesome dog to add to their family!).

Holly Morris, the reporter, is an amazing supporter of our shelter, and she loved each dog we brought out. We’re so lucky to have media folks on our side, especially with the “pit bull” dogs issue.

See the video on Fox5’s website!


Positive Pitties in the Media

I love working at a non-profit because of how many amazing, new, and often unusual opportunities it presents me with. Many of you from the non-profit world know and appreciate what it means to “wear many different hats” because of limited staffing and a lot of responsibilities. At my job I try to jump at opportunities to get my hands on different projects in order to gain experience wherever possible.

My most recent exciting opportunity was taking two adorable pit-type mixes on the news. Taking animals on tv – live or recorded – is always a hoot. It’s pretty much a shot in the dark when picking a “tv ready animal” because no matter how socialized and comfortable they are in the shelter, the minute the robot-controlled cameras come out, animals often freak. It can be stressful, but with the right animal it can also be a lot of fun!

This time I brought two dogs, Boudreau and Ruby, and they were absolute angels. At this particular tv station we get a lot of camera time, meaning around 3-4 minutes instead of about 45 seconds like some others (note: we are appreciative of any on-air time, regardless of length!). The reporter Annie and I got a lot of conversation in and covered a wide range of topics. I even got to stick a short “don’t judge pit bull type dogs” spiel in.

Check out the video of how well Ruby & Boudreau did on the news station’s website (hint: hold “control” down when you click on the link to open a new window).

Boudreau, the gentle giant who stole the show by being absolutely adorable, is a staff favorite. He is a total love bug, inviting himself on to your lap any chance he gets. He is food motivated so he is a quick learner, as well as calm and collected under most any circumstances. Unfortunately, he has been adopted out and returned three times due to his severe separation anxiety. His most recent home worked out well, until the family’s alpha male decided he didn’t approve. All Bou needs is a girlfriend to keep him company while his family is away from the house. We always say he would be the perfect firehouse dog because he could just hang out with his firefighter buds all day every day.

Ruby came to us as a stray and I am head over heels in love. She is an easy sell: young, energetic, well-behaved, and loves other dogs. When we went to leave for the shoot, my coworker opened her trunk to get a sheet out for her backseat and Ruby jumped right in her trunk! It was so cute. She is going to get adopted in no time.