Thanksgiving Day Parade

There is no better way to get in the Holiday spirit than a festive Thanksgiving Day Parade! Our shelter participated in one this weekend and it was so much fun. It’s a great chance to interact with our community, and – better yet – get some adoptable dogs into the spotlight.

I brought adoptable “pit bull” dog Luna. I cannot even begin to describe how hard I fell in love with her in just the few hours we hung out. She is less than a year old, and she’s got so much energy that it’s rare for each of her four paws to be on the ground at the same time when you first meet her. But I love her. She immediately caught on to the fact that jumping on me was going to get her ignored, and that sitting politely would get her treats.  The transformation I saw in just one hour while we were waiting for the parade to start was remarkable and showed me how much potential she really has. She’s also great with other dogs. Awesome dog, no? Not to mention she is stinkin’ CUTE!

We also had adoptable Mystic on the route with us! She wasn’t too keen on all the noises and people, so she greeted fans from inside our van. You can see that she performed that job perfectly!

We invite shelter alumni to join us in the parade as well.  MCHS alum Taz come with his family, and he was dressed to the nines in his elf outfit. Here he is with his big brother.

As you can see, it was a great morning for shelter dogs in the community! Happy Thanksgiving week!

If you think you’d like to add Luna or Mystic and their adorable ears to your family, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


Everyday Dogs, Everyday Owners

I had another recipe for a perfect day when I headed down to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for my second B-More Dog walk on Sunday. Many of you probably remember the last time I went on a B-More Dog Pit Bulls on Parade (see here and here) where I soaked up all the adorable pitties with their owners. B-More Dog’s mission is to promote responsible pet ownership through education and outreach, and they hold Pit Bulls on Parade once a month to show the community that we are the everyday “pit bull” dog owner.

These walks help dispel the myth that if you own a “pit bull” dog, everyone will be afraid of you. Unfortunately, when those of us with “pit bull” dogs talk about how people cross the street or pull their kids away when they see us – even though we are usually saying it in a light hearted way since we know our dogs are nothing to be afraid of – we send the message that the public as a whole is scared of “pit bull” dogs.  Generalizations like this can cause people to shy away from considering a “pit bull” dog for adoption because they don’t want their friends to stop hanging out with them or to be looked at as an outsider – even though those of us with these dogs know that likely won’t happen (if you’ve got decent friends at least).

The more we demonstrate that these dogs are just everyday pets, the less we perpetuate myths that they should be treated differently. If I had a dollar for every person that stopped to ooh, aah, and coo at all the dogs on Sunday, I’d be able to buy front row seats to the Ravens game. Sure, there are some Negative Nancys in the crowd, but the overwhelming majority are positive and excited to see the dogs – just like in every day life.

It was a beautiful Autumn morning in the harbor and despite another big event going on, the dogs were well behaved and it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves. It was great meeting a few blog followers too – of course I always love that! Thanks to everyone who came out. There were all sorts of shapes and sizes in attendance!

For more information about getting involved with B-More Dog, visit their website.