Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nonprofit is dedicated to helping pit bulls Article

Nonprofit is dedicated to helping pit bulls
Shelah Moody, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, November 23, 2008

As the founder of For Pits Sake, Kris Crawford is dedicated to improving the reputation of the much-maligned pit bull. Crawford, a retired search-and-rescue dog trainer and handler, is the proud owner of three pit bulls, Cheyenne, 13; Dakota, 12; and Tahoe, 8.
In 1997, she founded For Pits Sake, which includes programs in animal-assisted therapy, safety around dogs, search and rescue, and canine training and a campaign against dogfighting. Crawford's mission is to change public opinion about pit bulls, which are often perceived as aggressive, dangerous animals. "For every pit bull you hear of on the news that's bitten someone, if you look at the story behind it, it's been a dog that has been abused or was not raised by a responsible owner," said Crawford. "There are thousands of pit bulls across the country that are cherished family pets that you never hear about." Crawford described her dogs as funny clowns who adore adults and children. During her search-and-rescue career, Crawford and her dogs responded to more than 200 search missions for lost or missing people, including the high-profile search for murder victim Laci Peterson. In 2003, Crawford and Dakota were recruited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and NASA for an elite team to search for the bodies of astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia crash. "Having a pit bull hand-picked to search for American heroes meant quite a bit to me," said Crawford. During that time, Crawford also started an animal-assisted therapy program, where she and her dogs provide comfort to abused and disabled children in hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the Bay Area. "Kids can learn so much from dogs," said Crawford. "They can learn unconditional love, trust and how to be nonjudgmental. When they work with children, my dogs can help them temporarily forget about their disability or teach a battered and abused child how to love again." Safety Around Dogs is a program that Crawford conducts in schools and community centers. "Eighty percent of all fatal dog attacks involve children under 9," said Crawford. "Contrary to popular belief, the majority of these attacks are not coming from a dog that's loose in the neighborhood. Half of all dog bites come from the family's own dog and another 40 percent from a friend or neighbor's dog. I decided that it's time to change these odds. Safety skills around dogs, to me, are just as important as fire safety or looking both ways before you cross the street. " For information, go to www.ForPitsSake. org, www.KnockOutDogFigh ting.org and www.SafetyAround Dogs.org. Each week, The Chronicle features a Bay Area resident who has won a Jefferson Award for making a difference in his or her community. The awards are administered by the American Institute for Public Service, a national foundation that honors community service. Bay Area residents profiled in The Chronicle are also featured on CBS 5-TV and KCBS-AM, which are Jefferson Award media partners, along with The Chronicle.
E-mail Shelah Moody at smoody@sfchronicle. com.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Going To The Dogs Website Helps Network!


This site is a great resource for those looking to rescue, foster, or adopt a dog.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Adopt Maggie

Maggie was a rescue from GA in a high kill shelter and she came up to foster with me in upstate NY. This pup should have been an easy adopted dog...she has the best temperment...she is great with my 2 toddlers, my 3 pitbulls love her and she loves to play with her plush toys and lounge on the couch most of the day...
She is about 7-8months old and looks to be dalmation/lab mix. She is 35lbs she is ready to go in the next 2-3days. She is UTD on all her shots/vaccinations/spayed and would be a great family first dog. She is crate trained and walks well on a lease but just needs more practice with it as she is only a puppy still. She is already potty trained and has only had 1-2 accidents which were because she was in a new environment after a 3 day car ride.

There will be a $100 adoption fee to try to forward costs back to the angel that paid to transport her here to NY for a chance at a good life! It cost well over $600 thus far to get her this opportunity.
email me if interested in filling out an application and coming to see this beautiful baby girl.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pit Bullish on Wine

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick was convicted in 2007 for his involvement in dog fighting, and now the abused pit bulls are getting some vintage vindication.

Pit bull lover and artist Cyrus Mejia was commissioned by the Dog Lovers Wine Club -- yes, there is such a thing -- to paint wine labels depicting the 22 dogs rescued from Vick. The labels are emblazoned on the Vicktory Dogs wine collection sold by the club, the proceeds of which will fund campaigns to end dog fighting and to "speak out against legislation designed to ban specific dog breeds." $40/bottle at the Dog Lover's Wine Club.