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The Beloved Pit Bulls -- Page 2
When you hear "PIT BULL" think ...
"Pleasing Intelligent Treasures ~ Beloved Unconditional Love & Loyalty"
Santa Barbara Therapy Dog Survives Fighting Ring
Thursday, March 26, 2009
By Cathy Murillo
Santa Barbara Independent News

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Real Life Role Models: A Perfect Gentleman
Erik Siemers, Tribune Reporter
November 21, 2005

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In Whose Yard the Dog Sits

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Leo gets a new life
June 2008

Leo is a Pit Bull that was rescued out of Michael Vick's fighting camp.  Leo is now serving the community by doing therapy work to cancer patients and probationary juvenilles.

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Pin-Ups for Pit Bulls
By Linda Lombardi, Associated Press
Dec 23, 2008

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Archive Articles and Media

Canine cops help police
By Phil Schwarz
ABC News
January 26, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS)

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Family Dog Takes Bullet to Save Family
By Amy Lester, NEWS 9
Posted: Dec 9, 2008 05:00 PM / Updated: Dec 15, 2008 11:42 AM

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Walk a Day in Our Shoes
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Every day hundreds and thousands of animals are put to death. Please, Spay & Neuter your Pit Bull. 1 in every 600 Pit Bulls will ever find a home. 1 in 600.
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Below are a sampling of groups who also labor in love for our 'Bully Buds'.
Check these links for more information:
Plus visit our Partners/Links Page to find more links on Pit Bulls as well as links to other organizations working with Mariah's Promise.
Find The Pit Bull
Only one of the pictures below features the real American PitBull Terrier. Take the test to see if you can find it. To find the breed of a dog, click on image. Note that there are no mixes or rescue dogs of unknown background who's breed could be debated in the page. All dogs have been picked in breeder's web sites and should be good representatives of their breed.

When you are done, ask your family and friends to take to test and watch the results. For many people, a Pit Bull is a big headed dog, or a dog with cropped ears. For some it's a brindle dog, or one with a patch on eye, or its a big stocky dog.

Breed misidentification is a scary thing in a time breed specific legislation is growing.... Pit Bull dogs are often blamed for dog attacks that may very well have been caused by an another breed...
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Find The Pit Bull
This is Ginger, a sweet girl who came to Mariah's Promise from a rescue
in Missouri because she was banned.
She was fortunate to be adopted into the home and hearts of Graeme & Sandy.

More of our beloved Bullies
•  Bless The Bullies
•  Justice for Gage
•  Pit Bull Lovers
•  Pit Bull Rescue Central
•  The Bully Beat
•  Understand-a-bull

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The Pit Bull Blues
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The Unexpected Pit Bull 2010 Calendar
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Check out their wonderful website too:  The Unexpected Pit Bull

A Prayer of a Pit Bull

Spirit in the sky, who watches over all animals. It is my prayer and my request that you grant greater understanding, and acceptance to humans; those who love us, and those who hate us.

That they will know how loyal we are, how brave we are, and how loving we are. Help them to accept us as a breed in whole, and not let the few tragedies shine brighter than the many great traits that we have.

And those who would kill me, let them know, I forgive them, even though I don't understand their hatred. And those who would beat me, let them know I still love them, even though it is not the honorable way.
Thank you for all the strong traits that you have given to me, and my breed. Help those to know that I stand for courage, strength, loyalty, and bravery. And as my master already knows, let those who would come against my family know that I would surely die defending them.

And just one last thing that I would ask: Let my master know, that if you should call me away, that I will wait patiently at those pearly gates until the one who chose me, comes home.


Pit bulls seized in Mo./Ill. raids are rescued, but not yet saved
By Todd C. Frankel
Technically, the 378 pit bulls seized this week by authorities in Missouri and Illinois still belong to the same men accused of training them in the blood sport of dogfighting.

And while a federal judge eventually will decide whether to sever ownership of the dogs, the final fate of the animals remains uncertain.

They are rescued but not yet saved.

If the history of dealing with fighting animals holds true, some of these dogs - perhaps even more half of them - will be euthanized. Forget the relative success in NFL star Michael Vick's 2007 dogfighting case, where 47 of 51 dogs were saved, experts say. That was an unusual outcome.

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Pit bull's life is spared; will be sent to pet sanctuary in Colorado
By Nancy White
Thu Jun 25, 2009

Cohasset - 

The pit bull’s life will be spared, but he will live out the rest of his days far away from Cohasset.

Tyson, the pit bull that has stirred up the Highland Court neighborhood over the past few months, got his marching orders from the Board of Selectmen Monday night.

The dog, owned by the O’Connell family at 17 Highland Court, will be transported to Mariah’s Promise, a no-kill dog sanctuary in Colorado where it is hoped he will be adopted. 

The Selectmen’s office was packed with a standing room only audience for the roughly half-hour proceeding.

When Selectmen chair Paul Carlson opened the floor to the complainants - primarily, the neighbors - none wished to speak. Amyra O’Connell, the owner of the dog, represented her family.

“I would like to convey that Tyson was not a vicious puppy, he was not brought up to fight, he was loved and cared for by my family,” said O’Connell, who had to stop at one point to collect herself in the face of emotion.

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Denver Kills Dogs visits Mariah's Promise
May 2009

This video of Mark & Marie Schoenfeld visiting from Los Angeles, along with Tim & Monika Courtney who live in Evergreen, CO. It was great to meet some of the Founders and supporters of the Denver Kills Dogs campaign. They were AMAZED at what they saw here - dogs playing and all so excited to have visitors!!

Untitled from Monika Courtney on Vimeo.

An Open Letter to Roger Goodell:  Our Children are Watching

Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:26 PM
Subject: M. Vick

Being from Newport News, Virginia, an elementary school reading teacher, an animal rescuer, and an avid football fan, I felt the need to express what needs to be said to you and others involved in the decision making process of Michael Vick's future.

It is because "our children are watching", as I have learned as a volunteer working with the younger generation as well as with animals, it is evident that before one acts on even the little things one does truly have an impact on children. "Our children are watching" seems like a simple statement but despite the innocence of children the actions of adults and the retaining of what these young people observe create a relationship between the two. 

What are our core values: what we and what Mr. Vick need to examine are the deep, down inside values. From his personal perspective and then as an NFL(er) the organizational values and how he plants the seed of these core values into your organization matter and how are they to be accomplished.  Do the two values align? Yes, they most certainly do!

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