Christmas here! I have a very impawtent statement to make here at the podium today. My running mate/campaign manager Oreo is here to support me and have my back. My elite squad of secret service agents, Zaphod and the crabby girls, are here to make sure nobody protests. Not that anyone would...what I have to talk about is a serious matter.
Imagine walking down the street with your dog. Imagine throwing him or her a ball at the dog park and cuddling up on the couch with your pup. Now, imagine not being able to do that. Imagine not walking down the street with your dog. Imagine not going to the dog park and not cuddling up with your dog on the couch. Just imagine that.
Sadly, lots of people have had to experience this for the past couple of weeks. No, their dog didn't bite anybody. No, their dogs weren't taken away from them because they were abusive towards them. Do you know why some people have had to get rid of their dogs and why some people will be forced to get rid of their dogs or change their dog's lifestyle?
Because their dogs are Pit Bulls.
Well, some of them might not be Pit Bulls. Some might be Pit Bull mixes, American Bulldogs, Boxers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and a mix between those breeds and similar breeds. That's what's happening in Montreal right now. They've passed a by-law that means people can no longer get Pit Bulls or Pit Bull type dogs there. Who knows what happens to the dogs that fit that description in shelters or rescues?
I can't even imagine what that's like, being euthanized or taken away from my good life because of my breed. I hate how peeps are blaming an entire breed for the faults of two or three dogs who happened to bite people. They aren't banning Labs or Yorkies or other breeds that probably bite more. Heck, us Dachshunds are known to be feisty and snappy pups, although I'm not like that. Some other Dachshunds might cause serious damage to people and become a threat to people, but it's not because their Dachshunds. It's because they haven't been trained right. Get what I mean? We can't hold an entire breed responsible for what an individual dog might do!
People in Montreal who already own Pit Bulls or similar dogs will have to get a special permit to continue to own their beloved companion by December 31st this year, or their dogs will be taken away from them and likely euthanized. Now Pit owners (considering they get a permit by the dead lion of December 31st) in Montreal must always have their dogs muzzled in public and outdoors, and the leash on the dog can not be more than 1.25 meters long. If anyone fails to obey those rules, their dogs will be taken away and likely euthanized. Pit Bulls are great dogs, not unpredictable killers...we must stop this nonsense!
If I'm right, the ban is on hold right now for complicated reasons, but "on hold" doesn't mean "pardoned".
Friends, if only the peeps of the rest of the world could be like Blogville. We have Pits and dogs of similar breeds and mixes in Blogville. There's Astro, the new pup in town you can't help but love, even though he's part Pit Bull. There's Molly, Noodle's gentle Pittie sister with soft puppy dog eyes. Banning is not the solution. Educating is the solution. Standing up for what is right is the solution.
YOU are the solution.
As a candy date, I think it's important I don't just bring attention to problems in Blogville, but to the rest of the world. These aren't just Pit Bulls. These aren't just dogs we hear about but don't know. These are dogs like us, who love nothing more than going for walks and being loved. They love back. Don't let the ignorant harm the innocent.
This is Christmas, signing out.