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Partners in Advocacy

We believe in supporting our advocate friends who have their own amazing projects. Below you’ll find information about some great people, dogs and organizations that have worked with us to dispel myths regarding pit bull type dogs. You’ll find some great materials and some really cool stuff. We’ll be adding more to this list, so please check back often!

Dogs are individuals and should be treated as such, regardless of what they happen to look like. ~ Andrew Yori

Hector & Wallace – both featured in Beyond the Myth

Hector was one of 47 Pit Bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation. He has scars and physical signs all over his body from his previous life. Fortunately all of the scars are external, and Hector’s personality allowed him to stay true to himself. Once he was rescued and given a chance at a better life he began to shine. He has since passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test multiple times. He passed the ATTS Temperament Test, and can visit hospitals, nursing homes, and libraries as a Certified Therapy Dog. Hector has also done a lot of work in elementary schools teaching children compassion toward animals and how to safely act around dogs. Hector’s work earned him a humane education award presented through Brooklyn Law School. His story has been highlighted in both local and national media outlets, including but not limited to, CBS Early Show, Good Day NY, People Magazine, E! Entertainment News, Entertainment Weekly and NPR’s Fresh Air. ~ From Andrew and Clara Yori.

Wallace is a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier. He was found as a stray and turned into the Humane Society. Wallace is one of the highest drive dogs I have ever come across, so it was no surprise that he did not do well in the kennel environment. Unfortunately, the “low kill” shelter that is set up to help him, started targeting him for euthanasia because he was a “liability”. He wasn’t an angel by any means, but what do you expect from an off-the-chart working dog that was bored out of his mind.

With the help of some others, my wife and I were able to pull him out before he was put down. We put our money where our mouth is, so to speak, and since being rescued Wallace has surpassed any expectations we could have imagined and has now made so many achievements, including winning the 2007 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Freestyle Flying Disc National Championship. ~ From Andrew and Clara Yori.

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DOG (Dedicated, Organized, Gentle) Training

Drayton Michaels, CTC – featured in Beyond the Myth

Dedicated Organized Gentle is a foundational guide to helping dog owners train and communicate with their pets without stress. By focusing on a common sense approaches D.O.G. shows how to improve the quality of life between human and dog in clear and understandable terms and exercises.

We believe that if both dog and owner are having fun in the process, it results in a stronger bond and more fundamental learning. We bypass the master and servant dynamic and teach how to build a better relationship through trust, kindness and consistency.

Having fun is easy when you are Dedicated Organized and Gentle. This will help you create bonds and not binds with your dog. ~ From Drayton Michaels

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Ruby’s Tale

Meet Ruby. Found like unwanted trash in an empty house, Ruby went on to achieve the impossible. Ride along with her on the stunning, wild and wonderful odyssey that has been her life. A real doggie epic!

Ruby is both a certified therapy dog (TDI) and a certified service dog. Trained and tested to meet ADI standards, Ruby was inducted into the Minnesota Veterinarian Medical Association Animal Hall of Fame, is the veteran of stage plays including “Cheaper By The Dozen,” appeared in newspapers around the world, and worked at a radio station as a co-host- her occasional snoring bemusing guests and listeners alike.

Buy the book and learn more about Ruby’s current adventures.

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Stubby Dog Project

StubbyDog is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) transmedia organization that’s focused on changing public perceptions of pit bulls and dismantling the associated stereotypical thinking. We develop and disseminate emotionally resonant and entertaining content, showing pit bulls as the loyal and loving dogs they are. At StubbyDog you’ll find great stories on pit bull type dogs and their caretakers, weekly blogs, newsletters and great products. Our Vision is a world where every pit bull enjoys the right to a good life. Our Mission is to help people rediscover pit bulls as lifelong friends.

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The Photo Book Projects – Melissa McDaniel

Founder and photographer Melissa McDaniel has traveled the U.S. for the last three years to produce the photo book projects, a series of photo books, note cards, fine art prints, calendars and more, all raising awareness about issues affecting animals in the U.S. today, especially those animals who are mistreated or misunderstood. A percentage of the proceeds is donated to animal rescue & advocacy groups.

The first three photo books in the series, Rescued in America, Deaf Dogs, and Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Type Dogs, are out now. The Puppy Mill Dogs book will be released in 2012.

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