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FINALLY!!! - Jessie T. Wolf
March 20th, 2006
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FINALLY!!!
So the other day I was walking to work, and I saw a guy walking an American Staffordshire Terrier. Black and white, like my girl Zena, but much heavier, since she was a purebred. At first I thought that it was the same really old girl that I often times see this old man walking. I saw a nylon muzzle on her, and I suddenly felt sad that even _his_ poor dog got slapped with one of those things, as she’s like… an ancient old dog, and just hobbles around slowly… What’s a dog that old going to do to anyone?? O.o

But on walking closer I saw that this was a different dog with a different man. Kind of an older gentleman, and as we got closer to each other while walking on the sidewalk, I heard him crooning to his dog, “It’s okay… it’s okay…” It was kind of funny to see, as the dog looked rather intimidating, with a big prong collar around her neck, and walking on a chain leash.

As I was about to pass him, he smiled at me and said cheerfully, “It’s a beautiful morning, isn’t it?” I said, yes it was! It’s actually starting to feel like spring now! And I looked down at his dog who was wiggling her chubby little body and snorting at me. I smiled and pet her, and told the man that she looked a lot like my girl at home, and how Zena hates her muzzle too. “Yeah?” he said. I nodded and commented on how well behaved his dog was, and that it was very good that he wore a muzzle on her, as that way no one could take her away from him. He again smiled and said, “Yeah!” And his dog gave me kisses through her little nylon muzzle. :) I wished them both a good day, and continued on my way to work.

It was SO very nice to FINALLY see someone who was actually responsible with the new muzzle law on Pitties. And I mean… this guy was, well… a little bit on the slow side… and some people might be concerned that someone with a handicap like that has a dog that powerful. But his dog was very well behaved, and he was extremely responsible with her. I have seen SO many people who just refuse to put a muzzle on their dog that it just makes me sick.

While I was walking Zena yesterday, I ended up talking with a lady at the bus stop, and she was amazed at how good Zee was. She also told me how amazed she was at the fact that very, very few people are actually following the law, and putting their dogs’ life at risk. They say, “My dog is good! He doesn’t need a stupid muzzle!” I said to the lady that what those owners fail to understand is that it’s not about weather their dog is “good” or not. It’s about following the law, and keeping them safe. The woman agreed and said, “It’s best not to take chances. You’re a good owner for keeping her safe.” And I smiled thankfully, and went on my way.

A while back I got a bit fed up with people not being responsible with their pets, and so I made a poster to put up at a few of the pet stores and vet clinics around my area. I used a very sad-looking Zena as my poster girl. I don’t know if it will make much of a difference at all, but at least it was a way for me to get my voice out.

Zena Muzzled

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From:mewmew
Date:March 20th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Geeze. You have to put that horrid metal thing on her face every time you take her out? Poor puppy. I wish people would stop being so ignorant about dogs. Pitbulls are not bad dogs unless they're raised that way. If Indiana ever tried to make me put one of those things on Talula, I'd move out of the state. Dogs shouldn't have to suffer for a human's ignorance.

Every time I hear about breed bans it makes me wish I could take Talula out in front of a big group of people and show her my friend's 7 month old. People would drop dead to see Talula be nice to a small child, instead of eating the baby alive.
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From:gryph0n
Date:March 20th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
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*hugs a wolf!* Definately stupid law, as we've discussed at length before, but good job on the poster - hopefully it will help to save some animals. Well written! :D
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 21st, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
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*hugs!*
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 21st, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
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"Geeze. You have to put that horrid metal thing on her face every time you take her out? Poor puppy."

Yep. Poor ZeeBeast. :/ The muzzle cost me $75 too, but was well worth it, since she has more freedom to breath, pant, drink water, and even eat little treats through it, unlike the very tight nylon muzzles that I've seen some people using. The nylon ones tear easily, and resricts the dog's breathing. This muzzle makes her look like Hannibal Lector, but at least it doesn't really bother her much. She puts up a teeny bit of a fight when I try to first put it on her, but once she's outside she barely notices it's on. :-P

And I agree, I really wish that people would stop and look at the people who own the mean dogs. I've seen so many teen-aged punks (quite literally) walking their big Bullies, no muzzle, and a lot just let them roam off-leash. It's people like that who shouldn't have a dog, period. O.o And they don't care if their dog gets destroyed. They'll just go out and find some other poor beast to take the fall for their mistakes. Makes me so mad at the ignorance of this world. >.
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From:nemfx
Date:March 21st, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
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Dear Jessie,

If it's alright, I'd like to use your poster and whatnot for a radio show. I have a chance to be on the furry radio show Bunny Suicide (angrybastards.com) and I'd love to submit something of this nature, since I recently recorded myself talking about this same exact subject.

If you want, I could also ask the host if you can be in the show if you so desire :)


+2 karma points for you.
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 21st, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the Karma points! ;) And sure, you can use the poster if you'd like. :) Unfortunately I don't have the time to be on a radio show, but I wouldn't mind hearing the section where you talk about this? :) If you wouldn't mind, could you send me an audio file to my gmail account? Wlfdog @ gmail.com
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From:nemfx
Date:March 21st, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
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No problemo! The thing I recorded I seriously have been debating redoing. I'm weird about talking; I'll talk, but when I record it I get insecure about how I sound (my voice is apparently very jerky and weird) and I think I talked about it for too long, so if I don't redo it, I'll send it by wendsday or so, if I do redo it then it'll be whenever.. :)
From:khakiwolf
Date:March 21st, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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"... and Zena, the Poster Pup", aka,"GOD I HATE THIS THING, GET IT OFF MY FACE!!!!"

Nice to know more people are being responsible. I keep seeing that dork in my building running his pit around unmuzzled and even UNLEASHED. Geez. =P
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From:antimon
Date:March 21st, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I can't belive that law actually got passed.... i mean hell nto a bad idea to muzzle ALL dogs in public, though, singling a single breed makes less sence.

i hope everyoen does muzl etheir dogs and the stats on bites dotn change so [peopel see it's not the dogs but the owners
From:whitehorse79
Date:March 21st, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 22nd, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
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Oh, you went to MegaPlex? :) Cool. I've never been, and don't think I ever will go. Just gonna stick mainly to Anthrocon, and Midwest FurFest. :)
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From:nemfx
Date:March 22nd, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
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Oh, can I ask a big favour? I'm considering printing off a few dozen of these and putting them up around town. I am also currently in high school and need community service hours. Would it be alright to put you or your organization (is it an organization? i cant tell..) as a refference? :)
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 22nd, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
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Err... I guess you can. I don't see why not. O.o That's right.. you live in Ontario, don't you? And well, I don't have an organization... I'm just a concerned owner. :-P
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From:nemfx
Date:March 22nd, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
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okies :) and yes i do live in ontario. i was kinda hoping to put down something absurd "Why yes, I am in the Wuff saving brigade!" or something like that.. hehe..
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From:fur4380
Date:March 23rd, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)

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will you be at ac-06? i hope so cause i would like to chat with you.i can't find any other way to reach you but here so hopely we can get in touch and talk, well if i don't get in touch with you i'll talk with you at ac-06 if your there
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