Barking about #TheMajorityProject

This post is sponsored by The Animal Farm Foundation and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the The Majority Project, but Mayzie’s Dog Blog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Animal Farm Foundation is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Hey, everybuddy! It’s me, Mayzie! And today my mom and I wanna tell you about something super cool and oh-so-impawtant that we’re pawticipating in.

Majority Logo

It’s a photo collection of regular, everyday “pit bull” dog owners called The Majority Project. Put together by The Animal Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, the purpose is to show that “pit bull” dog owners are just like most other dog owners… loving, responsible people who make sure their doggies get proper care, keep them in their homes, and don’t let them run around willy nilly.

“Pit bull” dog owners can join by visiting The Majority Project website, printing and personalizing an “I am the MAJORITY” sign and submitting a photo with their dog. HUNDREDS have already done it, including Mr. Jon Bernthal. (If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead TV show like my mom is, you’ll prolly recognize him right away.)

Okay, now that I’ve told you WHAT it is, I’ll let mom tell you WHY it’s impawtant to us. Take it away, mom!

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Thanks, Mayzie!

Once upon a time, I believed the hype. I believed “pit bull” dogs and their owners were somehow different. The dogs were violent and unpredictable. Their owners were thugs who participated in dog fighting and other crimes.

So convinced was I that one day six years ago, I told my husband there was NO WAY I would EVER adopt a “pit bull”-type dog.

The next day, I met Mayzie.

Brindle dog in sweater. mayziesdogblog.com

It was love at first sight and I knew, without a doubt, this dog was meant to be ours. The idea that she might have some “pit” in her scared me, but at this point, there was no turning back. I was smitten.

To be on the safe side, though, I decided to do some research in case this seemingly sweet dog suddenly tried to eat my face off.

What I learned surprised me:

  • There is no such breed as a “pit bull.” The term includes several purebreeds but it also refers to a type of dog, usually one with a big, blocky head, broad chest, short coat and muscular body.
  • Like Mayzie, most dogs referred to as “pit bulls” are mixes of various breeds.
  • “Pit bull” owners, like their dogs, are individuals. They are teachers, doctors, grandmothers, factory workers and much more.
  • Reckless dog owners are the problem, not the dogs, and they cannot be correlated with any particular breed or type of dog; the only factor they have in common is their problematic behavior resulting from a disregard of public safety and animal welfare.
  • Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) will not help us achieve safer communities. BSL has never been effective in reducing dog bites and enhancing public safety. It is expensive, time consuming, and nearly impossible to enforce.
  • Responsible Pet Ownership laws are the most effective path to building safe, humane communities.

As they say, knowledge is power. It took awhile but slowly I began to see how wrong I had been. I also  knew if my mind could be changed, others could be, too.

So that’s why, for almost five years on this blog and in person, Mayzie and I have been on a mission to open hearts and minds about “pit bull” dogs and owners by showing ourselves simply as who and what we are.

She is just a dog.

I am just a person.

Together, we are the majority.

#TheMajorityProject: showing "pit bull" dog owners in a positive light. mayziesdogblog.com

 

Are you a “pit bull” dog owner? If not, do you know or love one (even just virtually)? Then YOU are the majority, too! Tell us all about it in the comments!

Pets & Peeps: Spending Time Together

Disclosure: I was compensated by Nutrish for this post. However, all thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own.

Hi everybuddy! Well, first, I just want to point out that I, Mayzie, was the ORIGINAL Nutrish Ambassadog in this family. But it seems El Smudgo has been getting all the glory lately as DiploCat.

Honest, it really doesn’t bother me all that much. I’m pretty good at sharing. But when Nutrish asked us to write about how we spend time together, I told Smudge that this postie was ALL MINE.

Mayzie sash

Now there’s lots of ways that mom and dad and Ranger and me spend time together. We go for walks and we hang out on the couch and we go on picnics and we help mom work. All super funball times.

But as you guys prolly know, one of the Most Fun and Exciting things we do together is go on our Shall-Ay Adventures. When we’re off in our Shall-Ay, there’s no phones or tee-vees or ‘puters or anything. It’s just us, hanging out as a family, going for hikes and just relaxing. It’s GREAT!

Most unfortunately, it’s been awhile since we got to go Shall-Aying but I realized we never did share abouts our last trip. So I thought this would be the PAWFECT time to do it!

This last time, we went to a place called the Angel of Shavano campground near a town called Salida here in Collie-rado.

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Gosh, was it ever pretty! It mighta been one of the prettiest ones we’ve been to so far. And you know what else was great about it? There’s something called the Colorado Trail that runs right through it!

colorado trail

Now the Colorado Trail is 500 miles long and goes all the way from Denver to Durango. So, um, we did NOT do that. We just did a teensy part of it but it was super duper cool! Well, actually, it was a little hot but we thought it was great!

mitch dogs colorado trail

The next day, all of a sudden the temperatures were WAY cooler and it got kinda rainy. So mom and dad said that we were going to drive to a place called Monarch Pass.

monarch pass

Monarch Pass is located on something called the Continental Divide at 11,312 feet. So we were WAY up there!

 

monarch pass overlookThey have what they call a “tram” that’ll take you all the way up to the tippy top of the mountain. And guess what? They let dogs ride, too! And guess what else? As soon as I saw that contraption, I told mom and dad and Brudder Ranger there was NO WAY they were getting me on it.

monarch pass tram

So since it was so nice and cool and cloudy, they let me and Brudder Ranger stay in the truck and they rode that kerazy thing to the top. When they got back, mom was all, “Oh, LOOK how beautiful it was, Mayzie! You totes shoulda gone.”

monarch pass view

Have I mentioned my mom is cuckoo??

Anyway, when we got back, we went on another little hike on the Colorado Trail and then konked out for the night.

The next day, it was bright and sunny again but we had to pack up and come home. I sure wish we coulda stayed longer.

Oh, well, mom says we’ve got another adventure coming up pretty soon and I can hardly wait to see where we go next!

Yep, spending time with our humans is pretty pawsome! I bet you love to spend time with yours, too!

Your turn: What do YOU like to do best with your humans? I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment and let me know!

A Personal Note from MayzieMom

Hi…MayzieMom (Amber) here. As you know, we try to keep things light and happy here because, well, Mayzie is light and happy. We want this to be a place to come to forget the rest of the world and smile even for a minute. I also rarely get personal on the blog because A) the blog isn’t about me and B) I’m by nature an extremely private person.

However, I’m going to share something intensely personal today. I don’t write this to ask for your pity or to feel sorry for me or my family. We’ve had plenty of that. However, this subject is important to me and so I’m stepping (waaaaay) outside my comfort zone to share with you.

Almost three years ago, I lost my sweet daddy suddenly and shockingly. Within a year while I was still reeling from the loss of my father, my mother was diagnosed with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease.

She was 66 at the time.

My mother today is no longer the mother I knew. The mother I knew loved planting flowers, and rescuing and restoring discarded furniture. She collected original artwork from local artists, not because she thought they were worth something but because they touched her. She adored dogs and impressed upon us that they were members of the family. She held a degree in theater, and taught middle school English for almost 30 years. She introduced “Romeo and Juliet” to thousands of students, and while she literally knew every line, she never grew tired of Shakespeare’s prose. She was wickedly funny, infuriatingly stubborn, sometimes difficult and always passionate.

mom me wedding

Today my mother is 68 and in a memory care facility. A year ago, we thought we were going to lose her to pneumonia and even admitted her to hospice. But she’s a fighter and surprised everyone by rallying. She’s now entering the end stages of the disease and has trouble communicating, eating and walking.

I thought losing my dad was the most difficult thing I would ever endure. But watching what’s happening to my mother is a whole different kind of hell.

And so we come to the reason I write today. My youngest sister Candice is running in the Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2014. She has entered as a charity runner and is raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Her goal is $1,500.

My mother and sister

My mother and sister

I’m not used to being on the asking end of things but today I’m asking you to consider supporting my sister in this. A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s may be the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. We know nothing can bring our mother back. But maybe, with the proper research, we will eventually be able to save millions of other mothers…and sisters and brothers and cousins and nephews…from the same horrific fate.

No amount is too small and all donations are tax-deductible. If you are interested in joining our fight and helping my sister achieve her goal, please click on her personal fundraising page.

Thank you so much! Your support (whether it’s financial or emotional) means the world to me and my family.

MayzieMom: Rebirth-day

Today is Mayzie’s Rebirth-day.

On this day five years ago, Mayzie was released from the chains of neglect, despair and darkness.

On this day five years later, she runs free in warmth, hope and light.

mayzie-free

Five years ago, if it weren’t for her rescuer, she might have died alone, afraid and unloved.

Five years later, because of her rescuer, she lives cherished, safe and adored.

mayzie ranger cuddle

Then, she was just an anonymous little dog.

Today, she has friends all over the world.

mayzie sweet eyes

I used to think about the people who had her before and what I would say to them if I ever met them.

Now I think only of her rescuer and what I can never say enough…

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

When you saved this dog, you gave me my heart.

mayzie mom smooch

Many of you know the story of how Mayzie was rescued but if you don’t, or would like to read it again, you can see it here.

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