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!

Wishful (almost) Wordless Wednesday

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Who am I?

Haha! Isn’t that the Most Silly question you ever heard? That’s easy! I’m me. I’m MAYZIE!

But I have learned something Most Interesting about humans. It seems oh-so-very important to them that they know who I am. Or, really, WHAT I am.

When mom and me are out and about, it always happens. Somebodys always stops us and asks…

What kind of dog is that?

Well, the problem is that I don’t remember my birth mother and father. So my gene-ology is Most Mysterious. And mom and dad and me and Brudder Ranger are all just fine with that. So lots of times, mom will just smile real sweetly and say to the very curious person…

Mayzie is one-of-a-kind!

Now, I think that is Most Clever. And very true. But humans are funny creatures and most of the times, this doesn’t seem to make ’em happy. So they start the “What is Mayzie” guessing game. Here’s some of the guesses we hear most oftenest:

A Boxer dog like my friend Mr. Chef. (This is what my Angel Donna Fostermommy had me listed as on that Petfinder webbit thingie.) The funniest thing is lots of times people think I’m a baby boxer, instead of a full-grown dog!

A Pit Bull like my friends Miss Daisy and Sookie and the Houston Pittie Pack and Miss M and Mr. B.

A French Bulldog like my friends Brutus and Betty. (But I think that’s mainly cuz of my glorious ears.)

We’ve also heard Old English Bulldog, and Basenji, and Australian Cattle Dog, and Great Dane. (Although, I thinks I might be too much of a shorty to be a Great Dane.)

We get asked this funny question so many times that mom is thinkin’ about having a dee-enn-ay test done on me so she can just tells people what that test said, rather than have them play the guessing game. But I dunno. I kinda like being a dog of mystery!

So anyway, after hearing from all these peoples we don’t know, we thought that it would be kinda fun to hear what other doggie friends and doggie friends people  think that I might be. And kittehs can play along, too!

Oh! Here’s a couple things abouts me that might help. I weigh 38 pounds and I’m only about 17 inches tall at the shoulder. And here’s some pictures of my Most Exotic self from diff’rent angles. I can’t waits to hear what you have to say!

Hope everydoggie (and kitteh) has a Most Happy Monday! Wiggles & Wags!
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