Babes and Bullies members are chaining themselves to dog houses for 11 hours on Saturday at UNM. The group is participating in Chain Off 2011. This national event is held every year on Fourth of July weekend to highlight the plight of dogs that spend their whole lives on chains.
The demonstration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. will and raise money for Kaya—a pit bull rescued from starvation in late May by New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better. Babes and Bullies will have a booth out there on Saturday and will sell merch. All proceeds will benefit Kaya.
Pit bulls tote around quite a reputation–from bad-ass guard dogs to evil attack hounds—and in keeping with the bad boy tradition, they are irresistible to babes.
Nearly 25 percent of the dogs placed in Albuquerque animal shelters are pit bulls, according to Babes and Bullies. The group started a couple years to fundraise, raise awareness and act as a resource for pit bulls and their owners.
Babes and Bullies is one of many groups across the country that challenges the premise that all pit bulls act aggressively. The group isn't a rescue service, but many of the women act as foster guardians for abandoned dogs.
While pit bull advocacy groups cite the breed's loving and loyal disposition, their history in dog fighting is hard to ignore. Over the past 160 years, pit bulls have been bred to obey humans, but their behavior against other dogs is another matter, according to the Pit Bull Rescue Central. Traditionally used as fighters, the dogs are trained not to back down in confrontations.
Megan Cooley, president and treasurer of Babes and Bullies says that the perceptions of pit bulls acting aggressively comes from their loyal disposition.
“They're so loyal to their owner, they'll do anything,” she says. “People take advantage of that.”
While many cities banned pit bulls entirely, the Albuquerque City Council ruled instead to place dogs of all breeds in three categories: “potentially dangerous,” “dangerous” and “irresponsible owners.”
Owners that fail to restrain their dogs are civilly liable for any harm caused. Of the 27 instances reported on the city’s website, 20 involve pits.
Kirtland Air Force# base is the only area of the city that bans the dogs, a move that Babes and Bullies spoke out against in March.
The Eastside Animal Welfare Center (8920 Lomas NE) is throwing a "grand opening" party to celebrate a recent renovation. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 18 animal rescue groups will man info tables and help with pet adoptions. The fun includes free pizza, door prizes and demos by the APD K-9 Unit, as well as the unveiling of two newly installed sculptures: "Kimo the Cat" by Michele VandenHeuvel and "American Dog" by Dale Rogers. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 768-1975.
While fact checking a little while ago, I ran a search on Placitas, N.M. and happened upon Placitas Miniature and Toy Australian shepherds—I had no idea there was such a thing, and in such close proximity to my home. The website, linked above, hosts an abundance of cute images of the little pooches that should fill your heart with joy.
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Lassie Come Home and Old Yeller have charmed young readers for generations, but these days, dogs are inspiring kids to read in a different way. Libraries across the nation have started bringing in therapy dogs to help kids practice reading aloud without judgment. And it works. In one Minnesota town, 10 out of 14 kids who read aloud to dogs once a week for seven weeks jumped at least one grade level in reading. The programs can also help kids learn English as well. All breeds can serve as a reading dog. Here in Albuquerque, programs run most Saturdays throughout the library system:
• Cherry Hills Library, 857-8321 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.
• East Mountain Library, 281-8508 2nd Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
• Ernie Pyle Library, 256-2065, next is on 7/24, 11 a.m.-noon
• Juan Tabo Library, 291-6260 4th Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
• Los Griegos Library, 761-4020 3rd Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.
• Main Library , 768-5136 2nd Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
• South Broadway Library, 505-764-1742 Thursdays & Fridays (only 1/12- 5/27), 4 p.m.
• Tony Hillerman Library, 291-6264, 2nd Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
On a normal day a few pooches usually have their run of the Alibi’s offices, but when I showed up to work today I was pleased to be greeted by new dog faces. Turns out today is Take Your Dog To Work Day. In honor of this holiday, here is a photo of Henry. He’s Jeff Drew’s hot dog-like companion.
Dog and cat owners should be aware that there have been antifreeze poisonings reported in the neighborhoods near Fourth Street and Montaño. Antifreeze, which has a sweet taste, is deadly to humans and animals. Even a very small amount licked off paws can cause an agonizing death for a dog or cat. People should try to keep their animals in their yards and be aware of containers in alleys, lots or public areas. If anyone finds anything, please call 311 and ask for Animal Welfare Department.
Pet ownership is serious business, and deciding to become a pet parent should be a careful, thoughtful process. But once you’ve determined it’s for you, Animal Humane Society of New Mexico is a great place to get your new family member. That’s where my hubs and I got Lulu, the sweetest, weirdest, bestest angel in all of time, ever, anywhere. I could not love her any more, and now I understand why Goths are sad: They don’t have Lulus.
AHNM is proud to host IAMS Home 4 the Holidays Celebration, which encourages responsible (and adorable) pet parenting. Throughout December, all dogs with a gold star on their kennels (indicating awesomeness) are adoptable for just $30. And all adopted pit bulls will go home with a bed and stocking filled with the good stuff.
Go to AnimalHumaneNM.org to see all animals available for adoption. The main campus is located at 615 Virginia SE.