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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Adorable Dog Protects His Sibling From Mechanical Snake

Two cutie pie pooches have different reactions to a toy snake, who finally succumbs... Enjoy!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Don't Want You Or Your Dog Stereotyped? Support #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 Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Animal Farm Foundation is not responsible for the content of this article.

Just because I don't appear to be one of the several "pit bull" breeds (although I am clearly part terrier), doesn't mean that I'll just stand by and watch my fellow dogs and their owners be stereotyped. Hey, some of my best friends are pit bulls! All of us—both humans and canines—want to be treated as the individuals that we are, not lumped together under a collection of negative characteristics. Unfortunately, that's exactly what's happened to "pit bull" breeds in the last few decades.

Enter the Animal Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that has been rescuing and re-homing animals since 1985. It's central mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs. In an effort to challenge the negative stereotypes about pit bulls and pit bull dog owners, the Animal Farm Foundation created The Majority Project, a fun, honest way to declare your support for pit bulls and their owners, the vast majority of whom are responsible, caring pet parents just like Parental Unit and all of our pet blogging friends. The Majority Project is a photo collection designed to call attention to the countless, responsible pit bull dog owners that are part of the fabric of our communities, and who care as much about keeping their families and towns safe as every other pet owner.

Pit Bull owners (and those that love them) can join this campaign by visiting themajorityproject.com, printing and personalizing an "I am the MAJORITY" sign and submitting a photo with their dog.

                        WE support #TheMajorityProject!
Fabulous photo of Parental Unit and me by Rachel Lauren Photography

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which often bans pit bull breeds (just because of their DNA, not their behavior) from entire communities has a poor track record. In fact, it has never been effective in reducing dog bites or enhancing public safety. Rather, educating and empowering all pet owners to be responsible, and creating and enforcing non-discriminatory Responsible Pet Ownership Laws, are the most effective ways to build safe, humane communities for all of us. And isn't the collective goal a safe, non-discriminatory community?

Whether you're a pit bull owner, or simply an admirer of these beautiful bully breeds and their parental units, please stand with celebrities like actor and pit bull dog owner, Jon Bernthal, and show your support of # TheMajorityProject. And don't miss this cool, PSA video!

The Majority Project with Jon Bernthal from Animal Farm Foundation on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Numbers Behind Animal Abuse And What You Can Do To Help

 A hearty thank-you to K9 of Mine for putting together this nifty infographic with statistics provided by the Humane Society of the United States. The idea is to raise awareness of animal abuse so that together, we can take steps to finally put an end to animal cruelty. We can all help by sharing this infographic, for starters!

Although we were aware of the relationship between domestic violence and animal abuse, we didn't realize the correlation was so high— 71% of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted their pet. And we also didn't realize that the most common dogs abused are Pit Bulls, which likely starts the cycle ending in their high death rate at the hands of their abusers or in shelters.

One key to ending animal abuse is to have tough animal cruelty laws. You might consider signing up for the ASPCA's Advocacy Brigade, so you'll be notified of important animal cruelty legislation in your area and can take action. Every voice counts!

How to Prevent Animal Abuse

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's "theme" over at BlogPaws is all about exercising your right to vote...in the 2015 BlogPaws Pet Blogger and Social Media Nose-to-Nose Awards, that is. So hurry on over and nominate your favorite pet blogs in a plethora of categories—nominations are open through January 31, 2015!

And let's not forget that January is also "Get Fit With Your Pet" Month. Let us know how you're ramping up you and your pooches' fitness levels!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, Parental Unit takes me for one long, or two shorter walks each day, plus has revved up my indoor play time, which I'm lovin'!

                               Tackling Disney's "Tigger"...

          Hey, Parental Unit, is it O.K. if I rest a bit with Tigger?

Now off to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to let our fingers get some exercise, too.

Monday, January 26, 2015

An Indoor Cat Paradise

We ran across this article and video on the Huffington Post and couldn't resist sharing it with you—talk about enrichment for indoor cats—this guy has it covered for his 15 (and counting) rescued felines.

First of all, this home in California is simply gorgeous, but what the owner designed to keep his cats happy is gorgeous, too. The article, via a link to Houzz.com, explains how they built the hundreds of feet of cat runs and perches to keep their felines purring. Yes, this house is definitely "catified"!

What enrichment or playground-like objects  keep your indoor kitty happy? Let us know!
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