I wouldn’t give up Tucker for anything and I certainly do not regret adopting him. But I do miss rescue.
In January, I turned my attention to BSL (breed specific legislation) as the neighboring town of Pasadena contemplated mandatory spay and neuter laws only for pit bull and pit bull type dogs. The witch hunt was led by one council member, but he was influential enough (or perhaps just annoying enough), that many people backed down to him.
The state of California has a law in place that no community can create legislation that is breed specific—unless it pertains to spay and neuter. I imagine this was a caveat that transpired during negotiations of this law, but it’s a giant loophole that certain towns and cities are using to their advantage.
Take for instance Riverside County: they already have a mandatory spay and neuter law across the board. But last year, they also added an ordinance requiring spay and neuter of pit bull and pit bull type dogs. Errr…. Are they not dogs?
I’m against any discrimination of people or animals, and now that I have my own little brindle boy that can’t get away with being a “boxer mix” or “lab mix”—which many pit bull owners categorize their dog to avoid breed discrimination—it hits even closer to home.
Contributing at council meetings and writing letters and spreading awareness is all valid rescue work. But I miss that one-on-one connection. I miss giving a helping hand to just one dog at a time.
I worked a lot this year, and I don’t foster when on the job due to my ridiculous hours, but I still felt useless. I need to help animals any way I can. So in our travels, since I couldn’t transport or foster, I donated money by taking part in activities Tucker and I could attend together.
While in Georgia, Tucker and I attended Bark For Life north of the city, where Tucker took second prize for happiest dog (he couldn’t beat an 8 month old German Shepherd puppy), and we won first prize for look-alike.