I felt such a saddened heaviness in my heart today upon reading the following:
“Anita took Blue for a walk yesterday afternoon in our neighborhood for the first time with his new flower muzzle she was so excited to show the world the new Blue. Anita made it around half a block when a neighbor that we had an encounter with this past winter came out of her house with her dog on a leash and started swearing and yelling at Anita NOT TO HAVE THAT F…..G DOG ON HER STREET. A few minutes had passed and here came Anita back around the corner, I could see she had a frustrated look, when she returned she told me of the story and I immediately was enraged, a place I would rather not be and try not to go, but I don’t know what more we can do. After a few minutes had passed I collected myself and my thoughts and decided to get the authorites involved, they collected both stories, of course she denied everything, we don’t need this kinda of attention, any advice… “
Let me explain the scenario… A couple months back, Tyson Kilmer and myself drove up to a small town in Idaho to help a family with their dog. Blue happened to be a Pitbull caught up in the revolving door of dog rescue (that’s a whole other story). Both Blue and his mom Anita were part of a long list of irresponsible actions, their own included. Blue had bit the neighbors dog, and this very small town was up in arms. Anita and her family received a number of threats, enough to bring anyone to their knees, and reached out for help. This is where Tyson Kilmer comes enters the story.
In short, Tyson is genius at rehabbing RedZone dogs and assisting families to shore up their parenting skills in order to put everyone back on a course for success. Anita and her husband Kieth went to great lengths to gather the resources to bring Tyson to town in order to right a situation that had gone very wrong. The persistence of Anita’s commitment to win back her communities support has been nothing short of commendable. Anita had a court appearance over the incident and was heavily fined, given 18 months probation and narrowly escaped jail time. Blue was ordered to wear a muzzle while anytime outside.
This is NO JOKE… people are suffering serious ramifications due to the irresponsible actions of those placing dangerous dogs in homes without a trace of obedience training, and lying their asses off!! And of course, the rescue group that passed on Blue to Anita claimed he passed a “temperament” test, but neglected to mention that Blue had been bounced from two previous homes for biting. Dog Rescue in this country is in need of a SERIOUS makeover… people are getting hurt by vicious dogs, sometimes killed, and lives are being torn apart. It is high time for Rescue Organizations to get REAL and get responsible!!
Even with all Anita has done, and is continuing to do, to right her situation with Blue, her community is still trying to get her back in court, claiming her punishment was too lax. For the past two months since our visit, Anita has been training Blue inside her own home and her backyard only. Nobody from her neighborhood has seen Blue… until this morning. It is clear by the incident above that there is no sign of healing outside of Anita’s home.
So I ask, to what length does someone need to go in their healing process in order to regain the compassion, forgiveness and understanding of those that feel they have been wronged? I am deeply saddened by the tremendous hate, prejudice and anger in our society today. People are so quick to pass judgement on other’s actions without tending to their own gardens at home first, so to speak. My guess is the woman above in denial for her ridiculous outrage this morning has just as many inconsistencies and irresponsibilities in her own household, but since hers are not under public scrutiny, she can flippantly turn her back on her own shit and direct her anger towards others, who actually happen to be making huge sacrifices to become role models of better dog behavior in their community.
Dogs are wonderfully intelligent beings that have an uncanny ability to shine a spotlight on matters that require attention. If we would all recognize the healing capacity of these animals and not be so quick to toss them aside in the face of adversity, I sincerely believe they can be the catalyst to bringing a broken society together, one family at a time… Think about it, and have some compassion today… Dogzlife!!