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Response from State Delegate Ben Kramer

Below is an email that I received from State Delegate Ben Kramer in response to the dog bite law that was recently left unresolved by the Maryland General Assembly.  Attached to the email were two documents, pasted below.  The first appears to be a position piece and the second is a letter from Del. Kramer to Governor Martin O’Malley.

I thought this might be of interest to those that have been following the legislative process.  My incredible frustration and anger regarding this issue has been well documented, so I will leave that behind at this point and focus on the future.  I think Del. Kramer has outlined a path forward that is reasonable and has the opportunity to result in some form of positive action.  I will be contacting the Governor and my state representatives to support this plan.

Fingers crossed for meaningful progress.


*Sorry that some of the formatting is not-so-easy on the eyes.  I tried to convert the PDFs and WordPress-friendly text but struggled a bit.


Dear friends,

I hope that you will take a moment to read the attached letter regarding the outcome of the dog bite liability issue in the 2013 Session of the Maryland General Assembly.
I too, am disappointed that the legislature remains unable to resolve this problem. However, the Conference Committee Report, which was presented to the House of Delegates with only 2 hours remaining, before the end of session, was not the answer (please see the attached letter).
There is no question that the Maryland Court of Appeals opinion, which concluded that all “pit bulls” are inherently dangerous and subject to a civil liability standard of strict liability, is ill conceived. Extending that same liability to property owners, including landlords, homeowner’s associations and condominium associations, etc., has further exacerbated the problem.
However, the answer is not to declare all of Maryland’s dogs to be inherently dangerous and burden every owner of a family dog with strict liability. That is exactly what would have happened with the Conference Committee Report had it passed.
There continues to be a chasm between the House and Senate Chambers on the issue of civil liability for dog owners. However, both Chambers and the dog bite task force, have all agreed that property owners should be restored to the pre-Solesky decision, with regard to liability. As long as property owners are held to a standard of strict liability, for dogs they have no control over, they will continue to rid themselves of the source of their liability. Therefore, pit bull owners will continue to be pressured to give up their loving family dogs or their family home.
Because there has been consensus among the legislature, with regard to property owners, I have sent a letter to Governor O’Malley requesting that he call a one day Special Session to vote on a bill taking out property owners from the Solesky decision. In doing so, we would take the pressure off of property owners and those who are being pressured to give up their pit bulls.
I am concerned that if we continue to take an all or nothing approach, to resolving the dog bite liability issue, we will continue to be left with nothing. A piecemeal approach may not be preferred, but it may be the only alternative and will bring some immediate relief.
I would ask that if you agree, that you please contact Governor O’Malley and your legislative representatives and call on them to pursue a brief one day Special Session to focus on the one area of consensus.
Thank you,
Ben Kramer
State Delegate D19

Maryland’s Family Dogs Are Not “Wild Animals”

In the waning hours of the recently concluded session of the 2013
Maryland General Assembly, the House of Delegates mercifully allowed a
Conference Committee Report, relating to a civil liability bill for dog
bites, to die without a vote. Conference committees consisting of
three members of each of the Chambers (Senate and House) are appointed
to seek a compromise when each of the Chambers has passed legislation
that is of a similar nature, but is not exactly the same. If a majority
of the Conferees in each of the respective Chambers agree with one
another on a compromise, then the Committee Report (detailing the
agreed upon legislation) is brought before the full body of each
Chamber for a vote. In this case, the dog bite legislation included a
new civil liability standard, for dog bites, that had not been included
in either the House or the Senate bills that had been passed in each of
the respective Chambers. That standard is called “strict liability”.
Heretofore, in Maryland law, strict liability has only been applied to
product liability (such as a defective toaster that catches fire and
causes injury) or injury caused by someone who owns a wild animal (for
example a person who houses a tiger or a mountain lion).

The members of the House of Delegates and I were not prepared to reclassify
every one of the domesticated family dogs, in the State of Maryland, as
wild animals and subject them to the civil liability that comes with such a

Under a strict liability standard, the injured person need only prove
that the wild animal caused the injury and that the defendant owned or
controlled the wild animal, to receive a judgment in a law suit.
Common law defenses such as contributory negligence or provocation are
not a bar to the finding of liability. The only defense is one of
“assumption of risk”, where the injured party knew that they were
taking a risk (in the case of a wild animal, the injured person knew
that when they climbed into the cage to feed the tiger that they were
at risk of injury by a wild animal).

The reason that the Legislature was entertaining new liability
standards, for dog bites, is a consequence of a Maryland Court of
Appeals opinion passed down this time last year. In reviewing a case
that involved a brutal mauling of a child, by a “pit bull” (a generic
term frequently used to refer to several different breeds of dog), the
Court concluded that all pit bulls are inherently dangerous. In doing
so, the Court stated that a standard of strict liability would apply
against an owner, in a civil suit, where an injury was caused by a pit
bull. The Court further exacerbated this ill-conceived finding, by
extending the strict liability to landlords whose tenants have a pit
bull that causes an injury.

In reaching its conclusion, the Court totally disregarded the notion
that bad owners create bad dogs. As a consequence, loving responsible
owners whose pit bulls are loving members of the family, have found
themselves in the unenviable position of giving up their family pet or
the family home, when landlords are threatening eviction, since they
don’t want the strict liability risk if the dog should cause an injury.

The State Legislature sought to find a responsible “fix” to this
difficult problem created by the Court of Appeals. However, the
Conference Committee returned to the House Chamber with amendments that
would create a strict liability standard for all breeds of dog.
Strict liability was never a part of either the Senate or House bills which

were sent to conference. Yet, with just two hours left in the 2013 Session,
it had found its way into the legislative proposal. If passed, the
Legislature would have been equating every family dog, with a wild animal.
The Conference Committee’s answer, to the ludicrous finding by the Maryland
Court of Appeals, that pit bulls are inherently dangerous and to be subjected
to a strict liability standard, was to declare all breeds of dog “inherently
dangerous” and subject to that same standard. This “compromise” was
absolutely unacceptable. I would equate the Conference Committee proposal,
with attempting to put out a grease fire in the kitchen by throwing gasoline
on it, instead of losing just the kitchen the whole house is now burned to
the ground.

There are states that have done this. But, it is typically very limited in
scope. For instance, the strict liability would only apply where a dog was
running at large, or had been previously determined to be a dangerous
dog (had previously bitten or attacked) or yet, the strict liability is
only applied in a case where a dog has caused serious injury or death
(which would address the maulings we hear about in the media). But, if
the Conference Committee proposal passed, here’s what would happen
around the State. The neighbor’s child, Danny, comes over to play.
Danny steps on the tail of the family poodle (intentionally or
unintentionally) while playing with the other kids in the house. The
family poodle instinctively turns and gives Danny a nip, not even breaking
the skin.

Danny’s parents have hit the lottery… Danny now has nightmares and
can’t sleep at night. He’s afraid to leave the house and has panic
attacks. Under the Conference Committee bill, Danny’s parents only have
to prove that the family poodle caused the injury and that the
neighbors own the dog. Now it’s time to collect for the pain and
suffering and mental anguish that Danny has suffered. The family which owns
the poodle receives notice from their insurance company that they will no
longer be covered by any injury that the poodle may cause in the future.
Rather than risk the huge liability, if the family poodle should cause an
injury in the future, the family dog is brought to the local animal shelter
to be euthanized. This scenario would have been played out, in hundreds, if
not thousands of different ways around the State, if that bill would have
passed. The only winners under the proposal would be the special interest
that was lobbying overtime for strict liability. The lobbyists for the
lawyers who would stand to profit handsomely from strict liability, have been
living in Annapolis, promoting strict liability across the board for all

We all agree that those who are injured, by dogs, should be appropriately
compensated for their injuries. Unfortunately, the greed of a particular
special interest prevented the passage of reasonable and prudent legislation.
Fortunately, the House of Delegates refused to acquiesce and allow family
pets to be subjected to euthanization, en masse, and chose instead to
euthanize the Conference Committee bill. It was the merciful thing to do.

I will continue to work toward a resolution to the predicament that owners
of bully breeds are facing. However, the answer is not to be found in a
declaration that all breeds of dog are inherently dangerous and subject them
to a strict liability standard. I hope that those who truly seek to resolve
this problem will not be misled by representations that the solution is to
classify all of Maryland’s family dogs as “wild animals.”



The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Office of the Governor
100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1925
Dear Governor O’Malley,

As Governor of our great State, you have proven yourself to be a true leader on a
multitude of important legislative initiatives. Many of these accomplishments were
achieved as a result of your ability to communicate, to the public and the legislature, the
value of these initiatives in improving the daily lives of our residents.
Several of these measures were a challenge, however, your guidance and tenacity to
shepherd them through the legislative process, ultimately proved to be a formula for
I am asking you to once again demonstrate your proven leadership and, in the
immediate future, call the Maryland General Assembly into a one day Special Session.
I know that you are well aware of the difficulties that have resulted from the Maryland
Court of Appeals opinion, with regard to the Tracey v. Solesky case.
In its ruling, the Court concluded that pit bull breeds of dog are inherently dangerous.
Additionally, the cour t established a strict liability standard in a civil action, from an
injury caused by one of these dogs, against not only the owner, but those who have the
ability to control the presence of where these dogs are kept.
As a consequence of this ill-conceived finding, landlords and condominium and
homeowner’s associations have been requiring that tenants and residents with pit bull
dogs, either get rid of their dogs, or face eviction or other legal action. These dog
owners are faced with the unconscionable decision of either giving their loving family
pets to animal shelters or losing their homes.
The state legislature has made a sincere effort to correct this problem and abrogate the
Court’s finding. Unfortunately, legitimate differences of opinion, as to the appropriate
standard for civil liability for dog OWNERS, whose dog inflicts a bite injury on another
person, has kept a legislative resolution to this issue from achieving passage.
However, both the Senate and House have unequivocally supported the notion that
liability for property Ov\’ners be restored to the pre-Solesky common law.
Therefore, I ask that you please use the prestige of your office and your skills as an
accomplished leader to stop the inhumane slaughter of innocent family pets and the
needless evictions of families not willing to part with a loving dog. Bring the legislature
back to Annapolis. Together, we can pass a bill that simply restores the common law
standard, pre-Solesky, to an owner of real property, including landlords, homeowners
and condominium associations, etc.
The legislature can continue to work, in the 2014 Session of the Maryland General
Assembly, toward an agreement with regard to the civil liability standard for the owner
of a dog that inflicts an injury, from a bite, on another person.
Governor O’Malley, I implore you to stop the carnage. Please meet with Speaker Busch
and President Miller and immediately bring us back to Annapolis, for but one day. I
am fully confident that given the opportunity to vote for a bill that simply takes
property owners out of the strict liability mandate of the Court, that my colleagues will
not hesitate to do so.
The humanity and kindness of your actions in this matter will surely not be lost on any
of the citizens of our wonderful State and will certainly seal your legacy as a Governor
who took the lead when circumstances demanded action.
I thank you for your attention to this critically important matter.
Sincerely yours,
Benjamin F. Kramer

My second letter regarding the Maryland dog law

Well blog friends … it’s been a long time since we last caught up.  To those of you that follow us on Facebook, you’ve been able to see that life with McMuffin and Reese is still awesome as ever, but sadly the blog has been left to be overtaken by weeds for the past few months.

I’ve thought about the blog often, yet never managed to settle in and jot down my thoughts.  Well, that changed today.  Some of you may remember a while back I drafted a sample letter to the General Assembly following the outrageous court ruling that labeled my beloved pets as “inherently dangerous”.  Who could imagine that we would still be debating this issue after all this time?  Unfortunately … this doesn’t come as much of a shock to those that follow local politics.  Common sense is evidently not as common as we would all like to think … see exhibit A.  For a little juicier side of the story … check out this one. DISCLAIMER:  I personally cannot affirm or deny the opinions in this piece … I just find them intriguing and damning if true.

Ever the glutton for punishment, I decided to sit down and draft another letter to the General Assembly.  If you are frustrated and wish to let someone know, please feel free to copy/paste, edit, chop, and/or add your thoughts and send it off.  You can find a list of your specific representatives here.  Feel free to send it to any/all of them.  Of particular importance are the State Delegates and State Senators for your district.  But really, even higher leadership holds some blame for this pathetic situation we have found ourselves in.


Dear  _______,

I am writing today to express my extreme disapproval, frustration, and disgust regarding the inability of the Maryland General Assembly to pass meaningful legislation.

I am specifically addressing the recent modification to the Common Law that adopts strict liability with respect to attacks on humans by pit bull dogs and cross-bred pit bull dogs set forth in the Court of Appeals of Maryland No. 53 filed on April 26, 2012.  I will not focus on the negative impact of this discriminatory ruling because it is clear that both the House and Senate, and the residents of Maryland understand that the ruling is undeniably flawed.  SB160 and HB 78 each independently addressed this issue.  Unable to agree on the language of each bill, a conference committee was formed to find a common ground compromise, which was passed unanimously 47-0 in the Senate.  What I find totally inexcusable is that this compromise was then left to die on the House floor, without even being put up for vote.  Just so I am perfectly clear, I would like to emphasize that both the House and Senate acknowledged the negative impact of this Court ruling, yet were unable to come together to find a solution and thus, DECIDED TO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

No matter where you personally stand on this particular bill, it is overwhelmingly troubling to witness the extreme lack of leadership in the Maryland Legislature that leads to inaction on an issue that nearly everyone agrees is flawed.  The General Assembly had 11 months to debate and research this issue, yet rather than draft reasonable dog bite laws like so many other states have successfully enacted, your constituents have been forced to endure months of empty promises, inaction, bickering, and ineffectual leadership resulting in no action whatsoever.

This inaction has now left thousands of Maryland residents without the proper guidance to promote safe and responsible pet ownership in our communities.  Thousands of families will be discriminated against based solely on the appearance of their family pets.  Thousands of well-behaved family pets will be separated from their families and euthanized.  Businesses and landlords will now be forced to assume liabilities with no clear law on how to properly assess their own risks.  And on top of that, Maryland is now represented by a General Assembly that chooses to bicker over linguistic details of a bill and ignore the advice of professional organizations with research based on scientific and empirical evidence, rather than compromise on an issue that both the House and Senate agree is currently unsound.

Going forward, I hope that the General Assembly will eventually get this right, and I will be more careful to vote for representatives that display leadership and a strong desire to compromise for the greater good of Maryland residents.  In the meantime, I will go back to working my full time job and spending my spare time volunteering with rescue groups and humane societies to help mitigate the impacts of this devastating lack of action.

I would be interested to hear what you are planning to do.



Bully Sticks!

McMuffin here to tell you that our mom just gave us the BEST surprise everrrrr! So she walks in from the grocery store with her packages as usual and she looked at us with a big smile. Reese leaned over and told me that mom had some special treats for us so we scooted up the stairs sniffing her packages.

Then … as soon as all those useless groceries were put in that cold box she reached in the bag and took out 2 brand new bully sticks just for us!! We thought … what the heck is a bully stick … but man did it smell gooooood!!

We took them to our corners and did some lick lick licking and some chomp chomp chomping … and they were so yummy!

Sometimes I closed my eyes to really taste all those delicious flavors!

Then … you will never believe it … Reese finished his before I did so he stood over me like a turkey vulture supervising me finish my bully stick!

Next time chew yours slower brudder!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Summer is for Sprinklin’

Reese and McMuffin are pretty bummed the local pool has a no pups policy and are growing rather bored of the makeshift baby pool in the back yard.  So what can we do to cool off, keep them exercising, and make ourselves laugh at the same time?


We ran to Home Depot and picked up a trio of sprinkler fun to see what they thought of the various options out there.  Then we decided to rank the sprinklers according to three distinct criteria:  1)  most fun for the pitties, 2)  most durable, and 3) most fun for the humans to watch.

Reese has long been a big, big fan of the hose.  He gets all prancy and excited when he sees us walking in that direction and even the sound of us turning the faucet when he is inside sends him running to the door.  In the past, we had tried to set up a sprinkler for him but he wanted absolutely no part of this evil contraption that disrespectfully spit in his direction.   Lucky for him, his new badass sister is around to show him the ways of true badassedness.

We started off with the oscillator:

This was awesome.  I mean, I could barely take video without laughing hysterically in the background.  Who knew McMuffin was a water ballerina??

The second sprinkler was of the fast spinner variety:

Reese took charge of this one to show it who is boss.  However, the little energizer sprinkler kept valiantly defending itself and spitting all over them.

Finally, we went to the good ol’ gun sprinkler:

By this point, the Reese/McMuffin tag team had figured things out and were NOT going to be defeated.  This coordinated effort resulted in quick defeat of the sprinkler.  All business.  It lasted about a minute before it was a mangled mess on the grass.

All in all, we think the oscillating sprinkler is the big winner.  Reese seemed happy to bounce in and out of the zone while McMuffin twirled her little pittie butt all around the yard dancing to the water gods.

Which one do you think they liked best?

Summertime naps

It has been HOT HOT HOT here in the DC area over the past week. Reese and Muffin have decided that summertime heat calls for lots of napping in the air conditioning. They requested to use today’s post to teach  everyone all of the ways to take a comfy summertime nap. Here they are:

You can nap on the couch on top of pillows

You can nap across multiple dog beds with your favorite bone shaped pillow to support your head.

You can nap under blankets with one foot out … We see you in there Reese!

You can nap on top of dad while he is napping.

And you can squish yourself into the corner of the couch for a nice mid-day nap.

Reese and Muffin wish everyone happy naps and a wonderful 4th of July!

And we’re back!

We apologize for being MIA over the past month or so … we’ve been super busy here at the Ranch. We’re looking forward to blogging again more regularly this summer and to catching everyone up with the adventures of Reese and Muffin. Here are a few things that have happened since we last blogged:

1. We attended Hon Fest with Jasmine’s House to promote pitbull dog adoptions and to raise money for the care of the foster dogs. It was a SUPER hot day in Baltimore, so the Jasmine’s House adoptable dogs did not attend. However, we did have a baby pool and water bowl for those four legged friends that were in attendance with their people.

This sweet puppy came over to cool off in the baby pool and made a furry friend

This pair is trying to win the award for “best hon”

2. The positive part of #2 is that we ended up with a beautiful new subaru outback. The scary part of #2 is that fosterdad got hit by a utility truck that totaled his jeep the day before his 30th birthday. Luckily he just had some bruises and swelling and didn’t have any serious injuries. Also we were lucky that no pitties were present for the accident and they FULLY approve of their sweet new ride! They have been begging for a family camping trip ever since the car pulled into the driveway!

3. Fostermom successfully defended her Master’s Thesis and is officially a School Psychologist!:) Now time to work on that dissertation and graduate!!

4. We attended several friends’ weddings. One of which took us back to Ann Arbor. GO BLUE!:)

Fosterdad standing proud!

5. Fostermom and fosterdad just celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary! We were lucky enough to be able to spend 4 days at Rocky Gap Lodge in Cumberland, Maryland. This is a beautiful state park here in Maryland and offers amazing hiking trails and water sports. We actually saw a momma and 2 cub black bears on our hike. We were a little frightened in the moment but are so grateful to have been able to witness such beautiful creatures.

Taking deep breaths after having just seen 3 bears!!

Such a beautiful view!

Hope everyone has had a good start to their summer!

Professional Fetcher

One of my favorite things to do when I get home is head out to the yard and play fetch with my girl McMuffin.  It’s nice to engage in a mindless activity in the fresh air after a day at the office.  Lucky for me, McMuffin is arguably the greatest fetcher I have ever played with.  Her dedication to retrieving no matter where the ball goes (even if it gets lodged under the spider filled deck or scary rotating composter), speed and enthusiasm for bringing the ball back as fast as physically possible, and no-nonsense drop-ball-at-your-foot/back-up-sit/wait-for-next-toss without even needing a command make her an ideal partner.

It’s sorta hard to capture the spirit of this exchange with a camera while she is flying around at top speed, but I gave it a shot and this is what I ended up with.  Before I go any further, I would like to formally thank McMuffin for her patience.  She takes fetch very seriously and didn’t totally appreciate my attempt to multi-task during such a sacred activity, however, she did her best to let me try.

Step #1:  I begin with the standard command … “Alright dudette, what are you waiting for?  Where’s your ball?”  And off she goes to find it in the yard.

crap … where is that thing hiding this time … I bet Reese buried it somewhere …

Step #2:  Ball located … time to rock.  “Come on fosterdad, let’s do this thing!”

here is my ball … I love it very much … now throw it as far as you can!

And then the fun begins …


gooooot iiiiiiiiittttttttttttttt!

oops … fumble

Here are a few other favorites of mine …

Who said my ears look funny?


One thing I have noticed is that she will never stop playing on her own.  At first I figured she must be fine since she never slowed down … that night I had to carry her to bed a few hours later when her sore legs couldn’t seem to find their own way.  Her tail wagged the whole time loving the extra dad attention and fancy personalized bed delivery, but I knew I had overworked the poor girl and felt bad.  Since then we made a few tweaks to our routine (no more throwing from the deck to prevent her from leaping and making hard impact with the ground as she darts off) and I try to limit the number of tosses.

So far it’s going well and I think it is better for her in the long run … doesn’t make it any easier to say “ok sweet girl, that’s enough for today”  with this face looking at you …

One more dad … please?

Who am I kidding … she always gets one more toss out of me.

New Collar Tiiiiiiiiime

When we started fostering we had no idea if we would get a girl or a boy, so we decided to start off with a run-of-the-mill neutral red collar.  No flash … no excitement … just red.  McMuffin rolled into our lives and on went the collar.  It was hers and it made her feel at home, so all was good.  However, over the past few months we noticed that she was a little jealous of Reese’s snazzy Island Pup Collar from Sirius Republic.

Well now that she is an official member of the family, it was time to upgrade her to something a little fancier and just more McMuffin in general.  After pouring over the awesome patterns available, we settled on a nice springtime collar for our little girl.

Not to be outdone … Reese convinced us it was time to expand his wardrobe as well.  Lucky dude got to add a new style to his collection as well!

No Tan Lines

I wandered out on the deck to take in the nice spring air and accidentally tripped on something out of place …

Strange … a pair of collars without the pair of necks they usually cling to.  It didn’t take long to track down the founders of the pittie nudist colony sunning themselves on south facing side of the deck.

Hey dad … oh man, where’d you get that sweet farmer’s tan!

Reese was happy as can be to run naked in the yard and nap in the buff … McMuffin, on the other hand, was a little embarrassed to be captured by the paparazzi in her birthday suit.   They did agree, however, that napping is exhausting and yawning is contagious!

McMuffin is Adopted!

Given the rather sullen news lately regarding pit bull-type dogs in Maryland, we think it’s a perfect time to share some very exciting and happy news from here at The Ranch … McMuffin has found her forever home!

This sweet little girl first came to The Ranch in mid-December and since then we have been working hard to prepare her for the transition into her permanent loving home.  Our journey began with various attempts to work around an epic case of separation anxiety/fear of confinement.  Once a fresh routine was established we pushed further into learning new tricks, perfecting old tricks like fetch and drop it, gradually introducing her to foster brother Reese, and setting boundaries regarding human only and human + dog friendly furniture.  As the days went by, she grew more settled and began to show her hilarious personality and loving disposition.

Around this same time we started to piece together our fantasy adopting family that would be a perfect fit for little McMuffin.  Given how quickly she became attached to Reese, following him around, watching him for cues when she was unsure how to act, and providing key backup on all squirrel evicting missions in the yard, we really hoped to find a home with another dog for her to bond with.

In addition to this, McMuffin had displayed an affinity for one activity that she clearly valued above all others … cuddling.  There honestly is no way to make her happier than to gently lift the blanket you are using and invite her to burrow under (this situation is made infinitely more enjoyable if fresh from the dryer warm laundry is involved).  Once covered, a few seconds pass and without fail she lets out the final sigh before drifting off into her dream world.  Knowing how much she truly loved these moments, we knew that a family with four-legged friendly bed and couch policies would be ideal.

And finally, we knew that McMuffin came from a previous home with kids running around and loves to play.  If possible, a family with kids to dress her up in embarrassing outfits, slip her food from under the table, and read her stories before bed would be the cherry atop the fantasy adopting family criteria list.

After interviewing a few interested families here and there, each not working out for some reason or another, we finally found the perfect home for her … and it is right here with us!

We can’t wait to watch her and Reese grow closer together, look forward to many nights all curled up in bed as one big happy family, and with the hope of starting a family in the future, having McMuffin help raise our children as they learn the special bond a child is able to form with their four-legged sidekick.

This also means a break from fostering as we continue to work with McMuffin on her leash skills and various anxieties.  We have loved being involved with Jasmine’s House and look forward to staying involved in other capacities.  There are so many amazing programs they head up and we will have ample opportunity to remain active in the pittie world.  We also plan to stay heavily involved with Pittie Trails and continue progress on dog socialization in the community.  As for the blog, we plan to continue documenting our lives as pittie advocates/owners and hope there are still readers out there interested in following along.

Most importantly, it means we get to enjoy life with not one, but two permanent pittie rescues to bring smiles to our faces every day!

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