Posted on: February 6, 2020 - No Comments
Just when I think that humans as a society who love dogs, are progressing into a more modern knowledge mindset, I get my placidity kicked right out from under me by witnessing so vile a hatred against a certain type of dog, that I struggle to breathe normally. So many cities who once enforced BSL Read More
Posted on: February 13, 2017 - No Comments
On this jam-packed episode of the Positively Podcast, Holly and Victoria first chat about Victoria's new book and some of the fascinating research that's being conducted on canine cognition. Here are a few of the questions they discuss: Do dogs dream? How can you tell if your dog is in pain? Why do small dogs Read More
Posted on: December 19, 2016 - No Comments
Victoria and Holly are gearing up for the holiday season, and chat about how the stress of the holidays affects both people and their pets. Victoria gives some tips for keeping your dogs happy and healthy over the holidays, and the pair chats about their thoughts on when one person tells them they prefer one of their Read More
Posted on: November 2, 2015 - No Comments
We ARE just like you. Our dogs are not monsters. They are just dogs, just like any other dogs. Just like people are all individuals, so are dogs.
Posted on: September 10, 2015 - 35 Comments
This was not the kind of behavior that our beloved Steeler organization would support. This is not the value system that we expect from the Rooney family.
Posted on: October 18, 2014 - 6 Comments
Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More
Posted on: July 1, 2014 - 111 Comments
With the amount of fear mongering that exists currently regarding pit bull-type dogs, I feel it's important to publish the truth about these dogs. Although most dogs labeled as pit bulls are actually a mix of different breeds with similar physical characteristics, anything that has the appearance of an American Pitbull Terrier is incorrectly labeled as Read More
Posted on: May 21, 2014 - No Comments
May 18th-24th is Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Victoria is heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, May 15th. She is teaming up with the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition, which includes State Farm, the U.S. Postal Service, American Humane Association, American Society for Read More
Posted on: April 27, 2014 - No Comments
I am appalled at this latest story coming from Liverpool. This is Breed Specific Legislation at its worst and yet another example of innocent dogs being taken away from their owners and euthanised without due process. I support law enforcement in many ways but this kind of policing is barbaric, especially when many of the Read More
Posted on: April 17, 2014 - No Comments
Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments
Over the years I’ve written and talked about breed-specific legislation. I am a passionate owner of two pit-bull-type dogs, and I’ve taken every opportunity to write about the myths and misconceptions about the breed and the benefits of breed-neutral laws. But it was always from a theoretical perspective. Then, on March 24, an unspeakable tragedy Read More
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Researchers in the UK are looking more closely than ever to try to get to the root of aggression in dogs. By looking at the DNA of dogs, they are hoping to get a more objective picture of what causes aggressive behavior and how to prevent it. The University of Lincoln says that this type Read More
Posted on: March 27, 2014 - 1 Comment
Bad news for animal loving New York Jets football fans - Michael Vick is playing for your team. A man that just a few years ago was imprisoned for torturing, electrocuting,hanging and other despicable acts of cruelty towards the dogs he kept in his kennels for dog fighting, is still being celebrated by the NFL Read More
Posted on: March 18, 2014 - No Comments
Janet Frisco may just be one person, but she's taking on a major issue in her community with the determination of an army. Calling herself the "pit bull grandma," she has set out to eliminate dogfighting in her area. Frisco lives in Charleston, South Carolina, an area where she feels dogfighting is prevalent, but goes Read More
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A new study out of the UK sought to find the key factors that contribute to dog aggression. While breed-specific legislation and other discriminatory practices focus on the belief that a dog's breed is the primary factor that causes a dog to be aggressive, the results of this study point otherwise. Check out the top Read More
Posted on: February 17, 2014 - No Comments
It may seem like a small step, but the implications of the newly passed Farm Bill will be far-reaching in the world of animal rights. Hosting any form of an animal fight has long been a federal crime, but it is now illegal to attend or bring a child to such a fight. Before the passage of Read More
Posted on: November 15, 2013 - 44 Comments
Update 6/3/15: Kingsley has now been involved in another alleged attack, this time against a woman who was visiting the home. The woman says she will suffer permanent scarring as a result of the attack. I sincerely hope that Kim will consider using a trainer that utilizes science-based humane training methods who can attempt to reverse Read More
Posted on: August 27, 2013 - 5 Comments
A multi-state raid on one of the largest dogfighting operation in history is sure to be sending a serious message to dogfighters everywhere. The raid uncovered close to 400 dogs living in horrific conditions; many were without food, water, or shelter. The dogfighting ring stretched from Georgia and Alabama into Texas, and authorities uncovered huge sums of cash, guns, narcotics, and dog fighting paraphernalia.
Posted on: August 22, 2013 - 10 Comments
The President himself has condemned BSL in an official White House response titled "Breed-Specific Legislation is a Bad Idea." Despite staggering research that shows BSL is ineffective and does not have a positive impact on public safety, there are still fierce proponents of such legislation. The White House has adopted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's stance on BSL, which states that a community-based approach is more effective than breed bands.
Posted on: July 11, 2013 - 36 Comments
Lennox is the poster child against a law that is fatally flawed and needs to be changed. His family continues to fight against BSL so that other innocent lives can be protected and so that other families don’t have to experience the pain of having a beloved dog taken away from them, deemed guilty and killed just because of the way he looks.
Posted on: June 20, 2013 - 27 Comments
Who was to blame for the recent fatal attack by a pitbull on a six year old boy in California? The dog, the child or the parent or relatives that were responsible for the child’s care?
Posted on: April 29, 2013 - No Comments
Victoria Stilwell was featured in the "Blogs" section of MiamiNewTimes.com. In the feature, Victoria talks about her new book, "Train Your Dog Positively," and also commented on how lives are being affected by breed-specific legislation.
Posted on: July 11, 2012 - 566 Comments
Victoria joined host Wendy Austin on BBC Radio Ulster and sparred with Pat McCarthy, the head of Belfast City Council's (BCC) Environmental Health Committee, just hours after the BCC destroyed Lennox, an American Bulldog/Labrador mix with no history of aggression or behavior issues. The dog was confiscated 2 years ago due not to his aggressive nature, Read More
Posted on: July 10, 2012 - 60 Comments
Victoria was a guest on HLN's Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on July 10, 2012, where she discussed Lennox and BSL. Then she joined Jane again the next day, after Lennox was put to sleep by the Belfast City Council: Text link to story.
Posted on: July 4, 2012 - 153 Comments
Several months ago, I began working behind the scenes with Lennox’s legal team to begin the process of convincing the court system to allow Lennox to be rehomed in the US – a process which I personally am dedicated to overseeing and facilitating. I have personally received the Barnes family’s approval to take Lennox, and while I can only imagine the heartache they would feel at seeing him go, they have said they would prefer him to have a happy life elsewhere rather than see it end next week. My longstanding private offer to absorb all of the cost and organize all of the travel arrangements to transport him at no expense to the Belfast City Council has been with those responsible for making the final decisions regarding Lennox for some time. At this point, however, it appears that the court system is not inclined to accept this offer.
Posted on: December 31, 2011 - 7 Comments
Snickers happens to be part Pit Bull. And the city of Aurelia banned Pit Bulls and “bully breeds” several years ago. Well, maybe Snickers is a Pit Bull, but who knows.
Posted on: November 22, 2011 - 3 Comments
Victoria was interviewed by Unleash Magazine at last month's Boxerstock event outside Atlanta and discussed breed-specific legislation. Watch the interview: Visit Unleash Magazine (original link).