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Help Us Choose the 2015 Calendar Cover Pet!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 1:00pm
Help Us Choose the 2015 Calendar Cover Pet!

It’s no secret that ASPCA employees are crazy about animals, so why should our own pets be any exception? Every year, we create a beautiful wall calendar for our friends and supporters using our very own furry friends as models, and as you can imagine, the competition is pretty fierce!

Our 2015 calendar is almost complete, but there’s still one very important decision to make: Whose adorable adopted companion should grace this year’s cover?

We’ve narrowed it down to four contenders, and we need YOU to help us choose a winner. Check out the photos that are in the running, read a little about these sweet, adopted animals, and then cast your vote for our 2015 Cover Dog or Cat. The pet whose photo gets the most votes will have his or her face in homes all across America!

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Susan

Sir, I believe hogwash is way too kind.

Faeleyan

Please do not refer to pit bulls as having "wicked spirits". It's just another negative term that influences people's minds. Pits bulls are no more "wicked" than any other breed. I have been around pits all my life, and I've been bitten twice...but NOT by pits....by Cocker Spaniels, one of them for no apparent reason. I could say that they're "evil" little dogs, but they're not. They're just dogs, and we have to recognize their behavior for what it is.

Heather

I agree, that is profiling. I have been bitten by a bassett (boy, thats a vicious breed, lol) I was singing "Sad Eyes" to it and it apparently didn't like it, or my voice maybe, understandably, I have bitten by a friend's cat (trying to put in the carrier) Animals are like people, no profiling by breed, all different. What about 'Daddy' on Dog Whisperer, he wouldn't hurt a fly! I have seen other dogs show agression to him and he just kept being mellow Daddy!

Liz

wicked spirit. Next you will tell me that there are people with voodoo dolls that are pits and they are sticking needles into them.

Susan

Pit Bulls are not born with a "wicked spirit". Were you born with a "wicked spirit"? You have the ability to stab or shoot or beat up someone.

Pit Bulls have been named the #1 aggressive dog by whom?

There bad reputation comes from people like Mike Vick that think it is fun to watch animals kill each other (think Romans). You could take cocker spaniels and do the same thing - it just wouldn't be as spectacular.

These animals bear no resemblance to animals taken from the wild. Wild and feral are not the same. I too am a cat lover, but I recognize their natures are different than dogs.

Dogs are pack animals and we have to understand that we are their pack. They need us.

Cats tend to be solitary, only coming together in nature to breed. While they also (now) need us to provide for them, although not as much, their natural instinct is to be a loner. According to your argument you should never have more than one cat at a time.

Brandy

I agree that some dogs are just "born bad" with a wicked spirit (just like some people are.) Sad to say, those dogs who are "born bad" should, IMHO, just be put down before they breed and pass that gene down to their offspring. I don't want to put down any animal, but if they cause harm to a human, especially a CHILD, they will do it again (kinda like wife-abusers, who never stop wanting to hurt her, for whatever weird reason), so putting them down seems to me to be the only safe alternative for humans.

I am an experienced dog owner, having raised them all my life - I had two dogs in the last 25 years - one adopted from the local Shelter and one who showed up as a 3-month old pup under my car parked outside my house and I kept her. Now I have a "found dog" a 90-lb., 2-3 year-old male lab/pit mix named Ace - he has a lab muzzle and ears and pit teeth and body build - and he's very smart and very loving and protective, and I can tell by his behavior that he was raised by a loving Mom or Dad who spent time training him and working with him. He has chosen me as his pack leader and although he likes to chew my shoes, I just keep them behind closed doors.

When a new person comes to the door, I hold him by his collar (he's a runner!) until he gets that person's scent and knows that the new person is acceptable in my home. After that, he's very friendly with that new person and just wants to play.

I know he respects me from the way he behaves toward me but we do have one or two little disagreements: He likes to sleep sideways in the middle of my bed and I like to have a place to sleep too....so I just yell "MOVE!!", and he moves. The other little disagreement we have is that he loves to go for rides in the car and while I love to have him with me (especially when I go out at night), he takes up the whole back seat and puts his paws on the console and I can't see over him cos he's so big! So I'm constantly pushing him back with my elbow. He obeys, but two seconds later he's back on the console....he loves to ride in front but I don't want him in front - too dangerous for him. People tell me to restrain him and I'd like to know how to do that! I purchased a harness at the local pet supply store, one of the employees came out to the car and fitted the harness to Ace, and I went in and paid for it and came back out to the car and Ace was already out of the harness! The only other alternative is to put him in a cage but I don't want to do that - if I need him, he needs to be free to come to my aid! So he roams in the back seat - I've tried muzzle holders attached to the seat belt and he HATES that, so I don't use it. Plus if I had to stop suddenly, it could rip his muzzle off his face!! He's very smart and figures things out so I do have to keep a step ahead of him and sometimes I don't, but he's a nice dog and I'm his forever Mom, unless he bites me, in which case he's a goner. I have told him that and I think our pets understand more than we give them credit for. If he ever hurt me or turned on me, I would not hesitate to protect myself by any means possible and then I would have him put down.

I pet and love on him every night before bed and I pet and love on him every morning when I get up, so that he experiences affection at the end of the day AND at the beginning. We should treat humans the same way.....

Just sayin'...

Erin

I just want to add, I don't think that has to do with the breed as some people try to say. Some dogs are just wired that way. It in NO way excuses the behavior and you did the right thing, as hard as it may have been. Pitties are a lot stronger and have the ability to do some serious damage. That said, it is not breed specific nor is it COMPLETELY how you raise them. It's the individual personality of the dog. Know your animal, know who they are and discipline, accommodate and take precautions as necessary.
When I was given my red-nose pup I wanted to send him back because he was a Pitt-Bull. I had the same ignorant view. Turns out he was a 75lb baby and LOVED people. However, when I was taking him for a run, NO MAN was allowed near me unless I said it was ok. Kids could come running out of their yards to pet him and he would just hop up and down because he SO badly wanted to jump on them but knew he was bigger. Truly, by far the most amazing dog I have ever owned and have had several others and I'm hooked.

Peggy Gray

Hi Linda,
I feel your pain. Our family has always adopted rescued dogs. Five yrs. ago we had our beloved George put down because he was old & lost his ability to walk. (He weighed 110lbs) After a few weeks we decided to adopt again & came home with Wrigley. Within about 3 weeks he started to bite us all. I took him to our vet & she said; she has never advised this to one of her patients before, but told me she felt he his not "wired right." She said he was dangerous & feared for our family. After much thought & many tears I decided I wasn't as brave as you & couldn't do it. We all have learned to coexist with him, but it's sad that we can't love on him in the way we would all like. We took him to training for 6 mths. just to get some control of him. Per our trainer we had to do something I've never done before & that is use choke collars, shock collars, medication & muzzles ,which we still have to use. Fortunately so far we've been lucky no one outside the family has been bitten all though there have been close calls. Until my Wrigley came along I was a firm believer that dogs act out because of bad owners. I now know that this is not always true. After taking in shelter dogs for 40+ yrs? I have learned as your family did that this is not always true. He bit me last week & I hadn't even touched him. He was extra nervous because of neighborhood fireworks. Although experienced I'm by no means an expert on dogs. That is why I am so angered at the dog shelter we went to. It's small & they get their dogs from other shelters. I feel someone did not do their job! When shelters take in dogs they check the animals in several different ways to see if they are adoptable. My dog was over 4 mths. old & I don't believe at some point he never showed any aggressiveness until he walked in my door. Your family made a very hard & brave decision & one that I'm afraid I will have to make someday. The breed doesn't matter. Wrigley is a blk lab (notoriously gentle dogs), hound mix. My vet compared it to a human that is a social path. Some come from very good homes, but are just not wrapped tight!!

Robert Negron

i like the way you saved that he was a lab until the end well played and your right not every creature is born normal

Doris

Like you, I "knew" the story was about a pittie (I am presuming that anyway). I was flabbergasted when I saw that the dog was a lab. I never knew a lab who would bite. But I had a kitty who, no matter what I did, continued to get more and more aggressive toward me until I was his prey and would attack me whenever I came near him. He, too, was wired wrong.

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