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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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Nora

Linda,
That must have been a heartbreaking experience. I understand that sometimes the dogs are treated well and still are aggressive. My dog was brutally attacked by a half-pit bull; I also know for certain that this pit bull was raised from a puppy with loving care and by conscientious owners.

moocow

BUT as most of us have experienced, that pup could have been any breed. I've had difficult dogs of many breeds,and sweethearts of many breeds also.

Jade

Sorry, Linda - ANY BREED can be "protective" by nature and by pack mentality. I have 4 (2m/2f), 3 are Queensland X and one is pure Queensland - and the females are the ones that are the most protective/aggressive with people. A visitor to my property was glad they were inside a yard area as they were aggressive at the fence as she walked over. I told them to put a sock in it and lay down - which they did immediately (and would have done OUTSIDE the fence as well!) When she asked how I made them all respond at once like that I told her it was a simple concept: they respect me as the Alpha Female of the pack... (as my horses respect me as the Lead Mare of the herd. :-) The point is YOU have to establish yourself as the leader of the pack - and not allow them to feel they have ANY authority with other dogs, cats, or humans! This applies to any size, gender, or breed. Personally, I find that the majority of Chihuahuas I run into are more aggressive and dangerous than large dogs! Because owners think they are "cute" when they act up - there's no discipline given .... until someone gets bit.

I'm sorry your Pit lost her life for doing what SHE thought she was suppose to do: protect her pack. With any dog rescue/adoption (breed, size, or age) that is NOT a puppy, you start training the minute you bring them home. From the first moment you want to establish who the leader is. While learning their place in the pack is important, recognizing and RESPECTING the pack leader is vital. One of my rescues got along great with the other dogs when he first came in, but immediately went after my cats (who were NOT use to being chased!) When the previous owner called a few months later to see how he was doing, I mentioned the cat issue the first day in the house. She said, "Oh, he ALWAYS CHASES cats!" I told her he now lives happily with 5 of them. Dogs will change their behavior if the rules are clear - and they respect their leader. Good Luck!

Sara

is this the forum for knocking pit bulls? Go away, get a life. Leave the breed alone. Guess you have too much time on your hands and have nothing to do but complain. I wish the world would let pits live in peace.

Jennifer

No, some people are supporting them and some of us are just arguing about how the argument should be structured. Granted, that may mean we are avoiding doing something more constructive. But it's never a waste of time to discuss things.

michelle

for every horror story about pits, there is another about a non pit. We had a boxer, who yes, is a bully breed, but not a pit, with a bad rap which goes along wirh.......anyway, she would snap for no apparent reason & be very aggressive. Just like the other lady's story....raised with love, affection, no abuse, ever. There are alwaya the outliers in every breed who for some unexplainable reason, are unpredixtable.

Beth

Linda, I appreciate your candor and courage in sharing your experience. I am for all dogs having a chance, but know there are some things love cannot heal. My experience was in child welfare, an area where we cannot afford to fail, but do. Sometimes we can do all the right things, and it doesnt reach the critical elements. We are only beginning to understand emotional illness, personality, and DNA-three separate but related issues that define individuals for both species.

Dorothy

Thanks for your contribution Beth. We've come to that conclusion too after adopting two, small, 3 year old shelter dogs who get along fine together and had apparently always lived together. One is a complete sweetheart; the other fortunately is fine with strangers, the groomer, the vet but bites my husband and me. (There are a bunch of triggers we try to avoid.) We are not expert dog handlers and we read Patricia McConnell and Sophia Yin for advice on positive solutions but our efforts have not paid off yet. We are sticking with her but are glad she isn't big enough to take off a hand!

Wendy

Sorry to hear that about your pit. Sometimes I think the problem there is that around where I live the cruel people inter-breed the pits. I think that does something to their brains and makes some that way. I love the breed dearly and hate hearing the bad stories. Mine would swim in the pool, jump on the trampoline, play soccer and basketball with my kids when they were growing up. They never had a mean bone in their body and as the saying goes help a thief steal everything in the house.

April

Thank you for the rational comment, Linda. I'm very sorry that happened. Not everyone who expresses concern about the safety of having pitbulls around is a bully. My father went to a funeral a few months ago that was the result of a pitbull attack. The grown son of my father's friend went to visit his father and brought his pet pitbull along. From what I know, the pit was a loved pet and not mistreated. I don't know if something somehow made the dog believe the father was someone he needed to protect his owner from, but the dog suddenly jumped up and bit this elderly man, who was sitting in a chair, in the face. Not to be grandiose, but he basically bit his face off, and the man died. (I feel so bad for the son.) Add that to the numerous news stories I've heard, and I know I personally could never own one. Maybe it's something that's been bred into the species itself, this sudden violence, over years of wrong treatment, so that it no longer matters how the individuals dogs are raised. I have love and compassion for all animals and I know it's not the dogs' fault, but I just hope everyone who choose to own a pitbull acts with tremendous caution at all times. Don't let their sweetness lull you into a false sense of security. That's all.

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