Still think “Pit Bulls” are dangerous?

Watch out, it’s a “Pit Bull”. I hear this so many times it makes me insane. This blog is for all the people out there that continue to say this breed is dangerous.

   picture of captain his first vet visit 

  I received an email from our friends up in Waco Shelter, regarding a dog that they had come in to their care yesterday. The email was a call for help as he is labeled a “pit bull” and has horrendous wound to his front paw. Of course we are not a rescue group and as much as I state I will not take any more in, how can I let this guy be killed because he is injured and a certain breed? I can’t. So out goes the call to say we will take him and get him back on his feet-pun not intended. 

  The employee that contacted us is one of the bully friendliest people you could hope for in a shelter environment.  She fights to help them just as we do, against all obstacles thrown at her due to breed prejudice and policies. Make no mistake; her job is a tougher one because we know she cannot help them all; as much as she fights, more will come in- same old story for all shelter systems.  The difference here, she stands up for the breeds that immediately are set to be killed. My hat is off to her and I am very thankful our bullies have someone like her in the shelter. She even went the extra mile-many miles- to transport half way to us and stop at her vet on the way. The picture to the right tells how badly injured he is, and how gentle he is regardless of the pain. <Fallon, you are a true hero.>

  The transport pulled up at 11:30 on the dot- they are good that way J– and greeted me full of tears. They are clients of mine and two very big hearted people always looking to help our four legged friends just as much as we are. They had been crying because of the injuries this dog had endured and they were touched by how affectionate and happy he was to be around humans even after suffering like this.  Yes, this sounds familiar; this case immediately touches me because only a few months ago I had the same feeling when I met Papa.  < But these are “pit bulls”! Aren’t we supposed to be afraid they will “rip our faces off without warning?  > After a very teary goodbye, the transporters left us with the reminder that not all humans are as cruel as the person responsible for Captain’s wounds. They even went out and bought him his first toy and –even though the economy has been tough on them, like so many others- they donated a gift card towards his vet care. Yes there are true compassionate people still out there, thank you Brandi and Mike.

  Yes, he has a name. The shelter dubbed him Captain Hook. I can’t call him Captain Hook, just because Hook was mean, so we are shortening his name to Captain J– I am weird like that.

  So after getting a real time look at his wounds – and feeling sick to my stomach that someone could be so cruel- I realize this boy’s story may be more similar to Papa than I thought originally. No I do not think he was a bait dog, but I do think he was a fighting dog. He has the telltale scars all over his face and front legs, a deep puncture over his eye, as well as in his mouth, and he had an abscess puncture wound on his “good” leg. Yet walking into the Center he showed no signs of aggression towards the dogs. No signs of aggression towards every human that touched him. But isn’t this the breed so many in the media and politics say are born killers? Have we been lied to? You decide.



  This is what this poor guy is dealing with; the pain this must be causing, I cannot imagine.






 This is what we will have to do multiple times a day until we can find a vet open to possibly take off his leg. Sorry the pictures are so graphic, but as you can see he is missing half his paw and throughout the soaking and cleaning he remained sweet and tolerant



  Fast forward 3 hours. My awesome best friend – and a fabulous canine acupressure/massage practioner, Christina from Skillful Paws, took time on her much needed day off, to come down and do a session with him.






He obviously appreciated it.


 So what is the point of this story? I mean we see and hear about abuse all the time in the media, on TV. What makes this any different? This is a dog that suffered because of a human- for enjoyment, status or money, could have been killed because of human fear and prejudice; but was saved because there are still humans out there that have enough love and compassion to stand up and say, “Enough”.  If this story makes one person realize anyone can make a difference, then that is enough to save one more dog. Maybe it will become contagious, maybe more people will look and see that this breed is not the monsters they are said to be, but true masters of forgiveness. Maybe.
 Please hug your furbabies often, there are so many dogs that never get a chance to experience true compassion and love.





Seminar Series starting in January

Training by Tara

Workshop & Seminar Series

All Seminars are located at our center in East Austin. To set up a private seminar/workshop at your location or to reserve a space in any of the seminars listed below, please email us at

We are not a rescue group and do not have fund-raisers, so all the proceeds from our seminars and workshops will be funding our Mobile Community Education Program, as well as the medical and care of the rescue dogs we are asked to take in.

(For more information on this program please email:


January 9th 11:00am   Dog & Child Safety

• This seminar is all about bringing home a new baby, how to prepare for the arrival and child safety with dogs.

• 60 minute seminar with 30 minutes for questions afterwards.

• **People only seminar**

• Cost: $25 per person

January 16th 11:00am Proper Canine Greeting & Social Skills

• This seminar is all about introducing dogs properly, what is inappropriate, and what is acceptable from your dog’s view. As well as how to protect yourself and your dog from free range and “at large” dogs. We will also be discussing how your positioning makes the difference in your dog’s reaction to other dogs. Perfect for shelter staff, rescue groups, and everyday dog owners.

• 60 minute seminar, with 30 minutes afterwards for questions.

• Cost: $25 per person

January 23rd 10:30am Body Language Seminar

• All about what your dog is saying to you in their language. Learn how dogs communicate with each other and the subtle signs that may be causing frustration between you and your dog. We break down different stances, eye contact, actions and myths with real photographs and dogs for easier understanding.

• ** People only seminar**

• 3 hours

• Cost: $50 per person (group discounts available)



February 6th 11:00am Handling & Safety Workshop

• Ideal for anyone interested in or already in the dog profession. We demonstrate how to safely handle dogs in runs, on leash, during grooming and restraining for exams. We will use live dog demonstrations as well as having real photographs and video of extreme situations.

• 3 hour workshop, 30 minutes of questions.

• ***People only Seminar***

• Cost: $50 per person (group discounts available)

February 20th 10:00am Working Mind Program for Shelter & Rescue Dogs

• This is the program we developed for dogs living in a shelter or rescue environment. Dogs that stay in cages for prolonged times need to relieve their stress by getting into a working mind. These simple techniques have been proven to work in our facility with any type of dog. The result is calm happy dogs regardless of how long their stay is. Each participant will receive a copy of the entire Working Mind Program which is broken down into detailed instructions on how to apply every step. Calmer dogs with manners are more likely to be adopted. Video and live demonstrations.

• 4 hour Workshop, 30 minutes for questions.

• Cost: $75 per person (Group discounts available)

February 27th 11:00am Bully Breed Identification Seminar

• Back by popular demand, we will be holding another Bully Breed Identification Seminar to help local shelters, rescues, real estate companies and owners understand the 12 different breeds currently grouped as “pit bulls”. This seminar breaks down specific breed traits and standards of each of the 12 breeds, with photos of champions direct from the breeders and photos of mixed breeds that visually have their breed traits. We also discuss common myths about “pit bulls”.

• 90 minute seminars, with 30 minutes open for questions.

• Cost: $40 per person (group discount available)

• **If you are a TLAC staff member, volunteer or a member of the Austin “Pit Bull” Task Force, this seminar is no charge. You must bring proof of membership, or employment and email us to reserve a space.