Friday, February 20, 2015

Responsible Owners are the Norm #TheMajorityProject

This post is sponsored by The Animal Farm Foundation and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the The Majority Project, but My Rotten Dogs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Animal Farm Foundation is not responsible for the content of this article.

I am the proud caretaker of northern breed mixes.  Unfortunately, many negative stereotypes exist about huskies, malamutes, wolfdogs, etc.  While advocating for my dogs and denouncing these stereotypes, I have come to appreciate the plight of "pit bull" type dog owners.

 Irresponsible or reckless dog owners are not common to one particular breed of dog.  Their disregard for public, personal, and canine safety is their common factor.

Pit bulls, along with GSD's and various northern breeds, are victims of breed specific legislation (BSL.)  BSL is expensive, and has not been shown to reduce the number of dog bites or improve public safety.

Many of my friends and family members are responsible owners of "pit bull" type dogs, including my twin sister.

Her boy, Harley, is an amazing family dog.  He is affectionate, patient, loving, and friendly.  My nephew has grown up with him. Other than size, he is no different than her Cocker Spaniel. 

Robin adopted Harley several years ago from the same shelter I adopted Faolan from.
Like the majority of other pit bull owners, and responsible dog owners in general, she cares for him in an appropriate manner, including vet visits, quality food, and obeying the leash laws that exist within her city, thus keeping him properly contained.  As a northern breed owner, I know all about the importance of properly containing one's dogs.

Unfortunately, many negative stereotypes exist, and continue to be perpetuated.  Enter Animal Farm Foundation and The Majority Project.  Animal Farm Foundation has partnered with actor Jon Bernthal to create an upcoming PSA highlighting responsible dog owners.

Animal Farm Foundation, a not for profit, has been rescuing and rehoming dogs for nearly 30 years.  They also provide grants to other humane organizations, and it is their mission to secure equal treatment for "pit bull" type dogs.

The Majority Project with Jon Bernthal from Animal Farm Foundation on Vimeo.

Responsible pit bull type dog owners, which are the majority, are encouraged to join The Majority Project, make their own "I am" statements with photos, and submit them for a chance to appear in the upcoming PSA.

Print off your own "I am" sign from The Majority Project's website.

Support equal rights and treatment of all dogs, irregardless of breed.  I am a responsible dog owner.  I am the MAJORITY.

Sharing is caring.  Make your own "I am" statements.  Share them.  Share this post, and encourage others to show that they, too, are The Majority.



  1. Awesome post! I was just telling DZ dogs that while I don't own pit bulls I've had to deal with being stereotyped because someone thought my girls were pit bulls and it wasn't fun. I definitely feel bad for anyone who has to deal with those people!

  2. Ditto Lauren above. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. What a great campaign. I hope it helps to bring more attention to all breeds that are discriminated against.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  4. That is one super campaign. We have learned a lot about different dog breeds from blogging. I wish the world would learn to look upon the owners and not the dogs.
    stella rose

  5. "Irresponsible or reckless dog owners are not common to one particular breed of dog." A million times YEP! Such an important point. It's so critical to focus on responsible dog ownership rather than targeting specific breeds. Really great post - and I just think your dogs are the handsomest around!

  6. I've seen the "wolfdog" stereotypes before too. Your "nephew" is very handsome ;) Looks very sweet too!


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