I was back at the Animal Orphanage for the
first time in quite a while today and spoke
with the director about the situation. As the
case is pending, I will limit my comments to
the bottom line point that the dogs no dogs
can be placed until they are signed over, and
that is still in litigation. Many individuals and
formal rescues have, however, come forward
and that is very good news, as it means that
fairly quick action will be possible once the
case is resolved. That MAY be as early as
next Wednesday, May 23, 2001. I will keep
There have been some discrepencies concerning
how many total dogs are involved and how many
are in what shelter. I now know that 31 Labs and
the one Pit Bull are at the Animal Orphanage. The
AO's director believes that 11 Labs are at the
Camden County shelter, but I have not confirmed
that with anyone there. But these figures at least
mesh better with the earliest figures: 43 dog of
which 42 are Labs and one is a Pit Bull. I should
also note, however, that the "Labs" don't all look
pure. I can't say whether those that don't are
mixes or just weirdly bred. The Pit Bull, however,
is definitely a Pit Bull.
I did do a brief evaluation of the Pit Bull. She's quite
human friendly, having passed the muzzle-to-muzzle
nuzzle test - I hope this isn't getting too technical!!! :D -
with flying colors. She is, however, a bit in her own world,
more interested in exploring the grounds than in having
lots and lots of interaction with the person present.
That does mean that she'll be a bit extra distractable
in training, but that is something that can be dealt with.
Since she is virtually all white, I was at first somewhat
concerned that her relative obliviousness to attempts
to get her to interact more might be a sign of deafness.
But when she was facing away from me, I picked up an
empty metal dish, held it behind my back and rapped it
a few times with my break stick - and she responded
If anyoe would be interested in adopting or fostering
this girl, contact me directly or contact the AO at:
If the Pit Bull requires transport, I will of course
make every effort to make myself available for
the first leg of a rescue run.
On a brighter note, one of the longterm volunteers
dropped by while I was there. I posted about her a
long time back. She is the person who used to stand
aside in a state of near total paralysis from fear
whenever I walked even the most obviously human
friendly Pit Bull past her, but who later on was
seduced into getting into one of those muzzle-to-
muzzle nuzzles with my all-time favorite AO Pit Bulls,
Onyx the Serene (whose more sedate form of human
friendliness probably had a lot to do with how and
why this breakthrough occured). Well, fast forward
to the present: Elaine now shares her home with two
adopted dogs, a Shep Mix ... and a Pit Bull!
The dogs are ALWAYS the best educators!!!!
OK. All for now. I will give an update next Wednesday
Pit Bull Libertarian
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