Posts Tagged “courage”

Thank You Letter: DogsBite.org

by colleen lynn.

Dear DogsBite.org,
Thank you for your website, for the truth it bares, for the courage it took to put it there. Even as tough as I am, I can’t stand up to the hurricane of insanity around these dogs. Thank you for your time, your research and candid honesty. You’re an inspiration. Reading your site gave me the courage to write this all down, the first time I have ever done so. As a dog trainer I have to take tremendous criticism when I refuse to handle these dogs now. Their owners are the cruelest nastiest people I have ever encountered. Especially when someone tells them their dogs are not angels and they should expect nothing but what they are getting after they come begging a trainer for help so their dog can play at dog parks or stop trying to kill cats or children. I understand how irrationally hateful the lovers of these dogs can be, and how hard, as a victim of the breed, life is after you have been attacked by one. I raise my lighter to your story, to your website. | Read full letter » – Retired Professional Dog Trainer of 25+ Years

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Beyond the Interview: Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling

by colleen lynn.

I wanted to share what my nonprofit, DogsBite.org, released today:

Read: Beyond the Interview – Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling

DogsBite.org Releases ‘Beyond the Interview’ Essay: Father of Child Killed by Babysitter’s Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack

Jeff Borchardt, the father of a young boy mauled to death by two pit bulls, and the owner of the dogs, Susan Iwicki, speak out to warn others about the myth, “It’s all how they’re raised,” to prevent future pit bull maulings and fatalities.

Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull MaulingAustin, TX July 26, 2013 — DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases Beyond the Interview, an 8,500 word essay detailing a fatal pit bull attack. The essay follows a June 10th interview with WISN when the father spoke to the media about his son’s death for the first time. On March 6th, 2013, Daxton Borchardt, 14-months old, was brutally killed by his babysitter’s pit bulls while under her care in Walworth, Wisconsin.

Beyond the Interview was created through direct phone calls and emails over a 6-week period with Jeff Borchardt, 39, the boy’s grieving father, and Susan Iwicki, 30, the babysitter and owner of the two pit bulls. Both are compelled to speak out after believing the widely pervasive myth, “It’s all how they’re raised.” On March 6th, states the essay, “Susan’s well-raised pit bulls acted out their genetic heritage by inflicting an unpredictable destructive attack that took a boy’s life.”

Read: News release in full

Read: Beyond the Interview – Essay of a Fatal Pit Bull Mauling

Barbara Kay :: Brilliance and Courage

by colleen lynn.

Courageous writer Barbara Kay of the National Post calls out the pit bull lobby:

The petition against Ms. Biniaz is not a spontaneous phenomenon, but the fruit of a well-oiled, extremely well-funded propaganda campaign by the pit bull advocacy movement (PBAM). The PBAM is wedded to the fiction that the pit bull, sadly victimized by a biased press, is a gentle, affectionate, child-loving dog. They are — until suddenly they aren’t. And nobody knows when or why they will strike with their rending, crocodile teeth and implacable to-the-death grip, except that the answer lies in their genes. The pit bull is a genetically manufactured ambulatory grenade and deserves every bit of condemnation it receives. The PBAM is a powerful lobby group that has successfully coerced complicity in the propagation of pit bull myths from kennel clubs and humane societies, and shamefully misled gullible media. Ms. Biniaz is the best thing to happen for public education about pit bulls in a long time – Barbara Kay

Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Pit bull advocacy fails to realize that the people who speak out for regulation of dangerous dogs, the people they characterize as “haters” are just ordinary folks who probably had no thoughts on pit bulls one way or another. Until, and this is the key point, they became victims of the violence. We pretty much all say the same thing after our attack “nobody should have to go through this, somebody should do something.” It comes to us that we are the “somebody” and we demand regulation. Ms. Biniaz is a high profile somebody, and she is courageous to use her status to focus attention on the maulings. Emma’s parents are somebody, the Soleskys are somebody. Every parent, and every pet or livestock owner who contacts legislators to demand action, they are somebody, every one of them. Colleen Lynn is a powerful somebody, she shines a light on the need to regulate a known danger. Thank you Colleen and thank you Miss Canada! – april 29

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Dear Colleen Lynn,
Thank you.
I started to do research into the dangers of pit bulls when it was announced in 2008 that the ban in Holland would be lifted. I searched the Dutch internet, but I could not find any information so I decided to search the American websites. I ploughed through 5 pages of search results before I found Dogsbite.org. All the time I was becoming more and more suspicious. Dog owners all agreeing on a subject? Doesn’t happen, never, but they all agree pit bulls are just like any other dog?
I started a website. Being warned by Dogsbite.org experiences, I registered ‘tegenpitjes.nl’ private. First the pit bull owners tried a DNS attack against my site. When that didn’t work, they harassed my domain registrar. It got so bad for them I had to pull the plug on ‘tegenpitjes.nl’ and register my new website, ‘tegenpitjes.info’, in the States.
Thank you Colleen, your help was invaluable. I admire you so much. I have no words to describe it because I’ve never known anybody who I admire this much. Your courage is a shining example for me. – Astrid, Founder of Tegenpitjes.info

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Dear Colleen Lynn,
We corresponded via email late last year, I discussed the attack on myself by two pit bulls. I am having a tough time psychologically dealing with all the hatred directed towards the victims of these attacks. I have utilized your website regularly, and as a victim it has been most helpful, I continue to applaud you in your courageous efforts to stand firm against such hostile opposition. I wish you continued success with your ongoing attempts to educate others to the realities of certain breeds of dogs and hopefully one day eliminating these attacks all together. Kind Regards, – Luke, Founder of Sittingbull.com.au

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Thank You Letter :: Colleen Lynn

by colleen lynn.

Dear Colleen Lynn,
DogsBite.org has likely prevented more maulings and deaths by pit bulls than we’ll ever know, by its persistent precision and courage in offering the facts to the public. In the storm of half-truths and outright lies, DogsBite.org offers objective and true information about the pit-bull type dog and the mayhem it is committing daily on us and our neighborhoods. Not a thing on the site is invented or exaggerated, all is checked and double checked, information we can trust. The site is a place where real experts find a platform, experts who prefer scientific honesty to toeing the politically correct line and lining their pocketbooks. All this in the face of rabid attacks by the fans of this type of dog, who above all don’t want the public to know the truth and have their weapon taken from them. In a nutshell, Colleen, I’m grateful that after your attack, you decided to do your best to prevent the same from happening to the rest of us and our children — and to our normal dogs, our cats, horses, cattle in the fields. Thank you, and happy birthday to DogsBite.org! You have saved lives. – Alexandra Semyonova, Netherlands

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