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WANTED: Thirty artists with a vision and love for animals to create one-of-a-kind tote bags to raise funds for Even Chance, a San Diego-based Pit Bull Rescue.

If you’re thinking something like, “But pit bulls are scary, dangerous dogs, ooooo, run away!” then it’s time to get acquainted with the truth. Example: Here’s one of the most famous “scary, dangerous” pit bulls ever:

That’s Petey the Pup, from the Little Rascals. Back when Petey was a star, in the 1920s and 30s, pit bulls were famous for being smart, energetic and great with kids. But of course, in those days, breeders were cautious about which dogs were paired, and kept a close eye on the temperament of offspring. More recently, bad breeding practices and owners who value the dogs for fighting rather than companionship have resulted in the current horrible situation, with thousands of pit bulls being mistreated and euthanized through no fault of their own.

Even Chance rescue group is working to change that image. Because the truth is, pit bulls are sweet, funny and loving dogs. Take one look at this face and tell me you don’t want to get a smooch from that pooch! (By the way, that’s Alaska, one of Even Chance’s recent happy adoptions.)

You can help Alaska and dogs like her by supporting Even Chance, especially if you’re artistically inclined. One of my favorite websites, GirlieGirlArmy, is teaming up with the group to sponsor Art for Pitties.

Here’s the deal: “Art for Pitties needs designers, pit owners, painters, animal advocates, illustrators and artists to personalize tote bags with one-of-a-kind artwork that will be auctioned online for charity.”

You can help by creating a tote bag, donating, or just passing the information on to others who may be interested. More details are available at the GirlieGirlArmy website (link above). And while you’re there, sign up for their free weekly newsletter, a great source of information for anyone interested in compassionate fashion (i.e., vegan) and other enlightened hipness.

Full disclosure: As you might have guessed by now, two of my best friends are pit bull mixes, so in this case, I actually know what I’m talking about — for a change.

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Okay, it has nothing to do with crafts or human health, but pet health is important, too, right? So do your cats a favor and don’t let them have access to Easter lilies, shown in the photo above — unless you enjoy rushing to the vet with a very sick cat. That’s the advice from Kansas State University veterinarian Kenneth Harkin. Tiger lilies and Asiatic hybrid lilies are dangerous, too, he adds.

Lilies aren’t harmful to dogs, bunnies or other small pets, says Harkin. But ┬ádon’t let these pets snack on plants like lily of the valley, oleander, kalanchoe, azalea, rhododendron and tulips. Yikes! Looks like we have some emergency gardening to take care of. Back soon!

Some Things Are Just Wrong

Posted: November 7, 2008 in bad idea, dog, sweater

Exhibit A:

Don’t get us wrong — we love love LOVE dogs and we are crazy for sweaters. But that doesn’t mean the two automatically go together.