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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »

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I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster
I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet

chuerta_1, November 1, 2012

As a pit bull advocate here in Portland I'm so glad to see more positive 'press' for these dogs. Unfortunately irresponsible dog owners, dog fighting entrepenuers (at least that's how they view themselves), thugs and those associated with gangs have successfully presented a very negative image of these dogs to the public. Also unfortunately the general public rarely has an opportunity to have the negative image of pit bulls challenged through personal experience with one. I have lost count of the number of stories I've personally heard of people who feared and hated all pit bulls, due of course to news media hype and perpetuation of the myths and misinformation about pit bulls, who then had an opportunity to meet and get to know one owned by a responsible dog owner and who not only forever changed their opinion about pit bulls but more often than not either started to advocate for them or decided that they wanted one of their own. Therefore our advocacy holds monthly Bully Walks through Portland in the effort to help repair the damage done to the typical pit bull and the typical pit bull owner by the news media so that the general public can see with their own eyes and hopefully experience themselves the wonder of these amazingly resilient and loving dogs.

In the end responsible dog ownership will bring an end to the myths, misinformation and propaganda that is spread by the news media and well-meaning anti-pit bull groups by showing the general public that pit bulls are just dogs and what makes a dog dangerous or safe for other living things is not the breed or the size of the dog but is the human being on the other end of the leash. I think this book gets that message across quite effectively and I can't wait to meet Mr. Foster this evening at Powell's.
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