The Pit Bull Life
A Dog Lover’s Companion
Hardcover ● $21.95
Deirdre Franklin & Linda Lombardi
This is a book for anyone who loves their pit bulls or is looking for a comprehensive, compassionate, and fun resource before adopting one. Pit bull owners and advocates Deirdre Franklin and Linda Lombardi take down the harmful myths and misinformation that cause pit bulls to be unfairly judged. The authors also help owners and soon-to-be owners through the murky waters of breed-specific legislation, which may—believe it or not—affect where pit bulls are allowed and even what restraints they might be required to wear.
Any pit bull owner can tell you that owning one is a unique joy, but comes with certain challenges. During World War II, the pit bull became a symbol of American strength and loyalty before being painted as a thuggish, violent breed by pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s. As the authors explain, there have been too many dogs that have gone through this “dangerous dog of the moment” phase in their history. An excitable and friendly breed, Franklin and Lombardi give precise tips on training pit bulls to be gentle through positive reinforcement rather than the typical fear-driven conditioning seen on TV. Readers can also learn about adoption, rescue, and raising pit bulls along with children.
In addition to an in-depth education and lots of practical, everyday advice, readers will also enjoy gorgeous color photographs of adorable pit bulls of all types and ages. The authors have also profiled notable pit bull owners and advocates who make it their mission to make the world a more understanding place for this energetic and peaceful breed of dog.
Deirdre Franklinis the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., an education and advocacy group that helps shelters and animal rescues around the country. She earned her Master's degree in public policy at Drexel University and wrote her thesis on breed discriminatory laws. She has garnered many accolades for her efforts in dog advocacy, including the Wallace Award, by championing the relationship in the human-canine bond. She lives in Asheville, NC.
Linda Lombardi began her writing career as the pets columnist for the Associated Press. She is the author of Animals Behaving Badly, a humor book based on science and the news, and the Hannah Lilly series of zoo mysteries. Her hands-on experience with animals includes work training shelter dogs and as a zookeeper with small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.