Making a Difference

December 7, 2011  

By Laura Petrolino, VP of Operations

As some of you might know, I started my career in the political sector. I first fell in love with politics and our political system (I’ll carefully add, “in theory” here) because I love the idea that passionate people with a collective voice could inspire change. I’m completely inspired by the thought that we are never trapped in situations that we are powerless to change, and small actions by ordinary people can and do make a difference. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean it is easy, nor does it mean it will happen either quickly or smoothly (normally quite the contrary). It does mean that there is always hope and that in the end, no matter who you are, you can motivate change in situations that you believe to be unjust and/or misguided.

In essence, this is an idea that StubbyDog is built upon. It can be very easy to feel defeated; the problem is too big, the discrimination is too embedded, the media is too biased and so on. The truth is this isn’t the case. Change often happens in baby steps, one small victory at a time. Everyday, as I talk to our community members, observe events and conversations going on, and hear from our supporters, I hear one inspiring story after another of people taking actions, big and small, that are bringing us closer to our overall goal and improving the lives of pit bulls.

So what does this mean to you? It means that no matter who you are, no matter what your resources are, you can help improve the lives of pit bulls and move us closer to showing the world that they are, plain and simply, just dogs.*

*Of course, I know most in our group would like to insert “amazing, wonderful, heroic, life-changing, goofy, lovable …” dogs in there, but in the end, what we most need is for the rest of the world to see them just like they do any other dog (and then they can find out about all the other amazing adjectives for themselves!).

Need some inspiration? Here are some examples of super acts from StubbyDog community members that have happened in just the last week.

-Becca, who bought a photo session in our auction with the intent of donating it to a rescue to use to help get dogs adopted (since we know the power of photography!).

-Ellen, who doesn’t even currently have a pit bull but still e-mailed me wanting to know which insurance companies were pit bull friendly so she didn’t support any with discriminatory policies (think about the power of an action like that done collectively?).

-Emily, who e-mailed me after seeing an episode of “Desperate Housewives,” and noticing that one of the characters made the comment, “This is what I get for not having a pit bull,” to her neighbor in order to show her annoyance with the latter’s visit to her house. Emily realized that having such a comment on a popular network program continues to emphasize the negative stereotype of pit bulls and wrote a letter to the network. (You can write your own letter here.)

These are just three examples of great individuals, but I truly run across zillions of them weekly. From professionals donating their services, to people writing letters or sending e-mails, to people supporting each other as part of our community. It all makes a difference.

How do you make a difference?

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2 Responses to “Making a Difference”
  1. AdrienneClegg says:

    Just have to tell you. Love, Love,LOVE StubbyDog.org. You fight the good fight with a loving heart, open mind and keen observations.Thank you!

    People are listening, hearts are opening and the world every day is a little brighter for our dogs. I am inspired today with my issue of American Dog packed with Pibbles. That is a great step in the right direction.

    • @AdrienneClegg Thank you so much for this Adrienne, it really means so much to us! And yes, agree with you completely… big inroads are being made in the right direction. I’m very excited to continue the change minds and improve the lives of pit bull type dogs in 2012! It is going to be a good year 🙂