Escaping BDL in Ontario

July 19, 2012  

A woman’s first try at fostering means a second chance for this pit bull born into breed-discriminatory legislation

By Emily Jooste

Meet Bing, my foster dog for Bullies In Need, a foster-based rescue organization in Ontario, Canada.

A few months ago Bing found himself in a very bad situation; an under-aged pit bull in an Ontario shelter. Ontario brought in breed-discriminatory legislation in 2005, banning pit bulls and any dog looking substantially similar. All existing pit bulls were/are required to be neutered/spayed, muzzled and leashed (just some of many restrictions), and no new pit bulls were allowed in the province.

At 2 years old, Bing was clearly born after the 2005 cutoff date and was in danger. Luckily, after spending a few months in the shelter, Bing was pulled by Bullies In Need and became my foster dog. He is now looking for a home outside of Ontario!

Bing is not only my first foster dog but my first pit bull. I had some initial reservations about fostering; I have a reactive dog (an Australian Shepherd mix), work full time and live in an apartment. However, with the help of a good routine, consistent exercise and training, crate training, and slow and careful introductions with my own dog Jersey, it feel’s like Bing has always lived here. Of course, there have been some bumps, including accidents, crate escapes and squirrel chasing adventures, but the benefits of fostering definitely outweigh the drawbacks. Bullies In Need was always there to guide me through any questions or concerns I had.

The best part has been watching Bing blossom in obedience class. While he can be a bit of a sloth at home, his eyes truly light up as soon as we enter the training hall and he sees the treat pouch and clicker come out. He has already completed a clicker training foundations class and has recently started a Canine Good Neighbor preparation class and will be taking his test to become certified later in the summer.

Bing is so smart that he writes his own blog. He would love it if you would follow him and pass on his information to anyone in Canada (outside Ontario) looking for a young yet calm and well-behaved pit bull with two levels of obedience training under his belt. He is excellent with all people and enjoys the company of other dogs but is untested with cats (wants to chase them outside). Click here to see his adoption profile.

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11 Responses to “Escaping BDL in Ontario”
  1. Poor Bing. I love his little face. I hope he finds a home outside of Ontario, and I hope that Ontario gets rid of this ridiculous law.

    • StubbyDog says:

      annedreshfield Us too Anne, he’s a sweet boy and deserves a great home. And hopefully BDL will be gone in Ontario soon. 

      • EmRose says:

        StubbyDog Couldn’t agree more. Bing makes me want to move out of Ontario just so he can stay with me forever!

  2. blazer says:

    He is SO adorable!!!!!

  3. MichelleWieser says:

    Bing is fabulous! When my elderly pitty girl passes on, I hope to look into adopting from Ontario (I’m located all the way across the country in the Yukon Territory). Hopefully Bing has found a fabulous new home by then. 🙂

    • EmRose says:

      MichelleWieser Thanks! If Bing isn’t around then there are so many other amazing pit bulls looking for home’s!

      • MichelleWieser says:

        EmRose I’m really looking forward to welcoming one into our home (in the hopefully not too near future). I couldn’t imagine our home without a pitty in it! 

  4. EmRose says:

    Hi everyone I foster Bing and he is a fabulous boy.Thanks everyone for your kind words and to Stubby Dog for featuring Bing’s story and adoption profile!

    • StubbyDog says:

      EmRose Thank you Emily for fostering Bing and keeping him safe. He’s such a cute dog and so chill too! We hope this coverage will help find him a home. 

  5. barbaraleeanderson07090 says:

    Thank you for sharing Bing’s story, and especially for your hard work on his behalf.  How wonderful would it be for us and for these fabulous “pittie” dogs if we could elect more pit-savvy folks to our legislatures???