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I have been rescuing pit bulls and other animals full time for over twelve years. I have written Pit Bull Nation based on my experiences with a misunderstood and notorious dog. More than any other type of dog or animal, the mere words pit bull incite controversy and heated debate, even within the rescue community. This is the story of how the dog became the teacher and the rescuer, the student.
on March 21, 2011 :
This book should be on every animal lover's shelf. Chances are pretty good you'll want to read the book straight through and not put it down until you're finished. I was mesmerized from the first page. You will read about heroes and villains, the guilty and the innocent. Cindy Marabito writes with heart and conviction about all the characters she's met in animal rescue and all the lessons she's learned. Falling in love with all the animals she writes about in the book is unavoidable after seeing them through the author's eyes. Her keen observations of the shortcomings of the system our companion animals have to navigate are insightful and touching. Her persistence and willingness to stand up for helpless animals is inspirational. If you're not a dog person I guarantee you will never be able to walk or drive by a stray or lost animal and look the other way after reading this book. I would love to see this book made into a movie.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 25, 2010 :
Yesterday I read about yet one more dog wrongly killed in a so-called "animal shelter" due to a SNAFU. It immediately brought to mind "Pitbull Nation." Drawing on many years advocacy and activism on behalf of this much maligned breed, Cindy illuminates the problems of the American "shelter system" with passion, conviction and sharp wit. This gives us a sometimes heart-breaking inside look at how animal shelters function and fail the dogs in their care. I laughed. I cried. I completed its reading with a little more hope than when I began, largely because people like Cindy are fighting to tell the truth - and winning - to keep this breed alive.
Advocate for Rabies Medical Exemption for Sick Senior Family Pets
(reviewed within a month of purchase)