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I laughed, I teared up, and then I full-on bawled at the end. Admittedly, I have been a bit more emotional the last couple of weeks—my cycle is relentless sometimes.
However, Pixar has an uncanny ability to make even the most stoic of us break down a little, and they’ve done it again in this short.
“Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.”
I’ve seen these messages a lot lately, so we’re doing something right, but it bears repeating.
Let’s get a few things straight:
>> Black cats tend to get ignored more than others at shelters, with people subconsciously associating them with negative stereotypes, and so two-thirds of them wind up spending 40 percent more time unadopted in shelters than other colors/patterns.
Personally, I think the idea that people associate black cats with witchcraft (or other “negative” things) and therefore choose not to adopt them (consciously or subconsciously) is a bunch of hooey. But, the statistics aren’t lying.
>> Dogs are not born mean. Yes, we’ve been reminded that some dogs are more predisposed to show aggressive behavior, but like all beings, dogs are generally good. And a well-treated, respected, loved, and cared-for dog, regardless of breed, isn’t likely to just attack out of the blue.
It’s important for owners to understand and read a dog’s body language (it’s quite different from a human’s), especially around children. I am a huge supporter of positive reinforcement when training (as opposed to the dominant, violent sort of training methods employed by Cesar Milan, for example, or tools like prong and shock collars). This is step one in being a responsible owner.
And the more responsible owners there are, especially when it comes to breeds who’ve been unfairly targeted, the more we can begin to address the problems these dogs face—like the one in Pixar’s short.