Showing posts from December, 2020

Debunking "Dangerous Breed" Stigma

Have you ever heard about certain breeds of dog being more dangerous than others? Well, some breeds of dog experience negative judgement based on misinformation, which has serious consequences for those dogs and for their caretakers. But, there is hope! Read on to learn more about breed stigma. Debunking "Dangerous Breed" Stigma The angelic, perfect face of the beautiful Dessa. What is breed stigma? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines stigma as "a mark of shame or discredit". It is also known as a negative preconception surrounding a group of people, animals, places, or things. So when we say "breed stigma" in reference to dogs, we mean to refer to the negative stereotypes that surround certain breeds of dog. Much breed stigma revolves around the apparently inherent danger, aggressiveness, and vicious disposition of certain breeds of dog, which is factually incorrect and serves to villainize innocent animals. The National Canine Research Council, the Ce

Meet the ASL Product Models: Shiloh Ochs!

This is the fourth blog in our series of 'Meet the ASL Product Models' by our intern, Skye Isabella Rose Iwanski. Shiloh Ochs Shiloh, exemplifying adorableness. Shiloh Ochs is very much a gentle giant. She's a nine-year-old St. Bernard with a huge caring streak. Shiloh watches over everyone to make sure they're safe, and she's great with kids. Shiloh can even tell when her humans are sick. She likes to show affection to people by licking her lips and smacking them together like she's giving kisses from afar. Shiloh sleeps in her humans' bed with her head on a pillow. She doesn't let her size stop her from acting like a lap dog, either, and if you stop petting her, she'll growl at you. She doesn't boss the other animals around, but she doesn't mind telling her humans a thing or two every now and then. Shiloh also pouts when she doesn't get her way. So you'd better keep on petting, unless you want to incur the wrath of Shiloh (which is