To call Victoria Stilwell outspoken is an understatement.
For example, the dog trainer and behavior consultant describes dominance training — a controversial method that uses fear as a motivator — as “the greatest tragedy to happen in dog training today.” Quite simply, “It’s bullying. Dog bullying.”
But Stilwell is not all in-your-face all the time. She’s active in working with rescue groups and shelters, among other groups, and she has adopted two dogs of her own. Stilwell’s most prominent role is host of the Animal Planet show, It’s Me or the Dog, which she describes as something of a fluke.
“I was lucky enough to come up with an idea that took off very quickly,” she said…
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.
The story of Lennox the dog (background story here) took a final, tragic turn on July 11 when Belfast City Council announced he had been killed, after a desperate legal fight by the family and in spite of a worldwide “Save Lennox” movement. In keeping with the less-than-stellar community relations skills Belfast City Council has demonstrated over the past two years (Lennox was seized in May of 2010), they did not even have the courtesy to inform Lennox’s family, the Barnes, instead issuing a tersely worded press announcement that “Lennox, an illegal pit-bull terrier type, has been humanely put to sleep.” The task of informing the family fell to respected, celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, a close ally of the Barnes family throughout their ordeal, who heard it from a source at Radio Ulster; Stilwell later expressed disgust over this insensitivity, saying in a Facebook post “Belfast City Council should hang their heads… heartless doesn’t even begin to describe the people surrounding this case.”…
Attorney Fred Kray and his co-host Jo Staats will discuss with Victoria Stilwell the entire behind the scenes story of Lennox. Katie Bray Barnett from Best Friends and John Dunham will discuss how to calculate all the costs of BSL, including enforcement. Regular segments include: