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Old 01-06-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Mark Buehrle's left arm may have been greeted warmly down in south Florida this offseason, but the same can't be said for one of his family's four dogs.
According to the Miami Herald, "Slater" Buehrle, an 18-month-old American Staffordshire terrier, falls under a pitbull ban that has been in place in Miami-Dade County since 1989. That means the Buehrle family didn't have the option of moving anywhere close to the Miami Marlins' new ballpark after Mark signed a four-year, $58 million deal with the team last month.
Mark Buehrle, a dog lover who made headlines when he said he hoped Michael Vick would get hurt, avoided the ban by moving his family to a dog-friendly development in south Broward County. And while he says he wouldn't have signed with the Marlins if there had been no housing alternatives for Slater and the rest of his family, Buehrle still wants to speak up against the injustice of the ban.

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Mark Buehrle believes "it's kind of ridiculous that because of the way a dog looks, people will ban it. Every kind of dog has good and bad, and that depends on the handlers. If you leave a dog outside all the time, it'll be crazy. Slater would never do anything harmful.''
Mark Buehrle grew up with cats, rabbits and fish, but got his first dog with Jamie. They married in 2005 and are spokespeople for Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society, which accepted 22 of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's pit bulls.
The Buehrles have three other dogs — Viszlas named Diesel, Drake and Duke — and adopted Slater after Jamie fell in love with him during work with an animal rescue group. Judging from his festive getup in the picture above, he sure doesn't look too menacing.
As a dog lover who has admired Mark and Jamie Buehrle's work with "Sox for Strays" in Chicago, I agree 100 percent with the pitcher's stance. Without getting into a long drawn-out debate on the subject, the danger with pitbulls lies more with the responsibility of its owners and not the breed itself. There's absolutely no reason why a well-trained dog and its family should be discriminated against through government legislation.
The good news, of course, is that at least this tale has a happy ending. Though Slater and the Buehrles were forced to go live elsewhere, perhaps their story will help end a ban that causes a much bigger hardship for other families.
After all, not everyone who moves to Miami-Dade County for a job has the luxury of being able to choose where to live. The awareness the Buehrles are driving could prevent dog owners from having to make a decision they shouldn't have to in the first place.

Something to read on this Friday afternoon.
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this is the worst kind of fluff

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I only wish Miami had a ban on this pitbull

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I only wish Miami had a ban on this pitbull
Came here for this, did not leave disappointed.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #6
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Mark Buerhle is WAY too into dogs.

It's a fucking dog. C'mon guy.
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Hugg, tremendous lead on poster of the month.
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I bet his house smells like dog.
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It's a fucking dog. C'mon guy.
It's family, man.
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It's a fucking dog. C'mon guy.
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It's a fucking dog. C'mon guy.
He's not your guy, friend.
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The anti-pitbull law is pretty fucking retarded.
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It's family, man.

Siblings, children and spouses are family.

Dogs are dogs.
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Ok. And your point is?

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Dogs are dogs.
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Listen, I'll never be mistaken for an animal lover but I've owned a Shiba Inu with championship blood lines so I've felt a "connection" with a dog. I still think about him now and again.

But personally, it's not family, Mainge. Maybe it's because I have kids. I've noticed as I've gotten older that people my age that don't have kids are really into their pets. So I guess it's situational. But to me, a dog is not family like a child or a parent or a sibling.

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I think it absolutely depends on your situation. You wouldn't be able to tell me or my wife that our dog isn't family.
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I'd say the majority of dog owners would say their dog(s) are family.
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The island I am on is small but quite comfy. I finally found a way to make fire.
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The island I am on is small but quite comfy. I finally found a way to make fire.
You killed your dog and burned it for heat?

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Just saying I'm on an island with regard to my stance on pets as family.

The 2nd part was a Cast Away reference. Work with me here, Captain.
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