Galunker The Pit Bull: A Children's Book

As you may already know we are pro pit bull advocacy and love supporting people and ideas that represent the positive aspects of these dogs and put to sleep the ugly and misconstrued stereotypes, so naturally we had to share this special project with you. Why are we so "head over heels" about this project? Simple. There isn't really anything on the market right now that is specifically targeted towards children in the area of pit bulls. Most people think the words "children" and "pit bull" shouldn't even be in the same sentence. Well we say that's bananas and we introduce to you Galunker.


Galunker is a pit bull. He looks mean, but is about as threatening as a marshmallow. The dog catcher is determined to capture Galunker, and bad guys want to make him fight. But Galunker just wants a home!”


The great thing about this book is that it is aimed towards children. Children are the most influenceable beings and acquire learned opinions and thoughts from their environment. This book can completely break down barriers with its educational qualities and acceptance of pit bulls.


I absolutely love this concept since I am a new mother and a pit bull advocate myself. I do not want my child to be surrounded by negative views about pit bulls and this book is another way of instilling a sense of respect and acceptance of these dogs. Discrimination against breeds is a lot like racism in the sense that it is absolutely ridiculous and shouldn't continue to be taught to our younger generations.

Here is a short excerpt from the book:

"Galunker was hated by all of mankind.
And it bothered Galunk. And I'll bet that you'd mind.

Because nobody likes to be hated, I deem,
No matter how hateful they happen to seem.

You would hate to be hated if you were a worm
Or a spider or lizard or rodent or germ.

You'd find this forlornsome if you were a snake
Who snuck through the forest and lurked in the lake.

(It is hardly your fault if you sneak and you lurk
If sneaking and lurking are just how you work.)

You'd resent this if you were a freak or a frog
And Galunker was none of these things.

Just a dog.

No, Galunker was not even hateful at all.

He bolted and bounced; he did not even crawl.


(And crawling is not such a rotten thing, too

If crawling is what you were brought up to do.)


But hated he was, and he always had been

For Galunker, though never his fault, Looked real mean.


His name was tattooed on the back of his ear

Which helped him look fierce (didn't help him to hear).


It was never his fault that the people he met

Upon meeting Galunker became so upset,


That they flinched or they frowned or they scrammed or they screamed --

He was not even slightly the way that he seemed.


And today poor Galunker was really a mess"


Author of the book, Douglas Anthony Cooper has written novels for adults and children and was featured on the Financial Times Bestseller List and has also received titles such as “Book of the Year”. Illustator Dula Yavne has had her work exhibited all around the world and featured in top magazines and newspapers. Together they have created a Kickstarter campaign, which you can access here: Galunker Kickstarter Campaign,  to help raise funds for their project geared towards ending the pit bull stereotypes.


We first heard about this project via Instagram and immediately started to follow the journey. Now we are thrilled at the growth that has happened in the short time frame that we have know about Galunker. Not only are people starting to notice but they are supporting and donating to the cause.


People are sharing and talking about this project in a positive light. Galunker has already received support from Amber Benson, Actress from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Saturday night Live's Abby Elliot via Twitter.


We cannot wait to get our own copy of the book and give this project 2 big thumbs up!!

To read more about Galunker please visit the website at:



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Another Friendly Pit Bull Shot

I am always connecting with people through social media and love to hear stories about Pit Bulls. Some are sad, like the loss of a long loved family pet but most are positive and happy. When I came across this Instagram user I felt an instant connection because what has happened to their dog rings so close to home.


Years ago my half Pit Bull half Lab named Nova, aka the escape artist, got out of our back yard and the cops were notified. I had no idea and luckily I was home to hear the commotion outside. I thought that it was the neighbors from down the street bringing Nova home because she always went over there to see their two Rhodesian Ridgebacks. When I oppened the front door what I witnessed made my heart stop. A gun had been drawn and was pointing directly at my dog. If I wouldn't have quickly intervened she would've been shot and for what? Barking at an officer that was on her property with no intention on attacking. And the kicker? She was just an excited puppy. Yes a small puppy. I couldn't fathom how an officer could be scared of a puppy. It blew my mind and after that day I was paranoid about her escaping again. 


Naturally when I saw this user post the pictures of their Pit Bull I immediately felt compelled to write about their story. Just like my dog had escaped, so had their Pit Bull and Japanese Chin and of course their neighbors called the authorities. This resulted in their Pit Bull, named Tweety, being shot in the face by an officer that was scared and acted too quickly. This caused immediate heartbreak and sadness to his family. Imagine the feeling you would have if someone shot your dog and you didn't know if he would live or die.


On top the the stress on Tweety's family, his mom was out of state and had to spend extra money to take the first flight back to California to see her baby. The vet bill was an addition expense and on top of everything the Veterinarian said that by the way the bullet entered Tweety, it showed that he wasn't even facing the officer! Luckily Tweety lived and he continues to be a handsome guy with a huge Pit Bull smile. Just look at him, how could you ever think he was aggressive?!


Yes I agree with being cautious around strange dogs but to shoot a dog in the face when he hasn't attacked is not right. Pit Bulls all over the world are getting shot because of the strong stereotype that affects these dogs.


What's the solution for dealing with a dog on the loose? Should the first line of defense automatically result in a gun being drawn or can the police department devise another course of action to avoid such drastic measures and possibly taking the life of a non aggressive family dog?


I believe in protecting one's self 100% but there has to be a different approach that needs to be taught to all officers that are placed in this same predicament. I hope that enough people reach out and demand for this, after all, would you want your baby being shot?



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