Ken Foster loves pit bulls -- and he wants you to have the chance to do that, too. With his new book, I'm a Good Dog, Foster is on a mission to show readers that contrary to popular belief, pit bulls are some of the most loyal, loving -- and often misunderstood -- dogs around. And he's bringing his mission to Denver.
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Over the last few years, a few books have been released in praise of the pit bull breed, including the critically acclaimed Salvage the Bones and Then Along Came Barney: The Story of a Dog Who Changed My Mind About Pit Bulls. by Barbara Bullington. Foster continues in this tradition with I'm a Good Dog, which tenderly pays tribute to pit bulls, covering the history of the breed, myths, and how panic and misinformation have inspired wrongful fear and judgment. Foster debunks these myths, and explores some of the historical events -- including Hurricane Katrina and the Michael Vick case -- that have helped influence a change in course, as well as a comeback for the pit bull breed.
As founder of the Sula Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and fostering pit bull ownership through low-cost veterinary service, education and adoption, Foster is clearly an advocate for the breed. And through the stories and photographs in I'm a Good Dog, it's easy to see that many other people are fans of pit bulls.
And he'll be talking about that at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Tattered Cover Colfax. "I wasn't going to include Denver, for a number of reasons, including just basic logistics," Foster says, "but as the book's publication date approached, I began to see how much the book meant to people who love their dogs and it felt like an oversight not to do something in Denver, where change is so desperately needed."
So not only will he be on hand to discuss and sign his book -- and sign photos for anyone who wants to bring a picture of their pet -- but Foster also plans to deliver copies of the book to Denver City Council and the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter.
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