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Humans of Nantucket

Rachel Fabiszak

“What’s your passion?”

“My passion is saving Pit Bulls, because every ten years or so another dog gets a bad rap. It started with Shepherds, Rottweilers, and now Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls were actually bred to be Nanny Dogs: a dog that was safe and someone to watch the kids. Instead a lot of people now look at them as fighting dogs. Mike Vick’s story has really been a motivation for me to make a voice for Pit Bulls. Mike Vick was a professional football player and he ended up having a huge piece of land down in Georgia. There he had a fighting ring and the things that he would do to these bait dogs were awful. A bait dog is just a dog that they throw in the ring for the other dogs to attack to prepare for a fight. Out of sixty to seventy dogs, two had to be euthanized. The courts were going to destroy them because that was the rule. Pit Bull groups said give us a chance, let us train them. This was the first time anyone stepped up and tried to make these dogs family dogs. And all of them were changed to family dogs except for two that had to be put down. But for the most part they just proved what kind of dogs they really were. They are the type of dog where it's statistically proven that your bath tub is more dangerous than getting bitten by a Pit Bull. Having the three kids which take up pretty much all of my money there is not much I can do except sit there and post on Facebook that this dog needs help and this dog needs to be rescued. Occasionally when I have and extra five, ten, twenty dollars I donate to places to Guardians of Rescue or I Love Pits so they can hopefully get a better home. Guardians of Rescue is my absolute favorite organization; they go above and beyond the call of duty and they do it for nothing. They do it because they love it and love the Pit Bulls.”

“Do you have a rescue dog?”

“Yes I have a rescue; her name is Tess. She was left in an empty apartment to die. Luckily I got her! The woman had her put on Craigslist because there was a Pit Bull ban in Maryland so she had to give up her dog. Which I think is uncalled for looking at the breed of dog and banning them from the state. My goal is to try to hit the lottery or when I grow older to get a piece of land with a small house on lots and lots of acreage. To be able to save and foster these dogs, get them rehabilitated and find them a great forever home. Every day I look at these stories and it’s so hard to know that all I can do is forward them on Facebook.  Some people have an issue with me posting these pictures of these dogs but, if I don’t post pictures of these dogs in different states they may not find their forever home. Hopefully someone will see them and know somebody in that state and forward it and they could have a home to go to. These dogs that need urgent care and a home may have to be in a situation where they need to be put to sleep and that just doesn’t sit right with me. People spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on buying a dog when there are hundreds of thousands of great dogs out there. There are even specific rescues with puppies. I know my friend Linda got her Pit Bull puppy from a Pit Bull rescue as an eight week old purebred. People don’t understand that there are actually purebred rescues. You can find any kind of dog you want out there. I just don’t understand why you would go to a breeder or a puppy mill for it. It’s just something I just can’t comprehend. So having Tess as my first dog I’ve done a lot of research on Pit Bulls themselves and seeing how ferocious people think they are.  They are not: they just want to cuddled up and be loved.”

Subject: Kristina Dagesse and her dog Tess
Location: Jetties Beach
Date: January 11th, 2015

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.