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DogsBite.org - Back in February, Google ran a popular ad during the 44th Super Bowl called Parisian Love. The ad had been on YouTube for over three months prior to the Super Bowl and had received such a positive reaction that Google decided to share it with a wider audience. Google also created an application so that Internet users could create their own Search Story. Though limited to only seven field boxes, in which to type text into, the tool delivers notable results.
The story of DogsBite.org is a Google Search Story.1 Less than one week after the founder, Colleen Lynn, was attacked by a leashed pit bull and underwent emergency surgery, she went to Google.com to search for information about pit bulls. Outside of a few key articles, most of what she found was pro-pit bull propaganda. Shocked by the lack of true information about pit bulls and other dangerous dog breeds, she built a small website and named it DogsBite.org.
Today, DogsBite.org is a two thousand page public education website for victims, their family members, parents, lawyers, doctors, elected officials, policymakers, policemen, firemen, paramedics and many more. The 35-second DogsBite.org Google Search Story shows what a pit bull attack victim and a person searching for a dog bite victims' group sees in 2010 when searching Google.com. It shows that DogsBite.org has excellent Google page ranking and can be easily found.
DogsBite.org greatly thanks the many volunteer activists who have contributed to our website by providing victim information, legal information, animal behavior information, facts about animal control departments and rescue shelters, commenter activists who post links back to our website in comment sections of news stories, and the trail blazers who have started a blog of their own. Without this help the Google Search Story of DogsBite.org would not have been possible.
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| 5/10/2010 9:34 AM |
God Bless you DBO, for all you do to disseminate the truth! It is not easy to suffer the slings and arrows of the pc and pit nutter crowd, who may be in the minority, but whose voices are loud and organized, and quick to distort the truth of The Pits.
I heart is so gladdened that DBO is a voice that can be "googled" so easily for those who need it most.
A kazillion kudos to you, and to those that you have inspired to join the cause.
| 5/10/2010 12:30 PM |
DogsBite was instrumental in my recovery. There were NO resources where I live. The media, the dog owners, their family, and at first even the local politicians and law enforcement all treated me like some nuisance they just wanted to shut up and go away. With the information and support I found at this site, I was not only able to get my life back on track but also figure out how to get local laws tightened on dangerous dogs. This site is literally a life saver.
| 5/10/2010 6:20 PM |
And I will throw in my two cents worth and thank DBO for stopping me from making the biggest mistake of my life. I always had said I wanted to have a pit before I die. I just like stocky, short haired dogs. When I found DBO, I realized what a mistake that would be. I also realized how lucky I have been in the past picking up stray pits from the streets and nothing ever happened. DBO opened my eyes for sure. As much as I love dogs, I no longer look at pit bulls the same any more.
| 5/11/2010 3:35 PM |
Thanks, Lisa. I had it easier than many victims of these animals and their owners. I didn't lose a limb, and I didn't die. I view this issue like many in the past, the way rape victims were once treated by US law, the way victims of cyber crimes used to have no recourse. We all become part of the larger tipping point. By becoming activists and victim advocates, we pave the way for the changes that need to happen. DogsBite is a perfect example. It may seem like an uphill fight, but asbestos toppled. The tobacco industry has been brought low from its former glory days. The pit lobby will, too. Unfortunately, it will take the blood, life, and limbs of our children, grandparents, neighbors, and friends, but it's happening.