Friends, Fun & Pitbulls Oh My!

How do you spend a Sunday Funday? Why getting together with a passionate, intelligent, committed group of people to discuss lifting the breed ban in various communities in KC, specifically Prairie Village. We loved the opportunity to meet people at Bearde' Salon in Mission, followed by presentations at Melange Dance. Hearing Courtney Thomas, President/CEO of GPSPCA is always a thought provoking treat! In addition, we were honored to hear from Emily Coleman (Certified Dog Trainer), Beth Pauly (GPSPCA Director of Volunteer/Legislative Affairs), Monica Matthews (DVM) and Missouri Pit Bull Rescue. Confused over the information you have regarding Pitbulls? Click here to view pros/cons and the

WHY

Our school came together to remember and grieve. WHY? Talking as a class to reminisce and remember. We were asked. WHY? A community left with their heads shaking and wondering. WHY? Two families left with emptiness, gone too soon. WHY? Parents numb, a grief so stifling, in anguish. WHY? Two children, a 3rd and 4th grader, victims of senseless violence--gone. WHY? Sounding off about love but the violence continues...WHY??

Change

THINK your best thoughts in order to FEEL your best to TRY and BE your best! Seek it... Or fight it. Welcome it... But worry about it. Taken to places unknown... We don't know whether to be happy or sad Stressed or relieved. When we allow ourselves To pause... We find direction and know It's all going to be okay. Until the next change...

With

How many times have you been in a conversation that felt like it wasn't progressing? Perhaps due to emotion? Perhaps varied opinions or other factors? The next time you're faced with this situation, ask yourself if you're WITH this person (or people) or working AGAINST them? How do you get back to being with a person or people? *Pause *Get back to the moment *Remove distractions *Remove the need to win or be right *Listen first before speaking *Restate what you hear the person saying *Ask if you don't understand *Validate their thoughts, feelings and opinions even if they differ from your own *Determine whether the conversation should continue or be delayed *Accept where the person is an

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