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Pit Bulls In Floral Crowns: Would You Adopt A Pit Bull?

Pit Bulls In Floral Crowns: Would You Adopt A Pit Bull?

Here in the UK, pit bull terriers are completely banned, I’ve never even seen one in real life. Because of this I have always associated all pit bulls with this, and more importantly with danger. Around the world they have an incredibly bad reputation as being aggressive, ferocious and even frightening.

Sophie Gamand, a French photographer currently based in the USA, wants to change this perception of pit bulls the world seems to have. In her new series entitled ‘Flower Power, Pit Bulls Of The Revolution‘ Gamand features pit bulls from shelters around New York that are waiting to be adopted wearing flower crowns.

All proceeds from any prints bought will go straight to the shelters that home the dogs, but mostly Gamand wishes to change our views on these misunderstood creatures.

“An estimated 1,000,000 pit bulls are euthanized each year in America’s shelters. Victims of prejudices, uneducated laws and urban tales that associate them with ultra violence, they are probably the most misunderstood dogs. Pit bulls, like any terrier dogs, are strong and powerful animals. There is no denying that. But power dose not necessairly mean violence. Most pit bulls are peaceful and sweet love bugs. Their power is in their snuggles and unconditional love.”

– Sophie Gamand, on ‘Flower Power

Check out the adorable photos of pit bulls below and let us know of any experiences you’ve had with these sorts of dogs.

Athena

Athena

    Baby

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    Baby

      Cali

      Cali

        Erica

        Erica

          Fancy

          Fancy

            Jellybean

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            Jellybean

              Lucy

              Lucy

                Minnie

                Minnie

                  Regina

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                  Regina

                    Rex

                    Rex

                      Sweetheart

                      Sweetheart

                        Featured photo credit: Flower Power by Sophie Gamand via sophiegamand.com

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                        Last Updated on January 18, 2019

                        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                        7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                        Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                        But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                        If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                        1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                        First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                        In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                        Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                        2. Speak up for yourself.

                        Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                        3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                        This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                        But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                        4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                        Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                        This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                        Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                        5. Change the subject.

                        When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                        Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                        6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                        Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                        I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                        You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                        Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                        7. Leave them behind.

                        Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                        If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                        That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

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