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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, February 17 2014 9:52 PM UTC +00:00

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

“GATOR: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A KILLER DOG WHO FOUND LOVE”

The True Story of a Badly Behaved Pit Bull Destined for Euthanasia, and an Owner Committed to Keeping Him Alive.

LOS ANGELES- Author Thomas Cummings is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his book “Gator: the biography of a killer dog who found love.” The book will recount the life and times of “Gator,” a dog so tough he once attacked a van for accidentally running him over. . .it got in the way of a ball he was fetching.

This candid, cautionary tale spans thirteen years, and is a must read for all pet lovers, but especially anyone considering owning a "high risk" breed. A caveat to reader’s: While the story is expected to have many laughs, you might want to keep a box of Kleenex nearby.

Cummings first decided to write the book after reading some alarming statistics; The American Pit Bull Terrier is amongst the most popular breed of dog in the nation, but studies estimate as many as one million are euthanized every year.

“People have no idea the amount of work that goes into caring for a dog like this, when they find out, many owners give as much consideration to keeping them as flushing goldfish down the toilet. Not only was caring for Gator a challenge, but his aggression, physical prowess and temperament were off the charts. Still, I was able to give him a long, happy life. In general Pit Bulls are friendly, affectionate, gentle dogs - Gator was not. The point of this book is not to tarnish the reputation of a breed that already gets an unfair rap, but to demonstrate that despite how unmanageable any one animal might be, a happy, outcome is possible with a dedicated owner. I hope my story entertains, but also garners a deeper commitment from pet owners and benefit’s the breed,” says Cummings.

Here is a snippet from the book describing the author’s first encounter with his new dog:

When that dog turned the corner from the kitchen to the living room, my knees wobbled - he may as well have been an African lion. Despite the fact that I was then 6’2 and 240lbs. with a martial arts background, I was in that second, nothing more than a gazelle on the open plains. Here was this sack of fast twitch muscle fibers with a skull that could make a bull jealous. Before I even had time to click the clasp of his leash he was within two feet of me. All I could do was ask in the friendliest tone, “You wanna go outside?

Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if “Gator” does not reach it’s goal at the end of 40 days, it might be a story that never gets told. Please spread the word to your social media friends and consider donating as little as $10 to help this project come to life. 

Goal:

To have “Gator: the biography of a killer dog who found love” professionally edited, and available as an e-book first, if it finds an audience, I will likely publish it as a soft cover book soon after. If funding is successful I will use the goal amount for editing and marketing purposes.

How I met my dog

I first learned of Gator by calling on a classified ad in my local paper. The ad described the dog as a dominant two-year-old, unneutered male Pit Bull, and the woman I spoke with sounded a wreck. She told me the dog was too powerful and unruly for her to control, and that she had been trying for months to find him a good home but couldn’t. She was asking $400 for the dog and mentioned that her ex-husband had originally paid $6000 for the animal. I found that incredulous, but bit my lip. $6000 really?

I would later discover there are individuals, often criminals, willing to pay as much as $20,000 sometimes more for a certain type of protection dog. These men are hunting for an assemblage of traits within a single canine: nerves of steel, speed, stamina, a bone crushing bite, intelligence, and freakish strength that is distinguishable from an already powerful breed. These “Super dogs” are capable of dispatching ANY man. They are anomalies and are not identifiable by bulging muscles or angry barks, and where one turns up is anyone’s guess, but I now believe Gator held many of the traits needed to qualify him as one of these phenoms. 

The day we met.

The woman gave me a list of instructions: how to stand, what to say, and what not to do when meeting Gator. She assured me that he was in a great mood that day because he’d raided her fridge and devoured the families 22lb Thanksgiving Day turkey. I was told to wait in the foyer and hold some industrial strength leash, and when Gator approached to ask “You want to go outside for a walk?” As the woman walked off, she gave me this apologetic smile as if to say “I am so sorry if you get eaten, but I have to get rid of this out-of-control dog.”

This is one of those stories you are going to want to read. I think you will find it more valuable than any reward I can offer you for your pledge. Please help spread the message to all your friends and let’s get this thing funded.!

Risks and challenges

Barring any extraordinary circumstances, the book will be finished on schedule, expect it, along with the rewards.

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    Receive a personalized, beautiful color desktop wallpaper image from "Gator: The biography of a killer dog who found love." Your name will be will also be published in the book, on a special thank-you list.

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    All of the above plus: Pledge $25 or more and you will receive a personal "thank you" email from Thomas, and a digital download of "Gator: the biography of a killer dog who found love" the minute it becomes available.

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    All of the above plus: I will include your dog's photo in the book, along with your name, and your business name. You supply the the photo.

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    Get everything above, plus: You get a framed and, signed 8” x 10” fine art print taken from "Gator: The biography of a killer dog who found love" and a thank-you phone call from the author. Plus: I will give you an entire page to include your dog's photo in the book, along with your name, and your business name.

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Funding period

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