Star Trek, and the people associated with it, have often advocated for political and social causes. Sir Patrick Stewart is no exception. He has championed LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and a number of anti-domestic violence campaigns. In recent years, he has also turned his attention to fostering dogs—particularly pit bulls. This inspired the writers of Star Trek: Picard to include a pit bull named Number One in the show.
In this episode of The Line, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Justin Oser, and Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi welcome Sara Ondrako, founder and CEO of the American Pit Bull Foundation (APBF). We discuss common misconceptions about pit bulls, what the inclusion of a pit bull in Star Trek: Picard may mean for public perception of the breed, and the APBF’s education, advocacy, and outreach programs. You can find out more about the APBF at apbf.dog.
Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Common Misconceptions about Pit Bulls (00:02:00) The Positive Pit Care Program (00:04:13) How to Interact with an Unknown Dog (00:10:42) Underground Dogfighting (00:15:46) Operation Sidekick (00:21:04) How to Foster or Adopt (00:31:25) Other APBF Programs (00:35:42) A Companion for Picard (00:38:40) Closing (00:48:21)
Hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Justin Oser, and Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi
Guest Sara Ondrako
Production Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
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