Mark Buehrle and his pit bull are in the news since the dog is outlawed in many areas where the MLB pitcher has to play. On Feb. 16, ESPN reported that Buehrle is going to have a "lonely" season this year up in Toronto because his dog, Slater, can't go with him.
"Pit bulls are outlawed throughout the province of Ontario, so the Buehrles had three options: 1) They could live across the U.S. border in Niagara Falls or Buffalo, N.Y., and Mark could commute roughly 90 minutes each way to Toronto; 2) They could leave Slater in someone else's care for the entire season; or 3) Jamie Buehrle could stay behind in St. Louis with the rest of the family while her husband heads north to pitch for the Jays," ESPN reported.
Mark Buehrle's pit bull, like most people's dogs, is a part of the family. The dog has been declared "canine non grata" and it has not been easy for his family to move around and keep him with them. In the past, they have had to move to different counties or towns where Slater would be welcomed.
Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, have decided to spend the season apart. Jamie will live more than 800 miles away with the couple's children: 5-year-old son, Braden, 3-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, Slater and the family's three other dogs, Drake, Diesel, and Duke. This is not what is ideal for the family, but they are willing to do this so that Slater can be with them -- well, the majority of them.
Mark Buehrle's pit bull is a 2-year-old pup. He is an American Staffordshire terrier and bulldog mix, making him a member of the pit bull family by DNA.
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