Man Goes Homeless to Protect Dog

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Peter “Ivory” Bowling has spent the last two weeks sleeping on the streets of LA. He has an apartment, but says he has forgone the safety of home in order to protect a dog.

Ivory has gone homeless to stay with Chocolate, a young pit bull he found near death in an abandoned apartment building. He worked with a rescuer to have Chocolate seen by a veterinarian. She was examined, spayed, dewormed and microchipped.

But Ivory’s landlord had denied his request to allow the dog to live in his apartment – despite the fact that other tenants have animals in the building. Ivory was not willing to let Chocolate go it alone, so he packed supplies and blankets, strapped them to his wheelchair, and took a stand, spending nights in area parks, under bridges – even fighting off a mugger who slashed him with a razor and stole his belongings.

Ivory is working to have Chocolate officially classified as a therapy dog, and is hoping that by doing so, he’ll be permitted to have her move in with him.

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At the urging of dozens of concerned readers, we have started a chipin fund for Chocolate and Ivory. We’re working directly with the rescuer who is keeping tabs on Chocolate until Ivory comes home, and have direct contact info for his vet. Funds will be used to pay for Chocolate’s vet bills: any excess will be sent directly to Peter “Ivory” Bowling. Thank you for your compassion and concern.

50 thoughts on “Man Goes Homeless to Protect Dog”

  1. If he is a responsible tenant, and if animals are currently permitted to other tenants, it is wrong of the landlord to deny him permission to have Chocolate in the building. However (and I could only read the article, not listen to the video) I see no place where it says that Chocolate was banned because of a breed restriction. Also, people are commenting that Chocolate is being discriminated against although he’s a service dog. Nowhere does it say that he’s a service dog. Maybe the landlord used to permit pets, but doesn’t anymore because they caused too much damage. Maybe Ivory is a troublesome tenant, so the landlord is just avoiding more trouble. Until I can see both sides of the story, I refuse to judge. As soon as I see a responsible, compassionate tenant who is being discriminated against, then I will get angry.

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    • Please read the article more carefully!!:
      “Ivory is working to have Chocolate officially classified as a therapy dog, and is hoping that by doing so, he’ll be permitted to have her move in with him.”

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      • Therapy dog and Service dog are two different classifications. Just being a therapy dog (which does require certification) does not require the landlord to allow the dog in, whereas a Service dog (which does not require certification) is allowed per Calif state and US federal laws and regulations. It is a true “criminal action” for the landlord to refuse the presence of a service dog or in CA a service dog in training. (They can refuse a therapy dog)

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    • It’s not wrong to deny certain breeds. Actually, it’s responsible to deny pitbulls. This dog, Chocolate, is not only a pitpull but was found so no one knows what’s it’s capable of. I would not want to live next to such a dog ESPECIALLY with a child.
      I have recently learned that there are a lot of places that will not rent to any large breed of dog because of their insurance policies.

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      • You are a very I’m sad to say ignorant person. What makes animals aggressive is not their breed it’s how humans treat them. Pitbulls were once known as the nanny dog often times looking after children. It’s only within the last few decades that they’ve been deemed dangerous by people like you. Also if you have a child that doesn’t know well enough to ask before going at an animal then YOU are the problem not the dog. Next time before commenting learn your facts before deeming a good animal bad because you can’t be bothered to look up truth.

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      • Your words hurt to say such thing about any breed. “such a dog” your ignorance is astounding. There is no such thing as a bad breed or an agressive breed. Pitbulls are bred not to bit humans plus they are the number one abused dogs in the country. Go to any local shelter. the shelter workeers love pits becasue if the sweet gentle nature. I love to talk to people who say such things to show you you have no idea what you are talking about.do not judge a dog on its breed. I as child i was attacked by a golden retriver mix who was unsocilazed, chained and untrained. if owners were not close by i do not know how bad i would have been hurt. they got dog off me right away and rushed to hospital. my wonderful pitbull was my first pit rescue out of hundereds, never attacked except with kisses, the public and media has made monsters out of them. So mcuh false identification.

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      • To the ignorant comment posted by “anonymous”: I can see why you opted out of posting your name. What’s responsible is banning people like you from speaking such hatred. Know the facts befor you speak MORON!!!

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        • HOORAY FOR YOU I ADVOCATE A LOT TO SAVE PETS FROM DEATH ROW AND THERE ARE LOTS OF PITS WHO ARE ACTUALLY VERY VERY SWEET DOGS THANK YOU

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      • AS I MENTIONED TO ARM THE ANIMALS I DO A LOT OD ADVOCATING TO SAVE PETS FROM DEATH ROW AND THERE ARE QUITE A FEW PITS THAT ONCE THEY HAVE MOVED INTO A MORE RELAXED ENVIRONMENT THEY ARE SO SWEET LOYAL LOVING DOGS. WHAT WE AS A GROUP NEED TO EDUCATE THE IDIOTS THAT IT IS NOT THE “BREED” IT IS THE PEOPLE. IT’S LIKE SAYING EVERY WEAPON IS DANGEROUS BUT IN REALITY THE WEAPON ONLY BECOMES DANGEROUS IN SOMEONE HANDS WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS. MOST PEOPLE I FIND AREOPEN TO LISTENING AND GETTING THE FACT BUT THE ONES THAT ARE CLOSE MINDED AND WANTS TO NE MISINFORMED IS THEIR LOSS IN MORE THAN JUST ONE IN A MILLION WAYS THEY WILL NEVER KNOW AND LET THEM STAY THE OUTCAST DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND ENERGY ON IGNORANT MINDLESS FOOL LIKE THAT

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    • your’e a coward it does not matter if the tenant is not nice he is only there to pay his rent the dog is the innocent victim here you you stupid ass cunt and coward you are so afraid to even put youre name on this i dont blame because with this tone you could have to maybe lock youre sI only hope the best for them both although this has been many years ago im sure they are safeelf in a closet from all the pissed off animal lovers that you are not so shut youre pie hole up!!!

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  2. I don’t know the full details of this man’s situation, but I too am disabled, love Pitbulls, and live in a Pitbull Welcome State. My current apartment is NOT wheelchair friendly, but I could at least take the dog until other arangements can be made. I would even be willing to move into an ADA friendly apartment with this TOTAL STRANGER and his dog if he were willing to move to where I am at. I have left my contact e-mail if anyone knows how to get a hold of him directly to see how I might be able to help… I have limited funding due to my disability, but if others are willing to help in that respect, I can for sure help the dog if not both the dog AND its owner…

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    • Are you sure about this? Why would they do a story just a day ago if Chocolate is already gone? I can’t find anything to back this up…

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    • Bonnie, If this is not true and just a rumor, you are doing terrible harm to the man and the dog. People are trying to help them and may give up when they hear this. Please substantiate this claim. No offense, but it sounds like hogwash to me considering the video is only a couple days old.

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  3. I wish both of you good luck…it seems that you are taking the first steps in getting your dog certified as a Therapy dog with a Mental and Physical Evaluation of yourself ! Even though you had to go to an extreme to fight for your friend …you know your dog is worth it. That is your family ….all the time , effort and nurturing her back to health . I am PROUD of you ! Not many of us have half the guts to talk openly about our challenges in life but look at the people that heard your voice ! KEEP FIGHTING and don’t let the Ignorance and smart comments of US the unknowing Bystanders get the best of you and your true friendship !

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  4. I hate flat-apartments – they are not human or animal friendly.

    This man should be allowed to have his dog with him, all the time.

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  5. There is a post on Dec. 28th about the dog, Chocolate, dying. Does anyone know what happened to him to cause his death?

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    • I think this is just a stupid rumor. The Admin of the page has come on and asked people to substantiate this and nobody can produce even a single shred of evidence. Not even a link to the info. People shouldn’t spread this type of false information. There are folks out here who want to help this man and dog, and this type of thing could make them give up trying to help. I don’t mean you guys; you are just asking and wondering. I mean the idiots who started it.

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      • Thank you Leighton. I knew that had to be an awful rumor, why people would start crap like that is beyond me…stupid.

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