PITCHER MARK BUEHRLE MOVING TO TORONTO ALONE BECAUSE HIS PIT BULL IS BANNED - "A lot of people have said, ‘We’ll just keep Slater for you…To me, that would be like if we moved somewhere that only allowed boys. I wouldn’t leave my daughter behind…"
Professional baseball player Mark Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, are well known for their love of dogs. One of their dogs is a Pit Bull named Slater. Last year, Buehrle was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Ontario has outlawed Pit Bulls so Buehrle is unable to bring Slater along with him. As such, the Buehrles have decided that Mark should move to Toronto alone instead of leaving Slater behind with a stranger. Here’s more from ESPN:
A brief scouting report on Slater Buehrle:
He’s 2 years old and weighs 65 pounds. His coat is slate blue, his ears are floppy and his eyes are a doleful shade of gray and green. He loves sleep and long walks, has a weakness for chasing four-wheelers, and is considerably less menacing than his reputation suggests. Belly rubs are his kryptonite.
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.
After lots of internal debate and anguish, the Buehrles chose Option 3, which means Mark will spend his 14th big league season in Canada while Jamie lives more than 800 miles away with 5-year-old son Braden, 3-year-old daughter Brooklyn, Slater and the family’s three vizslas, Drake, Diesel and Duke.
Buehrle has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of dogs, and it’s obvious he considers Slater to be a part of his family. Much respect to Buehrle for this decision. Click here for the full story by Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.