Blue Jays ballplayer Mark Buehrle will live apart from his family during the baseball season because he can’t take his pit bull-mix dog to Ontario, where pit bulls are outlawed. Rather than flaunt the law, Buehrle thought it best for his family to stay with the dog in the US.
Mark Buehrle won't be experiencing the dog days of summer.
While the pitcher is headed to Toronto, his family will split the season between Broward County in Florida and their home in St. Louis. One of their four dogs, Slater, is a mix of bulldog and American Staffordshire Terrier – which is of pit bull lineage. Pit bulls are banned in the province of Ontario.
"He's an awesome dog," Buehrle said Saturday. "That's what's a shame; just the way he looks is why we have to get separated."
Sent to Toronto as part of the Miami Marlins' payroll purge, Buehrle had a few options. He could have left Slater with friends or placed him in a kennel. The Buehrle family also could have moved to Buffalo or somewhere else on the US side of the border, forcing the pitcher to commute 90 minutes each way to Toronto.
"It's something we're going to deal with," Buehrle said. "It's going to be tough at the beginning, not seeing your kids, but people deal with it and we'll make it work."
Buehrle concluded responsible pet owners should not delegate to others the task of caring for a dog. And he said he wouldn't break a law by taking a dog where it is prohibited.