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Hi Kat! I hope I didn't sound critical or anything about lack of activity here. It sure wasn't directed at anybody - I just never saw any posts by anybody was all.
ANYway - we're all here now! :) Glad you're stepping up as co-leader, Jean. I'm pretty new to the pittie breed myself.
I'm sorry to say I haven't done a lot of animal volunteering. Right now the little volunteer work I do is related to trying to acquire work experience to rejoin the workforce! Not a good time to be attempting it, I know, but what are you gonna do?
Ok - better get busy with study & job-search stuff for now. Jenn
I am in SC half the year, and Maine the other half. Sparkles is in Texas.
If you need a co-leader I will volunteer. When it comes to pits, I will talk to anyone about them, including myself! I used to be more active with volunteer work related to pits, but since I retired and relocated, I do more volunteer work through our Church related to the poor; and children needing an extra boost in school.
Hello! I'm the team leader of Bully Lovers as well as Pitbull Mommies, and Families Against Breed Bans. Faith was the administrator of Bully Lovers and Families Against Breed Bans, but she started a family and stepped down a while ago. I'm sorry I haven't been very active and I will try to start posting more positive stories and any BSL or BDL (Breed Specific Legislation/Breed Discriminatory Legislation) information that come my way. BTW in the past, when I was posting a lot more, it didn't seem like anyone replied, so I was feeling like I was talking to myself. Would one of you be interested in being a co-leader? I would love any help you can offer. Another reason I've been less active on here is that I do a lot of volunteer work and fundraising with various local non profits that keeps me busy.
On another subject, one of the groups I volunteer with is Love-A-Bull. They're in Austin, but they have a page with resources including insurance companies that are pittie friendly. love-a-bull.org/ BONNIESMOM5 , I think you said you're in TX. I don't know how far you are from Austin, but we have a Texas Sized Pittie Pride Parade and Festival to celebrate Pit Bull Awarensss Day every year and it's quite fun. This year there was over 350 pitties and probably close to 1,000 people! We had Tia Torres from Pit Bulls and Parolees there this year. In the past we've had Shorty of Pit Boss come out, and Rescue Ink!
Kat (and Ruby Sue)
Bully Lovers Team Leader
Pit bull Mommies Team Leader
To err is human; to forgive, canine. -- Unknown
Okie doke. LOL. Bonnie and Bossy, Jean and Jenn
Jenn, what a wonderful big heart you have ! (bigger than Texas!) thankk you for sharing your "book.". Vulnerable animals , like children, need a voice, particularly pitties; whom even animal shelter workers refer to as "kennel trash."
I am pleased to have found this forum. It is unfortunate that bully breed owners aren't active because having a pit in your home and heart is under siege these days. I knew nothing about the breed until I adopted Bridget. She was left at the shelter without any major issues. However, Bonnie 's story is a heartbreaker, like Bossy. She was found abandoned in a park tied to a tree, emaciated, by Newark animal control. This park is notorious for impromptu dog fights, and dog murders - I know no other way to describe how these dogs lives are taken from them.
Bonnie overreacts to other dogs, although the progress she has made is incredible. I sent pics of her to the trainers at St Hubert's of her sitting with a gang of friends. They were astounded. Off leash and muzzle less to boot. I nearly cried when the trainer, Who I had mentioned before, sent me the pics.
Pit owners have special circumstances and I am glad you started this group. The breed is under siege by law enforcement, insurance companies, and the media. I saw there were other pooch groups but our buddies have unique situations.
Well, one thing for certain is they can be couch taters but they are incredibly powerful and energetic. Bonnie needs alot of walking and activities so both of us are burning cals!
If you don't mind, I would like to send you a friend request so we can support one another in our quests for healthy living, and our buddies. I had been with my Fitness Pal for a bit of time ; and while helpful in some respects, the over all tone was too snarky and sometimes mean spirited for my tastes.
Hi there! Welcome to the team. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there's a lot of activity on this particular team. I was hoping there would be, as I just became a Pibble Mom this summer. I'd never even touched one before - lol. I wasn't sure what to expect. But my Boss is a sweetie. A complete velcro dog. He was on death row at a local shelter (Rowlett, TX), but through publicizing, a pit bull rescue here got someone to go adopt him. Unfortunately, they didn't have permission from the people they were living with and had to bring him BACK! :( So. The shelter called the rescue back and even though they were OUT of funds due to several medical issues with the dogs this summer, she went and got him. In the process of getting neutered, the vet noticed several tumors on him, which were eventually diagnosed as Mast Cell tumors. I don't want to write a book here. He had no where to go, & I am a complete sucker for that, so I fostered him. My second foster fail for the summer. Found out I am NOT cut out for fostering - sorry. I had just lost BOTH my dogs in May, within 3 weeks of each other and, what can I say, I wasn't in my right mind. But they are both HOME now. The other is an Australian Shepherd mix. Ellabelle was so shy and strange acting, we decided she'd be better off staying with us - the adoption events about unhinged her. The Bossy having the cancer - we figured he'd be with us til the end anyway, so I told him he could stay with us. He and Ella are fast friends. She is brave enough to go on WALKS if big brother is with her! :)
ok - I said no book - sorry. You're the first person who has showed up on this team to talk to.
Glad to "meet" you! Jenn
I am a pitdog girl. I am "Bonnie's Mom," a pitbull adopted from the Newark NJ Animal Shelter, and before that I was Bridget's Mom, a lovely AmStaff Pit with whom I shared my life for 15 years.
Bonnie's "story" appears in a book "Luvabull," for sale through Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. All proceeds go to the Santuary and the wonderful work they have done with a number of the "Vicktory" dogs confiscated from Michael Vick. The editor and the photographer of the book donated their time to produce the book.
To help Bonnie become more acclimated to other dogs (her life in Newark was hard-- she was used for forced breedings and fighting), we enrolled in "fiesty Fidos," offered through St. Huberts located in Madision NJ. Bonnie graduated from Level 1 and 2, and an Intro to Agility.
Since retiring and relocating to SC, we are working with Jennifer Parks, trainer and owner of Fetch Doggie Day Care in Charleston. Bonnie has a small gang of dogs that she is comfortable with, enjoying their company on walks and extended periods of play time. Play time with other dogs is so new to her that when one of her buds "play bowed," she didn't know how to react!
It's a treat to find other bully lovers here, and I look forward to supporting you in your healthy living and livin with the best bullies in the world!