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National Pit Bull Awareness Day - Oct 24!
National Pit Bull Awareness Day - October 24, 2009
Attend an event!

Pit Bull Awareness Day was established by Bless the Bullys in 2007 as a day to focus on these incredible dogs and their devoted, responsible owners.

Adopt a pitbull, gain a friend for life!

PBRC - Adopt a Pit Bull PATCH - Our new addition to our family came to us on Labor Day, this year. Patch was being fostered by a lovely young couple. Our dog, Ally (2 year old Lab/mix) and Patch had a previous meeting, which was very sweet. One look at Patch and both Mike and I said how adorable he was. His personality went with that sweet face; he and Ally have become bosom buddies and he has been a delight to us and adapted readily to

us and our home. He is a strong little guy and excited to go out into the world on his walks, but with regularity has become a great side by side walking dog, even with the two dogs next to each other by our side. He and Mike cuddle on Mike’s chair most nights and this is a favorite place for Patch to sleep, be comforted, loved and safe. We are grateful for the Colorado Pit Rescue and the thoroughness of what they do to provide safe and great foster homes and preparing these great dogs for entering their forever homes. We hope to help develop a good name for Pit Bulls and it shouldn’t be too tough since we already have such a sweet natured little guy. Special thanks to Adam and Carrie who looked after Patch for several months until he joined our family. We love him and adore him. ~ Ellen and Mike

 

MUSH should not be alive. A rescue group saved him on the day he was to be euthanized. He spent some time in two foster homes and several people expressed interest in adopting him, but no one took him home. Meanwhile, my family wanted to adopt a rescued Pit Bull and started searching, but we hadn't found 'the one' yet. Finally, on PBRC - Adopt a Pit Bull

September 12 we found each other. There he was... this beautiful dog urgently needing love, a home, and a family to help him learn how to trust. Mush was likely neglected and abused--you can see it in his eyes and timid mannerisms. He was afraid of almost everything, but desperately wanted to give and receive love. That's precisely why we call him Mush. He actually dissolves into a pile of 'mush' when he's getting love. He falls abruptly to the floor with his belly exposed for scratching. He's learning what toys are, that there will always be food in his bowl, how to have fun, how to snuggle under blankets on the couch, but most of all he's learning we will always love him...because he's an amazing Pit Bull NOT despite it. ~ Kristen


PBRC - Adopt a Pit Bull GUINESS - Having just moved to Pittsburgh, I found myself in desperate need of a friend. On our wedding anniversary my husband took me to the a local shelter to adopt a dog. The one I originally wanted was far too cat aggressive for our home, but upon our search of the kennels, I saw a brindle pit that looked like life had not been kind to him. His name is Guiness. He looked like an old hungry junkyard dog but something in his eyes spoke to me. Upon walking him at the shelter he was a perfect gentleman. He was more
accustomed to the noise of the city than I was, and I found his presence an immediate comfort. On signing his adoption papers we were told he had kennel cough. Although he had lots of grey fur he was only 3. It took a lot of time and love to fatten him up and get him acclimated to our rotten little cat, but he is now a happy, healthy, spoiled rotten baby. He has better manners than my husband (Hey, why did you ask me to proof read this if you're going to bad mouth me! Ha Ha) and is the best friend I have ever had. If I'd looked for years and spend thousands of doallars on a pure bred dog, I could not have found a better fit for our home and family. ~Crystal


Meet Murphy!

Theraphy dog, Murphy, CGC!
Murphy was first registered with the Delta Society Pet Partners Team when he was 18 months old. He passed his first exam with flying colors and has never looked back. Murphy loves his therapy visits and has visited a variety of places including a retirement community, a university “stress-less” event where he was joined by several other Delta Pet Partner teams and is currently visiting a local hospital one evening a week.

Everyone at the hospital looks forward to Murphy’s visits. He is a favorite of many of the nurses and doctors and is welcomed by all the patients and friends and family members visiting loved ones in the hospital.

Originally I wanted to get Murphy and two of my other pit bulls involved in therapy work because I wanted to show people what wonderful dogs pit bulls are and Murphy proves that every time he visits. I cannot count how many people have said to me: “This is the first pit bull I’ve ever touched!”

However, we continue to be involved in therapy work because it is such a wonderful program that really brings joy to everyone when they need it the most. Also, Murphy absolutely loves his job. His whole demeanor changes when he gets his vest on. As he struts down the hallways throughout the hospital, he often will look up at me with his trademark smile as if to say “See mom, I’m giving good therapies!” ~ Amanda

Ruby the Therapy/Service Dog

PBRC - Pit Bull Awareness Day
Ruby was found as a puppy in an abandoned building, she was starving and most of her fur was missing.  The Bettendorf’s weren’t looking for a new dog, or a foster but after some convincing they agreed to take her.  It wasn’t long before she charmed her way into their home for good. 

In true pit bull style Ruby left her sad past behind her and never held a grudge.  In fact she went above and beyond and was certified as a therapy dog by Therapy Dogs International. 

Ruby regularly makes her rounds, bringing love and attention to the people that need her, lifting spirits and exemplifying a true breed ambassador.  It doesn’t stop there though, Ruby is a triple threat moonlighting in acting and modeling as well.  She has appeared in several plays and will be lending her beautiful face to cover of a Milkbone box as the runner up of a recent contest.  Though she lost by only a few votes, she’s certainly a winner in our hearts. 

In February of 2007 Ruby was inducted into the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame, later in December she was give an achievement award from the Animal Farm Foundation. 

Just as Ruby's family had helped her in the past, when Ruby's owner Pat needed her help Ruby stepped up to the plate and went back to school to be certified as a service dog.  She can now accompany Pat anywhere she goes, including the passenger cabin of an airplane to join her on flights. 

Sadly Ruby has been faced with a new challenge.  She has been diagnosed with Cancer.  Since no good deed goes unnoticed Ruby has found a guardian angel who is seeing to it that she gets the best treatment and we are all rooting for her.  We have no doubt she will face this challenge with the strength and courage of a pit bull and we wish her well. 

Search and Rescue dog in training

Mike was a stray, that no one ever claimed, and we were *fostering* him until we realized that we could not live without him, so he stayed with us. He has taken his basic obedience, and almost got first place but did get second place. Pretty impressive, since he had only been with us for a few months. We are currently working on getting our CGC, and Mike is also being trained for Search and Rescue (SAR). Currently, he is being trained for air scenting, and once certified in that, he will begin cadaver work. He is such a joy, and he brings a smile to everyone's face who meets him. Maybe someday, when he is old and retired, we will do therapy work, as well. We feel very blessed, and are doing everything in our power to fight BSL, and the ignorance that comes with it. ~ Kelly PBRC Spay/Neuter Fund

Responsible pit bull owners spay/neuter their dogs...

JUDO - Jessica had always been able to help others with funding for spay and neuter but when it came time to have her own dog, Judo, neutered, she found all funding sources had dried up. Low-cost clinics in her area were non-existent and the county and state had an indefinite freezes on spay/neuter voucher programs. Jessica was jobless, as much of her community was, and turned to PBRC for assistance. We were there to help and Judo has been neutered.
PBRC Spay/Neuter Fund
PBRC Spay/Neuter Fund PHOEBE - Emily's neighbor planned to make money breeding his blue pit bull, Phoebe. When the neighbor had to move out-of-state, he tried to give the dog away, but Emily stepped in to save her from an unknown fate. Emily had fostered dogs for the local humane society and knew how to prepare a shy, frightened dog for adoption. With our assistance, Phoebe was spayed and has been rehomed where she will never be viewed as a money-making machine, but as a family companion.

These dogs received financial assistance for medical treatment from PBRC thanks to your donations....

PBRC Fund
GUNNY - Gunny's story is best summed up in this YouTube video (click here). Thanks to generous PBRC supporters, PBRC was able to donate funds to help with one of Gunny's surgeries. Please help support Gunny again by voting for his photo in the Natural Balance Contest (click here). The winner gets to ride on the Natural Balance float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena California. Wouldn't it be great to see a pit bull riding that float?
Theraphy dog, Murphy, CGC!
GRACIE - Gracie's leg surgery was made possible in part by a donation from PBRC.  Just another way your donations are helping rescued pitbulls get healthy and find homes.  Gracie has one last surgery on her other leg but the good news is....she has a wonderful forever home waiting for her.   
 
Good news for Gracie!


Links:

National Pit Bull Awareness Day gear:
http://www.cafepress.com/pbrcstore

http://www.cafepress.com/pbrcstore/6910133

Victoria Stillwell, It's Me or the Dog:
http://www.victoriastilwell.com/

Beyond Cesar Milan:
http://beyondcesarmillan.weebly.com/index.html

Victoria Stillwell
Rescue Ink

Rescue Ink:
http://www.rescueink.org/

Wallace the Pit Bull:
http://www.pitbullunited.com/wallacethepitbull/

National Canine Research Council:
http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/

Breed Discrimination Legislation Fiscal Impact from Best Friends
(or, call it a BSL Calculator):
http://www.guerrillaeconomics.biz/bestfriends/

 


 

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PBRC Pit Bull Awareness day gear, click here!

 

PBRC Spay/Neuter Fund
Jack's neuter was funded by PBRC.


PBRC Spay/Neuter Fund
Baby's spay was funded, in part, by PBRC.

Heroic Pit Bull Stories

Mary Tyler Moore’s pit bull has a special gift, one that saves the TV icon's life every day. The dog can sense when the actress has low blood sugar, which is a potentially life-threatening side effect of type 1 diabetes. “He will come sit in front of me and just stare at me, until I get the idea,” Moore told Bonnie Hunt on her talk show this week. “I’ll go upstairs, do a little blood check and, sure enough, it’s low.”