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27 Mar

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Helena’s Getting Spayed…

26 Mar

TODAY!

Helena’s foster mom dropped her off with me this morning so I could escort her to the vet. She was so well behaved on our long walk to the doctor’s office – I was very impressed. Always excited to explore the world, meet new people, and new dogs, Helena had a blast walking through new neighborhoods and busy city streets.

Helena at the Met

“Can we go to the opera instead?”

We stopped by Lincoln Center for a little culture. The plaza was completely empty, which is a rare site, so we had to stop for a short photo opportunity.

"Temporary Foster Dad: you deserve a new iPhone 5 for all this hard work."

“Temporary Foster Dad: you deserve a new iPhone 5 for all this hard work.”

And she seemed to love the Apple Store on the Upper West Side, but I really think she was mostly enamored with her beautiful reflection in the window.

We’ll let you know how her operation goes later on today!

Helena is still available for adoption, so if you’re interested in applying to adopt her, please email us at bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Arundhati

25 Mar
Arundhati

Arundhati

Arundhati is a sweet and beautiful black and white pit bull who was found starving and cold in a Brooklyn dog run. The vet estimated her age to be 1.5 years and she will likely max out at 35-40 pounds. She is the perfect dog for a first-time owner.
Arundhati

Arundhati

Despite her very neglected state, she continues to make amazing progress. She has demonstrated no issues with dogs or people. She gets along amazingly well with her foster brother, Dakota, who is a miniature Australian shepherd.
Arundhati

Arundhati

She has learned to sit, walk on a leash, come, and is crate trained. Most recently, she has begun to show interest in fetch and also plays tug with Dakota. It seems that her favorite thing to do is cuddle up and be warm and safe. She’d be a great addition to anyone’s home.
Arundhati

Arundhati

Arundhati is already fully vaccinated and microchipped, and will be spayed prior to her adoption. If you or anyone you know would like to consider adopting Arundhati, please email us at bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

What’s In My BarkBox?

22 Mar
March 2013 BarkBox

March 2013 BarkBox

This month’s BarkBox was pretty great overall, with one little clunker thrown in there. But overall, again, we’re very happy with the goodies we received! First discovery is something we’ve gotten in the past from BarkBox, but were thrilled to get again! Lollycadoodle makes great wool felt toys for pets, and for some reason, of the plushy-type of toys, these have always been Lucy’s favorite.

Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Clearly, Lucy enjoyed it very, very much. So much so that she completely disregarded her antler!

Lucy playing with Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Lucy playing with Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Lucy playing with Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Lucy playing with Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Lucy playing with Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Lucy playing with Lollycadoodle Wool Felt Mouse

Next up, we got another toy from Harry Barker: a 7″ solid green hemp bone, that I’m sure Lucy will get a thrill out of, once she’s done mangling her mouse.

Harry Barker 7" Hemp Bone

Harry Barker 7″ Hemp Bone

Next up is the clunker of the box: a dog waste bag holder from Angie’s List. Sorry to be a downer on this one, but this is purely promotional material. We all know Angie’s List, and we all know it’s not a pet specific company. I feel like this item was put in here to help widen their net of users, since they don’t advertise that they provide resources and reviews for dog owners. Well, I’ve already got a dog waste bag holder, and I’ve already got all the pet service providers that I need and trust, so sorry BarkBox and Angie’s List, this one was a miss.

Angie's List Dog Waste Bag Holder

Angie’s List Dog Waste Bag Holder

Pet360 included a $10 off coupon for an order of $49 or more + free shipping. Pretty great – saves me some money and a trip to the pet store to buy dog food. Thanks Pet360!

Pet360 $10 Off Coupon

Pet360 $10 Off Coupon

And lastly, we got a couple bags of treats! Feelgood Treat Company included their chicken flavored Trail Blazin’ Bitz, which, as you all know, we can’t give to Lucy because of her allergies. But these are going to be a surefire hit with Bully Project‘s John!

Feelgood Treat Company's Chicken Flavored Trail Blazin' Bitz

Feelgood Treat Company’s Chicken Flavored Trail Blazin’ Bitz

We also got Little Eatz Perfect Peanut Butter cookies: “The treat you BOTH can eat!” Ok, so I sort of geeked out over this one, as it’s super clever. But, I really don’t like sharing the food I eat with Lucy, mostly because I don’t want to teach her that she is allowed to beg at the table while I’m eating. So even though this idea is super cool, these are going to be Lucy-specific treats anyway.

Little Eatz Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Little Eatz Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

And don’t forget, if you like this concept and want to sign up for BarkBox, be sure to use our special discount code below. Not only will you get $10 off your first subscription, but Bully Project will also get $10!

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John’s Trip to the ER

21 Mar

Two nights ago, I was awoken to the sound of intense, incessant licking coming from the foot of my bed. Since John is a bit older and not nearly as agile as Lucy, he has to sleep in his crate instead of on the bed with us. So I looked over the side and saw him, licking feverishly, at his dog bed. It was like the thing was covered in peanut butter (it wasn’t) and he was trying to scrape off every last bit of it.

The noises he was making were, well, gross. Slurping, snorting, huffing and puffing. It had to stop – it was 2am after all! So I got out of bed and went over to his crate and gently lifted his head to look at me. I gave him a couple of pats and watched him lay back down. I got back into bed. The licking started again.

I began to consider that maybe this was just attention seeking behavior. That he wanted me to get out of bed and pat his head. This time, I was determined to not give in. “Reward the good, ignore the bad.” This was an undesirable behavior on my end, and I didn’t want to reinforce it. So I waited. And waited. And waited. And I waited for nearly an hour. Being that John is deaf, I just let out a big scream because I knew it wouldn’t bother him. I was beyond frustrated and tired, and I wanted him to stop.

I got out of bed again and physically interrupted him again. It was then that I noticed that his dog bed was completely soaked through. I couldn’t determine what had made it so soaking wet, whether it was his saliva or something else, but all I knew is that it didn’t smell good and it probably wasn’t very comfortable for him. So I removed the bed, cleaned the crate, and got back in bed. With the dog bed gone, John seemed to be more at ease. But now I wasn’t. I was so concerned that something was wrong. I resolved to call the vet in the morning to talk to them about it and see if he needed to be seen, and to monitor him throughout the day.

Well, the vet agreed that he probably didn’t need to be seen right away, but to keep an eye out if the behavior didn’t improve, I should bring him in. Well, later in the evening, on our walk, I noticed something even more weird: John was urinating blood. And not just urine tinged with blood – this was bright, red pure blood. Totally shocked, I took John to the closest emergency vet right away.

Well, after some diagnostic tests at the vet, including sedation for x-rays and an ultrasound, and collection of a urine sample and culture for a urinalysis, John was discharged with antibiotics for what is expected to be a prostate infection. Situations like this are possible when male dogs are neutered at an older age, like John. So that’s the first suspicion. But we’ll have the results from the rest of the diagnostics in a day or two and will hopefully know more about what’s going on with our sweet old man.

John at the vet post-sedation

John at the vet post-sedation

John at the vet

John at the vet post sedation

Wordless Wednesday

20 Mar

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Tristan’s Adopted!

19 Mar

Tristan Adopted

We met Tristan just over a month ago when a close friend of ours, Lydia, asked us to help in finding him a new home. One of her staff, the wonderfully helpful Rachel, found Tristan abandoned in her local dog run. He was left there overnight, and she discovered that other dog owners from the neighborhood had been bringing him food, but no one was able to take him in out of the cold. Well, she did just that and then called on us to help.

Rachel & Tristan

Rachel & Tristan

Well, it’s been just one month, and throughout that time, Rachel has been responsible for Tristan: taking him on his daily walks, helping with his training and more. Lydia & Rachel both felt, that although we couldn’t see it, Tristan was actually not yet neutered. After some tests, that were covered by another friend of ours, we discovered that Tristan was indeed cryptorchid; his testicles hadn’t descended outside his body.

So after being neutered (his testicles were up near his bladder, poor guy!), and a couple of meet & greets with a potential adopter, the deal was signed. Tristan’s award-winning personality landed him in a wonderful home with great parents and feline siblings. Thank you to the whole team for making this adoption possible. This was truly one of those, “It takes a village…” stories, and Trsitan definitely had a great village behind him!

Tristan and his village

Tristan and his village

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Harry Potter

18 Mar

Harry Potter

Meet Animal Farm Foundation’s Harry – a curiously sweet 10 month old pup.  Harry approaches each day, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, yearning to learn all about life.

Harry Potter

He attends daily play groups so that he can learn how to play with other dogs appropriately and visits the cats so that he can practice polite manners.

Harry Potter

Harry is a wonderful student.  One thing is for sure – Harry gets an A+ for his snugglability.

Harry Potter

He is an expert at cozying up to staff and volunteers, enjoying lots of belly rubs.

Harry Potter

Interested in a friend like Harry?  Fill out an application today!

Harry Potter

Happy St. Pitties Day Everyone!

15 Mar

From Frankie May, Helena, Tristan, John, Andrew, Josh and Jennifer!

Happy St. Pitties Day

Special thanks to our friend Madeline for the great graphic!

Adoptable Pittie of the Week #2: Fiona

14 Mar

Fiona has been having a blast at her foster home, but is looking for her very own happily ever after. Will you be hers?

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

At three months old, she is almost fully house trained and does great in her crate. She knows how to sit, down, touch (hand target), and is working on her leave it and wait. Being that she is a young pup, she will need continued training and guidance to ensure she blossoms into the best she can be.

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

Fiona is dog and people friendly. At her foster home, she enjoys playing with her foster brother and is learning kitty etiquette.

Fiona and Harley

She enjoys snuggling, romping around, playing tug, fetch, chewing bones, unstuffing Kongs, and she LOVES food puzzles.

Fiona is always up for training, learning new things, and exploring the world. Now all she needs is you…sky’s the limit.

Fiona

Fiona is already vaccinated and microchipped, and as soon as she’s old enough, she will spayed. If you are interested in applying to adopt Fiona, please email us at bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

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