Archive | March, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

13 Mar

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Be Careful What You Wish For

12 Mar

When I was 16 years old, I worked as an Assistant Manager at Gap store. I enjoyed the job, for the most part, and got lots of experience from it. But the one I remember most is becoming friendly with one of the cleaning staff there. She was deaf, and when her translator was not able to be at the store with her, she couldn’t really talk to anyone very easily. Except for me since I could finger spell, and knew some very basic ASL phrases. She was a very welcoming lady, and hard working. Despite her struggles, and having one of the lesser desirable tasks to accomplish while at work, she was always pleasant, hard working and patient.

She inspired me. 

Of course, I was moved by the dedication she had. Sure, I was impressed that she was independent regardless of whatever complications that may have presented for her. But more than that, my inspiration manifested itself in educating myself further so that, when presented with similar situations, I could prove to be more helpful to other people, and animals, than I was then.

Now, over 10 years later, I am fostering Bully Project‘s John, and something we may not have expressed about him until now is that he, too, is deaf. I have always wanted a deaf dog, feeling that I had a strong understanding of the needs of any dog, and the challenges that hearing loss would present. And despite loving John as much as I have any other dog, living with him is certainly a different experience than with one of my other hearing dogs.

The biggest challenge is simply getting his attention: when he’s stopped to sniff something on the street, and I want to keep going, I can’t just call his name, I can’t use a verbal “touch” command, and if he’s not looking at me, my hand signals wont work either. The silver lining: John loves human contact, so touch commands work great. If he’s distracted, all it takes is a tap on the side, or butt, or a nice head rub to get him going in the right direction again.

And he’s super food motivated, so even though he can’t hear my commands, if there’s food (even just a regular old biscuit) involved, he’s focused on nothing else and will obey any hand signals you give him!

Teaching a deaf dog has been quite the challenge, but in the end, it’s been even more rewarding than I ever imagined it could be. And after John gets adopted, would I take another deaf dog into my home? Absolutely! (But not without a short break in between.)

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Helena

11 Mar
Helena

Helena

At the end of last week, you may have seen this picture on our Facebook page. Well, here she is, folks: the beautiful Helena! Bully Project rescued her from the public shelter in Brooklyn and she’s now living comfortably in a foster home, waiting for her forever home. Is that you?

Helena

Helena

Helena is a year old pit bull mix who loves nothing more than snuggling. The more on top of her human she is, the better. She can start out a bit shy, but definitely warms up very quickly once she realizes there’s another hand to pet her and scratch her butt. And her expressive eyes always show her gratitude for the attention you pay her.

Helena

Helena

Helena is already vaccinated and microchipped and will be spayed before adoption. She is housebroken, crate trained, super dog friendly and eager to learn whatever you’re willing to teach her. She’s a young girl, so continued training will be crucial in developing a strong and lasting relationship with this sweetheart.

Helena

Helena

If you would like more information about Helena, or to apply to adopt her, please email bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

Wordless Wednesday

6 Mar

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No Big Surprise Here!

5 Mar

Well, as we predicted, it didn’t take us very long to get Archer adopted. With his cute mug and winning personality, we knew it would only be a matter of days before he found his new home. And he has!

archer adopted

When we rescued Archer, he had kennel cough and what we thought was ringworm, so he went straight into quarantine boarding at our vet’s office for treatment. All of our foster homes have resident dogs, so we didn’t want to risk him infecting any other pups. While he was living at the vet, we had them do thorough tests to see what this round, hairless, mass-looking-thing on his hind leg was and to make sure everything else was working normally.

Well, the diagnosis was better that we thought: the mass is a histiocytoma. Basically, it’s a benign mass that will dissipate over the course of 6-8 weeks. Nothing to worry about there, and he was quickly getting over his kennel cough, too. He’d be ready for a home soon! So when we knew he was okay to be around other dogs, we brought him up to our event at Furry Fiends in Inwood this past week, and had made an appointment for a potential adopter to meet us there as well.

Archer at our event. Thanks to Matt Varelas for the picture. http://mattvarelas.com/

Archer at our event. Thanks to Matt Varelas for the picture. http://mattvarelas.com/

Well, at first glace, they knew he was the one for them and they were the adopters for him. Archer, who’s new name is Robert Archer aka Bob, showed off all his best traits: his overt friendliness with people and dogs, his ability to calm down and settle quickly, his lack of desire to bark. He was great and won over his new dads with ease! Congrats Bob! Have a wonderful life!

Bob and his new Dads

Bob and his new Dads. Thanks to Matt Varelas for picture. http://mattvarelas.com/

Bob and Dad

Bob and Dad

Bob at home

Bob at home

Many thanks to West Village Veterinary Hospital for taking such great care of Archer while he was there. Also, thanks to the Deja Foundation for helping Bully Project cover the costs of Archer’s medical bills.

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Adele La Belle

4 Mar

Meet Animal Farm Foundation’s Adele La Belle!

Adele La Belle

This 3 year old girl has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is it her adorable face? Is it her sweet nature? “She’s simply irresistible,” says a staff member. Be it her demure good looks or her lovely personality, this little lady is truly something special.

Adele La Belle

Although she enjoys the company of gentle doggie playmates, people are the name of her favorite game. Adele will go anywhere and do anything with her two-legged friends.

Adele La Belle

She is a wonderful walking partner, a fine dining companion, and enjoys long road trips in the car. Best of all, Adele likes lounging in AFF’s training center kitchen where she’s the hostess with the mostest, offering a warm welcome to all visitors.

Adele La Belle

Looking to add a touch of gentle beauty to your life? Come meet Adele!

Adele La Belle

Come Meet Us!

1 Mar

We’re having a small event tomorrow in Inwood to help promote Bully Project, fostering, adoption and responsible training. You’ll be able to meet us, along with adoptables Archer and Andrew and maybe some other special guests! Dot from Dot’s Dog Training & Pet Services will be on hand to answer your most pressing training questions, and we’ll be right in front of Furry Fiends – one of the best pet shops in the area!

Furry Fiends Event

So come out and say, “Hey!”

 

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