Archive | April, 2013

The Time Has Come…

30 Apr

It’s been over a week since our handsome boy went “home,” and we’re now confident and ready to announce that Andrew, after nearly four months in his foster home, HAS BEEN ADOPTED!

Andrew Adopted

While in foster care, Andrew learned a lot of amazing things with his foster family, Melissa & Kenny. They fattened him up, they cared for him through his medical issues including persistent worms and an injured back leg, and helped him work through his slight separation anxiety and dog selectiveness. They were a wonderful foster home for him, and though they could not commit to keeping him permanently (though we’re sure they would have if they could), they were the perfect home for Andrew while we searched for his forever home!

Andrew Now

Andrew Now

Also helping Andrew while in foster care was Jenny Chun of Give Paw Dog Training. She worked with Andrew in two private sessions to help with his anxiety and selectiveness, and even assisted with his meet & greet with his new mom! She was an integral part of his success story, and we couldn’t thank her enough!

Andrew in his new home

Andrew in his new home

But who’s the lucky lady who gets to live with this now well-trained and well-behaved boy? Well, make that two lucky ladies: Susan and her mom, Betty! Susan first emailed us about Andrew a month ago, convinced he was right dog for her. We took the meetings slowly, making sure that Susan knew what Andrew had worked on, how to continue working on those things, and how to do all of that in a positive, rewarding way so that Andrew’s confidence would continue to build throughout his transition into his new home.

Drew and his new mom, Susan

Drew and his new mom, Susan

Now named just Drew, our boy gets to go out with mom on his daily walks, he enjoys meals outside in dog friendly outdoor restaurants, he hangs out in the car during opposite-side parking days, and maybe best of all, he sleeps at night on grandma’s feet. They’re the idyllic happy family, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Drew and his new grandma, Betty

Drew and his new grandma, Betty

There are two other people we need to thank for helping Drew on his journey to his forever home. Thanks Matt Varelas for joining up with Drew’s foster family to take some amazing portraits of him. Swapping on the photos on Drew’s online listings certainly helped garner him more attention. Finally, we have to thank John Bartlett and The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund. Without them, we would have struggled to cover the cost of Drew’s vetting when he accidentally injured himself. So thanks to you all: foster, trainer, photographer, philanthropist and adopter! Drew would not be where he is today without all of you.

Andrew, Melissa, Susan & Kenny

Andrew, Melissa, Susan & Kenny

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Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Marilyn the Monkey

29 Apr
Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn the Monkey

This past weekend, we met this adorable girl at the public shelter. While there, she had received the best possible rating on her behavior evaluation and was even being used a “helper dog” to evaluate other dogs’ behaviors around dogs. Her calm demeanor is very uncommon for a puppy of about 10 months, which really endeared her to our hearts and compelled us to rescue her.

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn LOVES to play, especially with tennis balls. In fact, we had to take the toys away from her so that we could spend some time with her. Apart from playing with toys, she’s very food motivated, has great natural impulse control and is super smart. You could teach this little girl pretty much anything, and she could possibly even develop, as she grows older, into a wonderful therapy dog.

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn already seems completely house broken and crate trained. We haven’t heard her bark at all so far. She has great behavior around other dogs, at turns hanging out calmly and other times, playing goofily. She has even has a cat hiss at her, and she simply turned around and walked away, so she may even be a great addition to a home with a kittie.

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn is already up to date on all of her vaccinations and is microchipped. She currently has slight kennel cough, so once she is well, we will have her spayed and she will officially be ready for her forever home. In the meantime, if you would like to apply to adopt her, you can email us at bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

Marilyn the Monkey

Marilyn the Monkey

Letters from Lucy

19 Apr

Hi Everyone! Lucy Here!

Today is my dad’s birthday! I made him a cake, but then I ate it. So then I thought I could give him a nice, big bully stick, but he’d know that I’d regifted it to him, and that would be tacky! So, what did I end up getting my dad for his birthday?

Well, I got him the hottest new spa treatment: a Canine Saliva Facial! It’s supposed to be great for your pores, whatever those are! I think he liked it a lot. Dad did say that his wish for his birthday is that my foster brother John gets adopted – so everyone cross your fingers for that!

What do all you other doggies get your people for their birthdays?!

What’s In My BarkBox?

18 Apr
April 2013 BarkBox

April 2013 BarkBox

This is our biggest BarkBox yet, literally! When the package arrived, we were shocked at the size and weight of it. I was certain there was an Acadia Antler inside, but that was not the case. We weren’t disappointed though, because what we did find inside made us very happy!

Multipet Nuts for Knots Rope Toy

Multipet Nuts for Knots Rope Toy

Well, the packaging on this toy says it all, doesn’t it? “Pets just wanna have fun!” And that’s exactly what Lucy is doing with this Multipet Nuts for Knots Rope Toy.

Lucy with Multipet's Nuts for Knots Rope Toy

Lucy with Multipet’s Nuts for Knots Rope Toy

When Lucy first came into my life, we got some rope toys at our local shop, thinking they would be great for tug, and general tossing around, which they certainly were. But Lucy shredded them within a day, and I felt that they were just a waste of money. Well, this giant version, combined with a more mature, less destructive Lucy, is a great match!

Etta Says Duck Jerky Treats

Etta Says Duck Jerky Treats

Etta Says Crunchy Duck Chew

Etta Says Cunchy Duck Chew

Every BarkBox, as we’ve learned, comes with some sort of “noms,” inside. This month, we got great duck treats from Etta Says, including their jerky and crunchy chew. These duck treats are the perfect thing for my little Lucy: they wont incite an allergic reaction, and they’re high value and yummy enough to make her work for them!

Barkworthies' Stuffed Shin Bone

Barkworthies’ Stuffed Shin Bone

In the “noms” category, we also got a stuffed shin bone from Barkworthies! What’s it stuffed with, you ask? Ground up bully sticks! A favorite treat of many a dog, this bone chew will keep any dog busy for quite a while! And once the stuffing is gone, the bone can be restuffed with anything you like.

ABO Gear's GroomMitts

ABO Gear’s GroomMitts

In the grooming realm, we got ABO Gear’s GroomMitts! So, if I haven’t shared this tidbit about Lucy before, here it is now: she hates baths. She turns into a cowering, screaming, frightened maniac. Sometimes she screams so loudly it sounds like my apartment has been inhabited by a banshee. As a result of this, we avoid baths like the plague. Of course, she needs them every once in a while, and we deal with it. But these GroomMitts are a great solution to keeping her cleanish and smelling nice in between our not-so-frequent baths.

Licks for Dogs Joint & Heart Formula

Licks for Dogs Joint & Heart Formula

Licks for Dogs are vitamin supplements that integrate seamlessly with your dog’s food or water. We got two packets of their joint & heart formula, which are great for larger breed dogs like Lucy. The combination of omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine and vitamin E are great to help support healthy development so that they can stave off arthritis for just a little bit longer, as it’s so common for the big pups. At $36 for a 30 day supply (1 packet every two days for dogs between 25 and 50 lbs), it’s pretty pricey, so I don’t think we’ll be able to continue with it at the moment, but it’s certainly something to think about is Lucy continues to age.

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

Wordless Wednesday

17 Apr

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Thanks to Tiennot Knit Sweaters for John’s beautiful new blue bow tie!

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Lala

15 Apr

Lala might not have had the best start in life but that doesn’t hold her back from enjoying every minute of every day!

Lala

Lala

Lala was found on one of the last nights of winter abandoned in a park. She obviously had a litter of pups to tend to, but her owners most likely had no use for her any longer!

Lala

Lala

Thank goodness for Good Samaritans who couldn’t let this girl stay out there alone in the dark, cold night. Soon she was in a loving home with a canine friend and toddler, too!

Lala (on the right)

Lala (on the right)

Lala knows exactly how to live in a home: she has manners and she is housebroken. Her foster dad is always scratching his head asking “I don’t understand it? She’s so easy, so great?!”

Lala

Lala

Don’t let this big head fool you! She is tiny!A bit of a vertically-challenged girl.

Lala

Lala

She spends her days playing with her Pittie foster brother with naps in between. She is gentle and appropriate with the little girl in the house.

Lala (on the right)

Lala (on the right)

Lala can live with dogs an kids. Actually, she would probably LOVE to live with dogs and kids. As for kitties, that’s a question mark for now!

Lala

Lala

Lala is always up for an adventure, on a recent outing to a new park, she made lots of friends of the human and canine kinds. She was comfortable walking around Manhattan and actually wanted to visit every apartment building.Maybe she was hoping she would find her new family!

Lala

Lala

Whoever adopts Lala is guaranteed to have a great time with lots of laughs, kisses and snuggles! If you or anyone you know is interested in her, please email us at bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

We’re Headin’ Out to the ‘Burbs!

12 Apr

Come see us tomorrow at the Old Westbury Gardens Petco on Long Island! We’ll be joining Long Island Bulldog Rescue and Mid-Atlantic Bulldog Rescue out there to help spread some pittie love and get some doggies adopted!

We’ll definitely have Helena with us:

Helena

Helena

And also the beautiful Lala:

Lala

Lala

And if we don’t see you there, have a great weekend!

It’s The End of the Pack Walk As We Know It

11 Apr

About a year ago, with the help of two other NYC pittie bloggers Two Grad Students and a Pittie and Prettie Little Pittie, we started a local pack walk called the Big Apple Pittie Pack. We created a meetup.com group, a Facebook page, did research on how other pack walks around the country operated and even had a snazzy graphic designed by our friends at Our Waldo Bungie!

Big Apple Pittle Pack

We organized and scheduled a few very successful pack walks, and learned something new from each one, bringing those lessons over to the next until we thought what we had was almost perfect. Then, summer 2012 hit, and it was brutal. Every weekend, the weather conditions were either unsafe for our dogs or unpleasant for the humans. Or both. Temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, sometimes higher, and terrible freak thunderstorms ruined every plan we had for a pack walk during that season.

To say we were bummed is an understatement. We enjoyed our pack walks, and felt like we were having an impact on the perception of pit bulls in the communities in which we walked. We liked being among a group of people who shared similar feelings about dogs and pet ownership, in general. And of course, we loved meeting new people and exposing them to the wonders of a delicious, friendly, adorable pittie. But try as hard as we might, the swing of things just couldn’t get back on track and we lost all momentum.

So after brainstorming a bit about how to resurrect the short-lived Big Apple Pittie Pack, we realized: why couldn’t Bully Project include the pack walks as a bi-weekly, or more likely, monthly program? The benefits would be significant for all involved. We could apply for grants to help fund the program, thusly keeping it completely free for all members, including the organizers who previously had to pay fees to meetup.com to use the service. With the money raised, not only could Bully Project provide necessary resources to those members who needed it like new leashes, harnesses, collars, books, toys, etc., but we could also provide some fun stuff on each walk that was neighborhood specific. Best of all, we would be able to include the program under our insurance so that the members would have some coverage if, God forbid, something went horribly wrong.

But making this plan come to fruition would take time, and we knew that. And maybe this is where we dropped the ball a bit. We didn’t want to tell anyone what our plans were if, unexpectedly or unfortunately, we couldn’t actually make it happen. We didn’t want to build all of our members’ hopes up just to dash them to pieces in one fell swoop. So, after collecting some information, we purposefully let our dues to meetup.com lapse, with the hopes that the group would simply disband itself like the terms of use explain. But a member decided, without consulting us first, to pay the dues them-self so that the group wouldn’t disappear. And against our wishes and advice, continued to organize pack walks on their own.

As anyone who organizes a pack walk like this knows, a lot of time, effort and energy go into the planning to ensure that everyone can enjoy the experience in a responsible, safe and pleasant manner. We were not convinced, with the new leader, that all the circumstances were being considered while planning the walks. Not only that, the continued use of the group, in a potentially irresponsible and unsafe way, could jeopardize all of the plans we were trying to put into place to make our pack walks even better than they originally were.

So after trying to reason with the new organizer, through explanations and heated email discussions, and being accused of being “sketchy” and purposely ending the group, we have come to this point. And sadly, we have come to the decision that we will no longer be moving forward with the Big Apple Pittie Pack in any way. We will not be organizing any of the pack walks, we will not be participating in any of the pack walks, and we certainly will not be taking the Big Apple Pittie Pack under the wing of Bully Project.

We are so sorry that the selfish and short-sighted motives of one member has led us to this decision. The Big Apple Pittie Pack was something we truly enjoyed, and something we truly wanted to continue and improve upon. But it is no longer enjoyable for us, and we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from the rest of the work we are doing that we still do find enjoyable like rescue, training classes, seminars and community engagement.

To those members of the Big Apple Pittie Pack who read our blog, we sincerely apologize to you all. Maybe there was some way we could have handled this better. Hindsight sure is 20/20. But we hope that you all stay in touch with us, and with each other. We know the pack walks will continue in some manner, though not with the thoughtfulness, responsibility and care we put into them. But apart from those pack walks, we encourage you to gather on your own. Find other members who are local to you and arrange private play dates and play groups. Go on smaller, more local group walks. Become your own advocates and organizers, and work with your dogs to have a direct impact on the people who live in your own communities.

Just because our plans for the Big Apple Pittie Pack have fallen apart does not mean its message is dead. You all can still show New York City that pit bulls, and their owners, are just the same as dogs of any other breed and their owners. And more importantly, that dogs should not be judged based on their breed, but the merits of each dog as an individual.

Wordless Wednesday

10 Apr

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Puppy Love!

9 Apr

So Bully Project has now had two puppies in our care since beginning to rescue. The first one was nearly a year ago: remember Eli? The über-adorable black & white pittie with the diamond marking on the top of his head?

Eli

Eli

Eli was pushy little boy who was removed from his litter too soon, so all those basic manners that puppies learn from being with their siblings: he had none of them. He was appropriate around other dogs all the time and because of this, was too challenging a case for any of our then-foster homes to handle. Thankfully, we were able to transfer him to Animal Farm Foundation where he got all of the training that he needed to become a great family pet. He now lives in New York City again with a friend of ours.

Then more recently, we took in Fiona, the beautiful silver & white pittie with charm out the wazoo. Her calm demeanor and playful attitude, and her penchant for picking up on training very quickly, made her an ace in our book. But we knew she still needed some work, too: all puppies do! So off she went into foster care with our friend, and professional trainer, Dot. She grew in leaps and bounds, physically and mentally, and every time we saw her after time apart, we were amazed  by her progress. Sort of the opposite of Eli!

But one thing these two had in common, of course, was: everyone wanted them. For both dogs, we got inquiries for adoption every single day that we had them listed online. From everywhere. From people in all kinds of families, with dogs, cats, children, senior citizens, living in cities, suburbs, rural areas. Well, with Fiona, we got over 20 applications for adoption, and we knew one thing: we had to find the perfect fit for her so that she could continue to grow up into the well-behaved dog we knew she would be. She had to have a new home who could afford (not just financially-speaking) to give her the kind of attention and training that every young dog needs. Well, we’ve found that home! Fiona is officially adopted!

Fiona Adopted

Her new mom Lisa has loads of experience with training dogs of all ages and before the adoption was even official, had registered Fiona, now named Jaya, for local puppy playgroups and training classes. She immediately seemed to understand that despite Fiona’s exemplary behavior on their first meet & greet that she wouldn’t stay that way without effort, time and energy on her part, and we were overjoyed.

Jaya with her new family

Jaya with her new family

And even better, Lisa has another canine companion in the home from whom Fiona could continue to learn. She would learn the ropes of what was appropriate in interacting with other dogs, and she would have a live-in snuggle buddy, too!

Jaya & Diesel

Jaya & Diesel

So best wishes Jaya! Congratulations on your beautiful new home and have the most wonderful life!

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