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At the end of November, we announced our Donate to Win Fundraiser to help Bully Project cover the medical care for our sweet dog Baci, who is now officially adopted! And you all showed up in full force, and we are so very grateful! Now for the big news…our grand total raised is…
We exceeded our goal and were able to completely cover the remainder of Baci’s care (after Deja Foundation‘s generous donation, as well). The remainder of the money raised will allow us to help a couple of more dogs in need, and for that, we thank you.
We also have some winners to announce for the 15 prizes that were up for grabs, so here goes:
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you very much for your generous support. We have already contacted all of our winners directly via email, so please make sure to check all of your email accounts and spam folders! And thanks again!
Recently, we asked our friend Rennie if she would like to write a guest post about fostering for Bully Project. This is the result.
I’ve been a short-term foster mom for three of Bully Project‘s adoptables, and each of the dogs couldn’t have been more different from one another.
First came Hunny, who I’m sure was part bulldog. She loved nothing more that long, loud naps on the floor. This dog could snore!
Then I had Ethel, easily the snuggliest dog I’ve ever met. Between her love of snoozing on me and her penchant for playing fetch in my one-bedroom apartment (not an easy feat), I’m convinced that she was part Chocolate Lab.
Finally, I housed Baci, who is clearly part cat. And I mean that in the best way – I’m not talking about the aloof quality of a feline … far from it. Case in point: this dog actually followed me into the bathroom once and sat at my feet while I did my business, with her back turned to me for privacy. Baci is nothing if not polite.
She also taught me a whole lot about what it means to foster a dog, for any amount of time. The first two, Hunny and Ethel, were exceptionally adaptable. Both made themselves at home in my apartment literally within minutes, plopping down for a nap and a cuddle.
Baci was a slightly different story.
Full of pep and puppy energy, she had lots to do the first night that Josh dropped her off. She rubbed her body across each piece of furniture in my living room, paced between the dining area and the kitchen, and sniffed every corner of my rug. After devouring a 12-inch braided Bully Stick in the short time before Josh left, I didn’t have much left at my disposal to calm her down.
A quick run-through of her behaviors (Baci was great at “sit” and “shake” and was working on her “down”) resulted in nothing but excitement.
Oh my gosh, we’re SITTING! Now we’re throwing ourselves DOWN on the floor. Ooh, and speak. I can SPEAK! Josh doesn’t like it when I speak but I can show you, new foster person. Listen to me SPEAK!
Maybe this wasn’t the best time to go through Baci’s tricks. I tried giving her a belly rub, always a favorite of the other two fosters, but that, too, was incredibly exciting for this one. Baci wiggled her way across my floor, rubbing her head (and probably her irritated eyes, poor girl) across my legs, rolling around like a nut.
After a somewhat relaxing chew on her antler to settle things down, I put Baci to bed in her crate. When all else fails, go to sleep, right?
The next morning I had a slightly more chilled-out dog on my hands. We went on an early morning walk and Baci was polite and sweet, checking in on me often and eagerly sitting at my feet for a training treat every couple of blocks. When an unexpected shower hit, she gave me that look.
Um, new foster person? It’s raining. Why are we outside?
I hurried us back to my walk-up, dried Baci off with a towel (no surprise: she loved it) and fed her breakfast while I ate my own.
As the next two days wore on, I saw quite a change in Baci: I watched her settle in. There was really no process like this with the last two dogs, and it was interesting to watch Baci relax and enjoy her downtime. I figured out a couple of tricks, too: petting Baci’s head made her much calmer than the belly rubs. Rubbing Baci’s floppy ears put her into a practically trance-like state, and then we could move on to a nice massage/belly-rub, with me whispering “shhh” to make it a calm activity, not an exciting one.
Worked like a charm.
Soon, I had a snoozing dog at my feet, and one who was eager for mini training sessions without getting overly excited. I discovered that she was confused about the difference between “shake” and “down.” Ever-willing to present her paw in greeting (see? Such a polite girl!), it took several repetitions for her to get that she didn’t need to shake before moving down to the floor. Her own particular version of “down” is perfectly Baci. It’s a swift drop to the floor, followed by a wiggly Army crawl. But she got it. I showered her with praise for that, and for everything she did that I liked, such as the naps and the sitting quietly with me at home!
Whenever I went into my bedroom and closed the French door behind me, Baci would wait patiently on the other side, her face (framed by a soft cone to protect her healing eyes) smushed against the glass. She sat like a statue waiting for me, happily greeting me upon my return just a couple minutes later.
When I had to bring Baci back to Josh after just a few days, I felt the familiar pang of sadness. Giving up a foster dog feels like losing a friend, no matter how happy you are that they’re moving on to a good place and a famiy to call their own
I loaded her into a cab and she tried to do her usual trick of crawling underneath my legs (again—such a cat) to rub her back. When the cabbie gave us a sideways glance, I made Baci sit and had to correct her several more times to keep her from rubbing her head and eyes on me.
Finally, with a contented sigh, she rested that sweet, pretty head on my knees and sat quietly for the rest of the ride. I rubbed her ears and she closed her eyes.
And in that moment, I wasn’t sad at all. Quite the opposite, actually: I felt like I’d done my job as a foster mom. After being in two other foster homes before me, I helped teach Baci that new situations are OK. And laying quietly on the floor and taking a snooze is, too. I don’t know how a dog’s brain works any more than the next guy, but I’m pretty sure that’s a lesson that sweet Baci would take with her.
Not that she needed it—she was lucky enough to be adopted just days later. But I’ll never forget what Baci taught me about fostering a dog. As sad as it can be to say goodbye, giving an abandoned or unwanted dog a stable, happy, supportive place to live, for any length of time, is the best thing that you can do to help them.
Knowing that Hunny, Ethel (who I still miss the most!) and Baci will have warm, happy holidays in their forever homes is truly a gift.
And I have that sweet, goofy, thinks-she’s-a-cat pittie to thank for it.
Rennie Dyball is a People.com editor and co-author of three books. She is a currently dog-less New Yorker who has been known to hang out in the occasional dog park anyway, just to make four legged friends. (That’s not weird, is it?) Follow her on Twitter: @renniedyball and check out her blog at renniedyball.com.
Just before Thanksgiving, I got this hankering for new “Adopt Me” vests for Bully Project‘s adoptable dogs. The ones from Houndgear.net are great, look nice, but are just sort of standard and don’t always fit our dogs very well. I really wanted to find something with a more customized look. Fortunately, one of our blogger friends, Cabana’s mom Mimi, who writes Ours for a Year, and her human daughter make unique “Adopt Me” jackets for foster dogs and rescue organizations.
In talking with Mimi about what I was looking for, I told her I would love something that would be reminiscent of the Bully Project logo.
And here is the AMAZING result:
Pretty awesome, huh? Mimi captured our logo perfectly and we are so thrilled! We ordered five of these jackets, one in each size available. Here’s to hoping we don’t have two dogs who simultaneously need the same size! But if we do, we’ll just order more, they’re that great!
Here are a couple of pictures of current adoptable, Dug, modeling the grey side:
And here’s our other adoptable, Baci, modeling the green side:
Thank you so much, Mimi, for our beautiful new Adopt Me Jackets. If you want to order one (or more!) for your fosters or rescues, you can find them in Mimi’s Etsy Store.
Our dogs will be wearing their fancy, schmancy new Adopt Me Jackets tomorrow at the Adopt NY adoption event at John Bartlett‘s new pop-up shop in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan. Come say hi! For more information, go to Adopt NY’s website.
On Tuesday, we announced our “Donate to Win” fundraiser to help Bully Project cover our medicals costs for our most recent rescue, Baci. Along with the thirteen great prizes we announced then, we have two more prizes to add to the list! The same rules apply, but as a reminder:
One winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to New York City pet boutique Beasty Feast. This shop has become a landmark in the West Village. Everyone knows Beasty Feast for the quality of service that it offers and for the widest selection in one location of natural foods, accessories and sundries for cats and dogs. Being a mom and pop business Beasty Feast knows its individual customers, their pets and their special needs and will go the extra mile to provide assistance and quality service.
One winner will receive a Crypton Pet Bed from their William Wegman Collection donated to us by New York City pet boutique The Barking Zoo. Crypton Pet Beds provide maximum comfort and peace of mind. Their beds are easy to spot clean, machine washable, and with a self-healing nylon zipper. Stain, moisture and odor resistant. This bed measures 36″ x 44″ and retails for $200!
So if you have donated yet, do so now through Christmas Day – you could win one of these amazing prizes!
As we shared yesterday, Baci‘s recovery has been taking a little bit longer than expected. We’ve been back and forth with her to the vet approximately, well, 7 times. And that’s not even including her initial boarding there while she was being treated for kennel cough! So as you can imagine, we’ve racked up quite a bill on this little girl. It’s all worth it though, and when she finds her forever home, it will be even more so!
But we now we need your help, friends. Baci’s care has taken quite a toll on our resources and her care is still ongoing. And with the holidays rapidly approaching, we figured what better time than now to do a “Donate to Win!” fundraiser. We’ve got lots of great prizes you could win and the only thing you have to do to enter is donate a minimum of $10! Here’s the deal:
One winner will receive a brand new martingale style collar in the fabric and size of their choice from Sirius Republic. Lucy has always worn collars from Sirius Republic, and we get compliments on the street about them all the time. Check out their website to view which fabrics are available and how to measure for sizing. What’s more is that Sirius Republic generously donates a portion of their proceeds to several rescue organizations, and even embroiders their collars with the words “ADOPT ME” for free foster parents.
One winner will receive a customized sweater valued at $35 from Tiennot Knit Sweaters. These sweaters are all handmade by our great friends at Our Waldo Bungie to precisely fit your dog’s specific measurements, and you get to choose the colors, etc. Have a favorite sports team? Get a sweater in their colors. Want your dog’s ensemble to coordinate with yours? Go for it! The options are practically endless.
Three winners will each receive what we’ve dubbed “The Perfect Pittie Package.” This includes: a copy of Ken Foster’s new book I’m A Good Dog provided by Penguin USA Publishing, Acadia Antlers‘ Famous Pitbull Pacifiers, and a package of 100 Mutt Mitts.
One winner will receive a prize package of gifts from Broadway & TV star and animal rescue advocate & pittie-lover, Bernadette Peters! Ms. Peters recently starred on Broadway as Sally Durant in the hit revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. This prize package includes one copy of each of Ms. Peters’ books, Broadway Barks and Stella is a Star!, both signed by Ms. Peters herself, AND a holiday ornament based on Ms. Peters’ character Dot in the original Broadway production of another Stephen Sondheim musical, Sunday in the Park with George. Very special thanks to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for providing this great prize package.
One winner will receive a matching collar & leash set provided by New York City pet boutique Doggy Style. The shop’s owner, Andy, is a big rescue advocate and we’re very grateful to her for donating this beautiful red nylon collar with matching leash. The collar is a size L and the leash measures 6′ in length.
One winner will receive a $40 Gift Certificate from New York City pet boutique Canine Styles. Canine Styles is New York’s oldest and finest dog emporium with world-class grooming and an exclusive line of products manufactured for and by Canine Styles to bring you the benefit of over fifty years serving dogs and their owners.
One winner will receive a three-month subscription to BarkBox! You’ll know how awesome this is if you read our monthly feature, “What’s In My BarkBox?” We have loads of fun with the service and have come across many great products and companies, including one of our other contest sponsors, Acadia Antlers. They also have a special offer for anyone to use that takes $10 off the subscription price and donates $10 to Bully Project!
One winner will receive The Morgan style Haute Collar in size L from Couture by Sophie. Couture by Sophie is a haute couture fashion house designing and creating couture, custom-made and ready-to-wear collections for dogs. In the spirit of true couture houses, the finest luxury fabrics are used, there is great attention paid to detail and a new design is unveiled each season. This accessory has a medium denim wash with saddle faux leather stand and leopard cotton print lining and gold exotic design button/snap closure.
One winner will receive Zoomies NYC‘s Orange/Reflective Sport Coat with Brown Fleece Lining in size 26. The NY Sport Coat is an essential All -Weather coat. It features a water repellent 100% nylon outer layer that is coated for extra strength and durability. It is lined with chocolate brown fleece for additional warmth and accented with contrasting piping.
One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Rescue Chocolate! Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life!” From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country.
And finally, one lucky grand prize winner will win one 45 minute pet photography session with Koren Reyes Photography. The winner will also receive all of the images from their session in low resolution on a CD, one high resolution digital image and one 4″x6″ print. This prize is valued at $585! Here are samples of Koren’s work, featuring our friend Sara’s dogs, Porter and Sadie:
So please consider helping us cover Baci’s medical care by entering our “Donate to Win” contest. You have one month from today to enter, and every $10 donation will count as one entry in the contest. There are loads of opportunities to win, and only you can control how many more opportunities you have to win. You can donate online here.
UPDATE 11/30/12: More prizes have been added to our fundraiser. You can view them here.
Our little Baci has been busy recovering from her cherry eye correction surgeries, and it’s been taking a little bit longer than we’d hoped. We’ve had to make quite a few unplanned trips to the vet to make sure everything was going the way it should. This past weekend, we finally saw an ophthalmologist to get some concrete info about her eyes.
Baci was so well behaved at the vet waiting for her appointment time to come. She sat patiently for treats and affection, and didn’t make a single sound. But she made it pretty clear she didn’t wait to be there:
So the good news is that her eyes are basically doing what they’re supposed to be doing, it’s just taking a bit longer than expected. Her left eye looks great, is behaving normally, and had a normal reaction to the surgery.
Her right eye, however, had some minor complications. Apart from some general swelling and irritation, she has also developed small, treatable ulcer on that eye.
See the difference? But despite the annoying eye issues, and the repeated trips to the vet, Baci is as happy and goofy as ever. She loves being with people, and is absolutely dying to play with other dogs. We’ve discovered she knows lots of different commands like, “sit,” “down,” “paw,” “down,” stay,” and more.
But after her trip to the vet, she got a treat to the an impromptu visit to foster dad at work at the Majestic Theater on Broadway. She sat and waited so patiently until he was done working, and got lots of visits from actors and crew members from the different Broadway shows. What a lucky girl!
This past Tuesday, Baci underwent surgery. You guessed it: she got spayed! But along with that, she also had both of her cherry eyes corrected. You know, these beauties:
And she really does look fantastic! Her beautiful honey eyes are shining straight through the…whining, and crying, and sulking and cone-wearing. Our poor, sweet girl is just miserable, and quite frankly, we don’t blame her. She’s dealing with three recoveries at once, and gets zero time out of the cone of shame. She has to wear absolutely all the time, to prevent damage and infection to her gorgeous eyes. Here are some pictures of her the day after her surgeries: