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Chester: That Lucky Dog!

2 Nov

Well, his story didn’t start out quite so lucky, really. He ended up at, as we know, a public shelter in Westchester County and was stuck in a corral next to a dog who didn’t seem to like him, or any dog for that matter, very much. Bully Project decided it would be best for him to get out of that situation as soon as possible, so when rescued him and sent him immediately to a foster home in upstate New York.

Even though it seemed like his luck had changed, he wasn’t quite out of the woods yet. After he was neutered, he developed a pretty serious infection that forced him to be on 24 hour crate rest for quite a while. And for such a social, friendly dog, being stuck in a crate all day long was simply driving him nuts. On top of that, we had to move him to a new foster family in New York City since his first foster mom’s commitment had been met.

Now, if you seen any of Chester’s videos on our YouTube Channel, you can tell this guy loves the outdoors and loves to play, especially with other dogs. So we moved him back to Westchester to live with our trainer Ann and her two chihuahuas. It seemed like the perfect situation for him: suburban life with doggie playmates and a trainer to work with him whenever she felt like it. But alas, one of the chihuahuas just never liked Chester.

But his luck has finally changed! And we are so happy to announce that Chester is no longer a Bully Project adoptable. Instead, Chester is now adoptable through the amazing Animal Farm Foundation, where he is now living, playing, training and being loved non-stop.

Many thanks to the four foster families who took in Chester while he was in Bully Project’s care, to the Deja Foundation for helping us cover the costs for his initial medical care, and to Animal Farm Foundation for helping to make Chester’s life before a forever home the best it could possibly be. We will continue to keep Chester on our website, Bully Project’s website and listed with Bully Project’s profiles on Petfinder, Adopt-A-Pet and AdoptNY as a courtesy listing. See how lucky Chester is? He’s got two organizations working to find him a forever home!

Chester Picture Post

21 Sep

For the past month, Chester has been living in foster care with our trainer, Ann, and her two chihuahuas. Here’s some pictures she’s taken of the big lug:

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Chester is still adoptable through Bully Project. For more information about him and to apply to adopt, please email

UPDATE: Here’s a new video of Chester playing with his pal, Olive:

Ah, City Life…

17 Aug

Life in New York City is incredibly unpredictable. From skyrocketing rents, to fun flash mobs, to throngs of non-English speaking tourists, to…sudden arrivals to constructions sites immediately outside your front door!

In the past four days, my street has quickly become a bustling construction site, complete with Caterpillar machines, bulldozers, tons of lumber, and chain link fences. This is a full-on “Hard Hat Area,” folks. And it’s literally right outside my front door:

My apartment is on the ground floor of my building, and on the street side – so every weekday at 7am, the noise begins and lasts throughout the day. Thankfully, it’s not too bad…yet. Soon, the blasting will begin. The water mains, sewers and underground electrical wires will be updated, repaired and replaced, which means they will have to dig up the entire street. It’s going to be so much fun an absolute disaster!

But there is a silver lining to this whole debacle: I will be bringing Lucy to work with me everyday for almost two months! Lucy is so calm and collected with loud noises and the like, so this really isn’t necessary. But it does serve as a good excuse – I wouldn’t want to make Lucy endure the mayhem if she really doesn’t have to, and she doesn’t! I have a very dog friendly office and work only four blocks from my home, so the universe is simply telling me that August and September are “Bring your dog to work months.”

Not only will this make me immensely happy, but it will give me lots of opportunities to work on specific training with Lucy that I have been meaning to work on for a very long time. I can finally focus on teaching her how to more appropriately greet people when they come to say, “Hi,” and work on settling in more exciting situations. There will be jars of dog treats at the doorway, for sure!

But there is another downside: I wont be able to foster dogs for a little while. You see, I share my area of my office with 4-5 other people depending on the day of the week. As much as they love dogs, I don’t feel it would be neighborly to impose two medium to large sized dogs on them. At the same time, it wouldn’t be fair to impose a new dog, with unknown issues and comfort levels, to the thunderous noises that may upset them. So, the Blye household is taking a self-imposed fostering break.

In the meantime, we will be certain to keep you up to date on the whereabouts of Bully Project’s adoptable dogs. Hunny & Chester are both still available for adoption (Interested? Email

And I’m sure there will be more in our future. There are still lots of stories to tell, so stay tuned!

Chester Update

16 Aug

Recently, we got to spend a little bit more time with Bully Project‘s adoptable boy, Chester. He was previously living in Upstate New York, but has since become a city boy! So, we took some time to hang out and snap some pictures!

Posing for the camera

During our time with him, we ran into some dogs, which Chester just loves:

Big dogs are fun!

Small dogs are fun, too!

We also got to see how well he behaves for his foster Mama, who makes him homemade treats.


Foster Mama’s homemade treats are delicious!

And on top of it all, he walks so beautifully on leash: sitting when you’ve stopped and sticking right by your side when you’re moving.


Chillin’ in the city.

Chester is still available for adoption through Bully Project, so if you or anyone you know is interested, please email


Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Chester

6 Aug


We have no idea how this big gentle boy ended up at the crowded municipal shelter, but what first brought him to our attention was his soulful and searching gaze.

Chester & Jo Ann

From there, we discovered he loves other dogs, even a Maltese who gave him a “talking-to” (he ignored it), and even a shelter puppy who enjoyed gnawing on him.

In his foster home, Chester turned out to be every bit as intelligent as he is loyal and patient – he learns almost instantly. You want him to sit? Just ask. You want him to settle? He’s at your feet, snoring.


You want him to fetch the ball? Well, watch the video to see how eager and grateful he is.

Won’t you consider this incredibly special boy for your next companion? He is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and housebroken. He loves his couch, his crate, his Kong, and everyone he meets.

Goofing Off

All he needs now is someone who will love him. Please send us an email if you or anyone you know would like to adopt Chester.


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