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Thank You StubbyDog!

26 Jul

“For what?” you might be thinking. Well, for so many things that we can’t even possibly list them all here. But most specifically, we have to thank StubbyDog for being hugely supportive of the work we’ve been doing here on That Touch of Pit and with Bully Project.

You see, today they just posted our big, loving Daisy Mae as one of their “Rescue Dogs of the Week,” and we can’t be more grateful for that. In the past, they have also selected That Touch of Pit foster dog My Boy Bill, and Bully Project adoptable Paige as “Rescue Dogs” as well. And, in fact, the wonderful family who adopted My Boy Bill initially saw him on StubbyDog!

But overall, StubbyDog represents everything that we all believe in – and that’s what really counts here. Their mission of helping “people rediscover pit bulls as lifelong friends,” is central to the work that we are all doing. So for that, StubbyDog, we thank you.

In appreciation, we ask that you all swing over to Stubby’s Store and check out their amazing t-shirts, including this new one:

Not “My Boy” Bill Anymore…

5 Dec

The past six weeks have been an absolute whirlwind for me. We’ve just ended a major six week long fundraising season at work, a time that requires me to work every night on top of my regular work week hours. Initially, I was not going to take in a foster during this time, simply because I didn’t think I would have enough energy.

But when I found out that My Boy Bill had to leave the vet, but could only go to foster, not to the shelter, I decided I had to do something! So, early on the morning of Saturday, October 22nd, Bill moved in with Lucy and me and thus began the craziest six weeks of 2011.

But I am SO SO SO happy to report that at the end of all the madness is greatness. Bill is officially ADOPTED! Exactly six weeks after I brought him home, we met a great family who wanted to go back to being a two dog home. They’d done it before, but only had one for a little while. What’s more is that they’re pittie advocates, too!

Bill with pittie brother, Linus, and Dad

Mom, Dad, and doggie brother, Linus drove into the city to meet Bill and everyone got along immediately. We went on a nice long walk, did an off-leash test in an empty dog run, and then everyone hopped in the car to go to Animal Haven to have everything finalized. The really funny thing is that this was the first time Bill had ever been to the shelter, and now he’s never to return there again!

Happy family!

Bill nearly lost his life due to his bacterial infection, and now fully recovered, will have the most fantastic life with his new parents and brother in their beautiful home.  I am so grateful to have been part of Bill’s journey, and even though I will miss him terribly, the fact that he’s found the most perfect family gives me so much more happiness!

It’s World AIDS Day

1 Dec

Just like many of you, my love for pit bulls and my desire to spread pit bull awareness, is just one of my passions in life. I’d like to use today’s post to talk about something a little different, and the doggies will take part, too. But if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to dedicate today’s post in honor of World AIDS Day, which happens to be today.

Nearly 16 years ago, I began volunteering for a not for profit organization in New York City called Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I worked my way up through the ranks of the organization, from volunteer, to intern, to part time staff member. Now, I am a full time staff member, and have been going on 6 years. BC/EFA is one of the nation’s leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant making organizations. With the help of New York’s large theater and Broadway community, we raise millions of dollars each year and send that money back out across the country in the form of grants to AIDS Service & Family Service organizations. Another major event we help produce each year is Broadway Barks, an annual dog & cat adoption event here in heart of Times Square.

This past year, we sent out nearly $5 million to organizations in 48 states. Our reach extends to hundreds of thousands of people each year, and even goes as far as the United Kingdom & South Africa. We also dedicate targeted funds to help communities recover from unexpected natural disasters (like the ones we witnessed in Joplin, MO, and Japan).

World AIDS Day is hugely important to me. Every December 1, the world is presented with “an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.” About the same time I began as a BC/EFA volunteer, a good family friend rapidly deteriorated from AIDS and passed away. I now have many friends who live with HIV. Globally, it is estimated that over 33 million people are living with HIV, and another 25 million have already lost their lives to this disease.

But despite all the facts, statistics, research, and legislation, there are still many people in our country who don’t know how to best protect themselves from contracting HIV and even more whom discriminate against and stigmatize those people who do have HIV or AIDS.

So what can you do on this World AIDS Day? Well, you should learn the facts. There are countless resources out there for you to do so (and I don’t just mean WebMD). Check out the World AIDS Day website, or Broadway Cares’ website. Use what you know best (your dogs!) to help further educate and spread awareness that HIV/AIDS is not gone – and there are lots of people out there who need our help.

Lastly, make a donation to a worthwhile organization whose mission is directly related to HIV/AIDS services. There are organizations like this in every community who would genuinely appreciate your help. If you would like to find one near you, please search Broadway Cares’ list of national grantees.

Many of these organizations provide comprehensive benefits for companion animals for HIV/AIDS patients. Lots of people living with HIV or AIDS become homebound, making a companion animal not only desirable, but in some cases, necessary. Here are just a few of those organizations:

Not Home Alone in New York, NY

PAWS/LA in Los Angeles, CA

PAWS San Diego in San Diego, CA

Pets Are Loving Support in Atlanta, GA

Pets Are Loving Support (PALS) in Guerneville, CA

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco, CA

The Pet Project for Pets in Oakland Park, FL

If you need help finding a worthwhile organization to support today, send us an email and we will happily help you find one!

– Josh

Congratulations to our Raffle Winners!

29 Nov

Thank you very much to all of our readers and donors who helped contribute to My Boy Bill’s fundraiser over the past two weeks. Up until this point, we have raised $880 to help cover the costs of Bill’s extensive medical treatment. We would now like to announce the winners of our fundraising raffle. For a refresher course on our prizes, click here.

We put all of our entries into an online randomizer, and here are our winners:

1) Sirius Republic martingale collar: Miss M & Mr B Kang (the Two Pitties in the City!)

2) Pet Head grooming products: Amanda Harrell

3) Bernadette Peters gift package: Maura Mullaney

4) Caricature by Justin “Squigs” Robertson: Elizabeth Dellario

5) Photoshoot with Hugh Panaro of The Phantom of the Opera: Elizabeth Dellario

Our winners will also be contacted via email with instructions on how to claim your prizes. Again, thank you very much for your generosity. And just because our raffle is over does not mean our fundraiser is! You can continue to support Animal Haven by visiting our fundraising page on their website! And Bill says, “Thank you,” too!


Thankful Letter from Lucy

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I can’t wait to eat some turkey! Turkey! Daddy never gives me people food, but I think if I snuggle up to him enough, and show him how thankful I am that he’s mine, he just might give me some noms. I’ll let you know what happens.

Two weeks ago, Dad and I set a goal for ourselves: get My Boy Bill adopted by Thanksgiving. Well, we didn’t do it. Sad face. My Boy Bill is still living with us (and if I am being honest, I’m pretty thankful for that)!

Bill and I have become pretty good buddies. We like to lay cuddled up together with Dad, and share our toys. We even share our deer antlers – I get it for a little while, then I give it to Bill, and then he gives it back!

But what we’re really grateful for is your support in helping Animal Haven rebuild their Recovery Road Fund. They spent a lot of money making My Boy Bill feel better, and now with the help of our generous donors, they can help another animal (hopefully another deserving pittie!) feel better, too. But you can still donate! And enter our raffle! We’d be eternally thankful if you did!

Now go eat some turkey and give some to your pittie friends! (Side note from Josh & Jennifer: Lucy & Bill love getting special treats, but please be smart about what you feed your pets. Check out this great info from the ASPCA and have a wonderful holiday!)

Bill & Josh’s Excellent NYC Adventure

17 Nov

This past weekend, I took My Boy Bill out for a long walk around town. He wanted to see some of the big sights in the city before the flood of tourists starting arriving this weekend. We checked out Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, some Broadway theaters & Shubert Alley. Bill wore his Houndgear “Adopt Me” vest, which got him lots of attention! We also visited some friends and met some folks who may or may not be interested in adopting My Boy Bill!

Here are some photos of our little jaunt! Special thanks to my friend Stephen Mosher, for taking and providing the photographs. Stephen is not only a wonderful photographer, but also a fitness guru and one of the subjects of the new documentary film, Married and Counting. I even make an appearance in that film, too!

Foster Dad's Fave New Pic of Me!

On the Red Steps

I love kids!

With my friend, Bernadette Peters!

Regal at Rockefeller Center

Chillin' in Shubert Alley

So, as you can see, we had a great day!

And don’t forget about our fundraiser! We’ve set a goal of $1000 for ourselves, and have until Thanksgiving to raise it! And guess what?! We’re almost there! But we still need more – so check out the story of Bill’s medical woes, read up on our fundraiser raffle, and donate!

“Wordless” “Thursday”?

10 Nov

We missed Wordless Wednesday because we announced our raffle fundraiser to help cover My Boy Bill’s medical costs. So you’re getting a not-quite-so-wordless Thursday! Have you entered to win by donating to Animal Haven?

It’s fundraising time! Please help Bill & Animal Haven!

9 Nov

Yesterday we announced our new foster dog, My Boy Bill. As you recall, Bill had some serious medical issues that cost quite a bit of money to have resolved. Animal Haven, the shelter that rescued Bill graciously covered all of his medical costs, and now we would like to help them rebuild their Recovery Road Fund so that they have the resources to help more animals in the future.

So – we’re doing a fundraiser! The concept is similar to the one our friends at Love and a Six-Foot Leash did a few months ago for their Elderbull, Zabora. Here are all the deets:

  • Donations can be made on our personal fundraising page on Animal Haven’s website.
  • For every $10 donation, you get one raffle ticket. Donate $40 and you will get four raffle tickets; donate $100 and you will get ten! (If you’ve already made a donation, don’t worry – all donations through the end of Thanksgiving day will count as entries in the raffle!)
  • All entries will be entered into an online randomizer, and winners will be chosen on the day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday, aka Friday, November 25th).
  • Prizes will be assigned to each winner in the following order. We’ve got some great stuff – so if you’re a household with pets, we know all of these prizes will appeal to you!

One winner will receive a brand new martingale style collar in the fabric and size of their choice from Sirius Republic. Lucy & Bill both wear collars from Sirius Republic, and ever since they started wearing them, we have gotten more compliments on the street than ever before. 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 for us foster parents, so you should definitely Like them on Facebook.

One winner will win a selection of products from Pet Head. Pet Head creates high quality grooming products for dogs that I have used on all of my dogs. They have been incredibly generous and supportive of my efforts in pit bull rescue, and are huge supporters of rescue and adoption in general. We hope you’ll check out their website and Like them on Facebook, too. They provided a prize package for the last fundraiser I held, too, and here’s a photo of the pups (some of the best Chihuahuas we know!) who won that package.

One winner will receive a prize package of gifts from Broadway & TV star and animal rescue advocate & pittie-lover, Bernadette Peters! Ms. Peters is currently starring 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 black & white caricature of one of their pets created exclusively for them by Justin “Squigs” Robertson. Squigs is the go-to guy for Broadway and theater-related caricatures. He has illustrated all of the graphic art for the past year of events produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, including this one for Broadway Barks 13, featuring the pets of BC/EFA’s staff members as characters from major Broadway musicals:

Broadway Barks 13 Poster

For more information, please check out his website and Like him on Facebook. The winner of this prize will need to provide a few photos of their chosen pet so that Squigs can get a good idea of who your pet is and what he/she looks like. Because of Squigs’ schedule, it may take up to six weeks before your one-of-a-kind drawing arrives at your doorstep – but we promise that it will be worth the wait!

One lucky winner will win a short photo shoot for their pet with The Phantom of the Opera. Now, obviously, because the Phantom lives in New York City, this winner will have to live here as well. At a mutually agreeable time for both you and the Phantom (currently played on Broadway by animal-lover Hugh Panaro), he will invite you backstage at the Majestic Theater on Broadway, where you most likely will also meet his dog, Soot.

Hugh & Soot Panaro

Mr. Panaro will take a few quick photos as the Phantom with your pet, and a signed framed print of the best shot will be delivered to you in two weeks’ time. (Please note: the winner’s pet must be well-behaved in order for this prize to be fulfilled. If this is a concern, we can arrange for a different gift for this winner.)

So please check out Bill’s story, and donate to our fundraiser so that Animal Haven can continue the amazing work that they do. And if you know anyone who’s looking for a top-notch pooch, Bill is now officially adoptable and looking for his forever home!

Introducing…My Boy Bill!

8 Nov

My Boy Bill

A little over a month ago, Animal Haven pulled a beautiful but very sick Pit Bull from the city shelter. He was suffering from a deep bone bacterial and heart valve infection and was extremely emaciated. He could barely walk and was in obvious pain. With the help of a Good Samaritan who wanted this special dog to have a second chance, Animal Haven sprung into action.

He was immediately taken to an emergency veterinary hospital where he stayed for a little while and was then moved to Animal Haven’s regular veterinarian. Today, though, I am thrilled to report that Bill is living with me as my newest foster pup and has nearly completed his treatment!

While at the emergency vet, Bill had a surgery to amputate one of the toes on his left front paw.



They did a wonderful job with that, but Bill had to remain with them for about a week so he could be constantly monitored. His body was so riddled with infection that they weren’t even sure he would survive. Thankfully, he pulled through – but when he was finally stable enough to no longer live at the vet’s office, it was decided that a shelter environment would not be the best place for him. His immune system was still vulnerable, and being among lots of dogs, always coming and going, would have been risky. Bill needed to go into foster care.

So that’s where I stepped in. Early one Saturday morning, just over two weeks ago, I went down to the vet’s office and picked Bill up. That morning, I learned Bill loves car rides – and watching the world pass by. He could sit and people watch for hours – he and I have that in common. We don’t really know much else about this big mush. We’re guessing he’s about a year and a half old and he’s sweet as sugar. He probably came from a family who cared for him, because he was already housebroken, and his only goal in life is to be getting attention from a human – doesn’t matter who, as long as they’re loving on him.

Me & Bill

It took this Good Samaritan to start the process of saving an otherwise easily overlooked dog at a city shelter. Animal Haven stepped in to continue the work and now we, in turn, need you to help us close this chapter for both Bill and Animal Haven. If it weren’t for Animal Haven’s Recovery Road Fund, Bill probably would never have made it out of the city shelter, let alone get the serious medical attention he so badly needed. But that treatment was not inexpensive – let’s put it this way: he lived at a vet’s office for nearly two months. We all know how costly boarding fees can be!

So we’re turning to you, our friends, for some help in rebuilding the Recovery Road Fund so that Animal Haven will again be able to provide support to more animals who need their help in the future. To make a donation, please follow this link to our personal fundraising page on Animal Haven’s website. All of your donations are completely tax deductible, and more importantly, incredibly appreciated.

Bill Thanks You!

I so look forward to sharing Bill’s adventures with you, but with much love and luck, he will hopefully have a family to call his own by Thanksgiving – and that will truly be something to be thankful for!

Oh, did I mention that Bill loves plush toys? Well, he does:


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