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3 Years!

20 Jun

Today marks 3 years since I adopted Lucy.

Lucy on the day she became Josh's One

Lucy on the day she became Josh’s One

I always tell people that adopting a dog is the second best decision I have ever made. They ask: “What’s the first?” And I explain that it is getting my own apartment so that I could adopt a dog! Lucy has made my day-to-day life better in so many ways, but most importantly, that through the redundancy and stress of it all, I can come home to her everyday and just have fun tossing a ball around. Life becomes simple because all it is really is “a boy and his dog.”

Lucy Kisses

Lucy Kisses

Happy Gotcha Day, Lucy!

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Happy Gotcha Day, Ellie!

18 Jun

It was one year ago, today, that Bully Project‘s first adoptable was officially adopted. We called her Paige, but her mom calls her Ellie. The day she was adopted will always be one of the days that make us the most proud, but it’s also the day we made a wonderful new friend in Ellie’s mom, Rebecca.

Rebecca & Ellie

Rebecca & Ellie

So Happy Gotcha Day, ladies! You two make the most perfect pair!

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Success

14 Jun

Two weeks ago, we participated in the Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days, the biggest free pet adoption event in America. The goal was to place hundreds of dogs and cats in qualified forever homes on June 1 & 2. We were very successful, having seven dogs adopted within those two days.

Join us in wishing well to these pups as they continue their lives in wonderful forever homes!

Jetta

Lala

Arundhati

Nona

Milo

Mackerel

Helena

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

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!

Tristan’s Adopted!

19 Mar

Tristan Adopted

We met Tristan just over a month ago when a close friend of ours, Lydia, asked us to help in finding him a new home. One of her staff, the wonderfully helpful Rachel, found Tristan abandoned in her local dog run. He was left there overnight, and she discovered that other dog owners from the neighborhood had been bringing him food, but no one was able to take him in out of the cold. Well, she did just that and then called on us to help.

Rachel & Tristan

Rachel & Tristan

Well, it’s been just one month, and throughout that time, Rachel has been responsible for Tristan: taking him on his daily walks, helping with his training and more. Lydia & Rachel both felt, that although we couldn’t see it, Tristan was actually not yet neutered. After some tests, that were covered by another friend of ours, we discovered that Tristan was indeed cryptorchid; his testicles hadn’t descended outside his body.

So after being neutered (his testicles were up near his bladder, poor guy!), and a couple of meet & greets with a potential adopter, the deal was signed. Tristan’s award-winning personality landed him in a wonderful home with great parents and feline siblings. Thank you to the whole team for making this adoption possible. This was truly one of those, “It takes a village…” stories, and Trsitan definitely had a great village behind him!

Tristan and his village

Tristan and his village

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.

Apple’s Been Adopted!

12 Feb

Apple AdoptedAfter only one week in foster care, Apple was snatched up by a family who was looking to adopt a smaller, younger female pittie to add to their family. They already had a large, male pittie and wanted to perfect counterpart for him. When they saw her, they knew they had to have her!

But they wanted to make sure that the two dogs could live together peacefully before making the big leap – so after just over two weeks as their foster dog, they have officially adopted her. She is now called Bindy and lives with her beautiful, big brother, Murphy.

Congratulations Bindy and your new family!

Bindy and her new parents

Bindy and her new parents

Bindy and Murphy

Bindy and Murphy

Bindy and Murphy

Bindy and Murphy

Bindy and Murphy

Bindy and Murphy

Frankie Meets Her New Best Friend!

8 Feb

Bully Project‘s adopted Frankie meets her long lost relative, and new best friend, Franklin!

Important Programming Interruption…

7 Feb

For a special cat.

We are going to let a special kitty take over That Touch of Pit for a day! This special, tiny, Persian cat is newly part of our extended That Touch of Pit and Bully Project families.

Let’s start at the very beginning: Barb is a very special supporter of Bully Project. Have you seen her with some our favorite big headed pups?

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You can always catch her telling people about the our free training classes, wearing a pro-pittie tee-shirts and more.

Lately, Barb has been thinking of adding an animal to her family and when we saw this picture, we knew they would be a perfect pair:

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Poor Mickey (funny: he shared the same name as Barb’s scruffy terrier), was abandoned at vet’s office. Badly matted, but worse – a terrible growth preventing his jaw from opening.

Thank goodness for Bekah, Christie and For Animals in Brooklyn for taking on this cat and his huge medical issue. After their great team of vets and surgeons and a fabulous foster home, Mickey was well enough to make Barb’s house his new home!

Barb decided early on to call this new feline friend Freddy, inspired by Bully Project’s own Fred. She says it’s to honor him because he made such an impact on all of us.

After one week, little (barely 8lbs!) Freddy is loving life and hasn’t left Barb’s side. His new favorite activities: watching the Super Bowl, lots of TV, hanging with his canine brother and showing Annie, his feline sister, that he isn’t a threat…

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