Paws Up Program

IMG_1703-e1448858431122Love-A-Bull foster dogs partner with Life Work’s foster youth with amazing results!

Just a few short months ago, Jenna Pywell and Alyssa Ibarra reached out to Love-A-Bull because they were familiar with our Pit Crew Therapy Program and had seen first-hand the positive changes that take affect when people are paired with dogs who need them, just as much as they need the dogs.

These ladies had been working for the better part of 8 years to add vocational opportunities for their foster youth to work with animals while gaining the skills needed for a future in the animal care industry. The skillsets gained through these opportunities could lead to future jobs such as: veterinary technician, dog training, and grooming.

In October of this year, Love-A-Bull provided its foster dogs and trainers to Life Works ‘At Promise’ youth and the very first Paws Up Program began! The intention of the program is to walk the youth through Basic Obedience classes, which (along with instructional training) would include topics about humane treatment of animals, dog safety and grooming. Life Works strongly believe that the bond between ‘At Promise’ youth and Love-A-Bull’s foster dogs can increase their youth’s self-confidence while creating therapeutic bonds with the dogs. This opportunity not only benefits the youth, but greatly increases the adoptability of Love-A-Bull’s foster dogs.

IMG_1710-e1448858603825Though this program is still in its infancy both Love-A-Bull and Life Works have already seen huge changes in the youth and the foster dogs! The foster youth walk in and leave with huge smiles on their faces because they know that they’ve accomplished something special with their foster dogs and the foster dogs are in heaven loving all the extra one-on-one attention they get.

The partnership between both organizations has created a perfect atmosphere for education and advocacy on behalf of pit bull type dogs. We are not only able to teach valuable skills, but we are able to have open conversations about all of the myths surrounding this breed and what it means to be a responsible guardian of a dog. These youth will have the amazing opportunity to change perceptions about this breed within their own community just by sharing their experiences.

Check back in with us after the holiday season for more updates, pictures and progress on the Paws Up Program!


Ziggy and Tank

Making History: Childress, Texas

Tank-ZiggyLove-A-Bull is changing the hearts of a community while saving its pit bull type dogs from euthanasia.

Prior to Love-A-Bulls involvement, the City of Childress, Texas had an immediate euthanasia policy for all pit bull type dogs that entered their shelter. The belief of the city was that pit bull type dogs were not wanted, nor were they welcomed within their local area. Through the hard work and dedication of Furever Friends and Rescue, the Childress, Texas Pound in agreement with the City of Childress had for the first time ever agreed to release two pit bull type dogs who were due to be euthanized, to a rescue outside of Childress County. That’s when Love-A-Bull was contacted!

Tank (brown/white) and Ziggy (black/white) were both in horrible shape when Love-A-Bull pulled them into our foster network. Tank came into the shelter as an owner surrender and Ziggy was removed from a home after suffering terrible abuse. Tank had and still has to this day, scars and hair loss from what we were told were caused by him sticking his nose into the only corner of the kennel where he could get sunlight. Ziggy had bi-lateral entropion meaning both of her eye lids were flipped inside out and her eyes were swollen shut. Love-A-Bull pulled out all the stops to nurse these two amazing pups back to health and to show them, probably for the first time in their lives, what true love and compassion looked like.

Though Tank and Ziggy had never met before, there was an immediate bond between the both of them. We knew that they would be adopted to great families, but we were elated when they were both adopted to ONE awesome family! Today, Tank and Ziggy are adjusting well to life in a loving family. Tank is learning to play fetch! Ziggy is loving the couch and although she still continues to have horrible nightmares in her sleep, her new family hopes that over time, as she begins to feel safe, her bad memories will fade.

Love-A-Bull continues to assist Furever Friends and Rescue and the pit bull type dogs of Childress through rescue and by funding the spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping of dogs prior to placement or adoption, as well as assisting with the spay and neuter of dogs prior to them entering into the shelter system. This past year we were able to fund 17 Spay/Neuter procedures, which included Heartworm tests, vaccinations and microchipping. Our work in Childress is not over and through our partnership with Furever Friends and Rescue we will be working hard to educate the local community on responsible guardianship, moving towards the goal of local adoption and rescue for pit bull type dogs.


Tank and Ziggy 2013


Peaches: Newest Member to the K9 Police Force

peaches_recropSometimes the dogs pulled into our program make strides beyond our comprehension! This is the story of one such pup:

One of Love-A-Bull’s fosters and volunteers came across two dogs running loose in a field outside of her neighborhood. It was apparent both had been into some trouble as both were bleeding and had open wounds. The volunteer was able to catch the dogs and get them safely to Austin Animal Center to be examined and held safely.

In the coming days Love-A-Bull was approached to bring in one of the dogs to our foster network, as it was a pit bull type dog. After sending out a trainer to evaluate the dog we would soon come to know as Peaches, we pulled her into the Love-A-Bull Foster Network. Peaches received a great foster home where she was able to begin working on basic commands and manners. Her foster mom noticed immediately that Peaches had HUGE ball drive! This meant that she could be a potential candidate for the working dog program, Detect-A-Bull, held at the Canine Training Academy.

Unfortunately, before moving forward with having Peaches assessed at the Canine Training Academy, she needed to get through her heartworm treatment. Heartworm treatment can be physically draining on dogs and requires 6-8 weeks of crate rest. However, Peaches foster mom and the Love-A-Bull team made sure that she came out of her treatment with no ill side effects. Peaches was just as peppy as ever when she was finally able to run around and chase balls again!

Soon after Peaches completed her heartworm treatment, one of Love-A-Bull’s trainers was able to connect Love-A-Bull with the Canine Training Academy once again. Love-A-Bull successfully placed former adopt-a-bull, Maxine into their training program two years prior. Peaches was evaluated in several areas that would confirm that she would be a perfect candidate for the Detect-A-Bull program!

Peaches completed her K9 training with flying colors and she and her handler, Officer Jeff Mullenax, have now formed the City of Troy’s first official K9 unit. Peaches is a narcotics detection dog and her first traffic stop resulted in a hit on crystal meth! Peaches is made to do this work and she will be so happy having her high energy, ball drive, and nose work skills put to use for the rest of her life! We are so incredibly excited for the future of this once stray pup and all the amazing things she is going to help the City of Troy’s police department accomplish.

To see more details on Peaches, check out the KCENTV’s news coverage of the awesome team:


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*Rescheduled*–Love-A-Bull’s 7th Annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebration!!

superhero_headerIt’s a bird, It’s a plane, it’s…Super Pittie!! In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Day Love-A-Bull will be hosting a month-long online campaign, “My Pit Bull is My Superhero!” We’d love for you to share with us and the entire world, a picture of your SUPERHERO!

Our online campaign will run from October 1st through October 31st and is aimed at helping our organization to achieve its mission of improving the image and lives of pit pull type dogs through community support, education, advocacy and rescue. Click HERE for details on how to submit and upload your picture of your Pit Bull Superhero.

The physical event this year will be held on Sunday, October 25th at the brand new, local and dog-based venue, Yard Bar! Yard Bar has an on-site restaurant and bar and will be hosting our festivities from 12pm to 4:30pm. We will have awesome local vendors, games and a silent auction. Save the date and join us for a day of showing your pittie pride! For more details on the “day of” event including sponsorship and silent auction click HERE!

Update:Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Patricia, we had to postpone our event to celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Please keep your eyes on our website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Meetup) for future details about the rescheduled event.

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