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Linder Elementary and The Pit Crew

Love-A-Bull recently had the amazing opportunity to work with the Media Awareness Project and the youth at Linder Elementary School. The mission of the Media Awareness Project is to empower youth to use media for community engagement, cultural expression & social change.

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At Linder, there is a really big focus on Get Ready, a program that works with students to prepare them for what’s coming next. Middle school is much harder. There is more work. There are more expectations. Students can easily get distracted or fall into trouble. Media Leadership is teaming up with the Get Ready program on the Linder campus to enrich it with digital media skill and production and to teach our students what they are capable of! Eric Graham will be heading up the teaching of the Media Leadership program at Linder.

Love-A-Bull was honored to be part of their most recent project which involved none other than our awesome Pit Crew Therapy Dogs. Along with guidance from Nina Medeiros, Eric Graham and his class began production on a video about how to be a responsible dog owner, dog safety and discussed how great pit bull type dogs really are! It has been so exciting to watch these students hone their interview and production skills on a topic that they care about. From cameras, to lighting, to sound equipment these kids have it covered and did a fabulous job interviewing our Pit Crew Teams.
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We’ll be posting more videos and pictures created by the students soon, but in the meantime check out this teaser that the Media Awareness Project put together: https://vimeo.com/159877238

To learn more about the Media Awareness Project: The Home of Youth Voice, please check them out on their many social media avenues:
http://www.mediaawarenessproject.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Austin-Media-Awareness-Project-237858492950292/
https://vimeo.com/mediaawarenessproject

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Fun with Pitties

Love-A-Bull is incredibly excited to partner with Sit Means Sit Austin in order to bring to our dues paying members, the opportunity to participate in specialty classes at a discounted rate. These classes are introductory courses designed to give you a small sneak peak in to all the fun you can have with your pup.

  • Tricks Class: The primary purpose of this class is to give you a strong foundation for teaching tricks from basic to advance so that you can continue to move forward when you are at home.
  • Introduction to Agility: The primary purpose of this class is to give you basic knowledge on what agility is, what equipment is used and how to introduce your dog to the equipment. The second half of each class will be spent working with you and your dog and moving through the motions of the equipment used.
  • Introduction to Nosework: This class is a great way to challenge, have fun with your dog, while taking advantage of its natural tendency to want to find things with his nose. The second part of each class will be spent walking you and your dog through basic steps of beginning stages of Nosework.
  • Introduction to Drive Building: This class is for anyone interested in building a stronger relationship with their dog through play. Initial drive building is built upon the dogs inherent tendencies to chase. The second half of each class will discuss each dog’s current drive and how to build upon it.

***You must be a dues paying member of Love-A-Bull in order to receive your discount. ***

For details on how to register and to see a video of all the fun to be had, please visit the following link: http://love-a-bull.org/programs/specialty-classes/

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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!

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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.

 

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