9th Annual Pit Bull Awareness Celebration

Love-A-Bull will be hosting and participating in events throughout the entire month of October to highlight our loveable pitties, their owners and the community. There will be an abundance of great fun, great beer and great pitties, as well as multiple volunteer opportunities.

Our theme this year is Peace, Love and Pitties so break out your most grooviest digs and come hang with us! Check out all the awesome details below:

  • October 1st: Kick off monthly fun walk at Mueller Lake Park. While this is NOT our usual parade, it is still a great opportunity to get out and about and mingle with other pittie loving community members! Our fun walks are typically about 30-45 min long and it’s a fantastic way to get to know your local supporters. Here is the meetup link with more details and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/love-a-bull/events/242971185/
  • October 6th: Peace, Pittie and Pub Run! You may have already seen the details of this great event on our social media platforms! This will be a 2-mile run/walk beginning at Yard Bar, then to Aristocrat, then Little Woodrows and finishing at Yard Bar. The theme for the event…you guessed it…Peace, Love and Pitties. Dress in your best flower power attire and enjoy a great time with some good beer! More details about this event and how to get involved are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/918414764981568/
  • October 15th: Peace, Love and Pitties Party! Come join us at The Buzz Mill from 2-6pm for a “groovy” time! We will have beer, food trucks, Love-A-Bull swag, Adopt-A-Bulls looking for their forever homes, costume contest and a raffle. This event is not to be missed! We will need volunteers to help make this event a huge success, sign up here to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BAEAF2EA7FA7-peace
  • October 21st: Dogtoberfest! It is the 10th Annual Dogtoberfest Celebration and Love-A-Bull will be hosting a booth to not only share in the fun, but to also showcase our organization, talk to them community about our resources and showcase our Adopt-A-Bulls and Pit Crew. Dogtoberfest was named “Most Awesome-ist Pet Related Event” for this sixth year in a row so we are stoked to be a part of the festivities this year! This event is from 10am – 4pm and we will need volunteers to help us at our booth, sign up here: SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A4BAEAF2EA7FA7-dogtoberfest
  • October 28th: To finish off our PBAD celebration, we will be hosting our 2nd Chloe’s Clinic! Chloe’s Clinic is a fantastic opportunity for us to serve our community. The clinic offers FREE vaccinations, microchipping, preventatives and more to local austinites and their dogs, with an emphasis being placed on serving local owners of pit bull type dogs. We will need LOTS of volunteer help with this event, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445aaad29aafa7-chloes1

We are so excited to be able to spread out the Pit Bull Awareness Celebration and allow everyone the chance to get involved on multiple different levels and celebrate our awesome pit bulls! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Lindsey@love-a-bull.org

We hope to see many of you soon!

Farewell to Pit Crew’s Ann & Kane

Our friend and long-time volunteer, Ann, is a sweet soft-spoken woman. If one met her without her dogs, they might guess she owned a Yorkie or a poodle. They’d be wrong.

Over the years Ann has adopted nearly half a dozen Pit Bulls, teaching them how to play nicely, use their manners, and stay out of the darn pond. She has helped them achieve certifications in nose work and obedience. Treating them when they are sick, she’s had more than her fair share of battles with cancer. Ann is a woman truly dedicated to her furry family, even giving them a name: The Thundertail Tribe.  

Somewhere along the way, Ann adopted Kane, a stocky blue and white Pit Bull with tan eyebrows that can melt hearts at first glance. As she and Kane went through therapy dog prep, I saw him do something unusual for a dog in training. He didn’t change much.

Luckily he didn’t have to. Kane is comedically stubborn, and possibly not the most trainable dog, but that’s okay because his sweet gentle personality is innate. He joined The Pit Crew in 2013, and Ann has been posting pictures of him waiting eagerly by the front door in his therapy vest ever since.

A regular at AGE of Central Texas and Hope Alliance, Kane is a dedicated soldier of snuggles. There are so many photos of him bringing joy to people, it was hard to choose only a couple for this post. A lover of all creatures big and small, he has even been featured in the news alongside his pal, a therapy guinea pig.

Recently Ann, Kane and the rest of the Thundertail Tribe, decided to relocate. We are sad to see them go, but forever grateful for their unwavering service and loyalty to our cause over all these years. Any city they call home is lucky to have them.

Best of luck on all your adventures, Ann and the Thundertails.

Love,

Love-A-Bull & The Pit Crew

 

Author: Crystal Dunn, Program Manager: The Pit Crew

Adopt-A-Bull Zoey’s T.V. Debut

Miss Zoey made her t.v. debut on July 1st at the KVUE studio in Austin, TX. Check her out here on their Pet of the Week.

This sweet girl is one of Love-A-Bull’s long stay Adopt-A-Bulls and she is a fantastic dog that deserves a loving home!

Zoey came to Love-A-Bull in April of 2015 after being found in the Houston area by a good Samaritan. Local police were contacted and the police offer that responded knew of Love-A-Bull so we were contacted to take Miss Zoey in. Zoey did fantastic in her foster home that she shared with two other pups. Unfortunately, Zoey’s foster parents ended up moving out of state for business and Zoey was placed into boarding. After about a month of boarding, we thought Zoey had finally found her forever home and she was adopted! This was not to be Zoey’s forever home, though and after 6 months, she was returned to the organization. Love-A-Bull does our best at match making, but sometimes the dog and the new family just don’t end up bonding. After being returned, Zoey went through an extensive amount of training to help her hone her energy and this is when we found out that Zoey loves to learn. She absolutely excels at training!

After being returned from her adopter, Zoey again went into boarding for a couple of months before we found a foster home for her. Unfortunately, that foster home would not be able to keep her long as they had some life changes taking place, so off to boarding again Zoey went. Zoey was in boarding for almost 3 months before another foster home was found and that is where she has stayed.

Zoey thrives on structure and activity and we believe the consistent changes in her home environment have unfortunately led to her being dog reactive. This of course makes her placement a little more difficult, but we know that perfect family or person is out there for her! Zoey absolutely has the potential of being dog social as both her previous foster homes and her training, she was housed with multiple other dogs. However, at this point in time we are seeking a home where she is the only pet.

Zoey is an absolute sweetheart of a dog! She loves her people and attaches to them quite quickly. She truly is a dog that loves to please. She is an excellent cuddler and a champ at snoring. Zoey is a perfect dog for an active family! She loves outdoor activities like hiking, biking, getting on the trails or even long walks around the neighborhood. We also recently discovered that she likes the water, so if you enjoy any of the lakes around the Austin area, she’s your girl. Zoey would also be a fantastic pup to get involved in Nosework or even Agility…she’s that good! Zoey is also incredibly fond of children and gets along quite well with them.

If you are looking for a smart, beautiful, goofy, active pup then please take the first step and fill out our online adoption application: http://love-a-bull.org/adopt/adoption-application/

Texas Humane Legislation Network-How Can You Make a Difference?

Love-A-Bull was organized to advocate and educate on behalf of pit bull type dogs and for this reason we aim to be educated on bills specifically affecting our pets. As the 85th Texas Legislative session gets under way, Love-A-Bull volunteers from the Community Outreach and Education committee and The Pit Crew Therapy dog program, were on site during Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) last meeting of their Central Texas Chapter.

If you are not familiar with THLN, they hold an unusual nonprofit status that works heavily in favor of animal welfare advocates and supporters. THLN has promoted animal protection through legislation, education and advocacy since 1975. As a 501(c)4, THLN can advocate for strong, enforceable laws that will prohibit cruel acts against animals and give law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to bring justice in the courtroom.

THLN Representatives Celia Isreal and Gina Hinojosa spoke on the upcoming bills that have been introduced:

  • Texas H.B. 478: Would negate criminal charges for those individuals that break into cars to rescue pets in distress due to weather conditions. Read the details here: https://legiscan.com/TX/bill/HB478/2017
  • Texas H.B. 1087: Related to the creation of the offense of beastiality (the crime of engaging in sexual relations with an animal). The prosecution or consequences of being found guilty of this offense are weak. The new bill would seek to make the offense a felony and punishable with jail time. Read the details here: https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1087/2017
  • Texas H.B. 1156: Regarding tethering of a dog. Provides restrictions on how long and the type of restraint a person may use on a dog. Read the details here: https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1156/id/1467109

Texas is ranked 36th in animal protection. It is vital, that you, as a community member, understand who your representatives are and what they stand for. When it comes to topics like the one’s listed above and the ever-important Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), change comes when we, as citizens, ensure that we have voted the right people into office that have the best interest of our animals at heart when it comes to animal welfare topics. To stay up-to-date on this legislative session and future ones, please check out Texas Humane Legislation Network and Texas Tribune.

How do you really make an impact? According to Celia Isreal and Gina Hinojosa…” Being a constituent and calling your representative to show support of a bill is of utmost importance and how most bills are passed. Personalized emails are helpful as well, but calls are more effective. Showing up to sign your name at the hearing is the ultimate way to get a bill passed.”

For information on THLN approved representatives, click here: http://www.thln.org/the_network_s_2016_humane_endorsements_for_the_texas_primary_race

Put it on your calendar: Humane Lobby Day is April 27th, 2017