Event | Pittie Pride 2013 Photos

You all have completely blown us away with the sheer amount of adorable and fun photo albums from this year’s Texas-Sized Pittie Pride Parade & Festival! I know there’s a ton to go through, but we wanted to make sure to share all of our friends’ pics from throughout the day.

Also search social media for #PBAD2013 for even more fun.

VIDEO: LeRoy and the Frisbee Dogs "Flying Pitbulls"

Love-A-Bull Flickr

Love-A-Bull Facebook

Jennifer Hayes

Amanda Wintenburg Photography

Farmers Insurance


Leaps N' Hounds

Mud Puppies

Sidekick Pet Care + Recreation

The Pet Studio

The fun photo booth pictures are still to come … you know so we can keep you on your toes some more.

Event | Halloween Kick-Off Party 2013

We hope that everyone had a wonderful time at this year’s Halloween Kick-Off party!

Everyone went all out with their attire – we saw some of the most AMAZING costumes this year! Thank you for creating such fun characters and making great photographs.

Special thanks go out to all of the following for making this event possible:

Venue – Brenton Schumacher and The Palm Door
Photography – Amanda Wintenburg Photography and Sean Currie Photography
Music – DJ Ivy Injection co-owner of Riot Rags
Gift Bags – Suzanne Haenn & Walgreens
Gift Cards – Brake Lane H-E-B #17
Tacos – Emily, Brad, and Camden at Mighty Bird
Tapas – ZuZu Handmade Mexican Food
Candy – Kym Good and Nestlé
Beer Keg – Jud and Circle Brewing Co.
Beer Cases – Capitol Beverage Company

You can see all of the great photos here:

2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt in Austin

Join the Love-A-Bull Team for Strut Your Mutt 2013 in Austin for a second year.

Last year, Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser raised nearly $1.3 million for participating animal rescue groups and Best Friends — and Love-A-Bull reached our team goal of $3,000.

This year the goal is to reach $1.5 million — and we’d like to help contribute by upping our goal to raise at least $5,000 to fund our training and therapy programs, spay/neuter services, community education and help continue saving the lives of animals in Austin, which will ultimately impact the number of pets entering and leaving the shelters.

You can sign up HERE to join Love-A-Bull’s Dog Pack to help fundraise and walk with our team on Saturday, September 28th @ Mueller Lake Park.

Can’t join us on the walk? You can still help us raise funding by signing up to be a Virtual Participant. No matter how you decide to participate you’ll be helping us get closer to reaching our goal!

Donations of any amount are appreciated! Here are some ideas for what these funds can help purchase:
• Full Love-A-Bull membership for 2 people (includes access to basic and advanced training programs and Go Local discounts)
• Brand new, soft, fluffy bed for 1 dog
• 5 puzzle toys for Adopt-A-Bulls
• Vet wellness check for 1 dog
• Spay/Neuter for 1 dog
• Therapy dog vest (“uniform”) for 1 canine member of the Pit Crew
• 2 private sessions with professional trainer
• New crate for one dog
• Mange or allergy treatment for 1 dog
• 2000 community handouts
• Heartworm and flea prevention medication for 1 year for 1 dog
• 16 Days of tutoring sessions for an Adopt-A-Bull in boarding
• 2 shade tents and baby pools for adoption events
• 5 new vinyl banners for outreach events
• 6 months of medication for an Elder-bull
• Heartworm treatment, spay/neuter, and vaccinations for 1 dog
• Emergency boarding for 1 dog for 10 days
• Intensive behavioral rehabilition for 1 dog for 2 months
• 25 bags of dog food for Adopt-A-Bulls
• Republic Square Park rental for Texas-Sized Pittie Pride parade & festival
• 50 brand new sets of martingale-style collars and leashes
• 4 Austin Chronicle ads promoting the Pit Stop spay/neuter program

Help us start fundraising to reach our goal and, if you can, join us on the walk! As always, thank you for all of your wonderful support. We couldn’t do what we do without YOU!

You can also keep updated with the event on Facebook.

The design contest is back!

Similar to last year we wanted to open the opportunity for YOU to create our design for this year’s Texas-Sized Pittie Pride celebration in Austin!

We’re looking for a brand new design to represent our event – this year with a theme “All dogs are created equal” and we would like this message to be represented in the artwork. See the contest rules and details below.

Be creative – have fun – incorporate the them – and make sure it positively promotes both the event and pit bull type dogs!

Contest Begins: Friday, August 16th
Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 1st at midnight

Contest Guidelines

  1. The winning design will be selected on the basis of merit and relevance to the event.
  2. The winning designer will receive a prize package and have his/her artwork featured on materials for the event.
  3. Your design must be your own original work and should not contain any third-party logos, trademarks, or copyrighted material. By entering the contest, you agree that your work is your own original work.
  4. By entering the contest, you agree to give inhabitant non-exclusive rights to publish your work.
  5. By entering this contest, you agree that we will own the artwork once it has been submitted.

Design Guidelines

  1. Create a design for an 11″ x 17″ commemorative poster
    But keep in mind your design/logo/branding needs to be transferable across multiple media as we may choose to use the design for t-shirts, flyers, and website.

  2. Present a positive image of pit bull type dogs.
  3. Design should be clear and easily readable.
  4. Limit design to 2-3 colors which can include black & white.
  5. It must incorporate the theme of equality – “All dogs are created equal.”
  6. It should also include the following text:
    • Texas-Sized Pittie Pride
    • Fifth Annual
    • October 27, 2013

    **Official Love-A-Bull logos can be provided upon request.

Contest Submission

  • Click here to submit design via email or send email to
  • Design should be high resolution JPG, PNG, or vector file.
  • Please include your full contact information: name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and a short description of your design.

Contest Rules & Terms
Contest begins on Friday, August 16th. Design submissions should be received by September 1st, unless otherwise specified or deadline is extended as determined. The winner will be announced once the designs have been reviewed and a decision has been made on the winning entry. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED DURING THE CONTEST PERIOD. Entries submitted before or after contest period will not be considered or judged. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the rules outlined above. Previous contest winners do not qualify for this contest and will not be considered.

Prize Package

  • Details coming soon!

Some of our past commemorative posters and event flyers to help get you started…
(Click on the thumbnail for a larger image)

2009 Poster

2010 Poster

2011 Flyer

2011 Poster

2012 Poster

For any questions regarding the contest rules, design guidelines, related information, or for any issues submitting your design, please contact us at

Shining Diamonds in the Ruff

Our 5th anniversary gala event “Diamonds in the Ruff” was extremely successful and could not have been without the support from all of our donors, sponsors, event sponsors, volunteers and attendees. Best of all we exceeded our $10,000 goal!

This was truly a memorable event and a great celebration of how far the organization and our supporters have come. We genuinely appreciate each and every one of you whether it’s helping to setup an adoption event, walking new rescued dogs, taking a foster into your home, transporting an adopt-a-bull, writing painstaking grants, donating collars and leashes, or even simply keeping in touch to ask if we need your help.

We would like to personally thank the following for helping Love-A-Bull make this happen:

We also want to thank the following for helping to make this a successful event:
The Palm Door provided a unique and intimate venue with an amazing staff, some of whom also have pit bull type dogs
Pink Avocado Catering served up a wonderful delicious vegetarian/vegan buffet, chosen to be without meat because Love-A-Bull supports all animals
Brenton Schumacher, Owner of The Palm Door and Executive Chef of Pink Avocado Catering
The talented Harpist, Emily Bridge, donated her time to play at our event and donating hours of your talent to make our event complete
Premier Party Central provided the linens for our tables
Our gorgeous assortment of red rose and carnation flower bouquets that sat on the dining tables, bar, and entry way were donated by Debra McAdoo of D. Sweetpeas Custom Floral Design
Bijou Finney, owner of Velvet Cartel helped us out with a sound system and projector to make telling our stories possible

Here’s a link to watch the video presentation from the gala online.

Events should never be without photos to capture the great memories. We can’t thank enough our continuously supportive volunteer and professional photographer, Amanda Wintenburg. We invite you to view the wonderful event photos on our Flickr album here.

The evening would not have been complete without our awesome beverage supporters that allowed our events team to create signature drinks for the evening: Rebecca Creek Whiskey, Circle Brewing Co., Adelbert’s Brewery, Capital Beverage, Red Bull and CVS.
And of course thank you to our bartender Christopher Wood for donating his time to serve all these great drinks.

Huge thanks to the individuals and businesses that donated to our silent auction. Their contributions helped us raise over $2,500:
Go Dance • • Fly Texas • Novopelle • The Pet Studio • Groovy Automotive • Austin Guitar School • Macaroni Grill gift card • Cheesecake Factory gift card • El Mercado gift card • Mama Fu’s gift card • PF Chang’s gift card • Alamo Drafthouse movie and food/beverage tickest • Body Symmetry • 512 Wellness • Flex Fit Gym • Wolf Stunt Works • Metalicity • Cedar Park Jewelry • Genie Car Wash • Taurus Dog Training • Len Bryan • Teravista Golf Course • Travaasa • Austin Zoo passes • Chuckling Hound Luxury Pet Resort • Austin Pet First Aid • Lake Travis Zipline • Wheatsville Co-op gift card • Sprouts gift card • Chili’s gift card • Hudson’s on the Bend Restaurant gift card and cook book • Uchi/Uchiko Gift Card • Whole Food’s dog basket • 1-800-Pet-Meds dog ramp • Nylebone • Wine Selections gift card • Pitbull Lover Basket • Boxer Lover Basket • Pamper Your Pet Basket • Beagle Lover Basket • Galaxy Café gift card • Peggy Box • The Wells • Generous Donor of 5-day stay at Casa Azul in Brazil • …and many more donation items from volunteers to complete our baskets!

Thank to you the many participants in the Paddle Paw live auction. Your donations ranging from $50 – $1,000 helped us raise over $5,500!

And a massive thank you to the Love-A-Bull Events Committee that spent countless hours making this evening happen. We could definitely not have done this without you.

We hope that all of our attendees had a wonderful time as well. And we invite you to join us at Republic Square Park on October 27, 2013 for the 5th annual Texas-Sized Pittie Pride!

Announcing “Diamonds in the Ruff” 5th Anniversary Gala

Come join Love-A-Bull in celebrating 5 years!

Friday, July 12th, 2013
The Palm Door @ 401 Sabine Street Austin, TX 78701

Beginning at 7PM with cocktails, music and silent auction
Dinner will follow at 7:30PM
The evening will close with the silent auction, presentation, and entertainment

Our silent auction will include many items such as autographed memorabilia, jewelry, fun event tickets, and more!

Individual tickets are $75/person and include open bar at the Palm Door, gourmet dinner catered by the Pink Avocado, silent auction, music, entertainment, and more.
Cocktail attire and 21+ only please. NO DOGS.

Tickets are available online through Eventbrite. purchase tickets online If you would like to purchase your tickets by check or money order, please make the payment out to Love-A-Bull and mail to: Love-A-Bull | Attn: Gala/Lindsey | P.O. Box 18792 | Austin, TX 78760.

Sponsorships are available now. More information can be found on the event page.
sponsorship info

For additional information or questions about sponsorship, tickets, or event, please contact: Lindsey Ortiz at or (512) 773-7434.


You may also find a link to our event on Facebook. Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee your spot; you must purchase your tickets online through the link provided above.

Pints for Pits ‘Preciation!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Pints for Pits “Hope for the Future” on Saturday evening! We had an amazing turnout and a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. The money we raised will help build a foundation for Hope for the Future Fund where 100% of funds will go towards helping abused and neglected dogs that come into our rescue program.

Also a big shout out to Opal Divine’s Marina for hosting our event, Infamous Brewing Company for donating a keg of their Hijack Cream Ale, Amanda Wintenburg Photography for capturing the event in photos, and The Pet Studio for donating a painted portrait of Hope that was auctioned off – and then donated to Hope’s foster from the winning bidder!

Here’s a link to photos from the event: Pints for Pits “Hope for the Future”.

For all of our supporters who weren’t able to make it out to Pints for Pits to celebrate Hope’s memory, it’s not too late to be a part of the cause! Click here to donate. You can specify that your donation goes directly to the “Hope for the Future” fund.

Event | Pits & Metal Recap

Love-A-Bull and crew rocked out with fans and supporters on Friday, February 15 to something new and different – local Austin metal bands!

The awesome photos are up on our Flickr site courtesy of our volunteer photographer Amanda Wintenburg.

We chatted with music fans and friendly supporters and dog lovers all while listening to music and having a great time!

  • The awesome patrons helped donate over $1,100 at the door.
  • We raised $51 from our “chance raffle” for a Cap City Comedy Club party package or a Love-A-Bull merch package.
  • We sold lots of cool apparel and other merch items. ( Look out for some stunning fans sporting their new Love-A-Bull gear around Austin! )
  • And we received a $65 donation from the bar!

HUGE thanks goes out to Dirty Dog Bar for hosting the event; Dead Earth Productions and Come and Take It Productions for producing and promoting the event; metal bands Shadow Spectrum, Ethereal Architect, Dead Earth Politics, Mevyn, and Immerse for playing; and our friend Devon Brown for putting the whole event together and making it happen!

Event | “Halloween” VIP Kickoff Party 2012 Recap

Sorry all, we were running a little (okay a lot) behind on blog posting, but we’re trying to catch up now. There were a ton of photos to upload from Pit Bull Awareness weekend and we’re still working on them. Thanks so much for being patient! – The Blog Team

Austin Speed Shop once again hosted us for this year’s VIP Party to kick off the celebration in support of National Pit Bull Awareness Weekend.

We had a great time schmoozing with friends new and old, tasting some awesome food from Hickory Street, ZuZu’s, and LovePuppies Brownies, having a few drinks courtesy of Blue Nectar Tequila, Tito’s Vodka, RedBull, and Roger Lawrence Construction, and best of all checking out some really cool costumes!

Our awesome guests also joined in the fun! — Jake Gardner of Villalobos Rescue Center and now his own Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center, Gordon Shell MMA fighter and now fighting for the dogs and collaborating on a documentary plus LeRoy Golden’s dogs: Karma, Bruzair, and Justice as in Karma the Flying Pitbull and of Frisbee dog and dock jumping fame.

Thank you to Carol Hasty, our photographer for the evening. Her amazing photos from this evening can be found on Flickr here. Photos from our attendees will be added here soon too!

Also a big thanks to David “DJ Davros” Smith for providing some great music, and our bartenders Cody and Julian for keeping the drinks going! Of course a big thanks to Austin Speed Shop for being our hosts and hanging out with us.

Event | Pints for Pits – November 2012

Friends – We know that you have been missing and just waiting in anticipation for one of your favorite events. And I bet you were just thinking, “isn’t it time for another Pints for Pits already?” Well you’re in luck!

Pints for Pits will be Saturday, November 17 from 5:00pm-9:00pm at Banger’s. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is one of the newer members of the Rainey Street District.

This will be one of the first large non-profit fundraisers to be hosted at Banger’s, so let’s show them a great time with our awesome (and well-behaved) dogs! There’s a HUGE dog-friendly beer garden with lots of communal tables, and tremendous beer selection including experimental & specialty ales, and gluten-free beverages.

Love-A-Bull will receive the proceeds from all donations plus half of all select beer sales. There will be TWO bars including one cash bar outside in the beer garden with Love-A-Bull.

Our Adopt-A-Bulls will be joining us for the evening so if you’re looking for that perfect new family member it will be a great chance to meet many of them! We will also have merch available for sale – including a brand new pint glass! PLUS we’ll have a special gift for our wonderful and special volunteers that do so much throughout the year.

Parking is limited so come early, BUT stay late! Check out Banger’s website ( for more details on parking, food & drink.

PLEASE spread the word to others — we want a big turnout. It will be a great time!

You can find this event both on Facebook and on Meetup.

Or click this thumbnail on the left to view and print the event flyer!

Event | Texas-Sized Pittie Pride 2012 Recap

Thank you again to everyone for another successful Texas-Sized Pittie Pride weekend in celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness!

Here’s a quick recap of some of the numbers from the event:
• 9 spay/neuter appointments scheduled with Emancipet
• 36 Love-A-Bull/Go Local Austin memberships purchased
• 40-50 pet ID tags made
• 73 booths setup at the festival
• HUNDREDS of pittie kisses given
• 350+ dogs registered with responsible guardians for the unofficial world record

Plus we received donations totaling $678 from:
• kisses given at Love-A-Bull’s kissing booth
• percentage of sales at Dress-A-Bull
• percentage of sales at Coat and Tails Pet Portraits
• treats at Bentley’s Biscuits & Bones
• nail trims at The Pet Gal

Check out the slideshow below. More photos and videos from the event coming soon!

(If you have some great family photos, you might also consider submitting them to My Pit Bull is Family via their Website or Facebook .)

And one more thing – Love-A-Bull is Dress-A-Bull‘s featured rescue for November 1-15! They will donate 10% of each purchase to our organization. They are also featuring one of our Adopt-A-Bulls as a “Pibble of the Week.” So go to in a hurry to get shopping – the holidays are coming up!

Once again a HUGE thank you to the vendors, organizations, donors, and participants + our VOLUNTEERS!

• Sponsors… Petco Foundation • Leaps N’ Hounds • Banfield • Team Spiridon • VIP Donors… Hickory Street • Tito’s Handmade Vodka • LovePuppies Brownies • Red Bull • Blue Nectar Tequila • ZuZu’s Handmade Mexican Food • Roger Lawrence Construction • Austin Speed Shop • Austin Aloft at the Domain • Silent Auction Donors… 1-800-PetMeds • Reunion Rescue • Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill • Jakey the Clown • Avant Salon + Spa • I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy • 3 Peeps Designs • CapCity Pet Sitting • Paw Print Photography • Soul to Soul Connections • Royal’s Pet Taxi • Tutu Fantasy • Peggy Box Fine Art Pet Portraits • Novopelle • Debbie Hobbs • Leaps N’ Hounds • No Paws Left Behind • KaCha • Gussies Bath and Body Works • Research Pet & Bird Hospital • The Pet Studio • Healthy Hound • Sarah Fangsrud • Body & Soul Works • MELLY • Embellish Nails & Boutique • Action Pack Dog Center • Cap City Comedy Club • • Earth Dog • Genie Car Wash • Kat’s Dog House • Lake Travis Zipline Adventures • TRACE • Paws for Water • Texas Stars Foundation • Salon Sirrah • Hey Gorgeous • Texas Hearing & Service Dogs • Blue Juniper Acupuncture & Wellness • Blanton Museum of Art • Mother’s Café and Garden • David C. Wells • Jack Allen’s Kitchen • City of Austin’s Scoop the Poop • Levitky Tomkinson • Violet Crown Cinema • Whole Foods Market • Sprouts #125 • Healthy Pet • Angela Walters • Diablo Rojo Tattoo • Dogstuff • Piper Stone Artwork • TheBottleGarden • Austin Doga • Austin Outhouse • Chuckling Hound Ranch • Eddie V’s • Esty Skin Studio • Festival Attendees… Sew Olive! • The Canine Center for Training & Behavior • Reunion Rescue • Dogs Out Loud • The Pet Studio • Texas Hearing & Service Dogs • Animal Trustees of Austin • K9 Mastery • A.D.O.P.T. • Lucky Mutts Rescue • Jakey the Clown • Sir Gary Collection • Guardian Pit Bull Rescue • Don’t Bully Me Rescue • Oak Hill Vet Clinic • Grateful Pets Rescue • I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy • Busy Body Pets • Dress-A-Bull • Scout’s Honor Rescue Group • Austin Animal Center (AAC) • Pink Pocket • CapCity Pet Sitting • Urgent Animals at Bastrop County Animal Shelter, Inc. • Paw Print Photography • Soul to Soul Connections • Warriors for Shelter Pets • Royal’s Pet Taxi • Tutu Fantasy • Dirty Dog Grooming & Self-Service Dogwash • Danger Without Intentions • Villalobos Rescue Center • Go Local Austin • Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter • Hard Luck Hounds • Leaps N’ Hounds • Friends of Austin Animal Center • Healthy Hound • Scentsy Products • No Paws Left Behind • KaCha • Tacodeli • Dog Gone Krayzie • Mud Puppies • Bentley’s Biscuits & Bones • Melton Creative Graphics • Austin Humane Society • Gold Star Kettle Corn • Emily’s World Cards • Great OutDogs • Poochie Trends Pet Boutique & Bakery • MELLY collars • Petco • Paws for Water • Pawsitive Karma Rescue • Coat and Tails Pet Portraits • Bow Wow Chow • The Pet Gal • BrockStar Pest Services • Treat ‘Em Right Rescue • Emancipet • Banfield • VOLUNTEERS!!!

September’s First Sunday Walk

September 2, 2012 marks my first, First Sunday Fun Walk at the Mueller Development. It also was the first time my husband and I volunteered to transport an adopt-a-bull. I’m happy to write to you that both were a success.

Say hello to the camera!

We were lucky enough to spend time with none other than the handsome, enthusiastic Odie.

His excitement made my day, not to mention he got along great with our seven month old puppy – baby/princess June. They walked side-by-side on our trek around Mueller.

P.S. You don’t have to worry about Odie and car rides…he loves them!

Here's another pic for you.

There were over 20 dogs on our walk! June was able to make so many new friends – human and other adore-a-bulls like her. The fabulous Coco Puffin was in attendance as well as adopt-a-bull Bea(pronounced Bay-uh).

Bea made her first public appearance today during the Love-a-bull group walk at Mueller. She totally ROCKED IT! This girl is truly an amazing example of what love, patience, and the right training can do to help an abused dog heal.

Looks like Bea had a blast too!

All in all it was a wonderful adventure, and I’m looking forward to the next.

Hope to see you at the next “First Sunday” walk at the Mueller Development (the old Austin airport), on Sunday, October 7th at 10:00 AM!

Announcing… our design contest winner!

First, we want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our supporters.

For the first time we’ve held this contest, we received a number of fantastic designs and had a VERY difficult choice! We just want to thank all of the entrants that took their time and talent to work on a contest entry for us to consider. Thank you all again for supporting Love-A-Bull and for advocating on behalf of pit bull type dogs. And we can’t wait to do it again next time!

And now for the winner… *drum roll*

Congratulations to Joshua Melton of Houston, Texas!

Joshua submitted this bright and colorful original artwork that immediately caught our attention. You can see his design on all of this year’s Texas-Sized Pittie Pride promotional materials. Plus we might have another really cool announcement about wear else you will soon find his design!

Joshua will also help us lead our pit bulls and friends as a Grand Marshall for the parade. Come out to Texas-Sized Pittie Pride to meet him and all of our other fantastic friends!

Click on the thumbnails below to download and/or print the flyers.

Event Flyer Full-Page

Event Flyer 2-Up

Please SHARE our event and print out the flyers to post up or pass around!

Joshua Melton, a freelance graphic designer specializing in print and promotion, has been in the graphic design and marketing business for over twelve years. In that time, Joshua has created designs and logos for corporations, business cards, brochures, apparel, and promotional products. In addition, Joshua has had extensive experience creating newspapers, magazines, booklets, and advertisements, covering everything from real estate to sports.

For more information about Joshua and his company, Melton Graphics, please check out his custom print shop at and his personal website at

We’re looking forward to another great event this year and hope to see you all there! If you have not already, check out the main page of our website for a link to all the information on this year’s event.

Strut Your Mutt Austin

Love-A-Bull is very excited to participate in Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt nationwide fundraiser. This year they’ve added Austin to the list of cities holding a walk event!

Last year, Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser raised $700,000 for participating animal rescue groups and Best Friends. This year, the goal is $1 million.

Love-A-Bull would like to help reach that goal by raising at least $3,000 to help continue saving the lives of animals in Austin!

You can sign up to join Love-A-Bull’s Dog Pack here to help raise money and walk with our team on Saturday, September 29th at The Triangle Mueller Lake Park.

Can’t join us on the walk? You can still help us raise funding by signing up to be a virtual fundraiser or donating to our team captain’s page. No matter how you decide to participate you’ll be helping us get closer to reaching our goal!

Donations of any amount are appreciated! Here are some ideas for what these funds can help purchase, just to get you started:


  • Day of pampering including nail trim, ear cleaning and soothing oatmeal bath for one dog
  • Heartworm and flea protection for one dog for one month
  • New leash and collar or new bed for one dog


  • Vet wellness check for one dog
  • Spay/neuter for one dog
  • Food for three months for one dog
  • Therapy dog vest (“uniform”) for one canine member of the Pit Crew


  • Behavior evaluation and two private sessions with professional trainer
  • New crate for one dog
  • Mange or allergy treatment for one dog
  • 2000 handouts to promote educational information about responsible dog ownership


  • Vet check, heartworm treatment, spay/neuter, vaccinations for one dog
  • Orthopedic surgery for one dog with bone or joint injuries
  • Emergency boarding for one dog for 10 days

Help us start fundraising to reach our goal and, if you can, join us on the walk! As always, thank you for all of your wonderful support. We couldn’t do what we do without YOU!

Democracy is Not A Spectator Sport

If you’ve heard the phrase, “Democracy is not a spectator sport,” it’s completely true — especially for advocates of pit bull type dogs.  Everyone knows that with the extra amount of love that we receive from the pitties in our lives, comes an added responsibility to be a knowledgeable and vocal force for change in the community. 

But, perhaps more now than ever, our voices need to be heard by our own local elected officials – to confirm that the interests of pitties are being fully represented on the City Council dais.  Well, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE (and we need you!) to join other passionate animal advocates:  Once again, the Austin No-Kill Coalition, along with Love-a-Bull, Austin Pets Alive!, and FixAustin, will be hosting a forum with the 2012 City Council candidates this Sunday at 4 pm at Abel’s on the Lake.  Committed participants include Lee Leffingwell, Brigid Shea, Mike Martinez, Bill Spelman, Laura Pressley, and Dominic Chavez.  

These candidates will be asked some tough questions, and we need to hear their answers.  Love-A-Bull is specifically asking the candidates to share their stance on breed-restrictive housing policies in Austin.  It’s one of the hardest hitting issues that pittie guardians face.  It impacts 99% of the rental community here, various homeowners with restrictive HOA’s – all told, thousands of existing pittie guardians and many more potential pittie adopters who can’t find a place to live.  If you want to hear their responses on this issue, please JOIN US ON SUNDAY.  If you want to know who supports equal treatment of all dogs in Austin, regardless of breed, please JOIN US ON SUNDAY.  If you want to stand up for the rights of pitties in Austin and make an informed decision at the polls, please JOIN US ON SUNDAY.  If you merely want to sit in the audience with your Love-A-Bull shirt and listen to the discussion, please JOIN US ON SUNDAY. 

We are not afraid to speak up on behalf of the dogs we love.  But, our voice can be stronger and louder with you in the room.  Love-A-Bull has almost 1300 local members of its Meetup Group – can you imagine if every one of these members attended this event?  Or even just 10% of this group!  It will be the most valuable hour that you will spend loving your dog all week.  

RSVP to our Meetup event, or just show up.  But, please, JOIN US ON SUNDAY.

Doggone Disc Golf Tournament

Benefitting Love-A-Bull

Co-hosted by “WTF” and Ctrl TX Disc Golf Clubs

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Cat Hollow Disc Golf Course

Registration/Check-in: 8:30am-9:00am
Tournament: 9:30am

Cost: $25/person
* 1 Round – 18 Hole Course
* Individual Scoring
* 5 People per Score Card
(All players receive a goodie bag)

Beginners to Professionals, all are welcome!
Well behaved, leashed dogs also welcome.


It’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Giveaways ~ Silent Auction ~ FREE Food and Drinks

Cat Hollow Disc Golf Course: From 620, between I-35 and 183, go north on O’Connor (HEB at the corner) about a mile. Turn right at the stop sign on Liberty Walk Dr. The parking lot is on the right.

For details on sponsorship or further event information, contact Lindsey at 512.773.7434 or

Share with friends!
• Here’s the event link on Facebook
• Here’s the event link on Meetup

Click the thumbnail on the right to view and download or print the event flyer.

Pints for Pits ~ Spring Edition

We decided it was about time to celebrate springtime in Austin with a few pints of beer.

So …
Shangri-La is hosting another “Pints for Pits” fundraiser for us from 6-10 pm on Saturday, April 28th. They’re donating a keg, and we get the proceeds from sales of draws.

This place has a great outdoor patio, so bring your pooch and your pocketbook — and invite your friends and family (and their dogs) to join us! It will be fun way to get to know each other and show our pittie pride at this dog-friendly hang-out spot.

We’ll have T-shirts for you and your pooch, stickers and other goodies for sale. Not to mention the coolest pint glasses around!!!

PLEASE spread the word to others — we want a big turnout. It will be a great time!

You can find this event both on Facebook and on Meetup.
Or click this thumbnail on the left to view and print the event flyer!

Attention Volunteers!

Love-A-Bull has scheduled our second Volunteer Orientation for this coming Sunday, April 15 from 2:30 – 4:30pm.

We want to introduce ourselves and tell you about all the ways you can help us to make a difference!

Use the link below to sign up so we know that you’re coming. Please make sure to sign up with YOUR email, and NOT — it’s just the default.

Sign Up Now / Learn More

Also, if you have not already, please fill out a Volunteer Form in advance so that we have your contact information.

Contact with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!

Don’t worry if you can’t make this one, there will be additional orientation meetings scheduled soon!

Pit Crew Training Begins!

On Saturday, March 17, a group of canine good citizens started their training to become members of the all-pittie therapy dog program, Pit Crew.  Seven Pit Crew candidates and their people were ready to get started!

Titan Holly, aka Wink Sugar Rita Jewels Sakari
From top left: Titan, Eva, Holly (Wink), Sugar Skull, Rita, Jewels (with Leaps N’ Hounds trainer Crystal Dunn), and Sakari.

Class is being held on Saturdays in south Austin at the home of the Enlightened Warrior Program.  Crystal Dunn of Leaps N Hounds is the fantastic trainer working with the group.  The purpose of the course is to prepare the dogs and their humans for experiences they will likely have when working as therapy dogs.  As with the Canine Good Citizen test, not everyone passes on the first try — this is a tough program!  But it is so worth the effort, as the Pit Crew does great work!  Take a look at the Pit Crew’s page!

Bluebell Everyone introduced themselves, and it turns out all of the dogs in the Pit Crew training program are rescues and have stories to tell.  Crystal kicked off the training after the intros, beginning with “sit” and “down” to see how everyone has mastered the commands.  Titan was quick to offer a paw or two!  Sugar Skull does a great job, using only hand signals (she is completely deaf)!  Watch her in action: Sugar Skull sit and down.  Another great sit and down came from Jewels.  And Eva gave us sit, down and more!  Even young little Bluebell, who was auditing the class, with her co-founder and Mom, patiently waiting her turn (see picture on right), got in on the action and did a nice sit and down move.

Next the group moved outside with Crystal leading the way.  The pups were about to be put through their paces.  Outside, the group had to run a “mine field” of distractions, including toys, treats and other interesting objects.

Rita prepares to run the obstacle course Bluebell runs the gauntlet!
Above left: Rita prepares to run the obstacle course; Above: Bluebell’s turn to run the gauntlet!

The pups also did some walking on a loose leash so that Crystal could size up their leash walking skills.

Eva waits patiently for her human.

The Pit Crew hopefuls also had to show their patience and manners by sitting and staying while their humans walked away, and then after their human returned, doing a friendly meeting of a stranger and their dog.

Finally, the dogs were exposed to the types of equipment they might encounter when working as therapy dogs.  The equipment included people using a cane, a walker, a crutch, and a wheelchair.   Watch Holly (aka Wink) encounter medical equipment for the first time.  Here you can see how Sakari checks out the medical equipment, too.

After all the outdoor activity, our vivacious pups were starting to fade a bit.  No wonder!  Nearly two hours of outside training is a lot to take in!

Back inside, the canine crusaders’ reactions to loud noises were tested with pot and pan lids being banged together, and their patience was tested with clingy, loud people fawning on them.

Holly (aka Wink) all tuckered out

All in all, this was a very good group and instructor Crystal was pleased with her students.

The cool concrete was the best reward after the hard work!

On right: Holly, aka Wink, takes a well-deserved break.

Stay tuned to see if all the pups make the Pit Crew at the completion of their 7-week course.  Well done everyone!  Meanwhile you can check out more video of this class here.

The Pit Crew @ The BeHive

The BeHive (formerly Heart House) is is an innovative afterschool program dedicated to providing a safe haven and academic support for elementary school-age children. It’s just one of our favorite partners that Love-A-Bull’s Pit Crew has the privilege to visit and work with. Many of these children reside in areas with higher crime, increased unemployment, lower income, and lack of affordable quality care.

Recently the Pit Crew went to visit with The BeHive at Marshall Apartments and wanted to share some photos of our visit. Check out the pictures here!

One of The BeHive’s goals is to encourage these children to become good citizens. So is it a coincidence that the Pit Crew dogs have to be Canine Good Citizens too? Sounds like a perfect match!

If you and your pit bull type dog are interested in becoming a part of Pit Crew, the first step is the Canine Good Citizen (CGC). You can find out more about CGC online here.

We generally hold CGC testing at least once a month with the next one coming up March 10th.

If your dog already meets the prerequisites for Pit Crew (also see Pit Crew F.A.Q.) — we’re registering new participants now for the next class beginning March 17th!

Links to Upcoming Classes:
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test – March 10th
New Pit Crew Class – March 17th

Event | ♥ Valentine’s Date Auction ♥ Feb 12

Click the image above for full-size flyer.

Our own miss Lindsey will be hosting this Valentine’s Date Auction along with The 512 Bar on Sunday, February 12th.

Beginning at 7:30 pm there will be:
– Great drink prices
– Love-A-Bull’s Kissing Booth
– Drawings
– Silent Auction
– Plus more!

Whether you’re single, dating, married, or “it’s complicated” this is for you! And for you single people…maybe a chance to find the one? Save the date on your calendars and don’t miss this fun event!

If you’re interested in helping out, and not a volunteer with Love-A-Bull yet, click on over here to submit your info! We’ll be looking for a few great people to come hang out with us.

And all proceeds go to benefit Love-A-Bull!

» Links to R.S.V.P. to this event on Facebook and Meetup. «

Love-A-Bull to present at American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference!

We are so excited to be presenting at Austin’s American Pets Alive No-Kill Seminar on Saturday, February 25! Speaking will be Love-A-Bull’s Meghan Turner, Aleksandra Gajdeczka and Jessica Anisman.

The subject of our session will be — naturally — pittie power! The presentation will include the challenging issues that pit bull type dogs face in shelters, and the damage suffered due to misguided media and myths. We will tackle some of these issues, discuss creative solutions, and host a constructive dialogue about ways to boost adoptions, support owners, educate the public, and build partnerships, to better serve dogs that often, and unfairly, get a “bad rap.”

We hope to see everybody there! Here are the details:

American Pets Alive No-Kill Seminar 2012

• Location: Radisson Hotel & Suites, 111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
• Dates of the seminar: Saturday (2/25) 9am-6pm, Sunday (2/26) 9am-6pm, and Monday (2/27) 9am-1pm
• Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday

Hotel accommodations: Attendees can get a room at the Radisson for $119 per night by calling 512-478-9611 or 800-333-3333 and mention the American Pets Alive! Seminar. Or go to and use the promotional code PALIVE.

Details for registration can be found at For any questions regarding the conference, please email

Now on video: “Texas Sized” Pittie Pride!

Ever wondered what a big old party with 1,000 pit bull type dogs would look like?

Those who attended Love-A-Bull’s National Pit Bull Awareness Day event –the “Texas Sized Pittie Pride parade and festival– already know. Those who were not lucky enough to be with us? Wonder no further. The official video is out!

We lost count at a few hundred, but word on the street is that more than 1,000 pit bull type dogs were in attendance — along with special guests actress Holly Marie Combs, musician John Shipe, BAD RAP founders Tim Racer and Donna Reynolds, YouTube star “Sharky”, and LeRoy Golden with frisbee phenoms Karma, Justice and Bruzair.

It’s been a couple of months since that amazing day in November, but we still have chills thinking about it, and this video (from the very talented Cynthia Stein) leaves us with hearts swelling with pittie pride, big wide grins, and teary eyes. We bet it’ll do the same to you.

Check it out:

2011: A big thank you to our supporters

Wowza, it was a big year! January is the natural time to look back over the past year and tally up the results, so to speak. This year, Love-A-Bull sends a big, enthusiastic, heartfelt thanks to all of the generous supporters and volunteers who made such magical things happen. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

We accomplished a lot in 2011. Here are some highlights.

  • Trained 140 dogs through 23 free four-week classes
  • Expanded training programs to North Austin

  • Surpassed New York City to officially become the largest Pit Bull Meetup group in the nation, at 1200 members
  • Held 88 meetups this year
  • Staffed education and outreach booths at more than 10 festivals and events around town
  • Drank with old friends and new at Pints for Pits fundraisers
  • Brought Pit Crew therapy dogs to elementary schools and assisted living facilities

  • Offered medical assistance for 50+ families and their pit bull type dogs
  • Spayed and neutered more than 150 community dogs through the Pit Stop Program
  • Adopted out 56 great dogs to loving homes
  • Expanded to 40 active foster families

  • Hosted the Texas-Sized Pittie Pride event for National Pit Bull Awareness Day, with an estimated 1,000 participants
  • Signed up 40 pit bull type dogs for free spay/neuter surgery
  • Made our national tv debut on Animal Planet’s “The Pit Boss” tv show
  • Were featured in CultureMap Austin’s top stories of 2011 piece
  • Registered 300 “unofficial world-record” photo shoot participants

Here’s to a satisfying 2011 under the belt, and an even brighter 2012 to come!

World Record Photos are here!

The pictures are up! We know you’ve been waiting to see the 300+ pictures from the Texas-Sized Pittie Pride World Record Registration! A BIG “thank you” to Tonya Pet Photography for working so hard to get all the pictures taken and posted!

Can you find your picture? Click on the link to check it out! PITTIE PRIDE PICTURES

Here’s just a little preview below. Click here for the full blog post.


“I knew that Pittie owners loved their dogs before I worked the Love-A-Bull Pit Bull awareness day, but my Gawd there was a lot of love on display at Republic Square Park. Here’s how it went down…”

“…I knew I’d be busy that day, but I had no idea. Lets look at some numbers: 227 pictures in 240 minutes. That’s easy math – just about a picture a minute. FOR FOUR HOURS. And we loved every minute of it…”

“…Thank you to all that came out, enjoyed the day, signed the pledge and who continue to help show the world how great bully breed dogs truly are. If you happen to be one of the 227 owners who braved the sun, wind and rain to get your picture taken, and would like a free small jpeg of your picture…”

“…You are all rockstars and the Pitties are lucky to have you in their corner.”

Event | Pints for Pups Dec 3rd

Love-A-Bull will be attending the Pints for Pups fundraiser on Saturday, December 3rd. This fundraiser will be held at another local Austin brewery, Hops & Grain Brewery at 507 Calles Street (east of IH-35 near 5th St & Pleasant Valley Rd) from 12pm-3pm.

There will be music, food, pet-services vendors, and plenty of shelters / rescues and dogs to visit with. And of course beer! A $10 donation at the gate gets you in including brews.

Bring your dogs, chairs, and generosity! All dogs must be on a leash, and preferably well-behaved as there will be dogs for adoption at the event too.

Best of all, this means you still have time to stop by Photos with Santa going on at Southpaws the same day, from 1pm-5pm!

Click the image above for a full-size flyer to share with your friends!

Event | Photos with Santa Dec 3rd

It’s time again for the annual holiday photos with Santa! Come out to Southpaws Playschool on December 3rd between 1-5pm to have pictures taken with your two- or four-legged kiddos. No appointment necessary, just show up! Photos are just $10 and all proceeds go to benefit Love-A-Bull.

Your favorite Love-A-Bull merchandise will be available for purchase along with the 2012 Unexpected Pit Bull calendars AND the 2011 commemorative Pit Bull Awareness Day posters in case you missed your chance during the festival.

Click the image above for a full-size flyer to share with your friends!

Fan Photos & Videos | Pit Bull Awareness Weekend

And now for our fan submissions…

We’ve received and/or been tagged in several pictures and videos already from this weekend, and thought it would be nice to share these with you as well.

First a video produced by the very talented Edward Flores of Mud Puppies, uploaded almost immediately after the event!!! How does he do it? Video: Texas Pittie Pride, Love-A-Bull.

Second there’s the video from Sharky’s mom Helen with footage from the day. Video: Texas Sized Pittie Pride PARADE – Austin Texas – Nov 6th 2011.
PLUS the footage filmed from Sharky’s perspective with the GoPro Hero2 camera rig they had setup. Sharky’s such a good sport. Video: Filmed by DOG Pit Bull Sharky with GoPro Hero2 – Texas Pit Bull PARADE – Austin Texas.

Best family photo ever?!

If you’re on Facebook, check out a preview of the pictures courtesy of our event day photographer, the lovely Jennifer Hayes. Photo Album: Pit Bull Awareness Day: Nov. 6, 2011.

This is just a preview of some awesome videos and pictures. We’ll be adding more soon!

So show us your pittie pride! If you have any pictures or videos from this weekend, feel free to post on our Facebook, Meetup, or email us.

Austin360 | A bunch of (pit) bull?

Hey, we’re in the newspaper and online! The Statesman’s Austin360 published a quick note about the main event this weekend. Yep, it’s really only a few days away now.

But wait — before you finish reading, don’t forget we also still have tickets available for the exclusive VIP Party on Saturday evening. A BIG thank you goes out to Austin Speed Shop, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Independence Brewery, ZuZu’s Handmade Mexican Food, Love Puppies Brownies, Waialua Soda Works, and Red Bull for making this event awesome!

From Austin360
Published: 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011




Texas-Sized Pittie Parade and festival. Love-A-Bull, the Austin nonprofit that advocates for the dog breeds commonly known as pit bulls, is behind the local event that’s part of National Pit Bull Awareness Day. The day starts with a parade; gather at 11:30 a.m. in the Statesman parking lot, 305 S. Congress Ave., if you want to participate. Adults, kids and dogs of any breed are welcome (all dogs must be on leash), with costumes encouraged. The parade will leave at noon and march down Congress Avenue toward Republic Square Park, where a festival will run from 1 to 5 p.m. With animal rescue groups, trainers, food and drink, games, music, giveways and more. Celebrity guests include Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Pretty Little Liars”), musician John Shipe and Austin 101X DJ Deb O’Keefe as master of ceremonies. Canine celebrities include YouTube star Sharky, flying Frisbee dog Karma and the Love-A-Bull Pit Crew, an all-pit-bull therapy dog group. Both events are free and open to the public. A kick-off VIP party and fundraiser is Saturday. That event, with special guests, music, food, drink and a silent auction, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at Austin Speed Shop, 1414 S. Lamar Blvd. More information:

Read the online story here: A bunch of (pit) bull? Find it at the Texas-Sized Pittie Parade and festival.

It’s a Pet Costume Contest!

Yep — of course we’re having a pet costume contest at the annual Pit Bull Awareness Day festival! Think you can be the best? Well then dress up your pooch, and maybe even yourself, and come show off at Republic Square Park on Sunday, November 6th.

Check out some of the awesome costumes we saw last year!

Even Sharky the Pit Bull and his mom Helen will be there in costume with their bells on! — Okay well maybe not really bells, just hats.

Check out the festival schedule to make sure you don’t miss out on this charming and amusing show of pets on parade!

Be sure to RSVP and join us on November 6, 2011 for this FREE event!

FREE “mini-clinic” at Pit Bull Awareness Day Festival

Love-A-Bull will be hosting a “mini-clinic” during the Third Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day festivities.

We are proud to partner with PALS (Prevent-A-Litter) of Central Texas, EmanciPET, Town Lake Animal Center, and Oak Hill Veterinary Clinic to make the following items and services available!

EmanciPET will be on-site to offer and schedule FREE spay/neuter appointments.
Town Lake Animal Center will be providing FREE microchips, FREE I.D. tags, and FREE leashes/collars.
• And we’ll have a Q&A session with Dr. Mockler from Oak Hill Veterinary Clinic.

Yep, it’s the real deal. You just have to join us on Sunday, November 6 between 1 PM – 5 PM and get hooked up! Check out the schedule to see more information on the event.

Don’t forget to RSVP here on Facebook or Meetup so we can make this even bigger and better than last year. You won’t want to miss out!

Sharky’s-a-coming, too!

Hey folks! It’s Jessica from L-A-B guest posting!


We are frantically pulling the last details for the BIG, HUGE, FANTASTIC, AMAZING, ALL PIT BULL (and their friends), ALL THE TIME , FESTIVAL AND PITTIE PARADE  in November!  And getting SO excited!  It is going to be fantastic!

You are all coming, right?!  Still on the fence?  Well, we have several confirmed guests (Holly Marie Combs, BAD RAP, John Shipe) and just confirmed another one!  SHARKY the Pit Bull!  I bet you are coming now!

No offense, but if you have not heard of Sharky the Texas pit bull – you do not have access to the internet.  Or, like my grandmother, computers scare you.

I digress – Sharky the big, beautiful, gentle PB type dog and YouTube favorite has confirmed with us that he is attending the festival!  In costume with his mom no less!  They will be walking in the parade and col’ kicking it with us and our doggies at the festival!  By the way, there will be a costume contest – so get your dogs ready!

You can find his YouTube movies here: SHARKY THE SUPER RAD PIT BULL FROM TEXAS.

I can’t decide which is my favorite.. Is it the bunny ones?  Or the chick ones?  And, who doesn’t love a cat pestering a dog video?

They are all great!  What a fantastic breed ambassador!

So, get those doggie costumes ready and come on down on the 6th!  Meet and mingle with all of our special guests, including Sharky.  And, let’s celebrate our pit bull type doggies in front of the whole city!  Hell, in front of the whole state!  No, wait – in front of the whole country!

Oh!  And be sure and check this out!  Sharky and his mom, Helen made a special video just for little ol’ us!  Dogs in hats are awesome…Jus’ sayin’

See you in November!

XOXO – Jessica


Silent Auction Donations win you tickets to our VIP Party!!!

Friends, don’t forget, we still have another contest going on right now!

Love-A-Bull really wants to make this year’s silent auction bigger and better than last year! So, we’ll be giving away 2 free tickets to our V.I.P. Party to the person who, by November 4th, brings in the most silent auction donations (by value).
As in the previous contest, the Board will determine value at its own discretion and cannot take items valued at less than $50 (unless it’s a package of items together worth $50).

Wait … You mean you haven’t heard about THE VIP EVENT yet?! Well it’s the evening before PBAD – Saturday, November 5th. You can find out all the details here. We promise it will be a great time!

VIP Kick-off Party Information & Tickets

Donors should fill out our online form here: (also available on our home page). And make sure that they indicate who brought them in (your name) where it says “other information.” Or you can fill the form out for them once you have a commitment.

We must have the auction item in our possession by the 4th for it to count.

See below to download our current flyers to hand out to retailers or other people you speak with. Our homepage will also be continually updated. PLEASE keep in mind when approaching businesses that you may not be the first person to do so.  Thus, it is imperative to say something like “I apologize if someone already approached you … however …”
THANK YOU EVERYONE and go get ‘em!

Click here for the current VIP Event Flyer and Pit Bull Awareness Day Flyer for distribution. Post them up! Hand them out!


Love-A-Bull really wants to make this year’s silent auction bigger and better than last year!  Our fur-kids need your help!  So, as an added incentive, we’re giving away 2 FREE 3-day passes to the person who by September 15th brings in the most silent auction donations (by value) to L-A-B.  The Board will determine value at its own discretion and cannot take items valued at less than $50 (unless it’s a package of items together worth $50).  Please help us!!!

In addition we’ll continue the contest on through November 4th and award 2 FREE tickets to our V.I.P Party the night before PBAD, to kick off the weekend — we promise it will be a GREAT time!
Donors should fill out our form here: (also available on our home page) and indicate who brought them in (your name) where it says “other information.” Or you can fill the form out for the donor once you have a commitment.

We must have the auction item in our possession by the 15th (first part of the contest) or the 5th (second part of the contest), respectively for it to count.

See below to download our current flyer to hand out to retailers or other people you speak with. Our homepage will also be continually updated. PLEASE keep in mind when approaching businesses that you may not be the first person to do so.  Thus, it is imperative to say something like “I apologize if someone already approached you … However, …”
THANK YOU EVERYONE and go get ‘em!

Click here for the current Pit Bull Awareness Day Flyer for distribution.

Support the “Pit Stop” Campaign!

As a project of the Pit Bull Working Group (Task Force), we’ve just launched a Chip In for the “Pit Stop,” a free pittie spay/neuter campaign. We’re partnering with P.A.L.S. (Prevent-A-Litter), Emancipet and Friends of Town Lake Animal Center to try to raise $3000 — enough to provide 60 spay/neuter surgeries for pitties during the May 23-28 timeframe.

PLEASE spread this link: on your FB pages and to family/friends.

To make a Pit Stop spay/neuter appointment, pittie owners need to call Emancipet at 512.587.SPAY (7729).

If you want to help promote the project, we need people to help distribute flyers — you can print your own right here!

Click on the image to open the large PDF.
English Pit Stop Promo Flyer 4.29.11 _English
Español Pit Stop Promo Flyer 4.29.11 _Spanish

3rd Annual Pints for Pits Recap!

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Love-A-Bull’s 3rd Annual Pints for Pits was a huge success! Loads of people and their dogs turned out on April 30th for good company and good drinks. The always awesome Shangri-La hosted the event.

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Some of our Adopt-A-Bulls even came out in the hopes of finding their forever homes. Check out all of the photos on Flickr!

3rd Annual Pints for Pits

It’s time again for the 3rd annual Pints for Pits! Come join us at Shangri-La, a cool watering hole on the east side, hosting this fundraiser event from 6-10 pm on Saturday, April 30th. They’re donating a keg, and proceeds from sales of $2 draws will go to Love-A-Bull. Hope you’re thirsty!

Dogs are welcome on the great outdoor patio — so invite your friends, family, and their pups to come hang out. It’s a fun way to meet up and show our pittie pride at this dog-friendly, pit-friendly, fun hangout spot.

We’ll have t-shirts available for you — and your pooch, stickers and other merch for sale. PLUS the coolest new pint glass yet! Come see it for yourself.
Spread the word around, we’d love to see a big turnout and have a great time!

Click the flyer to download and print!
Check out the event and RSVP on Meetup here OR on Facebook here.

Pit Boss Viewing Party!

Pit Boss Viewing Party

Please join us for a viewing party to watch the episode of Pit Boss featuring footage from Love-A-Bull’s 2010 Pit Bull Awareness Day activities! Frank is graciously hosting the event and will show the episode on television screens throughout the restaurant.  The event begins at 7pm and the show airs at 9pm. Get there early and have some food before the show. Frank offers options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. I recommend the Chicago dog with chili cheese fries! After the show airs, we will have a “pittie party” with music, merchandise and more.

So come on out, have a hot dog and a drink, watch Pit Boss and stay for music and more revelry afterward.

P.S. Please leave your dogs at home for this event.

Frank + Love-A-Bull

Frank + Love-A-Bull

Come out and support Love-A-Bull THIS Saturday during Sip and Savor Austin at Frank.  Sip and Savor is a city-wide food and drink celebration with one goal – to get the most people in the door of participating restaurants and bars, surpassing any food and drink event in the city.

Pittie advocate and Frank owner, Daniel Northcutt, has graciously included us and Tito’s Vodka is sponsoring the event. Love-A-Bull will make $5.00 from every Tito’s Bacon Infused Vodka Bloody Mary that is sold. For those of you that like to make your own, there will also be a Bloody Mary bar.

Don’t drink or think 8am is a little too early to drink? Then come for the Intelligentsia coffee, the breakfast menu and the awesome Love-A-Bull merchandise! There will be also live music with a special guest. Please leave dogs at home this time around.

Love-A-Bull and Bloody Mary Breakfast Sponsored by Tito’s
407 Colorado
Austin, Texas 78701
Saturday, January 29th
8am – 11am

Celebrate Valentine’s with us at Lucky Lounge!

Join us for Happy Hour at Lucky Lounge (209 W. 5th Street, next to Antone’s) from 6 – 10 pm on Friday, February 11th, to celebrate with fellow fans of the pitties!  The event will feature a signature Love-A-Bull collectible item (yet to be announced) for $10 donation at the door, plus a special pittie-themed cocktail available at the bar, a wide array of merchandise (shirts, stickers, glasses, etc.!), a photo booth with Annie Ray, and live music. 

It will be a fun night (humans only this time!), to show your support of Love-A-Bull and party in honor of your favorite furry Valentine!  Bring your friends, and spread the word!  Here’s the Facebook event.


Pup and Kiddo Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa

Make sure to come out to Southpaws Playschool on December 19th, between 1 and 5pm, to have your puppies and kids photographed with Santa. Photos are $10 each. All of your favorite Love-A-Bull merchandise as well as 2011 Unexpected Pit Bull calendars will be available for purchase. Get your holiday shopping and Santa pics taken care of in one spot! All proceeds benefit Love-A-Bull. We hope to see you there!

Rescue Ink is Coming for National Pit Bull Awareness Day!!

This year’s Pit Bull Awareness Day is going to be bigger than ever.  We are so excited to have our One Hundred Pit Bull Parade to be led by special guests, Rescue Ink.  There will be a festival and lots of fun for all.  It’s all still in the works, but Save the Date!!!  You can R.S.V.P here.

Learn more about Rescue Ink’s hit Nat Geo show here and check out their cool website here!  For sponsorship opportunities, download Love-A-Bull Sponsorship Package contact for more information.  We are also accepting registration for vendors and donations for our silent auction.

Come join us for Pints for Pits!

Third Base in South Austin is hosting Pints for Pits from 5-9 August 14, 2010. Come out with us and have a beer or two with your best friend!! We just can’t get enough of Beer and Pitties!!!

This location has a great outdoor patio, so bring your pooch and your pocketbook — and invite your friends and family (and their dogs) to join us! It will be fun way to get to know each other and show our pittie pride at this dog-friendly hang-out spot.

We will have T-Shirts for you and your pooch, stickers and other goodies for sale. There is also going to be a live screen printing of bandannas for your pooch, with services donated by Industry Print Shop, as well as a Washers Tournament (with cash prizes!). It should be a blast!!!

And, of course, we will continue our tradition for the early birds with a limited supply of a new edition, collectible pint glass.

PLEASE spread the word to others — we want a big turnout. It will be a great time! You can RSVP here

Come Join Us for a Fundraiser Benefiting Love-A-Bull and Other Non-Profit Rescues on July 17th.

Bark Park Austin

RSVP at!

Second Annual Pints for Pits, April 30, 5-10 PM

Join us for the Second Annual Pints for Pits!

Shangri-La, a cool watering hole on the east side (1016 E. 6th Street), is hosting the second annual “Pints for Pits” fundraiser for us from 5-10 pm on Friday, April 30th. They’re donating a keg, and we get the proceeds from sales of $2 draws, plus any donations we raise.  This place has a great outdoor patio, so bring your pooch and your pocketbook — and invite your friends and family (and their dogs) to join us! It will be fun way to get to know each other and show our pittie pride at this dog-friendly hang-out spot.

We will have t-shirts for you and your pooch, stickers and other goodies for sale.

PLEASE spread the word to others — we want a big turnout. It will be a great time!

Get Your Love-A-Bull Merchandise Now!

We have a supply of adorable Doggie Tees as well as Human Tees and Hoodies in a variety of styles, sizes and colors, available NOW.


We also have Unexpected Pit Bull calendars — $10 for non-members, $8 for members.


You may pay online via PayPal ( ) or in person. Contact us ( ) if you have any questions or want to schedule an order pickup.

Join Us for Our Valentine’s Day Fundraiser at Nomad Bar

Join us on Feb. 12, starting at 5 PM at Nomad Bar, and support Love-A-Bull!

Wanted: Volunteer PR Coordinator

Love-A-Bull is looking for a volunteer to take the reins in a brand new position: public relations (PR) coordinator.

The PR Coordinator would need to be

  • Media-savvy
  • Social, outgoing, talkative
  • Reliable
  • Able to pitch intriguing stories to news outlets

The PR Coordinator would get to

  • Contact local media sources about our services and events
  • Find and connect with other local and state groups that have similar missions and interests
  • Handle interviews
  • Issue press releases
  • Spread the word about our events and services through social media like Craigslist, Holly’s Hot Happenings, Do512, Austin360, News8′s Community Events Calendar, and any other possible free posting

There’s a potential for additional responsibilities as our organization grows and our services expand.

This volunteer opportunity would look great on anyone’s resume, and you would be part of an essential, highly-valued team of core volunteers.

If you are interested in joining our team as the PR Coordinator, please send an email to and explain why you are a match for the position.

Love-A-Bull Turns One!


Happy First Birthday to Love-A-Bull, as we proudly celebrate a full year of significant accomplishments and activities:

  • Launch of the Free Training Program to members (to date, over 80 dogs have participated in the program, with over 10 dogs achieving the Canine Good Citizen distinction)
  • Four Love-A-Bull members and their dogs actively working as therapy teams
  • Pittie Pride Memorial Walk, on the opening day of NFL season (Sept. 13), to protest Michael Vick’s signing by the Philadelphia Eagles and to remember the many victims of dog fighting.  Over 40 dogs participated in the walk from City Hall to Jo’s Coffee, along South Congress Avenue.
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Weekend (Oct. 24-25), featuring special guest John Garcia, handler and rehabilitator of the Vicktory Dogs from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and Official Proclamation from Mayor and Austin City Council as “Love-A-Bull Weekend” 
  • Receiving the Achievement and Project Support Awards from the Animal Farm Foundation in recognition of the accomplishments of Mocha, a breed ambassador, and grant funding to recognize the Canine Good Citizen distinction
  • Successful events at Pints for Pits at Shangri-La, and Art for Animals at Maranda Pleasant Gallery, to raise funds and awareness
  • Assisting with repeal of breed-specific legislation in Madisonville, Texas
  • Outreach and participation in the Violet Crown Festival, City of Austin vaccination clinic, Pet Fest in San Marcos, Barktoberfest, Barkitecture, South Congress First Thursdays, Ice Cream Festival, movie night at the Alamo Drafthouse, Poochinis and Peticures at Lofty Dog, the Thunderbird Subs Turkey Trot, Holiday Photos throughout the year, and other community events

Please join us, support us, and get involved, as we embark on the next year of exciting programs and activities.  We cannot achieve our goals without your help and participation!

Holiday Gifts through Love-A-Bull!

Why not celebrate this season with gifts for family and friends, and help Love-A-Bull at the same time? We have a supply of adorable Doggie Tees as well as Human Tees and Hoodies in a variety of styles, sizes and colors, available NOW.



We also have Unexpected Pit Bull calendars — $15 for non-members, $12 for members. They’re great gifts for co-workers, Secret Santas, or anyone with a spot in their heart for pitties.


You may pay online via PayPal ( ) or in person. Contact us ( ) if you have any questions or want to schedule an order pickup.

Thanks and happy howl-idays from Love-A-Bull!

Holiday Pet Photos on December 5

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Promoting Positive Perception of Pits

Check out a great article by Love-A-Bull’s Meghan Turner on Best Friend’s website about our Pit Bull Awareness Weekend events.

Promoting Positive Perception of Pits by Meghan Turner


The National Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebration (Oct. 24 and 25) was a HUGE success. Thank you to special guest John Garcia and all the sponsors, vendors, and volunteers that helped us pull it off!

Hundreds of people and their dogs were in attendance throughout the weekend events. We gathered tons of signatures for our anti-BSL petition, talked about our free training program, spread awareness about pit bulls and owner issues, and raised funds for our programs and initiatives.

Congratulations to our raffle winners! Please contact to claim your prize.

  • Southwest Airline Tickets: John Pope
  • $500 Tattoo Gift Certificate: Dwain Williams
  • $250 Lee Mannix Training Certificate: Deb Whitaker
  • $235 Blanton Museum Package: Joe Soto
  • Custom Jewelry by Eleven17Finery: Amy Herzog
  • $100 Gift Certificate from Midtown Grooming: Melissa Alvarado
  • OnGuard Bike Package: Patricia Hutt
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Cafe Josie: Susan Peters

Check out some of the photos of the events (below) and lots more here: and

Family Fun Day (Oct. 24)


Joe Seabrooke wearing a Michael Vick jersey–in the dunk tank!


A bumblebee puppy


The crowd at Family Fun Day

John Garcia and Samantha Foss from Best Friends

John Garcia and Samantha Foss from Best Friends

Pet Parade and Costume Contest (Oct. 25)

Getting ready for the pet parade

Getting ready for the pet parade

A lion

A lion

Arr, matey! Pirate dog

Arr, matey! Pirate dog

Best Friends' John Garcia and Love-A-Bull co-founders Lydia Zaidman and Meghan Turner

Best Friends' John Garcia and Love-A-Bull co-founders Lydia Zaidman and Meghan Turner



One of the contest winners--The Bat Bridge, and a bunch of bats!

One of the contest winners: the Bat Bridge, and a bunch of bats!

National Pit Bull Awareness Celebration on Oct. 24 and 25


Please join Love-A-Bull in welcoming Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s famous dog handler John Garcia to Austin on the weekend of October 24-25, 2009, to participate in a weekend of family-friendly events in Austin.

John is nationally known for working extensively to rehabilitate 22 of the 49 dogs (now affectionately referred to as the “Vicktory Dogs”) seized from the bust of the Michael Vick/Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring. He is best known for his work and public appearances with Georgia, a sweet, 7-year old toothless female pit bull who, despite being a victim of cruelty and abuse, responds with love to all she meets.

The weekend will feature these FREE events:

tinyheartA Family Fun Day with John Garcia
October 24, 5 PM – 9 PM at Zilker Hillside Theater
Free to the public! Dogs on leash are welcome. Chairs are not permitted, but blankets or towels are encouraged.

This fun-filled evening of activities will include:

  • A public screening of National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Town,” including footage of John working with the Vicktory Dogs at Best Friends (begins at 7:30 PM). Courtesy of The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow.
  • Autographs with John Garcia
  • Games and crafts, including: henna tattoos, face painting, balloon animals, bandanna painting
  • Under Pressure t-shirt silk screening
  • Pumpkin patch photo booth
  • Dunk tank (dunk “Michael Vick” for charity!)
  • Raffle
  • Refreshments: Amy’s Ice Cream, Aloha Sno-Cones and Waffles, Zuzu’s tacos, Solar Natural Foods, Sweet Leaf tea
  • Pick the Pit Bull game, trivia, and prize giveaways
  • Information and adoptable pets from Emancipet, Happy Endings, Town Lake Animal Center, Best Friends, and Reunion Rescue
  • Booths featuring our trainer, Jessica Wilson and Haute Dog Magazine

tinyheartA Downtown Pet Parade and Costume Contest, led by John Garcia
October 25, 2 PM at Austin City Hall
Free to the public! Bring your leashed loved ones and the whole family for this walk through downtown. Austin Java and Lofty Dog will provide rest stops, and there will be prizes for the best dog costumes!  DJ Yoshi will be spinning tunes for your enjoyment. Free Parking in the City Hall Garage (entrance on Lavaca).





You can be a sponsor and see your company logo featured prominently here!

Click here to find out how to sponsor.

Austin Mayor Proclaims Oct 24-25, 2009 “Love-A-Bull Weekend”


Thanks to everyone who came to the proclamation to show their support for Love-A-Bull! We made quite an impression on city council.


Rolling Roadshow Presents “Dogtown” for Family Fun Day

Thanks to the Rolling Roadshow at Alamo Drafthouse for spreading the word about our event!

On October 24 at Zillker Hillside Theater, Love-A-Bull will celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day with a Family Fun Weekend, including a free public screening of the National Geographic Channel show Dogtown. This episode features John Garcia working with the dogs rescued from Michael Vick. The screening is put on by Rolling Roadshow and will begin at dark.

More information on the Rolling Roadshow webpage at:

Please come join us for this fun event!

John Garcia and Love-A-Bull on 101X

As our National Pit Bull Awareness Weekend celebration approaches, we’re going to be featured on the Morning Show with Deb and Jason on 101X (101.5 FM)!

Tune in to 101.5 FM on Wednesday, 10/21, at 9:15 AM to hear Deb interview our special guest of honor, John Garcia, Best Friends’ rehabilitator of Michael Vick’s dogs. He’ll also talk about our weekend full of events.

Flyers for Love-A-Bull’s Pit Bull Awareness Weekend

Help us spread the word about Love-A-Bull’s Pit Bull Awareness Family Fun Weekend on October 24 and 25!

Download, print, and post these flyers at pet stores, parks, workplaces, vet offices—anywhere you can! Or, save to your computer and e-mail them!

(Choose the look you prefer; both flyers have the same basic info.)

NPBADflyer   Family Fun Weekend Flyer

Mayoral Proclamation for Love-A-Bull’s Pit Bull Awareness Weekend

National Pit Bull Awareness Day is October 24, and Love-A-Bull is celebrating with a weekend full of family fun!

The Austin City Council will recognize Love-A-Bull’s event with a special Mayoral Proclamation during the city council meeting on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 PM.

We would love for members and interested community members to attend this city council meeting to hear the proclamation and show our support. Wear some Love-A-Bull or pittie pride gear!

Raffle Tickets for Pit Bull Awareness Weekend

Raffle ticket sales will benefit Love-A-Bull. The drawing will be held on 10/25/09.
Tickets: $2 each or 3 for $5
Download and fill out tickets here.
Contact for more info.

Two Roundtrip Tickets on Southwest Airlines (Limitations and Blackouts Apply)
Donated By Christ Paulis

Hill Country Tattoo $500 Gift Certificate
Donated By Nathan Haynes, Owner
2124 E. 6th Street, Suite 102, Austin, Texas 78702, 512-243-6666,

Lee Mannix Center For Canine Behavior $250 Gift Certificate
6901 Old Bee Caves Road, Austin, Texas 78735, 512-371-3647,

Custom Jewelry by Eleven17Finery, $125 Value
(Donated by Tammy Portwood/Eleven17Finery)
Peridot, Quartz, and New Jade all Delicately Hand-Wired on a Sterling Silver Chain and Clasp,

OnGuard Bike Package, $125 Value
(Including JoeBlow Bike Pump, Topeak Alien DX multi-tool, Bulldog LS Lock)
Donated by OnGuard Locks,

Midtown Grooming $100.00 Gift Certificate
1207 Baylor St., Austin Texas 78703, 512-477-8079,

Blanton Museum of Art Package, $235 Value
(Including 15 Tickets to B Scene, 10 Guest Passes and Journal Gift Package)
200 Martin Luther King Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701, 512-471-7324,

Café Josie $50 Gift Certificate
1200 B West 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703, 512-322-9010,

Examiner covers Pittie Pride and Memorial Walk

The Pittie Pride and Memorial Walk, which was both a chance to show off our great dogs and a way to remember the victims of dog fighting who cannot speak for themselves, was a great success. Despite the possibility of bad weather, nearly 40 members and their dogs attended the walk. We attracted quite a sight downtown!

Read the Examiner article about the walk here:

Pints for Pits, Sept. 27


Love-A-Bull member sells her team spirit on eBay

Love-A-Bull’s Lydia Zaidman placed her team spirit up for auction on eBay after the Philadelphia Eagles signed dogfigher Michael Vick to their team. The winning bidder chose which team Lydia would root for for the rest of the season. The proceeds from the auction went to Love-A-Bull.

KEYE-TV featured this story on their evening news.


Poochinis and Pet-icures, July 9


Art For Animals Benefit

The Art for Animals Benefit was held on May 28, 2009 at the Maranda Pleasant Gallery to celebrate the efforts of Love-A-Bull and Austin Pets Alive!. The event featured music, refreshments, a raffle, local artwork, and was sponsored by MettaSound Veterinary Imaging.

Love-A-Bull protests illegal BSL in Madisonville

Love-A-Bull members went to Madisonville, TX, to protest the passage of breed-specific legislation in that city and to try to educate city leaders about safer, more effective alternative dog laws. Breed-specific legislation is not legal in Texas.

Read the coverage at these links:
KBTX Coverage
Best Friends Coverage