Love-A-Bull received wonderful surprise — a donation of $5,000 from Undercover Boss participant, Leila Scott. Leila works for a company called Mood Media located in Austin, Texas. She appeared on the Emmy Award-winning CBS series Undercover Boss on January 4, 2013 when Mood Media CEO Lorne Abony went undercover, introducing the company and employees to a global audience of almost 8 million viewers. After appearing on the show Leila was given the opportunity to select any animal charity of her choice to receive a $5,000 donation — and she chose Love-A-Bull!
Love-A-Bull Board members had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Leila and her boyfriend, Andrew to learn a bit more about why Love-A-Bull was her charity of choice and what makes her passion for supporting pit bull type dogs so strong!
Not only is Leila the proud momma of her very own pittie, Emma, she has 4 other pups as well! It’s apparent that Leila’s passion and drive to advocate and support animals is at the forefront of her life. Leila currently plans to go back to school to turn her passion into a full-fledged career!
Q: Why did you chose Love-A-Bull to donate to?
A: After going to several events – Texas Sized Pittie Pride Parade, Pints for Pits, and fun walks – I found myself loving the organization and how much of a positive impact it had on Emma (Leila’s pittie) and I. Currently she and I are working on getting her Canine Good Citizen and one day her therapy dog certification, so she can work right alongside her mom! So when I was asked to be on Undercover Boss (and no I was totally fooled) and was provided with a $5000.00 donation to any animal charity of my choice, I leapt at the chance to represent Love-A-Bull! I knew this would be much needed since I knew this would help with the foster pups and looking for a new place.
Q: What are future plans for vet school?
A: Ever since I was little I’ve always had a fascination for animals. I went from refusing to play with Barbie dolls, to checking in teddy bears at my “office” for vaccines and annual exams at age 10. From that point, you would have assumed I would have slid into the role of wanting to be a vet. But no, I had to truly find my passion and drive doing what I would enjoy for the rest of my life. When I did, I knew I was ready to take the steps to make my dream come true. No longer would I “operate and examine” teddy bears, I wanted the real thing. I plan on completing my basics and majoring in bio-medical sciences, and then applying to vet school at Texas A&M.
Q: How did you find Love-A-Bull and get involved?
A: I came across Love–A-Bull when it first started about 4-5 years ago. I was walking into Petco with my pittie Emma, and met a small group of pit bull lovers who handed me a card! I think I still have that card too! Lol. I got involved when Emma and I (along with the rest of my pack) came across hard times with apartment renters because Emma was a Pit Bull/Staffordshire breed. Many people down right refused without even meeting her! I also found it difficult to obtain renters insurance with her. I refused to down grade to a less than appealing apartment just because they “accepted” her breed. I wanted nothing but the best for her, myself, and my other dogs. At that point I remembered that I had the card and took to the internet in search of the Love-A-Bull web page. I found a lot of renters with very nice locations to look at that graciously accepted Emma. One thing led to another, and I was able to land the ideal house for my kiddos!
Q: What are the names of all your pups?
A: I currently have 5 dogs! LOL… Yea… I love them all, and they are all but two rescues! People say you resemble your dog – well I have 5 so you can just imagine how crazy of a person I am! I have from the oldest to youngest: 1) Schnauzer mix: Sarah Elizabeth, 2) Rot lab mix: Dozer Allen, 3) Pit bull: Emma May, 4) Apple head Chihuahua: Tek-9 and my boyfriend’s brothers dog while he is in Afghanistan 5) Weimaraner: Zeus… Oh and a hedge-hog named Stormy and a tarantula named Icarus!
Q: What do you want people to know about pit bull type dogs?
A: I want all people to learn that pit bull type dogs are strong, learning sponges. They learn to love if loved, learn to cuddle if cuddled and are amazing companions. Any animal can thrive in the right environment. They derived from the “nanny dog,” which were bred to protect the young of the family. We trusted them with our most valued possessions then, why not now? We should not fear what we don’t understand but learn from them, build with them and discover a better appreciation of the things we take advantage of daily. They will love unconditionally and are no different than any other animal, breed, size etc.
We feel truly honored to have such strong supporters out there who share our dedication and passion for bettering the lives of pit bull type dogs! Not only does Leila’s donation allow us to keep saving lives, it also allows us to continue to grow and strengthen our organization as we continue to set our sights on one day having a facility!
A sincere thank you goes out to Leila and Undercover Boss for their donation!