Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
And now, without further ado, Miss Ella:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Bully Buddies is selling the 2009 Green Zebra coupon book that is now available in the Lower Mainland! Not only does this coupon book promote sustainable living, proceeds from each book sale will go to Bully Buddies! For every $30 book ordered, $10 goes directly to help the dogs in our care.
There are many new coupons in the 2009 Green Zebra guide as well as articles with tips for a greener way to enjoy life. All this with the added bonus of saving a few bucks !
If you are interested in making an order, there are several ways:
- Email Bully Buddies and we can get them for you
- Order on line at http://www.greenzebraguide.ca/ - please use our organization code "BBRS09"so that they we can collect the proceeds to help the dogs in our care. .. please note that shipping charges of $2.95 will apply.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Newton is a dream ambassador bully who is a wiggly, smiley, happy-go-lucky bundle of goodness. He'll fit himself in just about anywhere and we'd love to see him in a home that will parade him around and show him off.Reese is a tiny package (about 40 pounds) of chocolatey sweetness who is in love with the world. At only 9 months, he'll need an owner who can continue to show him the ropes and make sure they teach him all about the importance of good manners.
An oldie but a goodie! We've got a soft spot for the seniors and Sabrina is particularly enchanting. Although her past life was no fun, she continues to bloom into the princess she was born to be.
For more information about any of our adoptable dogs check us out at www.bullybuddies.net or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Pit bull ban challenged
Canwest News Service
© The Ottawa Citizen 2008
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Pit Bulls Bravo and well said, Mr. Mulgrew. A light in the midst of mass hysteria is always a welcome read. About 6 months ago, a young, female Pit Bull came into our lives quite by accident. Prior to her arrival, none of her breed would have been welcome onto our property, let alone in our house. We have a couple of cats and a small dog, refugees all. From the start, she was shy and sensitive, eventually fitting into the order of things. She absolutely loves our small dog and treats like a pet of her own, on occasion giving this one attention and sometimes an unscheduled bath. The cats became used to the new addition and one of them, the Siamese, enjoys hiding and teasing her. Both have a great play. Then there is Clancy. A dark. gray and black tabby rescued on the shores of the Fraser River. I was there on quite another matter when he decided to hide in my truck and come home with me. Been here ever since and established himself as kingpin very quickly. Our new addition avoids this cat whenever she senses him near. She has tried to be friends but “Mr. Kitty” will have none of it. This Pit Bull enjoys walking, playing and to my knowledge has never bit anything or drawn blood. She is affectionate and very intelligent. The Pit Bull descriptions blaring across the airwaves and in print do not apply to this one. The proposed annihilation of the breed defies logic. You are right about the owners: they must be held accountable. A good example is the dogs in California abused by the former NFL quarterback and friends. All but one have been rehabilitated. I believe that case has recognized a non human as a victim for the first time in US law. Perhaps law student Adam Perry, who wrote a ban-the-breed article published by your paper on page A11 today, may learn something by looking it up. Unfortunately, common sense can’t be taught in a class room or learned from a book. Try life to learn this one. His compromise about not culling the existing souls, if reasonable, is somewhat encouraging but leave much to interpretation and possible abuse. I am aware of the Ontario ban and find it appalling. The owners of any vicious animal that attacks another animal or human being must face serious criminal charges in all applicable cases. And all the facts must be considered. The thinking behind such bans and proposals prompts sober reflection, particular if one applies this principle to man. Thank you for your article. I have read others you have penned / word processed and quite enjoy them. Keep up the good work!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Umm, excuse me, I'm trying to sleep here. Geez...
I really hope whoever adopts me has one of these chairs. Hey adoption reps--can we arrange something like this?Sabrina's foster home took her camping last weekend. She spent most of the trip here:
Ummm, you expect me to sleep where?
Hey, did anyone remember my pillow?
Well, I guess this is allright.
See ya' suckers!
I guess you could say that Sabrina is clearly settling into her new life quite quickly. This girl was born to be a princess. For more information about Sabrina please email us or fill out an adoption application at http://www.bullybuddies.net/adoptionquestionnaire.htm
Oh Peanut. The dog that survived Hurricane Katrina and found his rescuer by the name of Cheryl. The dog that came up to Vancouver in hopes of a better life. The dog that spent over a year in the shelter system waiting for his forever home to come and find him. The dog who lost his eye due to infection and while we thought this made you cuter it turned many potential adopters away. But you waited, and waited. You were holding out for the good life you were promised. You weren't going to settle for anything less than the best. And then she found you. As soon as we talked to her we knew that this was the one. Unfortunately, your time with her was too short but we could not have asked for a better home for you to spend your final days.
Here is a message from her:
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
So, I couldn't resist. I too have contributed to the problem. I just had to comment.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Dogs' best friendBy Dan Ferguson - Surrey North Delta LeaderPublished: July 06, 2008 7:00 AM Updated: July 06, 2008 10:16 AM
Amanda Muir lives in a tidy East Vancouver apartment in a white stucco heritage house with a six-year-old blind cat named Zu-Zu and a 14-year-old border collie-Belgian shepherd cross named Travis.
Zu-Zu is a handsome, long-haired tabby cat who was born without eyes. She navigates her surroundings with practised ease, ears swiveling to track movement.
Travis is on medication for Cushing’s, a treatable adrenal gland condition common in older dogs. He’s slower than he used to be and has some vision problems of his own, but is otherwise healthy.
Muir occasionally refers to him as “Travis-the-dog” to distinguish him from “Travis-the-boy” – the man she’s been seeing.
Her kitchen fridge is bedecked with dog-positive magnetic messages that include “A house without a dog is not a home” and “Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts.”
The animal rights activist keeps a small photo album in the night stand beside her bed that is filled with pictures of her first pet dog, a poodle-terrier cross named Brandy.
The lace-trimmed “brag book” was put together by her late grandfather Gordon Mickey, who assumed custody of Brandy after Amanda grew up and left home.
The album was given to her when he passed away.
“He just adored her,” Muir says. “They did everything together. They were constant companions. She passed away shortly before he did.”
On the day a Leader reporter and photographer visit Muir, two other dogs are present.
One is a sociable Shar-Pei named K.T. who jams her wrinkled snout into a visitor’s hand, shamelessly angling for a treat.
The other is a timid female pit bull named Ella who slinks onto Muir’s bed and wraps herself up in the duvet cover until only a nervous nose can be seen poking out.
They are there because Muir does volunteer work with dog rescue charities, helping them train and rehabilitate foundlings and abandoned pets.
It is reasonably warm out, but Muir is wearing a long-sleeved shirt. If she wears short sleeves, sometimes people will stare at the web of scars running up both arms between her wrists and elbows.
She isn’t sure if the looks she gets are pity or horror.
“Sometimes I wonder if people think I was some kind of drug addict,” she says, managing a laugh.
After five years and countless surgeries, she has not regained full strength, and the range of motion in her left arm is limited.
“They hurt all the time,” she says without self-pity.
“I’ve seen the inside of my arms several times.”
She still has one operation left, some cosmetic surgery to make the scars less pronounced.
She’s in no hurry to go under the knife again.
Muir had been working as an SPCA animal control officer in Delta for about six years when what she refers to as “my accident” happened.
At the time she was best known as the volunteer host of the popular Delta Cable TV show ‘Live at the SPCA’ which introduced potentially adoptable animals to Delta viewers.
On a sunny June day in 2003, she picked up an injured Rottweiler named Brutus who’d been confined to a kennel in an engineering shop yard.
Everything seemed to be going well until Muir got ready to unload him at the Tsawwassen Animal Hospital in the 1800 block of 56 St.
She remembers looking in his eyes when the change occurred.
It was as though Brutus somehow went away, replaced by something evil.
“It was like something from a horror movie – it was that bad.”
He attacked, sinking his teeth into Muir’s left forearm, shattering the bones.
Then he stopped.
Eyewitnesses described a chilling standoff with the injured Muir sitting on the curb of the animal hospital parking lot while the dog faced her, wagging his tail.
His tongue was hanging out like nothing was wrong.
People came running from the hospital, a nearby gym and Southpointe Academy, but Muir warned them to keep their distance.
“Call an ambulance,” she said.
Muir recalls the madness briefly fading from the dog’s eyes.
“Then he went away again.”
The Rottweiler attacked a second time, mangling Muir’s other arm.
Three men from the gym grabbed Brutus and managed to drag him off Muir, forcing the snarling, snapping dog inside the veterinary clinic with the help of two other people.
She was rushed to the nearby Delta Hospital ER in Ladner, then transported to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster for surgery.
Brutus was quickly euthanized.
When she emerged from the blur of pain and emergency operations, Muir remembers wondering if she would become afraid of dogs.
A year later, she went to bat for another Rottweiler, defying her superiors at the SPCA to help rescue a dog that had been declared too belligerent to save.
His name was Cheech, and the resulting controversy over his fate cost the SPCA its Delta contract.
Muir, fellow SPCA staffer Kirsten McConnell and volunteer Troy Hannefin defied an SPCA euthanasia order that declared Cheech, a former guard dog, was becoming “increasingly aggressive.”
They believed he could be rehabilitated.
“I honestly thought they would never go through with it.”
On the day Cheech was to be put down, they spirited the Rottweiler-Labrador cross away and refused to say where he was.
“That was a catalyst for so many things.”
As a result of the Cheech controversy, the municipality put the operations of the animal shelter out to bid, and the newly formed Delta Humane Society won the contract.
The new operator hired Muir as a public relations coordinator and McConnell as an animal control officer.
She still won’t say where Cheech ended up, but she knows he’s doing well.
“I get pictures sent every once in a while of a black and tan dog having the time of his life.”
Recently, the municipality of Delta took over direct day-to-day operation of the animal shelter after negotiations on a new contract with the Humane Society fell apart.
By then, Muir had already moved on.
She was forced to give up working with dogs full-time because of her arm injuries.
“Animals wiggle,” Muir observes, and she just doesn’t have the strength.
She now works in retail, but still volunteers with dog rescue charities, including Shar-Pei Rescue, Doberman Rescue and “Bully Buddies” – a group devoted to rehabilitating pit bulls, American bull dogs and Staffordshire terriers, and educating the public about the breeds.
A few weeks ago Muir was in Trout Lake Park when she came across a man walking a big Rottweiler.
The dog seemed friendly, so she knelt down to greet the canine on his level and petted the animal’s head.
The dog’s owner said he was impressed at her cool, saying some people find the breed intimidating.
“I’ve had a lot of experience with them,” Muir replied.
She didn’t elaborate.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
MISSING JULY 5
HER NAME IS GAIA, SHE A SMALL STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER, BLACK WITH WHITE MARKINGS ON HER
CHIN AND CHEST. SHE IS VERY SWEET BUT WILL BE SCARED OF YOU. IF YOU SEE HER, PLEASE
CONTACT 778 554 7601 OR 604 250 1914 OR 604 946 2166 SHE DOES NOT HAVE A COLLAR OR TATTOOS.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tons of games, events, Marlo even slipped the judge the tongue in the kissing contest. Oh Marlo...you brindle beauty you.
So, without further ado our BBQ
Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
ambassadors. We'll definately be seeing more of these two as they qualified to go to
the nationals in New Brunswick. Congratulations!
Proud mom and proud Muay showing off their ribbon at the end of the competition.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sarah talking about the importance of having a well-mannered dog at the end of the leash.Somebody's camera shy! I love Jada and I finally got the chance to see her get silly on Saturday. Although in true lady like fashion, she regained her composure very quickly.
Smarty-pants Cheyenne showing off how good her heel is.