Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Year, A New Beginning

We're doing a happy dance around here as both Sabrina and Humphrey found themselves in foster to adopt home over the holidays! (Maybe it was all those kisses they gave to you-know-who) Two senior dogs in one week is a record around here, often older dogs wait for months and months before the right home comes knocking. We know that their new homes will be filled with much joy and silliness in the upcoming year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

And A Big Shout Out!

Humphrey, and the rest of us around here at Bully Buddies would like to give a big shout out to everyone who helps us. We couldn't do what we do around here without all of our generous volunteers, who give their time, money and love to the dogs in our care. We'd especially like to thank Leanne from LS Photography who donated her time and amazing photos for our calendar this year. You can check out her webpage at Melanie for actually making our calender and Wendy for re-organizing us when things were not going so smoothly! Jack and Jill Embroidery in Prince George for our awesome embroidered T-Shirts. And Stacy, who organized the embroidery and for your generous donation. Tanja from Shatzbatch who donated our oh so adorable onesies (and Otis too for being such a handsome model!) and Mike at Thriller for printing them for us. ( Precision Graphics Inc. ( for printing our calendars and 1 Hour Busines Cards for printing our greeting cards ( Seriously you guys rock and a big bully kiss for all of you.
From all of us to all of you thanks for another great year at Bully Buddies. Here's to 2009, we have many things to look forward to.
Happy Howlidays!

We saw someone kissing Santa Claus!

And it was our very own Sabrina and Humphrey! Van Pet was hosting a picture day with Santa. All proceeds went to the Royal City Humane Society. It was lots of fun. Sabrina is oh so cute:

And Humphrey, who liked Santa so much, he kept trying to crawl up on his lap. Good thing that beard was secure!

It's that time of year!

To send out another newsletter to keep everyone up to date on what is going on around the Bully Buddies camp. We've got some great gift ideas, some helpful holiday tips, and of course some cute pictures of our Current Adoptable dogs! If you would like a copy of the newsletter, please email us at and we will send you a copy.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Goodbye Sweet Ella

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ella. She put up a valiant fight but unfortunately, she was laid to rest in the arms of her adoring mom on Sunday. Right up until the last, she was out there working hard at being a breed ambassador, wooing the crowds at the craft fair only a week prior. Her time with us was short but full. She was spoiled rotten and spent her days swimming, eating baked good from coffee shops (her favorite) and snuggling and kissing all she met. Her mom gave her the life that all dogs deserve. She will live on in our very happy memories of her, she truly was one in a million. Thank you all for your support with her initial fundraiser to help raise money for her vet bills, and now in her passing, thank you for your kind words and condolences.

And now, without further ado, Miss Ella:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Coming Soon!

Our 2009 Calendars are almost here! We can't wait to order a bunch and hang them on our walls. Stay tuned for how to get yours.

Live Green, Help a Dog!

Local Savings for Sustainable Living
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:

  1. Email Bully Buddies and we can get them for you
  2. Order on line at - 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

And introducing....

Well, the Bully Buddies crew has got some new faces! Some of our newest adoptables are making us wish we had an extra spot in our own homes!

Sasha is a mixy-mix girl who is kid, cat, and dog friendly. Warning: her enthusiasm is contagious!
Maika is a snorta-licious piggy princess! She loves her toys almost as much as she loves cuddling on the couch.

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 or email us at

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fingers Crossed

I came across this article today and wanted to share it. Many bully advocates have been fighting the good fight to reverse the ban in Ontario and let's hope one day that we'll have a breakthrough.

Pit bull ban challenged

Canwest News Service

Published: Monday, September 15, 2008

TORONTO - An appeal to a 2007 court ruling that bans pit bulls in the province of Ontario will be heard Monday. Toronto civil rights lawyer Clayton Ruby filed the appeal, claiming the ban is unconstitutional and too vague because the definition of pit bull is too broad.The ban includes four specific breeds of pit bull terrier but also a clause that states any dogs that look "substantially similar" to pit bulls.Ruby said he'd be surprised if there were more than 150 of the specified dogs in Ontario - namely Staffordshire, American Staffordshire, pit bull, and American pit bull terriers - and that the clause could include dozens of different breeds.Ruby is arguing the case on behalf of Toronto pit bull owner Catherine Cochrane.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2008

If you would like more information on the Ontario Pit Bull Ban or would like to donate to the legal fund please visit

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Paws for a Cause

Today, our crew will be walking in support of the SPCA. The annual Paws for a Cause raises money for animals in need. Looks like they'll have good weather and hopefully they take lots of pictures. Ella and Arthur are sure to make appearances, they just can't stay out of the spot light for long.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's Friday I'm in Love!

Congratulations to Friday (formerly Annie) who worked really hard with her mom and passed her puppy kindergarten class. YAY!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Etta James

Today we had to say good bye to Miss Etta. She was a lovely old gal with alot of soul who would sing her heart out to you. She will be greatly missed.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Once You Go Pit

A few months ago, we recieved an email from a wonderful gentlemen who needed a bit of advice on Pit Bulls. See, his tenant in the basement suite had just moved out and given the Pit Bull to a friend. She ran away from her new 'home' and made it all the way back to where she used to live but alas her owner wasn't there! (She made the trek from Abbotsford to Langley and arrived exhausted with bleeding feet, poor girl.) The family had no intention of keeping her and although the woman in the basement suite was quite taken by the dog, she heard all sorts of terrible myths surrounding the breed. We recieved the email asking for advice and assistance in rehoming the girl. We talked to them, offered some tips and advice and left it at that. we were sure we'd hear from them again.

Sure enough, she never left. We recieved an email about one month later saying how the family adored her and they could not dream of giving her away.

Jump to present day....this has been a horrible summer for Pit Bulls. Hal Harris's pack of pitties in Surrey, talk of a breed ban, ugh it's enough to make any pit-owner scream! Then, we recieve this in our inbox:

Hi there,

Just thought you would like my email to the Vancouver Sun, reporter Ian Mulgrew today congratulating him on his article.

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!

What a refreshing letter and wonderful perspective. Thank you for not giving up on Loca and giving her the family she deserves. Thank you for becoming advocates for the breed. And thank you Loca for being the quintessential Pit Bull and changing people's minds.

Where did it go?

Alas, September is here. I was walking the dogs through Deer Lake this morning and the leaves are already changing. Things have been hectic around the Bully Buddies camp, as many of us have been on holidays (including Miss Ella who toured all around the Yukon!).

Between that and enjoying the sunshine with our own dogs, left little time to update.
But, we're back and ready to focus on the task at hand. Paws for a Cause is on September 14th and we'll be there with a booth and a few of our dogs to show off the bully spirit. Our Behaviour for Bullies classes is going to start again at the end of September. So stay tuned and we'll be sure to keep you all updated on the going-ons around here.

Happy Labour Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Introducing Sabrina

Sabrina came into our care a few weeks ago and we've just been getting to know her. And what exactly have we discovered? Hmmm, let me show you...
Not only is my foster brother Loki fun to play with but he makes the best pillow.

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

Pirate Peanut

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:

My life with Peanut.....
We spent hours walking around the city, exploring every nook and cranny. Peanut really enjoyed Trout lake. There he could hang out with other dogs, watch the ducks go by and get lots of execise.People were always drawn to the sweet spirit of my one-eyed wonder. He would patiently sit and lap up all the attention from everyone that wanted to say hi. One little boy after petting Peanut for the longest time, kissed him gently where his eye used to be and hoped he felt better. Another fellow who stopped to visit had been living in New Orleans when Katrina hit. There were tears in his eyes when he found out about Peanut's history. He was thrilled to hear that Peanut had survived the storm as well. Peanut loved visiting with his 2 favourite girls, Shandi (a standard poodle) and Bunny (an afghan hound) not to mention their owner,my friend Elfie. He stayed there a couple of times when I was away and got spoiled rotten. He deserved every bit of it. Chuck and Peanut spent a lot of time together. My 2 guys played hard, wrestling and running about. Peanut worked himself into Chuck's heart really quickly and his 'no dogs on the bed' rule was first broken by, you guessed it, Chuck .-) I brought Peanut to work with me most of the time. I'm a paramedic at one of the busiest ambulance stations in B.C., the downtown eastside. At work he quickly took up residence at the end of one of the sofas. When the crews would get a chance to sit down, everyone had to take turns sitting with him. Peanut was the best stress reducer ever!! He was loved by all without a doubt. One of our paramedics who had always been frightened of pitbulls or any dog that remotely looked like one was his biggest fan. Peanut completely erased her predjudices about the breed. The love he spread was so profound that the photo of him and myself is now displayed proudly on the memory wall at our ambulance headquarters. Rest easy sweet boy....your are missed by many. I wouldn't trade a minute I had you in my life. Save me a spot over the bridge....

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Unchain your Dog!

Verizon has pulled their ad featuring the two Pit Bulls, but too little too late--the damage has been done. I hope the people who came up with that brilliant advertising scheme see the following video and realize that behind each and every chained guard dog is a dog that wanted nothing more than to be a pet.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Advertising 101

So, I have had the last few days off of work and have been watching the controversy unfold surrounding the new Verizon commercial. The fact of the matter is, whether I love the commericial or hate it (hmm, guess which one?) the ad has been extremely effective. More people, after reading about it, will have googled it on youtube. By drawing attention to the commercial we, the consumer have played directly into Verizon's hand. And it sucks. One of those you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't scenarios. And while I'm at it, as much as I know that Pit Bulls do not need anything promoting the negative images surrounding the breed, I am more upset that the company promotes animal abuse. Chained guard dogs, with no shelter and food. I have met dogs that have been rescued from this fate; they are eternally grateful to be a part of a family.

So, I couldn't resist. I too have contributed to the problem. I just had to comment.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Thanks Surrey Leader! (oh and Amanda too!)

Amanda Muir is one of our volunteers and who has been involved with animal rescue for quite some time now. Here is a picture of her at our BBQ with her then foster dog Crash. What an amazing article for such an amazing individual.

Surrey North Delta Leader

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.
She screamed.
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.
She didn’t.
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 Dog

We recieved an email from this family. Their dog Gaia went missing in the Kits neighborhood. If you hear or see anything, please contact them.




CONTACT 778 554 7601 OR 604 250 1914 OR 604 946 2166 SHE DOES NOT HAVE A COLLAR OR TATTOOS.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Hot Fun in the Summer Sun

We had an absolutely amazing day for our BBQ. We all crossed our fingers that it wouldn't rain and boy, it must've worked because it was a scorcher of a day. But we donned are floppy sun hats and sunscreen and headed out to Robson Park. We had an excellent turnout and we must say that the kiddie pool was a total hit with the pitties.

Tons of games, events, Marlo even slipped the judge the tongue in the kissing contest. Oh brindle beauty you.

A big thanks to all those of both the human and the canine variety that came out and showed off that pitty pride. Everyone was very well-behaved and showing off just how wonderful these dogs truly are. A special thanks go out to our BBQ masters- Mike, Barry, and Mike; Wendy the behind the scene organized queen; Michelle and Sam; Sarah--for rocking the obstacle course and the doggy backpacks; Lex--for being an extra set of hands if we needed it; and if we've forgotten anyone we're sorry--the sun fried our brains a little bit!

So, without further ado our BBQ

Friday, June 27, 2008

Only one more sleep...

Until our BBQ. It will be a great kick-off to your summer festivities and we hope to see you all there! Ella, Perogy, Rock, Crash, Fin, Old Man Arthur, Cici and lots more of our dogs will be there.

See you there!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lisa and Muay were at it again!

Check out these videos of Lisa and Muay doing agility. They are superstar breed
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

Polishing our Skills

There are only two weeks left in the current session of Behaviour for Bullies but man, our dogs are doing so great. Their parents must be doing lots of practising with them during the week.
Kalee and Boodha getting ready for classTulip from the Vancouver Animal Shelter dropped by. She's a beautiful girl with brains too!

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.
Dexter did awesome at our last class. Working hard...or hardly working?Look at the smile on this face. Milo is so cute.