Meet Allie Baer

Meet Allie Baer

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
Besides fostering, I am also a Content Coordinator. I’m in charge of “New to Rescue” posts on Facebook and make sure each available dog has a bio and pictures on the website.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I fostered my first pup in April 2017, so I have only been with Save-a-Bull a few months!

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I work with another volunteer, Mackenzie Miller, and she forced me to volunteer, Just kidding!  I will say, Mackenzie’s passion for rescue is contagious. It wasn’t long after meeting her that I was asking how I could get involved. I tagged along on a transport pick-up this spring and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Seeing my foster pups thrive in their forever homes. It feels amazing knowing that I was a part of their happily ever after.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I don’t have a dog of my own but I do have a cat that fetches… if that counts?

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I am a Category Management Analyst at a retail representative firm in Minneapolis. I work with L’Oreal Paris and Target corporate on several beauty categories. When I’m not working, I enjoy hanging out with my family and being outside, preferably by a pool! I also like going to the gun range and target shooting.

To Texas with love

To Texas with love

Our hearts and our prayers go to to all those affected by the hurricane in Texas. Many people have reached out to asked how they can help and if we have any support efforts going on here.

Here is a great article that details some of the ways you can directly support those in Texas:
https://www.today.com/pets/hurricane-harvey-flooding-how-help-save-animals-pets-t115618

On our end, we’re working with rescue partners to bring in some dogs from the affected areas to make room for their local dogs. We could use donations of supplies from our Amazon Wish List.

We’re also joining Tangerine House of Design to gather and ship supplies to animal organizations in Texas who need help. We will be collecting donated food, collars, leashes, bedding, towels, treats and crates and sending them to Texas on Saturday, September 9. We have three drop off locations/dates:

1. Our adoption event at Minnehaha Falls Park tomorrow Saturday, September 2, from noon-2:00pm [DETAILS]

2. Tangerine House of Design during our 2018 Calendar Release party on Wednesday September 6 from 5:00 – 9:00 [DETAILS]  Stay for the food, drinks and socializing with the rescue community!

3. And The Beauty Room salon at 4300 Chicago Ave So. Saturday 10am-4:30pm or Tuesday 10am-7:30pm.

You can also drop supplies off at Tangerine House of Design anytime between now and Wednesday. please email pets@lisaasp.com to make arrangements.

This shipment goes out next weekend. If we have the opportunity to do another one, we’ll post more drop off locations again soon.

Meet Nicole Farrelly

Meet Nicole Farrelly

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
My family fosters

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been part of Save-a-Bull for a year and a half

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
One of my friends adopted through Save-a-Bull and said how great the organization was. We had just moved into a new house and were thinking of adding an additional 4 legged member to the family but were on the fence. We weren’t quite ready to add a permanent member but thought fostering would be a great alternative.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
Taking a dog out of an unfortunate situation and helping them find an amazing family is the best. We have met so many amazing people and our children are getting involved in their community.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
We have a 6 yr old lab mix

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work for a grocery wholesaler. When not working we love to travel or spend time outdoors.

Pay attention to who your dog is, not who you want them to be.

Pay attention to who your dog is, not who you want them to be.

As we sit smack in the middle of outdoor patio season, let’s pause to take a moment to think about our dogs. We love sitting on the patio with our friends, meeting new people and socializing for a few few hours (we especially love coming to the Save-a-Bull brew tour events!) But how does your dog feel about that? While we promote dog-friendly events, and encourage you to bring your dog, if he enjoys such things, please take a moment to consider if he actually wants to be there.

The following is an excerpt from an article by Jill Kessler;  it’s an oldie but a goodie. The author talks about her disdain for dog parks and why. We see many similar correlations in overcrowded, loud, fun-for-us patios. Be sure your dog loves this chaos as much as you do, as controlled experiences are key training opportunities for your dog.

I am not a Dog Park advocate.

October 8, 2015  |  Jill Kessler Miller

…let’s look at [dog parks, patios]  from a dog’s point of view. Dogs thrive on stable relationships. Notice I did not say “pack!” They set up and like to maintain relationships with things that they know: their people, our human friends, their dog friends, their housemates, etc. Unless there are the exact same dogs every time they go to the dog park (which is nearly impossible), they have to re-establish their relationships with not only the dogs they already know in context of the new dog present, but they also have to establish a relationship with that specific new dog.

Some dogs can handle the stress of this–but most cannot. Thus you’ll get what appears to be random fighting, random aggression towards a dog they know, random odd behaviors (“gee, never done that before”), seemingly sudden guarding behaviors (territory, owner, another dog) etc. It’s not random or unpredictable–it’s the stress you, as an owner, causes by going to the dog park! Dog parks require skills that most dogs do not possess, nor would they according to how we have bred them for hundreds of years.

Lastly, I’m very wary of the “unknown” factors. Unknown dogs, unknown owners, unknown relationships and interactions, unknown damages. I don’t like surprises, and dog parks hold way too many unknown factors for dogs’ safety.

One of my main reasons for not being a dog park advocate is what I can’t control my dog’s experience and/or other people’s dogs (and I think it goes without saying, the dog owners). Because dogs are learning all the time, I must control as much of their experiences as possible, so that they build a solid foundation of behaviors that are appropriate and desirable, such as impulse control, bite inhabitation, and exchanging rewarding, affiliative, positive social interactions. 



All mammals remember frightening encounters over non-eventful or even fun encounters. It’s a primal survival brain mechanism, designed to keep us alive. Dozens of positive encounters can be overridden by one bad one; thus I must make sure my dog has only positive experiences for several years, until they are mature and have a solid foundation before I expose them to a possibly unsure environment.

If your dog gets bullied, attacked, frightened or even just overwhelmed at the dog park, he will bring that experience and the subsequent conclusions he made with him everywhere. The reactions can vary from “I’m scared and must get away as quickly as possible at all costs” to “If I come on strong and attack first, maybe I’ll be okay,” to just about anything in between.

Also keep in mind that fighting and bullying in dogs is a learned behavior just as much as anything else, and therefore once your dog does it a few times, it’s now learned and bound to be repeated over and over again. And make no mistake–many dogs enjoy being a jerk! Your best bet is to not let it start in the first place, whether it’s your dog being the bully or being the target.

Of course I recommend dog-to-dog play! If your dog has a few friends that he or she really enjoys, please go for it! Set up play dates, meet somewhere where they can safely run, sprint, wrassle, and jump about. Since dogs generally play in pairs, try for either just the two, or in even numbers, you’ll find it works out better. Some dogs only want or need a few friends (just like people), and some are social butterflies, and can make friends wherever they go. Pay attention to who your dog is, not who you want them to be. Stay within your dog’s comfort zone, and you’ll have a happier, safer dog.

Source: www.jillkessler.com, Photo by Jeremy Wiens

Meet Stacey Thomas

Meet Stacey Thomas

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I am on the Adoption Event Committee so I run adoption events throughout the year. I am on hand to answer any questions the potential adopters or fosters may have and make sure the events go smoothly.  I also like to volunteer at other events throughout the year such as the bake sale and brewery tours.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been with Save-a-Bull for 3 years and am enjoying all of my time with the rescue.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I first heard about Save-a-Bull at the Pet Expo in Minneapolis.  We had recently moved to Minnesota and I was looking to get involved in something.  We have a pit mix and we stopped at the Save-a-Bull booth to check it out.  I loved what the group was doing for the breed and signed up to volunteer right away!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
It’s rewarding to see all of the families at the adoption events looking to add to their family.  They are always so excited to meet the dogs. (And get puppy kisses of course!!) It’s even better when you see that the adoption went through and the dog has found it’s furever home!

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I have two wonderful dogs.  One is a pit/lab mix and the other is a collie/husky mix.  They definitely keep me on my toes and make life more enjoyable.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work as a corporate trainer for a home mortgage company in Minneapolis. For fun I like to go kayaking, bicycling, read, visit family and friends, travel, take my dogs for walks, and spend time with my husband and daughter.