Give to the Max Day, dedicated to…

Give to the Max Day, dedicated to…

One of our favorite parts about Give to the Max Day is seeing the dedications that come with the donations. We know every supporter values the importance of the spay/neuter clinics, but we love seeing the real driver, the heartfelt reason, they are making a donation today. Donations today were dedicated to:

  • For Quinny!
  • For Zach and Molly – we miss you!
  • Frankie & Alice
  • From Mac and Mary & Bob
  • From the Cottle Family in memory of Milton.
  • In honor of Jolene Coleman
  • In honor of Norma Buddy and Dave — the Gavin Dogs
  • In honor of Thunder the wonder pup
  • In loving memory of our best friend Mikey.
  • In Memory of Baby Tabi
  • In memory of my father Jerry McDonald
  • In memory of my sweet angel Nellie
  • In Memory of Vinnie
  • Jefferson & Madeline – best granddogs ever
  • In memory of Kathy Carlson
  • Nova, Tillie & Duke
  • Opal
  • Fay
  • Thanks for all you do!
  • The crew of 5Pawz
  • To help pups like Linus find the right home
  • To my Jozee miss you everyday baby
  • To our first furry child Shug
  • To our sweet Ernest

Thank you again to everyone who was supported us so far and is yet to make a donation. You are a warm and wonderful part of the Save-a-Bull family and we appreciate your support today and every day!

 

Fix Your Pit; A Volunteer Perspective

Fix Your Pit; A Volunteer Perspective

In 2015, we officially launched our Fix Your Pit program and over the past two plus years, we have hosted and funded 11 clinics by partnering with Kindest Cuts at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. These clinics are so important to our organization that our volunteers jump at the chance to help! Our volunteers love attending our other fundraising events, but what they appreciate about these clinics is seeing the direct, positive impact our clinics are making in the local community.

On clinic days, teams of  nine volunteers assist the veterinary staff with a variety of jobs. Volunteer Cassie Riddle notes “The [vet] staff truly cares about the animals. Everything goes very smooth and the animals’ welfare is the top priority.”

Volunteers also greet clients, help check dogs in, and assist with paperwork. ”Many of the clients are anxious about leaving their dogs at the clinic. Surgery is an unsettling idea to a lot of pet owners, especially those that have never been to the vet before, but our volunteers are there to help clients feel at ease. “So many people are nervous to drop their dogs off, which tells me they really love their pitties.” says volunteer foster manager Lorelei Noire. “They want to do what is right, but might not always be able to afford it. I’m so glad we can make this happen for them.”

One of our volunteers’ favorite parts about working these clinics is walking dogs after surgery to gently wake them from their anesthetic. The kennel room following surgery is enjoyed by our volunteers as there is a lot of howls, lovingly called the “morphine moos,” coming from the pups!

 

When we initially launched our first Fix Your Pit clinic, we were only able to offer free spay and neuter services. As we hosted more clinics and interacted with the community, we realized that although spay and neuter was helping, there was more we could do to give back. So, we made the decision in 2017 to offer free vaccinations and microchipping at all 6 of our clinics for our clients who requested it.

Our Fix Your Pit clinics allow us to continue our rescue mission outside of just homeless dogs. Save-a-Bull volunteer Jolene Coleman says “The clinics show we support the community that supports the rescue, and that Save-a-Bull truly cares about reducing the number of pitties that are homeless or in shelters.” Further, our clinics aid in creating a healthier community while assisting pet owners in the area by giving services to their dogs they would otherwise have access to.

“Rescue isn’t only about foster and adopting,” says Lorelei. “It is about what is best for the pitties in the community and advocating for the breed.”

With your support today, we will fully fund 6 more clinics in 2018 that will include spay/neuter services, vaccinations and microchipping for low income families in the Twin Cities. When we asked our volunteers what they would like to communicate to you, our generous donors, on Give to the Max Day, the unanimous response was a HUGE THANK YOU! Jolene reminds us that, “without your continued support, this program would not exist.”  Volunteer Matt Guest echoes her thanks by saying “You are helping to keep dogs alive and out of shelters. I appreciate you all!”

From all of us at Save-a-Bull, thank you for helping us continue our mission of providing a healthier community for pit bulls in the Twin Cities area.


Your donations on Give to the Max Day make these incredible clinics possible. Please continue your support by giving today!

Adult dogs: the hidden gems of rescue

Adult dogs: the hidden gems of rescue

Everyone loves puppies! We love their whole body wiggles, their soft fur, and even their puppy breath. But in rescue, we don’t discriminate by age. We take in dogs of all ages and give them a second chance at finding their forever family. Save-a-Bull currently has 10 dogs seven month and older. Now that we have your attention with all this Give to the Max Day excitement, let us share a little more information about our adoptable adults!

Sweet Hallie has been with us for over a year. This adorable “white buffalo” as she is affectionately called around Save-a-Bull, is just over 4 years old. She is a master at entertaining herself! She loves toys and will toss them in the air before gracefully galloping after them. She can entertain herself for hours with play time! But, once playtime is over, she makes a beeline to the couch where she demands a snuggle time with her fosters.

Linus is a one-year-old tripod! Prior to coming to rescue, Linus experienced broken bones in his leg that required an amputation. However, only three legs can’t slow this boy down! This summer, Linus could usually be found in his foster’s pool. He loved having his toys thrown into the pool where he could swim over to retrieve them. Once he gathers them all, he brings them back to his humans and waits for them to be thrown back in so he can get back to swimming!

Jill, also known as Jillybean to her fosters, is a two year old sweetheart who has been in rescue since March.  Jill is a HUGE fan of her squeaky toys! She loves to chase them, chew them, shake them, and carry them around the house with her. While doing so, she squeaks the songs of her people the entire way! Her fosters are endlessly entertained by her playtime. We are sure, if Jill were a part of your family, there would never be a dull moment!

Ravioli is a mischievous little spit fire that loves to explore the world around him. At eight months old, he’s an excitable and fun-loving dude! In exchange, he will happily give you unlimited kisses, Netflix and chill, long lazy weekend mornings in bed, and the ability to learn tricks in a snap! He also loves car rides, brewery patios, and is a certified foodie who hasn’t met a snack he didn’t like. This boy is smart and funny, is great company, and could very possibly be your best friend ever!

Royal is a sweet 8 month old pup who came to rescue in May. He has a lot of personality and enjoys being near his people! He wants to be as close to you as possible. He is a unique pup as he is one of the only dogs from our rescue that has part hairless breed – and he’s also a leftie! Still looking for his forever home…

 

 

Coral is a 3 and a half year old, white pittie who LOVES her foster family and their kids! The children in the house love to keep her entertained with her toys and Coral is happy to oblige. However, she also enjoys her downtime as well. She is the sweetest snuggler. She has even been known to pick snuggling with her foster family over the delicious smells of bacon cooking in the kitchen.

 

Vince is the oldest of our available adults at 5 and a half years young! Vince loves to show his love to his fosters by drenching them with kisses and snuggling his face as close to theirs as possible. This pitties is definitely going to need snuggles in the winter as he was unimpressed by his first snow experience. He saw the white stuff and ran his brown butt right back into the house! Vince would love a forever family to help keep him warm and loved this winter.

All of these older dogs are available for adoption. Did you see one that would be the perfect addition to your family? Fill out an application today!


Linus, Royal, Hallie photos by Tangerine House of Design

When birthday gifts mean so much more

When birthday gifts mean so much more

This summer, something a little magical happened.

When former adopter Bernadette Heaney-Deuel started planning a birthday party for her kids Henry (9) and Hazel (6), she asked them if they would like to receive gifts at the party or ask friends and family for donations to an organization. Both kids agreed that they wanted to donate gifts to the rescue where their beloved Bosco came from, Save-a-Bull.

They sent out invitations explaining how they wanted gifts to be donated. Party guests showed up with lots of stuff from the wish list and also took the time to make rope toys to add to the pile of items collected!

Henry and Hazel then personally delivered their donation to the rescue at an adoption event, where they got to play with and there thanked by dogs and puppies who really appreciate their thoughtfulness.
If kids like Henry and Hazel are our future, then the world is truly a great place.

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.

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