Monday, July 30, 2012

A changed mind & perception!

 It's a breath of fresh air to know you're making a difference and to see those that you surround yourself with make a change.  This is how we feel.  Late Monday night someone attempted to come into our house however, Krush wasn't having it.  The most damage they did was taking a purse out of our vehicle.  Let me add someone left the garage door open which lead to the incident.  There were valuables in the purse that can be replaced.  The alarm rang (Krush) and the perps did not get into the house.  Why is this important? What does this have to do with a breath of fresh air? With all of that going on our sister has been warming up to the idea of loving Sasha & Krush (whether she'll admit it or not).  After hearing how Krush saved the evening our sister was extremely impressed with our alarm and has decided to adopt an American Pit Bull Terrier!

This is a huge feat for our sister for she's scared of pit bulls and by the way media portrays them initially I was too.  During our inaugural event "Pits & Pumps" dog fashion show our wonderful sister took Krush's leash (with the assistance of our son) proudly walked Krush down the red carpet.  They looked smashing; it was hilarious because Krush did a double take (literally) when he felt our sister's energy when she took the leash. Again she was impressed with Krush which helped her to see pit bulls aren't savage beasts the media and others make them out to be.  In her neighborhood there are plenty of American Pit Bull Terriers with responsible owners our sister encountered daily.  Then it was Sasha's turn to spread the love.  While at our sister's house one day she got the nerve to pet Sasha.  Sasha being the true pittie she is, when our sister went to pet Sasha her entire body was hanging out of the vehicle ready to welcome our sister with open paws and plenty of wet kisses! Guess Sasha & Krush have done their job of changing perceptions & minds!!
        Way to go Sasha & Krush we're so proud of the two of you!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


It’s been a year since The Pretty Chic with the Pits was founded and what an incredible year it has been! It’s been a year of ups and downs,  tears of joy and tears of sadness, fostering and rescuing dogs, volunteering,  and advocacy!  Within our first year many accomplishments were made. July 2011 started the ball rolling.  The Pretty Chic with the Pits was founded due to the overwhelming need to protect this bully breed.  After adopting Sasha & Krush the love we had for pit bulls was unimaginable.  Never in our wildest dreams did we think  a dog let alone a pit bull would set us free.  That a dog let alone a pit bull would change our lives and take us on a journey of volunteering, fostering, advocacy, blogging, rescuing, traveling, fundraising and changing careers & minds! Along this journey we gained momentum from family, “old” and new friends, formed alliances with various people plus organizations and we’re just getting started!
What a difference a year makes! Happy Anniversary to The Pretty Chic with the Pits!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kemo, Piper & King Tut

The physical and mental anguish humans put animals through, especially our pets is inhumane.  Since working at the shelter our eyes have been wide open and our hands covering our mouths after hearing the “reasons” one brings their "beloved" pet to the shelter. As we’re working with the dogs in the yard a car pulls up, a healthy, happy pit bull is taken out of the van and brought into the shelter.  The feeling that came over us was despair, sadness and a sick stomach.  The woman was in the office approximately 2-3 minutes, she comes out wiping the tears from her eyes; not wanting to judge we kept working with Kemo.  After our session we  were told the woman dropped the dog off after rescuing him from death row a year before ONLY to bring him back to certain death.  Anger and confusion filled us, a brief discussion was had and it was time to leave.  The dog being bought into the shelter replayed in our heads all night.

The shelter is closed on Mondays soTuesday rolls around and our usual routine resumed; we pulled  into the shelters driveway, got out of vehicle, walked in the shelter only to be told Kemo & Piper the two dogs we were asked to work with had been euthanized.  Tears filled our eyes immediately.  As we attempted to gather ourselves to work with Danny (a fairly new pup to the shelter) it was evident our spirits were broken.  Yes, we knew that dogs that go into the shelter usually come out in trash bags however, we were going to be the difference maker, and no dog was going to die on our watch.  We’re trainers in training; we’re here to make a difference! What a smack in the face and a punch in the gut did we recieve? The shelter worker informed us more dogs were being bought into the shelter due to the heat.  Although the shelter informed these people that the shelter did NOT have power due to the storm folks didn’t care and bought their dogs to the shelter.

Can’t help but wonder what hurt Kemo & Piper most the pain of the needle pricking their paw as the concoction of meds flowed through their veins to take their lives or the pain of their once beloved family member bringing them to the shelter for certain death.  As for 6 month old King Tut, what hurt him the most? DC’s summer heat or being betrayed by mankind? King Tut was killed as he slept, a center block of concrete was smashed into his skull killing him instantly. The mental and physical abuse humans inflict on these animals are cruel and inhumane, yet these crimes go unpunished, these people are allowed to have pets and possibly repeat the same behavior yet these pets are left brokenhearted, broken spirited and forced to cross over the rainbow bridge far too soon!

Rest in Peace all of the pets that have crossed over the rainbow bridge because of the carelessness of humans! Kemo,Piper & King Tut your death isn’t in vain!