Thursday, February 24, 2011

Freshen Up Your Spring Wardrobe!

Show your support for PBRC with mugs, t-shirts, stickers, sweatshirts, and more! Visit our
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Three Ways to Celebrate Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day With Your Pit Bull

Today is one of your dog's favorite holidays: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Dogs love their biscuits, and since we love our dogs, Pit Bull Rescue Central is celebrating, too!

Here are some great ways to celebrate with the pit bulls in your life:

1) Treat Your Dog and Help Homeless Pit Bulls!

Check out some of the yummy options at our Poppy Shop:

When you purchase delicious treats for your puppy pals through these partners, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help PBRC!

2) Bake with Poppy: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Biscuits

Feeling creative? Whip up a batch of homemade dog biscuits. There are lots of simple recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive to create and can be tailored to suit any special dietary needs. Here's one of Poppy's favorites:

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Recipe with Oatmeal
This peanut butter dog biscuit recipe is what you're looking for if you want an easy dog treat. With only four ingredients, one of which is water, even novice chefs can treat their pups to homemade cookies!

* 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use another type of flour if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
* 1 cup rolled oats
* 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
* 1 1/4 cups hot water
Additional flour for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350° F
2. Mix dry ingredients together.
3. Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
4. Knead the dough well.
5. Roll out the dough into 1/4" thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.
6. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.
After cooling, the cookies get very hard, just the way dogs like them!

Storing: This peanut butter dog biscuit recipe makes biscuits that will last in a sealed air-tight container at room temperature for one week. You can store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
(from the Dog Treat Kitchen)

3) Join Our Dog Biscuit Celebration on Facebook

The International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day celebration idea with the most “likes” by 10pm EST on Feb. 23 will win a prize package (including dog biscuits, of course). Visit our Facebook wall to "like" your favorite ideas or share your own!

Where did Dog Biscuits Originate?
Back in the 1800s, a London butcher was seeking to expand his business. He decided that he would bake biscuits to sell along with his meats. He baked up a batch of his concoction; however, when he tasted them, he decided they tasted horrible and gave them to his dog. His dog thought otherwise and gobbled up the biscuits eagerly. The butcher watched and, being the innovative businessman that he was, continued to make the biscuits designed for dogs. (Source: Scampering Paws)

In 1908, an American businessman bought the recipe and the F.H. Bennett Biscuit Company was established. The name of the new dog biscuit was Malatod. In 1911, the recipe for the original biscuit was patented and, in 1915, the name was changed to Milk Bone.

Later, others started making biscuits for the puppy palate and today there are options that range from standard fair to organic to hypoallergenic. Dog biscuits not only communicate our love to our dogs in a language that they understand, but they can be a useful tool in training and a meaningful reward for a job well done.

Happy International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

Photo credit: stephpowell

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Help dreams come true for the shelter dogs of Animal Care & Control of New York City

This spring, help the dogs of AC&C by donating a Kong by March 31, 2011.

AC&C of NYC is a private 501c3 non-profit organization that contracts with New York City for animal control services. Each year, AC&C takes in thousands of dogs. Those not adopted are simply euthanized, sometimes within a matter of days.

Dogs residing at AC&C experience stress from many things including social isolation, barren environments, large numbers of other animals, noise, lack of exercise and boredom.

Your gift of a Kong will help:
  • Reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Stimulate the mind while providing a tasty distraction
  • Provide a durable toy/treat dispenser
  • Deter destructive behavior
The presence of toys in kennels has shown to increase adoption rates.

Mail Kongs to:

Miriam Bouchma

3 Times Square

11th Floor

New York, NY 10036

For more information and to stay updated via the Donate A Kong to AC&C Facebook page. Click here.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

PBRC's First Annual Valentine’s Day Kissing Contest!

Does your Valentine have a wet nose and a tail? Do you think your pit bull could be the star of a kissing booth on Valentine’s Day? Pit bulls are such loving dogs that we at PBRC thought it fitting that this Valentine’s Day is going to the dogs! To celebrate, we are having a special kissing booth contest. The winner receives bragging rights as best kisser along with a great prize.

PBRC invites you to send your “kiss-a-bull” photos to our 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Kissing Contest!

Please submit photos no later than Sunday, February 13, 2011, 11:59 pm.

Voting begins Monday, February 14, 2011.
We will announce the winners on February 15, 2011

Contest rules:

  • One photo per dog
  • Include your name, dog’s name and email address
  • Contest is limited to pit bulls
  • Photos MUST be submitted before Sunday, February 13th, 11:59 pm
  • Only one vote allowed per person

Please send photos to:

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tails in the 'Hood Super Bowl Sunday Edition

Hey Everyone,

Busy Weekend. Friday night Victoria Stillwell from "It's Me or The Dog" was presenting at a Pit Bull Talk in Gwinnett County. Very informative! I gain more respect for Victor
ia every time I see her. She has a passion for the pits. Ami's dog, Lenox, was showcased as well as Brandee's dog, Apollo. Saturday Ami had to help transport a Cane Corso up to Rome, GA. Well it was supposed to be a transport to Rome and somehow she ended up driving to Alabama! One of the legs to the transport didn't bother to show up. I drove up to Rome to get some video and pictures of Baby Kyle and his counterpart, Boy. These two dogs have been living in boarding since they were seized from a raid 2.5 years ago. They are now ready for adoption. They are both very loving and very sweet. Did I mention extremely handsome as well? Baby Kyle, is a little more relaxed, whereas Boy is just a clown. He is very toy motivated!! Loves to play and loves to be loved. They are both highly adoptable dogs.

Sunday rolled around. Ami and her husband, David, had to go get some car parts for Ami's car, so I took the opportunity to follow up on some of the people we met last week in Washington Park. I dropped by the Good Dog Company to bring True some vaccines and dewormer for her pups. She is fostering Rayme, our blind pitbull. Our other friend, Robin, is fostering Byron, the dog we took in last week while on a Tails in the Hood mission. Byron is doing great, He loves Robin's other dogs. Robin is also fostering Little Veronica, the emaciated girl we took in on our first Tails in the 'Hood mission. Byron is house broken, good with dogs, cats and people. Thanks True and Robin, we appreciate you very much!!

Next stop, Tymeco's house. He was on the way out when I called, but was willing to meet with me. We had a great conversation at Washington Park and I thought we may have gotten through to him and we did. We vaccinated and dewormed his beautiful 1.5 year pitbull named Redd. We also provided him with heartworm and flea prevention for the next 6 months. Tymeco agreed to let us get Redd neutered. His grandmother and brother also have a 1 year old brindle male named Cash. We vaccinated Cash and dewormed him as well as provided him with a 6 month supply of heartworm and flea prevention. We also gave them 2 bags of food. Tymeco is working on his brother to let us fix Cash as well. Redd is scheduled for next Monday at Lifeline in college park. They have a super team over there that are always willing to accomodate us.

Next call was to Terell. Terell is an aspiring rapper. He's very polite and very appreciative for what we are trying to do with our Tails in the Hood program. Terell is trying to schedule a day to get off early so he can have her fixed. We should be making the appointment this week. The next stop was Vine City to meet with Tim. We also met Tim at the Washington Park event. He was there with his 4 month old pit puppy, Pebbles. She was in need of some shots and dewormer. We vaccinated and dewormed little Ms Sassy Pebbles and Tim agreed that he should fix her. We are just trying to find a way to get her to and from Lifeline so we can schedule an appointment. We also provided Tim with a leash and collar for Pebbles. Every kid in that apartment complex felt the need to tell me about their pitbulls. I have a feeling we will be there again trying to reach out to these kids.

I came home and fed my dogs then headed to Liz's house. We needed to deworm Rosie JR and April. They are 2 pups that survived out of the litter of 6 that we rescued last week on our Tails in the Woods episode. These 2 are healthy and strong thanks to Village Vets and Liz and her husband, Matt, who are fostering them for us. They will be six weeks old next week and will be vaccinated then. Another busy but successful weekend. Today we had 4 more pups fixed at Lifeline. These were Spider and Demarco's dogs. 3 pits and 1 pomeranian that belonged to Spider's Mom. Thanks to Lisbeth and Marcia for the transport help. Some more good news: Peanut the Parvo pup that we treated at Village Vets has pulled through! He is home with his family and doing well. Those three dogs will be getting fixed within the next two weeks. If it wasn't for Pick having the good sense to call me, Peanut wouldn't be alive. Good Job Pick!! Tails in the Hood Rides again!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tails in the 'Hood (continued)

November 28, 2010

I don't know if everyone knows about our project, Tails in the 'Hood, but basically Friends to the Forlorn and Atlanta Underdog Initiative went into low income areas and approached pit bull owners about responsible dog ownership. Here's a note from Jason about our latest adventures from weekend before last, and we just got the awesome news that we've been awarded a $ 5,000 grant towards our program!

Hey Everyone,

Rough weekend, as I am feeling a bit under the weather. This flu thing just grabbed a hold of me, but it cant stop us from following through on our Tails in The Hood missions. Last week we met Emerald (Pick) and GK in Decatur. We took them to Dekalb County Animal Control and showed them what it was like in the pound.( I sent the video last week) Thanks to the staff at DCAC and to Byron, from B Good Behavior Modification for taking the time to educate these two young men.

You see, these guys wanted to breed pit bulls as a source of income. They truly love their dogs, but just didn't know how bad it is out there for dogs, especially pits. Nobody ever explained to them about proper vaccines and worming or heartworm prevention. All it took was for some people to explain it to them. We just provided them with a little education. I went by today and vaccinated and dewormed their 4 pups. I gave them some heartworm preventative and we have now scheduled all three dogs to be spayed, neutered and micro-chipped as well as vaccinated for rabies. Lifeline Animal Project will be fixing them on Thursday. Now that's a great accomplishment, but it gets better. Now GK and Pick will be working with Tails in the Hood. I have a feeling you will be seeing these young men do a lot of good. We are working on getting them some fencing to get their pups off the chains. They are not allowed to have them indoors. Slowly but surely everything will work itself out.

Afterwards we went to go check on Kevin with his blue girl, Lady. We just got her spayed last week. I promised Kevin we would bring him some more food, and we needed to get the measurements to help repair his fence. We vaccinated Lady with a 5 in 1 shot and gave her a cap star for fleas. She has been inside since we gave Kevin a crate. Progress!!! We showed Kevin the video of our visit to Dekalb.

While I was driving home Ami called. It seems like Kevin and his friends want to take a day trip to the pound, too. We may reach a few more kids in the neighborhood. That’s what Tails in the 'Hood is all about, reaching out to the ones who really need to be reached. There are videos below of what we've been up to. Thanks for your support!

Now we're off on another Tails in the 'Hood mission tonight. Some neighbors found a pit/rottweiler mix they are calling Shuggie. We're taking them some food and a crate so they can bring Shuggie inside. It's too cold for him to be outside in this weather! It's supposed to be 20 degrees tonight. We're also going to get Shug signed up to get neutered at Lifeline College Park.