Monday, September 19, 2011

The Poppy Mart Online Auction Has Begun!

PoppyMart 2011 is Here! Let the bidding begin!

PBRC's on-line auction, Poppy Mart 2011 is finally here. Through September 25, you can bid on over 700 exciting items for auction! Dog stuff, people stuff, gifts, jewelry and collectibles. There is something for every taste and wallet.

Pit Bull Rescue Central, Inc. (PBRC), a 501(c)3 organization, started its eighth annual on-line auction at 10:30PM Eastern (7:30PM Pacific) , on September 18th, 2011. All proceeds from Poppy Mart will go directly to PBRC's Fund - which finances Pit Bull Spay/Neuter; assists with medical procedures beyond the financial reach of rescuers, caretakers, owners and shelters; and supports the website that enables us to list dogs for adoption and provide educational resources. PBRC is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers.
We are once again using eBay as our venue. To register for the auction and for instructions - Register Here! (Note: Everyone bidding needs to register with eBay.) If you are already registered with eBay, all you need to do is start bidding! Before you bid, we ask that you review our Auction Guidelines page.

Please visit our sponsor page to support our generous donors. PoppyMart would not be possible without the many retail vendors, volunteers, and friends who donated to PBRC's auction.

Click this link to go directly to PoppyMart!

Please note that the individual auctions will end at approximately 10:30PM Eastern (7:30PM Pacific), September 25th. The start and end times were changed this year to allow more bidders to be present for the closing bidding.  Feel free to contact us at with any questions!

The Volunteers of PBRC

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Back to School Time!

Back to school can be an exciting time for families, but it can be a stressful time for our pets. With family schedule changes that can lead to increased time alone and decreased activities, our dogs may end up feeling like they are in detention!

Fortunately, there are easy ways to help our dogs stay safe while adjusting to these changes.
  • Keep new school supplies, including glue and pens, stored safely away from your beloved pet. Make sure your dog has its own "dog approved" items to chew, such as deer antlers, hollow bones, and so on.
  • Set aside some one-on-one time with your pet for training and exercise. School and after school activities are not just for humans. Activities including group obedience classes and running are important for keeping dogs active and engaged.
  • Keep a set schedule that includes your dog. Dogs thrive on consistency. Consistent feeding, exercise, and nap times are important.
  • Give your dog something to do when left alone. Items like Kongs stuffed with peanut butter and frozen can help tire out your dog while keeping him or her engaged and easing anxiety
  • Children who are new visitors to your home should NEVER be left unattended around your dogs. Always supervise interactions and look for stress signs that the dog is not comfortable, such as lip licking, yawning, and avoiding eye contact—these are all signs that Fido needs a break.
These tips should help keep your favorite pet well adjusted and happy during the back to school transition!