October 18, 2011

Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa Kearney

My name is Vanessa Kearney. I live in Greensboro with my boyfriend, Jeremy Williamson, and our two girls. In addition to our human babies, we have 2 of our own dogs, 1 foster dog, a cat, a turtle, and a fish. Juggling two kids and these crazy animals I like to jokingly say that I am the ring leader of this circus.

It all started with a kitty. NotFotsKitty to be exact. Then I rescued a jack russell terrier, Baxter. I never thought of having a pit bull. All of that changed when my long distance boyfriend was laid off in Roanoke, VA. The sluggish economy made finding a job in that area hard. Although we'd only been dating a couple months, I knew finding a job would be much easier in Greensboro. Without hesitating, I told Jeremy to pack his stuff and bring his elderbull to my house. Two years later, I can't imagine my life without Jeremy and Danky.

Jeremy has said many times, that his family was concerned when he adopted Danky as a puppy in 1997. They were worried that Danky would be aggressive and live up to all of the negative media. It took a few years, but his family now loves and trusts, "old Mr. Black." Danky has changed lots of misconceived notions about pit bulls in Crewe, Virginia and abroad.

We happened upon CCB by chance at a local corn maze. We started following them on Facebook and waited about 6 months before volunteering to dog sit while permanent fosters went on vacation. That's when we were asked to sit Valentino for a week. Having a third dog in the house presented its challenges, but everyone rose to the occasion. When it was time for Valentino to go home, we were all sad and crying. About 6 weeks later, while on vacation, I saw that Valentino needed a new foster. Jeremy and I both agreed, almost instantly, that we would step up. Valentino has been with us since August 8th, 2011.

Our CCB friends have become like a second family to us. We look forward to seeing everyone and their fosters at events all over the triad. Whether it's helping with events, soliciting fundraising donations or loving on all the pibbles, Jeremy and I try our best to be good spokespeople for CCB. We are so humbled to be part of this great group pf pit bulls and people.

October 16, 2011

Featured Happy Ending: Aurora

In December of 2010, we found ourselves suddenly dog-less.  Both of our pittie mixes had passed away within 3 months of each other.  I knew right away that I wanted to get another pittie or pittie mix, but a couple of things were standing in my way.  My husband, Morgan, wasn't ready for another dog yet, he needed time to grieve our painful losses.  Additionally, we have two human kiddos, Avery, 2 years at the time, and Carson, only 3months old at the time.  Our previous pups had already been members of our family before we had children, so we knew what to expect from them.  Adding a new dog was a great unknown to us.  Morgan told me that we would look into getting a dog in the spring.   

Well, spring came, and was turning quickly into summer when I came upon CCB’s Facebook page. A friend had shared a picture of one of the Adopt-a-Bulls, so I made that “fateful” click. As I was perusing the pictures of all the sweet pups, I mentioned the site and group to Morgan. He told me to go ahead and fill out an adoption application, causing me to cheer a little bit, and then fill out my application. In the space on the application for choosing which dog I was interested in, I left that blank, opting instead to be matched with the right pup for our family. I explained that we had 2 children under three, and needed a dog who would be able to deal with a frequently chaotic household. Amanda emailed me back, telling me about Aurora – and how CCB wanted specifically to adopt her to a family with children. Morgan and I agreed to meet her, and we were immediately taken with this sweet girl who had been waiting so patiently for the perfect home.
Aurora has fit in so seamlessly with our family; it is as if she has always been here.  Avery and Carson both love her, and climb all over her.  She is so patient, gentle and sweet with them, and seems to love her new “nannying job.”  She is also becoming my running buddy, as we do the Couch to 5K program (we both have a little baby weight we need to work off). I know she spent a long time in foster care, while almost all of her puppies were adopted into their forever homes, but I really feel as though she was waiting for there to be room in our home and hearts.  I truly appreciate CCB giving her a place to be until her permanent place to be was ready for her.

September 11, 2011

Featured Adopt-a-Bull: Lacey

Lacey, who has affectionately become known as "Lacey-Belle", is already crate & potty trained. She eats at the same time as her foster siblings, and has learned very quickly that her food is hers and theirs is off limits (even though you can tell she wants the big dog food!). Lacey loves to run about with other dogs, and when larger dogs came to play with her and bark at her, she is a calm, wonderfully well-behaved young lady. She also plays well with children! Lacey is now about 6 months old. Her mama is a beautiful petite pit bull named Valerie, and we don't know who her daddy was, but she has slightly longer red fur like that of a retriever. Please email info@carebullies.org if you are interested in Lacey!

Featured Happy Ending: Sovann

My name is Sovann, which means, “like gold.” I got my name because they thought I was so beautiful and unique --I don’t disagree. CCB saved me and my friends Chewy and Azura when we had to go to the shelter. The place where we lived before was bad and there were too many animals there and we weren’t being taken care of. My foster mommy, Angela, was sad because she lost her pibble to cancer and she wrote to CCB and said she would give me a place to stay and be my foster Mom. I was so excited! Even more exciting was that my friend Azura went to stay with her brother and I still get to see her sometimes. Miss Angela decided that I was doing so well as a foster and everyone loved me so much that she wanted to keep me forever. We even had a cookout party to celebrate.

In my new home I have one brother, O’Malley. He is a very good dog and he shows me how I’m supposed to do things. He is the best big brother. I have one foster sister right now. Her name is Angel and she’s beautiful just like me. She’s really shy and scared sometimes but I lie with her and make her feel better. We love to play, too. I try to run as fast as she does but my mom says she runs like the wind. I also have a kitty friend at my house. At first, I wasn’t allowed to play with her but then I learned to be gentle and not to chase and now I’m allowed to sniff her and wag my tail when I see her.

My most favorite thing about my new home is that I get to sit in the window all day long and nap in sun. Then, when Miss Angela comes home we go outside and play. I’m working very hard on my manners and when I’m good I get to go to work and hang out and sometimes I get to go to the beach. I’m learning to not be afraid of the waves. My brother O’Malley just loves it and I want to learn to swim with him and chase balls in the waves.

I think that I got my furever home because I cuddle so well. I snore sometimes, and I grunt a lot, that’s why they call me “Porkchop.” I even got my picture taken hanging out the truck window like that cute little piggy on the tv commercial, you remember Maxwell? I’m the happiest doggie I know, and it’s all because of Carolina Care Bullies. I started training to become a Canine Good Citizen. If I get certified, my mom is going to take this test she says she’s qualified for. If we both pass then one day I’ll be a therapy dog. I’ll go all over and help people feel better and tell them how CCB saved my life.

Thank you for reading my story and supporting Carolina Care Bullies. If you want to see all my pictures and hear how I’m doing come to my Facebook page, Sovann Keith, and be my friend.

“Save the children and the beasts. For in this world they have no choice, they have no voice.” ~Anonymous

Wags and Kisses,


Volunteer Spotlight: Meghan Pragel

Hi there! My name is Meghan.  I do graphics work, update PBRC and Pet Portal, and will start event coordinating soon for CCB. I had dogs growing up my entire life and I have loved having them around. When I started living on my own the first dog that I owned was a little brindle pittie named Star.  I then decided to get her a friend and found a couple that wanted to get rid of their older pitbull to make room for a puppy so I said I would take him off their hands.  His name was Butch and he later became my inspiration and push into the rescue world that ignited the passion in me for pitbull advocacy. I faced a lot of intolerance in the neighborhood where I lived for my dogs being the breed they were. One morning Butch saw another dog, wanted to go play and he got away from me.  Before he even got to the other dog a neighbor nearby ran after and assaulted him. I was shocked and angered. When I went to the police about it I was told that there was nothing they could do.  Pitbulls were known for their “locking jaws” and aggressive behavior so the man acted out in fear for his life. The next day I searched the internet and found a pitbull rescue in the area and started volunteering. I did home visits, events, and anything else that was needed of me. I truly believe that they are misunderstood and have the wrong reputation. They are some of the sweetest dogs I have ever come in contact with and they are a joy to be around. I have had to defend myself and this breed to my friends and family countless times but their cause is something I truly believe in and I will continue to defend it. Today my boyfriend and I have two pit mix rescues and they are the joys of our lives. I don’t know what I would do without them. I am very thankful to have found CCB to be able to continue my volunteer work in educating people about this breed.  As far as who I am outside of the rescue world I asked my friend Lynn if she would write a little something, since I am not really good about talking about myself personality wise, so here is a little insight from one of my best and oldest friends, “I would say that you treat your bestest (human) friends just as well as you treat your doggy children. You are not only extremely loyal, but always go above and beyond to make your friends happy. I know that if I ever needed you, you would do your best to help me in whatever way you could - as you would for your dogs, and dogs of friends. Also, even though you now live in NC, I always feel like we will have that bond that we developed in high school, again, much like you probably have with a lot of the dogs that have come in and out of your life.” That being said, I am anxious to keep getting more involved and meet all of the other volunteers. I have found that other people like me, “bully friends” as I like to call them, are some of the best people I have ever met.

August 5, 2011

Volunteer Spotlight: Samantha Nguyen

My love for pit bulls started when I adopted my first dog, Emerson, in 2009. At the time I had no idea that he was a pit and no clue what to expect based on the things I had heard. When Emerson joined our family I knew that I had to throw everything I had been told out the window. The sweet little guy was a lot of work, but every day he surprised me. He was by far the most intelligent and affectionate dog I had ever encountered. Even my husband, who was really not a dog fan, fell in love. As Emerson grew we faced breed discrimination and doubtful comments about his behavior. I knew that the only way for our friends and family to be supportive would be to show them what a great dog he is.

My husband and I attended obedience training through the Positive Pit bull and about a year ago I joined CCB as a volunteer. It felt good to meet with other pit owners and work together to find forever homes for shelter dogs and to educate the public about the breed. In 2010 we decided to foster Chelsea who quickly snuggled into our hearts. After just a week of fostering we decided that her place was here with us. This year I became an event coordinator for CCB. I enjoy showing off our adopt-a-bulls and sharing my love for the breed with others.

August 4, 2011

Featured Adopt-a-Bull: Meg


Meg is a one year old pit bull mix who is an obedient, easy going, silly ball of energy! She loves peanut butter, treats, and the company of other dogs. Meg will come to you home-friendly if you are a first time adopter! She is well housetrained, crate-trained, treat motivated, walks very well on her leash, and does not jump on furniture unless invited. Her interactions with children at public events have been calm, comfortable, and affectionate. Meg is looking for any family that will see past her easily overlooked dark coat and see the sparkle in her eyes that is true love!

Check out my 'pawdicure'!

August 3, 2011

Featured Happy Ending: Reef

Formerly Sugar Bear/Nanny

This is Reef! When I set out to choose a pet I did not have a “bully breed” in mind; however, I have since learned that the best things in life are often unexpected and unplanned. Reef came into my life a little over a year ago, and she has been a true blessing. She was a little timid at first but with food, play and lots of love, Reef has blossomed into a social butterfly. “Bully breeds” are often mistakenly known for their aggression; however, Reef did not live up to this negative expectation. Reef was weary of other dogs and she lacked socialization skills, but with training and time she has become a gentle giant. In closing, if you are in search of a pet that is loyal, loving and intelligent please consider adopting a bully breed.


From Reef’s former Foster Mom: When Sugar Bear came to me as a foster, she had just been dumped in a county shelter and was heartworm positive. She also seemed to be dog reactive and I was concerned about how she would react to my neighbor's charging Pomeranian (you know the type :)). But this girl was a complete sweetheart, proved my worries to be unfounded and proved Amanda to be correct with her assertion that her reactivity was probably due to fear and uncertainty and stressed the importance of the Two Week Shutdown (I’m a believer now). Just think about all the changes she had recently been through. The best part is that my next-door neighbor's family adopted her. So not only did she find a great forever home, I still get to see her. She’s now a healthy, cherished member of the family and actually enjoys the company of other dogs. As her former foster Mom, it does my heart good to see Reef in a loving home and I see her often, either when she is visiting Granny’s house next door or the numerous times I’ve seen her riding around town (she LOVES to ride). I see her big bully smile when I walk into my neighbor’s house if she’s visiting and I see her excited wagging when more visitors come into the house. She is just loving life now – and that’s what it’s all about! And that charging Pomeranian next door? They're buddies now.

July 8, 2011

We Asked - You Answered!

"Do you think prong and shock collars have a place in today's dog training, or are effective tools for pit bull-type dogs?"

Jaynine Howard
 There is much controversy on what discipline is and what abuse is. This is a heated topic for parents and dog owners. No one wants to be around the unruly child or the ill mannered dog. But, where do you draw the line on whether it is discipline or abuse?

I presently do not use a bark collar or one of the wireless fences that requires the use of a collar that can shock or zap a dog if he or she barks or gets too close to the fence. Prior to owning a dog I thought they were cruel and inhumane. I would never have considered owning one. But, now that I am a dog owner the thought has crossed my mind for several reasons.

Let’s first discuss the bark collar. I know many people that have successfully used the bark collar on the lowest setting to stop unwanted barking. They only used the collar active a few times. When the dog returns to the bad habit of barking the owner will put back on the collar but not activated and the dog will stop the unwanted behavior. Through the use of conditioning and association the unwanted behavior is stopped. When a dog stops barking everyone in the household and the neighborhood are happy. Teaching a dog manners and curtailing nuisance barking is a social responsibility. I would rather not hear a dog bark and see him or her wearing the bark collar than to see the dog in a shelter or homeless because the pet owner and the neighbors could not stop the barking using other behavior modification methods.

Now the invisible fence also at first seemed a bit harsh. But, now that I am a pet owner the price of installing a fence is not in my budget. The invisible fences are not cheap either. However, they are an alternative to keeping the dog indoors all day. Dogs need fresh air and exercise. They enjoy lying in the sun soaking up the rays. I think a dog’s quality of life improves when given the opportunity to run outside and enjoy the fresh air without having to be on a leash all the time.

Dog owners need to be responsible. If that means that the behavior modification technique used to invoke the appropriate or desired behavior is through the administration of shock then I vote it in its favor. I would rather see a disciplined dog wearing a shock collar than a dog sitting unwanted in a shelter or running loose as a stray or worse being beat or kicked in an attempt to discipline the dog. Used in moderation the shock collar can be a beneficial tool to training a dog and allowing it to roam outside within limits without having to be on a leash.

We Asked - You Answered!

"Do you think prong and shock collars have a place in today's dog training, or are effective tools for pit bull-type dogs?"

Shana Markwis
 Prong and shock collars are a controversial topic in the animal world, as the interpretation among strangers, bystanders and family can vary. At a glance, your dog might be considered dangerous, out of control or possibly even a victim of animal abuse or dog fighting. Are the double-take stares and whispers as you pass by worth these intense and harsh-looking collars?

It is common knowledge that positive reinforcement is the best tool to modify behavior in animals. Dogs, especially pitbulls, are people pleasers that want to be encouraged, therefore positive interactions are key. However, in a situation where your dog has left you exhausting all known techniques, prong and shock collars may be useful when used correctly. They are a tool, and dependent upon the user, can be helpful or abusive. Fully understanding the tool you are about to impart on your dog is essential. Put that shock collar around your neck. Are you scared? Then maybe this isn't the tool for you or your dog. Put the prong collar around your neck and let a family member lead you around, giving you corrections as they feel necessary. Angry yet? It is insensitive to think that you can use a tool on your dog, that can be downright dangerous if used incorrectly, without knowing exactly how it feels. You better know how Shock Level 1 feels, and before you press Shock Level 5 on Fido, you better know how that feels, too. Prong and shock collars have a badrap, but let's be honest, how did that reputation get there? Through bias media, the uneducated public and irresponsible owners. Sound like any other reputations we know of?

Volunteer Spotlight: Megan Ward

Currently, I am seventeen, I just graduated from the Hawbridge School, and I am entering college at ACC as a jumping off point for my animal career. I love animals (I have nine of them) especially pit bulls. They are my life.

I cannot say that my involvement with bully breeds was at all predicted. I always felt sorry for the bullies that I saw on the news, and on those animal cop shows, and it always sickened me the way they rarely tell you what became of them, because nothing became of them. They were euthanized and it wasn’t fair. That, however, was about the extent of my concern for pit bulls. I had no idea to what extent this breed was abused, misunderstood, and discriminated against. That all changed when I found Natalia.

She was a tiny, thin, goofy looking pit bull that I ran across on a walk. The man who owned her was a back yard breeder, who had tried numerous times to dump her on the side of the road, only to find that she would make her way back. She was twenty-five pounds, and her skin was covered in staff infection and mange. I told the man to give me three days to find a rescue that would take her in. I contacted rescues all over the state, and in surrounding states, only to find that they were all past their limit with dogs. Meanwhile, I fought with my parents to let me take her in. On the last of my three days, I was forced to pick her up. My last call was to Guilford County Animal Shelter. The words I would hear next would be stuck in my head forever. “We don’t take in pit bulls. If you bring her here we will put her down.” After that, I named the dog Natalia and she was safe with me.

As Natalia started her new life with me, I began to notice how prejudiced some people were against pit bulls. It hurt me to see parents tell their kids “no” when they wanted to pet Natalia. “thats a mean doggy” one person said. Once I was even cussed out by a woman at a park for letting Natalia sniff her dog. I then began to learn about BSL laws, where family dogs are ripped from their homes and killed.Through my love and passion for Natalia, I wanted to become involved in helping pit bulls. And I wanted to do it through Natalia. I enrolled her in “Basic Obedience for Bully Breeds” at Paws4ever, taught by Amanda Liston, president of “Carolina Care Bullies”. Amanda and Terry helped shy little Natalia flourish, and they helped me become a better pit bull owner and advocate. Thanks to them, Natalia is attending parties, events, and is getting along with everyone. Everywhere she goes, she leaves a lasting impression on the people she meets. She is becoming a true breed ambassador! We are going for her Canine Good Citizen soon! I was so motivated by Amanda and Terry’s work (and the book, “The Lost Dogs”) that it hit me. “Thats what I want to do with my life! I want to rescue pit bulls!”

So now I have joined them as a volunteer. Being a volunteer for CCB not only shows me first-hand what it takes to run a rescue, but it also forces me to open up and work with people. This has always been a struggle for me, due to Asperger’s Syndrome.

It just makes no sense to me how such a loyal, sweet dog breed with such a great personality could be so misunderstood, and persecuted. I just hope one day I can make a difference. I suppose if I make as big of a difference as CCB has so far, I’m doing pretty great.

July 7, 2011

Featured Happy Ending: Bodie

Bodie makes you feel contented and secure, just being near him. My college-aged daughter Natalie, our other two dogs, and two cats adore him. Friends and relatives ask about him. A few weeks ago, my eight year-old nephew, Henry, met him and
said he loves Bodie and wants "to go on adventures with him every day." Now, when we skype with Henry, we have to include Bodie. Bodie loves kids too. When we have kid visitors, he is in heaven.
Strangers pat his head and say, "Hey Boy!"

Bodie looks at me often to see that I think about a situation. It's a quick, endearing glance. He knew very few words in the beginning, but now understands a lot. His intelligence is astounding! He has a good sense of humor, and, now that he trusts us, he loves the silly games we play. If he does something that we don't like, we just tell him to stop, and he does. Skilled at diffusing a situation, Bodie is the perfect friend for our other pit mix, Violet, who is younger and can sometimes be a bit bossy.

Bodie is very strong and seemingly spring-loaded. When the leashes come out, it's hard for him to be polite. He's a very physical guy, and it takes a strong person to handle him when he gets excited and forgets not to pull when he sees a squirrel. We're working on that.

Bodie loves sitting in the front yard while I work in the garden. He is a great companion for errands or to meet a friend at an outdoor cafe. When we're leaving the house, he places himself in a strategic position near the door, in hopes of being asked to go along. When we can't take him, he's crestfallen!

Bodie's success story helps me forget that he probably spent his first two years chained, until his family moved away and abandoned him. The family moving was the best thing that could have happened to him because after that things got better. Compassionate people intervened and made sure that Bodie was taken care of, starting with a good Samaritan neighbor whose good deed led to Carolina Care Bullies (CCB). Volunteer Renee fostered Bodie. In the beginning he was afraid to even cross the threshold into her house.

I met Bodie in Chapel Hill when attending a CCB adoption event to see "Poca," a puppy (who we adopted a few weeks later). Poca wasn't there that day, so I took the opportunity to learn more about pit bulls, and talked to Renee. I was actually a little afraid of Bodie because he was so still and quiet. He looked unhappy to be there, but compliant. When I took him for a walk outside, he was stiff. All he wanted to do was get back to Renee. After only spending five minutes with him, something about him seared into my heart. I didn't know what it was, because he showed no affection and revealed almost no personality.

Two months later, I still couldn't stop thinking about Bodie. He just got to me. I surprised myself and asked to adopt him. By this time my daughter, Natalie, was back at college, and she was surprised when I signed her birthday card with all of our names, including Bodie's. She had never even met him.
On his first day at our house I gave the dogs a great one-hour walk in the woods. After arriving at home, Bodie ran up and gave me a quick little thank you kiss. It didn't take long for him to get used to the good life, but he is grateful every day and often gives thank you kisses. For the first whole week he pulled me out to the spot in front of our house where Renee said goodbye, to look for her. He really loved her, which endeared me him even more. He and Natalie are fast friends; Bodie jumps into her bed every day to snuggle and say good morning.

We are so thankful to the unnamed good Samaritan and especially to all the people at CCB that made it possible for Bodie to live a happy life, and for us to share our time together! All the work and compassion that it takes to do what CCB does is truly meaningful. We are smitten, and thankful that Bodie brings so much sweetness, fun and love to our family!

Featured Adopt-a-Bull: Zorro

Zorro is an eleven month old pit bull/boxer mix puppy. Zorro is a very sweet and gentle boy. He loves to play in the yard with his foster siblings. He gets along with male/female dogs and size doesn’t matter. He is a cuddler and thinks like many big dogs that he is small and wants to be a lap dog. Zorro has excellent dog manners and knows how to properly introduce himself to new dogs. He knows the commands sit, stay, wait, leave it, off, down, look at me. He is learning to shake. His current favorite toy is the swimming pool in the backyard, he loves to splash around biting the water and lays in it to cool off. He loves to play fetch and will carry a ball around in his mouth for hours. He loves to chew on his kong and play tug-of-war with the rope toys.

Read more about me here.

June 7, 2011

Featured Adopt-a-Bull: Zilphie

Zilphie and her family recently suffered a terrible tragedy when her dad died unexpectedly. Zilphie has lived with her daddy since she was just a few weeks old in April 2010, and she recently celebrated her first birthday. She is well-socialized with male and female dogs, is house and crate-trained, and is a wonderful dog who has been brought up with lots of love.

Read and see more about me here

Featured Happy Ending: Nahla

Dear CCB,

Thank you! Thank you so much. Nahla (formerly Piper) is without a doubt, one of the greatest, most laid back dogs we have ever owned.

When we went to Petco in Greensboro, our mission was to meet the volunteers and become involved with your wonderful program. Little did we know that we would fall completely in love with our beautiful, green-eyed girl. Nahla and my daughter, Mathis, bonded instantly and have been inseperable every since.

Shortly after Nahla came home, she and Mathis took a basic obedience class. Nahla was quick to learn all of the commands and one day hopes to become a CGC. Mathis broke her foot and hasn't been mobile for a month. That doesn't bother Nahla, she sits patiently with her, is gentle when she plays and sleeps with her every night. Nahla is a member of
our family.

We are so thankful for your program. Don't stop saving precious lives!

-Melanie Curtis


May 8, 2011

Pit Bulls in the Park: Successful Outreach Event!

It was 11 am on May 7, 2011. CCB pulled into the parking lot of Fairview Park in Hillsborough, and began to unload the donations. A few dedicated pit bull owners were already there, walking their dogs. As we organized the leashes, collars, food, and treats, we all were astounded by the overwhelming amount of freebies we had been blessed with for our first community outreach event. So many goodie bags, we were bound to go home with leftovers for the CCB foster dogs. We were wrong.

By the start of Pit Bulls in the Park an hour later, a line had formed at the microchip table, the weight-pulling demo area; and people were picking out new collars for their dogs. We did not have time to survey the activity among us; there was work to be done. We fitted dog after dog for collars, and for some dogs, it was the first one they had ever had. The line for the free microchip table didn’t let up for hours, as we promised dog after dog that they would never wait unclaimed as a “stray” at the shelter again.

Two hours in, we were running low. The donated food was gone. And how many treat bags had we distributed? 50? 100? No one had time to count at the start, but we knew we were down now to our last dozen or so. AnimalKind reported that they had given a half a dozen spay/neuter vouchers, and Orange County Animal Services had vaccinated at least a dozen dogs for their rabies vaccines. Dog trainer Lisa Mayhew of AttaGirl! K9 had spent most of the afternoon consulting with people about dog behavior issues. The kids table had been abuzz with children who loved to tell us about their beloved dogs.

We learned a lot of things that day, the first being, we are not much different from these families, these pit bull owners. We all take pride in our dogs, and we all love them for what they are. We may have different ideas about what makes a responsible owner; about spay/neuter; or about just where these dogs fit into our families. But one thing can not be disputed – we all love our dogs.

By 3:45 pm, the tables were empty. We turned away people interested in getting microchips, collars, leashes, and food; because there was nothing left to give. Physically, and emotionally, we were drained. But we were smiling. Empty tables meant we had succeeded. This was a community that needed us. And Carolina Care Bullies had come though.

We will not soon forget the experience of the first ever Pit Bulls in the Park hosted in the Fairview community, in the small historic town of Hillsborough, North Carolina. It reminded us that there is more to rescue than finding good homes for good dogs. It is about connecting with the community on a personal level, and helping to turn the tide for the pit bulls of tomorrow.

May 6, 2011

Volunteer Spotlight: Kenton Bradford & Rae Boney

Kenton and I both grew up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We were in the same circle of friends towards the end of high school, then went in different directions for college and lost touch.

Kenton had a friend that started a private rescue in Charlotte when he was living in that area; Kenton’s love for the Bullies began then. He saw first-hand the abuse and misunderstanding that was focused on the breed. He saw dogs that came from very bad situations that just wanted to be loved. He moved back to his home town in 2009 and went looking for a companion at the Humane Society. He fell in love with Lola, but was put on a waiting list for her adoption. Kenton didn’t give up there, he visited her almost every day, and after several people on the list where disqualified due to breed restrictions and seeing Kenton’s true devotion to Lola he was able to take her home!

On one of my visits back home I was visiting with some old friends and in walks the most gorgeous red dog I had ever seen, and right behind her was Kenton! I like to tease him that I fell in love with Lola first, and was going to take her home that first night! I had always felt that Pit Bulls where the most handsome of all the dogs I had ever seen. And after being reconnected with Kenton, we decided it would be great to get a companion dog for Lola. We went to the WASPCA and walked out with Carrie, a beautiful brindle that very day. My love for Carrie a Stafford Terrier was automatic, and she loves me back more than I could ever hope for.

I started doing a little googling on the breed and was just horrified at the bad rap these awesome dogs have been getting over the years, horrified that all their wonderful qualities are being overshadowed by bad press. Kenton had always wanted to foster but hadn’t been in the right position or living space to do so, but now he could! I did a google search and loved CCB’s reach across the state. We got our first fosters soon after from an area up in the mountains, and we knew it had been the right decision the moment we saw their adorable faces!

I fell fast and hard for these wonderful animals that have been so abused and misunderstood by us humans. Their love is so unconditional!

Kenton and I spend our free time working in our garden, playing with our furbabies, and spending time with my 8 year old son Sebastion, who is already a Pit Bull defender!

This is just the beginning of our relationship with CCB! We are looking forward to saving many more Bullies and helping to educate the public.

April 6, 2011

Know Your Bully: Kids, Babies and Pitties

I'm Getting a New Puppy - I Need to Rehome the Kids!

OK, maybe that is a little extreme but for those that have raised children around dogs it makes about as much sense as rehoming your dog because you’re expecting a baby. You’ll need to make preparations but the reward is two-fold both to you and to your child. Above all, you’ll be teaching your child an important life lesson through example: the responsibility of commitment, the responsibility of caring for another life and the importance of staying true to that commitment even when things may get a little difficult.

“The Pit Bull has a special fondness for children and a pleased, relaxed look crosses its face when they approach. It can prove to be a safe*, hardy friend that can keep up and put up with the active play life of kids. For a child, no better companion can be found.” Excerpted from: http://www.pitbulllovers.com/pit-bulls-and-human-aggression.html

Growing up with a pet is beneficial to children in many ways. They learn about relationships, compassion, nurturing, loyalty, understanding and a respect for life. Studies indicate that a child who loves and has respect for animals become better adults in the area of love and compassion. They develop a sense of responsibility and connection with nature; kids with dogs spend more time outdoors running, playing, walking/exercising their dogs. Dogs can build self-esteem and social skills in children, improve impulse control and many times can calm a child that is agitated or out of control better than an adult can. Children that have pets are better at handling stress, have less anxiety and more patience in dealing with others. Dogs are non-judgmental; children will confide in their dogs, confident their secrets will not be revealed. Having a dog gives families things to do together like walk/exercise the dog and helps form a common bond – love for the dog. Growing up with pets lowers the incidence of allergies and asthma, eczema and builds stronger immune systems. Pets teach children lifes lessons – love, friendship, and sometimes, grief. Through it all, many consider their dog their best friend.

Get Ready!

If your dog has never been around babies before, imagine the stress he will be under. New smells, new schedule, new rules, etc. Start now to prepare him for the baby’s arrival.

• Obedience Training: attend a class now if you haven’t already or ‘firm-up’ skills they already know.

• Work on behavior issues now, not the day before you bring the new baby home from the hospital

• Familiarize your dog to baby sounds and smells: You can even download recordings of baby cries here. Read more: wearefamilysa.com: Preparation/SoundsSmells

• Familiarize your dog with baby “things”: like strollers and high chairs. Take him for a walk while you push the empty stroller, etc.

• Start altering your schedule now. This will minimize the risk of your dog associating the changes in his schedule with the baby, lessening the chance of resentment. http://www.wearefamilysa.com.au/WeAreFamily/Preparation/tabid/56/Default.aspx

• Follow proper introduction techniques:

• Be responsible - ALWAYS supervise your dog near a baby or young child.

Recommended Reading:
Getting You Ready
Step-By-Step Guide from "Pregnancy to Preschool"

In addition to the wealth of online information, there are lots of other resources available to prepare you such as workshops, DVD’s, in-home consultations, etc.

More Links:





*According to American Temperament Test Society the American Pit Bull Terrier has a current passing rate of 86% -- compared to only 82.4% of the all breeds on average.

April 5, 2011

Featured Adopt-a-Bull: Sponge Bob

Sponge Bob is a loving, puppy-like 1 year old lab/pit mix with a joy for life unlike any that's ever been seen! Deaf since birth, the absence of sound is of no matter to this happy boy! A tap on his butt, or using your finger or arms to motion him to you does just the trick to get him to come when you need him! He is a graduate of Basic Obedience for Bully Breeds and responds well to hand signals. He absolutely adores other dogs and running around with them, so he would be happiest in a home with another dog to play with!

Featured Happy Ending: Alli

Alli, who was originally named Onyx when I adopted her, has been nothing but amazing!

I was in the Cary Towne Center Mall doing some misc. shopping and walked past a CCB event. Being a dog lover I figured I would stop it for a quick head pat and then go about my day. Little did I know Alli would be there, looking at me with her big beautiful eyes and wiggly butt. She is strong and has well defined muscles but carries that power with grace and a gentle touch even when excited.

She meshed with my family with ease,
establishing rank with my other dog, Franco, in only a few hours. Her training went very well and took all of 20 minutes to teach her that when I say "bed bed" she goes and lays on her dog pad next to my bed. The same goes for teaching her to sit, lay down, wait for treats, etc. the only issue she has is not jumping up but thats my fault because she I like to give her hugs all the time.

Over the months and with my experience in the dog world I have concluded she is a mix of mixes. Her face says "pitty" or other Stafford breed, but her body is more in line with a hunting dog and this is obvious when she sees a squirrel or rabbit, she points better than a German Short-hair Pointer LOL.

The story I was told when I wanted to adopt her was she lived nearly all of her life in a shelter, being adopted out for 6 months then dumped back at a shelter without even a call to explain why. I have come to conclude she must have made the decision her previous owners were not right for her because she has been nothing but perfect since I adopted her. Even with her past as a "pound dog" she ate only one shoe (house slipper at that), have never once wee wee'd in the house nor any other issue so many other dogs seem to have.

I tell everyone who mentions wanting a dog to adopt a dog in need, they will love you more than life itself because they have lived a hard life and just a little love goes a long way. They do cost money, you will have problems but those will be outweighed by smiles and laughter and love 1,000,000 times over.

No matter how bad my day, how much stress I might have, I never go to bed without a smile on my face because of my two dogs, Alli and Franco.



Meet the Board: Amanda Boykin

Amanda Boykin is the Carolina Care Bullies Volunteer Coordinator and can help you with any questions in regards to volunteering. In addition, she also works to raise awareness and education further East.

Amanda B. was raised in Wilson NC most of her life and lived in Alabama for about 3 years. She had an animal-loving mother and, therefore, was lucky enough to have all kinds of animals in her life. From dogs of all kinds to horses, pigs and chickens. She followed in her mother's footsteps with her love for animals but it wasn't until 2008 that she encountered her first pitbull. She was one of the many who had believed in all the negative media hype about pitbulls! With this first encounter, she had agreed to petsit a puppy for a friend --only this "puppy" turned out to be a mature pit bull! Although she was "taken-aback" by this "scary dog" at her door, she loved animals and thought she could handle this, too!! Amanda fell in love with this dog that had, unfortunately, been mistreated. Her ears were cropped but it was clear that it was not done by a veterinarian. Amanda decided that this dog was not leaving her home! This would be the start of a new life for Amanda and the many pit bulls to come!

In 2009 she found CCB online and volunteered for the Dogtoberfest event. In January 2010 she started to foster some of the less-desirable foster doggies and helped turn them into great family pets.

Amanda is 32 years old and married to a wonderful man named Carlos who supports and helps her with her rescue endeavors. She has 2 children who sometimes reluctantly help her and the pibbles too! Olivia, her beautiful 10 year old daughter, likes the social aspect of rescue work. Antonio, her 8 year old son, will most likely follow in her footsteps because he has the strong love of animals just like his Mom. Amanda works full time as the Assistant Manager of a local finance company and has been there for 10 years now. Amanda currently has Tremenda, her female pitbull, Canela (female pit), Batman (pit/lab), Lana (chow x), Yoda (bishon frise), CCB alumni, Scooter (pit mix) and her foster doggie, Sugar.

Volunteer Spotlight: Callie Booker

My love for pit bulls began to emerge about five years ago. While in high school I worked part time at a kennel. It was during that time I determined pit bulls were my most favorite breed. I noticed that all the pit bulls in boarding were the sweetest dogs! I enjoyed their loving personalities and the fact that they felt the need to be at your side all the time. I was also won over by their appearance, especially the big heads and wide smiles.

Currently, I am a student at Alamance Community College. I also work a small part time job, as well as, volunteer for CCB (which I began doing about 6 months ago). When I first discovered CCB I had been watching a dog show on TV that was focusing on pit bulls being mistreated. Being a huge pit bull lover, I felt a determination to help make a change for the breed. So I got online and found CCB was my local pit bull rescue. Because I work most weekends, I have not been able to attend any events for CCB, yet, but I have helped with lots of transports and I am the contact for owner surrender inquiries. I also think I am going to be fostering soon since I am fortunate enough to have a landlord that is very open to pit bulls. When I am able, I even make efforts to donate a couple bucks to CCB because I know every little bit can help contribute to another pit bull saved.

I have gotten a lot of happiness, as well as some sadness, out of working with pit bulls but my love for the breed has also impacted my life in a way I never thought it would. I have recently gotten engaged and I wouldn’t have met my fiancĂ©, Lucas, if it weren’t for his pit bull, Irie. I’ll try to make a long story short: while my fiancĂ© was away at school, his mother, who lives next door to my parents, would watch Irie. I was working on a school project about pit bulls to help spread awareness and such so I asked if I could use Irie as my example to represent how great the breed truly is. His mother said yes. She then told Lucas and he ended up contacting me afterwards, interested in how everything went. Now, almost two years later, we are renting a house in Hillsborough that has a huge fenced in backyard that is perfect since we have 4 pit bulls! We also have a Chihuahua, who, ironically, intimidates our pitties. I am so lucky that our mutual love for pit bulls was what first connected us and brought us together.

From my experience with pit bulls, I have learned that the more I am around them, the more I adore them and the more I want to help out and promote this breed. What CCB does is truly amazing and I am so thankful to be even just a small part of it!


March 6, 2011

Featured Happy Ending: Gracie

Hello! My name is Molly and I am a dachshund. Yes, I know this newsletter isn't about dachshunds. I'm here to tell you about my sister, Gracie.

On January 1, 2010, my mom brought home a new dog. This time, it wasn't a dachshund like me or my other sister Ava. Mom said she was a pit bull and that she was a rescue, just like Ava. She was coming to live with us for good because she needed a safe, loving home because she was scared and her former people hadn't treated her very well. You see, Gracie and her six puppies were found along side of some road. Then she was dumped at an animal shelter at night. Wow, talk about scary! Needless to say, this whole experience made Gracie a very timid girl. When Mom first brought her home, she didn't even want to come in the door. We gave her time and space to explore and get comfortable.
Mom wanted her to sit on the couch with us but Gracie prefered to sleep on a big comfy pillow on the floor. She was too nervous to eat in the kitchen with us, so Mom started feeding her in the bedroom which is where she still eats to this day. Gracie was so scared of little noises. If Mom walked into the room and looked like she was carrying anything in her hand, Gracie would cower and run out of the room. Poor Gracie, she just didn't realize how excited Mom was to have her with us and that she's in a safe place now.

Its now 2011 and Gracie has been with us for over a year. She no longer cowers and runs out of the room though some little noises still startle her. She has been a great friend and playmate to the foster dogs Mom has brought here. She loves to play and wrestle with them and me and we're all smaller than she is! "Vicious"? Hardly! She loves to ride in the car, chase squirrels out of the backyard and catch treats.

Gracie's a great big sister. I'm glad Carolina Care Bullies was able to help her become part of our family. Thanks CCB!



Volunteer Spotlight: Janet and Cassie Brown

My daughter and I are new to CCB. Once I told Cassie that we were asked to be the Volunteer Spotlight, she asked if we would be called the Dynamic Duo! She makes me laugh!

There is a little story about how we got started working with CCB. We have two dogs – a Boston Terrier named Frank and a Boxer named Roger. The dogs just happened to become part of our lives. Frank was found in SC on a farm and Roger needed a home after his owner passed away. We had a full house at this point!! However, my husband and I were at a party a couple of years ago and fell in love with Maggie. Maggie is a pit mix puppy that my friends had recently taken in. They had both Maggie and her brother Hank. After having both puppies for a while, they decided they only needed one! I left that night with Maggie in my hands!

Once we had her home, we all started looking up and researching her breed. My husband has always said he wanted a pit bull, but I had never really thought about it. BUT Maggie was SO loving, SO attentive, SO loyal, SO beautiful! We fell completely and totally in love. I started looking up pit bull groups on Facebook just to learn more and found CCB. To be honest, I just have never been much of a volunteer. There was just something about this breed that made me want to get involved. I got Cassie involved right away with me! It has become “our thing” – our mother/daughter time!

Cassie is so helpful at all the events she attends. She has even written about her experience for a few school papers, as well as her camp counselor application (she got accepted at Camp Kanata this summer as a Counselor in Leadership Training!!!) I feel this is a good experience for a teenager to be involved in a volunteer group, and this has been good for me too – you just feel so good about helping!

Cassie and I just attended the volunteer orientation with Amanda and the crew. I am happy to report that I am about to plan my first adoption event at a local doggy day care here in Raleigh! You all better come help and support Cassie and I!

Meet the Board: Meredith Denny

Dear CCB Fans,

Hey! My name is Meredith. I am y’all’s Foster Coordinator. Although I’m still trying to figure out all the details of this job, basically, I take care of all things FOSTER. I email people asking if they want to foster, I email people telling them I found them a foster, I email people asking if they want to transport a foster, I email people begging for current pictures and bios on their foster, I email people when we get an adoption application submitted on their foster, and sometimes, I email people just because. I work out doggie-sitters, order monthly meds, attend events, and do any other odds and ends Amanda asks me to.

As you can see, I am always connected to my computer and phone!

In my spare time, I hang out with my family. My eight year old daughter, Jessi (self proclaimed “puppy spokesperson”) and I live with my boyfriend, Ryan. We share our home with Ollie, our pit bull, Maggie, our boxer, and three lazy, spoiled cats, Tang, Honey, and Bear. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is to go hiking and camping. Once the warm weather gets here, we will be headed out to see some beautiful scenery.

When I’m not volunteering with CCB, I am also the room-parent for my daughter’s 3rd grade class and Girl Scout cookie Mom for Troop 41616. Believe it or not, I email people all day long for those jobs as well!

I really enjoy the role I play in the CCB Team. Being foster coordinator has given me the opportunity to meet lots of great people and dogs. Working alongside the rest of the Team to reach our common goal of saving pit bulls and raising awareness of the breed is certainly a wonderful reason to wake up every morning and crawl out of bed.

I hope to see y’all at the next CCB event!

Meredith Denny

Featured Adopt-a-Bulls: Pepper, Fidget, Pongo

Pepper is a 5 month old pit bull puppy mix puppy. Pepper is a little shy with new people and new situations, but give her a few minutes to warm up to you and she blossoms into a sweet and loving little girl. Pepper is potty and crate trained. She knows the commands, sit, leave it, wait, come and is getting good at down. Pepper was not real fond of the leash but once she realized it would take her places other than the backyard she was all for it. Pepper loves to go for rides in the car. She has excellent dog manners, so she gets along with dogs male, female, old and young. She is a curious little girl and loves to inspect new things once she realizes they aren’t scary. Pepper doesn’t believe in wasting daylight and will let you know when the sun has risen. She loves to play with her foster siblings and be outside in the yard. When she is tired she will find a good spot to lay down and go to sleep preferable on a lap.
Pepper has her own facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepper-Pep-CCB-puppy/118879384839418

Fidget is 5 month old pit bull puppy mix. Fidget was the runt of her litter, so she is still catching up to her sister. Fidget knows, sit, leave it, wait, down and she is working on her recall. Fidget loves to play with her foster siblings. It doesn’t matter if it’s outdoors or in she is in full puppy play mode. Fidget gets along with dogs of all sizes, female or male. Fidget thinks she is a big dog, she can be found in the middle of a wrestling match with her older foster siblings getting in on the action. She has excellent dog manners and knows her place in her foster home. Fidget loves to go for walks and is currently learning how to walk on a leash. She is starting to get the whole potty training thing down with lots of encouragement from her foster mom. When it’s time to settle down for the night Fidget wants to be cuddle right up against you.

Fidget has her own facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fidget-Fidge-CCB-puppy/169619266383530

Pongo is crate trained and almost potty trained. He has learned to go to the back door to let someone know he needs to go out. Pongo knows how to 'sit' and has been working on 'down', 'stay', and 'leave it'. He responds well to his name and really wants to please. He's treat motivated so that is very helpful when teaching him. He loves to play with his 8 yr old Sheltie foster sis and they get along great. Pongo is very submissive and will lay down and roll over on his back when playing with my dog. And he LOVES belly rubs. Pongo's learned how to walk on a leash and enjoys the sunshine and fresh air. He doesn't seem to pull while on the leash and responds when needing to be correct (like when other dogs pass or he is distracted by other things...like blowing leaves :) And he's recently noticed his tail because he looks back and decides to chase it sometimes! He's a silly boy!