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Meet Those "Crazy Animal People" at Bully Breed Rescue!

Meet the faces behind the dogs of Bully Breed Rescue, a non-profit pit bull rescue based in New Canaan!

Hello, new friends, thanks for stopping by to read our first Bully Breed Rescue blog post!

As you'll see in our profile, Bully Breed Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue focusing on dogs characterized as Pit Bulls. We are a group who as individuals couldn't be more different, but together we work towards a common goal for the dogs we love so dearly. We take dogs out of the worst of situations- sometimes moments from death- and dedicate our time and resources to rescuing, rehabilitating, training and finding forever homes for these precious, misunderstood dogs.

Are you picturing a bunch of hippie weirdos with houses full of dogs? We are actually relatively normal and completely approachable. Since this is our introductory blog, and since pit bulls and animal rescuers are both terms that bring certain images to our minds, I thought I'd use this post to introduce the staff of BBR.

First, there's Benni, the President of Bully Breed Rescue. Benni lives in Stamford with her 3 full time dogs and fosters homeless dogs when she is able. Not only is Benni one of the founders of BBR, she handles all of our taxes, paperwork, and finances.

Heidi is the Vice President of BBR. At just 25 years old, Heidi dedicates the vast majority of her time to hands on care of the dogs. When we get a call about a dog in need, Heidi is the first on the scene and the ultimate decision maker when it comes to the care and wellbeing of our adoptables. Heidi lives in New Canaan and has two of her own dogs, both rescues.

The Secretary of Bully Breed Rescue is Peggy, aka Pegs. Peggy works hard to ensure things at BBR run smoothly, from difficult tasks to simply coming to events to be an advocate for the breed.

If you are interested in volunteering for Bully Breed, Melissa is the lady you want to contact! Melissa has been with BBR as Volunteer Coordinator for about 2 years, and works hard to recruit new volunteers, to show people the ropes, and to make our events successful. Melissa lives with her fiance, Keith, their puggle, Lola, and their foster-turned-forever, Buddy Buttons.

I am Kayte, the Foster Care Coordinator/Apparent Blogger of BBR. My job is to find foster homes for our adoptable dogs to help them transition to life in a household. I have been with BBR for about a year. I foster for BBR when I am able, and I foster for a cat rescue, too! I live with my boyfriend, Tommy, our rescued dogs Precious and Chewy, and our foster-turned-forever cat, Pip Pip.

Chris is the lady responsible for the proper handling of our dogs. She is our Dog Coordinator, the mastermind of scheduling, the secret dog whisperer and more! Chris lives with her two dogs, Dori and Reilly, and is currently fostering adoptable BBR dog Drake!

We have recently started an education program, reaching out to schools, youth groups and boys and girls clubs. Noelle is Bully Breed Rescue's Director of Education. She compiles educational material, books speaking engagements at area schools, and comes up with interactive educational activies. Noelle lives with her husband, Anthony, and their two dogs, Tug and Gemma.

The Creative Director, Kristy, comes up with posters, flyers and decor for our events. She is a Jack of All Trades- whenever a creative solution is required, she is our go-to girl! Kristy lives with a couple of very spoiled Chihuahuas in addition to fostering kittens for other rescue organizations.

Blake is our Fundraising Coordinator, coming up with clever ways to raise money for the dogs (as we are currently 100% dependent on donations, fund raisers and our own money) in addition to working with our Event Coordinator to make our events financially successful to enable us to rescue more dogs! Blake lives with her two fosters-turned-forever: Presley the Cat and Sugar the Pit Bull.

Which brings us to Rachel, our Event Coordinator. If you are interested in hosting an event to benefit BBR, she is your girl! In fact, she may have already reached out! Rachel lives with her fiance, Dante, and their pit bull.

We are a diverse bunch, to say the least, but with our combined skills and different views, we make a very well rounded group. Between all of us, there is someone for everyone to relate to, and the most important bond we share is our love of dogs!

Please come meet us at one of our events, which can be seen at www.bbrinc.org. If you are interested in adopting, fostering, volunteering or becoming otherwise involved in what we think is a pretty fun rescue, please email BBRCT@yahoo.com.

Thank you for reading, and please keep an eye out for info on our upcoming events, adoptable dogs and more!

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Kayte Mulligan June 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful positive feedback! We love meeting fellow Bully lovers, I hope you will all check out our website for a calendar of upcoming events, and stop by to meet the people and dogs of BBR! We actually have a great fundraiser this weekend with professional photographer Geoff Tischman- he does the photos of our adoptable dogs. He will be donating $50 of each sitting fee to BBR, and there are still spots left. If you're interested in getting some portraits of you and your pets, or just your pets, call Geoff at 917.292.6647. Thanks again, everyone!
Kayte Mulligan June 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thank you so much! Shoot me an email at bbrct.fostercare@gmail.com if you'd like and I can get you set up with the right contact person depending on what specifically you are interested in helping with. There is something for everyone, we always need dog walkers, people to volunteer at events, creative people with ideas for signs/posters/new fundraising ideas, etc. Look forward to hearing from you!
Andrew Turkenkopf June 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Just don't ask for a dog park. Then the people will turn on you!
Nancy Jones June 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Amen for Bully Breed Rescue! Unfortunately, we need one established Pit Bull rescue about every 20 square miles. There are SO many Bullys out there in every single shelter, and they are in fact the predominant breed in most. I have been a vet tech for over 20 years and over the years I have come to regard Bullys as one of the best breeds to work with! Their temperment is generally reliable and exuberant, unless they have just come from a stressful situation, and I have NEVER been bitten by, or had an attempted bite by, a Bully! Labs? YES! Poodles? YES! Spaniels? YES! and the list goes on, but never a Pit Bull! 2 years ago I had the amazing good fortune to come across a wonderful Bully named Bianca at R.O.A,R in Ridgefield! They had had her longer than any other dog EVER, and although she was a staff favorite they could not adopt her out! Not because of her personality or her looks or behavior but because of her breed! In fact they did adopt her out to a family in New Canaan who had her for a month but returned her with the explanation that, while she was a lovely dog, the neighbors were uncomfortable with a Bully in the neighborhood! RIDICULOUS!!!! She is, without a doubt, the biggest marshmallow ever who loves everyone, including the UPS guy and the mailman, unconditionally! I would trust her with a toddler no problem. Good Work BBRCT! I will be in touch after Bianca's knee surgery-she needs a playmate and our hearts are open!
Kayte Mulligan June 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
What wonderful feedback, Nancy! Several of us are also Vet Techs and share the same thoughts. Though we recognize that ANY dog can be aggressive if poorly trained, abused, or otherwise in the wrong hands, we see that the bully breed dogs tend to be more laid back and gentle than many other breeds. So glad you rescued a pittie in need!! Good luck on your surgery, Bianca!
Nancy Jones June 08, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thanks for the good wishes, she needs them poor thing and Good Luck to you guys in all you do as well! By the way, I would be happy to volunteer for whatever you might need! I will go to your website and give you my info!
Richard Hooker June 08, 2012 at 10:14 PM
People are fools if they think this breed is not dangerous
Kayte Mulligan June 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I am sorry you feel that way. The true danger is irresponsible ownership and sensationalized media. Our ultimate goal is to save these dogs from dangerous owners; who use them for fighting, neglect them, and train them to be aggressive; and place them in amazing homes where they can live up to their true potential and be the loving family dogs they really are. If you would like to meet some well trained, well cared for pit bulls, who accurately represent the breed, please come to our Awareness event on June 23rd, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm on Elm Street in New Canaan. The Outback Teen Center's Student Governing Board helps us with these events, and they are a great group!
Leslie Yager June 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
My pit bull mix is a therapy dog. Please judge each dog individually.
Nancy Jones June 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM
All breeds are dangerous depending upon the environments they come from and are raised in! Some dogs, like Pit Bulls who are solid muscle, are stronger than others, and when you add that to a dog raised by a brutal human who wants a "tough" dog you are bound to have problems.If you look at dog bite statistics, there are many breeds, including Pit Bulls, that are on that list. As a Pet Healthcare Professional with extensive experience with all breeds of dogs I can say with confidence that the Pit Bull is not INHERENTLY dangerous! Certainly when raised in the wrong hands they absolutely can be dangerous, but in a Veterinary setting I am more concerned about approaching a Chow Chow, a Cane Corso, or a Chihuahua than I am a Pit Bull! You are not wrong, but it is all circumstantial!
Sarah Jancosek June 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Could not agree more! Morons can make any dog dangerous - and some bully back yard breeders DO breed for aggressiveness. But saved early in life and properly trained, they can be rehabilitated. I recently considered a bully (Jesse!) from BBR and was very impressed with this organization. Could not adopt at this time but would do so in a heartbeat when the time is right!
Kayte Mulligan June 09, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Thank you, Sarah! Jessie is SUCH a sweet girl, we hope to find her a home soon. I hope you will consider adopting from us when you are ready!
tonypct June 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
While I agree that poor dog owners contribute to bad behavior on the part of their dogs, I also believe that Pit Bulls are an inherently aggressive breed. According to dogbites.org, there were 31 fatal US dog attacks in 2011. Pit Bulls, which account for less than 5% of the dog population in the US, accounted for 22 of those fatal attacks. Seven of those fatalities were children 5 years and under. IMO, this breed is a dangerous breed and should be regulated such as any other danger would be.
Kayte Mulligan June 09, 2012 at 03:43 PM
That was very well said, thank you. Unfortunately. websites like dogsbite.org, dogbites.org, etc., are run by people who have had unfortunate experiences with dogs. They are not actually experts, they are just people with Google and a mission. Many news outlets use these sites for their statistics, which fuels the belief that they are accurate. I could start a website about the aggression issues in Chihuahuas, call myself an expert, and probably get a huge traffic flow of people thinking they are getting facts. We currently have over 20 dogs for adoption at our rescue. Many of them have been through hells we can not even fathom. Zero of them are aggressive. That's 0%. And that is an accurate statistic.
Big Family June 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I had my Rottie (also considered an inherently aggressive breed to the uninformed) for 12 yrs and he was controlled, reliable and a great family dog. People should experience these breeds up close before making statements about them, my daughter's chihuahua is more unpredictable.
Big Family June 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The "fools" are the people that make them dangerous.
Leslie Yager June 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
We had a jack russell mix who growled & nipped for 15 years. Then we got my gentle pit mix, homeowners insurance dropped us. (since resolved, but they operate from a list of 'dangerous dogs.')
tonypct June 10, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Kayte, it doesn't matter who is running those web sites. They did not make up those statistics. I'm sure there are statistics on dog bites by Chihuahuas. As a matter of fact, according to DVM360.com, Chihuahuas account for more dog bites to vets than any other breed. But when it comes to fatal dog bites, again, Pit Bulls are in a class all by themselves.
tonypct June 10, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Big Family, my "uniformed" status about Pit Bulls is, I guess, similar to your state of denial about their aggression. If anyone wants to own an aggressive breed, such as a Pit Bull, that's fine. Alls I'm saying is that potential owners of those breeds should be subject to additional regulations and licensing requirements to ensure that they can indeed manage having a Pit Bull in their home, apartment and/or on their property.
Lois Imbriano Barber June 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hi Benni! I placed one of your dogs - Rosie- in a great home with her new masters Jessica & Rolf in Wahsington. Good luck with your blog! Rosie was so wonderful, I always regret not adopting her myself.
Sushi June 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The breed is only as dangerous as the owner's who train them - or fail to do so!! On a positive note, what sort of fundraising events does Bully Breed Rescue participate in or promote during the year? I'd like to be able to donate to your wonderful cause and would love to help out if there is a need for my services!! As for the comment by Richard Mann, forget it, some people will never understand dogs other than if it's on a leash and muzzled - seen and not heard is what they expect from a dog - a living species.
Glen K Dunbar June 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Like I said...only a certain "breed of person" is to blame if a dog goes bad and we all know who (or shall I say WHAT) that type of person is EWWW YUK !!!! I have hears many a wonderful story on Pit Bull Dogs. I would own one. Yet, I know deep down I am not responsible enough or capable of caring for one. I can't even care for myself. I am forced to care for my Mom, Wife and Kid and I can't do that. Stinks.
elyssa June 11, 2012 at 02:21 AM
These are a very special group of people. It's great seeing people out there really making a difference in the world. http://goo.gl/SqGKF
Amazing1740 June 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM
The problem with statistics is that they do not tell you the WHOLE story. You have no idea under what circumstances those Pit Bulls who fatally hurt those people, lived under. They could have been chained all of their lives, beaten on a daily basis, locked in a bedroom or crate for 23 hours a day etc. They are the most abused breed of dogs and that says a lot about behavior. You should take that into consideration. That is the problem with society. They only see what is right in front rather than looking at the whole picture. Take Labradors, for example, that breed of dog typically lives in great homes with well to do families, they are catered to like children. They only eat the best food, have the best toys, get proper exercise, have fluffy beds to lay in at night etc..(I think you get the point). They should do a survey of pit bull owners who properly take care of their dogs and see how many of them have had their dog involved in a fatal or aggressive situation. My pit bull was adopted, it took him some time to know that I wouldn't beat the living crap out of him on a daily basis like he was used too but he realized he was safe quickly and now knows he will not have to live in fear ever again. I know I am a responsible owner, I shouldn't be subject to any extra cost for owning a pit bull. I believe once people recognize the root of the problem and take care of that then we will no longer see these dogs portrayed in the light they are. People need to stop blaming the breed!
Sushi June 13, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Banstupidpeople - applause! applause!! Very well said! The only thing you left out was the part about Veterinarians and medical care. Lab owners - and owners of other dog breeds too - who are very diligent and caring owners make sure that their dogs have the best medical care too. This is important for obvious reasons but mostly because a happy pet is usually a healthy pet - one who knows that his humans care enough about him to be sure he gets excellent medical care!
Amazing1740 June 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Thank you!! I actually ran out of room to write. If I had more room, I could have wrote for days. LOL
tonypct June 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
As a dog lover and owner, who had to put down my beloved family member, a 13 year old Yellow Lab, one year ago this July 4th, I will put my dog ownership and responsibility level against anyone on this site. I've never accused anyone of being an irresponsible dog owner here. For those of you who are responsible Pit Bull owners, more power to you. But even responsible dog owners make mistakes. And making a mistake with a Pit Bull, like leaving a gate or door open, can have devestating consequences.
Liz Hoffmann, Executive Coach June 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Dogs are all individuals - just like humans. And just like with humans, you cannot judge whether a person is dangerous or not based on their race, color, or creed. Statistics back this up: “A study performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, analyzed dog bite statistics from the last 20 years and found that the statistics don’t show that any breeds are inherently more dangerous than others." One of my dogs (who has since passed) was a big shepherd mix with some scars from prior abuse. He was also the sweetest dog that ever lived (IMHO). At a local park - a golden retriever aggressively went after him. He did not respond in kind, and the golden's owner intervened and pulled her dog off of him. However, everyone assumed that my dog had been the aggressor because he looked like a junk-yard dog. Again, you cannot judge a dog from looks or breed - as they are all individuals and should be evaluated as such. Good luck Bully Breed Rescue with your wonderful & important rescue work!!!
Stephanie Oda August 30, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Great work. thank God for you "animal nuts." Maybe some of you can help me. Does anyone here know what happened to Tommy, the beautiful grey and white Tabbly late of Holmes Avenue, Darien? He was a cat of many names, including Kingston, Moggy, Grie-grie, TLGC (The Little Grey Cat), and finally, and most unimaginatively, Tommy. Tommy was five years old and had adipted me. He had an owner (sort of), but priactially lived in my house on Holmes Avenue. I fed him and often sheltered him in rain or snow. I had to move away, and poor Tommy tried to adopt the family who bought my house. He was loved by eveyone, but essentially homeless. In about July of this year, he became ill and was being fostered by an animal organization in Stamford. I have been trying to find out what his fate was. His owner doesn't know. I need to know if Tommy was adopted or is he gone to cat heaven. Spread the word and contact me if you know. thank you. Sincerely, Stephanie Oda Formerly of 90 Holmes Avenue, Darien. Odasan@aol.com
Carl Kolchak August 30, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Last I heard, Tommy was seen loitering outside Orem's Diner in Wilton. They now call him Sanisloda.

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