Monday, July 21, 2014

San Antonio Pets Alive

Walker, an adorable pittie / lab mix
waiting for his perfect home!
One of the best things about having a sister is randomly deciding to have a girl's weekend. This past weekend, we took a quick trip to San Antonio, which was perfect since I have been wanting to stop in to visit San Antonio Pets Alive's new Paul Jolly Adoption Center. So, as my sister and I parted ways (her to Houston, myself to Austin) I headed up Highway 281 to the Paul Jolly Adoption Facility to say hello to all the pets waiting for their forever homes!

Walking into the facility, I truly expected to experience the facility from the viewpoint of a visitor, not a volunteer. In most cases, within the city shelters or rescues I visit, the staff is hesitant to let an unknown blogger/artist/photographer take dogs out. Not because they believe I will hurt or mis-handle the pets, but because they don't know my agenda and want to hide their dirty little secrets (at least, that's my theory). To my complete surprise, San Antonio Pets Alive welcomed me with open arms!

Perhaps it's because they have no secrets to hide like most shelters or perhaps they are just an extremely friendly bunch of people - which of course they were - either way, from the moment I walked in to the moment I left, I felt welcomed and appreciated!

The first person to greet me was a woman named Becki, who was obviously calling the shots for the facility for the day. I introduced myself, explained my affiliation with Austin Pets Alive, both as a business supporter as well as an emergency volunteer, which immediately brought up the topics of No Kill and how SAPA is making a difference in their community. 

Canelo, Sharpei/Lab mi
Becki then gave me a quick tour of the facility and handed me a leash, letting me choose from the 30 - 50 or so dogs that needed some playtime. As I walked through the rows of kennels, stopping to say hello to the many adorable pups, I chose to take a sweet Sharpei/Lab mix named Canelo out for some playtime. We spent about half an hour outside enjoying the sunshine (and of course the shade from the wonderful canopies they have setup over the play yards) and lots of rubs and kisses. 

While out in the play yard, another volunteer, Andrea, showed up for her shift and stopped by the fence for a quick chat. She was just as excited to have an out of town volunteer joining in and just as sweet and welcoming as Becki. She even offered me some extra smelly treats that she knew Canelo loved! After our playtime, Canelo was wiped out and I even noticed a couple stop to chat with him through his kennel doors later in the day before I left.

Of course, a trip to any shelter would not be complete without playtime with a pittie mix, so of course, I had to meet at least one more dog. Walker, a black pittie/lab mix charmed his way onto my leash and we headed outside to play. By this time, all of the play yards were full of romping pups, so Walker and I spent some time in a cute little area near the back deck where he perched himself on a large rock for a cute photo session and of course lots of sweet pittie kisses! 

Again, while out with Walker, another volunteer, Linda, stopped to say hello. She was out walking an adorable little Rat Terrier mix. We had a sweet conversation about the amazing work SAPA is doing all while watching the dogs happily enjoy their time outside getting special attention. 

While I adore the dogs, I love cats and any trip would not be complete without a stop in to visit the kitties! A room full of sweet little kittens was all I needed to complete my visit, so in I went and sat on the floor where I could get some playtime in. Getting some sweet little kitty kisses was the perfect way to end my volunteer time at SAPA. From the big dogs, to the puppy area to the sweet little cat room, everything about SAPA shows just how compassionate and committed this group of staff and volunteers really are.

In 2012, when San Antonio Pets Alive first began it's journey to end the systematic killing of the animals entering their city shelter, the cities animals cheered - okay fine, they may not have actually cheered but I guarantee they would have cheered if they knew what was happening! At the time, the city shelter was killing around 67% of the animals entering their doors. Rather than adopting programs to help end the killing, the city simply ended the lives of nearly 20,000 animals per year. Let that sink in - 20,000 lives ended. Dead. Gone. 

By January of 2012, San Antonio Pets Alive was officially up and running under the guidance of some of the wonderful volunteers that were instrumental in helping Austin Pets Alive change the landscape of shelter life in Austin, TX. Obviously, things started moving quickly and by the end of 2012, the live outcome for the city run shelter had nearly doubled to 61%! The turnaround was obvious - from 67% dead to 61% safe and on their way or already thriving in their new lives!

By the beginning of 2013 San Antonio Pets Alive had personally saved 5500 animals through their adoption programs - meaning that the shelter itself was involved in making an effort to end the killing. A model that worked in Austin, TX was making progress in San Antonio. The community was becoming involved, volunteers began to eagerly participate in events and daily visits to help their community's homeless pets. By September of 2013, San Antonio Pets Alive had saved their first 10,000 animals!

In January of 2014, the numbers were obvious as the save rate had risen to an all time high of 71%, a number that continued to rise over the next few months and today, the save rate for San Antonio - 77%. The city of San Antonio is well on it's way to becoming No Kill, something that makes me proud to be a Texan native and supporter of the organizations that are making No Kill possible! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Want to donate to SAPA? Visit their website right here: http://www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/

Visiting the adoption center! 

Walker, an adorable pittie mix.

Getting some sweet kisses from Walker.

The Dog Adoption Hallway. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Foster Kittens!! Eeeek!!


Its always exciting to bring home new foster kittens and this group is especially exciting since they are the first visitors to my new 1200 square foot art studio! 

You can see where my priorities lie - I haven't even moved all of my equipment in or hooked up my water lines, but we have already made a commitment to the Williamson County Regional Shelter to help save as many lives as we can. These next few months are especially exciting for the shelter as they are one of 50 shelters involved in the ASPCA 100K challenge, a challenge where our shelter in particular is striving to save 2000 lives in 3 months!

I'm going to be holding a kitten naming contest on my Facebook page today!

Enjoy the new photos of my little ones! I am sure there will be plenty more in the coming weeks!





Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Houston Pet Expo

Shorti Rossi of Shorty's Rescue
and Pit Boss on Animal Planet.

This weekend was a new and fun experience for Pet Studio Art. We did our first out of town event in Houston (where I grew up) and had an absolute blast! Not only were we able to see friends like Shorty Rossi with Shorty's Rescue and Anne from Corridor Rescue, but we met so many new friends, got to play with many adorable pets (snakes included) and overall had a great time selling our tote bags and other products to a new market of clients!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!












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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pugs, Pugs and More Pugs!!

Oscar, an adorable pug!
This month, I will be featuring Pug Rescue Austin, an adorably squishy rescue right here in Austin, TX! This sweet rescue focuses on Pugs, Puggles, Chugs and all Pug look-a-like mixes!

I will have 5 original paintings available for sale with 100% of the profits going to Pug Rescue Austin and 30% of the sale from each other item will be going to Pug Rescue Austin.

Pug Rescue Austin is a volunteer based organization with no paid staff. They rely solely on donations from fundraiser such as this one to provide medical care for the pugs they rescue. Pug Rescue Austin also promotes positive pet ownership through education on the unique needs of Pugs. Not only do they save healthy, happy pugs, but PRA is the first to scoop up an unhealthy, neglected Pug who may need extensive medical care.

You can visit their website to learn more about their adorable program.

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Special Totes for APA


For the last 3 months, I have been slowly (but steadily) stocking up on tote bags for my friends at Austin Pets Alive to donate to their annual American Pets Alive No Kill Conference. What an amazing organization! 

American Pets Alive Conference
Feb 22 - 24, 2014 in Austin, TX
http://www.americanpetsalive.org/

Not only was I able to provide these much needed totes at no cost to the conference. If you are an Austin local, or if you want to hop on a plane for a weekend trip to my fabulous city, this conference is full of wonderful information on how to save lives in your own community.

You can only get these limited edition tote bags at the conference! Of course, if you can't make it and want a tote, you can always order one from my online store: http://www.petstudioart.com/categories/tote-bags.html

Stephanie Conrad
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Happily, I was able to visit with a few of the awesome APA pups when I dropped off the tote bags!





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Second Annual Fundraiser for VIllalobos


We are so excited to announce our second annual fundraiser for Villalobos Rescue Center. We will be featuring VRC pups all month long during February and have about 20 paintings available for sale featuring their amazing pups! 

Dogs like Meadow (featured in her New Orleans best) and Dude, a beautiful Dogo Argentino who was surrendered to his local shelter after jumping off a 2nd story balcony and breaking his legs. Villalobos pulled him from the shelter and gave him all the TLC and medical care he needed to become a happy, healthy dog. 

100% of each original painting sale will be donated to VRC, while 30% from other items, such as greeting cards, tote bags and prints will be donated!

Visit our fundraiser at www.petstudioart.com to shop away and enjoy some unique pit bull themed artwork!

Stephanie Conrad
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Here are a few other items in our fundraiser:

Anya Print (To order: click here)
Puma Necklace (To order: Click Here)

Tigger Greeting Card Set (To Order: click here)

Duke Print (To Order: click here)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in a nutshell (well, a blog)

As we reach the last day of 2013, I finally have a minute to breathe and catch up on my blog. It has been an amazing 4th quarter to the year, but that comes with a lack of time and a lack of blog updates. I have had an amazing year, and that is due to the spectacular amount of support that I have received from each and every person that follows my business. 


To everyone, from my closest family and friends to the person who 'liked' my facebook page on a whim - I cannot Thank You enough for the beautiful support you have offered to me and my little growing business. 

As I look back on this year, I can't help but smile thinking that the start of my year was something special in itself. I had my first 3 public celebrity shout-outs - which is always amazingly fun and flattering! Kaley Cuoco was the first, followed by Crystal Hefner and a 3rd beautiful note from Beth and Howard Stern after I painted their sweet little Bulldog, Bianca, who they lost in 2012.

The year went on to some amazing fundraisers, which included a massive online fundraiser for Villalobos Pit Bull Rescue - which is featured on Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees. During our 30 day fundraiser, we were able to raise $2100 for the pups at Villalobos, not a small feat and certainly the largest donation check I have ever written to one rescue at one time. Running this fundraiser in April was the start of our featured rescue program, where we work together with one special rescue each month to promote their pets. (We do have to space them out a bit to get design-work done, but we run at least 6 of these fundraisers a year now!).

In October, I featured a huge blog project, which had tens of thousands of web hits and shares, where I met and fell in love with 100 random pit bull type dogs. This blog was special because it showcased the amazing spirit of dogs in general, while sharing how loving and special pit bull type dogs are. I have received dozens of responses to this blog, sharing fears of those 'bully breeds' and how my blog touched people and helped them open their eyes. 

We fostered 20 cats and kittens throughout the year, sadly we lost 4 kittens due to illness, but we saved the lives of 16 tiny little animals, something that is so completely priceless. 

The Pet Studio doubled our sales from 2012 - a feat that required work, but one that proved this was the right choice. Each time we double our sales, we nearly double the amount of donations we can send out, so seeing this business grow is amazing in so many ways!

I got in a public dispute with PETA, the world's largest animal related organization that has a negative record of helping animals. As I called them out on their lack of life-saving solutions for companion animals, they argued that these animals needed to die, which only resulted in more positive energy for No Kill, which I fully support. You can check out my twitter feed to read more about this non-debate and also Google true PETA stats - you will be shocked and saddened, yet motivated to help local rescues that truly care.

I photographed (literally) hundreds of cats and kittens at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, which resulted in increased adoptions for our shelter and emails from shelters across the country asking how they can improve their adoption photos! 

I joined the Texas Farmer's Market association in July, which resulted in space to share my work on a weekly basis right here in my own city (Austin, TX). The new clients, the new friends and all of the adorable pups I met at these markets are just amazing people and I appreciate each and every one of them!

Paintings by Pet Studio Art have traveled the country - this year, I had pieces hanging in 7 different states at shows and high-end fundraisers. Each of these pieces was specially designed and sent as a tribute to shelter dogs to help raise awareness about their beauty.

Most of all, this year has been a roller coaster that seems to get better and faster! I am having a blast, I am enjoying the travel, the new shows and of course all of the amazing people I am meeting along the way! I can't wait to see what 2014 brings and where we will be at this time next year!

Thank you again for all of the support!!

Stephanie Conrad
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's about helping pets AND people...

So many times I hear people being chastised because they surrendered their pet(s) to a shelter when they no longer could provide care. I hear comments like "I would NEVER do that" or "They should not be allowed to have pets in the first place". While I agree that there are many invalid reasons (moving, dog being too old, just don't feel like having a pet anymore) that owners use to drop off their pets, there are just as many loving, caring pet parents that are truly at a loss and have no other choice. 

Today, for example, as I woke up to scroll through my facebook newsfeed, one post in particular really stood out to me and absolutely made me stop for a second to think about what my friend had said. This friend's name is Patty and she may just be the hardest working woman in animal welfare today. You see, Patty runs the PASS hotline for Austin Pets Alive. 
Two dogs that the PASS hotline is
currently helping.

The PASS Program (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) reaches out to individuals who are considering surrendering their pets to a shelter. This program literally stops individuals from walking into the shelter intake area by simply talking to the families in a non-judgmental environment and discovering the reasons behind surrendering their pet.

I'm not saying that 100% of the people stopped are willing to reconsider, there are still many owner surrenders, but the PASS program and Patty's dedication has made a huge impact on our city shelter's owner surrender numbers as well as making a huge impact on people's lives. 

The post this morning brought up a few examples of the wonderful and sometimes heartbreaking work that Patty dedicates herself to. Last week, a low-income family reached out to Patty because their small Chihuahua had an intestinal blockage. The family truly did not have the resources to pay for the medical emergency and despite visiting three different  low-cost Veterinarians in the area, not even one was willing to do a payment plan with this family and each turned the family away. On the owner's final attempt to take her beloved family pet to the city shelter, where at least he would be seen by a Veterinarian,  her little Chihuahua died in the car on the way. 

Hematoma on the ear of one pet the PASS program
is trying to help.
Patty is currently working with multiple families to keep their pets out of the shelter. One in particular has a medical issue, a large, painful hematoma on the pet's ear. The family, unfortunately is living paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford the added expense, so shelter surrender was, what they thought, their only choice. Patty is now raising funds to help cover the cost of treatment for their pet so they can keep their sweet pooch at home. 

Stories like these happen every day in Austin, and all over the country. People truly just don't have an alternative or they don't know where to go to get help and because of that, they choose shelter surrender. Sometimes, it's as simple as a family member lost their job and they cannot afford dog food. Sometimes they cannot find pet-friendly housing. Whatever the reason is for surrendering, Patty is on a mission to help not only the pets, but the people who need it most. 

Surrendering an animal to a shelter is a hard decision and one that many families will want to avoid if given the opportunity. Before you criticize that friend who is thinking of surrendering, be sure to reach out to them and look past your own feelings. By offering help vs judging, you really could be saving a life.

The PASS hotline is just one of the many amazing pieces to the Austin Pet's Alive program. If you would like to donate to the PASS program specifically, please visit their donation website (click here). Even $5 can go a long way in helping a struggling family keep their furry family members at home.

Stephanie Conrad
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

100 Pit Bulls - Lots of Love!

My own pit bull pup, Holly Madison gives me a kiss.
Last year, I started a project, which was to showcase how awesome dogs are. In particular, I wanted to focus on Pit Bull type dogs and share how amazing these pups are. As a pit bull mom & animal rescuer, I hear about people's fears far too often and while I can't (and don't want to) force anyone to get on the ground and play with a pit bull type pup when they are scared, I hope that by putting myself in that situation, I can encourage people to open up their minds a bit and realize that breed is not the deciding factor in a dog's temperament. 

When starting this project, I first started simply taking photos of pit bull type dogs that I have met. I quickly realized that a photo does not truly showcase a dog's behavior or how they will react to being around a new person, so I decided that I would be part of each photo. My goal was to interact with each of these dogs as though they are my own, to share their space, get up close and really allow the dogs to show me who they are. I wasn't surprised at the reactions I got, most dogs simply wanted to lick my face, some just gave a polite sniff and went about their way and others plopped to the ground in front of me for a belly rub. I was asked for treats, shown tricks and overall given a wiggly, affectionate shower of love from these dogs.

I chose to involve many rescue dogs because of the stigma that sometimes comes with the word 'rescue'. To me, the word holds a wonderful meaning, but outside of my animal-rescue friends, I find that some people are concerned that a rescue dog is a broken dog. Many times people imagine the dog was neglected, abused or just a bad dog, so he/she ended up in a shelter or rescue. Of course, everyone who has rescued a dog understands that this is not true, but I wanted to put some emphasis on these rescue pups to shed some light on how happy, forgiving and accepting of love rescue dogs truly are.

So, I chose 100 dogs because it actually presented a challenge and gave me time to really think this project through. I started in October of 2012 and throughout the last year, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful dogs and their people. For those dogs still waiting for their forever homes, it gave me a chance to assess them, and in turn I had the opportunity to share my photos and thoughts with the rescues that were caring for these pups. I am so proud to say that throughout this project, several of the 'still in rescue' does have found their forever homes because of my photos and insight! 

Now, I am not naive, of course with any breed, there are dogs that are not necessarily people-friendly. I did not encounter any of these dogs. Why? Not because I avoided these dogs, but because bad and negative behavior in dogs is pretty unusual. Especially in pets, who have known love and companionship with people, it is rare to find a truly aggressive dog. Does it happen? Yes, absolutely some dogs are just not people-friendly, however, this behavior typically stems from a lack of socialization, fear or a traumatic event involving humans. Dogs, by nature, are pack animals and crave closeness, which is one of the many reasons that dogs are such popular pets!

Jagger. Rescued from a dog-fighting
operation in Houston, TX.
My first notable batch of dogs were patrons of the 2012 Pit Bull Pride Parade, hosted by Love-A-Bull Rescue in Austin, TX. I snapped a few photos with pups that stopped by my booth space and that evening when I got home, I noticed that I had loved on and taken photos with 5 pit bull type-dogs. I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun to share photos like this with everyone." I had never met these dogs, I did not know them, but I felt safe around them. Dogs are wonderful animals and we absolutely should share our space and our lives with them. 

After the first group of dogs, I was a little concerned about where I would find 95 more pit bull type dogs, luckily, I have tons of dog-loving friends and of course, I work with countless rescues, but I also wanted to be sure to have a variety of dogs with different backgrounds and histories. So, to keep a good variety of dogs, I would randomly ask people walking their dogs in my neighborhood if I could take a photo. I stopped people at our weekend Farmer's Market and I even pulled my car over on an occasion or two when I saw a pooch out with their owners. Overall, the reactions from the dog owners was very positive and many have even become friends and clients! It's hard to resist another dog enthusiast! 
Erika, available for adoption with The
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
When meeting these dogs, I have a set routine to ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable. For the shelter dogs, the environment that they are currently in is quite stressful and overwhelming. Many dogs are not showing their true personality in the shelter, which means a bit more patience and understanding. I like to take the pups out for a quick potty break and let them burn off a little energy before snapping the photos. I typically snap the photos on a timer and work alone, however, from time to time, I have had a friend take the photo. 

For dogs that are currently with their owners, before meeting the dogs, I find it is important to chat with their owners for a minute about their behavior. Owners know their dogs better than anyone, so learning that a dog might not like his ears touched is important when meeting him/her for the first time. I also like to learn a little about the dog's stories, it helps me to connect with them and in turn really makes this experience special. 

Check out these awesome
small pups! From Kaxan, a stray
rescued off the street who
is now the mascot for our local
news station to Chip, a cute 
little chihuahua that was
adopted through the Williamson
County Regional Shelter... little
dogs are just as awesome as big!
In addition, throughout this project, I heard from many pit bull owners that they dislike little dogs. I think it is a big issue to address because I am a big opponent of stereotyping. This stands true of all dogs, not only those with the pit bull label attached. I am sure that every pit bull advocate has heard or even said, "Chihuahuas and Dachshunds bite more often than Pit Bulls do" or a quote along those lines. Nothing irritates me more than fighting stereotypes with another stereotype! Don't do it! As a pit bull mom, it breaks my heart when people judge Holly for her breed. Why would I want a dog owner of another breed to feel that same way? I don't and that's why I preach individual judgement on dogs based on their personal behavior. To all pit bull owners, drop the defensiveness when your dog is discriminated against. Show people how wonderful your dog is by highlighting his or her traits! Share stories of hero pit bulls and introduce them to a wiggly pit bull at your local shelter. Perception can change everything and if pit bull owners are perceived as aggressive, defensive and mean, our dogs can easily be perceived the same way. 

In short, I hope this blog brings some light to those that are unsure of pit bull type dogs, or dogs in general. When offered love, most dogs happily accept and reciprocate that love ten times over!

If you want to help Pit Bulls in need, drop by your own local shelter and take one for a walk. Chances are you'll fall in love and have a happy memory that lasts a lifetime.

Stephanie Conrad
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Olivia, an abused, over-bred beautiful pittie who was seized, The Williamson
County Regional Animal shelter took custody of her, and she is currently
waiting for her forever family to find her. 
Mimi, a spunky young pit bull mix at the Williamson County Regional Shelter.
Jackson, a sweet shy pup who was rescued by my friend, Kim. 
Baby was rescued after spending most of her life on a chain in a backyard.
When her family abandoned her, she was taken to Austin Animal Center,
where her new family fell in love with her. Now, she spends her days being
pampered, sleeping on the couch and shopping with her mom at the local
Farmer's Markets on the weekends!
Lexi, a gorgeous Pit / Boxer mix that I met at the Mueller Farmer's Market. She
was found wondering around on the streets and adopted by her now owners.
She was microchipped, but her former owners never reclaimed her - which
makes her new family very happy because she is a great pup!
Harrah, a beautiful, shy and scared pup picked up by animal control. Her family
reclaimed her shortly, they had been terribly worried after she escaped a broken fence.
Spock, rescued through Love-A-Bull in Austin, TX.
Archie, a handsome boy who was rescued through Don't Bully Me Rescue.
Dolly, an adorable Love-A-Bull pup! As of today, she is still available
for adoption!
I had the pleasure of transporting Teddy from a rescue in Houston to
Austin, where he was adopted through Love-A-Bull! 
Indigo (bottom left) was rescued after being beaten with a shovel. He has
nerve damage and will always need his wheelchair for assistance, but
because of a wonderful rescue, he was given a second chance. Indy even
has his own Facebook page, where he shares his life story!
Wilbur, a big stocky boy that I met at the Mueller Farmer's Market. He was
adopted through Austin Pets Alive and is an absolute doll!
Coco Puffin, an adorable pup rescued by Love-A-Bull posing with her portrait.
The kisses... I received many, many pittie kisses!
Lissa, a staff favorite at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
This girl is as happy as they get and her new family sure is lucky to have her!
Zodiac is a sweet boy who spends his days hanging out behind the counter
at La Mia Bella Pet Salon, the groomers who care for my pups!
Dodger, an adoptable boy through the Williamson County Regional Animal
Shelter. As you can see, I was particularly delicious that day!
Puppies... so many puppies! All of the puppies shown here are rescues.
They were all available and adopted through The Williamson County
Regional Shelter, Austin Pets Alive and Love-A-Bull. 
Whisper, an adorable sweetheart who is available for adoption through
Georgetown Animal Outreach!
Nine Pitties available or adopted through the Williamson County Regional
Animal Shelter. Top: Bobo, Susan, Heather. Middle: Lady, Licorice, Nikita
Bottom: Braydon, Byron, Hugo
Herra, one of my favorite pups. Herra was dropped at the shelter with
Precious, her chihuahua best friend after her owner had to be taken
into a nursing home. Both pups were pulled into Georgetown Animal
Outreach's rescue program and are currently awaiting adoption.
Gino, a super sweet pup that I met at the Mueller Farmer's Market. He wears
a baseball cap around and is constantly posing for portraits!
Claudette, a wiggly happy girl that I met at one of my weekly Farmer's
Market events. She is super sweet and her parents are rock-stars
with her training program!
Java (top right) is one of the most adorable little pocket pitties you will ever see!
Dede (middle right) was adopted through Georgetown Animal Outreach.
Papa (bottom left) was rescued by a friend who runs an amazing training
program in the Austin area.
Love-A-Bull hosts two monthly pit bull walks, where groups of responsible
dog owners gather and go for a stroll. Holly and I have had the opportunity
to join this walk and just love our Pittie friends! (26 pups total here!)
Buddy, an adorable Pit Bull who I met at one of my weekly Farmer's
Market events. He was full of personality and really enjoyed my treats!
Roo, an adorable pup rescued through Love-A-Bull in Austin, TX.
Ellie B (left) is one of 5 dogs rescued from Spindletop during a raid on the
so called 'rescue' in 2012. Ellie B was shut down emotionally, but with lots
of TLC, she has rebounded into a spokesdog for Love-A-Bull!
Bentley (right) was rescued from Austin Animal Center after being severely
burned. All that remains of his horrible past are a few minor scars. Bentley
is full of love for everyone he meets!
Top: Matilda, Batman, Dorothy | Bottom: Dallas, Paisley, Dobie
Marigold, a beautiful tan girl who was adopted through the
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
Thomas, a sweet pittie that I met at the Cedar Park Farmer's Market. He was
adopted through Austin Pet's Alive and was just full of sweet kisses.
Top: Mr. Wiggles, Punch, Tami
Middle: Racer, Hilldie, Buddy
Bottom: Hank, Star, Johnny
Slone, a super sweet but very scared girl at the Williamson County
Regional Animal Shelter.
Kane is a handsome, stocky boy that I met at Strut Your Mutt in Austin!
Esmeralda, a beautiful girl who was rescued off the streets in Hutto, TX. 

Special Thank You:

I want to send a huge Thank You to everyone who allowed me to borrow their pups for a moment or two. Each of your dogs has now touched my life and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Thank you to The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter for all of the hard work you put into ensuring that each pet, pit bull type dogs included, that enters your shelter gets the chance a a fresh start.

Thank you to Love-A-Bull, Inc for hosting our Pittie Pride Festival in Austin and all of the amazing work you do day in and day out for these dogs. You are an amazing inspiration and I am proud to support your organization!

Thank you to Austin Pets Alive for working hard to keep Austin No-Kill. You are changing the world and because of that millions of lives will be saved.

Thank you to Don't Bully Me Rescue, Pflugerville Pets Alive, Georgetown Animal Outreach and all of the other amazing rescues in the Austin area for doing such an amazing job rescuing our communities homeless pets!

And of course, Thank You to my family & friends - especially my husband - for letting me be the crazy 'Pit Bull' lady for awhile!