Monday, June 30, 2008

Our Sizzling Summer Lineup

Take a look at these beautiful dogs. Each one is hoping to be in there forever home this summer, running in sprinklers, playing fetch and snuggling up with you on your lawnchair catching some summer sun.

Well here they are...


Jane came into our program last year and was set up with a family that loved her very much but sadly had to give her up when there was a change in the family. Jane is now back on the market and is once again ready to find herself a wonderful home. Jane has lived with kids, learned the basics, is house trained, crate trained and is just an absolute doll. She is sweet, silly and most of all loveable. If you are interested in learning more about sweet Jane please fill out an Adoption Application.


Silly Sinbad, is a hunk-a-hunk of burning love. Sinbad has also returned to our program after this family made some changes of there own. He is currently looking for a foster home or better yet a foster to adopt home. Sinbad knows Sit, Stay, Shake, Speak, Heel and many other wonderful things. He too is house trained; crate trained and is currently living nicely with an older female. Sinbad is a young dog and is full of life so he would really LOVE to be with an active family. If you are interested in fostering or fostering to adopt Sinbad please fill out an Adoption Application.


Heavenly Holly. This beautiful girl is still waiting for her forever home to find her. Holly is deaf and this sweet girl didn't have a promising start in life. Surrendered to a shelter at 4 months, deaf and suffering hip dysplasia, Holly's chances of adoption were slim to none. One of HugABull's directors met Holly, and soon discovered that this little girl had such a bright and shining personality, she definitely deserved a chance at good health, and a great home.

With the generous support of many individuals through HugABull's Lovely Fund, Holly underwent femoral head ostomy surgery on December 22, 2007. Holly's recovery has progressed well, through swimming therapy with Kendall and her staff at K9H2O, and lots of exercise with her canine foster sisters!

Holly is in an obedience class using a flashlight instead of a clicker, and she is proving to be one smart pup. Deaf dogs make wonderful and amazing companions. Like all pups, Holly is fun loving, playful, curious, mischievous, and sometimes a little cheeky. Most of all, she's loves to be loved, and this special girl deserves a very special home. If you are interested in Holly please fill out an Adoption Application.


Bridgitte is a very sweet girl who we guess is around 2 years old. Poor Bridgitte is deaf, but that did not stop her previous owners from breeding her numerous times before they discarded her. Bridgitte tested REALLY well and was everything we look for in a Pit Bull all wiggles and eager for love and some of our testing techniques just made her wiggle her butt harder. We found this little lady LOVES to chase mosquitoes and loves to give kisses. Bridgitte has just entered our program and so will not be available for adoption at this time however if you are interested in her please keep your eyes peeled on our site

For more information on raising a deaf dog, please visit

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Spreading the word...

What a busy, exausting and crazy day we had at the Dog Day Event...
Thank you to Jennifer and her whole crew for inviting us down to share in the celebrations.

Our crazy crew getting ready for the event

HugABull Alumi L-Mo showing off his new shirt

one person at a time, changing some minds

Calli and her mom came out for the day to show everyone how great these dogs truly are.

Thank you to all the volunteers that showed up to help us with the event we can't do it without you.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Anyone got a Hammer?

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Go Netherlands Go

The Netherlands to lift 15-year ban on owning, breeding pit bulls THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The Dutch government says it will lift a long-standing ban on pit bulls because it did not lead to any decrease in bite incidents. Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has informed parliament of the decision, which follows the advice of a commission of experts appointed to review the policy.

Instead, the country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programs. Spokesman Koen Geelink said Monday the ministry hopes to have a new policy in place by year-end in which dogs that have displayed aggression will be tested by an expert. The country banned the breeding and possession of pit bulls in 1993, after three children were killed by the dogs.

(See That ONTARIO Breed Bans Don't Work!)


Friday, June 6, 2008

Possitive Pit Bull Press (warms the heart)

Pit bull wins Courage Award
The CitizenPublished: Friday, June 06, 2008

Holly's life began on Christmas Eve, 2007. That was the day the little black and white pit bull was wrenched away from her puppies, shot in the face and left to die in the parking lot of a grocery store in Cobble Hill. But it was also the day she stole the heart of Sandi Trent, manager of the Cowichan & District Branch of the BC SPCA.

"She embodies not only heroism, but also courage," says Trent, who adopted the gentle dog into her own already large family of animals. Holly was presented with the 2008 BC SPCA Animal Courage Award during a special awards dinner May 30 at UBC. Bleeding profusely from her face and back on that fateful Christmas Eve afternoon, Holly was rushed to nearby Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital by SPCA animal control officer Rick Hunter. There, the emaciated dog, who was also suffering from a horrible case of mange, had two bullets extracted from her back and thigh. Additional bullet fragments in her jaw were too small and shattered to remove.

The following day -- Christmas morning -- Trent and Special Provincial Constable Dale Bakken went door to door in the area looking for any witnesses to the brutal attack but there were no solid leads for the investigation. Holly, however, still had much to accomplish. Chemainus Community School approached Trent about delivering a five-week humane education course to students ages 10 and up, and Holly, who within a month had become the shelter's official "greeter," was a natural for the job. "Holly had a lesson to teach," says Trent. "She became a logical ambassador for second-chance animals, and for her breed, breaking down some of the stereotypes about her breed." Bakken began taking Holly to the school, where children would sit enthralled listening to her story of triumph and later crowd around the small, meek dog to stroke her fur, which still bears the scars of her ordeal. "Holly asks for little and gives everyone that meets her an entirely new perspective of not only pit bulls, but also animals that have suffered at the hands of human beings," says Trent.

During Holly's final school appearance at the end of the program, she was presented with a $300 cheque for the SPCA as a thank-you from the children. Today, Holly continues to appear before schools and service organizations. Her amazing story of survival is helping to teach a generation of pet guardians not to tolerate cruelty toward animals. "She is living proof that animals have an endless capacity for love and forgiveness -- traits that we humans sometimes lack," says Trent.

The BC SPCA Awards Program honours both people and animals who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare during the past year. Recipients include veterinarians, staff, volunteers and, of course, animal heroes.