Monday, June 29, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
May 2020 Volunteer of the Month-
How did you find out about Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue?
|Matthew & Briana|
I cannot answer this question without telling a story. When my son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Briana Sherrer, moved to Texas in 2012, Briana saw how overcrowded the animal shelters were there, and the high risk of euthanasia they faced due to limited rescue options and low adoption rates. She started to tag (a term used to "claim" a shelter dog as being pulled from the shelter) and rescue these animals, sending them to Minnesota non-profit rescue organizations, where shelter over-population was not an issue.
In July 2015, Briana sent me a picture of a tiny pittie puppy who had been in a TX shelter for several weeks. We immediately decided we wanted to foster her (Layla), but at the time Bri did not have a rescue partner in MN that accepted pit bulls. Briana contacted her friend Marge Mullen, who was a MPBR volunteer, who connected Bri with MPBR President, Laura Gray-Haug. Laura agreed to have little Layla sponsored through the rescue. We received her from Texas a few days later and fostered her until she was adopted by an MPBR volunteer. I believe Layla has the distinction of being Texas Rescue Pittie #1 on the list of many transports between the non-profit Passport for Paws in Texas (Briana co-founded in 2017) and her new Minnesota partner, Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue.
Why did you decide to volunteer for MPBR?
We had already fostered dogs (beagle terrier mixes) for other Twin Cities rescue organizations. When we decided to foster Layla from Texas and MPBR sponsored her, I got to know Laura. She was so passionate about rescuing and being an advocate for the breed, that I wanted to do what I could to help. Oh, yes, and we fell head over heels in love with pit bulls. Matt and Briana had two (now three) and we were amazed at how loving and gentle they were (in contrast to the stereotype we had been familiar with).
Do you have any pets of your own?
Gracie, our beloved Texas pittie we fostered through MPBR in October 2015. We adopted her shortly thereafter! She is a good companion to our beagle terrier mix, Freddy, who we fostered and adopted in 2012 from Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota.
|Gracie & Freddy|
When you're not surrounded by dogs, what can you be found doing?
I am a die-hard fan of two things: Minnesota Vikings and my four grandchildren. I used to travel and explore different states and countries, but now I only travel to Duluth and Dallas! As a family, we love to go boating together.
Do you have a favorite memory that happened while you were volunteering?
My favorite memories are when I get to deliver a dog to its adoptive family. The joy of giving a previously unwanted animal to a family who have their arms wide open is an experience I will never forget.
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 5:30 PM
It’s a Kaisa update! She’s been making great progress with RR Professional Dog Training & Boarding❤️
Kaisa is practicing how to relax in the crate. You can see that the back is open, so she can get treats as she enters. By now, Kaisa loves hanging out in the crate, and it helps her calm down when she gets anxious.
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 2:51 PM
Luka's my name, and playing's my game! I’m a Bull Terrier/ Pit Bull Terrier Mix.
Nicknames: Baby Batman.
Age: 5ish months old
Activity Level: Moderate. I love to play, play, play with my dog sister, and I'm really good at it. We wrestle, we tug, we zoomie, we share toys and then we do it all again. I don't take many naps anymore, but I will take some snuggle breaks with my humans and with my dog sister. My foster mom says I am really good at playing, and I'm good at sharing toys, no resource guarding here.
Things I know: I'm soooo good at sit. I'm also really good in my crate, and I eat all my meals in there. I am a top tier snuggler, and I love giving kisses.
Things I am learning: My foster mom says I’m working on a lot, mostly because I’m still pretty young and a little exciteable. I’m learning to take treats softly, not jump and to potty outside.
Kids: Unknown. I don't live with any little humans right now.
Dogs: Please oh please I want to live in a house with other dogs.
Cats: Possibly. I live with two cats now, and I'm still pretty interested in them. I don't chase them too much, but I'm still trying to figure out if I can get them to play with me. The cats I live with are super dog savvy, so this might depend on the cat.
Size: 25 pounds
Car rides: Heck yeah! I like to try crawling into laps while people are driving, so I need some structure around learning to chill in the backseat.
Additional Info from foster parent: Luka does really well with some structure in his life, and would definitely need to be crated when his humans aren’t around. He would also benefit from a shutdown when he gets adopted and moves into a new home. For those not familiar with the term “shutdown”, it means that when you’re not available to watch Luka, he would be in a kennel. This will ultimately set him up for success as he won’t be able to get into anything he shouldn’t be and it teaches him that the human is in charge of making decisions, not the other way around. We always recommend a length of two weeks to help acclimate to their new environment.
If you’re interested in meeting Luka, please fill out an adoption application at www.mnpitbull.com so you can meet in person.
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 2:45 PM
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Meet Brielle 💚 She is around 8-9 months old and is a big girl; her paw fits perfectly in foster mom’s hand 😯
She is submissive with other dogs & loves to play. She does well with children but would need to be supervised as she is still a puppy and can be clumsy. Bumping into kids would not be uncommon in her world.
She is also kennel trained & will give a bark when she needs to be let outside.
If you’d like to meet Brielle, please fill out an adoption application at www.mnpitbull.com so we can arrange a private meeting 🐾
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 9:13 PM
Wilma is looking to retire to relaxed home. She’s 7 years old and would love somewhere without other dogs where she can lounge, hang out with her humans and get some belly rubs.
Foster mom says Wilma is really gentle and a sweet lady who will let you know when she wants loves with a nudge of her nose.
If you’re interested in opening your home to Wilma, please fill out an adoption application at www.mnpitbull.com so we can arrange a private Meet & Greet.
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 9:11 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Chula AKA Chulita or Choo-Choo!
I am a sweet, social, relaxed senior lady who still has plenty of energy and I just want to be your companion. Nothing makes me happier than hanging out with people and getting love from my humans. I really hope someone will give me a great home - I promise to give you so much love in return!
Chula is 10 years old & does well with both children & other dogs. We are unsure if she has ever met any felines before. If you are interested in meeting Chula, please fill out an adoption application at www.mnpitbull.com or read more about her at the link posted in the comments 🐾
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 9:09 PM
She is approximately 3 years old and does well with other dogs & children. Tootsie has not met any felines that we know of. She is crate trained & has not had any accidents in her foster home!
Additional Info from foster: Tootsie is so sweet and even though she fears a lot of things (including loud noises and sudden movements) she is getting better every day! She has done great on our walks and will play fetch in her own special way; she won’t bring the ball all the way to you, but she gets close! She is very gentle with our son and loves to play with him in the yard. She will need someone who can work with her on gaining confidence.
If you're interested in meeting Tootsie, please fill out an adoption application at www.mnpitbull.com & her Case Manager will arrange a Meet & Greet.
Posted by MN Pit Bull Rescue at 9:06 PM