For those of you that are unfamiliar with what Not A Bully is: I have created a new dog portrait series dedicated to telling the story of rescued/adopted bully breed dogs (particularly Pitbull and Pit mixes) that suffered difficult early lives, but despite their early challenges have returned to the community as wonderful service animals, family dogs, therapy dogs, etc. I want to show the public with this portrait series that Pitbulls are not the inherently evil monster the media makes them out to be. Blame falls on the shoulders of bad humans, not bad dogs.
Thank you to Cesar Millan and Junior for visiting Emma & me & being part of my Not A Bully campaign (www.NotABully.org – New Website Coming Soon) & involving us in your new Pitbull TV special! A proud career & life moment today. Also, thank you for the awesome shout out on the Cesar Millan Foundation page:
Emma, my rescued Pitbull mix, and I got to visit a 4th grade class at Hendley Elementary in SE Washington DC to teach the kids about dog rescue and that Pitbulls deserve love and care (and not meant to be fighters). I was so proud of Emma. She was a perfect lady and the kids did a great job asking her to do cool dog tricks for treats. We had a blast. Thank you for the great pics Mike Dugan! With the support of the Washington DC Humane Society, Emma and I will be touring more schools to spread the word!
If you haven’t already seen or heard from my various forms of social media, I am developing a new site NotABully.org (site is far from finished), which is dedicated to help defeat the negative stigmas that surround bully breed dogs such as Pitbulls. Pitbulls like my own rescue mix, Emma, that I adopted earlier this year (see below). There is a LOT of incredible stuff going on behind the scenes. Cannot wait to share. In the meantime, you can head over to NotABully.org and sign up to receive updates on the right side of the main page.
My birthday is 9 days away and there is only 1 thing I’d like… ok 2 things… alright maybe 3. I would like for my friends to help make a difference in the lives of others. Sure, birthdays are an opportunity to feel special for 1 day as your loved ones celebrate your birth and inflate your ego the size of planet Mars, but this year I really want to give back.
My friend, photographer Nicole Wolf, is working with the charity New Reality International (see video below) to help needy in Haiti. Nicole is working with NRI on a new project to raise money to build homes for families stuck living in refugee camps. Every little bit helps. They are only a few thousand dollars away from funding their next home in Haiti.