Behind the scenes…

December 2, 2012

We here at Puggles & Pitties generally prefer to work behind the scenes to get stuff done. We’re not good about updating this blog or our Facebook page, because we’re really busy rescuing dogs, or finding a rescue to help a dog we’re not able to help ourselves.

Case in point:  Tyson the Elderbull.  We posted about him a little over a month ago and then again last week.  We really, really, REALLY wanted to help him. We like helping senior pitties, or elderbulls as we call them. They are usually pretty calm dogs, just looking for a place to rest their sweet little heads (OK, big blockheads, but sweet nonetheless).  Yes, they may have some medical issues, as any senior dog will, but generally they have little to no behavioral issues.  They are incredibly grateful to be rescued and will love you more than you can imagine. The love you find you feel for them will take your breath away.

Ever since we had to say good-bye to Rufus, we have been on the lookout for another senior who would be a good candidate for the rescue, and we were sure Tyson was it. So one way or the other, we had to save him.

Well, we are happy to announce that Tyson left the shelter yesterday!! Through a frantic series of texts and emails, his rescue was coordinated last week – finding a foster, arranging the shuffling around of some dogs so that foster could help, finding another foster, arranging the shelter pull, coordinating times for the pull and subsequent hand off…it takes a LOT of work and a LOT of help from wonderful volunteers to make a rescue happen!

But yesterday it all came together for Tyson.  Here he is during his ride from the shelter to his foster home:


Free at last!!

His foster mama said his breath was HORRENDOUS and he needed to be seen ASAP. So today she took him to an anesthesia-free dentist who was able to pull one of the teeth that was under that tongue of his. It was so rotted, it just came right out. She also cleaned all his other teeth and said he needed to come back in about 3 months for a check up.  We also discovered that his tongue hangs out because his jaw is malformed. We can’t tell if it was a genetic problem or if it was broken at some point at not treated, but his lower jaw doesn’t align correctly to allow his tongue to stay in his mouth.  Because the salivary glands are located under the tongue, the teeth that are constantly under his tongue are exposed to more saliva than they normally would be, which will lead to excessive decay and tartar on those teeth.  So we need to keep an eye on them to make sure they stay in good shape.

But the BEST news, is that Tyson gets along with his foster brother and sister really well, and the foster mom wants to keep him!!  So in the process of finding a foster for Tyson, we ended up finding his forever home!!  HURRAY for TYSON!!

And that is what we call a happy ending!  Thank you to Sarah, Anna, Yvonne, Chela, Paula, and Cathy for making this happen!!

Help Us Help TYSON!!

November 27, 2012

Oh no!  Remember Tyson, the sweet elderbull that we posted about a few weeks ago?  He’s STILL sitting in the shelter!!

Tyson the Elderbull

Look at those ears!! Look at his silly tongue that’s always sticking out and ready for a kiss!!

Here’s the original email we received:

TYSON – ID#A1127037

Tyson is a boy with a reputation- a good one, that is. He has a cute face that you can’t help but love… and oh, those eyes! How sweet they are!

Tyson was an owner surrender because the family moved away and he was not part of their plan. Heart broken and lost, Tyson marched forward and he’s now made lots of new friends at the shelter. But before the family left him, they wanted to let us know just how wonderful Tyson.

According to the family, Tyson loves everyone; gets along with other dogs, lived with children and was great with them as well.

Tyson has a gentleness and sweetness about him. He loves people, and loves to spend time with his volunteer friends. We’ve seen him around a couple of smaller dogs and he had no reaction towards them. He’s not all that athletic; no fetch, no swimming, but boy, does he love to cuddle up next to you and be showered with lots of attention! By the way, don’t ever look back when you walk away from him, he will look at you with those sad puppy eyes… and the guilt will get you.

Tyson is about 8 years old. We all know the harsh and sad reality that older dogs have a harder time finding homes- but we must keep trying- especially for a wonderful boy like Tyson, who’s wonderful in more ways than one.

Well, guess what? Tyson’s time is UP.  The shelter is giving him til the end of the week – NOVEMBER 30th!! – to be rescued or adopted. After that…

Senior pit bulls are truly the BEST dogs ever. Look at our post about RUFUS.  They are sooooo lazy and relaxed and really just want a soft bed to chill out on.  They have tons of love left in their hearts, and they are more than happy to share it with you.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a pittie but aren’t quite sure, Tyson is a great option. Well-mannered, gets along with other dogs and with kids, and doesn’t require a ton of physical activity. PERFECT!!!

We really, really, REALLY want to rescue Tyson.  It’s breaking our hearts that he’s still stuck at that shelter. But we can’t – CAN NOT – help him without a foster home. Please, please, please…

Yes, we’re begging.  Tyson’s life is on the line. We’re begging with our whole hearts. Please help us save him.

Contact us at if you can find it in your heart to open your home to Tyson.

Foster Needed: Take a Chance!

November 12, 2012

Chance needs you to take a chance on him…

En route to San Diego

En route to San Diego

Chance is male, altered, probably about 11 months old, up to date on his shots, heart and other worm-free. He arrived from Shreveport, LA yesterday (Sat the 10th) and went into foster in Oceanside. Unfortunately, he needs to find a new foster home ASAP. The 2 dogs already in the home are seniors – 10 and 12 years old – and they didn’t take too kindly to having this young whippersnapper invade their space and wanting to play with him. They’ve started acting out and one has even bitten him now.


Chance is a GREAT dog and a wonderful snuggler. The only thing he did wrong in is current foster is want to play too much. He gets along great with other dogs, has really good body language with them, just doesn’t read their body language very well. He’s not aggressive with cats but he does chase them and want to bat them around a bit. So I would not advise a house with cats unless the cats are PRO’s at putting a dog in his place.

See? I sweep too!

He’s a very young adult, so he’s got a lot of energy. But he’s also super smart and could learn quickly in the right environment.

Please???? Anyone in the San Diego area??? We need to get him into a better situation unless is forever home can find him!! Please contact us at if you’d like to help or want more info about this sweet boy.

Dare to Bull-ieve!

October 4, 2012

This weekend kicks off a host of events in honor of Pit Bull Awareness Month and Adopt a Shelter Pet Month!

Join Puggles & Pitties on Saturday at the San Diego Humane Society on Gaines Street.  From 11 to 2, SDHS will be hosting a Bully Beauty Contest.  Come by for free treats for your love-a-bull, meet wonderful ambassadogs, and MAYBE make a love match with your next 4-legged friend!

KARMA will be there in her best party dress, giving away free kisses and hoping to meet her special someone.   Plus, P&P alum Fiona (now Penny Lane) has been selected as a finalist in the Bully Beauty Contest, so come cheer her on!

It will be a fun afternoon full of pittie pride, information, and celebrations!

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We look forward to meeting you!

Puggles & Pitties is excited to announce that we are partnering with the San Diego Humane Society during the month of October in an effort to promote the positive qualities of pit bulls and encourage responsible pittie ownership.

Come by on October 6th and 20th to participate in the fun and meet our beautiful Karma.  We’ll also have information about the pit bull type dog and training and behavior tips.

For more information about the events scheduled throughout the month, see the announcement below from the San Diego Humane Society.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Is Your Dog Beauti-bull?


In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, the San Diego Humane Society is planning a month packed with pit-focused activities and incentives during “Dare to Bull-ieve”. We are excited to celebrate the pit bull type dog in our first ever Bully Beauty Contest and you are invited to participate! 20 dogs will named as finalists and featured during a special event on October 6th at our Gaines St Campus (10 dogs) or October 20th at our Oceanside Campus (10 dogs). There the finalists will be invited to participate in a pit bull only beauty pageant. Your dog will strut, perform, and pose for local celebrity judges and community leaders as they look for the Best Human-Animal Bond Story, Most Talented, Most Beautiful, Best Wag, and Best Ambassador (overall winner) in the group. Each of the Top 20 will be rewarded as a finalist and great prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.

If you are interested in sharing your story and showing off your pit bull, please send the following information about your dog to Elkie Wills:

Contact Number:
Animal Name:
Animal Sex:
Animal Breed:
Is your dog Spayed/Neutered?
Is your dog licensed?
Does your dog have playmates?
Where is your dog’s favorite place to play?
Event location you would like to attend? (San Diego on October 6th or Oceanside on October 20th)
Tell us how your dog is your family’s hero:

Please provide a current photo of your animal with your nomination. Submissions are due by September 21, 2012 and will be reviewed by a diverse panel of San Diego Humane Society staff. Winners will be notified by September 26, 2012 and details of the event will be finalized.

“Dare to Bull-ieve” October Activities…

If you are unable to attend our Bully Beauty Contest, we invite you to take advantage of these other “positively pit” opportunities.

  • Waived adoption fees for pit bulls.
  • Fit Your Pit – Pit owners are invited to the San Diego Humane Society’s retail store, Muttique, to fit their pit in a Sensation Harness and receive a 30% discount. And, if they trade in their prong or choke collar they will receive a 50% discount. Name tags are free too!
  • Spoil Your Pit – Pit owners are invited to attend our Project KEPPT events for an opportunity to microchip and license their dogs at no charge.
  • Tots & Tales – Children will be entertained with a special story time featuring two children’s books with positive pit bull messages.
  • Happy Hour Lectures discussing Vaccinations and Acupressure.

On October 1st our website will detail out all the dates and activities!

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