Friday, February 01, 2008

New Video: Ken, Trap Jack, Dag, The Hot 8, and the pit bulls of New Orleans



Here is video from the pit bull party I hosted in October with the Hot 8 Brass Band. With sponsorship from Animal Farm Foundation, we filmed the dancing dogs and interviewed their owners.

The party also announced The Sula Foundation, which will be working to help New Orleans pit bulls, and their owners, through shot clinics, spay/neuter programs and education. You can go to www.sulafoundation.org to learn more or contribute.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sula schedules her first clinic


Sula Foundation Logo, originally uploaded by kfoz.

The Sula Foundation now has a logo, and our first shot clinic will be held on February 23 in the Lower Ninth Ward (aka as our neighborhood). We're still working out all the details, and looking for people who might be interested in helping--as volunteers or donors.

Yesterday I began distributing information at the Barkus parade, along with free t-shirts from Animal Farm Foundation. When I told people our plan--free or reduced cost shot clinics, school programs, and a calendar for 2009 promoting positive pit bull relationships--they really got excited. Some people handed me cash, some handed me drink tickets. Some said that the shot clinic would really help them out in taking care of their dogs.

Sula, of course, is terrified of large crowds, so she stayed home with Brando and Zephyr. Zeph would have loved it, but I thought it might be confusing to be walking around with a rottie while talking about pit bulls.

A few observations: there were a ton of boxers this year, and fewer pit bulls than I remember, although it was so crowded it was hard to get a sense of it.

Most disturbing outfit: one woman shaved her large dog in a checkerboard pattern. I'm not sure why--I have no idea what they were supposed to be dressed as. And I kept suggesting that she should be arrested.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Catching up with the Michael Vick dogs...

Yesterday I got a package in the mail from Pass Christian Books: a Micheal Vick chew toy for my dogs. They'd destroy it in a minute, so I'm keeping it far from their reach. I have to say, Vick looks a little fragile--twig thin arms and lets, etc.

Meanwhile, the people who have been working with Micheal Vick's remaining dogs are now free to talk about them and introduce them to the public. There had been a court order that basically kept the dogs out of the limelight until now.

First up, there is a moving series of photos with narration at Bad Rap's website.

Also, a friend sent this link to a news story covering one dogs introduction to living in a real home.

And at Best Friends, they have renamed the dogs Vicktory Dogs and will be updating their site regularly with updates on their progress.