Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

The Christmas Season.., What does it mean to you?

To me Christmas has always meant giving of yourself freely and with purpose, it has meant peace and good will, it has meant family and friends, and a huge sloppy wet kiss Christmas morning because the dog really wants to unwrap that bone!

I know with everything we are inundated with all year-long can be hard, so let me leave you with just  a few things to ponder before you grasp your kin and hold them close this year…

A little inspiration from my friend Stevie Ohlarik;

If you can’t adopt – foster… If you can’t foster – sponsor… If you can’t sponsor – volunteer… If you can’t volunteer – donate…or transport an animal to safety…. If you can’t donate – educate, network, and cross-post… Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life.

Now isn’t that what the Christmas season is all about? But should it end there? Shouldn’t it be what everyone should be doing, not trying to save the world, just a piece of it. If everyone did just one thing, imagine what that would look like.

As far as BSL goes, Don’t let it ruin a little girls Christmas or New Year, why should her friend be taken away or killed in a shelter, just because of the way he looks? Pit bulls are not ticking time bombs they are loving compassionate little creatures, who have the tenacity and drive it takes to be called man’s best friend, because now days man doesn’t seem very worthy of being a pit bulls best friend.

To all my pit bull families and friends, advocates, and rescues Merry Christmas! Thank you for standing with me, for speaking out for educating the public.

David Edelstein, Drayton Michaels, Jean Donaldson, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Kym, Kurt, Simon, Billy, Matty, Cris, Jim, and all the others I can’t possibly all fit in here.., MWAH! You all know who you are and thank you!

This year I see more people waking up from under the ether that is BSL, I see education and understanding coming before fear and bias! I see a lot of things but none of them are possible without all of you, so to each and every person that reads this blog, that shares my posts, that retweets the things I say and the messages I try to convey, who does what they can on their own to change and end BSL forever, to rescue and save a life, Merry Christmas to you as well, and thanks!

A not so Merry Christmas

How to wrap a pit bull for Christmas

Christmas toy for a bull

Pit Bull Christmas

Now with that said and out-of-the-way I would like to have another stab at a contest I am looking for the best christmas photo or video of you and your dogs, or just your dogs celebrating christmas this year, show me your gifts, your hats, and costumes, show me the love you share with you pooch! The winner will be picked in the new year so you all have until January 3rd to submit your entries. please send all entries to apitomesblog@shaw.ca The winner will be featured on apitome’s page for pit bulls on Facebook and will be the new mascot for January on my Twitter page, and obviously will be featured here as well!

So Merry Christmas gang, and send in those pics and vids! and if you do maybe next year I’ll include a gift certificate, harness or toy! and remember to include in email what christmas means to you and your dog!




Ruff Life Rescue Devistated by fire: Please share and lets help pay it forward to a family that does that everyday!

Via a friend of mine Helene Scharf;

RUFF LIFE RESCUE DEVASTATED BY FIRE! Please help! Our very good friend and faithful animal rescuer Brieann Masenior’s (Ruff Life Rescue) home was destroyed by a fire this morning. Thank goodness no one was hurt–in good part because Brieann ran into the burning home 3-4 times to make certain all the animals were safely out. Her family can no longer live in the house and all the furnishing and possessions are totally destroyed. This wonderful family was already facing hard times, and as many of you know, Brieann has been there time and again for everyone who needed help with their animals. Let’s please step up to help her and her family now! I’ve set up a chip in that will go directly to Ruff Life Rescue: http://thebeameroo.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/099734356b7e5f4e   If anyone wants to mail a check, or any gift cards to help the family get through this, please send all donations to:

Ruff Life Rescue P.O. Box 256 Rising Sun, MD 21911 If you cannot donate, please share the heck out of this. Thank you! Helene Charlie to the Rescue! P.S. If you have any clothing you would like to donate, here are the sizes:

Brieann – Pant/bottom – 5/6 top- medium shoe-8 womens
Marco – Pant – 34/32 top – X-large shoe – 11 mens

Jordon- Pant  – 36/30 top – XX – large shoe – 10.5 mens
Cameron- Pant – 12/14 boys top – large boys shoe – 9 9.5
Ashley – pant/bottom – 7/8 girls top – 7/8 girls shoe – 1.5 / 2 girls
Where to send the above:

Brieann Masenior c/o Ray of Hope Mission 960 Craigstown Road Port Deposit, MD 21904



















Please consider helping out Brianne’s family this holiday, they are a wonderful family dedicated to helping out any animal that needs their compassion, their love, or their help.  So let’s all do a solid, for brieann and her family…, a little “pay it forward” of our own within the animal rescue and advocacy community. Let’s show we take care of our own, show this family “We are one, and we are here for them!”

Brieann, I’m so sorry, and I hope everyone can come together to help you and your wonderful family!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am sure the new year will be a fresh start and a great year for you all!



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