Here is the story of today’s featured pup, Layla…in her mother’s words:
“My fur baby Layla is my child. She is my best friend and is the most consistent thing in my life. She was born January 4, 2010 from a back yard breeder. The dad was a blue nose pit bull and the mom was a rat terrier. Since Layla and her brother and sisters were “accidents” the breeder was giving them away. My friend Jenny told me to go see how cute they were and I immediately fell in love with her blue eyes. We took her home and she was with me all of the time. Right after we got her, my husband and I decided it was time to get a divorce. He didn’t care about Layla and told me I could keep her. At the time I wasn’t ready for a dog because I didn’t have a permanent place to stay but I decided to keep her anyways. We have been through a lot together – moving from different places, going through life’s struggles. But no matter what, she has always been by my side. Under the blankets to be exact, where she feels like she should act as my heating blanket!
Layla the blue nose pit bull/rat terrier mix is very well behaved and gets along with all dogs, cats, kids, and adults! She doesn’t have an enemy and every one loves her. She has often been mistaken for a over weight chihuahua which I think is funny. She just has big ears. She is sort of a Tom boy. She likes to go to the farm with my mom and roll around in horse poo. She is a professional squirrel hunter and is very fast. She likes to jump in lakes, rivers, and ponds to catch sticks. She can jump very high to try to catch them but hasn’t learned how to catch them with her mouth yet. She snores very loud! Like a grown man kind of loud, but if you just nudge her she will stop.
Layla is 3 1/2 years old and I am so glad that i have her in my life! I just started a Facebook page to share links on positive news about “bully breeds” and share dogs who need to find their fur-ever homes! It is “Layla’s quest to save her bully friends.” And like they say, sometimes when you think you have rescued a dog, the dog has really rescued you!”
Want to get your dog featured on FeedtheBreed.com the way Layla the blue nose pit bull/rat terrier mix was? Send us a short bio 300-600 words) on our Facebook page. If we choose you, we will send you a free Feed the Breed sticker!
Today’s Featured Pup is Deja the Pit Bull! We have had a lot of requests to post more pit bull pictures on our site, so here is a quick bio from Deja’s momma as well as some pictures:
“This is Deja. She is a beautiful pit bull female, about a year and a half old. She is a rescue from the Valencia County Animal Shelter. She was placed with a wonderful foster mom in New Mexico, where she stayed for several months. Her foster mama, Amber, took the first attached picture of her, which was posted on a shelter Facebook page. We fell in love with her instantly. Rescue Rovers transported Deja to Hamilton, Montana, where we adopted her from the Bitterroot Humane Association. (The second picture is of Amber saying goodbye when sending Deja off to Montana. Amber sent us the “Montana or Bust” photo prior to her departure. The last picture is of Deja in her new home.)
We had a few issues to overcome in the beginning; fence jumping, cat chasing, and foraging on counters and in the kitchen cabinets. (Deja loves chocolate chips,) but now (a few cabinet locks later) she has settled in nicely and has become a true member of the family. Deja the pit bull is such a love! She is smart and stubborn, but also very sweet and comical. She is a loving sister to our other dog, Raven. She is a companion to our nine-year-old son. She is a guardian to our one-year-old granddaughter. She is very protective of our house. While she is friendly with visitors, she is also quick to alert us if a stranger is approaching and has shown us that she will protect us, when she feels someone is a threat. While my husband doesn’t like to admit it, she is a mama’s girl. She loves to cuddle, go for walks, chase a ball, wrestle with her sister, and romp with our son.
Prior to going to her foster home, Deja had been scheduled for euthanasia on at least two occasions. Shelter staff went all out to keep her alive, believing that she was too special to be put down. They were right. She is something special and we are grateful to everyone who worked to save her and bring her to us.
After adopting Deja and getting to know her, I am heartbroken to think how many more special souls (especially pit bull breeds) are not getting the second or third chance that Deja was given. We are now connected to several rescue organizations on Facebook and we receive daily reminders of the fate that our sweet girl was facing. Deja’s rescue has been a wake up call for us. I wish we could bring home all the others who are unwanted and abused. Right now, all we can do is share her story, and the stories of the others like her, with anyone that will listen. I’m sure my Facebook friends are overwhelmed with the pictures we relentlessly post on our walls. Hopefully, we can inspire someone else to adopt.
Deja never complains about her past. She wakes up every morning, happy to greet the world and her family with a goofy dog grin, a tail wag, and a hug. She is definitely something special and we couldn’t love her more.”
Did you know that making just a single purchase in the Feed the Breed store will help feed 19 shelter and rescue dogs!??! (Or one dog for 19 meals!!!!) Deja was once in that position so think of all the pit bulls and other dogs in need at shelters and rescues who could use a little help, love, feeding, and adopting! Check out the store now! Also, if you haven’t already, please check out our Instagram account (@feedthebreeddotcom) and our Facebook page for more pit bull pictures!
Each week, Feed the Breed will try to Feature rescue dogs and our fan/customer submitted pups. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing these great dogs from all over the world!
Today’s Featured Dog is Ava, an American Staffordshire Terrier (submitted by her owner Holly):
“Our dogs name is Ava and she is 17 months of nothing but energy! We rescued her from a woman who was fostering her.. She came to the foster because her former humans were moving and out of their 5 dogs Ava was the only one not allowed to live in the new house. Ava is a an American Staffordshire terrier…or a pit bull by the standards of everyone around.
Ava’s markings are quite unique in our opinion. Half of her face is black and half of her face is white; split almost perfectly down the middle. The rest of her body she looks like a cow!
Ava’s personality is very happy. She is almost always smiling and wagging her tail. She likes to talk when something makes her extremely happy. She is a huge snuggler and has been known to take over the entire bed.
This girl might as well be a professional tennis ball catcher. Her absolute favorite thing in the worlds is to catch and chase her tennis balls! She will go for hours. She really enjoys hiking with her humans too…as long as we are with her she is a happy girl..
The one thing I want others to know about Ava is that she truly is a wonderful loving dog. She might not care for other dogs much but if you are a two legged friend she will love you to the ends of the earth and with every fiber of her being.
I think my dog Ava should be featured because she’s a great dog to be around. She loves to have fun and shes really cute to look at. And she makes us smile everyday!”
Want to have your dog featured on Feed the Breed the same way Ava the American Staffordshire Terrier was featured? Send us a short bio on Facebook. If we choose you and your pup(s), we will send out a Feed the Breed sticker as well! And for all you American Staffordshire Terrier parents/fans, we will have Amstaff themed shirts in our online store very soon!
What do you like best when purchasing your pit bull tshirts? The design? The phrase that is on the shirt? Or do you just like collecting all sorts of pit bull related clothing? We would love to hear your feedback on Facebook on what you like exactly and what you would like to see more of in the future from Feed the Breed. We plan on making more designs as well as having guest designers create new products for us. And on top of that, we would love to listen to you and use your ideas for future pit bull tshirts.
An example of a fan/customer idea that has made it onto a tshirt has been the ”Rescued by my Pit Bull” design which has been a fan favorite! Suggest a slogan or design to us and who knows, you might even receive some free goodies! While we love original ideas, even if you see something that is obvious or a common phrase that supports the pit bull breed (or rescue dogs in general), we would love to hear it. While our main goal is to help feed shelter and rescue dogs, we love staying in touch with our fans and customers and try to listen to every comment, idea, and story from each and every one of you! Send us an email or contact us directly via Facebook. We don’t mind the comments on Twitter and Instagram but if you wish to submit an idea, please do so via email or Facbook.
And don’t forget, when purchasing your pit bull tshirts from Feed the Breed, you are not only get some really cool tshirts, you are also helping feed 19 dogs for every tshirt you buy! How many places do you go to that say that when you buy something?!?!
Today’s discussion is all about names for pitbulls (and other breeds for that matter). I would like to talk a little about finding and deciding on a name for a dog but I would also like to make this a discussion on our Facebook page so that I can hear how you decided on your current dog(s) name(s) and how you would go about naming future dogs. Did you keep the name that was already given? i.e. was he/she a foster or rescue dog that was already named from a previous family? Did you name the dog after someone famous? Did you name the dog after someone in your own life? Did the dog’s name have meaning? Or did you even name the dog after a previous pet that you have had in your lifetime? Deciding on names for pitbulls and other breeds can take a lot of time for some. For others, a name can come easy. Did your pup seem to look or act a certain
way and get a “nickname” that best described these characteristics? Did this nickname ultimately become the dogs name?
And since we’re on the subject of names for pitbulls and other breeds, did you know that Feed the Breed can create custom clothing with your dogs names on them? Just
send us an email or private message us on Facebook and we will be happy to work with you on your custom order! We can do custom dog shirts, bandanas, tshirts, sweatshirts, and more. Even if you don’t see an item, we can try to get one for you as well! Any of our designs can be customized with special lettering/names and colors as well.
In case you were wondering, Thunder the pit bull (#thunderdog on Instagram) came with the name when I rescued him from Providence Animal Rescue League. Atlas the greyhound was named by me after I rescued him from the track (Twin River Greyhound Rescue). Atlas’ race name was “Swifty Connor” and his rescue name was Dan.
Did you know that besides clothing and other cool human related apparel and goodies, we carry clothing for pitbulls and other breeds of dogs in all sizes? Check out our section devoted to dogs at our shop at www.feedthebreed.com. We carry doggy tshirts in sizes small through XXL. Small shirts measure 9″ from top to bottom and 5.7″ from side to side. Medium shirts measure 10″ from top to bottom and 6.5″ from side to side. Large shirts measure 12″ from top to bottom and 8″ from side to side. Xtra large shirts measure 15.5″ from top to bottom and 7.8″ from side to side. XXL shirts measure 17″ from top to bottom and 10″ from side to side. For a further explanation of sizes, please check the product page of each item you are interested in on our clothing shop. The clothing for pitbulls comes in pink, red, white and black.
Besides doggy tshirts, we also have dog bandanas with our various designs. The dog bandanas also come in your choice of red, pink, white, and black. The bandanas are one size fits most dogs. This is a great accessory for any dog during any time of the year. It’s a perfect way to spread the message (depending on which design/message you prefer). The bandanas are made from a woven 50% cotton and 50% polyester blend with a fabric weight of 2.5 ounces.
Like our regular mens, womens, and kids clothing, our clothing for pitbulls and other breeds comes in various printed colors and print material (including regular flex print, flock print, and specialty glow in the dark print, neon print, and glitz/sparkle print). If you do not see a color or material on our site, please do not hesistate to contact us. We can more than likely setup a custom order (most times for no additional costs!). Contact us through email or Facebook for any special order for human clothing or clothing
for pitbulls or other size breeds.
Thank you for your continued support!
Brandon, Atlas, and Thunder
Greetings and Happy (official) Spring!
While most of us in the northeast have been shoveling or wearing hoodies, jackets, and winter hats, it definitely doesn’t feel like Springtime. Soon enough we will be wearing our tshirts and shorts! But since a large part of the country (and world) is seeing nice weather, I think it’s time to check out our pit bull apparel for spring. We currently have a great selection of men, women, and children’s pit bull tshirts but we wanted to let you know that we will be carrying more designs and products fit for Spring including crew tees, v-necks, shorts, wind breakers, yoga pants, and more! We have plenty for you to choose from at the moment but we will be adding new products weekly so be sure to bookmark the site or keep checking back! And as always, if you don’t see a product on the site, odds are we can create a custom one for you with any design of your choice (and custom color and product, too.)
And those of you still stuck in what feels like the middle of winter, we still have our winter/cold weather pit bull apparel for sale! Be sure to keep an eye out for our Spring clearance on hoodies and long sleeve shirts. No matter how much the price comes down on our products, the same amount of dogs will be fed/donated to per item sold. So more win-win for you and the pups!
Want to see what our pit bull apparel looks like on our very happy customers? Check out our instagram account or go over to Facebook and view our photos. There are many pictures sent in from our fans from all over the world! So after you place your order and receive your awesome gear, be sure to send us your pics on Facebook or tag your photos on instagram with hashtag #feedthebreed! We can’t wait to see our apparel on our fans (and their dogs!) Oh yeah, in case you didn’t realize, we have pit bull apparel for humans AND dogs. (And non-pit bulls).
Thanks for checking in. We can’t wait for the Spring (weather) to officially arrive! Warm weather and new, exciting pit bull apparel for him, her, and the pups!
What a day! Day light savings, almost 55 degrees, snow melting, the sun is out…spring weather is almost here! Can’t wait to go visit some of the local animal rescues to take some pics and get to to them a little more. We have been looking for some newer groups to donate to and with the nicer weather, it will be nice to visit them face to face.
Feed the Breed also donates to non-local shelters and animal rescues so if you know of a non-profit animal rescue group, please feel free to let us know via email or on our Facebook page. If you didn’t know already, profits from our tshirt site (by the way, we actually sell more than tshirts now!) go to rescues in
need! And while most of our pictures and dogs that we post on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts are bully breeds (pit bulls, bull terriers, boxers, etc.) we fully support helping out any and all breeds!
We will be visiting a greyhound rescue next week so while a lot of the designs are pit bull related, we do like helping out everyone! And speaking of shirt designs, we will be adding more to the site very soon! We will have more pit bull, greyhound, boxer, mutt, and others so keep an eye out!
Looking for pictures of pitbulls and other awesome rescue and shelter dogs? Check out our instagram account by going to http://www.instagram.com/feedthebreeddotcom or by searching for “feedthebreeddotcom” on the Instagram app. I will be making a couple visits to local animal shelters and rescues in a couple weeks so I will be showing many more pictures of pitbulls both on the Instagram account and the Facebook account. Please follow and like us on both accounts if you can! We greatly appreciate it.
I try to get out to the local shelters and rescue groups on a monthly basis so I can see how the dogs are doing as well stay in touch with all involved. We currently donate to local (RI) rescues as well as rescue organizations all over the country. We hope to bring you more cute faces of dogs shortly. Any way you can help is greatly appreciated! (Buying just one sticker or any product from our online clothing store helps out enormously.) It’s win-win for all involved! You get something and the pups get fed! Donations are awesome, of course, but by purchasing from FeedtheBreed, when you give back, you literally get back!
And since we are on the topic of Instagram, along with pictures of pitbulls (and other breeds, of course), you can find pictures of new products including shirts, stickers, hoodies, iPhone 4/5 and Galaxy s3/s3 phone covers, baby stuff, dog clothing and more! And we are constantly having free giveaways of stickers along with discounts, dals, and coupons to all of our products in the online shop. If you are looking to be featured on any of our accounts (instagram, Facebook, twitter, etc.) be sure to message
us on Facebook and we will do the best we can! We love not only helping out and posting pictures of pitbulls and all other shelter dogs, but we also can’t get enough of your
pictures of pitbulls and other breeds! So keep them coming!
As of March 19, 2013, we currently have close to 1,000 pictures on our Instagram account! So check them out along with our friends and followers. We look forward
to hearing from you and looking at your pictures of pitbulls!
Brandon, Atlas, and Thunder
Now available! The Dapper PitBull series designed by Karyn Jimenez Elliott Design. This series features a pitbull in suit and top hat in it’s original design, a “Love a Bull” design which is the Dapper Pitbull with the text “Love a Bull”, as well as “Lovers Not Fighters”, and ”Don’t Bully My Breed” designs. Karyn Jimenez-Elliott has graciously offered to continue her Dapper Dog line to include a Dapper pitbull just for Feed the Breed! Get this one-of-a-kind shirt today! These clothing designs are available on a limited basis! So hurry before they are all gone. If you haven’t checked out Karyn’s other Dapper Dogs (and designs), please do so on her web page and her Facebook page. It will totally be worth it! (Not only is she an awesome graphic designer and instructor but she, too, is involved with animal rescue.)
Oh, and what better way to represent your pitbull than in a shirt representing the breed in this awesome design for shirts, hoodies, baby bibs, and more! Order your favorite pitbull shirt today and help spread the positive message behind the pitbull breed. If the Dapper Pitbull isn’t quite your style, we have many other colors and designs available in our store. Check them out today! Because all dogs need love. And all dogs in waiting at shelters and rescues need food! So buying just one Dapper Pitbull shirt will help feed approximately 19 shelter and rescue dogs! How awesome is that?!?! For a full list of rescues and shelter that will be receiving money towards food, we will be posting a new blog entry very soon on our newest “partners”. We wish we could help them all so we will try our best to help out as many rescues in need. Please support these great organizations (as well as your local rescues)!
We hope you enjoy this special tshirt design from Karyn Kimenez Elliott Design!
We know we do!
And once again, thank you all for your continuted support!