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In honor of Roxy

In honor of Roxy, a donation has been make to Mutts-N-Stuff to pay it forward and help other bully breeds. Deepest condolences to Roxy’s family but know her life made a difference.

In Loving Memory of Alexander Joshua Schmidt

Phoenix Pack is honored and very grateful to Alex Schmidt’s family and friends for the donations we have received in honor of his life. Alex was a proud dad of two beautiful four-legged children named Ivan and Layla. Given Alex’s love for his kids, his family hopes to help as many pitties as possible. Below are a few pictures of Alex, Ivan and Layla provided by his family.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Unbreakoball Fundraising

Tested and approved by Rico! The Unbreakoball is great for bully breeds. Not only are they great for the bully breed, but they also give rescue organizations like Phoenix Pack money when you buy one for your four legged family member by clicking on the link here.

Thank you for your continued to support to both our organization and the companies we support.

Miss Pitunia’s Oliver Recap

Miss Pitunia rocked the role of Bull’s Eye in Oliver.

The Young People’s Theater of St. Charles put on the play, but none of the kids were very good at playing a dog. So the call went out for a white pit bull type dog to play Bull’s Eye. It was a bit of a stretch for Miss Pitunia, but she played the male dog role quite well (too bad Lassie was cancelled). She had the audience believing she was afraid of her owner in the play, Bill Sykes, when she really likes the actor, Luke.

Miss Pitunia was dog-tired after the first weekend (four shows in three days), but was fully recovered and ready for the next (and last) four shows last weekend. She loved the attention and extra treats she got and I don’t know how we and Mr. Hyde will live with the diva going forward.

Miss Pitunia converted the few people in the theater troupe who had negative attitudes towards pit bulls. Once those people got over their prejudices and interacted with Pittie, they were converted to accepting pit bulls for what they are: great dogs.

Miss Pitunia’s Big Event

We are so proud that one of Phoenix Pack’s dogs was selected to appear in the play of Oliver! Miss Pitunia was excellent at her audition and the staff just loved her.

Be sure to see Miss Pitunia and The Young People’s Theatre of St. Charles Community College March 16-18 in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater on the SCC campus. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18. Tickets are $9 for all ages. The campus is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville.

For more information or tickets, call 636-922-8233, or visit www.stchas.edu/ypt

Clint (aka Gimpy) Update

Clint will be here Sunday, March 11, 2012!!! We are so excited to have the plans are mapped out for Clint to have a safe arrival to us from Kuwait. While we are still in the process of building his cottage, we are working against the heat Kuwait will soon experience. His cottage is in progress and we are making strides every day! We have had a generation donation of time and efforts with someone meeting Clint at the airport and another organization’s kennel donations to give him place to stay until his cottage is complete. Below are pictures of his cottage in progress. And again, we appreciate everyone’s support and donations. We would not be able to do this without you.

In Memory of Molly

We wish to extend our sympathy to Molly’s family on her passing. Molly was a special family member and received the very best that a dog can ask for being a member of this loving and attentive family. We are extremely appreciative for their long standing support and generous donation in Molly’s memory, which will be used towards the cats of Mutts-n-Stuff. Thank you so much to Molly’s family.

Reaching across the World to Save Gimpy

Phoenix Pack receives many emails each day asking our help in saving dogs.  Some requests are from our area, while others extend across the country.  Once and awhile a remarkable plea for help comes, and on this occasion it came from the other side of the world – from turmoil-laden Kuwait.  Yes Phoenix Pack has been contacted to save a pit bull terrier from the Middle East!  Thanks to the support of many, we were able to bring Rico, a tortured pit bull terrier in Mexico, to St. Louis.  Now we are asking your help again to help Gimpy and others like him.

We received this story from Katrin in Kuwait:

A Story of Gimpy

It was a typical November night in Kuwait, the weather still wonderfully warm during the day and pleasantly cool at nights. I was walking my dog Rosie, a rescued desert dog we have had a year now. We were about to finish with our walk, as always, passing the neighbor houses on the way back home. Suddenly Rosie wanted to sniff around the bushes at one of our neighbor houses and didn’t want to move on. I saw a pair of scared eyes looking back to me, and suddenly he showed up from behind the branches, a big, scary, aggressive, ready to tear me and my dog apart – pit bull!!! I was shocked!!!! But not because of being afraid but because of what I saw and was so abruptly was confronted with – an awfully thin, starved and dehydrated body of a pit bull, dragging one back leg and moving forward very slowly with his last strength and every step obviously causing him a terrible pain.. He didn’t even look at me as he was dragging himself towards me, slowly, as he was so weak and in horrible pain from the dislocated leg as I could see and he urinated while approaching me – he was afraid!!

And still he felt that this was his last chance for survival! After what he has been through he certainly didn’t have a reason to trust humans, but he wanted to live… I was shocked by what I saw, that I just cried and cried.. Called my husband, drove the dog to the vet, found out that the displaced leg needs to be operated, named him Gimpy, drove back home and hoped for the best… Gimpy is approximately 4 years old boy, he has certainly been abused, most probably used for dog fights, and the dislocated leg may have been the reason he was thrown into the bushes in my neighborhood as he was of no use for a dog fight anymore. He had tried to eat branches and tree leaves for survival as our vet told us the next day. He looked so horrible that it was painful to look at him.

It still is, but after few weeks of recovery, good food, care and love Gimpy is slowly getting back his strength, being the most sweet and calm dog in the hospital. Now, we truly hope that he will start using his injured leg again, as the nerves seem to be intact. Unfortunately he might have had the leg displaced too long time and the damage to the nerve could be permanent – in this case they will have to amputate the leg… Poor Gimpy! It seems to be a hopeless situation: we have a wrong breed in a wrong country and he might soon have only three legs!

And still – we will try the impossible: to find a loving person who wants to give Gimpy a chance for a decent doggie life, and that in the U.S.It is well known that pit bulls are banned from many other countries like EU. To keep Gimpy here in Kuwaitand give for adoption will most probably end up him getting back into the hands of people who practice dog fighting and even though no good for fighting anymore, Gimpy could be used for “training” of other pit bulls. Before we will let that happen, we will try our best to find him a loving home in the U.S.Having two rescued dogs ourselves, we are at our limits and cannot keep Gimpy. However, we are gladly willing to cover all the expenses to get Gimpy healthy enough to travel and all the shots required. We also ship Gimpy to U.S. if suitable home could be found for him. What if after several months we still didn’t find anything for him abroad??

Me and my husband have to be realistic and make the decision then. We cannot keep Gimpy in the hospital forever, it is not a life for the dog nor can we financially support his stay there over a long period of time. But we definitely cannot give him here for adoption – shameful but true is that pit bulls in Kuwait are mostly used for dog fights, we do not wish for Gimpy to go through this ever again. Animal rescue shelters in Kuwait will not take Gimpy, they are jam-packed with animals, sad stories and rescue cases. So why bother, why not just end the poor animal’s life right now?? – Few of you might ask! Look into Gimpy’s eyes, wouldn’t you want to give him a chance???

Gimpy wants the American Dream and we are going to give it to him!  There is a lot of BSL in Europe and dog fighting is very prevalent in the Middle East, so to have the brightest future, Gimpy, like people everywhere, is coming to America.  He will get the best vet care at The Pet Doctor and live in comfort with Phoenix Pack while we find him his forever home.  Our ultimate goal is to raise $15,000 to build a cottage, as we did for Rico and Sugarbear.  Then after Gimpy has found his forever home, that cottage will be used for other dogs in need.

Phoenix Pack is grateful for all that our supporters do for us.  An international rescue is certainly a challenge for a small rescue organization that relies solely on others for its existence, but how can we turn away from that wonderful faces like Gimpy’s?  And how can we not help people who are willing to do so much for a dog they rescued from the street?  Please support our dream of helping dogs in turmoil by clicking here to donate and continue to visit our website for updates to watch Gimpy’s American Dream come true!

Donations – “In Memory Of” and Dog Needs

As the holidays approach us, there are various ways you are able to support a local rescue such as Phoenix Pack. We welcome all monetary donations and gifts for the dogs. You can also make a donation “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of” a beloved family member or friend. By clicking here, you will be directed to a link to Donate. Please indicate in the Comments section of the donation if you are donating in honor or in memory of an individual. We will specifically post those on our website.

Below is a list of items we are always in need of to help support our fosters:

• Large towels
• Comforters
• Busy Buddies and the replacement treats
• JW Durable toys
• Sponsor a dog in rescue. There are several dogs, such as Smiley King, Farnsworth and Rico, that may be with us through their lives, therefore providing a one time donation or a monthly donation to support their expenses would be wonderful.
• Sponsor for training of foster dogs with Erin of Helping Hounds.
• Bully Sticks….we need a bunch of bully sticks!
• Vet Bill Angel would be great
• Gift certificates to Animal Crackers for our special need dogs. Allergies, no tongue, and etc
• Heartworm Preventative Angel Trifexis

Thank you from the bottom of the dog’s hearts, and our hearts, for all the kindness we receive throughout the year.

In loving memory of William Kriska

Phoenix Pack is very grateful for William Kriska’s family and the donation they made in loving memory of their family member.  He was such an animal lover and our organization feels incredibly blessed they thought of us in their time of loss.  

Thank you to all of our Bully Masters golfers and volunteers

The entire Phoenix Pack team would like to thank all of the golfers and volunteers for our most successful Bully Masters to-date. While the morning left us wondering how the weather would be, we had a fabulous day with a wonderful group of golf teams. We could not do what we do without the support of people like those who participated in the golf tournament as well as those who volunteered. We will see everyone next year at Bully Masters 2012!

Sugarbear moves into a cottage next to Rico!

Sugarbear, a white pit bull, learned quickly in life how to survive. Barely out of puppyhood herself, she began a life as a puppy producer, litter after litter. But that wasn’t all. Her owners took her out on the streets, where Sugarbear was forced to fight other dogs. Her large size, quick wits, and strong sense of survival kept her alive.

One night in 2000, the police received a call that a dog was being used to fight. Officers arrived to find drugs, weapons, and a host of illegal activity – but no dog. Then an officer glanced through a back window and saw a young man running down the alley with a large white pit bull. Police arrested the man, and animal control officers took Sugarbear to an inner-city pound.

Sugarbear – a three-year-old puppy factory and street fighter – now became evidence in a court case. After the case was completed, Sugarbear was scheduled to be euthanized, the standard procedure with dogs who had been forced to fight. But things were about to turn around for this big, beautiful pit bull.

As Sugarbear awaited her fate – the end of her life – Dave and Gale fell in love with her sweet ways while they cared for her during the trial. Dave and Gale petitioned to keep their “big love bug,” and Sugarbear became the first fighting dog ever to be rescued from certain euthanization from a St. Louis pound.

When she first arrived at Gale’s and Dave’s house, Sugarbear got a bath to clean the kerosene from her fur. Once she was released to them, her rescuers had her treated for heartworms and spayed. They lovingly fed her breakfast in the mornings, took her on car rides, and gave her treats at night. Sugarbear did her part too, learning to play nice with other dogs and even rescuing Gale from a dangerous confrontation by two strangers during an outing.

When Sugarbear first moved to Dave and Gale’s property, she loved chasing feral cats up trees. But over the years, she’s made her peace with the feline species and now just gives the cats a look and a smile as they stroll by. Today 14-year-old Sugarbear soaks up the sunshine, surrounded by her toys. Geriatric health problems are slowing her down. But recently Sugarbear moved into the cottage next to Rico’s, and the antics of this boisterous youngster have helped Sugarbear perk up.

Sugarbear, such a sweetheart, has a rich heritage of being the first fighting pit bull ever rescued from certain death in a St. Louis pound. Her will to live and her sweet nature helped lead to the rescue of hundreds – if not thousands – of dogs of her breed.