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Our 6th Annual Luv-a-Bully March was bigger and better than ever!

Did you know that thousands of good dog owners around the country have been policed in cities with breed restrictions – forcing them to move from their homes or surrender the family dog? Or that dog owners could lose their homeowners insurance if they admit to owning a targeted breed? Some say it’s an outrage! Some say it’s a violation of our Constitutional rights! I say something has gone terribly WRONG!

A large crowd gathering at Arovista Park and visiting vendor booths.

A large crowd gathering at Arovista Park and visiting vendor booths.

On October 23th starting at 9am, more than 150 outraged dog lovers with their canine companions gathered at Arovista Park to attend our annual Luv-a-Bully March – a grassroots movement to create social awareness about the danger of allowing city leaders and insurance companies to impose restrictions on dog ownership.

Our march to Brea’s City Hall is on!

Our march to Brea’s City Hall is on!

With signs waving, tails wagging, and cars honking, activists walked more than two miles down Brea Blvd and Birch St in a loop to Brea City Hall.

While resting on the steps of City Hall, Tim Welch of Redefined Dog Training spoke on the topic of dog behavior with a warning not to judge or stereotype any dog based on breed – even a Chihuahua can have serious issues!

 

More than 150 protestors lined up on sidewalks spanning more than 3 city blocks. Thank you Brea Police for your escort -- stopping traffic at intersections so we could cross safely.

More than 150 protestors lined up on sidewalks spanning more than 3 city blocks. Thank you Brea Police for your escort -- stopping traffic at intersections so we could cross safely.

Shorty Rossi – Pit Boss on Animal Planet – was a no-show, calling to cancel the morning of our event…  BOOOOOO!  We ask that his disappointed fans send him some unfriendly fan mail!

All other supporters attended as planned: Camp Bow Wow, Pinups for Pit Bills, OC Pit Bull Rescue, Lisa Scarsi Photography, Wicked Wicks of the West, and Farmers Insurance – and all will be invited back next year. View and order some fantastic photos taken by Lisa here.

In Denver, CO and other cities with breed bans – bullies like this one have been confiscated and killed. Care to explain that to a child?

In Denver, CO and other cities with breed bans – bullies like this one have been confiscated and killed. Care to explain that to a child?

We collected nearly $700 from our raffle, which has been donated to Mariah’s Promise – a dog sanctuary in Colorado – in a state that has been plagued by breed bans. Denver being the most notorious and a catalyst for other cities to adopt breed bans – is now in litigation facing three civil lawsuits in hope of bringing justice to the families that lost their dogs and their homes!

A special shout out to David Keith who filmed and edited hours of video tape to capture some unforgettable sights and expose the myth that surrounds the perception of “dangerous breeds.” Please share with 10 friends and help us spread this event around the world!

Our bully Zack returned this year to host our Kiss-a-Bull Booth and licked a lot of kissers!

Our bully Zack returned this year to host our Kiss-a-Bull Booth and licked a lot of kissers!

My special thanks to all the wonderful souls (clients and concerned citizens) that joined hands and hearts again for our 6th annual Luv-a-Bully March. You did your civil duty to your dog and your community.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

At a buck a kiss, Zach helped raise funds for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland, CO – a dog sanctuary that takes in pit bulls who have been banned.

At a buck a kiss, Zach helped raise funds for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland, CO – a dog sanctuary that takes in pit bulls who have been banned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is every dog owner’s battle until our freedom to choose our canine companions is a protected right – not a crime!

This is every dog owner’s battle until our freedom to choose our canine companions is a protected right – not a crime!

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Shorty Rossi, Star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet, Coming to Brea!

Join us for our sixth Annual Luv-A-Bully March, in protest of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).

Our 2008 march to Brea City Hall.

Our 2008 march to Brea City Hall.

This event is the coordinated effort of ROVERlution.org in partnership with Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day. On October 23rd, thousands of concerned dog owners all across the country will join forces to spotlight the devastating effects of breed discrimination. This grassroots movement began in 2005 when the city of Denver, CO voted to ban several dog breeds, tragically resulting in the hunting and killing of innocent family dogs.

Breed bans have been birthed by ignorance and fueled with discrimination – no reputable study has found any particular breed of dog to be inherently dangerous!

Nicholas Burr, winner of Best Kissed Kid contest. $100 gift certificate to Disneyland!

Nicholas Burr, winner of Best Kissed Kid contest. $100 gift certificate to Disneyland!

Dog experts cite irresponsible dog ownership as the root of problematic dogs in society. Collected data on dog bites further asserts that ALL dogs can only be judged safe by their behavior. Physical characteristics or breed have no predictive value.

Responsible dogs owners must take action against insurance companies and city leaders that seek to impose breed restrictions. Three breeds most under fire are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all commonly referred to as Pit Bulls. It seems forgotten that the all American Pit Bull Terrier was once a favorite family dog revered as the “nanny dog” and showcased as the loveable Petey in the Little Rascals television series of the 1950s.

Other breeds that have been the target of BSL in cities around the country include the Rottweiler, Doberman, Chow Chow, and the German Shepherd.

When interviewed by the press, Dr. Terifaj, founder of ROVERlution.org, had this to say:

“The behavior of any breed of dog is largely determined by the actions of dog owners. All dogs must be judged by their actual behavior and not stereotyped as breed aggressive. Insurance companies and government entities who have chosen to penalize dog ownership based on breed prejudice have recklessly violated the rights of good citizens. Media hype and misinformation has largely contributed to the irrational fear and ignorance that surrounds these breeds. Stronger law enforcement of existing dangerous dog ordinances would protect communities from any dog found to be a public threat and stiffer penalties on dog owners who harbor dangerous dogs would target the real problem.” 

Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet and his pit bull rescue organization will be attending the event for the first time!

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

Outspoken veterinarian, Dr. Paula Terifaj, leads over 100 sign-waving protesters on march down Brea Blvd in peaceful protest in October 2009.

Protestors will gather at Arovista Park in Brea beginning at 9am in preparation to march downtown in route to Brea City Hall. Other supporters setting up booths in the park will be Camp Bow Wow, Pin-ups for Pit Bills, OC Pit Bull Rescue, Lisa Scarsi Photography, Wicked Wicks of the West, and Farmers Insurance.

A raffle prize fundraiser will collect donations for Mariah’s Promise in Woodland Park, Colorado. This non-profit rescue was chosen upon learning that they generously took in hundreds of outlawed Denver family dogs to keep them safe from harm.

While at City Hall, Tim Welch of Redefined Dog Training will demonstrate some good training tips to stress the need that all dogs remain welcome in their neighborhoods.

PS: If you have a suitable raffle prize to donate – please contact Jan Keith, our super woofer event coordinator!

Save the date – and do your Dog Duty this October 23rd!

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Luv-a-Bully March catches attention of American Dog Magazine!

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

Over 100 angry dog owners marched down Brea Blvd to City Hall in peaceful protest.

On October 24th at 10am, more than 100 outraged dog lovers (and maybe a few cat lovers) marched down Brea Blvd and Birch Street in protest of unfair breed discriminatory ordinances in a growing number of cities scattered all across the country.

With signs waving, tails wagging, and cars honking, activists walked more than two miles in a loop to Brea City Hall. More than 90 events were well attended in cities all across the United States and Canada, in a national campaign to create social awareness about the danger of allowing renegade cities and insurance companies to impose restrictions on dog ownership.

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Scarier than a haunted dog house on Halloween

What is scarier than a haunted dog house on Halloween? If you guessed having your dog confiscated as illegal property by Animal Control Officers banging on your front door or sneaking into your backyard — Bingo! If you guessed the ghost of Cruella De Vil, you’ve missed the nightmare of breed discrimination facing dog owners terrified by the question: Will my dog be next? 

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