Pit Bulls are for Lovers


Article by Chuck J Kolodziejski (Co-founder of Pit Bulls are for Lovers)

We rescued our first Pit Bull (Lula Belle) about 7 years ago, and I suppose at the time I was like many other newbies who first adopt a bully breed– excited and proud, yet very confused by the horribly negative stereotypes that come with the territory. Needless to say I quickly adapted as I’m not the type of person who ever gives up on something he loves simply because it’s challenging. It becomes clear almost instantly that being a parent of a pit bull is not like having any other kind of dog. One thing is for certain, I loved her as my own family and I would do anything for her. I dealt with a lot of negativity from people who had never owned a pit bull nor spent much time around them at all. What my peers were hearing and seeing on the News was nothing close to the reality that I experienced as a pit bull dad.

Little did I know at the time 7 years ago that I would later find a way to combine three things that I love: ย Pit Bulls, Art, and Entrepreneurship.

We started a screen printing shop here in Baltimore in the summer of 2011, picking up a few local bands and talents, then proceeding to make “funny shirts” that were really quite general but we thought people would like them. One day we were setup at a local festival and I seen somebody wearing a hoodie about dog fighting. Suddenly a blinding light was cast on a vague shadow– That’s it! We weren’t printing what we loved… if you’re in this business, you know that making clothing is a labor of love, and if you don’t love what you’re making, then you’re doomed right from the start.

Every night I would come home from work and cuddle Lula Belle like it was the first time I’d seen her in months. A good deal of my free time was dedicated to her. I would show people pictures of her, talk about her constantly, stand up for her in countless arguments about Pit Bulls, and even go so far as to challenge local legislation that attempted to ban them.. I was and am still very passionate about bully breeds, yet there we were without a single pit bull shirt…

So it all had to change…

It dawned on me that I could utilize our screen printing shop to accomplish a variety of goals– self-employment, artistic and creative expression, and most importantly, fighting for a cause that I truly believed in!

We have a big fight on our hands combating the sensationalism of the news media and the already existing hype about Pit Bulls.

These garments are more than just something that can be worn around the house on a Sunday morning. They are more than just a way to pay the mortgage or to fund rescues or events. They are political and social Armour– tools we can use to promote the fight for pit bulls and keep our message in the public eye EVERY DAY.

If you’ve bought a shirt or tank top or hoodie from us, and you wear it in public, you already know how powerful it can be. I’ve met many of pit bull lovers and activists just by wearing these shirts, even to the grocery store or post office. It allows us to have a say in daily life, to answer questions about pit bulls and to inspire others. We’ve received hundreds of compliments and have had many people racing up to us to tell us how much they love their pit bulls…

It lets them know that they are not alone. It lets them know that others are out there fighting too.

Our shirts are politically and socially charged for a reason. We want them to stand out, and we want you to stand out while you’re wearing them. We always appreciate your business, but what’s even more heart-warming for us is that so many people out there are ready to stand up for their pit bulls every.single.day!

Never underestimate the power of social change.

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RIP Daisy May

Daisy May was a regular on our fanpage. Her mother, Paula Dickenson, would share photos quite frequently of Daisy and her family sitting in front of their fireplace in their rural home in Miller, Missouri. Last week, Daisy got her angel wings. She got out and wandered into the neighbors yard where her neighbor decided to shoot her 6 times. He insisted that his life was in danger, but anybody who knew Daisy knew that she was a gentle and loving dog. No where from the time Daisy entered his property to the time he decided to fire his weapon did she pose any threat to anybody.

This is what loving pit bull owners have to deal with. A world consumed by fear and hatred for innocent animals, and sick people who want retribution against all pit bulls for crimes they did not commit.

We will keep you updated on this story as more information becomes available to us.

For now here is a poem by our friend Brian Richter in honor of Daisy May:

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” R.I.P and RUN FREE Daisy May ”

To my dearest family,
some things I’d like to say.
But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.

I’m writing this from the Bridge.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here there’s no more tears of sadness.
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy
just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I am with you
every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said, “I welcome you.

It’s good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
They’ll be here later on.”

God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night
the day’s chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you…
in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years,
because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry:
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there were some rain.

I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you,
you wouldn’t understand.

But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o’er.
I’m closer to you now,
than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy
and I’d like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody
who’s in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night…
“My day was not in vain.”

And now I am contented…
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along
I made somebody smile.

God says: “If you meet somebody
who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.

When you’re walking down the street
with me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind.”

“And when it’s time for you to go…
from that body to be free.
Remember you’re not going…
you’re coming here to me.”
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Paula we are so very sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you…

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Sale!

Everyone loves a good sale! What could make it better? Pibbles! If you haven’t seen our tshirts, tank tops, hoodies, beer koozies, and bumper stickers, now is the time! These make perfect gifts for you and the pit bull lovers in your life. Our sale is going on now and will continue until December 16th, 2013.

All orders will ship in time for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

A portion from each sale will benefit the Million Pibble March on DC hosted by our friend Rebecca Corry who is a remarkable woman doing great things to help publicize the efforts to fight Breed Specific Legislation.

Go to our site and check out all of our awesome pit bull gear! These garments are guaranteed to inspire conversation and exhibit our dedication to the cause.

To get the 20% off, simply enter code PITMAS at checkout.

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(Note: Our donations to the Million Pibble March do not change during sales.)