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Amendment 13: What this Means for the Future of all Greyhounds Involved

 

Florida recently passed amendment 13, banning Greyhound racing. But what happens to the pups removed from these racing grounds? Below, we discuss the importance of amendment 13, and what comes next for all the Greyhounds involved.

Abigail Brown

What exactly is Amendment 13, and what does this amendment impact?

For many years Florida was home to the remaining, legal, Greyhound racing grounds. This amendment bans any Greyhound racing tacks from operating in Florida. Successfully eliminating 11 out of 17 dog tracks in America by 2020’s end. The treatment and conditions these dogs dealt with for many years, is what recently went under the microscope in Florida. While not all kennels that house these animals have been found to be cruel, a large fraction does not meet the standard of care considered healthy for their dogs. (The Negative Effects Of Greyhound Racing.) 

Greyhound like dogs has been depicted since Roman, Greek, and Egyptian times. They originate from Great Britain and are known for their long legs, arched back, and ability to sprint with high intensity. Something that often sets Greyhounds apart from other dog breeds, is their temperament. In general, this breed of hound dog is laid back, intelligent, quiet, and well mannered. In other words, Greyhounds are absolute sweethearts; the perfect addition to so many families’ homes!

Within these improperly run dog racing facilities, dogs who are unfit to race any longer are at times “phased” out. This often means they are put to sleep after their racing value has diminished, or they become too injured to continue racing. The companies who race and mistreat these dogs, then bring in more pups who live their lives in cramped, small cages with shredded paper or pieces of carpet as bedding. Caring organizations are in the process of figuring out the best method to rehome these dogs, and keep them from simply being moved to other states where dog racing is still legal or ending up in the hands of a poorly run racing company. In addition to the poor conditions some kennels house these dogs in, dog racing is no longer a sport that has the level of interest it once did. Now proving costly for those who operate them. “We lost $3 million a year to keep open greyhound racing,” Said Manager Danny Adkins in his interview with First Coast News.

 

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Who is working to help these dogs?

The answer to this question lies with caring organizations who are working tirelessly to better the lives of these Greyhounds. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Gay Latimer, the adoption representative for Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. She has worked there for 25 years! They are a non-profit organization in Southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and Northeastern North Carolina, which works to find loving homes for Greyhounds in need. I was able to ask Gay a series of questions at this time.

Upon asking her favorite part of working with an organization such as Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, her response was “Rewarding to know I can place these beautiful creatures in a great home and giving them a new lease on life!”

Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption gives these pups a second chance at the happy lives they deserve. In case you are considering adopting a greyhound from Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, here is how Gay Latimer says you’ll know if a Greyhound is a fit for your home.

“If you want a loving companion. A quiet laid back dog that just wants love…. then a greyhound is for you.”

 

What can I do to help?

No action is too big, nor too small. There are many organizations accepting donations, volunteer applications, etc.  Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption has even partnered with Bonilla Pet Studio!

Because of the ban on dog racing, nearly 8,000 Greyhounds will need new homes. Bonilla Pet Studio is offering a $99 Portrait Session to raise money to help these amazing doggos find new homes. For every portrait session booked, $50 will be donated to the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. $200 has been raised for them already!

 

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To look into booking your own portrait session to support Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption,

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To visit the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption website,

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To read more about this amendment and the lives of Greyhound race dogs– take a look at the resources below,

washingtonpost.com

foxnews.com

pegasusfoundation.org

 

Visit  wbr.org/onlyagame for a glimpse into the word of properly managed Greyhound racing, and the reasoning behind why some individuals highly encourage it.

 

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4 Great Dog-Friendly Trails/Parks For Winter Walks:

     Outside time isn’t just for when it’s warm out. Here are 4 locations that have beautiful scenery and fun so plentiful, it makes freezing your tail feathers off more than worth it!

By Abigail Brown

 

Grandview Nature Preserve

A beautiful 2.5-mile trail to the beach. This gem is located in Hampton VA and the surrounding beach makes for a gorgeous morning walk with your pups. Bring hot cocoa to keep warm, and enjoy!

Gorgeous day!
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Elizabeth River Trail

An adorable 10.5-mile trail to walk/run, that gives you an amazing view of the Norfolk Waterfront! Bike, run, walk, or be tugged along in a wagon if that’s your style– either way this area is endlessly pretty and worth visiting at least once.

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Shirlington Dog Park

Located in Arlington VA, Shirlington dog park is quite a bit of fun for pets and pet owners. Inside the dog park is gates that lead to an adorable stream and this fenced area allows your dog free space to run around to their heart’s content.

Shirlington Dog Park

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Mount Trashmore Park

Fun for kiddos, pups, and parents! Mount Trashmore Park has something for everyone. Not to mention the 60- foot tall, 800- foot wide mountain made of solid waste–being quite the eyecatcher, to say the least. This park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Off-leash areas are limited for pups, but the walking areas make it quite the experience for your pup.

A photo of dog-friendly Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

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A 14 Dog Photo-shoot: The Laughs, The Process, And The Fun!

    Bonilla Pet Studio has done many portrait sessions and as of recently, one of our most remarkable showcases the personalities of 14 whippets…at the same time! Dr. Ken Latimer brought his fur babies in, and it was an experience everyone who got to witness it will remember fondly. 

By Abigail Brown

 

Getting To Know Dr. Latimer And His Whippets

   It was a pleasure getting to meet Dr. Latimer, his quick wit was a joy and his happiness was infectious. We had the opportunity to talk to him about all of his pups, whom he loves dearly, and everything he wanted to see within his artwork. As his relationship with each dog is something he prioritizes, he decided that he would like his portrait to show real-life moments they share– and that is where his vision of a portrait in which he is reading his pups their favorite book, began the process of coming to life. Dedicated to getting into our studio and making this portrait session possible, Dr. Latimer brought his whippets in with 2 separate trips and 7 dogs at a time. All the way from the Toano area of Virginia, to Chesapeake Virginia! In my conversations with Dr. Latimer, he said he had anticipated a good amount of chaos would take place during any photoshoot that involves all his whippets but was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly and quickly this process went. 

 

The Execution

  To ease the process of this shoot Erin Bonilla planned from start to finish, to ensure it went off without a hitch. Starting with her initial sketch, Erin planned exactly where each dog would be before bringing them in for their session. Erin and Meghan brought the dogs in one by one and spent some time getting to know them. They posed the pups and took a perfect photograph of each pup in their strategically placed spot. Their dad had his photo taken separately as well, and with expert skill– all 15 portraits were beautifully placed into one awe-inspiring composite.

 

See Erin’s Initial Sketch Below

 

Handling The Anticipated “Chaos”

  One of our photographers spent time playing with all the dogs not currently being photographed, in another room; they were loved up to no end and given treats galore. This kept them all happy as can be and helped whichever pup was currently being photographed, stay focused and calm. Major props go out to Dr. Latimer’s doggos, as they are retired show dogs with stupendous listening skills. Many laughs were shared and eventually, the photoshoot came to an end. From there Erin moved onto the production process–and this masterpiece was perfected!

 

Watch This Beautiful Composite Come To Life!

 

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How To Ease A New Pet Into Your Home:

   Adding a new pet into the mix is undeniably exciting and fun. However, like any transition, it can be a learning process at the same time. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when integrating a new furry family member into your home. 

By Abigail Brown

Be patient and calm

  A new pet is bound to be at least a little nervous when brought into a new environment, more so when there are other pets in the home that they are meeting for the first time. Take it slow and don’t rush them to interact with one another. A great way to help ease this is to have a separate location for your new pet to stay, so they can have some alone time to get used to the house– and slowly interact over time. 

 

Build a routine

  If your new pet will be the only animal in your home, get a routine set up for their feeding, walking, playtime, etc. to help them get familiar and feel comfortable within your home. If there are other animals in the home and your new friend is separated from them initially, utilize the same schedule for them that you normally use with your other pets. This will ease their transition into sharing feeding time, walks, and attention with another animal.

Example:

-Feed at 8 am

-Walk

-Playtime at 12 pm

-Treats 

-Walk 2 pm

-Dinner 3 pm

-Walk before bedtime

Celebrate the good behavior of any pets within the home

A good way to help your new friend adjust to your household rules is to reward both them and any other pets in the home for things they do well–or for listening particularly well. Even small moments such as coming when told being positively enforced can help greatly. This is especially helpful if you already have an animal integrated within your home who follows directions, as it will encourage your new pet to follow their example. Rewarding all animals in the home whenever possible, rather than only your new animal, helps keep their forming bond in the best shape possible while not causing competition to arise. 

 

Quality time 

  Get to know your new pet, try your best to bring a new animal friend into your home when your schedule will allow you the time to get to know them. Spend as much time with your new fur baby as possible, and their adjustment into your home will go a lot smoother. This quality time will also help build the bond between pet and pet parent.  

 

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Cutest Winter Clothes For Your Pet This Holiday Season:

   Brrrr… This winter weather is darn chilly. Time to show off our cutest sweaters, jackets, and more! But why should our pets be excluded from the fun? In this article, we’ll get into some of the best winter clothing options to keep your pet stylish and warm

By Abigail Brown

Feline Friends

Keep in mind that while not every cat will love wearing clothes, and they just might turn into a Roly-Poly when you put them in a sweater– some kitties love the added warmth. Pay attention to your cat’s body language/stress level, and have fun!

For the most festive kitties around XS-XXL

Cute cozy knit that comes in five colors, and XS-XXL

Canine Buds

Dogs are quite a bit easier to dress as most have no problem being put into clothes. In case your pup is hesitant, a few yummy treats on hand can help persuade your pet.

A sweater so cute you’ll never want to leave Ya Filthy Animal home alone, S-L

A snazzy turtleneck for colder weather, XS-XL

For our more prestigious friends

In case your buddy is tad fancier than other pets can keep up with, here are some options that will help them stand out in a crowd.

Fendi Look-alike dog sweater, XS-L

Insulated dog coat, XXS-XL

Sherpa lined coat for XS-XL pets 

But wait, there’s more!

Adorable sweater for a chilly guinea pig, 11 colors

Dinosaur knit sweater for small dogs, cats, and piggies!

A sweater and hat set for your lovely bearded dragon

A holiday snuggle sack for your hamster

 

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Festival Season Is Upon Us!

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, summer is almost here! Beginning in May, you can find art shows and pet-friendly events going on almost every weekend. I love this time of the year because I am lucky to be able to have a part in a few of these wonderful community happenings. Here are some of the upcoming events I will be attending. Mark them on your calendar I would love to say “Hi!”.

May 19th: Stockley Gardens Art Festival

                             https://www.hope-house.org/events/spring-stockley-gardens/

June 9th and June 10th: Virginia Beach Pet Expo

The Virginia Beach Pet Expo is a pet lovers dream! There will be tons of exhibitors, live entertainment, giveaways, demonstrations and so much more! 

http://www.virginiabeachpetexpo.com/

June 14th-17th: Boardwalk Art Show

The boardwalk art show is celebrating its 63rd year! More than 250 artists will be showing their works along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Art, food, and live entertainment make this a weekend not to miss!

                                        http://www.virginiamoca.org/2018-boardwalk-art-show

The Neptune Art Festival, 2017

September 29-October 1

I will have my art show tent set up at the amazing Neptune Art Festival! I have some new pieces I am excited to share with everyone, including Woodland Fairy Dog! When you like my facebook page and post a selfie with it you will get a free Fairy Dog magnet! 

This will be my first year at the Neptune. I have heard a lot about it though, people often ask me if I will be there. My booth will be near 29th st.

The hours of the show are:

Friday, September 29
12 noon – 7 pm

Saturday, September 30
10 am – 7 pm

Sunday, October 1
10 am – 6 pm 

18th – 29th Street
Virginia Beach Ocean Front

I have never been to a show like this before!! There will be so many awesome activities! A parade, fireworks, a regatta, and sand sculptures! I will be in my tent the whole time though. I do love to see all the other artist’s work but I don’t have anyone helping this time, so it will just be me.

Here is the schedule of EVENTS

Come out and see me! 

 

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