Monday, January 12, 2009

"Me and My Dog" photo contest to show "bullys" in true light

"Me and My Dog" photo contest to show "bullys" in true light

The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County encourages local children and students in school art classes to enter the “Me and My Dog” art contest sponsored by Bless The Bullys, a Middle Tennessee rescue group and foster home for bull breeds in need. The Humane Society will use one of the winning entries in a future Clarksville billboard and will give preference to any winner from Montgomery County.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the Third annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day to be celebrated Oct. 24, 2009. Contest entries will be accepted now through October 2009. Entries will be used to create a display to show the breed to the public through the eyes of the children who love them. Twelve winning pictures will be chosen for the group's 2010 calendar.

Children 16 years old and younger may submit as many entries as they wish of a current or past pet dog of a bull breed to include drawings, paintings or any other type of artwork, along with a written paragraph about the artist and the dog pictured. All submissions will become the property of Bless the Bullys and cannot be returned.

Amy Shaver, program director for the Humane Society, says that a high number of these misunderstood breeds live in Montgomery County, many of them neglected or bred inappropriately. She praises Bless the Bullys for the work they do in helping dogs in the bull family find good homes and for educating the public about the myths of pit bulls and other similar breeds.

“More than anything, they are a wonderful source of information and advice for us on difficult pit bull situations.”

Bless the Bullys educates the public and lobbies against breed specific legislation that discriminates against bull dogs based solely on their breed, not any negative or aggressive behavior. Banning breeds city-wide or in certain types of housing, as well as denial of homeowners insurance are examples of discrimination. The artwork of children who have gone through the heartbreak of losing a family dog because of breed specific legislation will be given special consideration for the contest.

According to the group's Web log at, Bless the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue & Education “is a safe haven and foster home for bull breeds in need. We are located in Middle Tennessee on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau. Working in conjunction with animal shelters across the state, Bless the Bullys rescues pit bulls who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or are the victims of other unfortunate circumstances. Bless the Bullys is dedicated to matching responsible breed advocates with our wonderful breed ambassadors.”

E-mail for contest details and for the address to send art work.

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