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PUPCULTURE October 2011 |












Furthering Our Love of Dogs

Publisher PUP CULTURE Magazine Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Martinez Editor Sherri Romig Contributing Editor Amanda Seef

Pitty Love is a pit bull specific rescue organization located in Rochester, NY. We mainly serve the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse areas. We are a no kill organization whose main goal is to restore this wonderful breed to its former position of respect and honor. Pitty Love is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and responsible placement of abandoned, abused, and neglected pit bull and pit bull mix dogs.


Creative Directors Gabriella Martinez Monica Cevallos Contributing Writers Despina Karintis Amanda Seef Sherri Romig Gabriella Martinez Joanne Brokaw Monica Cevallos Photographers Michelle Macirella, Luminaria Photography Terri Parthum, Terri Parthum Photography

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Gabriella is a marketing professional and owner of A Barkers Dozen Gourmet Dog Treats. Her intricately decorated treats have been featured in various publications such as People Pets, Dog Tipper , and local papers. A life-long animal lover, she currently lives with her 3 dogs and 6 cats.


Amanda is an award-winning multimedia journalist located in central New York. Amanda has always had a strong passion for animals and is currently owned by one cat named Chevelle.


Monica is an avid animal lover and design and illustration fancier, who 8 years ago merged these three loves together to formed Sniff Design Studio™, a small graphic design studio that caters to the pet industry. Even more, she is the proud mother of Willamina & Maxamillion (A.K.A.) Mina and Max, two darling yet little devil dachshunds.


Jeanette Bourcy lives in Livonia NY with her husband, two children, three dogs, five rats and a parakeet. She and her partner Kelly Witkowicz own Bark Avenue Dog Grooming Salon and Boutique in Rochester NY. She has a BS in Biology and has been grooming for five years.


Jai is the owner of Hip Green Pet, an online store specializing in USA-made, Green pet products. A pioneer in the nutrition and holistic fields for pets and healing animals nationwide, using nutrition, homeopathy and other all natural methods for almost 20 years.


Despina hosts the Organic Dog Blog, a blog focusing on opening the eyes of pet parents everywhere and arming them with information on better pet diets. Her passion for animals came full circle when she found a tiny puppy wandering down the street this past winter. In an effort to ensure her newest family member was eating the right food, she began the task of researching commercial brand dog foods and unlocking ingredient labels and stumbled upon the growing niche of alternative diets and remedies. What once was a mere curiousity has since blossomed into a full fledged obsession. Despina lives in Dallas, TX, is married with two young sons, 2 ornery cats, a 10 mo old black lab named Ellie, and a potential foster-fail Husky mix named Baby.


Sherri Romig is a certified dog trainer specializing in behavior modification for tough issues, helping dogs & families restore peace to their household. She owns Tails of Success Dog Daycare & Training in Irondequoit, NY. Sherri shares her home with 5 dogs, 2 cats, a cockatiel, & a parade of foster pups.


Joanne is an award-winning freelance writer, blogger and columnist with an insatiable curiosity about dog behavior & communication. She hosts www., the blog about Rochester’s dog community. Joanne lives with three dogs, a cat, some chickens, & one very, very patient husband. You can learn more at about her at: www.JoanneBrokaw. com.


Michelle Macirella is Owner/Photographer of Luminaria Photography in Rochester, NY. Michelle has been viewing the world through a lens for as long as she can remember, but before her career in photography, she was a professional theatrical Stage Manager and Production Secretary on Academy & Emmy Award winning film and television productions such as A Beautiful Mind and Ed. She has also been a contributing writer and photographer for several publications including Lake Affect Magazine and Rochester Woman Magazine, and is a member of Professional Photographers of America. One of Michelle’s specialties is commercial pet photography and pet portraits. She is a lover of all things dog, especially her own Tibetan Spaniel mix, Bear, who brightens her life every day!


Terri is a certified by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) & is currently serving on the Board of Greater Rochester Professional Photographers. She has over 20 years experience in the photographic industry. Many 4 legged friends have made their home with her over the years. Currently, she is the proud Aunt (& occasional babysitter) to 3 Yorkies & a Shih Tzu.


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elcome to the preview of Pup Culture Magazine. As dog parents, we all have created a culture of our own because of our dedication to our canine family. This magazine embraces that. Pup Culture wants to celebrate the latest in pop culture for pups. We aim to highlight popular trends and social happenings.

Pup Culture will strive to provide our readers with well-researched information on all aspects of canine care. We want to help celebrate and enhance the human and dog bond. We look forward to providing you with high-quality, educational, informative and entertaining articles on a variety of canine topics. We are confident that you will love the content provided by our incredibly talented list of contributors. This preview is providing a sample of what to expect from our launch issue (it’s going to be double the size!) Make sure to check out The Funny Bone, a fun, cheeky comic that chronicles the life of two adorable daschunds, Mina & Max. This issue also covers some great training tips to help your pup brush up on its manners before the upcoming holiday season. Be sure to visit for even more content between issues including contests, pet business directories, giveaways, business tips and more. Our website will be put into full gear by the launch of our first issue in December. We are excited to be welcoming you into our pack. If you should have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email us at: or , we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. Love & Licks,

Gabriella & Sherri | 5





Rochester, NY: Beyond the Myth Movie at the Little Theatre. Beyond the Myth is a film about dogs commonly referred to as “pit bulls” and those who love and defend these breeds. It explores the contributing factors behind the public’s generalized fear of “pit bulls”, and examines the conflict existing between advocates and opponents of breed discriminatory laws, commonly referred to as breed bans. Movie starts at 7pm . Tickets can be bought exclusively at:


Webster, NY: Howl-O-Ween in the Village. Fun for the entire family, the annual Trick or Treat Trail is an event you won’t want to miss! The event will feature a Human & Canine costume contest and Trick or Treat trail along with the first annual canine costume parade. Mini Portrait sessions will be offered by Luminaria Photography. There will also be a movie at the Gazebo Park at 6:30pm, weather pending. For more info: Rochester, NY: Howl-O-Ween Fest at Brighton Petsaver. Join Petsaver & the American Cancer Society for a Howlo-Ween costume Party for your pup. There will be prizes & give-a-ways during the event. Contact Michelle at 585-224-4910 or




Farmington/ Irondequoit, NY: Seminar and Private Sessions w/ Susan Clothier. World renowned trainer Suzanne Clothier, author of “Bones Would Rain from the Sky” will be coming to Rochester this November! Suzanne will be doing a seminar at Boomtowne on Friday and Saturday, and offering private, one-on-one sessions at Tails of Success on Sunday. For more information: 585-398-3647.

No Tricks...

All Treats.


Drool Worthy PUP-KIN ROLL Recipe


Prep/Assembly Time: 10-20 min Bake Time: 13-15 min Serves 8-10 dogs.

This slightly sweet pup-kin roll recipe is the perfect holiday treat for your pup. Not only does it taste great, but pumpkin has many health benefits as well. Pumpkin has been known to be very effective in treating constipation, diarrhea and even help with weight loss.

Ingredients: Pup-Kin Roll:


• 1 3/4 cup of all rice flour

• (1) 8oz. Package of Low-Fat Cream Cheese

• 1/2 tsp. of baking powder

• 1/4 cup of Honey

• 1/2 tsp. of baking soda

• 1 tsp of all natural vanilla extract

• 1 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice


• 3 eggs, room temperature

• 15in x 10in baking pan

• 1 cup organic honey

• Parchment Paper

• 3/4 cup of organic pumpkin puree

• Clean dish towel

• 1/2 tsp. of all natural vanilla extract

Directions: Pup-Kin Roll:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place oven rack in the center of the oven. 2. Spray a 15 in x 10 in baking pan with non-stick vegetable spray, line it with parchment paper, then spray and flour the parchment paper. 3. Sift into a large bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. 4. Place the eggs along with the honey into a small bowl and mix with an electric mixture until fluffy. (NOTE: when you lift up with a spoon, batter should fall into bowl in slow ribbons.) 5. Beat in the vanilla extract and pumpkin puree and gently fold in flour mixture. 6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, evenly spreading the cake batter with an offset spatula or knife. 7. Bake for about 13-15 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake, when lightly pressed springs back. 8. Immediately upon removing the cake from the oven, invert the pup-kin roll onto a clean dish towel. Carefully remove the parchment paper, and roll up the pumpkin roll with the towel while it is still hot and pliable. Place on a wire rack to cool. Filling: 1. Beat the Cream Cheese, honey and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. To Assemble: 1. Unroll your pup-kin roll, spread with the filling, re-roll and transfer to serving platter. 2. Cover and chill in the refridgerator for a few hours or overnight. 3. Serve to hungry puppies. | 7


“There are many different types of water and the origin in which they are created makes them very different in content and taste.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR DOG’S WATER By: Gabriella Martinez | Photo by: Michelle Macirella

It’s in the water. Your dog’s, that is. Water is an important part of your dog’s health, where a loss of 10 percent of body water can cause serious illness for your pet. Since water is the staple to a healthy lifestyle, pet owners need to be aware of the quality of their drinking water. There have been reports of fluoride and chlorine in tap water and many pets are infected with Giardia due to drinking from standing puddles; not to mention the numerous chemicals and salts in rivers and ponds. Whether owners are consciously aware of it or not, there are many different types of water: tap water, filtered water, various bottled waters, natural waters (such as streams, ponds, lakes, etc.) and standing water (puddles on our sidewalks, walkways, etc.) But is all water really created equally? The answer is no. There are many different types of water and the origin in which they are created makes them very different in content and taste. Mineral water is just as the name says -- it contains minerals and usually comes from a natural well or a spring. “Natural mineral water” means the minerals are present in the water as it comes from the ground however, “mineral water” could have minerals that were added or removed. Distilled water contains little to no minerals and is essentially sodium free. It is considered the “purest” of all waters however it lacks any necessary nutrients. Purified water has gone through a treatment process where specific minerals and/or contaminants have been removed. Purified water usually comes from tap water which has undergone reverse osmosis, charcoal filtering and/or has been treated with ultraviolet light. This water might have needed minerals removed as well. Spring water has naturally risen to the surface of the earth. Bottles labeled “natural spring water” may not have been processed prior to being bottled; this can become an issue if the water comes from contaminated ground. Municipal/Tap Water is the water piped right into your home. Tap water isn’t regulated by the FDA but it must meet the strict standards of the Environmental Protection Agency. Municipal tap water is generally of excellent quality and its testing standards are stricter than the FDA regulations on bottled water.

According to The Associated Press, a vast array of pharmaceuticals­–including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. There have been reports linking fluoride to cancer in pets, as well. Some plastic food and water bowls may also contaminate your dog’s food and water with harmful chemicals. Unfiltered and untreated water can have contaminants in it such as parasites, bacteria and even viruses. What is a concerned dog owner to do? These tips are partially provided by - Consider installing filters on faucets in your home to keep the microbial organisms that can make you or your dog sick out of your drinking water. - Diligently read the labels on the various types of bottled water so you know exactly what you and your dog are drinking. - Avoid distilled water or water treated with reverse osmosis (ex. purified water, distilled water) because these waters lack essential nutrients found in water. - Provide your dog with running water (ex. a pet water fountain which will encourage the drinking of fresh, filtered water. - Clean dog bowls at least once a day with hot water and vinegar (rinse well.) - Don’t allow your dog to drink out of potentially harmful ponds, streams, rivers, or puddles. Remember, not all water is created equal, by following some of these tips, you can start paving the way toward a healthier, longer life for you and your dog. | 9



I N S P I R AT I O N S (full pardon requested for feline presence)



Mom: Joanne


CHEVELLE Mom: Amanda



Mom: Gabriella

MINA & MAX Mom: Monica

ANDREA Mom: Gabriella


Mom: Michelle


Mom: Sherri

APOLLO Mom: Gabriella


Mom: Despina

BAILEY Mom: Sherri


Mom: Despina

Next month’s theme is: “WINTER WONDERLAND” Want your pup featured in the FIRST issue of Pup Culture? Email us your best “Winter Wonderland” photo to:

Libby Sherrill with Cherry the Vicktory dog at the Trumbull CT screening in June Photography by: Geoffery Tillman



“People don’t see them as breathing beings, people view them as these monsters so they have a lack of empathy toward the breed.” — Jenn Fedele, president, Pitty Love Rescue



on’t be fooled by the strong, defining characteristics of the pit bull breed. They’re lovers, according to rescuer Jenn Fedele.

“They’re smart, loving. Loyal to a fault,” said Fedele, the president of Pitty Love Rescue. The Rochester group rescues, fosters and adopts the breed, and will be hosting a screening of the documentary feature film “Beyond the Myth,” which is about the breed and the subsequent discrimination, particularly when dealing with breed-specific legislation. The film follows the breed through four cities in the United States where residents are not permitted to own, breed or rescue pit bulls. The film also talks about the “myth” of the pit bull’s personality. It screens in Rochester at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Little Theater.

Hector the Vicktory Dog Photography by Jessica Luce

“It’s reminiscent of the Holocaust. It’s about how people are treated based on your dog’s physical characteristics.” — Libby Sherrill, creator of Beyond the Myth

Libby R. Sherrill signing a t-shirt after the screening in Atlanta, GA Photography by Jessica Luce

Libby Sherrill with Andrew Yori, Kimber Cleveland (film soundtrack artist) crew member Bob Powell, and Hector the Vicktory Dog at the Atlanta GA screening at the Plaza Theater Photography by Jessica Luce

The Breed According to Fedele, recent media attention has pushed the breed up toward some unfortunate fences. A national dog bite victim’s foundation puts pit bulls on the front page of their site — pointing out pit bulls, and their history of dogfighting, as a main source of deadly or critical attacks. The foundation cites the pit bull as the dog of choice for career criminals. More than half of all dog attacks are by pit bulls, according to the site. The stigma around the breed has hindered the work of many advocating, Fedele said. “People don’t understand the breed,” she said. “They’re going by what they hear in the news or online. The dogs have a bad reputation. People will cross the streets when they see a pit bull coming. They have a horrible reputation but they are fantastic dogs.” The abuse of pit bulls, particularly with dog fighting, is getting worse, according to national crime statistics. “I’ve never seen abuse like I’ve seen with pit bulls,”

Fedele said. “People don’t see them as breathing beings, people view them as these monsters so they have a lack of empathy toward the breed.” The Legislation Breed specific legislation is allowed in all but 11 states in the United States, allowing the remaining states and local municipalities to ban the ownership of the breed based on their physical characteristics. “It’s reminiscent of the Holocaust,” said Libby Sherrill, creator of Beyond the Myth. “It’s about how people are treated based on your dog’s physical characteristics.” The bans restrict residents from having the fullblooded, and sometimes pit-mixes, within the city, town or even county’s lines. Some municipalities place conditions on the dog’s ownership, stemming from the breed’s history in dog fighting. It’s based on prima facie, a legal presumption the dogs are vicious or dangerous. The U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force have banned dogs with a predisposition for fighting in | 13

Libby & her dog, Fern. Photography by: Leslie Karnowski

“They were using excessive police power because people were walking a dog that looked like a pit bull.” — Libby Sherrill, creator of Beyond the Myth

on-base housing, regardless of the state. Major cities that ban the breed include Cincinatti, Denver, Miami and San Francisco. “I would be a vicious dog harborer if I moved to Cincinati or Denver,” Sherrill said. The filmmaker has adopted two pit bull mixes. The Film Fedele worked with filmmaker Sherrill to bring the screening to Rochester. “I really thought the documentary was very important for people to see,” Fedele said. “We live in an area where breedspecific legisation is not wide spread.We might not appear to have a dog fighting problem, but we definitely have a pit bull problem. The film is an eye opener about that.” Sherrill says the film is about the breed and those who love and defend the pit bulls. The film goes “one-on-one” with people on both sides of the breed-specific legislation issue. Throughout production, Sherrill says she was surprised to learn more about the breed, the abuse and the misnomers behind the breed. “I don’t think I was prepared for how Denver and their Animal Control was handling enforcement of their ban,” Sherrill said. “They were using excessive police power because people were walking a dog that looked like a pit bull.” Much of the film is about the specific legislation and asks questions regarding the definition of a pit bull. Proponents


and opponents of breed-specific legislation are shown. Staying impartial while making the film, Sherrill said, was difficult. “I tried to come at the subject with as much objectivity as possible,” she said. “But as it progressed, I realized these dogs were being deemed dangerous. I have two, I am a potential target for breed-specific legislation. They’re my family members. Both Fedele and Sherrill hope the film will open locals eyes about the issues. “The film shows the human side, too,” Sherrill said. “This is not just about the dogs.”

About the film: The film has been submitted for numerous film festivals, to television networks and will be available on Netflix and DVD in the future. For more information,

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“While management is good advice, a little training can go a long way in making things easier...”





B E H AV I O R S By: Sherri Romig


ith fall and winter holidays right around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about getting your dog’s behavior on track for upcoming festivities. Below, find tips on solving some of the biggest holiday problems: Halloween: Barking at the Doorbell Whenever that bell rings, it tells everyone a guest has arrived...a very exciting time for dogs, who are usually quite vocal about their excitement! The easiest way to stop doorbell barking is to change the meaning of the sound from “a guest is here” to “it’s time for a cookie.” 1. Get a bag of extra yummy treats and ring the doorbell with your dog standing beside you. As soon as the bell rings, pop a treat right in the dog’s mouth. Try to be quick and do this before your dog begins barking. Repeat several times until your dog pauses to look at you for a treat when the bell rings. 2. Ask a family member to go outside and ring the bell while you sit inside with the dog and treat every time the bell rings. Try to feed the treat fast, before the barking starts. Repeat until your dog is looking to you for a treat instead of barking when he hears the bell. 3. Start doing step two randomly. When the bell rings “unexpectedly,” give your dog a treat and then go about your business. After a while, when the bell rings, the dog will assume it means “cookie time” and will come to you instead of run to the door, barking like crazy.

Thanksgiving: Stealing off Counters While management (keep your counters clear) is good advice, a little training can go a long way in making things easier during the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Show your dog a treat and place it on a low table, keeping it slightly covered with your hand. Wait quietly while your dog tries to get the treat. As soon as he starts to move away from the treat, say “yes” and give him an even yummier treat from hidden behind your back. 2. Repeat several times until your dog immediately moves away from the treat on the table. Now, try the game without covering the treat, but stand nearby to grab it fast if your dog goes for it. 3. Once your dog is doing well — choosing to stay away from the table — begin practicing with you standing further away and pretending not to watch, until your pup will still choose not to grab that treat, even if he thinks you aren’t paying attention. 4. Repeat the steps using more enticing forbidden items, and on different counters and tables. Before long, you will have a dog who reliably chooses not to steal things off of counters and tables, even when alone! It is important not to use a cue, like “no” or “leave it” with this game. We want our dogs to comply with this exercise, even when we aren’t there to give the cue.

“The easiest way to stop doorbell barking is to change the meaning of the sound...”

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By: Despina Karintis Each dog owner is presented with a myriad of options when trying to choose food and treats for their beloved canine companion. Many owners buy certain brands based on familiar names delivered through million-dollar marketing and heavily-ran, humor-dependent advertising campaigns. Others may choose based on friends and family who swear by certain store brands, which they’ve used for years. Although a steadily growing trend, thanks to all the pet food scares and recalls, it is the rare pet owner who actually takes the time to study ingredients on labels when purchasing a particular brand of kibble or even know how to dissect the “code” manufacturers use in their labeling (hint: anything followed by ‘by-product’ is not a good thing). This column aims to arm fellow pet parents with valuable and helpful information in order to make more informed decisions when choosing your fur-baby’s food, whether it be researching particular dry food brands, raw or home-cooked foods or meal plans specifically designed to incorporate lifestyle or breed-specific diets. With regard to diet, it is important to consider what dogs ate prior to domestication. This can be difficult with dogs, however, as they have been domesticated for so long and, due to human influences, represent a vast variety of breeds and genetics. Depending on where they were in the world, our dogs’ wild ancestors hunted in packs and sought a variety of grasses and grains for any number of digestive issues and out of sheer hunger. Simply put, they survived on what was readily available and plentiful within their environments. Dogs who originated in the arctic (Husky and other sled dogs, Labs, Newfoundlands, etc.) likely had a diet largely consisting of fish, sea vegetables, and hearty meats such as venison, as well as the ground-up,


enzyme-rich stomach contents of their prey. In scarce conditions, they likely adapted to scavenging on carcasses left behind and foraging for available vegetation. Differently, dogs originating in the southern regions (deserts or tropics) would likely have a diet more rich in fruits and berries, and simple proteins like snakes or bugs. Regardless of their origins, and thanks in part to domestication by humans, dogs have adapted and evolved to become omnivores, as well. Something to keep in mind, however, is just because dogs are omnivores, they do not have the same digestive systems as humans, nor can they consume the full spectrum of foods. This is very important should you choose to either supplement their kibble with, or rely solely on, homemade diets. Author Note: In the coming issues of Pup Culture Magazine, this column will explore a variety of opinions, myths and facts and will include interviews of experienced standard practice DVMs and Holistic or Naturopathic Animal Doctors. We aim to answer the questions pet owners may have when contemplating feeding habits and touch on a number of dog-related health and well-being topics.

PUP PERSONALS Welcome to our Pup Personals. We create adoption opportunities so pet owners are more likely to find their perfect pup. Our goal is simple: to help pet owners find the kind of human/dog relationship they’re looking for. And we think we’re pretty good at it. If you would like your adoptable dog featured in our pup personals, please email: for more information.


Chihuahua seeks loving, forever home and same size dog companion. My name is Mitzi. I am a very sweet and pretty 3 year old, full size Chihuahua. I love to play, but only with dogs my size. Bigger dogs need not inquire. Think Mitzi’s your perfect match? Contact Pitty Love Rescue:



Social butterfly looking for like minded family. My name is Lilly. I am a very sociable and playful 4 year old Chihuahua mix. I am not afraid to be the class clown and I love kids, cats and other dogs. Want to get goofy with Lilly? Contact Pitty Love Rescue:


Doggie Romeo seeks loving family to be his Juliet. My name is Cosmo. I am a super-sweet 8 year old Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix. I am like a fine wine, I have only gotten better with age. I am big on PDA and not afraid to cuddle. I am an equal opportunity lover, which includes the likes of all kinds of felines and canines.

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Handsome stud looking for his forever love. My name is Charlie. I am a 4 year old Pit Bull mix. Looks can be deceiving, so don’t be fooled by my hard exterior; inside I’m all mush. I am the monogamous type, so I prefer to be your one and only. I love kids, but do not like cats.




Sweet flower looking for a place to bloom. My name is Tulip. I am a very active and playful 1 year old Pit Bull mix. I am an equal opportunity lover, which includes the likes of all canines and felines. I love to exercise and would love someone of like mind.

Looking for a new leash on love. My name is Sophie. I am a very loving 7.5 year old Pit Bull mix. I love to play ball, chew on bones, and go for walks. Most of all, I love to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with that someone special. I love kids but dogs and cats are not my thing.

Want to spoil Charlie?

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Want to love Lilly?

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Lucky is looking for love. My name is Lucky, I am a 1year old Giant Schnauzer/Lab mix. I am super smart and very silly! Family is super important to me, so I don’t do much without them. My friends say I’m the life of the party, always cheerful and full of energy.

Southern belle looking for love. My name is Honeybee. I am a 4 year old Pit Bull Mix. I am a bit of a free spirit and don’t like being contained. I love cuddling, snuggling and family time. Is Honeybee your southern belle? Contact Pitty Love Rescue: | 21

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