Friday, December 16, 2011

Please Read All: Some Devastating News From Friends...


UPDATE: The family has been having difficulty finding rental housing for their 2 remaining pitbulls and 2 young children, and the with the drawn out rebuilding process the bank is now looking to foreclose on their unbuilt home. 
Read more about the current situation and if you can spare even a little bit:
UPDATED CHIPIN HERE: http://pibblehouse.chipin.com/save-the-pibble-house
Before we started our blog, we didn't really know any other pitbull owners. Slowly through our blog we began meeting other pitbulls with blogs. Through our blogs, comments, and off-line emails we began to know one another and consider them true friends.
One of our very first friends were the Houston Pittie Pack: a gorgeous group all literally rescued and brought together from precarious situations. Their mom truly has the biggest heart. While we knew them as a pack of 4, they slowly grew to 7, including some wee ones, as their mom opened her heart to these dogs in need despite a layoff, a baby on the way, and needing to work longer hours to make it all work. There have never been dogs more loved.
 We recently heard the devastating news that last night there was a fire that destroyed their house. We heard from Mayzie: "She tried desperately to get all the dogs out of the house but they were hiding under beds and in closets. She was only able to save Brinks and Bella. The rest – Guero, Coco Chanel, Tiger, Lucky and Shelby – are all now at the Bridge. Thankfully, all the humans were able to get out of the house safely."
We are beyond saddened as we felt we really knew these pooches, probably even more intimately than we know the dogs we see on our block every day.

Lost in the fire was Coco "Queen of the Universe" who reminded us so much of Miss M with her diva ways. She came to them from a bad situation covered in ant bites, and she has lived with them at least 8 years:
Little Lucky, a new addition to the pack, who was a Daddy's girl and so heartbroken and shut down they brought her into the family and considered themselves extra lucky:
Tiger, another wee one, who they found outside their home during a cold storm. He knew the right home to pick:
Shelby, an abused, pregnant pitbull who had never known love and was left for dead in a parking lot. They gladly welcomed her into their home, nursing her back to health with love and the help of the blog community.
And Guero, Sandra's heart, and the pup that started it all. You can learn so much about their family, and their love for their dogs from this post here.
We were happy to know that all the humans, including Grandma and the baby, are safe. And Brinksey and Bella were saved:
Knowing how much they truly cared about each pup, we cannot imagine the loss they must be feeling, on top of losing their home and being displaced.
We know there isn't much we can do to help them with the loss of their precious pooches, but a group has started a Chipin page to help them get back on their feet and anticipate any immediate needs, lost wages, insurance premiums and other things that might come up.
The link is here:http://pittiepackfirerecoveryfund.chipin.com/sandras-fire-recovery
We also have a mailing address if people would prefer to send checks or condolences through the mail. Email us if you would like that address.

They are truly among the most caring and genuine people we have ever met. We loved receiving Valentine's Day and Holiday cards with photos of the pack, and we were always amazed how they truly cared for each pup, even making time after they had their own human child.

You can read more about them on their KissaBulls blog here: http://kissa-bull.blogspot.com/
UPDATED CHIPIN HERE: http://pibblehouse.chipin.com/save-the-pibble-house

40 comments:

Daisy Dog said...

Our hearts are breaking. When we read the news this morning on Facebook, it was like someone had punched us in the gut. It is just so devastating, to someone who made such an effort to help. It's been a teary day. We made a generous donation via chipin, but would like the address so we can send some more personal stuff. *sniff*

Two Pitties in the City said...

Daisy...I got the address from Mayzie's Mom...let me forward it to you.

H Ski said...

What a wonderful tribute.

It has been a sad day. But it has been truly amazing how the blogging community has come together to support them.

Mary said...

Oh my gosh. That is absolutely devastating. I follow their blog and love looking at the pictures of their dogs. It is obvious how special each and every dog was to their mom. My heart is breaking for her. I don't know how you begin to heal from something like that, but I hope she finds comfort in Brinksey and Bella and they in her.

Barbara said...

I first met them when they rescued Shelby. I cannot imagine how to deal with a devastating loss like this. We have posted the chip in as well, and hope that they will be able to continue to love dogs like they've never been loved before.

Laurel H said...

I cannot begin to imagine what they're going through right now. My heart is so heavy for them. Can you email me the mailing address? Laurelh0023@hotmail.com. Thank you

Nubbin' Tails said...

We can't even imagine the pain they are going thru!

Your tribute is loving!

Wags!

Mr. Nubbin'

brooke said...

Ive never read their blog til today, but I felt like I had to donate what little I could. I cant imagine going through what they are going through, and her post about Guero... man. This is such a horrible thing to have happened.
I love the way the blogging community comes together in times like these.

HoundDogMom said...

I think everyone's heart is absolutely broke right know in blogville. I was off-line most of the day yesterday and logged on late last night and I fell out of my chair from all the news. I had just got their CC the other day. Can you send me their address I would like to put together a care package and send to them as well. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Brenda said...

My heart is broken for her. There are no words for something like this.

secondchildhood said...

Made a donation...my heart is still breaking for her loss...let us know what else we can do

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I did not know the Houston Pittie Pack but I do now thanks to your wonderful tribute. Please send me their address so I can send them something. dvw13 at cs dot com

Shawnee the Shepherd's Mom

Lindsay said...

Oh my gosh. That is so awful. Such a sad, terrible thing to happen to anyone. Ugh.

Kimberley said...

This is terrible. We will do what we can. And the whole family will be in our prayers. I can not imagine their loss. And I thought our fight with him chewing up stuff was hard to handle. We couldnt imagine such a tragedy.

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie said...

We are heartbroken about the loss of so many furiends :'(

They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We have posted a link to the chip-in on our blog.

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

goosie mama said...

So terrible - I'm sitting here in tears! Will visit the ChipIn page immediately. Thank you for posting!

Laura and Hans said...

I only just now read this and I can't stop crying. I've followed the Kissa Bull blog forever and I can't believe those wonderful dogs are dead. For some reason Shelby's death is torturing me the most. That poor poor dog already went through so much and I can't believe she's gone. I feel so bad for the family and I'm glad they were able to get out. Hopefully the money that's collected will help them with all the unexpected expenses that arise from this type of tragedy.

Ronnii, Uji & Izzy ( & Momma Tea ) said...

wee is still strugglin to come to terms wivs dis

Ronnii, Uji & Izzy

Kristin Avery said...

Thanks for featuring each of the dogs. I really only knew dear Shelby. I am still in shock and can't believe something so horrible could happen ...

Your pal, Pip

P.S.: I am holding a comment-a-thon to raise money for Sandra and family. It goes until tomorrow at midnight if you would like to stop by.

Brenda said...

I've visited Sandra's blog to express my condolences and support, but wanted to come back here today and express my sympathy to you as well. You must feel devastated, as long as you have been friends with this family. Sending love and hugs.

Jacquelin Cangro said...

Such sad news. I hadn't been on their blog before, but I sent a donation through Mayzie's chip in page. My heart goes out to Sandra and her pack.

loveandaleash.com said...

We can't even imagine such heartbreak. Thanks for sharing with even more people. I know that the kind wishes and thoughts of this community will help them heal a little bit at a time.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Lovely post in honor of the HPP. We enjoyed reading it for the lovely dogs in it, but are very sad for the reason behind it. We can only imagine the heartbreak of losing these dogs.

Asta said...

What a bootiful twiboote to amost loving family
Theiw loss is ovewwhelming but the love they gave to each of those pwecious fuwwkids will nevew be lost. They each expewienced love and cawe and being pawt of amazing family. I onlyhope they can help the bwoken heawts left behind. I know they will aways be wf auntie Sandwa as will all of us twying to help hew heal
Smoochie kisses
Asta

Keith Andrea said...

Wow., nice post, great blog. Keep it up


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wrigglebutts.com said...

What a beautiful post!

Ane & The WriggleButts

Pibble said...

When I heard, I was at work and the tears flowed and flowed. They're flowing again with your beautiful tribute. What a horrible loss for Sandra and her family who work tirelessly to rescue animals in need. It's so uplifting to see how much support has come from this community. I'm sure it's lending some comfort to Sandra and her family.

The Thundering Herd said...

When we first saw the news on Facebook Friday morning, we were totally devastated. We are also a large family of rescues, and the thought of losing so many (and a house) all at the same time is incomprehensible.

Sam said...

Our heart still hurts from this news. We are hoping Sandra will be able to take in more pups and continue the legacy she started...

Sam

The Whitfields said...

Could you send me her mailing address? My email is morgan720@yahoo.com. This is so heartbreaking but the good news is that they are in Heaven and what a true champion she was for her dogs.

mayziegal said...

I just want to say again what a beautiful tribute this was to Sandra and those precious lives lost. Thank you for taking the time to talk about each one of them individually and what made them so special to Sandra and to Blogville. I still can't believe they're gone. Thanks also for telling everyone about the Chip In. As of now, $5,925.50 has been raised. Truly remarkable outpouring of love for this dear family.

Amber

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Thank you so much for giving us the background of this amazing family...we have donated and will continue to keep them in our prayers...

Hugs,

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley and their Mumsie

Finni said...

So Sorry this has happened :(

Fourpittsjen said...

OMG this is horrific, and my deepest sympathy go out to this family. I also am a pit rescuer, I have 5 and 3 of mine are brindle and whites, just like some of theirs...oh god, I am just in tears for them right now. This is my biggest fear, fire. I want to help them in some way. I cant do too much as I run a rescue and we are in need of help, but I would like to send what I can- even a doggy bag for the 2 babbies who are still with them. I have beautiful collars leashes and treats, and some other stuff too. Is there an address on where to send things? I am sure I will keep looking on thread.
I will keep this family in my thoughts and prayers.. From Jennifer Brooks- Second Chance Rescue NYC

Shane Kent Louis said...

Sorry to hear about it, and each dog will always be remembered and they have special space in our heart as their friends :)


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Fourpittsjen said...

Can someone please send me an address on where to send something? I can do a giftcard and a small doggy package for her 2 pups. Please send to my cutijen1014@aol.com email addy. Thank you so much!

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is truly a horrific tragedy but once again Blogville has pulled together as one to help. We're so proud to be part of that community.

We have participated in the ChipIn and will see what else we can do to help.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

It is so wonderful to see so many bloggers coming together to help. Sandra is an inspiration and so is this community.

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Beautiful post

parlance said...

Such a tragedy. I went over and contributed. It was a good idea to use PayPal so people like me all around the world could help a bit.

(I thought I'd already commented here but I can't see my comment, so I'm posting it again.)

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