The Pit Bull Princess specializes in gifts and merchandise that promote a positive image of Pit Bulls. We work with a large number of artists and vendors to provide our customers with a large selection of unique, high quality products. We also donate a portion of net profit to pit bull rescues and animal shelters.
In 2004 I worked for a town that had a dog kennel adjacent to the main building that housed dogs brought in by animal control. It was there that I met the dog who would change my life. Her name was Lexi. She was so calm in the kennel; while all the other dogs were barking and jumping, she just sat there – melting my heart with her chestnut brown eyes. She was my first dog and I did not even know (or care) what breed she was. I just thought she was the sweetest, most beautiful dog I had ever seen and I adopted her. We spent the next ten years together, and it was the best ten years of my life!
Soon after I got her, I distinctly remember being asked a lot of questions about her because she was a pit bull – and that when I walked her people would often cross the street to avoid us. I did not expect this reaction and it opened my eyes to the discrimination that faced pit bulls.
In response I read every book I could about pit bulls and scoured the internet for information. When people asked me questions such as, “do they really have locking jaws?” I was prepared with an educated response, "No that is a myth." This led me on a journey I had not anticipated and changed the course of my life forever.
I started volunteering at my local animal shelter, then with a pit bull rescue, Out of the Pits. It was not long before I started fostering pit bulls, and at one time had five dogs, as I kept keeping them! Lexi was very friendly and sweet. She was great with other dogs, cats, and kids. She passed the American Temperament Test, Canine Good Citizen test and Therapy Dog test. She helped me teach children about Pit Bulls and responsible pet ownership.
Back then when I saw pit bull merchandise in stores or online, it was mostly all products showing snarling dogs with cropped ears, spiked collars and big teeth. That was NOT the pit bull I knew and loved, and I knew there were a lot of other pit bull owners out there who had silly, floppy eared wiggle butts who would love to buy a sticker or t-shirt representing their Pit Bull. From this, my inspiration to start The Pit Bull Princess was born. Lexi inspired the name of the business, as she was a total diva princess!
Since we opened in 2009, I have become friends with many of our customers. I've received hundreds of pictures of beautiful Pit Bulls and learned their amazing stories and the incredible things people do for these dogs.
Sadly, Lexi was diagnosed with an incurable form of urethral cancer in October of 2014. We tried chemotherapy, acupuncture, herbs and home cooked meals, but sadly she lost her battle to the disease only three months later. For a long time I felt as though I had lost a part of me, but with time my heart healed and I am now able to smile when I think of her sweet innocence, playful nature and big heart. I am forever grateful that she came into my life and inspired such a great change in my life.
Thank you for shopping at The Pit Bull Princess! I hope you have a great experience and return often. A portion of net profit goes to support Pit Bull rescue organizations across the country.
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I was driving to meet friends for dinner when I saw a big white and tan pit bull wandering on the side of the road. I got out of my car and called her to me – she was thin and dirty, but friendly. I walked around the neighborhood asking if anyone knew whose dog this was. Nobody knew, and sadly when I asked two teenage boys their response was that they wished they had found her first so they could sell her and make some money. That really made me mad! I was not in a position to take her home with me as my house was already full of dogs and cats, and I did not know much about her. I called animal control and waited for them to come and get her. When they opened the back of the truck and put her in I cried, but I knew she was safer than being on the streets. She was taken to a vet’s office that was taking in stray dogs for the city. They were located about 15 minutes from where I worked, so about 3 – 4 times a week I went there on my lunch hour and took her out for walks and playtime at a nearby park. Because she was so big and boisterous, they named her “Big Mama Jubilee.” What a great name! It fit her perfectly!
Months went by and she did not get adopted. She was starting to get a little crazy from being kenneled so long. I reached out to a few different rescues to see if they would take her, but they turned her down. I was heartbroken. I was spending so much time with her and knew what a good dog she was, she just needed to get out of the kennel.
One day a vet tech called me and told me that they were running out of room and were going to have to euthanize her. I told her I would not let that happen and the very next day I picked her up and started boarding her at a private kennel. This kennel was further away from my house and my work, but I still managed to visit her several times a week to exercise her and play with her. However, I could see that being in the kennel was taking its toll on her.
I put up flyers and reached out to everyone I knew to try to find a home for her. I was losing sleep as I did not know what I was going to do for this dog that I loved so much. Just as I was starting to lose hope, my friend told me that she knew someone who was looking for a dog that could be trained as a frisbee dog – and this was perfect! Jubilee’s energy and high jumping skills would have a positive outlet! The woman’s name was Amy and she lived in New Hampshire. She was a teacher at a Camp for city kids. We brought Jubilee up there to meet her and it was a perfect match. Amy has helped Jubilee reach her full potential: she is a star frisbee dog, she is a certified therapy dog and as a team they do reading to kids at libraries and participate in a dog inmate program at a local correctional facility.
I always knew in my heart Jubilee was destined for great things which is why I never gave up hope for her. Because she meant so much to me I used her image as the logo for the Pit Bull Princess!
Sometimes you form a bond and a connection with a dog that is a once in a lifetime experience. I am fortunate to have that with my heart dog, Bruno. If I had to pick "our song" it would be "My First, My Last, My Everything," by Barry White. I know I will never have another dog like Bruno.
He is smart, funny and affectionate. Wherever I go, he is right there. When I sit down on the couch, he has to sit ON me, not next to me. He loves to give kisses and hugs. He has passed the American Temperament Test, Canine Good Citizen Test, and he is a certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs International. Most of our volunteer work has been with children visiting elementary schools and libraries. The kids love him and get so excited when they see him.
He is also a dog of great strength and determination. He does not like to be left alone and has been able to escape nearly every enclosure I've made for him - including climbing 6 foot high fences, bending chain link fence, and chewing through plywood. To say he's tested my patience is an understatement. His heart, however, is as big as his giant blockhead and you cannot stay mad at him for very long. He is now 11 years old and has calmed down SLIGHTLY but is still a very active dog. He is my Boo Bear, Bruni, Boo Boo and I am forever grateful that he needed a home and that I was the lucky one that got to adopt him.