Bryan Bickell and his wife Amanda Bickell’s love for pit bulls began when they came across a 5-week-old puppy in need.
The puppy’s owner was a crack addict whose dog had puppies. The owner took the puppies from their mother at an extremely young age. The puppy was trying to feed off a different mother dog and her tail was cut off with scissors.
Along with animal advocate Alicia Boemi, the Bryan & Amanda Bickell Foundation was born from the campaign, Chicago Loves Pits.
With the help of Adopt-a-Pet.com, Chicago Loves Pits was an idea that turned into a reality. In 2012 Chicago Loves Pits launched its first campaign featuring two billboards located in prominent areas of Chicago that bore the headline: Bryan Bickell is the only fighter in this family.
Since the campaign, the realization came about that not only do “pit bulls” need more help and understanding, so do children in need that can benefit from seeing and learning about the resilience of “pit bulls”.
The puppy they adopted is now safe and named Bailey. The couple took Bailey to the vet where they were surprised and pleased to hear that she was healthy and her tail would heal with care and antibiotics.
“We brought in Bailey and we just knew right away how loyal she was,” Bryan Bickell told Breitbart Sports. “After meeting other Pit Bulls you can see the same trait.
About a month after saving their precious puppy, The Bickell’s hometown of Ontario, Canada enacted a ban against any dog resembling a “pit bull.”
Within a week Bryan & Amanda were no longer allowed at dog parks, puppy classes, or to take their puppy for a walk unless it was muzzled. People would cross the street afraid that their 10 pound, sweet as could be, little puppy would attack.
Animal Care and Control was called on the Bickells almost every two weeks because someone in the neighborhood would call in “fear of their life.”
Bryan and Amanda couldn’t understand it. How were they supposed to socialize their new puppy who had been abused and now deserved lots of love and care in her new life?
Life in Ontario became very difficult for Bryan & Amanda simply because they owned a “pit bull”. But their puppy was family and they’d never give up on her.
Fearing what might happen, they knew they had to share the truth and help “pit bulls” in Chicago. Bailey has also been instrumental in the Bickell’s lives as a dog who heals others.
The foundation debunks the myths and misconceptions about pit bulls that are out there, Bickell said in an interview with Breitbart.
“I feel its all about the owners. You can train a dog like a pit bull to be a loving family pet.
Once the fear factor is out of the equation, the Bickells work to rehabilitate dogs who were abused.
The same principles apply for children who come from violence. When a kid sees a dog overcome obstacles, it often gives the child inspiration to bounce back from their own problems. As the Bickells have seen members of their family suffer from child abuse and bullying they knew they wanted to not only help out their loyal furry friends but abused children as well.
h/t: Breitbart Sports