On February 20th, Shooters Sports Bar & Grill hosted a chili cook off benefiting Babes 4 Bullies. With A LOT of encouragement from our good friend and fellow animal lover, Donna, my husband and I decided to enter! Babes 4 Bullies is a Maryland based Pit Bull advocacy organization. Their goal is to advocate and bring awareness about pitbull breeds and help to stop discrimination and end breed restrictions. Check out their facebook page and support the cause!
I promise to get to the cook off stuff in just a few minutes, but first I’d like to share our Pitbull story!
Jeff and I have always been animal lovers, but until about 10 months ago we really didn’t know that much about pitbulls. I was never “afraid” of them, but I never saw myself having one and I had never had much interaction with pitbulls. Then one day, our lives were changed forever! My friend Dee Dee contacted me to let me know our local Animal Shelter could really use kitten fosters. I love cats and asked my husband if we could, pretty please with 500 cherries on top, foster a couple of kittens. He said, “sure” and I was off and running (well, driving actually) over to the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County. When I arrived, I saw the cutest little puppy lying on a blanket. I kept my eye on him, but never said anything…I was there for kittens! I was getting ready to leave with the two kittens, when they asked if I might be willing to foster the puppy! I might have thought about it for 3 seconds and “of course” came spilling out of my mouth. So, off I go with two kittens and a puppy! We already have 1 dog and 4 cats at home….so it did seem kind of nuts to have 2 dogs and 6 cats under my charge, but boy oh boy was this puppy cute and we were just fostering for a couple of weeks! The puppy’s name is George and George is a pitbull!
WHAT! We are fostering a PITBULL???? Are we crazy??? I don’t know enough to control a PITBULL!
LOUISE, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
These thoughts really did go through my mind. Then I realized we are fostering a DOG and I’ve raised several DOGS without any issues!
Potty training was pretty tough, but not because George didn’t understand the concept…Lesson one: Pitbulls can be stubborn. Then, one day…no more accidents, I guess he decided it was time to give in to Mommy & Daddy’s wishes!
I was amazed at how fast he learned to sit and lie down and open the back door!…Lesson Two: Pitbulls are smart.
It wasn’t long (maybe just a few days) before we knew George was going to be a permanent part of our family…Lesson Three: Pitbulls grab your heart fast.
George loves to snuggle and even now at 50lbs, he loves to be in your lap or lying beside you…Lesson Four: Pitbulls love people.
George is now 10 months old and we recently adopted another Pitbull mix, Callie, who is around 2 years old. I have never seen either one of them show any aggression towards anyone or any animal. Interest in the cats, sure…aggression, nope! What I have seen is George immediately sit in front of a small child at the park, so she could pet him. What I have seen is George immediately sit beside a wheelchair of an older person, so that person could pet him. What I have seen is Callie make people smile and give her love because she exudes love and sweetness…Lesson Five: Pitbulls are NOT the problem, BAD HUMANS are the problem!
Jeff and I would like to thank the Queen Anne’s County Animal Welfare League for allowing us the opportunity to really learn what a Pitbull is all about and erase any preconceived notions entirely! A huge thank you to Donna Darling ( and many others) who moved heaven and earth to save this little girl from a high kill shelter! We are so incredibly lucky to have her as part of our family…and yes, George is in love!
Okay….sorry, I can be a bit passionate about this topic! Which, of course, is why Jeff and I really wanted to support Babes4Bullies and join in the fun! And, it was so much fun! I entered my Thai Curry Chili and Jeff entered a Steak and Lager Chili, which was really delicious ( will post recipe on The Salted Pepper as soon as we tweak it a bit)
Jeff and I were excited to see so many entries, they had13 different chilis! I have never been to, much less competed in ANY type of cook off, so I had no idea what to expect. This was taken early in the day and not all the entries were even on the table yet.
We met so many great people and tasted some delicious chili! The turnout was great and from what I understand Babes 4 Bullies raised close to $2,000.00! Here are some (sorry we didn’t get more pictures, we were so busy having fun!) of the great people that made this event a huge success!
After we all tasted the amazing chilis, we were stuffed….but now, it’s time to vote! We all placed our top pick in the big yellow box and waited patiently for the votes to be tallied….
Here we go…the moment has come!
The gracious owner of Shooters Bar & Grill makes the announcements.
Third Place Winner!
Well deserved win! Our good friends, Carrie and Eric voted for her chili! Way to go, Cherie Weiland! I so enjoyed meeting you!
Second Place Winner!
Another well deserved win! This was only the first or second time these guys even made chili…Congratulations Brady Wise & Erik Anderson (Dad too!)!
First Place Winner!
ME! It’ s still hard to fathom how Thai Curry Chili won a chili cook off…but, it did! And there is my new friend, Brady, giving me the thumbs up!
We had such a great time and met so many wonderful and passionate people who work every day to make the lives of dogs better. Everyone who entered the contest and came out to support Babes 4 Bullies…Thank you!
Another huge thank you to Babes 4 Bullies for bringing awareness to our community about the true nature of Pitbulls. And, of course, we also want to thank Shooter’s Bar & Grill in Severna Park, MD for hosting the great Chili Cook Off each year! Now…I have to get working on next year’s chili recipe!
One last thank you to my wonderful husband, Jeff! He not only taste tests all my new concoctions; he also is part time photographer and part time editor! The Salted Pepper wouldn’t be possible without your support…I love you!
Do you have a pit bull love story you’d like to share? Email me your story and pictures to Louise@thesaltedpepper.com and I’ll work on a follow up post to show just how much our community here in Maryland loves and advocates for our pitties!
Thanks again everyone! Stay tuned for the next OUT & ABOUT post, where we feature the great things going on in our community!
~The Salted Pepper