Bully Dog Rescue Coalition

Bully Dog Rescue Coalition Crossing the country to help rescues and sanctuaries in need, while striving to become our nation’s most effective advocate for pit bull-type dogs.

Our mission is to become the "World's Largest Pit Bull Rescue & Sanctuary" and the most effective advocacy center for bully breeds.

Operating as usual

These are my two “newest” babies, Wilson —who’s about 2— and Bangle, about 12. Although these are the first in a long wh...
05/04/2021

These are my two “newest” babies, Wilson —who’s about 2— and Bangle, about 12. Although these are the first in a long while that were NOT abused (thank God) when they came to me, they were both unwanted and discarded. I am so happy and SO blessed to be able to take care of them. And Eos & Dennis too of course!
Good night all, we have an EARLY wake-up (babies will NOT be psyched!)
🙏❤️🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️🙏

These are my two “newest” babies, Wilson —who’s about 2— and Bangle, about 12. Although these are the first in a long while that were NOT abused (thank God) when they came to me, they were both unwanted and discarded. I am so happy and SO blessed to be able to take care of them. And Eos & Dennis too of course!
Good night all, we have an EARLY wake-up (babies will NOT be psyched!)
🙏❤️🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️🙏

Yes. ANOTHER one of these. Just can’t help myself... from my perspective, there’s nothing more beautiful and perfect tha...
04/23/2021

Yes. ANOTHER one of these. Just can’t help myself... from my perspective, there’s nothing more beautiful and perfect than this. Thank you God. 🙏❤️🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️🙏

Yes. ANOTHER one of these. Just can’t help myself... from my perspective, there’s nothing more beautiful and perfect than this. Thank you God. 🙏❤️🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️🙏

1977-1980:“Terminal” testicular cancer w/metastasis to both lungs. 4 major surgeries. Nearly non-stop high-toxicity chem...
03/18/2021

1977-1980:
“Terminal” testicular cancer w/metastasis to both lungs. 4 major surgeries. Nearly non-stop high-toxicity chemo. 600+ nights in the hospital. 6 month survival prognosis.

2013-2016:
4 major spine surgeries. Resultant MRSA & Staph infections that go septic. 2 month survival prognosis. Double kidney-failure (from being blasted w/antibiotics) and for the cherry on top, 2 strokes.

2021:
Living happy & healthy on Maui with my 4 beautiful Pitbull babies. ❤️🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️

No matter WHAT we’re facing —you & I— we CAN overcome.

IG: @rick_bassman

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Lazy day here in the upcountry of Maui, as it’s pouring rain for the 18,000th straight day. Think of building an ark wit...
03/17/2021

Lazy day here in the upcountry of Maui, as it’s pouring rain for the 18,000th straight day. Think of building an ark with my newly acquired handyman skills.

Lazy day here in the upcountry of Maui, as it’s pouring rain for the 18,000th straight day. Think of building an ark with my newly acquired handyman skills.

One of the FEW blessings of this pandemic is that with people being shut in, dog adoptions are up.Still though, dogs —ES...
03/05/2021

One of the FEW blessings of this pandemic is that with people being shut in, dog adoptions are up.

Still though, dogs —ESPECIALLY PIT BULLS— are over-filling the shelters at an alarming rate. Like this sweet senior. An 11 or 12 year old pit bull, deaf, not in the greatest of health — several teeth just pulled, stitches still in from tumors removed from her belly, bad eye infection—... which all adds up to her being one of the LEAST LIKELY to find a home in her final years, or months.

Her person died about a month ago, leaving this beautiful girl —and her equally beautiful brother— uncared for, as unfortunately, no arrangements had been made. They were unceremoniously dumped at the shelter, then brought to my attention, and I went in to meet them.

The second I met these two, they stared at me at with big brown eyes and cropped-ear-to-cropped ear pit bull smiles, immediately finding their ways into my heart.

Imagine what these sweet, innocent bullies are feeling... They’ve had a home. Now, in their old age, they find themselves living in metal kennels in a crowded shelter. I for one CAN imagine what they’re feeling. They’re very vocal... a lot of howling and crying and whimpering... I imagine they’re saying —to each person they meet who shows them affection— “please take us home.”

Im thinking... should I? CAN I?

And then last week, while recovering from her surgeries, her brother dies; leaving this sweet baby even more alone, and by all accounts... completely shattered.

The two closest beings to me ever in this world —Ramone & GoGo— passed in 2020. I know that while they can NEVER be “replaced,” ultimately, I’ll want to rebuild our family. Ramone & GoGo, as they aged, both had prolonged illnesses, and while it was both my sacred duty and privilege to care for them, I, to give myself a break, decide that ANY (and ALL) new additions will be young, healthy and energetic.

Well, you know what? Wilson, God love him(!) is young, healthy and energetic enough for a million dogs!!!❤️🐶

So... with that... Bangle... welcome to your forever home.

For your remaining time, you will be protected, cared for, and above all else, loved. We got you!
❤️🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️

Now THIS is the squad.All different backgrounds, upbringings and colors. And they love every person they meet!Hey all......
02/22/2021

Now THIS is the squad.

All different backgrounds, upbringings and colors. And they love every person they meet!

Hey all... please consider supporting “Bullies’ Angels,” four women who are making our world a better place for Pit Bulls, by leading the charge for advocacy, education and rescue. www.bullydogrescue.com

Now THIS is the squad.

All different backgrounds, upbringings and colors. And they love every person they meet!

Hey all... please consider supporting “Bullies’ Angels,” four women who are making our world a better place for Pit Bulls, by leading the charge for advocacy, education and rescue. www.bullydogrescue.com

Morning coffee time. Little pit bull pile up.I can’t move. And I don’t want to!❤️🐶🐶🐶😊❤️ www.bullydogrescue.com
02/10/2021

Morning coffee time. Little pit bull pile up.
I can’t move. And I don’t want to!
❤️🐶🐶🐶😊❤️
www.bullydogrescue.com

Morning coffee time. Little pit bull pile up.
I can’t move. And I don’t want to!
❤️🐶🐶🐶😊❤️
www.bullydogrescue.com

Dennis & Wilson & Eos at Makawao Vet Grooming, where they got pedicures this morning. Looks like the kids are pretty hap...
01/15/2021

Dennis & Wilson & Eos at Makawao Vet Grooming, where they got pedicures this morning. Looks like the kids are pretty happy with their nails!

Dennis & Wilson & Eos at Makawao Vet Grooming, where they got pedicures this morning. Looks like the kids are pretty happy with their nails!

Some days it hits me harder than ever that Ramone & GoGo are gone. Tonight has been one of those times. I don’t know why...
01/09/2021

Some days it hits me harder than ever that Ramone & GoGo are gone. Tonight has been one of those times. I don’t know why... I’ve had a great day with Eos, Dennis & Wilson, and am so grateful and blessed to get to share our lives together.

Nonetheless, I’m really feeling Ramone’s & GoGo’s presence tonight, and have been taking a trip down memory lane by looking at the hundreds and hundred of photos and videos. The two I’ve posted here are the last with both my beautiful babies, and were taken shortly after each had passed in my arms; Ramone on April 28 and GoGo on November 9, both in 2020. While this may seem morbid, it reminds me of the privilege I had of doing all I could to ease their transitions and being with them as they took their last breaths.

My fellow pet owners and devotees out there —and I know there are ALOT of you— continue to hold your babies tight and give these deserving souls the best of yourselves, as you always do.
❤️🐶🐶❤️

Da babies have a play date!Welcome Rango 🐶🐶🐶🐶😊
12/30/2020

Da babies have a play date!
Welcome Rango 🐶🐶🐶🐶😊

12/29/2020

I am SO mean!

Oh, the joys of being a pandemic shut-in... I just put peanut butter on top of my dogs’ noses, and am thoroughly entertaining myself watching them TRYING to lick it off.

Quick! Someone report me to the ASPCA!...
🐶🐶🐶🤪

#getalife

Please consider supporting these four amazing women who have dedicated their lives to making this world a better place f...
12/24/2020

Please consider supporting these four amazing women who have dedicated their lives to making this world a better place for our beloved bully breeds. Together, they have rescued THOUSANDS of pit bulls.

Check out the great pit bull-centric apparel and gift items at bullydogrescue.com

It’s official... I’m in love! Happy one-month anniversary Wilson. ❤️🐶😊❤️
12/23/2020

It’s official... I’m in love! Happy one-month anniversary Wilson. ❤️🐶😊❤️

Cruisin’ Paia town with da babies. Beautiful day on Maui!🌞🤙🐶🐶🐶😊🌴
12/22/2020

Cruisin’ Paia town with da babies. Beautiful day on Maui!
🌞🤙🐶🐶🐶😊🌴

12/20/2020

PLEASE READ, AND PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING…

Understanding just how overloaded everyone in rescue is, and how hard it is when re-homing to find a GOOD home, I rarely post appeals for help. This morning, I was introduced to a young woman who is very much an exception to this “rule.” She is living homeless, in her car near Hemet, CA, with her beautiful 1-year pit bull girl SWEET PEA. My new friend has recently become disabled, and is in need of immediate major surgery, and long-term after care. I can hear the heartbreak in her voice when talking with her… she LOVES Sweet Pea, but knows that she is unable to provide her pup with the life that she deserves.

From what I understand –and what I can see—Sweet Pea is in all-around good health, unaltered, up-to-date on her shots; shy in nature, especially around other dogs (but NOT aggressive/”defensive” in the least) and very affectionate toward people, children included. She is about 45 lbs.

If you can help, please DM me right away.

Thank you!

Hi All! Please check out bullydogrescue.com for this awesome “I AM A PIT BULL” tee shirt (also available on hoodies). Pr...
12/20/2020

Hi All! Please check out bullydogrescue.com for this awesome “I AM A PIT BULL” tee shirt (also available on hoodies). Proceeds from EVERY sale go to benefit our “Bullies’ Angels,” four amazing women who are making this world a better place for our beloved Bully Breeds. Thank you 🐶❤️

GoGo is back home with us now. The greatest love, and the best memories ever... to last a lifetime. ❤️❤️
11/25/2020

GoGo is back home with us now.

The greatest love, and the best memories ever... to last a lifetime. ❤️❤️

11/15/2020

GOGO DAVID BASSMAN, November 3, 2006 - November 9, 2020. We feel your presence every day my beautiful girl, and I’m sure I’ll see you again. (I’m counting on it! ❤️). Thank you to my friend Ken for making this amazing tribute video for my sweet baby girl.

Today, at 5:30 Hawai’i time, my beautiful girl GoGo will join her brother Ramone in doggie heaven. If you think of us ar...
11/09/2020

Today, at 5:30 Hawai’i time, my beautiful girl GoGo will join her brother Ramone in doggie heaven. If you think of us around that time, please say a little prayer for GoGo for a safe and happy transition.
🌈❤️🐶🐶🐶❤️🙏

Good morning & HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful babies!EOS-8;  GOGO-14(!);  DENNIS-6.GoGo, Eos & Dennis are all rescue pup...
11/03/2020

Good morning & HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful babies!

EOS-8; GOGO-14(!); DENNIS-6.

GoGo, Eos & Dennis are all rescue pups, so we don’t know their actual birthdays. Ramone —whose absence we’re really feeling today— was born on November 3, so we’ve all always celebrated together.

I love you 3 mongrels more than words can say. Now, who’s ready for their birthday cheeseburger breakfast?!?

❤️🐶🐶🐶❤️

www.bullydogrescue.com

And that’s what happens when you walk past The Astros’ cheerleaders with da babies.Three years ago today in Houston, wit...
10/07/2020

And that’s what happens when you walk past The Astros’ cheerleaders with da babies.

Three years ago today in Houston, with Ramone, GoGo & Eos.

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This bracelet is an early birthday present from my brother Ken. Each of the 5 silver bands is inscribed with one of my b...
10/02/2020

This bracelet is an early birthday present from my brother Ken. Each of the 5 silver bands is inscribed with one of my beloved pup’s names. This is now probably my favorite possession. 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶😊

Hey! While you’re here, would you mind giving me a quick SUBSCRIBE at www.youtube.com/rickbassman ? I’m close to that all-important 1000 number, and if you’d help me get there, that would be awesome. Thank you, and have an excellent weekend!

In what was likely her last vet visit, we learned today that GoGo has a large, aggressive tumor in her neck.  This is ju...
09/24/2020

In what was likely her last vet visit, we learned today that GoGo has a large, aggressive tumor in her neck. This is just a few weeks after x-rays revealed severe degeneration in her cervical spine, which was causing her extreme pain. With her 14th birthday just five weeks away, there is nothing to do other than to keep her on the right side of being comfortable and enjoying the life she has left. We tried SO MANY medications and remedies, both traditional and non-traditional. (including CBD and more CBD, which just does NOT work) The combination that IS working is Previcox, infrared laser and a bit of THC oil. And LOTS of treats and love! She has been nearly pain-free for about a week now, and enjoying her life. Doctors Butler and Matchett from Makawao Vet, who have taken such great care of GoGo, agree that we’re doing what is best for her. She is eating and sleeping well, barking her silly head off, and for the most-part, being her beautiful, sweet self. My pledge, for however many days my beautiful baby has left, is to do all I can to make sure they’re GOOD ONES. For the many friends GoGo made in her travels around the US, she is now booking her farewell tour via private Facetime calls. If you’d like to talk with GoGo, contact her agent (that’s me!).

GoGo… I got you. 🙏❤️❤️❤️🐶🐶🐶😊❤️❤️❤️🙏

GoGo goes hippy/partier, as she nears the end of her extraordinary life that I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. ...
09/14/2020

GoGo goes hippy/partier, as she nears the end of her extraordinary life that I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. Infrared laser on her spine, a dab of high-potency THC and a nightly cup of sake. Say what you will, but after trying pretty much EVERYTHING, this is the odd combination that is working to relieve her pain and stress as she prepares to meet Ramone —and Marley!— at the Rainbow Bridge.
GOGO. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY.

GoGo has been having pain issues for a few weeks now.  We’ve tried many things and the only one that seems to work is a ...
09/04/2020

GoGo has been having pain issues for a few weeks now. We’ve tried many things and the only one that seems to work is a medication that is toxic to her kidneys. She has been in extreme pain these past few days. She’s by nature such a strong, stoic girl, but she’s been crying and whimpering, and at times… even screaming. Today, new and more advanced diagnostics revealed that the level between her C6-7 vertebrae has totally collapsed, and that she has degenerative disc disease between the C2-4 levels. Oh, my sweet, beautiful baby. Injections and medications that she’s not tried before today, have relieved a lot of her pain and for the moment, that is a true blessing. Now, it’s going to be ALL ABOUT doing EVERYTHING I can to ensure she has as good a quality a life as possible.

I want to thank Dr. Butler, Dr. Matchett, Amanda and everyone at Makawao Vet for taking such good care of my baby, and I want to especially thank my dear friend Tara Michelle, who has spent so much quality and loving —and healing—time with GoGo these recent weeks.

GoGo… if you think you’ve been loved, cherished and taken care of (and spoiled!) before… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Daddy’s got you.

GoGo has been having pain issues for a few weeks now.  We’ve tried many things and the only one that seems to work is a ...
09/04/2020

GoGo has been having pain issues for a few weeks now. We’ve tried many things and the only one that seems to work is a medication that is toxic to her kidneys. She has been in extreme pain these past few days. She’s by nature such a strong, stoic girl, but she’s been crying and whimpering, and at times… even screaming. Today, new and more advanced diagnostics revealed that the level between her C6-7 vertebrae has totally collapsed, and that she has degenerative disc disease between the C2-4 levels. Oh, my sweet, beautiful baby. Injections and medications that she’s not tried before today, have relieved a lot of her pain and for the moment, that is a true blessing. Now, it’s going to be ALL ABOUT doing EVERYTHING I can to ensure she has as good a quality a life as possible.

I want to thank Dr. Butler, Dr. Matchett, Amanda and everyone at Makawao Vet for taking such good care of my baby, and I want to especially thank my dear friend Tara, who has spent so much quality and loving —and healing—time with GoGo these recent weeks.

GoGo… if you think you’ve been loved, cherished and taken care of (and spoiled!) before… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Daddy’s got you.

Watched The GoGo’s documentary on Showtime.  SO AWESOME. The first all-female band to write and play their own songs, al...
08/23/2020

Watched The GoGo’s documentary on Showtime. SO AWESOME. The first all-female band to write and play their own songs, all the way to #1. HOW in the world are they NOT in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame?!? They are 100% in my personal HOF, and simply put... the best of the best. Thank you ladies for all of the memories and good times. (and then there was that time GoGo met The GoGo’s.) (and Ramone too!)❤️

Makawao Forest, with Da Babies, late 2018. Missing Ramone today. ALOT. And appreciating GoGo, Eos & Dennis. Also ALOT! T...
08/04/2020

Makawao Forest, with Da Babies, late 2018. Missing Ramone today. ALOT. And appreciating GoGo, Eos & Dennis. Also ALOT! Taking long walks with them nearly day on the dirt road near our Maui home 🐶🐶🐶🐶😊❤️ www.bullydogrescue.com

Brand-new 5-15 minute weekly segment on TALKING TOUGH... “Tall Tales...” where I tell one outrageous life story. I hope ...
07/31/2020

Brand-new 5-15 minute weekly segment on TALKING TOUGH... “Tall Tales...” where I tell one outrageous life story. I hope you’ll check it out and as always... would love to hear from you with your comments! Under EPISODES at www.talking-tough.com

#BeGood is now available at www.youtube.com/rickbassman. Would love to hear your thoughts. And... please subscribe!
07/29/2020
Rick Bassman

#BeGood is now available at www.youtube.com/rickbassman. Would love to hear your thoughts. And... please subscribe!

I'm dead set on living...living hard, living good, living fun, living committed....or I'll damned-well do my best to die trying. Contradiction in terms. In j...

Your daily dose of cuteness!We have embarked on a worldwide effort to make a positive difference for the most misunderst...
07/28/2020

Your daily dose of cuteness!

We have embarked on a worldwide effort to make a positive difference for the most misunderstood, most abused, most discriminated-against and most-loving breed of dog; the #pitbull.⁠⠀
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A majority portion of all funds raised through our exclusive @teespring merch goes to our four non-profit partners, whose missions follow their own:⁠⠀
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🐶 Rehabilitating the unfair image surrounding pit bulls⁠⠀
🚫 Eradicating dog fighting⁠⠀
🗒️ Overturning breed specific legislation⁠⠀
💥 Eliminating kill shelters⁠⠀
✅ Advocating for spay & neuter⁠⠀
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Get your “I am a Pitbull” tee and a full-range of exclusive items at BullyDogRescue.com

For a GREAT CAUSE.In memory of RAMONE.Just because it’s a REALLY COOL HOODIE! (or Tee Shirt).Get yours now...www.bullydo...
07/11/2020

For a GREAT CAUSE.
In memory of RAMONE.
Just because it’s a REALLY COOL HOODIE! (or Tee Shirt).

Get yours now...
www.bullydogrescue.com

07/07/2020

In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. It’s just two dogs playing (Pit Bulls!) . On a ratty blanket, on an even rattier sofa. But to me, it’s EVERYTHING. Truly my life’s work. Two scarred bodies, and souls. Severely abused and raised to fight. And now, warm, SAFE, with full bellies, and as loved as can be. It’s my privilege. #Blessed.

07/07/2020

In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. It’s just two dogs playing (Pit Bulls!) . On a ratty blanket, on an even rattier sofa. But to me, it’s EVERYTHING. Truly my life’s work. Two scarred bodies, and souls. Severely abused and raised to fight. And now, warm, SAFE, with full bellies, and as loved as can be. It’s my privilege. #Blessed.

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