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PAWS-I-TIVE BEHAVIOR DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING

Think Pawsitive: Think how you want your dog TO behave.  Not how you want your dog NOT to behave.

PAWS-I-TIVE BEHAVIOR DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING

Think Pawsitive: Think how you want your dog TO behave.  Not how you want your dog NOT to behave.

PAWS-I-TIVE BEHAVIOR DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING

Think Pawsitive: Think how you want your dog TO behave.  Not how you want your dog NOT to behave.

PAWS-I-TIVE BEHAVIOR DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING

Think Pawsitive: Think how you want your dog TO behave.  Not how you want your dog NOT to behave.
VISIT TO VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER, NEW ORLEANS, LA
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My husband, Bob, and I took a 5-week cross country trip in August 2015.  We visited many historical sites,  but the one place that was my favorite was visiting Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans..  Villalobos is run by Tia Marie Torres and her 4 children.  Tia hires parolees to help run VRC.  If you don't know anything about Tia, she has a program on Animal Planet every Saturday night at 10:00 PM called Pit Bulls and Parolees.  She started out rescuing Pit Bulls in the desert of California.

Once they arrived in New Orleans 4 years ago with approximately 175 pit bulls, her passionate, caring reputation for saving dogs soon spread throughout New Orleans, so Tia now rescues all breeds in the "City of Second Chances."  Her mission is to rescue and find good forever homes for these dogs.  Not all the dogs are adoptable, so they will remain at VRC for the remainder of their lives.  The original VRC location has become too small for the increased amounts of dogs they have rescued, so she had to set up other rescue homes and centers throughout the surrounding areas of New Orleans.  One new center is in the Swamp area in Napoleonville where there is a huge need for assisting the many dogs there.

While at VRC, we were given a tour by Earl, one of the parolees, who you will see me posing with next to the VRC sign.  We were not allowed to leave the tour area or talk to any of the stars of the show.  However, I did see a few of the people who are on the show:  Tania (Tia's oldest daughter), Sui and Country Matt (parolees), and Sugar (a former police offer and ACO).  Sugar and a few others came over to talk to us while we were waiting for the tour to begin. 

This place is amazing as it is run with precision, dedication, and good old fashioned muscle and sweat.  The people who work and volunteer at VRC are dedicated to the care and welfare of these dogs.  Tia does not expect any less from them or herself and family.  They will work hard everyday to maintain a safe, healthy and happy environment for the dogs.  Her hope is that one day there won't be any dogs needing to be rescued.

If I lived in New Orleans, I would be volunteering at VRC as often as possible.  Hopefully, we will go back to NO and stay more than a couple of days, because I want to participate in the evening dog walks with other volunteers. 

If you are ever in New Orleans, don't miss the opportunity to visit VRC.  "Click" on the thumbnail images below to see the pictures that Bob took while we were there. 
2016 HOLLOWEEN PARTY PICTURES