“I used to get bullied and after you came, I am not bullied any more. You saved my life"
Anthony M., Elementary School Student
“Every school in the country needs to hear Turtle's message. I am very glad that we decided to have her come."
Heather B., School Teacher
Hi! I'm Turtle! I started out life in a bad place .... my vet believes I was used as a bait dog. When I was rescued I was around 2 years old and weighed 11.6 pounds, my ears had been cut off at my head, I was covered in mange and bite wounds. Mom pulled me from the Arlington Animal Shelter on January 29, 2009 and I have never looked back! I believe that we all need to do what we can to help those who are less fortunate. I want to use my story to help other Pit Bulls .... unfortunately, because I AM a Pit Bull a lot of people don't want me inside their business or on their property .... so Mom and I put our heads together and decided I should learn how to paint. I mean, how threatening is a Pit Bull with a paint mit, right? It worked and now I am known as PITcasso! Turtle the Painting Pit Bull. We have developed an anti bullying program called Bullying From A Pit Bull's Perspective and we visit schools and talk to kids about the dangers of bullying each other and animal abuse. We show them my video so they can see that even if you are bullied you can overcome it. At the end of the program I paint a picture that we frame and leave with the school.
My best friend is an English Bulldog named Leroy Brown. Leroy has a bad heart but he doesn't let that stop him. He still visits nursing homes, works with special needs kids, teaches Responsible Pet Ownership Classes and Dog Bite Prevention classes and has his own Reading with Leroy Brown Program to help kids get better at reading. He helped me over come the abuse I suffered in my past .... he accepts me just he way I am and he is my biggest fan! I can do anything as long as I know my Leroy Brown is there!
Last year I started having seizures but I am determined to live every day to the fullest!