June 20, 2006
Contact: Tammy S. Grimes • founder, Dogs Deserve Better •
P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684 • 1.877.636.1408 • 814.941.7447
12 People from 6 States Set to
Live as Chained Dogs beginning July 1, 2006
Last Person to Withstand the Boredom of Living Chained to Doghouse
Wins New Car While Bringing Awareness for Dog Chaining Issue
Altoona, PA—Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit working to bring dogs into
the home and family, has finalized plans and signed its contestants for
a very unique reality-tv style contest: 12 people will live chained to
doghouses for a period of up to two weeks in order to win the prize of
a NEW Chevy Aveo. The contest will begin at 12:00 noon July 1, and go
as long as 12:00 noon, July 15. It is being held at Leidy Park in
Mundys Corner, Pennsylvania approximately 1 hour east of Pittsburgh.
Tammy S. Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, states, "Meet the
brave men and women who have signed on as contestants in the first-ever
game where humans will live as chained dogs. They will compete to
survive the boredom of living chained . . . They will be allowed no
books, TV, radio, smoking, or even visitors, except for members of the
press. For only 1/2 hour each day they may see family members or call
home, reach out for some semblance of normality. They will be allowed
the bare minimum in hygiene, no showers or baths, but only cleanliness
routines undertaken within the confines of four tiny port-a-john walls.
They will be stripped of all the comforts we take so much for granted
on a daily basis. In their place, they receive only a chain, a collar,
water, food, doghouse, sleeping bag, and shade.
They will record their feelings once a day in a journal, helping to
light a path for the dogs to travel toward freedom. They may cry,
knowing the pain and suffering chained dogs endure, day in, day
out—often for life. One of them will walk away with a new car...but
more importantly, none of them will walk away unchanged. The knowledge
they now bear may make it virtually impossible to look at a chained dog
without a burning desire to make a difference in that dog’s life."
Contestants from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, South
Carolina, and New York will converge on the little town of Mundys
Corner, PA to begin a contest like no other. Actor Adrian Zmed,
formerly Officer Romano on TJ Hooker, will attend to help kick off the
event from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. July 1st, with speakers and bands
scheduled throughout the day. Musician Cheryl Hill travels with her
band from Tennessee to headline opening night at 8:00 p.m.
Grimes will once again be joined by other animal advocates in
Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana who will live chained for brief periods
of time—independently of the contest—to bring awareness for chained
dogs. She will remain chained for 3 days, from July 1st through July
4th, and will gain her freedom on the 4th of July, symbolic of her
quest to gain freedom for America’s chained dogs.
This year Grimes chains herself in memory of Ebb, a dog from Mahaffey,
Pennsylvania. Dogs Deserve Better worked with concerned citizens for
four years to try to free him from his chains, but they were never
successful. Ebb suffered the loss of his eyesight, his hearing, and
ultimately the last vestiges of hope before his death, having spent his
entire life chained outside, sad and alone.
See the website at www.dogsdeservebetter.org for a complete listing of
locations and schedules for all Chain Off 2006 events.
Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in
Tipton, Pennsylvania, is the 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA Pet
Protector Award, and currently has 141 area reps in 37 states as well
as in Canada and Australia.
Tammy S. Grimes, Founder, Dogs Deserve Better
Bringing Chained/Penned Dogs Into the Home and Family
through Education • Rescue and Rehab • Legislation
P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684 • 814.941.7447
Educational Materials: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/store.html
DDB Attire and Gift Items: http://www.cafepress.com/dogsdeserve
Defending Those Who Cannot Defend Themselves
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