So…this is happening.

I have decided to submit my Pinups for Pit Bulls application for the 2018 Calendar model search and I want you to apply too! It was not an easy decision for me and I hope to make the decision easier for you by reimbursing the $50 application fee for one lucky reader! (see details below)

I understand your possible fear, as I generally hate having my picture taken and, honestly, I never really thought of myself as “pinup” material. However, after just a few minutes on the phone with Pinups for Pit bulls founder, Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin about how and why she started the organization and its trademark fundraiser calendar, I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring in the hopes that, even for one day, I can go from this  

Photo by Bryn Nowell from A Dog Walks Into A Bar

to this…


or, maybe this…

Whether I am selected or not, Franklin’s focus on empowering women combined with her organization’s commitment to pit bull advocacy (more on this in an upcoming interview and review of Deirdre’s new book, “The Pit Bull Life”) is reason enough support the organization’s efforts. Also, I believe that my inner pinup girl is just itching to come out so…it is happening…

Why Everyone Should Apply for the Pinups for Pit Bulls Model Search

Several years ago, I started down the road of pit bull rescue and advocacy. I have learned a great deal and I now have a pit bull of my own but I have so much more to learn. There is still so much education, outreach and advocacy work to do to overturn Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) across the country and to improve outcomes for pit bull type dogs that end up in our nation’s shelters and rescues. Deirdre’s group is doing the serious, feet on the ground grassroots work that needs to be done and the annual calendar is the group’s primary source of revenue that supports its efforts. So, applying is a win, even if not selected. 

Apply to be a Pinups for Pit Bulls 2018 calendar model by 3/31/17! Sarcastic Dog will pay one lucky reader’s application fee! Click To Tweet

Three reasons to enter the 2018 Pinups for Pit Bulls Calendar Model search:

Photo by Celeste Giuliano Photography for Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc.

Pinups for Pit Bulls is an amazing organization doing incredible work. Even if you are not selected, your $50 application fee is going to life-saving efforts for Pit Bulls. DEADLINE TO APPLY 3/31/17

BECAUSE HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS?!?! Seriously, watch this video and tell me this doesn’t look like an amazing way to spend the day! The soundtrack alone should be inspiration enough! Plus, PIT BULLS!!!

Sarcastic Dog will pay the $50 application for one lucky reader! (See contest rules below.) That’s right! We believe in this organization and this creative fundraiser so much that we want everyone to apply!


 I am completing my application today and I hope that you will join me in supporting Pinups for Pit Bulls

“Channeling pinup girls of the past, I will be wearing these while filling out my application”

Submit your application and pay your application fee at Pinups for Pit Bulls Model Search then enter the giveaway below.

One lucky reader will get their fee reimbursed by Sarcastic Dog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Sarcastic Dog will reimburse the winner’s application fee (Winner will have the option of a donation being made in their name if preferred)

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  1. Bryn Nowell March 23, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Gah! I’m so excited for this! I hope hope hope you are chosen, because you’re going to ROCK the pinup look. I also hope lots of other folks apply, since it helps to support an amazing organization.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for all of your support and for my FABULOUS outfit! Would you think less of me if I told you I wore my pinup shoes all day at my desk? 😉 I hope lots of folks apply too!

  2. Christine Caplan March 23, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I love that you submitted for the 2018 application!! I’m such a big fa of these guys and if I win the opportunity to submit an application I will “borrow” a friend’s Pittie! XO
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      As Piper is still terrified of the car, if I do get selected, they will pair me with a sweet pittie for the photo shoot 🙂 You should totally apply!

  3. Hindy Pearson March 24, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

    A fantastic fundraising idea, beautiful pictures and most importantly, a wonderful cause. Don’t even get me started on my soapbox about the ignorance permeating our society when it comes to pitbulls and BSL. To be honest it’s frightening how easy it is to get people to jump on a bandwagon they have no understanding about. I have never heard of this organisation or fundraiser so thanks very much for calling our attention to it. BTW, you both look fab!!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      I love this organization and this fundraiser and I hope that people will apply for or simply donate to the calendar to support the group’s efforts. They are doing the really important work in communities all over the country to address the ignorance and misinformation you mentioned. Hoping that I get to share an “after” picture 😉

  4. Debbie Bailey March 24, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Such a great organization and an even better cause! Bully breeds get such a bad rap and it’s so unfair. Good luck! I hope you get chosen. Those shoes are pretty amazing, by the way!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I will keep everyone posted 🙂 And, on the shoes, I know, right?!?! LOVE THEM! Not super conducive to hiking here in Colorado but for all other occasions – a night out, writing at the local coffee shop, watching television 😉

  5. Kristin Avery March 24, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    This is so cool! I am not a big fan of pictures of myself either, but I love the concept and maybe I just need one of these fancy 50’s makeovers.
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      You should totally enter!! 🙂

  6. Carleen March 24, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, this is too awesome! I just entered!!!! How did I not know about this group? Thanks for sharing.
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Yay!! I’m so glad you entered and I am thrilled to have introduced you to a group that I love! It would be outstanding if we both got selected for the calendar 🙂

  7. Montecristo Travels (Sonja) March 24, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Oh I hope you get chosen! Can’t wait to see the picture(s) FUN FUN FUN!!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Me too!! I’m pretty sure I was born in the wrong era when it comes to style! 😉

  8. Anita Aurit March 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    What a brilliant and fun idea!! The photography is fantastic and so fun to look at. Sharing this with our shelter and community.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      It really is such a creative and unique way to raise funds for such a good cause. This organization is doing the real “on the ground” work. Thank you for sharing with your shelter and community. 🙂

  9. M. K. Clinton March 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea and I LOVE the photos. Nothing like a pinup photo with a fabulous dog. ♥
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

      I know, right?!? How much fun would this be?

  10. Cathy Armato March 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    This is so awesome! You’d make a great model, this is right up your alley. This organization is doing great work. Good luck! In those shoes you’ll be unstoppable!!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thank you, Cathy! I might just have to start wearing shoes like these ALL THE TIME because they are so much fun! 😉

  11. Elizabeth Keene March 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    You are so inspiring! I would never have had the nerve to do this without serious prodding and arm-twisting! I have all my appendages crossed that you are chosen! Of course, there couldn’t be a better reason to get dolled up. ☺

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thank you! Truth be told, I’m simultaneously excited and terrified to be selected but I know that it’s time to step outside of my comfort zone in order to move forward.

  12. Jana Rade March 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    What an awesome project; this calendar is going to be fantastic.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

      It seems like they outdo themselves every year! It’s such a wonderful fundraiser.

  13. Tenacious Little Terrier March 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Those are gorgeous photos. Stunning calendar. I love the vintage look of them.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 25, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

      They do such an incredible job with the calendar every year. If you watched the video session of one of the pinup shoots, you can see how much fun it would be too 🙂

  14. Lola The Rescued Cat March 25, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    What a great idea on all levels! Our paws are crossed for you guys! The photos are just fab!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Agreed! It’s such a creative and interesting way to engage people. Thanks for the good wishes! 🙂

  15. Tess March 26, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I signed up because a)what afnatastic organization to support, b) it would be super fun to have a professional photo shoot, and c) I’ve never done anything like it before and think it would be a fantastic experience!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear that you signed up! Pinups for Pitbulls does incredible work! Check back soon as I will be giving away a copy of Deirdre’s new book! Good luck in the model search and in the application fee giveaway!

  16. Dash Kitten March 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    This looks a lot of fun and any Pittie Persn is going to be hot on its heels! I love the old fashioned vintage look don’t you.

    Good luck Pittie Folks!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      I completely agree on all counts! I’m telling you I was born in the wrong era when it comes to fashion because I LOVE this look!

  17. Beth March 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve been a big fan of Pinups for Pit bulls for years. The photos are fantastic, and more importantly they do such great work! I hope you are selected, it would be even more fun to see someone I know it the calendar!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I hope I am selected as well but either way, I’m thrilled to spread the word about this great organization and the calendar 🙂

  18. Tonya Wilhelm March 26, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    That’s so cool! Those shoes are something else. Very fancy. I’m not sure my tennis shoed feet would survive. 😉 Good luck.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 27, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Thanks! I like my new fancy shoes very much 🙂 We’ll see how my feet do when I wear them out of the house for the first time 😉

  19. Sweet Purrfections March 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Good luck! We’re pulling for you! What a wonderful thing you are doing to help someone else to enter.
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 27, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Thank you! I hope it inspires others to step out of their comfort zone and apply 🙂

  20. Robin March 26, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    This is such a cool contest! If I were a pitbull mom, I would definitely apply. It would be a ton of fun to get to do a photo shoot like this. I don’t think my kitties will let me dress them up as pitbulls, though. Good luck with your application! I think your photo is adorable. Those heels are great!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 27, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

      I know! Such an awesome contest and such a great way to support such a great organization. Yeah…my cats would never have allowed me to dress them up as anything, let alone a dog! 😉 (You will get to see those heels in person in May! – YAY!)

  21. KC DeMaree March 26, 2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Awesome way to show your support!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Good luck in the giveaway!

  22. Jenna Hughson March 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Omd this sounds amazing!!!!!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 27, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      I know, right?!?! SO. MUCH. FUN!!!

  23. Pixel Blue Eyes & Jenny Lewis March 29, 2017 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Oh my DOG! I would absolutely LOVE to have Mommy Jenny take part in this amazing cause!! She has taken thousands of photos of adopta”bull” photos of Pit Bull dogs in need of homes at our local shelter and has helped them find lots of loving homes, but it would be such fun for her to be in front of the camera, all dolled up. I’ll have us enter on your site, and who knows…maybe she’ll have a chance.
    Thanks so much for writing such a fun article about Pinups for Pitbulls!! You’re so cool Alison.
    Love, Pixel
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder March 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for visiting the website and thank for promoting pit bull adoptions! We think your Mommy Jenny should definitely apply to be a Pinups for Pitbulls ambassador! 🙂

  24. Denise Gruzensky April 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I so hope you are chosen you will make a stunning pinup girl!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder April 3, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Thanks! Fingers crossed! 🙂

  25. Amanda April 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I did some pinup photos a few years ago – I’d love to do them with animals!!

    • Alison Reder April 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Fingers crossed! I should find out sometime in April if I was selected!! 🙂

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