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(Lapeer, Michigan) – Laurie Horn never thought when she began volunteering for Detroit Bully Corps that she would be so inspired by their work to one day write a song about it. That is, until one day last summer when Laurie helped DBC clean up a dilapidated park in the heart of a known dogfighting ring. The idea was to give the park back to the community and to let the dog fighters know they were being watched by the canine rescue organization. Toward the end of the clean up mission, a stray dog wandered up to Laurie. He was a very friendly guy with gentle brown eyes and a charming demeanor. No one wanted to abandon him there in the park, so Laurie and the other volunteers walked him around the neighborhood to see if anyone was missing their pet. Sadly, no one claimed him, so Detroit Bully Corps brought him back to their facility and called him Kowalski. Laurie didn’t know it at the time, but this event would later inspire her to write a song from the dog’s point of view.
“DBC’s co-founder Bill Bellottie knew I was a singer-songwriter and asked if I would be interested in writing a song DBC could use in a promotional video. Would I??!!! I jumped at the chance,” Laurie says. “After sitting down with Bill and his wife Missi to talk about DBC, where they started, their philosophy and beliefs, ‘Simply Me’ was born. It became sort of a tribute to Bill’s dog Amber, who inspired him to start rescuing dogs, and to Kowalski, the little guy we rescued at Balduck Park.”
Detroit Bully Corps focuses on rehabilitating neglected, abused and unwanted bully breed dogs to get them adopted into forever homes. They currently have 22 dogs in various stages of their program, with 14 of them available for adoption. Bully breeds include Bull, Terrier and Molosser breeds, like the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Boxer, Mastiff, Rottweiler and more. Keeping in line with DBC’s mission, Laurie set forth to write a song that touches very briefly on the sad beginnings of rescue and concentrates on the rehabilitation.
“Bill emphasized during our discussion that he never wants anyone to pity his dogs. Don’t cry for them; they are okay now,” says Laurie. “He also never wants anyone to try to put them into a single category. He wants people to let the dogs tell them what they want to be. ‘Let me be simply me.’”
After “Simply Me (Amber’s Story)” was completed, Laurie contacted Eric and Lisa Harabadian of 561 Productions to produce a video to accompany the song. The team spent an afternoon videotaping at DBC’s facility in Lapeer emphasizing each dog’s own personality and abilities. The Harabadians also edited in still photos of the dogs in various stages of rehabilitation, but was careful not to be too sappy.
Laurie added, “Bill didn’t want a teary Sarah McLachlan-type song. I think I got it right!”
About Detroit Bully Corps
Detroit Bully Corps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Lapeer, Michigan, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bully Breeds, especially the American Pit Bull Terrier.
To view the "Simply Me (Amber's Story)" video, please visit:
http://bit.ly/1i8Zz2L (on YouTube)