Bullies & Bicep Calendar Photographed by Mike Ruiz
Photographer Mike Ruiz’s 2019 calendar, “Bullies and Biceps,” is fourteen months of perfection (2 bonus months in 2020) is out now! Mike Ruiz is a celebrity photographer whose clients include Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and countless others. The men featured in “Bullies and Biceps” are some of the biggest male fitness models working today including Bryan Richards, Michael Dean, Nick Topel and cover-model Casey Christopher.
Mike Ruiz, too, is a pit bull rescuer and this year’s calendar is in special tribute to Oliver, his beloved canine, who passed away last month. Mike and Oliver shared six wonderful years together. It was Oliver who inspired Mike to fuse his two passions — photography and pitbulls — together into a calendar that would benefit dogs in need of rescue.
The pitbulls that appear in the calendar were chosen at random and represent only a fraction of those in need. “This is a very sad time to be in rescue,” explains Carla Mohan of the New York Bully Crew. “People are giving up their dogs without remorse. Pitbull type dogs are especially vulnerable because mostrescues shy away from saving them due to lack of experience, knowledge and the negative media coverage the beautiful creatures have received.”
Founded by Craig Fields in 2010, New York Bully Crew specializes in the rescue, rehabbing and rehoming of pit bull type dogs. They partner with city shelters around the country to help local animals and have also begun outreach in Puerto Rico, Honduras, Peru, and South Korea.
Every dollar made from the sale of the “Bullies and Biceps” 2019 calendar will go directly to New York Bully Crew for various services benefitting the health and welfare of the dogs.. “The calendar makes the perfect holiday gift and also brings awareness to these special animals,” says Mike Ruiz. “Every pit bull deserves a forever home.”
Mike Ruiz’s 2019 calendar, “Bullies and Biceps” is available for only $24.99 at www.nybullycrew.org
Written by Len Evans
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1. Name: Mike Ruiz
2. Profession: Fashion & Entertainment Photographer
3. How long have you been a photographer?
I've been a photographer since 1993, 25 years.
4. Where are you located?
I'm based on the East Coast these days. I have lived in New York City for 18 years and now live in a very rural part of New Jersey.
5. How did you get started with rescuing Pitbulls?
I was visiting a friend in Los Angeles in 2012 who was fostering a sweet pitbull boy who became known as Oliver. It was love at first sight and within 24 hours of meeting him, I had filled out all of the application papers in order to adopt him. His plight inspired me to do whatever I could to help the breed as much as possible.
6. We love how every dollar received on calendar purchases goes to the welfare and benefit of dogs, why is this so important to you?
I feel compelled to raise awareness and funds to help this terrible misunderstood breed. Every pitbull I have ever met has been gentle, loving and loyal yet the media portrays them in a very different way. I need to give them a voice.
7. Have you always owned a Pitbull dog? Please tell us how this breed is special to you?
Oliver was my first and I quickly realized that he was my furry soul mate.
8. Do you feel Pitbulls are misunderstood? And, if so, please explain why?
Pitbulls are most definitely misunderstood. If people did the slightest bit of research, they would find that you are far more likely to be bitten by a Golden retriever or Border Collie. There are dozens of breeds that are more aggressive than pitbulls. Pitbulls have been unfairly stigmatized because of of their media portrayal as attack dogs with locking jaws used by drug dealers and thugs. First of all, no mammal is capable of locking it's jaw which a myth perpetuated by ignorance.
9. And, do you feel this breed needs more attention for rescue and care?
Pitbulls are disproportionately discarded in shelters and need much more help than other breeds. 40% of all dogs in US shelters are pitbull breeds.
10. Is this your first calendar?
I've been shooting this calendar for five years now. It's benefitted various animal rescues over the years. This year, I wanted it to benefit a Pitbull specific rescue since pitbulls are in much greater peril than all other breeds combined.
11. We understand you recently parted with your dog Oliver. Can you please tell us about him, your relationship, and how he impacted your life?
I dedicated this years calendar to Oliver whom recently passed from lymphoma. He is single handedly responsible for changing my mind and heart about pitbulls and has opened my heart up in ways that no human has been able to do. He will forever be a shining light in my life and the lives of thousands of others who he touched through social media and personal encounters.
12. How are things going with your new beautiful puppy, Julia?
My love for Oliver and desire to help the breed inspired me to adopt another little pitbull who was found almost starved to death tied to a pole in South Philly. She has quickly followed in Oliver's footsteps by becoming a mascot for the wonder of her breed. She is the sweetest , smartest, gentlest, goofiest, most loving little 4 legged lady ever.
13. Are you personally into a fitness routine?
Pitbulls need a lot of exercise which forces me to stay in shape in order to keep up with them. I've always been a fitness enthusiast but much more so since being a pitbull dad.
14. What is your motto in life?
My motto in life is treat everyone, including animals, the way you'd want to be treated. It's pretty simple but all encompassing. A little love and compassion goes a long way!