Don’t Kill Bill: A Dog Lover’s Night Out

Don't Kill Bill BadgeIn participation with BtC4animals’ Blog the Change, I share with you a unique solution to a horrific problem, and the chance to win a free audio download…

Puppy mills warehouse dogs in small, filthy cages where they churn out litter after litter to supply pet stores with puppies. Meanwhile, millions of dogs are destroyed in shelters each year due to over-population. How can we raise awareness and the funding to fight this?

Don’t Kill Bill: A Dog Lover’s Night Out

Kyla Duffy, fabric aerialist and founder of  Up for Pups, choreographed a brazenly unique stage show (named for her rescued mill dog) that entertains, curbs unwitting public support of puppy mills through education, and generates funding for rescues. Pairing daring aerial feats, Cirque de Soleil style, with captivating multimedia storytelling and original music composed by Marilyn Milano, animal advocacy never felt so uplifting.

Show info:

Don’t Kill Bill debuts at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO on February 12th, 2011 at 7:30. Rescue organizations will be in the lobby and Duffy will promote adoptable dogs during the show, so come early for some Q&A. (Can’t come? See below for additional support opportunities.)

Tickets are $19 for adults, $12 for children. (BUY NOW! or Book Don’t Kill Bill in your city.) Proceeds fund a manual to teach rescue organizations to work efficiently with donations and ultimately save more animals.

This just in! Duffy won’t be performing alone:

My aerial partner, Jessie Miller, just turned 15 and she’s an awesome performer. We’ve added some new moves I’ve never before seen done on aerial fabric, and we’ve added a Border Collie named Clementine.

Leave a comment with your best guess as to how Clementine will become part of the performance for a chance to win The Best of Lost Souls: FOUND!, a free audio download featuring 55 exhilarating true stories about fostered and adopted dogs as featured in the show. I’m told clues may be found at the Up for Pups website and on Boulder Dog’s blog. The winner will be randomly selected from this post’s comments on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

Not in Denver but want to help? Consider this:

Lost Souls Found DiscThe Best of Lost Souls: FOUND! Funds Rescue

  • $8 from each audio book sold throughout January supports rescue. Purchase The Best of Lost Souls: FOUND!, and name AnimalKind, Inc. as the recipient.
  • Purchase the audio books and show tickets together and receive $10 off.

Personally recording 10 rescue stories in my own voice, I often had to stop, unable to speak through joyful tears knowing that each starring dog was real and had found love. After hearing The Best of Lost Souls: FOUND! in its entirety, each voice speaks with the compassion I felt, bringing the words to life so we could well represent these lucky dogs and to help many more find the way.

Make the difference. Support Kyla’s work today.


  1. This is my first time to visit your blog, although I am a longtime Twitter fan. Thanks for sharing the story. I can not imagine how a border collie takes part except to round up the two performers!

    • Good guess, Molly. As good as any, for sure. I saw the video teaser at Boulder Dog's blog and I'm dying to know the answer myself.

      Yours in mutual fandom…

  2. Great post! I'll stay quiet about Clementine's role since I have inside info 🙂

  3. Great post! As with Deborah, I have inside info, too. And Clem is a BC/Cattle Dog mix, if that lends a clue! This will be a great show!

  4. I've seen a version of this show at BlogPaws and so can attest to its awesomeness.

    As for Clementine…I think she has been trained to bark out the theme music of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

    Ok, I don't have a clue. I doubt that Kill Bill has barkable theme music. I just wanted to come by and thank you for co-creating the BTC for Animals challenge.

    • Edie, I'm thinking that would sound a lot like Jingle Bell Dogs on crack. LOL.

      To give credit where it's due, BlogPaws created the first blog challenge at their maiden conference in April 2010. I got so caught up in the feel-good moment, I tracked all participants and causes on This One Wild Life. Because that felt too much like list ownership, I knew the community needed a central space to come back to, a place to share their passions and to get that feeling back again and again. Thus, was born and Amy was hugely instrumental in adding to that kernel of an idea.

    • Edie, this made me laugh out loud! 🙂

  5. Kim, thank you for your part in bringing BTC for Animals to fruition. I read lots of inspiring posts last year and determined to participate in 2011.

    Maybe at the end of the year we could get some feedback from participants on what their involvement meant and how their causes progressed?

    Ok, better get busy visiting the other bloggers.

    • So glad you could join in, Pamela, and I agree. At year's end, we could host a link up where everybody takes stock of the causes they supported and how it made them feel. I could conceivably attach it to the monthly review of January causes. Good thinking!

  6. Thanks for the great post, Kim! I'll add that Clementine will be doing something with the aerial act and who knows? She might also be involved in other ways. Love to hear what people think she'll be doing. She's a great dog!

  7. What a wonderful way to raise awareness and funds! Now who I can I find in Bakersfield to do something similar?

    Thank you for putting BtC together. It's wonderful to read so many inspiring stories.

    • Vicky,

      You can find Kyla right in Bakersfield! See the link above about booking Don't Kill Bill in your town. Kyla has built her act to be portable and will gladly travel to spread the word. You won't get Clementine or Jesse, but Kyla's performance is so powerful, even as a solo act.

  8. Wish I could see the show!

    Happy Blog Hopping!


  9. Really cool… I wish I lived in Colorado so I could see the show! Sounds wonderful. Great post, Kim – love your blog as always, and this is a great BtC entry. 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Nubbin wiggles,


  11. That is a very interesting idea. I hope they do raise awareness of this very pressing problem… But unfortunately, there will still be a lot of people who try to make money out of selling puppies.

    • Of course there will always people willing to exploit others for money. But that's why it's important to have just as many, if not more, educating the public on how not to support it. Every aspect of Kyla's work and every fiber of her being is all about that.

  12. Very unique idea indeed! It must be one thrilling performance! As for Clementine, maybe she goes around and fetches for or picks up after Kyla and Aly?

  13. wow what a unique way to help dogs!

  14. I hope Clementine wears a yellow jumpsuit like the one Uma Thurman did in "Kill Bill." I bet she's gorgeous like Uma!

    Kim, this is my first time participating in "Blog the Change for Animals" and I'm so excited to read about all the amazing efforts underway. Thank you for all you do!

    -Chandra at Daley's Dog Years

  15. This is my first time participating in the "Blog the Change for Animals". Thank you for creating this online event that supports all of the wonderful causes that help animals who can't speak for themselves!

    I like Chandra's comment…I hope Clementine wears a yellow jumpsuit as well! 🙂

    Thank you again!

    Shannon Benecke

    Founder of BocMeow Pet Care & Dasher's Window to Wellness.

  16. I sure wish I could go. I would love to meet Kyla in person and see her perform. What I saw from the BlogPaws video was incredible. She is a magnificent person, so I hope a lot of people go!

  17. Oh, how exciting! I wish I could see it but we're a little bit far from Boulder. Plus, they prolly don't have doggie tickets, huh? Let me see. I think Clementine is gonna be on one side of the stage, acting all sad. And then she sees her owner and that makes her real happy so she runs and does a triple twirl leap into her arms.

    Did I get it right?

    Wiggles & Wags,


    • Mayzie,

      How exciting!! Your comment was just randomly selected to win The Best of Lost Souls: FOUND! audio download. Kyla has mailed you the link and password.

      Terrific guess on what Clementine is going to do, although not necessarily accurate. I still don’t know the answer! We’ll have to wait for the show to find out.

      Enjoy the 55 rescue stories!

  18. What a neat idea! I would LOVE to see something like this! This is my first BlogHop and events like this are so cool to discover. Great post!

    • BlogHops ARE cool and there are two going on today: The Saturday Pet Blogger Hop and Blog the Change. You can just hop forever and ever! Thanks for hopping over here. 🙂

  19. My first time as well to bloghop and mind you the feeling is so overwhelming. Hope to see more of this and I think I will be hook at it.

  20. This link leads to a great article by Mary Haight about Don't Kill Bill and puppy mills in general.


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