Spokeswoman for a dance company, Bebe has a killer leap, doesn’t like to get her feet wet, has great posture, and shits glitter. Bebe was found working the corner near Liquid Joes in early spring 2009, strung out and naked. Ashlee Vilos Prentice’s husband, a British private, took her home to the missus.
Ashlee was preparing to direct a huge performance at the Rose Wagner, and didn’t have time for the skinny bitch. The private was recovering from surgery, and Ash from a frightening seizure. The timing was all wrong. But then Ashlee came face-to-face with the fawn-eyed Bebe:
“When he brought her in our apartment she was so skinny and had scabs on her elbows from sleeping out on the street. She also looked like she had cigarette burns. She was so nervous that she stayed up all night with my husband. Neither one of them slept. The next morning I took her downtown to see if she belonged to anyone. I told them we wanted her, if no one claimed her. We were smitten. A few days later we got the good news.” says Ashlee.
Bebe is a rescue of the worst kind. No one wants her, insurance companies reject her and apartment complexes ban her. Bebe is a pit-bull, which, according to Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary is a group of short-haired muscular mutts and more than 20 pure breeds.
“We hid her in our apartment for about 3 months. Because of her breed, we had to find a new place to live. We had been talking about a house for awhile, and Bebe gave us the push we needed to make the big move. She is the cuddliest dog ever and is perfect to come home to at the end of a frantic day.” says Ashlee.
Bebe and her mom are training for a marathon, running miles and miles every day, which at least one of the girls loves. She has also adopted a brother, Winston the Rottweiler. The family goes to battle over both breed’s reputations, working to prove that they aren’t violent animals. In fact, brother Winston is a bit goofy while Bebe is clearly the brains of the operation.
Ashlee is a gifted artist, community-minded, energetic and involved. She is one of artduh.com’s best friends and most ardent supporters. In fact, she and the private were integrally involved in the launch of the blog. Ashlee talks about her work:
“I have a dance company called Transfusion Hype. I am a choreographer, teacher, producer, director, and performer. I enjoy the art of costuming on a dime and also make jewelry for my dancers. I am (Bebe literally just typed this: bmmmmmmmmj4hy3) currently working with a lot of crystals! My husband and I also make movies. He films. I edit. He finalizes and adds effects. When Bebe was younger, she would sneak into the costume room and eat lace, ribbon, mainly anything shiny. Now she keeps me sane, especially when we have stressful projects on. I am ALL ABOUT pit-bulls getting some positive press. I want to make things better for the breed.“
Transfusion Hype performs at events like Fashion Stroll, Studio 27 and Club Jam. They will dance at Sugarspace on December 3rd, at a CD launch party for Kiliona, the party kicks off at 7:30. To keep up with their antics follow the dance company at facebook.com/transfusionhype or transfusionhype.com.
Ashlee and Bebe asked us to use this post to raise awareness of the plight of the pit-bull, the breed(s) used by Michael Vick in his illegal dog-fighting operation. Lovers of the breed(s) are fighting a PR campaign to prove that pit-bulls can make wonderful pets, when the owners behave themselves. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, took in 22 pits confiscated from Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation and rehabilitated them. To read more about pitty rescue and rehab, please visit www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/pit_bulls.cfm