The Bark Brew & Tattoo 2019 event is held in loving memory of Blake, our organization’s mascot. His face graces the Bark Brew & Tattoo logo which was created by his “dog mom” and our Vice President, Amanda Colegrove. In June 2018, the same week as the first annual BB&T event, Blake was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma which is aggressive bone cancer. He underwent surgical amputation of his left front leg in an effort to prevent cancer from spreading, remove the extreme pain he experienced, and to give him the best quality of life. Sadly, cancer metastasized to the lungs. Blake was euthanized in October 2018 in the arms of his owner and in the company of those who loved him dearly. His story and personality represent the epitome of the true nature of the “Pit Bull”.
Blake was a loyal, intelligent, tenacious, joyful, tolerant, and endlessly loving Pit Bull with a spirit bigger than his body. He was always thrilled to meet new friends and to go on adventures, but at the end of the day, he preferred to snuggle under blankets with his family. He challenged the negative societal stereotypes often placed on bully breeds. Most of all, he was a source of inspiration and happiness to those whose paths he crossed. After his diagnosis, he received overwhelming support from the local community which came in many forms. Terminal cancer were never words to him. Neither illness nor physical handicap held him back from the things he enjoyed. He proved that no matter the circumstances perseverance brings humble success. He lived in the moment with an open heart. His undying love and devotion live in the hearts of those who knew him.