The new edition of Mike Ruiz’s annual calendar turns the page on a difficult 2020 and looks ahead to a more hopeful, huggable 2021! Pitties and Pecs is bigger and sexier than ever before — 18 months of perfection — featuring some of the most lovable pups in the arms of equally gorgeous, male fitness models. As always, Mike’s vision is captivating and provocative, but his message is timeless: to end the discrimination and misunderstanding of the beloved Pit Bull type dog!
The calendar was shot this July in New Jersey. The male models were chosen from hundreds of submissions from all over the world, who were willing to fly themselves to the New Jersey studio to be part of the project. Due to pandemic, a long list of safety measures were implemented from wearing masks and social distancing to serving individually packed meals for the crew and hungry fitness models. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the calendar is available at phillybullyteam.com/pitties-and-pecs.
The hunk on the cover is renowned fitness model Toby Richards, a former Royal Marine Commando. Mike Ruiz chose him for the cover because he is an extremely kind, compassionate and genuine person who happens to look like a Greek god. The pup in his arms is the adorable Loiza. Her mom was rescued while pregnant.
“This year’s calendar is so important because the pandemic has imposed so many restrictions on how we can actively help these inherently good souls,” Mike Ruiz explains.
Mike points out how initially, the pandemic helped to get animals out of shelters because everyone wanted a companion during the quarantine. Sadly, many of the dogs are being returned as people go back to work.
He is hoping that everyone will find it in their hearts to support this year’s calendar; 100 percent of the proceeds go the rescue. Not one penny goes to anything or anyone else. The dogs that appear in the calendar represent only a fraction of those in need.
Mike Ruiz’s 2021 calendar, Pitties and Pecs is available for only $26.99 at phillybullyteam.com/pitties-and-pecs.