American Pit Bull Terrier
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Home:Hurley, NY  
Age: 13 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Goopy, Stinky, Gimpy, Likely, Elly, Elzinor, Smeleanor

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-dog rescue

February 16th 2003

Go for a walk in the woods, barking out the window.

Being left behind. Puppy mills, people who bet on dog fights.

Favorite Toy:
Lulu the Cat, occasional porcupines.

Favorite Food:
Anything that used to walk around.

Favorite Walk:
Catskill State Park

Best Tricks:
Surviving being hit by a New Beetle.

Arrival Story:
The day we saw "Boo-Boo," an immediate good sign was that, though friendly, Boo-Boo was the only dog not barking. We were allowed to take her for a walk in the nearby pet cemetery, and then later one of the SPCA staffers supervised an official meeting between our dog Sally and Boo-Boo (they had made an unofficial introduction yesterday). Sally was more or less indifferent, Boo-Boo liked all of us, and I liked Boo-Boo. So we were permitted to adopt the dog. While we were filling out the necessary paperwork, a woman came in to drop her dog off. It was a small white purebred Scottish Terrier, almost certain to be adopted immediately. The woman, it turned out, was involved in a messy divorce and her new residence wouldn't permit pets. We didn't realize that this what was happening, and somehow the topic of "why people drop off animals at the SPCA" came up. When the staffers said that the two biggest reasons were allergies and moving, we were appalled. She couldn't imagine moving to a place that wouldn't allow her animals. Somewhere in the midst of the paperwork, we found out Boo-Boo's backstory. She had been found as a stray in the parking lot of the A & P in Lagrange. We had no intention of having a dog named Boo-Boo in our house. So on the drive home, we bounced names off one another. "Lorna" (a deceased grandmother) and "Olivia" (we'd just seen Xanadu) were strong contenders, with "Geraldine" coming in a somewhat distant third. Then I got to thinking about the fact that the Dutchess County SPCA is so close to the old house where Eleanor Roosevelt relocated once her husband starting driving her crazy. So I suggested "Eleanor." G loved it immediately. It had the full-length strengths of my other suggestions, but shortened much better. (We didn't want to call our new dog Olly, Olive, or Gerry - all those had either bad or quasi-incestuous connotations).

The mailman is terrified of her, but she's the sweetest dog in the world. I've never actually seen Eleanor get angry. She is, however, unusally empathetic. She also usually smells very "guaad" unless she rolled in something unspeakable.

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March 10th 2005 More than 11 years!

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