Likes: Very people oriented. Pita loves to be fed with a fork. Pita will almost always during a walk; stop to smell the flowers on her path. She truly enjoys flower aromas. Loves to chase skateboards, bikes & squirrels. Must sleep on the bed and cuddle!
Pet-Peeves: loud noise
Favorite Toy: large stuffed Pikachu & dad...especially Jake...loves to lick him to pieces!
Favorite Food: MERRICK's All Natural Gourmet & CALIFORNIA NATURAL kibbles. AND, Bob cooks boneless chicken breasts/thighs just for me & I love carrots, strawberries, avocados and gourmet steak everytime we go to restaurants. I love to eat daddy's eggs and toast.
Favorite Walk: Everywhere. Most favorite place is the beach. Pita loves to dig a hole at the shoreline, lay in it and play tag with the waves.
Best Tricks: Loves watching the world through mirrors. Pita has quite a selection of mirrors to choose from throughout the house and always lays in spots wherein she can see our bed, kitchen area, front door through mirrors in different rooms. Most unusual trait!
Arrival Story: Thirteen years ago (1996), PITA was a rescue; or should I say; she adopted me. When I met her, I took her leash to walk her. She immediately tangled the leash around my legs and plopped herself down on my feet and began to smile and pant! That was it! I belonged to her! I was adopted by (renamed - PITA ).
Bio: Pita is mascot and inspiration for our non profit 501c3; People In The Arts Foundation, Inc. (Pita Foundation) The website is currently undergoing a face lift and mission statement re assignment AS WE ARE TRANSITIONING OUR MISSION STATEMENT TO WORK MORE EXTENSIVELY WITH ANIMAL RIGHTS, RESCUE AND FOSTERING. Making a donation to this non profit will assure that films of relevence to our society will be a matter OF FACT TODAY and not lost in the backpages of yesterday! Feel free to contact us regarding any donation inquiries and we shall be happy to discuss our mission and how you can contribute and be a part of our endeavors! Our dog PITA, works as a Service Animal and is a natural cure for all who come into contact with her. PITA seems to have an ability by her presence, to change and transfer negative energy into something positive. As the guardian of this very unique creature, I can attest to her natural/holistic influences on the lives she has touched from children to seniors. Our lives belong to her whims. I do not believe in magic; however, I do believe in the power of love and physical reinforcement. This unique animal has the ability to make anyone in contact with her make their situation better and easier by virtue of her contact with the individual. THIS Dog, PITA, is a unique creature ~ and a "God Send". PITA has been instrumental in bringing children out of severe depression, given seniors a reason to smile again; and effective in her pre warning abilities with heart patients. Pita has very recently, November 2007 gone 90% deaf. Yet she continues to do her job and I believe her other senses were heightened as a result of this. She is to be loved and admired forever. Only God truly knows how much our Pita is loved and respected!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING A TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TO PITA FOUNDATION, Please make your check or money order payable to:
Pita Foundation, Inc.
72877 Dinah Shore Drive Suite 105
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
Thank you on behalf of all animals in need! Pita Foundation Staff
Forums Motto: They call me Mr. Pillow(but I'm a lady)
Special Skill/Ability: About six months after PITA acquired me, it came to my attention that she got distressed when around a human about to undergo angina/heart attack. She was consistent in this. She was certified by the State of California as an Assistance Dog. And just for good measure, on August 3, 2007 Pita was evaluated by the American Kennel Club and received her Canine Good Citizen Certificate and tag. We are very proud parents of Pita!
A few of Pita's friends were thoughtful enough to send a rosette and birthday comment. I am very touched that Pita is still remembered by others. You all know how very very important and in love I was with that dog therefore anytime someone reminds or remembers her I am truly deeply touched. Thank you on her behalf. Bob and Lalo
We wanted to so very much thank you all for your kind words, rainbows, angel wings and thoughts. We miss her dearly but will live on in our memories. We are thinking of writing a book about her extraordinary life and adventures over the past 15 years. Absolutely will keep all posted. Again from our hearts, thank you for your support and outpouring of love...Pita's family
For Jacob, family friends and all who have ever known our beloved Pita, this by far is the hardest thing I have had to do. Altough I have buried family members over the recent years and our two other dogs,LAYLA and TEDDY; our Pita was never separated from us by years and miles. She has been a constant, at our side for the past fifteen years.
Briefly, Pita has achieved more in her life span than most dogs that I know. From the day that she wrapped her leash around my legs and plopped her bottom on my feet in San Diego, fifteen years, ago, we have been inseparable. During her life, she achieved the Agility Course, been certified by the State of California as a Medical Assistance Dog, having been my life saver on more than one occasion, been on the front page of newspapers telling of her unique and unusual abilities, Received the Canine Good Citizen Award from the American Kennel Club, traveled extensively from California to Florida, Texas where she and I met our partner Jacob who has been with Pita for these past ten years.
She has eaten at 5 star restaurants with us, been to all the major film studios in Hollywood, even the Los Angeles Opera where she met and photographed with Placido Domingo having a 5th row seat to observe the opera.
She has rubbed shoulders with famous TV and Film stars, befriended thousands of dogs and their guardians, from around the world, on her personal site Dogster.
I was recently asked why I obsess over her so much because after all she is just a dog.
The answer is quite simple, over the years that we have been together she was so much more.
Guardian, protector, best friend who has been completely loyal, loving, forgiving, trusting and all of this was unconditional. Both Jacob and myself have learned very valuable lessons from Pita. She is so much more than "just a dog". She is sentient, has feelings, memories, is self aware, an incredible memory and to paraphrase William Shatner, in all of our years and all of our travels together, she was the most Human".
I do not believe I have ever run across anyone that did not fall in love with her almost immediately upon meeting and her gentleness and loving, nurturing nature made it so easy to love her unconditionally.
Mark Twain once said that "If there are no dogs in heaven, than when I die, I want to go where our dogs go." I agree.
Pita is going on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge where she will be welcomed by all who have gone their before her. Her in life friends, Layla, Teddy, Taya and so very many more will be there with that first biscuit and grand tour where they will romp together awaiting the arrival of their guardians.
Although I am profoundly sad today, I will continue on know that one day we shall meet again. Finally I do know that so long as we keep Pita in our hearts and memories, she will remain alive and be a strength for us to continue on.
She will now be our guardians from afar.
I thank all who have met Pita for your devotion, love and friendship of Pita. On behalf of Jacob and myself and Pita, our love to you all and thank you for being our friends.