Favorite Walk: anywhere that involves a car ride first, or where theres kitty smells!
Best Tricks: sit pretty, reach for the stars, army crawl, hi-five & hi-ten. He is very smart and learns tricks quickly when food is involved.
Arrival Story: He was in a pet store at the oakdale mall, no one was buying him because of his curly tail, which isnt exactly seen as a good trait in a beagle. He was there for over 2 months and his price was reduced so i begged my parents for him. He is now a beloved family member, it'd be way too quiet without him around.
this dog will be euthanized sometime this week, for no better reason than she has been at the shelter over a year and no one has even showed an interest in her. This seems like a long time for a dog to be at a shelter, but, this is a NO KILL shelter. this dog has never bitten anyone, gets along fine with other dogs, and is only a few years old. So why does no one consider her? because she is assumed to meet the pitbull stereotype.
anne.. the dog pictured above, a female pitbull, was never vicious.. she has sat patiently in her cage for over a year now, waiting for someone to notice her. Someone to throw a tennis ball for her to catch (she loves those tennis balls) and to spray a hose at her so she could jump up and bite the water and splash around in the puddles. Anne was previously pregnant and abused.. she bears scars on her nose from being used as a bait dog, but she shows no aggression towards any of the other shelter dogs. She even plays with her next (cage)door neighbor, shadow, another badly abused pitbull mix. Every day she wiggles her entire body when she sees me or one of the other staff members enter the kennels.. she LIVES to lick our faces and beg for a game of catch.
When I first started working in May at the humane society, she was wary of me, and of anyone she hadn't meant before. After a week of baby talking her and giving her treats she warmed up to me.. its not hard to see why she needs to at least build up a little trust in people. But as she got used to all the new faces in the kennel, ( I was hired with 3 other new staff, then one left after a month and we gained 2 new employees within the last month) she seems to have only gotten better about being less wary and more friendly. Now when people come in to look at the dogs, she barks (as do ALL the dogs, its natural) but wags her tail and 'grins' when someone looks at her. She has come leaps and bounds.. she is trying her hardest to get somebody to want her, but now its too late. I guess the board of directors and adoption committee have decided we need to make room in the kennels.. we are almost entirely made up of pitts and pitt mixes, and no one wants them. Anne and another pitt mix, Base, who nips hands when she gets excited, will be the first to go. I feel my faith dwindling as I think of those dogs.. my dogs.. my friends, leaving this world far too young because they have been mistreated, beaten, and starved by 'people'.. leaving this world because they were bred to fight.
I plead my case.. please, please spay and neuter your pets, and please consider those dogs that others may avoid.. pitbulls, rotties, staffordshire terriers, mastiffs, cane corsos.. give them good homes.. better the breed images.. consider a black dog, or a large breed dog. Think about older dogs, they are more calm than puppies, they wont be getting any bigger, and they're often times already housebroken!
did you know about the "black dog syndrome? " black dogs are twice as unlikely to be adopted because people are afraid and intimidated by them. Black is the sign for 'evil', some say.
here is the best quote i've found on the subject:
“They have these dark features and sometimes their eyes are not real bright and shiny,” Judy Sarullo of Pet Rescue by Judy said. “And all the sudden you’ll see these white teeth on a black dog and that can be intimidating, especially on a larger black dog.”
That is the end of my rant. please take into consideration my pleas. Please pass on the message to friends and family.. please do not remain ignorant about 'pitbulls', dogs of any breed can be mean or nice depending upon how they are treated, raised and socialized. Thank you for taking the time to read this