Pit Bull-Dachshund Mix Becomes Shelter “Ambassador”

Rami, who hit it big on social media last month, is also in training to become a therapy dog.

Michael Leaverton  |  Feb 23rd 2015


You remember Rami, the amazing shelter dog with the Dachshund body and the full-on Pit Bull head.

“It is a true Pit Bull head on a Dachshund body,” Dawn Blanton of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society told CNN.

She’s right. The head is thick, with hard angles; the body is long, wiggly. Together they make up Rami, the MCCHS’ most famous dog, who rocketed to fame after turning up there last month.

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Faced with the sudden, worldwide interest in its adoptable dog, the humane society gave him a Facebook page and started collection applications for his adoptions — thousands of them. Ramy was a hot propterty, so hot it was a bit concerned that some potential adopters perhaps intended to engage in activities that may not have been in the best interest of the dog, such as squeezing a book out of him and lugging him to talk shows.

So, with just days to go before it announced the winner, the MCCHS pulled the plug on the whole adoption thing. It would be keeping the dog. The plan is to train him to become a therapy dog and make him the shelter’s “ambassador,” with a mission to “bring awareness about unique pets in shelters everywhere,” according to CNN.

Rami left a message on his Facebook page last week about the new job:

For all of you that are concerned for my well being, please be assured that I am being well taken care of and loved. I love having the opportunity to meet and greet everyone during the day. At night I go to my other home where I can play and sleep with my fosters! No more worries as a dog on the street, now I have food in my tummy, a warm cozy bed, and lots of friends and most important … LOVE!!

Rami has also already started his therapy training:

I’m so excited to begin my training with Leigh Ann Falconer with Bark Busters! I love meeting new people and I really love kids! Now I’m going to get the training I need to be a certified therapy dog so I can visit more kids in schools and hospitals and even the elderly in the nursing homes.

As ambassador, Rami will also be helping to get more dogs adopted. Since Rami hit the big time, adoptions have increased at the MCCHS, and Rami plays a key role in sending dogs to their new homes. Here he is saying goodbye to Bella:

“I have a great life and I’m so excited for my future!” says Rami on Facebook. “Not only do I get the opportunity to carry on my mission to rescue shelter pets, but I get the training I need to work with humans as well! I couldn’t have a better life!”

Via CNN; photos via Rami’s Facebook page

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