“There were people that wanted her because she was a pregnant pit bull, ” said Peters. “But no one had proof of ownership. They just wanted to have her.”
Two days before Christmas, Mary delivered eight puppies. Sadly, one was stillborn. But the rest of the litter is doing great. Peters calls them “little fatcakes of goodness.”
“Mary is just the sweetest dog, ” Peters said. “She is the nicest girl even with a litter of new babies. Even after her ordeal.”
Danielle Martin, executive director of Frankie’s Friends, told The Dodo that the first aid course was funded by Cindy Roberts, the wife of a fallen police officer.
“While the professional handlers of K-9 officers and search-and-rescue dogs are often trained in first aid for people, their knowledge of the K-9 anatomy is often limited,” Martin told The Dodo. “Knowing what to look for, health-wise, can identify issues before they become serious, or even save the dog’s life.”
Indo was rushed to the vet, where he was treated for burns to his face. He spent the next few weeks recuperating at home with Bergman. “At first his mood was down,” Bergman said. “He was very calm, which is not like him. As the days went on, Diesel [Bergman’s own dog, a boxer] brought his spirits up and he got much better.”
Despite the challenges facing him, Buggy was happy, curious and strong. Bird posted his picture to Norcal’s Facebook page. Bird said not all of the comments were words of encouragement, however. Some people decided that Buggy was suffering because he was deformed and shouldn’t be forced to live.
“One comment said Buggy needed to be rescued from us so he could be euthanized,” Bird said. “I began deleting comments. I wanted to keep positive thoughts only.”
It’s often said in rescue that we don’t know an animal’s past, but we know that animal’s future.
This was the case with five Lhasa apsos whose owner was referred to Critter Mama Rescue, Inc. in Ruskin, Florida, in February. The dogs’ owner met the group’s founder, Robin Roberts, and several volunteers in a parking lot because he said his landlord didn’t know about the dogs and he didn’t want to get caught with them.
“The concept of having five adoptable, well cared for Lhasas sounded fine,” Roberts, whose group helps people who can no longer care for their animals due to illness or hardship, told The Dodo.
Roberts soon found out this was not to be the case. Roberts and a Critter Mama volunteer, Connie Phoebus, watched anxiously as the owner reached into his van and pulled out the first dog.
Chevy was only meant to be a temporary member of Davis’s family, but that changed quickly.
“I did not need another permanent member for my canine family, but there was simply no way that I could let him go,” she said. “He has never had an accident, chewed anything that he wasn’t supposed to or caused a single issue in or outside of my home.”
Chevy’s story is part of my Pit Bull Picture Project. The goal of the project is to show how goofy and lovable pit bulls can be to inspire more adoptions.
Cassie’s unique looks make her stand out at the shelter, but she is still struggling with her rough past. Rachel Gentz is the dog trainer and rescue coordinator at the Humane Society of Macomb and lead facilitator at Teacher’s Pet, Dogs and Kids Learning Together, a program that pairs troubled kids with shelter dogs in a training workshop so that the kids learn empathy and patience and the dogs become more adoptable.
Cassie will be visiting a juvenile detention center twice a week to work with her human partner. She’ll learn how to trust people, and that she’ll never have to worry again that she won’t get enough food. The young person Cassie is paired with will help Cassie stop jumping on people out of excitement, for instance, by teaching her how to alter that behavior in a positive way. In return, Cassie will help her human partner gain self-respect and pride in the work he or she accomplishes as Cassie improves.