I am always amazed at a dog’s capacity to trust once the unthinkable has been done to them.
Twenty Two of the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case have arrived at Dogtown According to Best Friends. Details and identities of the dogs won’t be released until after a January 25th court date. Many of the dogs are eligible to go on to new lives in loving homes. A few may be permanent Dog Town residents.
It brings to mind of another pitbull. He was/is a sweet boy, probably not even a year old yet. He showed up at Heard County Animal Control. Because the owners did not want to their illicit dealings in backyard breeding, dog neglect, and dog fighting to be revealed, they didn’t take their dogs to the vet apparently. Instead, they subjected the dogs who lost or who refused to fight to gruesome “home neuters.” This particular dog was the victim of such an act. He no longer had a tail, not even a nub. And his “boy parts” – well lets say he needed to be re-neutered correctly as well as have a little plastic surgery so that he could go forward in his life.
Despite the fact that someone had done the unthinkable to him, at the shelter he loved everyone. He leaned into people for an ear scratch and would make little content noises when his ears or belly was being rubbed. How many of us would trust a stranger again after being hurt so badly?
The good news is that despite only 1 in 56 or so pitbulls (so statistics say) ever find a permanent home, this boy’s gentle nature earned him a spot in a rescue where he could get the chance he so deserved at a second chance.