Nothing irks me more than when people make assumptions about Pit Bull types. Original, huh? I know, I know. All of us who are blessed with Pit Bull ownership and tasked with breed advocacy probably live and breath this sentiment, but bear with me here. I find that I've been guilty of breed bias and not only have I been guilty of it, I've been called out in a most good natured way.
I was grateful for the four day weekend which allowed me to do "the family thing," do "the shopping thing," volunteer and decorate on each day respectively. When I found that I would be able to schedule myself for one of the Community Outreach Adoption Events, I was pretty thrilled on several levels. The dogs at ACSPCA have been unavailable due to many coming down with a cough, so I have not been able to interact with many of them and when I found that some would be able to make it to the Outreach event, I jumped at the opportunity.
I knew my gal, Honor, was not one of the coughers and might possibly be the one I handled.
When I arrived, I was greeted apologeticly by E. "You'll be handling Rico today. Don't be mad at me!" she said with a pleasant smirk. "I know you like the big dogs, but Rico is the only one left who can go." (One)
To be honest, I was momentarily chagrined, but when I saw Rico's good natured little face and happy tail, I couldn't help but crush on him just a wee bit. We made our way through the lobby and our Volunteer Manager M, said, "That's quite a change for you!" and I heard him comment to the staff there reiterating my preferences for a larger breed dog. (Two)
So Rico and I took a little spin about the yard to make sure all biological functions were addressed before embarking and I popped him into the back seat of my Dakota. I have a nice dog proof cover on the back seat and that is generally where all of my furry passengers ride, including Ray-Ray. As we were preparing to leave, the Director came running out with a grin to ask me if I was "mentally prepared for handling Rico today." (Three)
Rico, however after exploring the back seat from left to right, decided he might not want to ride "like a dog."
If you are interested in this three year old stereotype buster, contact the Allen County SPCA today!