Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Getting to Know You"

Have you ever been happy to see a dog in a shelter?  Do you find any irony at all in Lily, Pitbull Ambassador & Therapy dog winning an online contest run by The Denver Dog?  (Not intended to be mean-spirited...I'm happy she won this.)

The shelter I volunteer at sits in a neighborhood where the kennels could really be filled with one certain type of dog but they are not.  There are no breed restrictions but it is a limited intake shelter and I can honestly say the variety there has been vast.  One of the questions I asked before volunteering was about the policies and stance on  Pit bull types there.  There wasn't a breed ban and I liked the answers well enough to lend any time or talent I could in order to help out.  I've seen small and large I've seen boxers, boxer mixes, lots of  retriever mixes and even a blocky headed "terrier mix" with a medium thick coat. 

But times, they are a-changing, folks.  Our new director's focus is to save lives.  She is open, caring and tireless in her quest to not just turn animals out to homes for the numbers but to get the right animal into the right home for life.  Last week as we were messaging about another issue, she mentioned to me that since I was such a "bully -girl" that I "should hustle over to the shelter" because there were dogs sure to win my love.  I figured she meant Bullwinkle the boxer but she said no it isn't him.  How long do you think the next morning was while I waited to take my lunch break?  How fast do you think I got to the shelter? 

He wasn't available yet, he wasn't even neutered so I couldn't talk about him but the Volunteer Manager snuck me back to the staff only area to see him and I saw his big happy face.


I heard the high pitched whine, the cry for companionship and I knew.  I saw the big block head and I knew.  I saw the deep chest and I knew.  There was no disguising this guy as a " terrier mix" because he was pretty much undisguisable. 


So now that this handsome guy is officially without his jingles and on the adoption page, I am proud and excited to share with you King.

King is pretty good on a leash.  We took a nearly one hour walk today and not once did he bark or try to chase any squirrels or other dogs.  He did show interest but not too much  in other dogs, and so far he doesn't seem to be too treat motivated but he caught on pretty quickly that if he pulled on the leash, I stopped walking until we got some slack. 

Yes, it's a new day and in this case, I'm happy to see a dog like King in the shelter.  He'll be loved and well taken care of while awaiting his perfect forever home and if you are in our area and are interested in making this boy the King of your home, contact the Allen County SPCA for details.

*extra credit if you know why this post is titled this way.
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15 comments:

  1. Very cute! Hopefully King finds a home soon! Shelters here are full of pit bulls and chihuahuas, but luckily there are no breed restrictions and many people work hard to get them adopted. Even though there are free spay & neuter programs people still love to breed pitties especially or they are just ignorant:(

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    1. The AC&C here is full of stray pits, too many of whom don't make it to their "ambassador" program. Those who are unclaimed and don't make the program are goners. ;-(

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    2. What?!? So sad:( But it must feel nice to be their go to person to call when a special pittie comes in:)

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  2. OMG! He has Dozer's face and Decker's brindle coat! Those eyes, those soulful eyes!!! What a heartstopper!! I hope he finds his furever home quickly!!!

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    1. Terri, I knew you'd flip when you saw him.

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    1. Right? The shelter kept his name because it was so fitting.

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  4. What a cutie! For a minute I thought you were saying that you had adopted him!

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    1. Nope, we've still got our hands full with Ray too much to add to the mix just yet. :-)

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  5. What a handsome dude!
    Numbers versus right fit is such a hard game with rescue. Sometimes I Feel like I don't fully trust any rescue's mission-how jaded is that? That's just a side note. I see so mayn bully rescues who have low adoption rates due to being SOOOO strict (our biggest pit bull rescue here would probably turn ME down they are so strict, and I think I'm a great home for a pup!) and then others have no clue what they are doing and will put a dog anywhere no questions asked. It sounds like the woman in charge of the shelter you volunteer for has a good head on her shoulders and that's important.

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    1. It's not jaded, I know exactly what you mean. Since they are run by humans, we can't help but at least skew things to our own agenda. But, yes Jessica the director is awesome.

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  6. King sure is a great looking dog! I am really glad he is in a place now where he can find a great family to love him forever :)

    This is just another sign that things are getting better for us pittie types...little by little, but still getting better :)

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  7. King sounds like quite a catch. We really hope he finds a forever home.

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

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  8. I'm going to say the title links to the musical the king and I? hee hee

    Wow he is so lovely, please keep us informed on when he finds his forever home!

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