In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Day today, Laura T. recounts the story of how she adopted her own beautiful pit bull, Tallulah, and shares her thoughts on the breed:
It was November 2009, and even though more than 2 years had gone by since my Dalmatian passed away after 11 great years together, I still did not feel I was ready for another dog. Then five days into a long vacation at home, I was getting ready to go out with my mother. Funny, I did have a thought briefly that morning that maybe I should start looking for a dog, but just as quickly I thought to myself that no, I was not ready yet.
I picked up my mom to go out for the day and she said she had to go to the Humane Society for some papers for her dog, Bogart. I said “Sure mom you adopted Bogart a year ago, what could you really need!?” I knew she just wanted to get me to the Humane Society of Broward. We went in together, but I wasn’t really looking, just going to make her happy. Then in a kennel in the corner I saw a young dog just sitting there so good, but so scared. The name on the kennel said “Chaser” and the dog had a little red thing around her neck. Later on I found out that was because she gets out of her cage and they needed to chase her a lot.
Chaser was the only dog I saw, and I stopped. My mom said “Laura! That’s a pit bull, you said you would never get one of those. Come here and look at this cute beagle.” I said “No mom, this dog is so calm and look how pretty, too.” Then another family with a little boy came to Chaser’s kennel. The mother said “Look at this one, just gorgeous!” I immediately got a person to let me visit with her. Chaser, soon to be re-named Tallulah, was so excited and friendly. It turns out that all of the staff liked her a lot, and some even wanted to adopt her but already had too many dogs.
What I learned is that adopting a pit bull requires a proper home with a yard, and you have to be checked out by the staff which can take a few days. Thanks to my 1800PetMeds shirt and an easy way to confirm that I owned my home with a nice-sized yard for her, they agreed to let me adopt Lula as long as I promised they could do a home visit. Of course I agreed.
With adoption they do not tell you how the dog ended up at the Humane Society; I only knew that while she was so beautiful, she was a pit bull that was 9 months old and had already been there for ten days. In order for me to take Lula home, she still needed to get spayed. Since it was a Thursday, I was able to pick her up that Friday. I was so happy to have my last few days of vacation with my new four legged friend.
Lula was still a puppy at 9 months old, but someone really did train her well. At dinner time she sits and waits until you say “go ahead.” It wasn’t long after I had Lula before I realized how different pit bulls actually are compared to their reputation. That was nearly four years ago. While I never thought I would have a pit bull, now I realize how smart, loyal and loveable they are. By investing time, training and love a pit bull can be a rewarding part of your life. Adopting Lula was the best decision I almost didn’t make. I wonder often who rescued who.
If you are thinking about adopting a pit bull, I hope you will consider adoption first. While I can understand wanting a certain breed, there are so many dogs in shelters that are just hoping to find a home. Visit your local shelter and save a life!