So one of the things I’ve wanted to do for a long time is help out more with dog rescue. I have a rescue dog, and I honestly can’t imagine ever buying a dog from a breeder. My disinterest in raising puppies may have something to do with that (although you can get rescue puppies, too), but still. There are so many amazing dogs (and lots who DON’T have Justice’s bad attitude) who need homes that it seems like such a waste of time.
I have also been taking Justice to Dizine Canine for a year, and LOVE Shelagh’s training so so so much. She’s done amazing things for Justice and helped us both so very, very much. Shelagh is also heavily involved in pit bull rescue with HugABull.
I love pit bulls. They’re so goofy and sweet and adorable and cute. And SO misunderstood.
I’ve been wanting a second dog for a while, but I wasn’t sure if a pit bull would be the right dog for me. I already have a leash reactive dog who makes people nervous… and so many people think pit bulls are nothing short of trained killers, can I really handle the stigma with TWO dogs that people will hate?
You know what? Yeah, I totally can. Granted, I have to be EXTREMELY picky about what dog I get as a companion for Justice. I cannot have two reactive dogs. For a second dog, I need one who will be mellow and calm while Justice has her panic attacks. Justice’s reactions are pretty rare now, but they do happen, and having 100lbs of dog (Justice being about 40lbs, pitties are usually around 60lbs) trying to pull me over would be bad.
But I’m used to the stigma. People think Justice is cute and adorable until she freaks out, and then they look at me like I’m the devil. I have since realized that people can Fuck Off. Without me, Justice would probably have been put down by now. Anyone who thinks I’m a horrible person because my dog occasionally loses her shit is not worth my time. And anyone who thinks I’m a horrible person because I have a sweet, loving pittie with me can piss off with them.
And… you know, this can carry over to pitties as well. It’s a different situation, because Justice LOOKS adorable & friendly until she flips out, whereas pitties “look” scary, but are generally sweet & friendly. But I think I’d be a good “Breed ambassador”, especially if it’s the cute and adorable one having a snit while the pittie sits by and watches calmly.
But, I’m VERY picky about what dog I keep. It MUST be a good fit for Justice. She comes first, and any dog that stresses her out more is no good. While she can be a bit ornery with some dogs, she does have dog friends whom she loves, and even puts up with Jasper’s rude antics with a modicum of grace (or at least “exasperated resignment”). Ok, so no dogs like Jasper…
And so I’m going to try fostering. I like to think of it as “try before you buy”. HugABull has excellent temperment testing for their pitties, and absolutely do not take dogs who show any human aggression. Furthermore, I have my own requirements such as: Very dog social. Adult (3-4+). Male. Preferably housebroken. No separation anxiety. Preferably some leash manners, but we can work on that — for the first little while, I won’t be walking them together anyway.
And I really love the idea of helping out HugABull. Taking care of a dog while we find them their forever home? I can’t think of much that would be more rewarding.
So I sent in my application last week, and did my phone screening as well. It wasn’t a terribly long conversation, I went into pretty good detail on my application… and because Shelagh knows me and knows Justice, well from what I was told, Shelagh saw my application and said, “Give her a dog. Give her one now.” Hee. I come with good references.
I have my home check tomorrow. I’m not worried. I’ve been very up front about the fact that I have a small place, and that shouldn’t be an issue. An ex-pen, a baby gate or two, and even my little apartment can be divided up without too much trouble. Justice, other than barking at people when they walk in the door, is generally charming and sweet as she jams her toys into peoples knees, because clearly everybody who visits is here to see and play with her.
And… I might have a dog by the end of the week. HugABull let me know that over the weekend, they were evaluating 4 dogs, 3 of them male. If one of them is a good fit for our needs… I might have me a foster!
I will take lots of pictures. It’s much easier to take pictures of dogs who are not black. I’m looking forward to it!
Justice is also very excited. You can tell.