Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sophie Finds A Home

Remember Sophie and Athena?

These little ladies started their lives in a local animal control facility. Luckily our shelter was able to pull them, and one of the staff members has been more than willing to foster them the past several weeks.

Let's face it, Pit Bull puppies are the cutest in the world. Paws down. They have the wrinkliest faces, the biggest paws, and the beefiest legs. They're just plain cute.

But Sophie was getting short shrift. It seemed that everyone was drawn to Athena. I don't know if it's her gorgeous cashmere coloring, but people were generally ignoring Sophie. I was starting to think this poor puppy had two strikes against her: She's a Pit Bull and a black dog (although she has the cutest white chin and bib). Could people really not see her beauty - that wrinkled forehead, those beefy legs, those beautiful eyes? And, although they're both great puppies, and Sophie is the bigger of the two, she's happens to be the more gentle of the two.

Yesterday, actually after adoption hours were over, a family came in looking for a dog.

For a change, this family was not averse to Pit Bulls. But they did want a puppy. Well, I just happened to have TWO Pit Bull puppies to show them! We went over to Sophie and Athena, and I figured this would be another application for Athena. Was I ever wrong. Both mom and dad said "I like the black one," and the kid, bless his kid brain, said "I'll take both of them"!

This was the most perfect family I've ever met. By Perfect, I mean, I would like to adopt all of our dogs to them, NOW. I love them. I love their son. He's five years old, a gentleman, and a gentle person. He was so gentle with Sophie, I wanted to hug him until he cried "uncle!". (I know this might sound strange, but I meet a lot of families with children, and most of the children are hellions.)

For her part, Sophie absolutely loved this kid. She would not stop licking him. They cuddled and played for at least an hour, until Sophie fell asleep in his arms.

When they were ready to leave, dad said "what do we do" and son said "we pick up our toys," and he proceeded to pick up all the dogs toys strewn around the room, even the ones he didn't take out. (I asked if he could vacuum and cook, but apparently he's still in learning mode. I told them I'm willing to wait.)

Sophie went home today to The Most Perfect Family. I'm so happy for her. I wish every dog could be this lucky. The best part is that she will be living around the corner from one of the shelter staff (who also helped foster Sophie and Athena) AND she's been invited to visit whenever she'd like. Have I mentioned that I love this family?!


  1. Yay for Sophie, what a nice new beginning for her!!

  2. Yippee, Sophie! I wish every single puppy and doggie could have a family like that. She was our favorite right from the very beginning! Guess she was just waitin' for the right family to comes along.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  3. it's also great to hear there are still nice kids in the world!

  4. Hello,
    It is always refreshing to read about pit bulls who find good homes because there is a unfair stigma on the breed and it causes so many problems for them to be adopted. I am not a pit bull owner but I am professional pet sitter who hears negative comments about pit bulls everyday. In NH 2 pitbulls were killed by their owners recently and so many people have been outraged & I blogged about it here....thought you'd be interested in reading it.

  5. That's great news!! It's always such a challenge finding homes for pit bulls - between breed specific legislation (a lot in our area) and insurance restrictions, finding a family who not only is willing to adopt a pit bull, but also is allowed to adopt a pit bull, is a real challenge. It is stories like this that give me hope for my pit bull fosters someday getting adopted. Thank you for sharing such a happy story!

  6. Oh my gosh what a wonderful story and such a great family for Sophie! That picture of her with the little boy is just priceless! She is such a cutie and I am so glad she has found a wonderful forever home!

  7. oh that ish so furry wonderful
    gweat way to end our night
    we can go to sleep smiling now thanks to you
    pibble sugars and wee wags
    the pittie pack

  8. Pibble,
    Just wanted to THANK YOU for all your love and suport while we were going through our Hospice Journey. Your posts were so loving. My mom is having a hard time getting back into things, only because she is emotionally drained. But don't worry, she will be ready to blog fully soon. But we are coming back slowly. But making posts and reading up on all our friends and posting on their blogs and reading on all their adventures that took place while we were gone for three weeks. Your love and support meant the world to us. Thank You! Much Love, Woof, Josie and her mom

  9. Hooray for Sophie and her new family! :)

  10. The black one is cute - it looks like me! :) We are happy that she found a place!!!!

    Slobbers and Happy Easter - Teal'c

    PS: Sure my mom would make a poster out the most humiliating picture of me ever... I wouldn't put that past her!!! :)


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