Remember me? I’m Riley, one of those lake dogs that showed up on this blog last August. Since we seem to be on the subject of Pitt Bull Terriers – the ones that don’t have their forever homes yet (like Chickpea) – I thought I’d speak up. Get a few things off my chest.
I’d like to start by telling you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a woman who loved dogs SO much that she pulled them from certain death and set about finding homes for them. The dogs that she helped were all street strays.
Dogs that had either wandered away from their homes because there was an open gate, or no fence at all to keep them safe. Dogs that had been deliberately abandoned: tied up to mail boxes, tossed out of cars; dogs that learned to live by their wits or that wandered aimlessly. All lost.
All shapes and sizes of dogs. Purebred and mix–breed. Youngsters and seniors. Dogs that were healthy and dogs that were sick. There were a LOT of dogs that needed her help.
She wanted to save them all.
In the beginning, she did this all by herself. She had a huge heart but very little resources and no one else to rely on.
She never understood why other people wanted to save just one kind of dog. So, while other people she knew got involved with breed specific rescue work, she focused on the dogs that had one thing in common: they could all be found on the streets of the town that she lived in.
As other people found out about what she was doing they reached out to help. Pretty soon, she was able to turn her grassroots efforts into a non profit animal rescue organization. With a Board of Directors. Whatever THAT means.
They helped lots of dogs.
This story started more than 21 years ago. Way before my time. And, I’m told that the organization she started is still doing good work today. Because there are still lots of us out there.
Which is the point to MY story. We are not just Pitt Bull Terriers, even if this is my favorite kind of dog. And, don’t get me wrong. I love it that there is an ever growing fan club for me and my kind.
But, what I want you to hold in your hearts is that there are a LOT of different kinds of dogs out there … more than enough for all of you.