A little over a year ago, after months of me nagging Will about getting a friend for Snugs, we brought home a skinny pittie named Ruby.
She was a last chance baby who had been snapped up off of death row in California and brought to Family Dogs New Life by a man who saw her for what she is, a ball of love. Since he was unable to keep her he brought her to FDNL where she would be safe and protected until she found us.
As soon as we laid eyes on her tiny little frame (she is abnormally short) during our pre-adoption play date, we fell in love; and after seeing how instantaneously Snugs adopted her, it was official, our very own Ruby.
As the days and weeks went by, she showed us her love of chows, her shyness, and most of all her need for love, compassion and family. She didn’t have it easy before she found her way into our home and took up residence as the rightful ruler of the sofa, but we did our best to ensure that she would have enough snacks, walks, love and playtime to turn her into the happiest pup around (just look at that smile.) Snugs spent, and still spends, every waking and sleeping moment with her, even putting up with her need to sleep on top of him in one dog bed at night.
Flash forward a year and a few months later and our family is happy and complete. We take trips to the beach, go on hikes, run around the park, over indulge on chows, dance around the kitchen when our BarkBox arrives, and we change peoples minds about pitt bulls whenever we have the chance.
I have been known to get far too heated when people run away from us in the park, but I have learned that there will always be someone who is afraid of her. It doesn’t matter if her tail is wagging, it doesn’t matter if she is smiling, and it doesn’t matter if I tell them she’s friendly. Someone will always be afraid. When this happens, instead of getting upset or glaring at the person, we take a moment to see if they would like to be introduced. We let them pat her big old head, we encourage them to put their hand down for her to sniff and lick and we laugh when Snugs pushes her out of the way to get to the attention.
It takes time, effort and education to change the way people see this amazing breed, and we are ready to change their minds one dog and one lick at a time. If you, like me, are a pit bull mom, I would be willing to bet that you are already doing this, so to you I say thank you. Together we can give our furbabies a better chance at acceptance.
Photos from our shoot with For The Love Pet Photography