Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Reja (pronounced Ray-Hah)

Reja (pronounced Ray-Hah) is an approx 6 year old female pbt mix. She is a spastic bundle of brindled love with one ear that sticks straight up and one that's floppy. In fact her full name (La Oreja Loca) means the crazy ear in Spanish.

Working in rescue, I've known quite a few pits as great athletes with incredible stamina for play and lots of love to give. My husband had never met one before we adopted Reja. Having Reja in our lives has made us more active (to keep up with her) and educated in dog behavior since she's very smart and we're constantly reading and devising new ways to challenge her. These muscular bundles of joy are high-energy, intelligent dogs who do everything to the extreme: work, play, and love. 

I love that Reja is a completely fearless athlete. She’s so coordinated and light on her feet, she’s amazing to watch.

Sophie, Belle and Rusty

I will never forget the first time I saw each of my pitbulls. Belle was in a crate at the shelter and her eyes were captivating; Rusty was being unloaded from a van when they were released from the pound, he was so forlorn/scared/skinny and his eyes were pools of emotion; Sophie came bounding out of a barn directly to me, her eyes sparkling as she smiled up at me. From those moments my pitbulls have continued to amaze me.

Being responsible for a breed that is so misrepresented is a challenge, and we are always working to make sure our dogs can be ambassadors, to help change people perceptions. I'm as loyal and protective of them as they are of me!

Just like everything else, get to know a bully breed before you judge. I firmly believe once you do, you'll love them as much as we do!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lenny's Favorite Place (besides being in Bed)

Lenny loves the beach. Although a nervous dog on the city streets - he forgets all his worries on the beach. This is from a long weekend on the shores of Lake Michigan last summer.

Leonard's Yawn

A Portrait of Leonard

Lenny's Favorite Place

Lenny's Early Years- October 2004

Due to Lenny's weak condition- the vet wanted to wait a few months before getting him neutered.