Pit Bull Rescues Woman From Burning Village!
We have some amazing dogs here at DF. I mean, total star quality, fantastic, Grade A family dogs. But, there are a lot of things you don’t actually know about our dogs.
Did you know that Tega saved an entire village from an out of control fire?
How about Chance’s extensive military training? He was a helicopter pilot and flew injured soldiers to safety.
I bet you didn’t know Ruby was a clown in the circus until she broke free and we swooped in to rescue her from her life of glitter, makeup and torment.
We can’t forget dear Gertie who was a midwife in a third world country, helping deliver thousands of babies while discovering a new crop that will end world hunger.
Too much? Ok. You got me. Some of these stories may be fabricated, but it perked your interest, right?
Here’s my point; All of our dogs have stories! Some are more crappy than others, but the one thing they all have in common is this…. Ready?
THEY ALL NEED HOMES.
Yep. That’s right. Even the ones that weren’t thrown down a garbage shute, or the ones emaciated and dumped at a local hardware store. Don’t get us wrong! Our hearts mourn for the agonizing torture and neglect these dogs encountered, but we’re puzzled as to what it is about these dogs that make people go nuts when there are identical ones in local shelters.
Take Harper for example, our swimmer puppy that was dumped in a garbage bag. Once her story went viral, I received 600 emails in 5 hours. Some of them were thank you letters for saving her, but most were begging to adopt her. We got hundreds of applications from all over the world. We got emails from someone in NYC offering a “healthy donation” for Harper and even offering to fly down on the weekends to visit her until they could adopt her. We got emails from people in Canada willing to drop everything and make the drive down to Florida to come get her. Our friends at Louise’s, Hip Dog, and Flyin Fur were contacted and asked to “put in a good word” to whomever had Harper because they wanted her. We explained to each and every one of them that Harper wasn’t available, but showed them the dogs that were. No interest. It’s the sensationalism of having a dog from the Today Show.
What is it about “famous” dogs that makes people lose all sense of reality? Do people realize there are healthy dogs in their local shelter that will die by the end of the day? These dogs wont require the weeks of rehabilitation Harper did. Not to mention, she’s got $$heart and brain abnormalities$$ Maybe people want a special needs dog? I guarantee if they walked into their local shelter asking to rescue a special needs dog, those shelter workers would nearly take flight at the opportunity to help rehome some of these special case dogs.
Anyway, it wasn’t until I started Dolly the Pit Bull, that I realized how much marketing work goes into rescuing dogs. For instance, BAD RAP had Atomic Betty available for adoption. Atomic Betty is a Super Hero and who wound up in a shelter and used her super powers to send a message to BAD RAP, telling them to come and save her. Betty is “also a Galactic Guardian, dedicated to interstellar peacekeeping and law enforcement. As Atomic Betty, assisted by her friends, she confronts the evil Breed Bigots of the world and other intergalactic supervillains.”
Ok, seriously BAD RAP? Genius. Sheer genius. Betty’s real story? She found herself in a shelter and was amazingly lucky to have been picked up by one of the best rescue organizations in this galaxy. Her current status? Adopted. Who wouldn’t want a stellar Super Hero watching over their home at night?
For those of you reading this, I have an extraordinary secret for all of you. One that no one knows. Ready?
I, Erica Daniel run Dolly the Pit Bull’s Facebook page. That’s right. Her fingers are too fat, so I agreed to do it. My point? YOU CAN TOO. I adopted Dolly from the shelter I worked at because of an incredible bond we had. She wasn’t a FB star, never been on TV, no magazines, no one interested in adopting her. She was just another abused pit bull in another county shelter. There is nothing different about Dolly than any of the other dogs waiting to cross the threshold and become a pet, rather than an ID number.
So, to all of you faithfully applying to adopt Patrick, Harper, Ace and any other dog with a horrible history who’s story has gone viral; I encourage, if not beg you to adopt from your local shelter. Talk about how bad their gas is, or how much they like baby chicks. Maybe your new shelter dog would make a fantastic disc dog, or maybe it really had a rough start. Save a life. Make a difference in not only their life, but yours!