"Annie is the perfect fit for our family."
In November 2008, our Sheltie very unexpectedly passed away of an autoimmune disease. Our family was devastated. Mallie was so much a part of our family. In March of 2009, although still missing our sweet Mallie, we needed to adopt another dog, to help fill the holes in our heart and to give our other dog Lindy a companion. I searched and searched the Sheltie rescues. Mallie had been my first Sheltie but she was such a good dog, so sweet and loving that I knew I wanted another one. I searched high and low looking at all the shelties I could find but none of them were ‘right’. I finally realized I was looking for Mallie. I was trying to find an exact replica of her. I just stopped looking. Several weeks went by when a thought entered my head that stopped me in my tracks. “If you are going to adopt another dog, you need to go adopt one that no one else will take.” I wasn’t even sure what this meant but I started researching online ‘unadoptable dogs’ and found the statistics on Pit Bulls. It was alarming to me. Millions of Pit Bulls are euthanized in shelters every year. MILLIONS! All I knew about Pit Bulls was all the negative things I’d seen on TV or in news articles. Heck, I was even a little afraid of them myself. I remember one day I was walking my dogs Mallie and Lindy when two of them approached me. I thought my life was over! Looking back, they didn’t do a thing. I was the one freaking out. I did more and more research. I found many stories of this breed rescuing people, loving children, acting as service dogs, military dogs, and the list goes on and on. I had made my mind up. I was going to rescue a pit and I was going to change the minds of people.
On May 16, 2009, just as we do every year, my husband and I went to Bark in the Park in Forest Park. We walked around and made our way to the mobile adoption station. I walked in just to take a look… and there she was… the most beautiful brown eyed girl you had ever seen! I had to take her home with me!! She was a pit mix and she was perfect. We quickly filled out the paperwork to adopt her. It only cost us $100. Wow! I love a bargain. Adopting is so much cheaper than buying from a breeder! For $100 she was already spayed, had all her shots and was microchipped! After adopting her, we walked around Bark in the Park and ran into some of the trainers from the HSUS who recognized her. One of them gave me their card and email address so I could email them with her progress.
We quickly decided on a name for her. Annie. She came from the orphanage so it seemed fitting. Annie quickly fit into our family. She turned out to be the biggest lover! She always wants to be right next to you. You can’t leave the room without her following you. She just loves being with her family. In November 2009, I found out that I was pregnant with our first child. I got all kinds of comments from people, like ‘you are going to have ‘that’ dog around your baby’. I really hadn’t thought anything about her being around our baby. The baby would just be part of the family like the rest of us. When the day came and we brought Riley home, Annie instantly fell in love with him. She became his protector. I often found Annie laying by his door or checking on him in the swing.
Annie is the perfect fit for our family. She is patient, tolerant and loving with my now four year old son. The two are always playing together or hanging out on the couch. I encourage anyone that is looking for a new four legged family member to check out your local animal shelter. Motley Dogs are the best and are forever grateful for their adopted families.
– Jami D., about her dog Annie