Please help put an end to breed bans in Northeast Ohio and around the country. For those of you in Northeast Ohio, the following cities currently ban these amazing dogs because of the way they look.
Lakewood, Parma, Garfield Heights & Warrensville Heights. Many other cities don’t ban them but deem them dangerous.
As I walked into the front lobby area, a dog excitingly greets me in the hallway. Lucky me! I’m immediately showered with affection and kisses from the dog. I sit down on the floor inside her home and she immediately leans up on me. I feel like we’re best friends and I’ve only known her for a few seconds.
I’m here in North Canton because a friend of a friend reached out to me a month ago to tell me about an uncommon relationship. After hearing the story, I immediately asked when I could make a visit.
Meet Frances and Abbey. They’re best friends. And not that it matters, but Frances is 94 years young.
In the time I spent with them, I learned that they both needed each other when they met this past Fall. Abbey was rescued and close to death last year. Very underweight at one time, she was brought back to health. Frances had recently lost her 11 yr old pit rescue Emily. Luckily, their paths crossed during a challenging time for the both of them.
Abbey needed a forever home and Frances needed a new roommate and best friend. No one could replace Emily. However, if you have had dogs that passed away, you know that feeling of emptiness in your home. Kristen and I waited only 2 weeks to rescue Kensie after Bailey’s untimely passing a few years back. Leo needed her and so did Kristen and I. Well, Frances needed Abbey.
I could tell how much Frances loved and still misses Emily. “Emily was so funny. She had a unique personality and was a vocal talker. I would tell her ‘you can’t talk to me like that.’ I was joking of course. I enjoyed her talking. Emily loved me and always slept in bed with me. Emily’s best dog friend was named Apache. They spent a lot of time swimming together at Portage Lake. Apache passed away last June and it broke Emily’s heart.” For anyone that questions whether or not dogs have feelings or understand death, I can assure you they do. Dogs are smart and lucky for us, they have huge hearts.
Not long after Emily passed, Frances met Abbey. “When I saw Abbey, there was no way I couldn’t adopt her. She took to me right away.” Frances went on to explain how affectionate Abbey was when they first met, especially given the horrible times that she had gone through prior to getting rescued.
I asked what one of Abbey’s favorite things to do was. Frances said that Abbey really enjoys laying on my when I sit in the chair. Luckily I got to witness this! It was pretty adorable to watch them interact with each other. She sleeps on Frances for long periods of times until Frances needs a break from it. In the few hours I spent with them, Abbey kissed me quite a lot. I even got a kiss from Frances when I left. Lucky me! Don’t tell Kristen;)
Pit mixes are dogs too. I hope one day I don’t get excited when I hear of a unique relationship between a human and a pit, like Frances and Abbey. This shouldn’t be an extraordinary thing. It’s just a dog and it’s human. But unfortunately, due to the stereotype that many people have of pits, this is something that needs to be shared.
I meet people every once in a while that think pits are dangerous dogs. I ask them if they’ve ever met one. Oftentimes, the answer is no. They base the stereotype off of a news story or something their friend or coworker says. Well I’ve spent time with hundreds of them. They all have had wonderful owners who come from all walks of life. Many have human siblings that are only a few months old. Your friends, coworkers and neighbors have pit rescues. Whether they are pits, labs, mutts or shepherds, all dogs deserved to be loved.
Consider meeting a pit mix prior to calling them dangerous. No dog or human deserves to be judged.