Red wrote:Why is this dog constantly ending up with the wrong people/families? Who is doing the screening? It is hard to make sure that someone is as serious about a dog as we would like, and we cannot control everything but...3 days this time and the dog got jumped by two dogs belonging to different families already? Poor lil guy.
Constantly? "ending up with the wrong people/families"? - ok to answer that.
Meatball was adopted into his first home after being a chained pit bull in a junk yard.... he was evaulated by me ..thought he would be nuts..pts was my first thought..as pound buddies was hosting him for a home, that home was convinced (not screened by me, I was just there to see if the dog was freakin rabid), convinced he had mange-meatball has dandruff never has mange post testing even (she was a vet tech) was returned to the pound post a few days...this was YEARS AGO, and where I took him in as a foster as he was a really solid dog.
I personally built this dog from ground up, dubed as one of the most bomb proof dogs I have ever encountered. Took a bit to find a home as most black cropped earred pit bulls do, he was adopted to a couple who had a dog in 2006 - month trial period, lots of training, had some issues due to 2 high energy dogs, but they loved that, biking , hiking, playing, training, went to my own trainer for a boot camp to keep dogs in check and to train their brains, I met them a few times a few hours away to check on their classes...all was well. Got lots of emails about silly stories, fun, etc....etc..etc.
January 2011 got a call that the the dogs got into an argument (gsd mix and meatball.) "come pick dog up" it was a Friday night I was flipping shocked... what the heck? talk about out of the blue...
Insert they had a baby. Over the last year the dogs were shoved aside, no excercise (obviously by the bloated mess that came returned to me), no biking, hiking, sports.. just shoved aside during pregnancy and new baby time.
Meatball got his ass handed to him in a basket , as the dogs got into an argument..they delivered him to me the next day post the phone call....
A bloated , limping, scaby mess..
SO I failed him? really...hmmmmmm... doubt it. We can not predict the future, I really liked these people,, even met them socially a few times. (they live about 2 hrs away). heartbreaking .. very.
...now post surgery of acl, fix of severe skin problems (just took new food and some supplements that dandruff and obesity turned into open sores! ) fix the now completely torn acl .....
I have no room for him... none..but dont want this medical mishap sitting in the pound. he needed HELP, sent SOS after SOS after SOS for a foster for him.. not ONE FREAKING RESPONSE.. sent out I am at max..dog needs help..medicals paid.. SOS SOS.. NOT ONE.
I have 4 pit bulls here. tooo many. But dont want Meatball sitting in the dog pound (that is where my dogs come from not some fruity wonderful no kill shelter.. something for him to stay there dies., or he does. the volunteers are great but with an entire poundshelter full time is only a fleeting few moments for pound dogs).
Soo.. fast forward this summer..
A friend of a bully friend sends a message that a really nice couple want to adopt him, have a very old lab and a lab mix (both females..) with high reccomendations, vet checks, personal referances checked, vet checks, and a meet and greet to talk about two week acclaimation period, getting to know you time a WHOLE month of trial period, not to rush the dogs, etc etc etc..print outs, meeting, q and a session. phone, emails... driving to meet them again.. we go thru the adoption trial period. blah blah blah...
Post this they decide they want to try to adopt doggy.. start trial period.. drive to mee them.. go over the 2 week AGAIN with print outs...
They go home, open the door on the car and have a "three way butt sniffing orgy" I see this on FACEBOOK of all places, on the phone they are lying their ass off. its Thursday night.. by Friday I contact them tell them to slow down.. go over a few things, email them, facebook them a message ..and Saturday plan on really getting a hold of them, as they posted on FACEBOOK at like 1 in the morning on Friday that dogs are "playing" NO THEY ARENT I WILL CALL YOU IN MORNING. before I am out of bed, the old lab mix and meatball had an argument. their dog bit two of them, meatball according to friend of these people "didnt even fight back" but got his arse kicked again.
THEY LIED THEIR ASSES OFF ...even post the fight they lied to me...
SO I failed him.. yea... I did give these people a bit of doubt. probably for they were talked so greatly about thru their references and the person who met them, and yah they lied thier faces off to me , obviously they were never going to slow introduce anything to even SEE if the dogs got along. They wanted to do it their way no matter what ...
Sad.. Mad.. Enraged.. you betcha.. shoot did I loose some dog friends over this, you bet ya. But in all the years I have been doing this, I have to say this isnt the majority of the situations, shoot only Coppertop (who we all knew including the people who wanted her sad butt) knew that was risky..and she died for her inability to overcome her abusive life.
Its crazy that such a bomb proof dog has went thru this. Yea..he is tagged now as NO OTHER DOGS, even tho he really loves to play and romp and be with other dogs...with no exceptions to that... no matter how great the people are..or the other dog...but maybe peole expect too much out of a cropped earred black pit bull who is nothing but sweet fun and bidable and will do anything for his humans. But he still needs a human a good understanding human who wont set him up for failure again . And now that job still lies in my lap to find that home.
To say I dont understand how this happens is true, here he plays with male pit bulls and cats and female pit bulls. and can even ride in the car (tehtered ) with my dog aggressive dog who DOES NOT TRIGGER AT MEATBALL AT ALL.. (which is wierd as heck..but I have always said meatball very much has a SEVERE CALMING EFFECT ON DOGS ! which he does.. makes you wonder even more ?!)
I wish I had a crystal ball that could look years ahead or into the truths of peoples words. I wish I could find him a home
he deserves.. more than you know.
recent pics of our boy