Our Happy Tails
Dec 2015 Cole, Yumi and Isadora-bull
Izzy has been doing great! So many have fallen in love with our goofy girl and we couldn’t be happier! She’s made a lot of friends and gets lots of walks and playtime! Thank you for letting us take her home, we love her to bits!
Jan 2015 Jennifer, Morgan, Egon and their new addition Harley
If you had asked us about owning a pitbull-type dog five years ago, we would have said we weren’t interested – not based on any particular experience, but rather from lack of experience and only knowing the stigma associated with them in the media.
Then we adopted our Staffie, Ace and he turned all of our ideas and uncertainty on its head. He was so gentle, loving and smart. He was the perfect role model and big brother for our goof-ball Boxer, Egon. Ace passed away last September and it broke our hearts to lose him so suddenly. Looking for a distraction, I started volunteering with Sit Pretty Pit – taking dogs to training, performing home inspections and occasionally fostering over weekends. Just before Christmas, Sit Pretty was looking for a foster for Harley (then Scarlett), to move her out of a shelter in Surrey. Morgan fell in love with her picture right away!
We fostered her for the first month over Christmas holidays and really did fall in love with her. She has so many ‘Ace-isms’ in how she acts and Egon was THRILLED to have a best friend/boss again, even if she’s younger than him! They cuddle and play like crazy.
Harley is enrolled in Niki Perry’s Reactive Rover Level 1 to help her get more comfortable with unknown sounds and dogs, but so far she’s off to a pretty great start.
We can happily say we are first-time foster failures and couldn’t be happier!
October 2014 Kaylene, Ryan and Brew
Trying to find our first pup was a long road for us. Lots of searching, searching….and more searching; looking for the pup meant for us. We came along sit pretty, and started our next search. We started to look at a few pups, they looked cute, and sounded so fun, but there was always something a little missing. Getting into the adoption process, we got the opportunity to talk to a lovely women named Kirstin. She told us about, a fun, calm, goofy boy named Brew. As soon as we heard about his personality we were hooked. Through all of the emails (maybe one too many excited emails from me haha) we got to go meet Brew. With grins to our ears at first sight, we fell in love with our gentle giant. He always greats us with full contact tackles and love, and we return the excitement. Thank you sit pretty and Kirstin for completing our little family!
October 2014 Shayla, Gerry and Angus
Well it goes without saying we found our long awaited Pooch mate in little Angus! We fell fast and hard for this little guy the moment he came up to us tail wagging big smile on his face and covered us in kisses! Our only regret is that we didn’t find him sooner! But he couldn’t fit in better if we had raised him ourselves! He is by far the best behaved pup we have ever come across and lives for his cuddle time with his new Mom and Dad! We look forward to a lifetime of spoiling our little man and showing every one that these guys have hearts as big as their heads! Thank you so much Sit Pretty Pit for your help and for introducing us to our boy.
April 2014 Corrine, Curtis and Kesler
On April 1, 2014 we said good-bye to one of our most cherished family members. Louie had been at our sides for six years: stealing coveted bed space, faithfully acting as passenger-seat navigator and filling our hearts with joy as he swam in circles for his own enjoyment in any body of water he could wade into. For 6 years we relished in Louie’s love and absolute adoration.
In the last year of his life he aged quickly, his muzzle lightening and his energy level dropping. A little pep returned to his step when we welcomed his sister, Gerdie, a French Bulldog puppy into our lives last July. Or at least the pep returned after giving us the I-can’t-believe-what-you’ve-done cold shoulder for a month. There were play sessions again and a walking companion . . . a walking companion that was at his side when he ruptured his left ACL. She was at his side when he arrived home from surgery – shamefully sporting his cone, helped move his recovery along on short strolls to build back up his strength, and she was with him while he trotted along the beach in the moments before he tore his second ACL in less than 4 months.
The next 48 hours were agonizing – our LouDog was fading. Our best options were not enough to restore our boy to the life he was accustomed too. Some sobering moments of reflection highlighted that two broken knees were not Louie’s only troubles. He was in pain, and he was ready to go. Our final night together was spent like the previous 2,179 – together, camped out on the living room floor as a family. Through the night he rested his paws across our arms, laid his head against our faces, encircled his body around his little sister and snored the night away. On April 1 surrounded by his weeping family, Louie, our 6-year old Pit Bull and first love passed quickly across the rainbow bridge. There will never be a day he’s not missed. There is a growing shrine to him in our living room – his ashes, a plaque of his paw print, cards from all the family members who are grieving his loss and the many treasures we’ve found on the beach since he’s been gone, that we’re sure he’s left for us to stumble across and think of him – as though he’s ever far from our thoughts.
It may be hard to comprehend why in the twilight hours of our grief we began the search for another Pit Bull to rescue – but only if you don’t know us and if you can’t comprehend that no one, either two-legged or four, that passes can ever be replaced. We began our search for our next family member because the best way we knew how to honour a GREAT dog was to save another. The search was on and the criterion was simple – he must need our family as much as we need him. “He’ll have the same soft eyes as Louie; that’s how we’ll know he’s the one Louie is leading us too.”
On April 12, we packed up the car and our Frenchie, Gerdie and took to the road. There was only one destination – Vernon to meet Steffie, Kesler and Kesler’s foster-parents. A quick walk, a low drama introduction – Kesler may not have been sure what was going to happen next but we were. He had just hit the jackpot! We were going to spend the next years helping him forget every day before he came into our lives . . . the chain, the abuse and neglect, the fear. Our veteran of cruelty was going to show our family and friends that Louie wasn’t an anomaly – he was a Pit bull – the most resilient, people-loving, forgiving, misunderstood, under-adopted and abused breed. We vied for our boy like we were in a competition with 100s, the way every Pit Bull deserves to be wanted.
On April 22 his adoption was finalized. Along with paying Kesler’s adoption fee, donations were made to our two favourite rescues, Sit Pretty Pit for bringing us our new boy, and Hugabull for bringing us the boy who started it all.
So now we introduce to you, Barney Rubble! (formally Kesler). We could tell you a 1000 things we already love about him, all the ways he is perfect. But this is all you need to know – He has Louie’s eyes.
April 2014 Niki and Ava
`I remember the first time I saw Ava’s face. She was breathtakingly beautiful with kind, gentle eyes that told a soulful story. I knew the moment I saw her that I wanted to meet her and see if she was a fit for my family.
I was searching for an athletic dog. A dog that could run 15km with me and my other dogs, participate in different dog sports for fun and potentially competition as well and a dog who would enjoy an active, outdoor life and have the ability to cope with travel, new people and many new dogs. As a Canine Behavior Consultant, I travel a lot for work and always have new dogs coming into my home for boarding and training. Any dog in my family would have to enjoy this kind of mobile, busy lifestyle in order to have the quality of life that I guarantee my dogs receive.
My Saint Bernard and heart dog, Gunnar, was just diagnosed with Bone Cancer when Steffie called me about adding Ava to my weekly group hikes. I was so excited to finally get to meet her and take her out on some adventures. I knew I wanted a new dog but with the added stress of Gunnar’s tragic diagnosis, I wasn’t ready to add a new addition just yet. Regardless, over the weeks I was able to get to know Ava very well as I picked her up weekly for our hiking treks. I can tell you that I fell in love with her instantly.
There was one hike in particular that I knew Ava would be a permanent member of my family. I picked her up and took her out with my two younger dogs, Isabelle and Bodhi, to observe how the three of them interacted with each other. Over the years my dogs have always told me which foster dogs would stay and which would move on to another forever family. They told me the dogs that they chose to be part of our lovely social unit and I trust their judgment wholeheartedly. That day I observed three dogs acting like a family. They ran together, sniffed together and just simply existed as one as we ran 8km through Kalamalka Park in Vernon BC. After that day, my heart was full of joy as I knew I found the newest member of my family and Isabelle and Bodhi told me my intuition was bang on.
Over the coming weeks as Gunnar’s condition worsened and I knew the time was coming to say goodbye to my beloved heart dog, I made preparations for his death including ordering him a new collar from Whippetwear in Coldstream, BC. Unfortunately Gunnar passed away before the collar was ready for him to wear but I knew he would want me to give it to Ava as a ‘Welcome to the Family’ gift. As I placed the collar on Ava I shed tears of sadness for the loss of Gunnar but also joy for the gaining of a new friend. Gunnar is still with us all and he left me at a time in my life when he knew I was going to be ok. Ava’s big, gentle heart is a gift presented to me from my Gunnar-boy. She wears his collar proud and we are a very happy family.
Thank you Sit Pretty Pit for being the conduit that brought Ava into my life at a time when I needed her most and when I could gift her with the life all dogs deserve.
Niki Perry, CPDT-KA, KPACTP, CEMT
Canine Behavior Consultant & Animal Wellness Practitioner