Sedona’s Way

September 28, 2011  

This pit bull takes her job as an ambassador one lick at a time

By Tamie Sunday

Sedona is my 6-year-old, fawn-colored pit bull. And to me, she is a miracle.

She was a C-section puppy of a litter of eight, and she was the last puppy to breathe. We thought she wouldn’t survive.

Three days after birth, she developed a bubble of fluid under her skin that needed to be drained. The drain was successful, but left her with a permanent wrinkle on her neck. That wrinkle pulls the skin back on Sedona’s face and with her very strong under bite makes her look like she is squinting and smiling at you most of the time.

When we first got her she was just our dog, but after four years, we found a job for her.

For many months Sedona came to work with me at the local animal hospital. One day a pit bull named Willow came into the hospital for euthanasia. Willow’s family did not want to care for her anymore. She was 25 pounds overweight, had luxating patellas in her legs, thyroid issues, skin issues and was an all-around a mess, but was she was sweet and wanted to please. Our hospital would not euthanize her, so we requested that the guardians relinquish their rights; when they did, she became the hospital’s project.

This is where Sedona enters the picture.

Willow came to us with emotional issues. She had not been given boundaries. She was food and toy aggressive, territorial and would not always be nice to the other dogs, but she loved Sedona.

Every day the two dogs would share time under my desk, sleeping together, sharing treats, and Willow would lick Sedona until her ears would be soaking wet. Willow began the work of becoming the dog she is today, and her transformation is due to Sedona’s patience and dedication. Sedona gave Willow a balanced energy.

Sedona taught her how to be gentle and loving with other animals, and as a result, Willow stopped being dominant. Meanwhile Willow’s human family taught her boundaries and manners.

As you have probably gathered, Sedona and Willow are now “sisters” and share our home with two other dogs, two cats, three birds, one tortoise, three horses and fish. Willow is a gentle and loving member of our family.

Each night Sedona dedicated hours of lick time to Willow, who would return the favor. Willow could never have found pack balance without Sedona, and since then Willow has learned how to share, play and socialize with other dogs. Willow was given a second chance at life; it was the gentle, compassionate nature of Sedona who helped mold her back to a productive member of society. Sedona is an ambassador for the breed – her loving way and non-aggressive nature gives her a job with whatever animal she comes into contact with. She is a teacher, a friend and a guide. And I am proud to be her guardian.

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7 Responses to “Sedona’s Way”
  1. skreidle says:

    Weeeell where’s a photo of the two of them together? 😀

  2. TiffanySanders says:

    the this story trying my eyes out but very happy tears!! Thank god for that hospital and SEDONA is heaven sent!!

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  4. DavidMaher says:

    Way 2go Sedona!!!

  5. AdrienneClegg says:

    I can do nothing more than stand up and cheer!!! You and your wonderful family are an inspiration in kindness and compassion. Dog bless you all.