Broadcasting her Message

November 29, 2011  

A radio personality shares her passion for pit bulls

By Coe Lewis

I am a devoted lover of all animals, but most importantly, pit bulls. I have been fortunate enough to be on the air in San Diego, Calif., for 25 years, mostly at 101.5 KGB-FM, sharing my passion of music with my listeners, as well as my passion for animals and animal welfare. I have been a proud companion of pit bulls for more than 20 years. I have had seven beautiful pit bulls, not to mention countless other animals, fostered several pit bulls, and I have helped place countless of these beauties over the years.

My Babies

The picture here is one of two of my babies, who passed away July 4, 2009. His name was Busta, and my other two older pit bull babies died within four months also. Busta, as you can tell, was a fighter who was rejected because he did not have a mean bone in his body. His ears had been sheared off to the skull, and his lip torn from fighting – telltale signs of his history. Busta was my true love and died at the age of 13 from bladder cancer. He got his name because he always ran like a shot, thus, “busting a move.” With the double pneumonia he had when I got him, the vet told me he would not make it. I told him he was wrong because when you give an animal love for the first time in their life it is a miracle drug. Guess who was right?

Boo Bear, my 16-year-old white pit bull that also passed that year, was a breeder dog that I had found emaciated and walking in a daze from starvation. She had had puppies, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. She just collapsed in my arms when I found her after I had gotten off the air one morning. She was 28 pounds when I got her, and her stomach had ulcerated and left her guts literally coming out of her skin. Yes, aren’t humans just wonderful? Lu passed at the age of 14 from a stroke.

The year 2009 sucked royally, but after all that grief, I ended up with Bullitt. (photo right) I got my little boy from my vet, who was so upset watching me grieve over the loss of my older babies that he asked me to adopt a pit bull that they were rehabilitating after he was shot through the femur. A man had said that he didn’t want to pay the veterinary bill and had left him there. Bullitt still has shrapnel in his leg, poor kid, but he is doing fine except for a slight limp.

We adopted a black female pit bull from a crack addict. Poof was rescued through a group up north after being left tied to a pole in the middle of a desert area and left to die in the heat of summer. No food, no water, no shelter, and the dog was tied up with no chance of escape. He weighed about 38 pounds unlike his 70 pounds today, and his fur was scorched blonde from exposure to sun and heat. When we brought him back to life, his fur returned to a deep rich cocoa color. He had shredded ears and scars, but he was just precious. He got the name Poof because he is such a gassy little booger!

Finally, we have a great American Bulldog/pit bull mix named Goober, (photo right) who came to us burned over 125 times with cigars, lighters, cigarettes, etc. He was burned all over his body and had to be given medicated baths, treatment and constant attention to prevent infection. He was deathly ill from his injuries, but now he is a rowdy boy with the power of a freight train and the manners of a teenage boy. Like all of them, he has come a long way.

I love, love, love these babies, and they fought back hard from such horrific situations. I feel happy when I am home because I’m surrounded by four wonderful dogs and nine crazy, sweet cats that pour love our way.

Yes, love can cure all life’s pain. There is nothing more exquisite than to see an animal life rise from the ashes.

The Power of Love

In my years of rehabilitating and rescuing animals that have been starved, beaten, chained, trained to “fight” to the death, used as bait, shot and subjected to millions of other means of cruelty or torture, the animals still will always respond to love. Most can recover fully with people who wrap them in compassion, love and commitment. Love can conquer all, much of the time.

(Goober, now)

The champions of this breed are truly the most honorable and courageous people in the world. We fight for the beautiful, smart, charismatic and loyal breed that should be revered and not reviled, and until we see the day the pit bull is treated fairly, my fellow rescuers will carry on, spreading the message of good for these great animals.

All animals on this planet deserve love, compassion, devotion, loyalty and dignity. Every living thing on earth deserves it. Only when we treat animals with love and respect will we begin our journey as excellent human beings. I urge you all of you to be a hero for the pit bull, an animal so worthy of our love.

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Comments

8 Responses to “Broadcasting her Message”
  1. Well written and said. The entire time I’m reading this my mouth is wide open (dry now) can’t believe howe cruel and trifling people are. As you put it these dogs are loving, loyal and full compassion. It burns me when I hear stories such as the ones you’ve shared about your pitties. WOW 2009 was not your friend. Glad you were able to come through, open your home and heart to love more pitties.

  2. Your babies are beautiful by the way

  3. In_repair says:

    You are a beautiful person to open your heart and home to these horrifically mistreated babies. There will be a special place in heaven for you.

  4. AKL02002 says:

    Sometimes I say to myself “why do I continue to read these articles” because I cry EVERY TIME thinking about the pain many of these dogs have endurred. However wonderful article like this make it worth it, thank you for sharing your wonderful success stories and thank you for opening your home to so many babies. It so hard to think about the one’s that don’t get a second chance but little by little we are making great progress!

  5. AmandaFitzgerald says:

    Seeing Gobbers pictures was heartbreaking. Any idea on WHY someone would put out their cigerettes on the dog? I know they do it to make them “tough” but so many? Awful, he looks like a new dog now!

  6. JenFortin says:

    you are just amazing to have given all these beautiful dogs a second chance. My pittie/american bulldog was found wandering the streets frozen, skinny, lymes disease, frostbitten tail. I rescued her after she spent 6 months in a pound. I have had her 8 years now, and Roxie is the love of my life.

  7. DorisNunez says:

    I admire every thing that you have done for these wonderful animals. I have two pitbulls. My first, Nova, we adopted from the shelter two years ago. She has brought warmth and humility to my heart. I appreciate nature and respect because of her. She has a very sweet and gentle soul. My second, Buddy, we adopted from attending the National Pit bull awareness day. He was abandoned in a bathroom stall before he was able to live six full months of his life here in this world with us. My two pups have my heart, I feel for them and all the other pit bulls in this world that are hated and discriminated against because of humans that abuse them. It breaks my heart when I walk my dogs every time people scurry away or give us evil looks. If they could only see past the evil stereo types that us humans have brought upon these creatures of nature. They are wonderful peaceful dogs that can bring much joy to your life

    • StubbyDog says:

      @DorisNunez thank you for sharing Doris, it’s just amazing how every dog has something valuable to teach us. If you want to share your story about your dogs we would love that, just email [email protected] with your story and photos of course.