Celebrating Superheroes Big and Small

December 27, 2011  

By Laura Petrolino, StubbyDog VP of Operations

As one year comes to an end and we embark onto the adventure that will be 2012, it is a good time for us to take a look at the victories, the inspirational stories and the amazing character of pit bulls that defeated the odds, overcame adversity and showed the world what resilient, wonderful dogs they are.

The recent passing of Leo reminds us of the amazing way that time and time again we see pit bulls face the ultimate abuse and suffering and overcome all the obstacles to find a wonderful second life. As Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack and Leo’s adopted Mom, so eloquently put it, “Leo quickly turned inhumanity into humanity. He gave love that wasn’t ever given to him.”

Leo, Handsome Dan and so many other of the Vicktory Dogs are inspiring in both the way that they overcame their horrible early lives to become therapy dogs, family dogs and loving companions to their people, but also in the new precedent they set for dogs forced to fight. Being the first victims of dog fighting to be officially given a second chance at life, these pit bull ambassadors have given new hope for dogs abused in this way.

A quick stroll through the StubbyDog website and you encounter story after story of inspiration. From Jagger and Hope, both survivors of dog fighting operations, to Sal and all the other amazing therapy dogs, to the amazing and beloved Sarge, who helped the world take a second look at Elderbulls.

How lucky are we to have so many amazing superhero pit bulls among us? In fact, our 2012 Superhero Calendar was inspired by the fact that every dog is a superhero in his or her own way. Whether a service dog for war veterans like Snickers (the service dog currently involved in the case of Officer Jim Sak, a disabled Vietnam veteran and retired Chicago police officer whose hometown of Aurelia, Iowa, is trying to take Snickers away because he is part pit bull) or simply serving as a best friend, every single dog saves us from the “evil forces of life” with their unconditional love and companionship.

At StubbyDog, we are grateful for all of these superheroes, and we look forward to continuing our mission in 2012 of making the world a better place for them.

Happy New Year! Thanks for being part of our growing community!

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