A Pit Bull ‘Goddess’

July 9, 2012  

Read the story of Juno, one of StubbyDog’s Facebook Timeline Superstar Contest winners

By Juno France as told to Robine Yvonne France

Hi, my name is Juno and, yes, it is true I am a bully goddess, even though I wasn’t born under the best of circumstances. I was born on Dec. 21, 2007. My mother was a very young pit bull at the time. She was only 14 months old when she had the litter of 14 puppies. Three of my siblings died at birth. I don’t think her people knew much about dogs or puppies. They never even took us to see a vet. They called us an unwanted litter. Their plan was to give us the bare minimum and then get rid of us to just anybody or take us in to a shelter. They kept us in the basement, where it was dark, and we had very little human contact. Later they not only got rid of us, but they also got rid of my mother. I have no idea what happened to my dog family, and that does make me sad.

“Furever” Home

It was a Sunday afternoon, Feb 10. 2008. I was 7 weeks old by then. A lady was told about us, and she came to visit. She had been looking for a dog to add to her family for months. She picked me up and I gave her my saddest face, and I was indeed sad looking: All my white fur was stained an awful yellow from sleeping in our urine all the time. Our eyes met, and we instantly fell in love. There was no way she was going to let me end up in some shelter. So she took me home that very day! She didn’t pay those people any money for me. They were not interested in money; they just wanted us gone. So a little sad goddess went from living in a dark basement to living in a home with a family full of love. Oops, I forgot to mention the cats! Yeah, there were two cats, Hugs and Kisses, and they were not so happy about me joining the family! They stayed far away for a few months, giving me and Ma dirty looks from the end of the hallway. They caved though and we even added another cat to the family; her name is Vira. We all love each other now and get along very well.

Growing Up

I was a shy, sleepy, little puppy, but I also was a very smart and happy puppy. I learned so much so fast! I knew sit, down, wait, come and roll over by the time I was 13 weeks old. The day I learned to roll over was a fun day! Mom was so excited that she gave me lots of treats, and we rolled all over the floor laughing all afternoon. I also was a very well behaved and well-mannered puppy. I never chewed anything that wasn’t mine, never got into any trash or ate any food that wasn’t mine, or any of those bad things some puppies do. I am still learning things. Mom says we will be learning for the rest of our lives.

A Few Fears

Since I spent the first seven weeks of my life in a dark basement, I had many fears. Mom always encourages me to be brave so that I can conquer them one at a time. I have conquered many fears like my fear of the water, lawn decorations, leaves in the yard, new objects in the house and the color red. I still have some fears I am trying hard to conquer like the dark, men in uniforms and firework booms. This 4th of July I actually followed Mom and Dad out on the back deck and watched the fireworks with them for 20 minutes! My mom was so proud of me!

Getting Healthy

I am a goddess and I eat like one too! I am what you call a raw fed dog. Kibbles were making me sick. No brand, lack of grain, or the holistic type we tried made any difference. I was suffering badly with itchy skin 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with loss of hair, swollen red armpits, swollen itchy eyes and chewing my paws non-stop, plus the smelly ear wax and bad gas. With my suffering getting worse every day, Mom decided to feed me a more natural way; it is called a species-appropriate diet. One month after eating raw, all my suffering that I mentioned above ended. That was over a year and a half ago. I am a very happy and healthy girl on a raw diet!

My Favorite Activities

One of my most favorite things to do is sleep! I am on the very low energy side, but I do like to have fun, and most of all I love to be with my family! I am very good in the car and I go everywhere with my mom. When we are out we like to show people that pit bulls are well behaved, sweet dogs. Representing my kind in a positive way is very important! I do so many things! I enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, swimming, boating and very long walks. I am very good on leash and I do not pull. I even got to go to Georgia with the family when my brother graduated basic training for the Army. On the way home we stopped in Atlanta, and I got to meet three of my Facebook furfriends Mr. Wilson, The Pig and Wilson Potter. It was so much fun! Four pit bulls just hanging out! Every goddess needs a Facebook page, so I created myself a page on Sept.13, 2011. I am so happy to share my life on Facebook so that I can show people all over the world that pit bulls are not monsters; we are dogs and like to do dog things. We are loved by our families, and we love back unconditionally.

My Mom

My mom tells me we are soul mates. She suffers from an illness called fibromyalgia. She says if it wasn’t for me she would have never had the will to go on. I am there for her always when she is sick. I never leave her side. I am very careful when we are together, and I always look out for my mom. Mom never knew she could love a dog so much until I came into her life. She is there for me and helps me through my fears, and I am there for her to comfort her through all the pain she lives with. Together my mom and me are stronger, better beings.

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18 Responses to “A Pit Bull ‘Goddess’”
  1. What a sad story but a loving happy ending!

  2. larshine says:

    What a great story! I believe in love at first sight when we find our One True Dog. So glad Juno and her mom found each other. 🙂

  3. DianaJones says:

    Such a lovely story to start the week. You are both examples of great pet guardians and wonderful pit bull ambassadors. 

    • StubbyDog says:

      DianaJones Thanks Diana, we are huge Juno fans over here, she’s such a wonderful girl and a great supporter of all things pit bull. 

  4. This made me tear up…what a wonderful start to the week. Juno is truly a goddess…and I love that last picture! So glad you two found each other. 🙂

    • StubbyDog says:

      annedreshfield We love it too Anne, Juno is a huge supporter of StubbyDog and a wonderful ambassador. 

  5. NuriaRodriguez says:

    What a beautiful girl and what a beautiful woman for saving this sweet soul.

  6. ReneeMKeller says:

    Beautiful girl and story!!!  The last picture is just awwwwwwww

  7. Judithg says:

    Love this story!  Juno is a doll and mom is beautiful as well.

  8. MinaYindra says:

    Juno, we rock the house!!!!! lololol

  9. WillowWonderBull says:

    I’m glad you and your Mama found each other.  I am proud to be one your FB friends…..you always represent us pit bulls in such a positive way. And besides that,  you can “work” a TuTu like nobodies business!

    • StubbyDog says:

      WillowWonderBull Ha ha Willow, so true, although you are no slouch sporting a tutu either!!

  10. Matt.S says:

    People and dogs need each other. This is a super story of a human and a dog each saving the other. This is what the human-canine bond is supposed to be. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us.

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  12. RebeccaHackett says:

    And Juno is Atreya’s (pic #4) bestest friend!  And Atreya (my baby girl) and I are so lucky to have met Juno and Robine and have them in our lives.