Vinnie Girl

July 30, 2012  

An abused pit bull finds a new life with a family, kittens and even a young pup to raise

By Katie Rindfuss

Two years ago my boyfriend and I went to our local humane society looking for a small dog to join our family. We had a dog in mind after looking on the humane society website. Once we got there we learned that Slinky, the dog we came to adopt, had been quarantined because he accidently scratched an older lady. Upset about not being able to see Slinky, we walked around a bit to see the others dogs.

From the corner of our eyes we saw this 40-pound brindle dog just leaning her body weight against the fence, tail going a mile a minute. We walked over to take a look at her. The dog was named Vinnie Girl, after Vincent van Gogh. She was a brindle pit bull/Lab mix and was 2 years old.

Now we never had anything against pit bulls, just never thought about getting one because of how difficult it is to find housing with an “aggressive” dog. We took her out and played with her, and it was love at first sight. That’s when one of the shelter employees shared her story: Vinnie Girl was pulled from a high-kill shelter. She was pregnant and abused, her ears were cropped with kitchen scissors, and she had cigarette burns on her body and cuts on her face.

Right after she was saved, she had nine beautiful puppies and all of them were adopted as she waited and waited for her turn. Vinnie Girl was adopted and had a house for a few months. She then came back to the shelter as a stray and sat there for nine long months before we got her.

Vinnie came home with us, and she was instantly loved. At first she was very shy and timid, but slowly warmed up to us and her true personality came out. We learned what real pit bulls are: strong, loving, forgiving. Vinnie was all of those things and more. Vinnie did more for us than anyone. We had rough patches in our relationship, and the thing that held us together was Vinnie Girl. When things would get bad we would look at her, remember what she went through, and we knew we could make it just like she did.

A few months in we decided to add to our family and got two kittens, and Vinnie Girl took to them like a mother. She would lick them, cuddle them and even allowed them to try to nurse from her. We had never seen this amazing side of her before. The kittens grew up, and Vinnie did too. They loved each other, but we saw Vinnie being left out of all the fun, and we decided to bring a puppy into our lives!

We now have a 10-week-old Border Collie mix, and Vinnie Girl couldn’t be any happier! She loves him and mothers him just like her puppies. I think it’s safe to say we didn’t rescue Vinnie Girl, she rescued us. Without her our lives would never have gotten to where we are now. She has become a breed ambassador and given me a love and passion for saving animals that I never knew was possible.

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16 Responses to “Vinnie Girl”
  1. WONDERFUL story to start this week!!

  2. skreidle says:

    What sweethearts! 😀

  3. larshine says:

    Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  4. She is gorgeous! Thank you for the wonderful story. Love the final picture — one big happy family. 🙂 

  5. Matt.S says:

    Looks like a happy fur family. Being passionate about rescue is a good thing & pit bulls can have that affect on people. thanks for saving all these precious lives. 

  6. ReneeMKeller says:

    Love the photos!!!  Beautiful family!!!!

  7. NuriaRodriguez says:

    Thank you for giving this girl a   chance.  I love that last photo of the entire furry family just happily sleeping together.

  8. lilpenny_21 says:

    What a heartwarming story…thank you for sharing – it made my day!

  9. JenFortin says:

    What a great story!!! She looks just like my pit Budda, they could be twins………..he hogs the couch too!

  10. Judithg says:

    I have to laugh at the couch picture.  Looks like MY house!  No room for me at all 🙂  I love it!  Thank you for sharing your lovely girl.