A Surprise Pit Bull

October 3, 2012  

Thinking they were adopting a Lab mix, a couple finds the perfect family dog and a calling as pit bull advocates

By Keri Hale

When my husband and I were dating, I spent a long time wondering what I would be like as a parent. Sometimes I doubted whether or not I’d be able to do it.

Fast forward to two years into my marriage. My husband was working a lot, and my job had now allowed me to work from home. It was quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of being in a regular office.

At the two-year mark, it’s natural to get the, “When are you going to have kids?” questions. We started to think about it. I always think the next thing people suggest is, “Well, get a dog! That will help you learn how to be parents!”

I grew up in a cat family. My family traveled a lot, and having a cat fit in well with our lifestyle. Cats were now out of the picture, as in my early 20s I suddenly became allergic.

My husband grew up with dogs and wanted one. Now that I worked from home, it seemed like a good time to get one. I knew I didn’t want a little “purse” dog, or a big dog that could knock my 5-year-old niece over either. My husband said, “There are mid-sized dogs out there; I think we need to just go and look at them.” I still remember that moment; we had just finished lunch. We left the restaurant and headed straight to the local humane society in Indianapolis. And that is where our lives changed forever.

Going in, I realized I had never been to the humane society to see all of the dogs in their cages, barking and jumping up, trying to get attention from everyone. I found a dog that was everything I thought I wanted, but then my husband said, “What about ‘Mad-Eye Moody’? He looks like a good dog.” I turned and saw this black dog, with two different colored eyes (hence, Mad-Eye Moody) wagging his tail. At first the eyes caught me off guard. I had never pictured our dog with two differently colored eyes. But he was sweet, so to humor my husband (who had a black Labrador mix growing up) we took him outside to play. We left that day, torn between the two dogs, Mad-Eye Moody, and Simon, the yellow Labrador that I liked.

The next morning I woke up and all I could think about was the super calm, Labrador mix dog named, Mad Eye Moody! As soon as he saw us walk through the doors at the humane society, he jumped off his bed and ran over to us with his tail wagging. Once my husband saw him do that, I knew we were going home with Mad-Eye Moody.

We took Moody home (we changed his name as I thought Moody was ironic for such a calm dog). Actually, Moody was so “calm” because he had developed a cold at the humane society and was taking cold medicine. We took him to the vet for his first appointment and handed over the file we were given when we adopted him. The veterinarian technician gave Moody the once-over: “Labrador retriever mix? Is it going to concern you that he has some pit bull as well?” My husband was completely calm about it. I, however, was scared. How could this sweet dog, who fell asleep in my lap the first day we had him home, be part pit bull?! (And as we know now, he’s more pit bull than anything else!)

Never one to judge a book by its cover and knowing that my veterinarian was a “bully friendly” veterinarian, I decided to ask and learn as much as I could about the breed. Soon enough, I found out what so many other pit bull lovers do: The great dog we adopted was fiercely loyal, a huge love bug, a comedian and a 60-pound scaredy cat, who would lick someone to death before hurting them.

As I learned more and more about the breed, I got more protective and more loyal to Moody. My husband and I really became ambassadors to pit bills. And anyone who meets Moody either notices his pretty eyes or his beautiful black and white coat. And usually their second or third question is, “What type of dog is that?”

In an ironic plot twist, as we adopted Moody to “learn how to become parents,” he happened to be in our lives right as we were dealt the crushing news that we would be unable to conceive naturally. Instead of pursuing fertility treatments, we decided to adopt instead.

As we wait for a birth mom to select us, I find myself thinking so much of our journey with Moody. Sure, he wasn’t the dog I envisioned us having, but he is ours. He is the dog we were supposed to have. He blended into our family so well that I barely remember life without him. He has embraced traits of both my husband and me such as early morning walks with “Mom,” and late night snacks with “Dad.” And Moody adores my niece, guarding her close whenever she comes to visit.

I know that when we are blessed with a child, Moody will be the best big brother and will be as loyal to our baby as he is to us. I’m so thankful for this journey with Moody the pit bull mix dog.

Update: As this story published, Keri informed us that she and her husband adopted a baby girl, Alexa Jayne, on August 21, 2012. Keri says, “As we had suspected, Moody is an amazing ‘big brother.'”

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17 Responses to “A Surprise Pit Bull”
  1. trissi_v says:

    That blue eye and brown eye kills me, my little husky/healer (60lbs…that’s still little, right) has the same thing.  Moody is a very pretty pretty puppy!

  2. effcla says:

    Beautiful story – thank you so much for sharing. 🙂 And congratulations on your new baby!

  3. SherryGillenwater says:

    What a very beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing. We have a lab/pit girl who we love so very much and is the sweetest baby ever! Congrats on your new baby!!!

  4. SueCraneBryan says:

    Congrats on all accounts..love found its way to you and your family..

  5. DianaJones says:

    Happy news all around!! And congrats on the new member of the pack. Adoption rocks!

  6. Betzi Vires says:

    Keri….that is the most beautiful story… I teared up as I read your words. I have followed you and Moddy since the beginning when you posted his first picture on Facebook…. I am so happy for you.. Your cup runeth over now……

  7. Betzi Vires says:

    Keri….that is the most beautiful story… I teared up as I read your words. I have followed you and Moody since the beginning when you posted his first picture on Facebook…. I am so happy for you.. Your cup runeth over now……

  8. Sheiv001 says:

    Congratulations on both adoptions! I’m sure both your furry baby & the human one will bring great joy to your lives! You are so fortunate to have them, & they in turn are fortunate to have you! The love & compassion that is so apparent in your writing will benefit everyone in your family! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • StubbyDog says:

       @Sheiv001 what a sweet thing to say, we are sure Keri appreciates all these kind words from all our awesome fans!

  9. ReneeMKeller says:

    Wonderful story.  Thank you for sharing.  Made me tear up!!  Congrats to you and your family!!!

  10. Matt.S says:

    What a happy story for everyone involved! The update is great news too! Moody is a pibble and pibbles are great “big brothers/sisters for human children. Moody got a great home and family and you have a great “big brother” for Alexa Jayne. Congrats on the new addition. Moody will keep her safe!

  11. Mrbrainsyck says:

    How ironic is it that you doubted your ability to be a parent, and know you’re raising two kids. Congratulations on your adopted child, and her “bully big brother!