Learning to Trust the World

March 21, 2011  

Andie loses a leg, but gains a home

By Tom and Kerri Perry

Photos by jessedhein.com

What do you get when you add a three-legged pit bull to a home with a Maltese-mix who thinks he’s a big dog, a pit bull loving schoolteacher, and an accountant who has spent more than 15 years informing friends and family members of the true facts about pit bulls?

You get a perfect match and a perfect home!

Our perfect match became a reality when we found Andie, an amazing dog with an even greater spirit.

We had been looking for a pit bull in need of a good home to add to our family when we clicked on a video link of a dog with special needs.

With three strong legs, she stands to make the world a better place.

There on the screen we saw the most spectacular scene of a beautiful three-legged pit bull running and playing with her other four-legged friends. We fell in love.

When she arrived at our home for the initial visit, there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that she was the one.

With the support of Nicole and Even Chance Pit Bull Rescue, Andie had made it through amputation and rehabilitation and was ready for her forever home.

For the first few days she was reluctant to interact with us, but we knew our love for her and her own resilience would triumph.

It wasn’t long before she was acclimated to her new surroundings, off her anti-anxiety medication, romping around the house with her new Maltese-brother Bugsy, brightening our days with her playful antics, and ready to venture out into the community.

Even though at times it was a struggle for Andie to trust the world, she completed socialization training with other dogs, has been to a handful of doggie events in San Diego, traveled to the pet store more than one can count, and the park is quickly becoming her favorite place.

It’s at these times her spirit shines and education of the public takes place.

People feel compelled to come up and ask us to tell them all about her.

As the story unfolds and Andie sits and listens to the account of her own personal struggle, about her love of car rides, evening snuggles on the couch with Bugsy, her trips around the neighborhood in her doggie stroller, and how her running laps in the park is the most amazing sight to witness, the public begins to see pit bulls in a new light.

Our neighbors also have a new respect for the loving capacity of pit bulls.

Many of them have told us they never knew pit bulls could be sweet and that they never thought they’d allow their own dogs to socialize with one either.

Andie has changed their minds.

This broadening of people’s perspectives is what we have been trying to do for many years—whether it’s educating students or colleagues about the truth behind the breed—Andie’s loving spirit and story make it that much easier for us accomplish.

With three strong legs, she stands to make the world a better place.

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2 Responses to “Learning to Trust the World”
  1. Ruby the PitBull says:

    Hooray! I love a happy ending!!! Good dog Andie….You go Girl!!!!