The Amazing Ali

October 8, 2012  

After ending up in a shelter, a deaf pit bull adapts to life with her new family

By Ali, as told by Jeff Pajor

Hi, my name is Ali, and I am almost 11 years young. I think my birthday is in October, but I still feel like I’m 2. My family is the best bunch of people in the entire world to me. They play with me, walk me and take care of the things I cannot. But more importantly, let me tell you my story of how I got to be here.

When I was 4 (about six years ago), the family that had me took very good care of me, but unfortunately could no longer keep me. I ended up at a local humane society, and I was there for a while. However, I was well cared for by the people there, and they even gave me a separate room to stay in. I think they took pity on me because in addition to my breed, I couldn’t hear, and somehow I was special. I didn’t feel very special being in that place and away from my family.

The people at the humane society tried and tried to get me adopted, but I was a little different and a “tough adoption” they told me. OK, whatever that means. A few months went by and a guy came in wanting to see me. Yippee I thought! After meeting me and walking with me outside, apparently he really liked me because he came back later the same day with a very nice woman who met me, walked me, asked questions, etc., etc. She seemed a little more nervous, but happy to have met me nonetheless.

Later the next day, where was I? In the car going somewhere … I hoped it was a home, but we were going somewhere. It was with the same guy I met the day before. Finally, a little while later, we arrived at “home,” where I have been ever since.

While I knew some sign language (“signs”) before coming “home,” I know a few more now, and my mom is trying to teach me this weird twirl now for treats, ugggh. I haven’t needed much training, just a little when I was first adopted, but I have adjusted to this way of life, and my parents are very good with me about commands and behavior. I think they must see me as their child because I am constantly being coddled, petted, gifted and, basically, I get anything I want (or they think I need). A new bone, yep. Some better food that is twice the cost but so much better for me, you bet. I’m still very spry and can keep up with fetch and the Frisbee for the most part. My doc says I’m the model of health. I’m sort of a tomboy, and sometimes my white coat gets dirty from rolling or running or whatever I get into, and my parents are constantly trying to wash me and keep me clean. As I’ve gotten a little more seasoned, sometimes I don’t always want to listen, and I do my own thing, but I’m still the best dog I think.

I know that someday I won’t be here anymore to play and cuddle with my mom and dad, but I know in many ways that I have enriched their life, and I hope that they know they have enriched mine. They took me away from a bad situation and made a better life for me even though I’m just a tad different from everyone else. I hope that I am always remembered and that my parents know how happy I am with them. If only they had not come in or seen that little ad, how different could things be today. It may not matter anyway, I plan to live forever.

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10 Responses to “The Amazing Ali”
  1. richdt says:

    What a beauty she is…and so lucky to have been found and adopted by two wonderful compassionate people.

  2. Matt.S says:

    Ali, you’ve made a livingspace into a home! Mom & dad are so blessed that you adopted them, keep up the good work!

  3. Ali you are the best and I  love your eyes!!

  4. AnnetteEakins says:

    Yes my dog Hazel looks just like Ali. Such a cute story!!

  5. Arleen J Rutten says:

    …precious Ali♥…I wish you only love and gentleness for all the rest of your days on Earth…your family is so fortunate that you are allowing them to live in your heart♥…sending much love from MN…now I’m going to go kiss my “pibble” Maggie ♥…

  6. Mrbrainsyck says:

    She is such a beautiful dog with Heterochromia. Dogs with disabilities take a little more patience than dogs without, but the initiative just exhibits great dog ownership and the love and friendship is totally worth it.