The Story of Beaglopolis and Pitlantis

November 20, 2012  

The Snows had no idea that following a blog would lead them to a shelter, and their next dog

By Tina Snow

It All Started With a Blog

If you were to ask me how we ended up getting another dog, I would have to say it all started with reading a freshly pressed by Aleks at Love and a Leash. Her post about their beloved Snickerdoodle was freshly pressed and I began reading every single post she ever wrote, from the very beginning. It took weeks! But I fell in love with her blog, her training tips, and the fact that she fostered pit bull type dogs.

When I first found Love and a Six Foot Leash, we had our Teyla girl for three months, (you can read her story at our Teyla blog here). We went out and purchased a Kong and began showing our Beagle how to work for her food. We bought a Kong Wobbler too. I also found this awesome ball on Amazon that also made her work for her food. Her blog also lead me to the Kong website and we purchased the Kong bone, which she loved to chew on, which was wonderful because she was a very big chewer. I mean huge! We went through many Nylabones before finding the Nylaring (highly recommend). She decided her bed needed holes, her blanket, my blanket, all her babies needed to be de-stuffed, and yes, even our couch!

Time to Add to Our Doggy Family Tree

A couple of months after finding Love and a Six Foot Leash, I started finding other pit bull foster blogs, and kind of liked the idea of having another dog. I grew up with dogs my whole life. I learned that I had never actually trained any of my dogs to do anything but use a doggy door. When I was a kid, we used to “kennel” our dogs in the bathroom, and later in the kitchen with baby gates.

Eventually, I started suggesting to my husband that we should foster. We could help dogs, and maybe even have two dogs for a while. It would be totally awesome. Plus, for every dog that is fostered, a person is helping two dogs; one being fostered, and one in the shelter who now has room to stay for a bit longer. I started reading some of the blog posts to my husband, informing him about some of the issues people have with pit bulls and how those problems are completely untrue and unfair.

I showed him every adorable picture Aleks took, as well as all the cutie patootie pictures from other blogs like Our Waldo Bungie, another foster blogger. I found Handsome Dan on Facebook, (Handsome Dan is a rescue group for pit bull type dogs.) After a while, my Facebook news feed was filled with pit bull advocacy groups, photos of dogs, and other dog items. There were more posts by, for, and about dogs, than from my friends, and still are. I learned about the advertisement by McDonalds bad-mouthing pit bulls. And just recently, I learned about PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) stand on pit bull type dogs, which you can read here. I told my husband about all of this. My bookmarks list is full of blogs about dogs, pit bulls, training, beds and toys.

Because of these blogs and Facebook pages, I learned a multitude of pit bull facts including that pit bulls were once known as the nanny dog. I learned they do not in fact have locking jaws (which seems completely absurd as I type it).

Pit bull type dogs are banned in many areas, including a few cities in my very own state. There are many different types of pit bull type dogs, such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Pit bull type dogs are often prone to allergies including food allergies, skin allergies, and normal airborne allergies. Because of these blogs, I even learned how to stuff a Kong and freeze it for a nice hot summer day snack.

’Just Looking’

I had taken that Saturday off from work and my husband and I decided to wander around some shops and look at furniture and other stuff. We also decided that we wanted to stop for lunch. There is this amazing sandwich shop inside a gas station so we went go have lunch, when we drove by and noticed the sandwich shop was not open, bummer!

Since the place where we wanted to eat lunch was closed, my husband suggested we go over to the Humane Society since we were nearby. He had made this suggestion a few times before because we love to visit the animals and give them love.

We wandered through the kitty kennels and we wandered through the small dogs in the individual cages, and then moved on to the bigger dogs. There were some pit bull type dogs that were very sad, some that were very reactive (jumping and barking at the doors), and some that were very shy and timid. Boy I felt so bad for all of these dogs, even the other breeds of dogs, but for some reason (who am I kidding it was because of the blogs I follow) I kept looking at all the pit bull type dogs. There were so many! They were all different shapes and sizes, different colors, different sexes, and different temperaments.

And then, at the very end of the cages, there he was! My husband saw him first. He was chocolate brown and white, much like the famous SNICKERDOODLE (that’s a link to one of my favorite posts about The Dude). He was 7 months old, weighing in at 32 pounds. He was skin and bones, though still beautiful. He was so sad and literally had puppy-dog eyes, and a yellowish stained tail.

He had so much puppy energy inside that cage, asking us to give him some love. His name was Donner. He had been in a foster home for about a month, but the foster home had too many fosters and could not keep him. His sign had said he was potty trained, was 6 months old, had been fostered for a time, but had spent the last month in the cold cement-fenced kennel.

We tried to walk around to the other side of the kennels to see some other dogs and he would not let us go, he was so cute, giving puppy eyes and whimpers. We asked if we could take him for a walk. As soon as we got outside he peed on the sidewalk. He must have known to do it outside, but couldn’t wait to get to the grass. We weren’t outside for more than 15 minutes when we decided we needed to go home and get Teyla and bring her back to meet this new guy and see how well they got along.

Making It Official

We went back into the building and told the lady at the counter that we wanted to get our dog and bring her back to see how well they got along together. She pulled up his file and found out he had been a foster. She went to speak with the lady in charge of fostered dogs. She came back and told us we could take him home with us right then and do a one-week trial to see if the two dogs were meant to be together. We filled out some paperwork, did the kitty test, and we were done! We got into the car and just looked at the change in his face.

We started calling him Teal’c (from Stargate) as soon as we got into the car. We drove home, and Teal’c and Teyla met for the first time! They played for a while, then they were tired. We went to Petco, bought him a collar, a leash, a bowl, and some puppy food. Teal’c gobbled his food down so quickly, that we started using the Kong Wobbler to slow him down. He knew how to sit, and lay down and how to shake our hands. Teyla was happy to have a friend to visit. Little did she realize that Teal’c might be around for a while.

Our official adoption date was Wednesday Jul. 25, 2012, just four days after we brought Teal’c home from the shelter. But he was ours the day we put him in the car!

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2 Responses to “The Story of Beaglopolis and Pitlantis”
  1. JenniferCaldwellNoice says:

    Such a BEAUTIFUL baby!!!!!