I adopted Lucy in July 2010 when she was 6 months old. I wasn’t on the hunt for a specific kind of dog – I just knew I wanted a dog, and I wanted to adopt one from a no-kill shelter. I went off one day with two friends on a shelter tour of NYC, and after several interesting experiences, we landed at Animal Haven. Jennifer, who I didn’t know at all at the time, asked me if she could help. I told her, “I want to adopt a dog. I don’t have a specific breed, age, gender or size in mind, just as long as it doesn’t shed a lot! I grew up with a toy poodle…”
Lucy on the day she became Josh's One
How I got from toy poodle to pittie mix I’ll never know – but I’m glad I took the leap. When I met Lucy, she was a curious and friendly puppy. She walked up to me, sniffed my hand, sniffed my face, and licked me from the bottom of my chin to the top of my forehead. I didn’t really have much say in the matter, the application was in my hand before I even had the chance to think about it, and it’s been amazing ever since.
Lucy’s taught me the true meaning of companionship – she’s by my side everyday. She listens to my instructions, and doesn’t talk back. My friends are her friends. She’s the darling of the neighborhood. I wouldn’t have it any other way. What’s more is that she breaks the stereotype of what a “pit bull” is in at least one person’s mind everyday. “She’s so friendly!” they would say, “I didn’t know pit bulls were so friendly!”
About a year later, I picked up Jim Gorant’s The Lost Dogs, and was incredibly inspired. What all those people did to help those dogs – I wanted to be just like them. So I decided to become a foster parent.
Me with Lucy and our favorite foster Lola Bird
With this blog, I hope to show you what life is like as a pittie foster parent in the heart of Manhattan. As far as I can tell, there aren’t any blogs out there sharing this perspective yet. Sure, there are the foster blogs (like my idols at Love and a Six-Foot Leash) and the NYC pittie owner blogs (Two Grad Students and a Pittie), but hopefully I can share something a little bit different. And along the way, I hope to learn. A lot. I already have learned tons of invaluable information from the blogosphere, so I will frequently look to you all for help and advice. So happy blogging – I’m so looking forward to this new adventure!