Penelope: The Thankful Pittie

25 Nov

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, we want to continue on the theme of giving thanks and being grateful. We mentioned Penelope, the blue nose pittie that attended the NYC Pit Bull Meetup, but we didn’t share why she is such a lucky girl. Almost a year ago, she was just a nameless abandoned dog. One of thousands in NYC each year. But this lucky girl was tied to the Williamsburg Bridge during a snow storm, and was picked up by a good Samaritan. This nameless dog quickly became an Internet news star. The finder used his site to share her story.  She must have come by our email boxes hundreds of times – everyone was forwarding her story. Even our blogger Josh inquired about adopting this girl! She found a home within days! How often does that happen for a pittie-like dog? Little did we know, this lucky pittie was adopted by a great couple and a pair of pugs – that we’re acquaintances with from the Ft. Tryon dog park.  Now this pretty girl splits her time between NYC and DC and is not looking back.

Penelope plays so much its hard to get a picture

Finally slows down to get a pic

We are so thrilled this story had a happy ending – and that we get to witness it! But, it makes us wonder…why did thousands of people want this dog and not the hundreds of pittie-like dogs in the tri-state area shelters right now? When looking at dogs like Herbie or Phyllis at Animal Haven, we ask ourselves:  if they were considered bait dogs or tied to a bridge in a storm, would they have a line of potential adopters on Centre Street? Are dogs with less dramatic stories not as desirable? Isn’t being at a shelter (no-kill or not) dramatic enough? This is another whole blog post on its own for the future…but it certainly is food for thought.

Some more pics of Penelope to start your weekend. ..

Penelope and Pudgy the terrier


4 Responses to “Penelope: The Thankful Pittie”

  1. barbara Kennedy November 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM #

    I met Penelope at the meetup. She’s a beautiful, charming girl. I’m glad she now lives a lifefilled with love and comfort. I agree- being in a shelter is dramatic enough.

  2. Ettel November 25, 2011 at 10:02 PM #

    How cool that you got to meet her! I remember all those e-mails about her – really wonderful to hear she has such a happy ending. I, too, wonder about all the people, for example, who lined up to adopt Patrick “The Miracle Dog” and why they don’t go out and adopt the thousands of equally worthy Pit Bulls in shelters right now, regardless of their background. Can’t wait to see the follow up post!

  3. Of Pit Bulls and Patience November 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM #

    I’ve wondered about that as well. When I worked in a shelter, we occasionally got a dog with an unusual story to their name. These dogs were quickly adopted (even when they had restrictions/behavioral issues). Those who arrived to find the dog had been adopted often turned and left without a glance at the other eager faces in the kennel- even if there was a better match for them just around the corner.

  4. Becca Gobeille December 5, 2011 at 6:15 PM #

    I think that a lot of people need a dog’s story in order to relate to it, right or wrong. Otherwise, it can become overwhelming for adopters – there are just so many sad and homeless dogs. How do you choose? And every one of these dogs has a story, it’s just not always known or provided to potential adopters. I think that’s why fostering is particularly important for pit bull type dogs – the foster family can tell their story and seeing a pittie living with a family vs. sitting in a cage can make all of the difference in the world. The blog written by Love and Six Foot Leash is a great example – they have helped find homes for numerous pitties by providing stories, pictures and anecdotes about each individual dog – even harder to place dogs, like elderbulls. When we have a bit more space, fostering is our next step for sure!

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