Cole is Adopted!

10 Jul

Well, folks, that’s it! After two years living at a public shelter, and less than one week with Bully Project, our first boy has found his forever home!

A good friend of ours had been looking for a new dog to adopt after her first dog passed away two months ago. She decided the dog was going to be a pittie because of all the pittie advocates around her. However, she did have some reservations. Everyday, she spent time with her neighbors and their dogs, walking together and relaxing at home. The neighbors were uncomfortable with the idea of having a pit bull in the pack because of their perceptions. One of them even felt that “those dogs are dangerous.”

When she met Cole last week, she thought he might be the one. She took him home for a “sleep over,” and after two days, the deal was done! Cole, now named Colby, had a crash course in home life with meeting the neighbors and the neighbors’ dogs. Colby won them over immediately, too. After their first meeting with him, the neighbors conceded: “He is a really great dog!”

He’s learned about having guests over for dinner, and about just hanging out with his new mom. When food was put on the coffee table, Colby went over to see what was going on. Someone quickly said, simply, “Ah ah!” and off he went to relax at his new mom’s feet.

Colby relaxing with his mom

Everything was perfect – he behaved in the utmost gentlemanly way and wiggled his way into his new home with impressive speed! And helped change minds of even more people in the process!

Colby is staying with Ann, our trainer, for the week since his mom had to go out of town. His stellar behavior is continuing. Here you can see him relaxing with one of Ann’s chihuahua’s, Eliot:

Eliot & Colby

So congratulations Colby! Even though we hardly got to know you ourselves, we’re thrilled that you’ve found your family, and that they found you.


7 Responses to “Cole is Adopted!”

  1. Heidi July 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

    Yay Cole/by! So happy to hear his success story – thanks for everything you do!!

  2. Emily July 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

    Yay! That is awesome!

  3. Leslie Mccauley July 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM #

    Love the new name..So close,yet quite different!! Great dog…Glad he has a wonderful new home !!

  4. Peggy Meling July 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM #

    I am so happy that Cole has finally found his forever home. Yay Colby, I hope you have a wonderful, happy life! Thank you for helping him.

  5. Confused July 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM #

    You know I really don’t understand needing the neighbors to approve my new dog. Yes, I’m all for keeping the peace and I’d go to any length to educate them, let them meet the dog, arrange for them to meet other bully breed dogs… but at the end of the day my choice of a companion would not be limited by their lack of “approval”. To me that feels like saying if I wanted a relationship with a person of another race / religion and my neighbors didn’t approve I’d tell him to shove off.

    I’m all for education (I live for it as a matter of fact). And I’ve got the patience to sit with a person and slowly eliminate every myth or bit of media hype they’ve heard. But ultimately (unless there is some strange building or neighborhood covenant that I’ve signed off on) I plan on spending 10 – 15 years with my new companion animal so it’s going to be MY choice of breed not the neighbors.

    • That Touch of Pit ... July 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM #

      We don’t think the meeting with the neighbors had anything to do with Colby’s breed, but rather, any dog that our friend adopted would have to fit into her lifestyle. Her lifestyle happens to include her neighbors to a great degree. It’s wasn’t approval from the human neighbors for which she was looking, it was acceptance into the pack she has created for herself, which includes canine neighbors too. A dog that didn’t mesh well with that group would not have been a responsible adoption – so she did preliminary meetings with everyone (human and canine) in her life to make sure it was a good fit. It just so happens that Colby is an amazing pittie and was able to change some human minds in the process – which is a great thing!

      • Confused July 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

        Check – sorry if I misunderstood. It makes a lot more sense to me with your additional description.

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