I was visiting my Girlfriend at her college in rural NC back in September of 2007, when out of the woods behind her house stumbled this mess of a dog. A beaten up pit bull puppy. She was covered in blood, scars all over her body, scared of her own shadow. Her dew claws had been ripped out, her tail had been docked about 4 months too late and had not been stitched up, the rubber band was still wrapped up on her bloody stump. Her legs were a mess of open gashes, and she was so malnourished she was literally skin and bones. We already had 3 dogs between us, but without hesitation we knew we just increased the number of our pack to 4. We decided to call her Pinky because of redness of her skin beneath her blood stained white fur. We soon found out that the pinkness was actually a massive infection that took several weeks for her to fight through. A lot of people, the vet included, told us we were wasting our time and money trying to care for this dog. And even if she did get better, the chances of her being a well adjusted pit were highly unlikely. We were told to just have her put down and save the trouble. Thankfully, that never was an option in our minds. Now after 6 months, we have the sweetest, happiest, and most loving 10 month old pit bull pup you have ever seen. She is playfull, and gentle as any dog ive ever been around. A full member of the pack. We cant take all the credit for her amazing turnaround. The other 3 dogs certainly helped her overcome her timidness, and anxieties. But it just goes to show, it doesnt matter what has happened in the past. If you care about a dogs welfare, and are willing to put the effort into training and nurturing, you can turn a mess into a miracle.
Holy smokes! What a startling - & BEAUTIFUL - transformation! A VERY heartwarming "reminder" that you "get as good as you give", & a very sweet & touching confirmation of "what goes around comes around". Bless your humongous hearts! She's gorgeous!
Dogs have taught me all I need to know about life, love, loyalty, & laughter; & (heartbreakingly), loss & "letting go" of a loved one as well. God bless ‘em…
How incredible! Her transformation is amazing. That is one heartwarming story..and it wouldn't of happened without your love and dedication towards making her better. Wish there were more people out there like you.
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Good story but the pics I see, especially the one with the date of September, 2007 (when you got the dog) simply do not look like what you describe. That dog is nowhere near "skin and bones". The pic does not clearly indicate much beyond a young dog with some kind of marks across its legs. It does not look unhealthy. I can't see the dewclaws clearly but they don't appear to have been "ripped out", they look like maybe they were left untrimmed and broke which is bad but not unheard of since they tend to grow fast. The second pic shows a beautiful dog that has fleshed out a bit which is normal as a dog matures. Not being able to see the tail or dewclaws in the pics makes it a bit difficult to believe. It looks more like she got away from a bad owner but nothing remotely resembles what you described in your post.
Did any of you actually look at the pictures???? That first pic does NOT show a dog that would have died. It does not fit the op's description of a "mess" that stumbled out of the woods. It isn't even thin. Any vet that looks at the first pic and says the dog is in such bad shape it needs to be put it to sleep should have their license taken away. The op gives you a tearjerker story and everyone gushes praise. Those are typical PETA tactics. people need to think with their heads not their hearts. The first pic was taken in September when the op took the pup not months later. Or should I say stole the pup since that is what was done by not taking it to the nearest animal shelter or calling animal control.
cnote..first I would like to say kudos to you for obviously taking care of a sick dog. There are OP complaining the dog doesn't look like it is that "damaged". Well, I am no vet, however, I see ovious cuts scrapes, and multiple bones that shouln't normally be visible...hence the after picture. I really don't care how you came in contact with the dog, I am just glad it looks so much better in the after picture... :)