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Jerry Lee's Journey ( now LOKI ) September 24, 2021
(A little long but worth reading)
A large percentage of people have it set in their mind that "Pit Bull" and "Pit Mixes" are
unpredictable, dangerous, and risky with children. Just to make things clear, Pit Bull is
not a breed. It is the generic term often used to describe all dogs of similar traits and
characteristics often know by the public as "Pit Bull". Some dogs do resemble these
traits, probably at no fault of their own, but like any breed of dog, a healthy Pit Bull
that is raised and managed responsibly will reflect the good care his owners have
invested. Appearance can not determine the personality and future behaviors of a dog.
On that note, you may remember our very sweet, handsome, (for the sake of this story) Pit Bull, Jerry Lee.
Jerry Lee is one of those dogs people look at and automatically think, "Nope, he's a Pit Bull." He is a Pit Bull, short, muscular, a blocky head with very cropped ears and he was rescued from a home that promoted cock fights and dog fights. Just that description is a red flag to a lot of people. Putting aside the fact that he is extremely handsome, I myself, hesitated to take him into the rescue. If Jerry Lee were to get angry and bark, he would be very intimidating, but so can any other dog.
Jerry Lee had a rough beginning. He was left on his own in a game environment, where his species was considered a commodity. He had no idea what it was like to be a dog.
Jerry was not a fighter, that's why he was given up so easily. The home he was given to lasted 3 months due to his owner's own health issues. From there he bounced around 2 shelters, then a foster home and another shelter until finally, with the help of Lisa O., he came to Countryside Rescue.
Jerry was very sad, distant, insecure and almost empty. He started to come around and went to a foster but that didn't work out. This set Jerry back some. He had no idea where he belonged or how to act.
Jerry had extreme anxiety when housed with a large group of dogs. The noise of the barking, whining and commotion when moving dogs in and out set Jerry into panic mode. He paced, panted, drooled and jump around.
Jerry's life before was in a backyard surrounded by fence and unable to hide from the noises coming from the cock fights and dog fights. I can't image how intense that was for him.
For the next 3 months we worked with Jerry to help him gain confidence and accept affection.We set him up in his own little condo up front so he could see people coming and going. Customers always said hi to Jerry and gave him treats. Every staff member here at Countryside and Four Paws Pet Ranch spent time with Jerry, taking him on walks or just hanging out. Jerry began to show life again. He loved our nightly ritual of going to our dog park and sniffing all around. He also loved going for car rides, especially if we went to McDonalds. He started to pounce and run when going somewhere and even started chasing the ball. He loved Fridays because his favorite volunteer, Nick, came and he and Jerry would take long walks and just hang out in the shade watching whatever passed by.
This sweet and very friendly boy was beginning to blossom.
January 21, 2022
One such case was Manny. He was an incredibly special rescue dog who taught us the importance of trust and patience. Despite his past of being tormented by his neighbors and their dogs causing him complete fear of anything around him, he was willing to give us a chance and learn to trust us. It was a rough few months because his fear turned into fear aggression, but we didn’t give up. We knew Manny was an amazing dog that just needed to feel safe in order to show his love and affection. Manny has since been adopted and he is doing amazing. His courage and resilience are truly inspiring.
It had been months and still no interest in Jerry. Everybody thought he was super sweet and would take him in a minute...but.....?
Along came Mike. Mike recently lost his pit bull, Magnus, due to health issues. Mike would foster dogs from Magnus's daycare to fill the void. He looked at over 500 bully type breeds on Pet Finder and found Jerry. We came up with a plan to make the transition to Mike smooth. Over the next few weeks, Mike visited everyday, then took him off property a few times, then a couple overnights. Jerry was trusting Mike and Mike was learning his needs.
Last week, ( Sept 2021) MIKE ADOPTED JERRY LEE ! The best day ever !
This once very sad, insecure, lost boy, that people expressed fear of and doubt is a friendly, happy boy that loves other dogs and kids.
The best part is, Mike works with developmentally disabled adults in group homes. Jerry goes to work with Mike. The staff and clients love him.
The other day, one of the clients was having a rough day and cried all day. On his own, Jerry jumped up on the couch with the client, put his head on her lap and she stopped crying.
She stopped ! Jerry did that !
He also loves to go on walks with some of the clients along side their wheel chairs. He puts smiles on everyone's faces. Mike says he has great companion animal instincts. This Pit Bull that brought fear to some was rescued and is now giving back to his community.
I believe there is a person out there for every homeless animal. It just takes patience.
We were able to bring out the sweet, kind dog that Jerry Lee is and Mike continues to see Jerry blossom into the dog he is meant to be.
Thank you Mike for seeing something special in Jerry Lee and committing to save his life. You are amazing !
Jerry Lee is now known as Loki.
Update: Loki is starting basic training to become a service dog.
Punish the deed not the breed - ------ Save a Pit Bull !
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