We are shaking things up a bit here at PitBulls.org. My name
is Jen. I am a new blogger to this site and want to give you a bit of
background about me before I dive in.
First of all, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to be part
of a dialogue that perpetuates a positive message about a frequently
misunderstood yet lovable breed. I hope that my contribution is worthy. I
welcome your comments and look forward to our discussion.
Now, a bit about my connection to pit bulls so you know where
I’m coming from. It started with a dog
named Rijker. (I named her after female boxer Lucia Rijker.) I met her while
volunteering for a rescue organization when I was in college. She was a tiny
brindle puppy with white paws. She was enthralling. After many nights sleeping
next to her, her head on my pillow, she was stolen from me. Someone had
snatched her from my fenced-in yard when I wasn’t watching. I will be haunted
by this my entire life. Today I have a picture of her tucked away in a special
place, just as the memory of her is tucked deep in my heart. Sometimes, in
private moments, I weep for her. I have so many unanswered questions and unresolved
feelings. In the aftermath, I promised myself I would educate people about pit
bulls and protect them in any way I could.
Years later, I started fostering pit bull puppies for a
local rescue. What a joy it is to watch them learn and grow! I’ve placed
puppies in wonderful homes and am happy to say they are all doing very well. Then
I met Dasher, a red-nosed puppy. He was slumped over on a street corner wearing
a ripped t-shirt, bound by a shoestring, eating old chicken nuggets from the
ground. I wasn’t ready for a new puppy, but fate intervened. We named him
“Dasher” because the man who was trying to sell him called him “Basher” and we
didn’t want him to get confused. Besides, it was Christmas time, so if the name
fits. … He, now 4-years-old, is my baby boy. He is silly, energetic, loving and
sensitive. He has a mischievous side that leads him to antagonize our two cats
and 13-year-old miniature pinscher, usually with one of his toys in his mouth.
You know how that ends: they scold him and he thinks it is great fun. I will
talk about Dasher often, so please feel free to share thoughts about your dogs.
I hope you have a better understanding of me as a pit bull
lover. As I snuggle with Dasher now, I am giddy with anticipation, ready for your
comments. Fire when ready!