Who rescued Who?

by Barbara Blackman
(Cherry Hill, NJ)

My baby girl

My baby girl

My rescued pitbull, Savannah, came into my life June 13th, 2010 for the first time. I saw her picture online on the 11th only 2 weeks after my pitbull/rottweiler mix, DOzer, of 8.5 years passed away from cancer. I was extremely depressed and wanted to get another dog but all the ones I saw locally at the shelters just didn't have that "thing" about them...and none were cat-friendly...I saw Savannah's picture, she was the one in Philadelphia. I live in South Jersey.


This is her story:
She was found in South Philly tied to a fence after she was used for breeding then contracted an infection in her vulva...she was picked up by Philly Animal Control yet they are so overloaded they only keep dogs for a limited amount of time and pitbulls are always the first to be euthanized.

PAWS, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society~the ONLY no kill shelter in Philadelphia~pulled her out and put her in foster care. As soon as she was spayed and put on antibiotics, the infection went away. I contacted her foster mom about meeting her, we scheduled it for Sunday at 1pm.

I could not get a hold of the foster mom at the time of our appointment, but there was something about Savannah's picture that I couldn't let go of. So I kept calling and calling until I got a hold of her. I drove out to Philly, after meeting 5 other dogs that day, and the second she opened the door and I saw Savannah just sitting there, looking at me, with her GIGANTIC soulful eyes and her little cocked head, I FELL IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

I wrote out the check and filled out the application right there. She said I was the only one who had been interested and she was mine if I wanted her. I WANTED her. I went back the next day to see her, and then got all the necessary things I may need and picked her up 4 days later.

She was sadly infested with fleas when I got her and she is allergic to them so she also got a staph infection from it but it cleared up right away with medication, she is on her flea preventative regularly and takes 1 Benadryl a night at bedtime.

She is the LIGHT OF MY LIFE. I don't know if I rescued her or she rescued me, but she is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me. Her foster mom did a great job or she is just a GREAT dog. She came to me house trained, crate trained, walks very well on a leash, is good with dogs and people, and after a month or so has become best friends with my rescued kitty cat, Bianca.

I don't know why anyone would ever give her up but lucky for me they did, their loss is certainly my gain!!!

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Dec 31, 2010
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Bless you both in the new year.
by: Colleen Cassidy

There's a special place in my heart for rescues. I completely understand when you say you don't know who rescued who.

Jan 08, 2011
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Your story touched my heart
by: Kimberly

I felt like I was right there with you as you fell in love with this beautiful girl. Reminded me of how I felt falling for my two pits - Corky who passed in 2003 and Violet - both black and whites like yours. Corky was also a street dog who had the equivalent of an STD that seemed to be a back problem. But a great vet caught it before back surgery and it was cleared up with antibiotics. ANd my violet also needs her benadryl to deal with the flea allergies. There is nothing like one of these beautiful black and white beauties looking you in the eyes with love or snuggling up next to you for warmth. Best to you and Savannah!

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