A Spicy Redhead

This is the tale of a castaway…now a movie star in our eyes!  Realistic assessment, intelligent discipline, commitment to training and a huge heaping of love turned this sad story into a pampered “tail.”  Kudos to Ginger’s guardian hero!

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I always had a love for bully breeds and just dogs in general. I can say that for the majority of my life, I have grown up with dogs. About 2 years ago, I became so obsessed with owning another dog that I would be up till 2-3am on a week night looking at pictures of dogs for ADOPTION only!! I never believed in breeders considering how many days I spent at the local shelters (Chatsworth & Van Nuys). One night as I was searching the internet, I stumbled over a picture of a pit bull mixed with a french mastiff that was available for adoption. Something in my head told me that this dog is going to be mine. AND, considering my parents resistance of a dog in the house from previous experiences, I paid no attention to them. The next day I left work early and went straight to the dog pound. It took them about 30 minutes to bring her out of the cage because she was so scared to come out that they were literally dragging her out. I sat there for 1 1/2 hours just petting her and trying to comfort her. The bizarre part of the story is that there was a lady there adopting a cat and she fell in love with the dog so much that she even sat there with me to help comfort her. That was the longest 1.5 hour of my life. Just trying to leave her was very hard and I saw it in her eyes as I left.

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2 days later, I adopted her and as soon as I got home, my parents started arguing with me and they gave me a 2 week ultimatum. After week 1, they were both hooked on her. I had never asked the pound what her story was so 3 weeks went by and she had developed an ear infection. When I took her there, one of the volunteers was happy to see me there and I asked her why my dog had ended up in the pound. She told me they brought her in back in May (and I adopted her in August) and she was pregnant and they aborted all of her puppies because that was the rule at the shelter. It was then that I noticed why she was so depressed and not really acting like a dog. Furthermore, I started realizing that her previous owner used to abuse her because if I made a sudden move or if I was holding something above her head, she would duck and hide her head and her tail would tuck right under.

 

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She also had some dog aggression which wouldn’t allow me to socialize her with other dogs. This put me in an uncomfortable position because I knew everyone in the neighborhood was talking behind my back about adopting a “pit bull.”  I soon started watching The Dog Whisperer and did some of my own research to help train my dog. After about 1.5 years of ownership, I am proud to say that she is not the same dog. She still shows some signs of aggression but has become a lot better.

 

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This blog is dedicated to the responsible and loving people who see beyond stigma and myth, and have thus enriched themselves with the purest of love from these so-called "dreaded pit bulls."

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