"A breed of satin and steel. Pit bulls are a mixture of softness and strength, an uncanny canine combination of fun, foolishness, and serious business, all wrapped up in love."

-D. Caroline Coile

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Adopting Delta

Two senior citizens decide to adopt their first pit bull and are delighted with the result.

                                   By Barbara Sands (Reprinted from StubbyDog.org)

John and I have been married 30 years, and we average 147 years of age combined. We have lived all over the world. Over the years we’ve loved our Schnauzers, Poodles, Dachshunds, Chow Chows, Cattle Dogs and Wiemeriners in England, and Baladi Dogs in Egypt. But now we are seniors and we weren’t sure about adopting another dog after our last one, Natasha, died in May 2010.

But after a few months passed, we found that we indeed wanted another dog to join our family.

We learned about pit bulls through our good friend Micaela. We decided to meet one particular Staffordshire/pit bull/Boxer mix whose face was on the Pit Bull Rescue San Diego website. Her name was Delta and Micaela sang her praises. She had been abandoned, left with her litter of puppies in a cardboard box. Although her puppies had all been adopted, Delta was still waiting for a home after more than a year in foster care.

Our grandkids, who have never had a dog of their own, visit us every summer for two months. We wanted them to meet Delta.

Delta’s foster mom brought her to our house for an introduction. I remember every detail of that meeting. My grandson, Ali, got a towel to lay on the lawn, and my granddaughter, Hana, had her little 4-year-old fingers ready for some serious prodding.

When Delta arrived, she burst into the yard in a flash of brindle and white. Her ears flopped and her smile beamed.

Even though Ali is usually shy with dogs, Delta was very gentle with him, and he warmed up to her. Everyone was unanimous in wanting to adopt her.

Since the kids departure, John and I have also received much joy from Delta, and we take her everywhere.

People stop us and say, “What a cute puppy!” (Even though she’s 50 pounds and 4 years old!) “Can we pet her?”

Or we will be sitting outside Starbucks, and young couples will pass by and dote on her the same way. Pretty soon Delta is reclining in their laps and attracting other passers-by to come pet her.

At home she’s just as friendly. She’s a lap dog and enjoys sleeping in the bed. Delta is also full of energy and invites us for a game of chase by depositing her tennis ball at our feet under the computer.

What delights us the most is throwing balls in our long yard and watching Delta as her incredible haunches propel her skyward for yet another home run!

Now that it’s summertime again, our grandkids are back in town. From Delta’s perspective, she loves children and shows her gentle, playful side best in their company.

Hana, almost 6 now, likes it most when Delta puts her “little” head and paws on her lap while curled up on the sofa.

Ali, now 10, loves to teach Delta tricks like roll over and give me your paw, which he researched on the computer.

Delta is a truly a gift to us all.

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