Pit bulls are among the most challenging types of dogs to get adopted from rescue shelters. This is because they are mislabeled as aggressive dogs that are unsuitable around children. So, imagine trying to get a dog adopted from a shelter if it’s a pit bull, and it’s also sick. Most people would turn a blind eye when they pass by a kennel with a sick pit bull.
Unfortunately, the pit bull-type breeds are often misunderstood. They are actually very friendly and have a better temperament compared to Golden Retrievers, which are often considered as perfect family pets. There is no such thing as a bad dog, only bad owners. The reason why pit bulls are thought to be aggressive and vicious dogs is that they are often used for dog fighting. This illegal activity created such a negative image about pit bulls that the stigma about these dogs being vicious became very hard to remove.
Thankfully, the pit bull’s negative image is slowly changing. Pit bull advocates are slowly re-educating people that they shouldn’t fear pit bulls. People are also becoming more aware that pit bulls are perfect family pets that are great with kids.
A two-year-old girl who made friends with a pit bull while visiting a rescue shelter is a touching story that will tell us a lot about how amazing these animals are. The lifelong friendship started when a couple brought their daughter along to the shelter while looking for a dog. While browsing through the kennels for a dog, the couple’s daughter stopped in front of a specific enclosure. When the parents had a look, the kennel contained a sick pit bull lying down at the back.
The little girl must have sensed that the dog wasn’t well, and she wanted to help. Despite the dog’s appearance, the little girl wasn’t scared. She didn’t even back away from the kennel when the dog approached her. All the little girl wanted to do was let the dog out of the cage so she can hug it.
The dog didn’t have a name, and it also smelled terrible because of mange. Despite all this, the little girl didn’t mind and hugged the pit bull. The dog was eventually let out of her cage. However, when the parents were trying to walk the pit bull, the dog panicked and refused to move. The little girl’s parents thought that their daughter might have a bit more luck walking the sick dog. So, they gave their daughter the leash. The little girl was so patient with the dog and very comforting that it helped the pit bull relax.
Eventually, the dog sensed that she was safe around the little girl and got a little more comfortable. To everyone’s surprise, the dog started walking with the two-year-old holding the leash. The sick shelter pit bull fell in love with the little girl and never left her side throughout the visit.
They took the dog outside the shelter’s enclosed yard to spend time with the pit bull. The parents saw that their little girl is starting to bond with the dog. They were playing and having lots of fun. Wherever the little girl went, the dog followed. They would go exploring together, and the girl would give the dog plenty of hugs, kisses, and belly rubs.
The girl never cared about how bad the dog looked or smelled. She genuinely loved the pit bull, and she even told her mom that the dog’s sick and needed help. When it was time for the little girl and her parents to go home, the pit bull was led back into her cage. The dog started getting anxious and restless but eventually calmed down after the girl stayed beside the kennel.
The two-year-old eventually told her mom, “sick doggy. Need help. Go home.” It didn’t take long for the little girl’s parents to understand that her daughter wants the dog. Eventually, the family decided to adopt the dog. They named the dog Scarlett and thanks to the love that the family gave her, Scarlett recovered fast and now lives a life that she deserves.
Scarlett now has a forever home with a loving sister. The innocent little girl saved Scarlett’s life, and Scarlett still refuses to leave her side. Here’s an adorable video about how a little girl’s love changed the life of a sick dog living in a shelter.
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