Today I thought I'd do a personal post for a couple reasons, among them the fact that it's been a while since I've done one and also I didn't have any other posts prepared ;-) Time management fail.
Some of you may know that six weeks ago, after a long and emotionally challenging process, my husband and I adopted a 2-year-old pit bull from a local rescue organization. Her name is Gracie (I have a thing for names that start with "g", I can't help it!) and I meant to do a post about her after we first brought her home, but she had some allergy- related medical complications right out of the gate, and then a couple weeks later our boxer Griffin was diagnosed with cancer (we lost his brother Gatsby to cancer in December), so it's been a challenging couple of months canine-wise.
While we're not sure how long we have left with Grif, Gracie is really settling in, and after living with her for a while I'm convinced I have the most absurd pit bull in existence. She's the biggest goofball and she makes me laugh every single day with her antics–something I desperately need to distract me from Griffin's diagnosis–and I couldn't adore her more.
Without going into a long rant about the prejudice against pit bulls as a breed, suffice to say we were on the receiving end of a LOT of hostility during the adoption process when we told people what kind of dog we were rescuing, something that was hugely hurtful and disheartening because Gracie and so many other pitbulls are sweet, loving animals who deserve good homes. Since we've had her though, she's won everyone she's met over completely, and it makes me ridiculously happy to see the kids on our street get excited to see her whenever she's outside with us.
Gracie is the first dog my husband and I have rescued but she will most certainly not be the last as giving her a forever home has been rewarding beyond measure. We still run into negativity now and again when we're out and about, and I imagine we will continue to do so until the stigma of the breed fades in time, but for now I thought I'd share some pictures of her as a belated welcome to the family!
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(See that sliver of space to the left of Griffin in the top left picture? That would be where I sleep. WTH? Also, Gracie's ears are ridiculous when she lays on her side.)