Penelope: The Thankful Pittie

Penelope plays so much its hard to get a picture

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, we want to continue on the theme of giving thanks and being grateful. We mentioned Penelope, the blue nose pittie that attended the NYC Pit Bull Meetup, but we didn’t share why she is such a lucky girl. Almost a year ago, she was just a nameless abandoned dog. One of thousands in NYC each year. But this lucky girl was tied to the Williamsburg Bridge during a snow storm, and was picked up by a good Samaritan. This nameless dog quickly became an Internet news star. The finder used his site to share her story.  She must have come by our email boxes hundreds of times – everyone was forwarding her story. Even our blogger Josh inquired about adopting this girl! She found a home within days! How often does that happen for a pittie-like dog? Little did we know, this lucky pittie was adopted by a great couple and a pair of pugs – that we’re acquaintances with from the Ft. Tryon dog park.  Now this pretty girl splits her time between NYC and DC and is not looking back.


Penelope plays so much its hard to get a picture

Finally slows down to get a pic

We are so thrilled this story had a happy ending – and that we get to witness it! But, it makes us wonder…why did thousands of people want this dog and not the hundreds of pittie-like dogs in the tri-state area shelters right now? When looking at dogs like Herbie or Phyllis at Animal Haven, we ask ourselves:  if they were considered bait dogs or tied to a bridge in a storm, would they have a line of potential adopters on Centre Street? Are dogs with less dramatic stories not as desirable? Isn’t being at a shelter (no-kill or not) dramatic enough? This is another whole blog post on its own for the future…but it certainly is food for thought.

Some more pics of Penelope to start your weekend. ..

Penelope and Pudgy the terrier