Not sure how many of you remember Doc, the white pit bull that one of PBF's mods fostered for over a year, and Nan, PBF member, fostered for months as well. A few of us on that forum were working on helping find him a home when his foster options were running out, and in April 2005 we placed him in a home up here in Baltimore with a city cop who endured a pretty grueling adoption process that involved interviews with me, Moto, and Nan, 2 home visits, an in-person meeting with Doc, then a trip down to meet Nan and finally pick him up. This guy told us that he could never envision a situation in which he would give up the dog he adopted. "It just wouldn't happen," is what I remember him telling me.
Well, it's happening. A little over a year later, the adopter is joining the CIA and having a baby and moving . . . and he doesn't see how he could possibly keep Doc through all the turmoil. So he's got three months in which we are going to work our asses off to get this poor dog the home he deserves.
Doc is a stellar example of a pit bull--he's just bursting with love for everyone he meets, he's happy, super energetic and athletic, he's comical and fun-loving, he's way eager to work at whatever task he's put to (some would call it a strong work ethic, I guess), and he's a great pit bull ambassador. I can't say enough good things about him, really. His current "owner" says he's been a dream to have over the past year, charms the pants off everyone he meets, and is great company for a single guy (or gal). He loves his Kong, he loves to snuggle on the couch, and he loves to play, play, play. He's good with kids, has lived with other dogs (but is reactive to a challenge), and is a great public ambassador for our dogs.
My heart is broken for him, he deserves so much better. I've posted him to both Petfinder and submitted a listing to PBRC tonight. And I really hope the members of the pit bull rescue community can help network him as well--this dog is one of those rare dogs that really does something to you when you meet him . . . I know this'll sound cliche, and everyone says it about their rescue dogs, but he's really special. Please, if you know of anyone who can offer Doc a home--a PERMANENT home--PM me and I'll get you an application. We're also looking into testing his drives for the Lawdogs program but I have to spend a little time with him this weekend to see how he handles some of the tests that program suggests putting the dogs through. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of Doc . . . these are a bit old, and he's a bit thicker now than he was in these pictures taken. I'll be taking more this Saturday.
Here's his Petfinder page: