A Tribute To Spanky

Postby bouvierz » April 6th, 2008, 8:46 pm

Saying Goodbye to Spanky

“Spanky” came into Animal Control after being seized during a drug raid in the inner City. This little pup was found locked in a cold dark closet, alone with just a bowl of rotten milk. He was 4 weeks old and with big floppy ears and a pink nose I first thought he was a piglet. After a week at Animal Control no one came into claim the little Pit Bull puppy, so the decision was made to put him to sleep. The supervisors stated that this little (now 5 weeks old) pup was too dominate and aggressive to be safely adopted back into the community. This decision caused an uproar with the staff because in just a weeks time everyone was in love with “Spanky”. I was looking to adopt a dog but at the time I was not a Pit Bull fan. Everyone kept telling me I should adopt him and eventually I gave in, took a risk and adopted “Spanky”. I instantly thought I made a mistake, “Spanky” was a NAUGHTY Puppy. He took forever to housebreak, he chewed everything, and had very selective hearing. “Spanky” learned fast that I was the boss (or at least he let me think I was). His temperment ended up being very solid, he loved everyone and everything. He was never people or animal aggressive. He was been on TV, in schools, and malls greeting everyone in his path. “Spanky” was a wonderful ambassador for the Pit Bull breed. He was kind, affectionate, playful and full of energy. “Spanky” always made me feel safe with his presence in the house, I knew with him here nothing would ever happen to us. “Spanky” helped me to raise, and nurture hundreds of animals that came into our house. He allowed Madison and I to dress him up in all kinds of costumes and faithfully went trick or treating every year. Almost every picture of my daughter includes “Spanky” with his big Bully grin. It is hard for me to believe that this wonderful animal was almost put to sleep. I wonder how many animals, like Spanky, are put to sleep when they could mature into wonderful animals. "Spanky" has changed many people's perception of the Pit Bull Breed, Including me. After 13 years of companionship I had to let “Spanky” go, his body was failing him and he deserved to leave this world with dignity. "Spanky" was humanely euthanized on April 2nd while I hugged him and told him how much we love him.Though he is gone he will NEVER be forgotten. His pictures decorate my home, office and computer. I have faith that one day we will be reunited.

Spanky you will be greatly missed but never forgotten!!!!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 6th, 2008, 8:54 pm

Oh no... I'm so sorry. :(

RIP Spanky...
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Postby airwalk » April 6th, 2008, 9:05 pm

RIP Spanky! Thank you for being willing to take a chance on a naughty puppy and for having the strength to let him go with dignity.
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Postby Marinepits » April 6th, 2008, 9:10 pm

Oh, no! I am so sorry. :hug3:

Rest in Peace, Spanky.
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Postby Malli » April 7th, 2008, 5:01 am

:(

I know how hard it is. What a wonderful selfless gift your last act for him was.
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Postby amazincc » April 7th, 2008, 5:13 am

RIP Spanky... :cry:
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Postby iluvk9 » April 7th, 2008, 5:33 am

I am very sorry, Jill. Spanky's story was one of the most heartwarming stories I have heard.

He may have had a horrible start, but you showed him love for 13 years and that is what he remembered.

I believe you will meet him again someday and you will get those doggie kisses one more time.
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 7th, 2008, 1:10 pm

OMG I am SO sorry! :( Run free sweet Spanky, you were SO loved.
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Postby mnp13 » April 7th, 2008, 2:58 pm

Jill, I only JUST saw this!

I'm soooo sorry. I'm thankful that I had a chance to see him when I was in last week. You did right by him to the very end, not all of us are selfless enough to let them go when it is the best time for them

For those of you who were not fortunate enough to meet him in person, here are a few threads with the ol' guy

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8582

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7847

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Postby pocketpit » April 7th, 2008, 4:23 pm

I'm sorry to hear of Spanky's passing. Thank you for sharing him with us through this forum. I just loved looking at his pictures and listening to the great stories about his breed ambassador skills. RIP handsome Spanky.
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Postby CinderDee » April 7th, 2008, 5:30 pm

I'm so sorry to hear of Spanky's passing. :cry: Thanks for sharing his life with us.
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Postby hugapitbull » April 7th, 2008, 6:44 pm

What a heartwarming story. You were the light in his life til the very end. That's awesome.

And Michelle, thanks for the links to the pics. What a beauty, and the costume is great.

RIP Spanky.
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 7th, 2008, 10:32 pm

My favorite picture is of him & Maddy sitting in your car. I am sure she is just heartbroken.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » April 7th, 2008, 10:53 pm

cheekymunkee wrote:My favorite picture is of him & Maddy sitting in your car. I am sure she is just heartbroken.


The one where she's in the ACO outfit??? I love that one too... :(
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Postby hey21jude » April 7th, 2008, 11:15 pm

So sorry to hear about Spanky. Sounds like he was a wonderful companion to you and your family. RIp Spanky. :hug3: for you!
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Postby mnp13 » April 8th, 2008, 8:01 am

pitbullmamaliz wrote:
cheekymunkee wrote:My favorite picture is of him & Maddy sitting in your car. I am sure she is just heartbroken.


The one where she's in the ACO outfit??? I love that one too... :(


I couldn't find that one, it's one of my favorites as well.
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Postby katiek0417 » April 8th, 2008, 11:24 am

I'm sorry Jill...what a heartwarming story... :cry2:
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Postby KJS » April 8th, 2008, 1:01 pm

Im so sorry to read this sad news today R.I.P Spanky :(
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Postby bouvierz » April 9th, 2008, 10:23 pm

Thank you all so much for your sweet words. Spanky was truely a sweet, well mannered, loving boy. I was so blessed to have him with me for 13 years. I will continue to share Spanky's story with as many people I can and I will continue to teach the sweet ways of OUR special breed. Thank you again!!!
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Postby iluvk9 » April 10th, 2008, 6:04 am

bouvierz wrote: I will continue to share Spanky's story with as many people I can and I will continue to teach the sweet ways of OUR special breed.


That is truly the best way to honor Spanky. He would be proud.
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