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When Love isn't Enough...

 

In Loving memory of Short Stack

 

“Addressing the real issues of crime, poverty, animal abuse, ignorance, greed, and man's lust for violence is far to daunting a task for most people and so we blame the dog for our societal ills.”  - Karen Delise

Short-Stack was brought to us on the night of March 3, 2005.  She was found in an alley in Newark with a 20lb chain wrapped around her body and cinderblocks pinning that chain in place so that she could not move much. To make matters worse for Short-Stack, there were 2 smaller chains attached to the larger one, linking her two 3 month old puppies to her body. Imagine the life of fear, frustration, and lack of human compassion and love that this dog was living. Tied there in the alley during all types of weather, day in and day out, people of all walks of life and ages coming by her yelling and throwing things at her …taunting her…making her fear for her safety, her life, and the lives of her 2 innocent puppies.

This is NOT an uncommon situation for a pit bull to be put through. It is not even the worst. As a matter of fact, it is a picnic compared to the abuse that most pit bulls endure, simply because they were born a “pit bull.”   Most pit bulls suffer in basements being starved and/or trained to attack other dogs and possibly people. They are tortured to make them stronger and tougher. Their ears may be completely cut off with scissors, their necks being strengthened by being hung by them from ceilings, suffering from extreme physically and mental abuse far worse than the imagination can go… their bodies starved of proper nutrition, their hearts and souls deprived of love and a caring human touch.

Shortie (as she is affectionately known) came to us with issues far too ingrained in her personality to be reversed. Countless hours, days, and months were spent training her, socializing her, and loving her. She became a dog that was able to love only a few people that had earned her trust. On one side, she was a dog who loved fluffy beds, enjoyed playing fetch, wiggled and rolled over for her belly rubs, and loved with a heart so big and appreciative.  On the other side was a dog that had learned that people were bad, that they were going to hurt her… learned to fear them and to protect herself and her babies from these “monsters.”  All the love and training in the world was not going to change what was done to her and denied to her all her life. She became a risk to be adopted out. Not because of the love in her heart, but because of the fear in her mind.  It was with great sadness that RBARI had to let Shortie go. Tears fell and hearts broke all over the shelter, from staff to volunteers and to people who just knew her face and her horrible story.

     Sometimes love is just not enough, but some good did come from Shortie's life.  Her 2 pups were socialized and saved.  Shortie, herself, came to know RBARI as a home. She learned what it was to feel safe, well-fed, and loved beyond belief.   And because those that loved her refuse to let her life be a waste, there is this story to educate the public about the horror and abuse that pit bulls suffer and to let them know that these dogs are amazing, loving, and trustworthy companions when treated as a precious animal should. That the fault of the problems that are associated with this breed are to be put on man for what they have done and continue to do to them and NOT ON THE DOG.

By:

Karyn
RBARI K9 Trainer

 

April 12, 2006
cross-posted with permission