Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Pit Bull Puppy Named Shiner

Today, I'm joining Ray Ray's Gotcha Day Blog Hop hosted by Ray and his mom from A Peace-a-Bull Assembly. This Blog Hop is to celebrate sweet little Ray's Gotcha Day. If you'd like to join it's not too late! Just share your gotcha day story and link up to the blog hop! Happy Gotcha Day Ray!


I've never really shared any of Shiner's history on my blog so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so. Her Gotcha Day is May 3, 2003. I have never really celebrated her Gotcha Day, but we have celebrated her estimated birthday. I designated her birth date as March 3, 2003. It's coming up pretty soon! And Shiner will be 10 years old - wow! She doesn't seem that old at all to me. 


So anyways, on to the story of how Shiner came to live with me. It was 2003, I was 18 years old and a senior in high school. One day, I was driving around with my friends when one of them got a call about a puppy pit bull who was in an alley. He loved pit bulls so he drove over to the spot and went to check it out. I stayed in the car.

In a few minutes, he returned with an adorable orange and white pit bull puppy. She was tied up in the alley behind an apartment complex. He couldn't keep her because he already had a dog, but asked if I wanted her. I called my boyfriend to see what he thought and he agreed that we could keep her together. I was so excited!

We went ahead and took the puppy away from the alley and started thinking of names for her. Then some trouble came up. Apparently, the people who had her tied up in the alley couldn't keep her in their apartment near the alley, so they put her outside instead. There was also some rumor that they had planned to train her to fight. And now, they were suspicious that my friend had taken the dog. Don't ask me how they found out. Friends of friends of friends or something... who knows. I took the puppy away from my friend's house, scared that they were going to come and get her and hid her for awhile. After that, I never heard anymore threatening rumors.

It probably wasn't the smartest idea for me to adopt a dog during my senior year in high school but I am still glad I did. I definitely couldn't afford her and she was spayed late in life. After I graduated from college, I felt so much better equipped to be able to care for her the proper way. It just goes to show that educating people about how to care for their animals can go a long way. This is what I try to do now since I was once uneducated about a lot of things. Perhaps I got my inspiration from Shiner!


Oh - and a bit about how I named her. My friend suggested "Shiner" because she has one black eye. It was different, and I'd never heard a dog named that before so I stuck with it.

So what's your Gotcha Day story? Link up and share it in the blog hop!

23 comments:

  1. That is an adorable story. I'm so glad that you got shiner instead of those dipsh*ts who were going to train her to fight. Poor Pitbulls, they really have gotten a bad rap because horrible people do horrible things to them.

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    1. Thanks Victoria! I am glad that I got her instead of those losers too! :)

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  2. Such a happy ending. Shiner you are a lucky pup. Have a super Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like everything worked out for you and Shiner, and it sounds like Shiner is lucky you rescued her from what could have been a terrible life!

    Happy Sunday

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    1. Thanks for reading her story guys, I am glad that everything worked out for us too.

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  4. That was lovely and we love happy endings. We hate to think what would of happened to her . She is beautiful. Have a super Sunday xxx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Me too Mollie! I'm glad the story has a happy ending as well.

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  5. Perfect name! What a different path Shiner's life would've taken if you hadn't jumped in with both feet. Whew!!

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  6. So glad that you rescued Shiner. Thanks for sharing your gotcha day story.

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  7. Awww I love this story! Shiner is very lucky. I just love happy endings!

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  8. That was a super duper Gotcha Day story fur sure!

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  9. I love that story! We're in love with happy endings. Thanks for sharing the story and hopping with us.

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  10. a good thing for Shiner that you managed to keep her and keep her safe. And she has had a good life and has been so loved. paw pats, Savannah

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  11. What a sweet and lucky doggy she is.
    Happy endings make us smile BIG.
    xo, Katie & Glogirly

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  12. :-D What a wonderful story! I'm so glad that you rescued Shiner from that dark and cold alley and I'm certain that she is ecstatic as well!! :-D 10 years old...wowwee! Have a great party in March!!

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    1. She's probably pretty happy about it I like to think!

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  13. Shiner is beautiful and what a great story :)

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  14. That is such a good story. So glad you took her and hid her somewhere. I bet she has made such a good dog too. We like hearing stories like this. A big hug for Shiner coming from all of us. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Marg! She's been a pretty good dog most of the time :p

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  15. What a great story. So nice that you saved Shiner and have given her such a great life!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

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  16. Thank goodness you found her! I hate to think what sort of life Shiner would be having without you. And I love her name :)

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    1. I only wish that I could take full credit for her name but it wasn't my idea...

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  17. That's a interesting story, how Shiner "found" you!
    The blog hop is also an original idea!
    Purrs

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