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.
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