Legitimate breeders do not dump their liabilities in the shelter. So infer what you will about the couple who dumped little Miss Pocket at the shelter, but kept the rest of their litter at home, advertising them on Craigslist even as they dumped Pocket to be killed.
Pocket is a 6 month old blue nose pit bull who weighs in at a mere 6.5 lbs. Her siblings, by comparison are each around 30 pounds. They were bred for the popular color of their coats and so that their “owners” could make a profit. Housed in a cement dog run, none even seem to know how to relieve themselves on grass or even dirt. Once Pocket’s breeder/owners realized that she might have a medical condition that they didn’t want to have to diagnose or treat, she was dumped at the Humane Society. Her “owners”, however, waited until out in their concrete kennel, the rest of the puppies had beaten up on Pocket so badly that she was not much more than sores and scars when they discarded her. I’m sure that the “owners” were well aware that a shelter would likely have to euthanize her for the same medical reasons they didn’t want to have to deal with. A responsible breeder would not have made their problem our problem.
Despite potential congenital defects, Pocket’s tiny body houses a huge spirit and not a person passes by that doesn’t get greeted with a little prance and a wriggly happy tail. She literally danced into the hearts of the staff members at the North County Humane Society. Once they met her, they could not bear to see her life extinguished before her time, even if that time was not to be that long. They quickly contacted Pit Bull Rescue San Diego (PBRSD), to help them save Pocket’s life. While PBRSD has also seen the down side of the economy in reduced adoptions and increased pleas to take in more dogs, who could resist that goofy bug-eyed little face? Looking askance at a diminishing bank book, they stepped in to take Pocket and immediately began having tests run to determine what might be causing her diminutive size.
Within the first week of her tenure with PBRSD, Pocket was subjected to over 7 hours of blood tests, x rays and poking and prodding. Tests for shunt and pituitary dwarfism and thyroid and kidney disorders all came back negative. Other than a bladder infection, some anemia and a low protein count, nothing has been able to point at the cause of her tiny stature. She was brought current on all her vaccinations so that no new medical issues could be introduced. While all seems to look good at this point, PBRSD has committed to keeping her in foster care until adulthood (6 months from now), with monthly blood tests in order to track her growth and ensure that all is developing normally. No reputable rescue should risk putting a dog into a forever home without being certain that that pup is healthy and has a reasonable chance for a good quality of life with their new pet parents.
The folks at the PETCO Foundation offices (where Pocket’s foster mom works) are certainly not complaining that this feisty little anomaly will be sticking around for a few more months. And staying in foster care is all fine with little Pocket as she now has a job (including sporting her own PETCO name badge). She is at the center of a new term called “Pocket Breaks” at the PETCO offices. On particularly stressful work days, she just has to wag her teeny little tail at someone and the stress has no where to go but away. People are eager to hear when Pocket’s foster mom (me) is going into a meeting so that they can Pocket-sit. Her photo is on everyone’s phones and has been sent to wives and girlfriends and pet lovers nationwide. She’s been dressed up and cuddled and introduced to everyone’s pets. She is busy being a little ambassador, showing people the ultra friendly, super cuddly, pittie personality bundled into a non-intimidating package.
While Pocket’s condition is fairly unusual, you need to know that it is not at all unusual for rescues across the nation to take on the expense and challenge of a dog with unknown medical issues that has been dumped in the shelters. Rescues struggle to provide each adoptable pet with a chance at a good quality of life and revel in the joy when they discover a little diamond such as Pocket.
Pocket’s life was made possible by Pit Bull Rescue San Diego. Whose life was your dog made possible by?