• Jan Goes To Foster: A Pittie Rescue Story!

    13 March 2014/ No Comment / by Suzy
    A small, serious-looking pit bull mix terrier with large wet eyes and a cute, protruding lower lip, part of the pittie rescue work of Twenty Paws Rescue

    Jan is an adorable, adoptable pit bull mix, a pittie rescue through the hard work of Twenty Paws Rescue, and living in foster care in Providence, Rhode Island. She’s available for adoption!

    How Did This Puppy Survive the New York City Winter?

    Because she’s so tiny, the first thing you think is that she’s still a puppy.  And if you give it some more thought, you wonder how a puppy survived this viciously cold winter as a stray on the streets of New York.

    We’re driving to Rhode Island, Jan and me, toward her new foster home outside Providence.  Tiny dog, with the strange name that would better fit your high school friend.  She’s working a bone on the dog bed in back, and I look at her in the rear-view mirror and think, Was she afraid of people, this little New York City stray?  Did she blend in with the feet of the crowded streets, or run away to quiet alleys?  Was she cold?  Did she find a warm place at night, a grate, a box in an alley, a basement door?  Did a family bring her inside on those cold nights, for an hour or a day or maybe a week, until the novelty of a little puppy wore off and they set her down outside?  And then did she wait there, wait for an hour or maybe a day, for them to open the door to her again?  Or did she walk away, eventually, nose to the sidewalk, hungry?

    On to a New Start

    Now, with all that behind her, what we have left is a little dog — still a puppy, really — who is eager, if shy, to meet you.  She’s like a little goat, long ears slightly too big for that round head, those big innocent eyes.  Now she’s curled up to sleep back there, in a tight little cinnamon-roll, a little deer-dog with a fawn’s body in my car.

    A tiny pittie rescue pit bull puppy curls up to stay warm in the back of a car.

    Curled up in the back of my car. Jan weighs, at the most, 40 pounds. She’s very thin but in good health.

    We stop for a potty break in a woods somewhere along the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and it’s clear that this little girl has utterly no idea what a leash is for.  She is trying to stay as close to me as is physically possible — maybe she’s afraid of being left again — and so she ends up tripping me, tripping me, always in front of my legs.  But once off the leash, she allows herself a burst of puppy effervescence, and takes off about thirty yards down the trail, about as far away from me as she’ll let herself go.

    And it’s as if it strikes her then: She’s free of leashes and crates and kennels, free of New York and the city shelter, and of the winter that’s been so hard on her little body.  She runs, a cartoon of her puppy self, legs splaying ridiculously sideways in the air as if lifting her off, as if she’s hurrying toward the sun.


    Learn More, and Adopt Jan (You’ll Get to Change Her Name!)

    The Poky Little Puppy.  So much like Jan, I'd rename Jan, "Poky".

    The Poky Little Puppy. So much like Jan, I’d rename Jan, “Poky”.

    Jan was rescued from New York Animal Care and Control in Manhattan by the magnanimous Linda and Twenty Paws Rescue.  She’s available for adoption through Twenty Paws, and she’s currently enjoying the love of her foster family outside Providence, Rhode Island. 

    I can personally vouch for her off-the-charts adorability; this is one of the cutest little dogs I’ve ever met.  She’s still a pup, and will need to be taught how to walk on a leash — something I’m sure she’ll pick up quickly.  Jan’s not a barker.  She weighs under 40 pounds.  Tiny as she is, she has something of the boxer in her face, that cute damp and shiny vinyl lower lip sticking out slightly, like a pout.  Long floppy ears and that beluga forehead reminded me somewhat of the Poky Little Puppy.











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