• Lilly the Pitbull’s a Hero (and Our Newest Pocket Pittie)!

    02 March 2014/ No Comment / by Suzy

    Some dogs are just born to do great things. 

    I think I can say that I’ve met a few dogs who fit this description, dogs who you can look in the eye and know, here is a friend who will throw himself in harm’s way to save you if it came to that. (I’m pretty sure it’s not my dog Charlie but, hey.  That’s what makes Lilly’s story exceptional).

    It can probably be said of Lilly in 2009 that she was just like so many unwanted pets — especially pit bulls — in American shelters, when David picked her out. (What is it that makes us choose one dog over another, knowing that this relationship can possibly last fifteen years or more?  And faced with so many equally-agreeable dogs in need of a home?)

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    David, a Boston police officer, was In search of a companion for his mom. Probably he looked at a lot of dogs that day, and if they were pit bulls (almost surely they were, because most shelter dogs are), they came in all different shapes and colors.

    How do you choose?

    “It was love at first sight for both of us, and after a walk, she knew she had to do something to show us how she felt.”

    When they stopped at his car and David opened the trunk to get her a treat, Lilly immediately jumped in.  This was her car, her family, and she was going home.

    As David tells it, the time would come for Lilly to repay David.  Three years after Lilly came home, David’s mom was walking with Lilly when the woman fell unconscious on the railroad tracks, in front of an oncoming train.  Lilly pushed and pulled her to safety, but Lilly wasn’t so lucky. She was struck by the train, critically injuring her rear pelvis and suffering the loss of her right front leg.

    She underwent a long rehabilitiation process, while her story and courage earned her the media nickname, “Lilly the Hero Pit Bull”.

    David says, “There’s nothing she can’t do now that she couldn’t do before.  She spends her days as a breed ambassador to help dogs like Lilly get adopted, and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance to adopt and not shop!”

    While we don’t know what happens in the mind of a dog when she decides to put her own life at risk.  But these stories make me wonder, over and over, at the startling connection between people and their pets.  They make me a little sad for the dogs, homeless and alone, who are capable of this kind of extraordinary devotion, but haven’t been given the chance.

    LILLY_hero_pitbull_CATALOGUE5_loI love this dog.  She has warmth and good humor in her eyes, and she wears her scars as proof of that love.  Forget the daring and loyalty part.  A dog willing to do what she did is pure love.

    Lilly is a hero, and she’s also the latest Pocket Pittie from CharlieDog and Friends.

    Every purchase of a Lilly Pocket Pittie will send a $4.00 donation to Lilly’s Fund, a foundation set up by David and volunteers to raise money for pit bull and homeless dog-related causes.  You can purchase the Pocket Pittie version of Lilly here.

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