Gibbs and I were at Lake Monroe in Sanford today for Pet Rescue by Judy’s second annual PRBJ Reunion. PRBJ is the shelter I adopted him from. My friend Erin and her dog Tide, another PRBJ alum, met us there and we just had the best time!
October 29, 2011
Gibbs at Lake Monroe
There were bands playing and vendors selling cool stuff. But the absolute best part was seeing all of the dogs with their forever families that have been adopted from PRBJ. And hearing the PRBJ volunteers tell their stories of what our dogs did while at the shelter or how they got there. It absolutely breaks my heart to hear how cruel people can be to an animal that looks to us for shelter and comfort and love.
My boy was at PRBJ about a year and at a high-kill shelter in Georgia before that (PRBJ is a no-kill shelter). Apparently he was adopted and returned to PRBJ’s three or four times for various reasons (one reason has to do with his avid dislike of kitty cats…). I hate that my boy had to go through all that but I guess that’s what had to happen for him and I to finally find each other. One thing for sure is I’d be an awful lonely woman if it wasn’t for him.
Cute little Tide thankfully was only at the shelter for about two weeks before Howard and Erin adopted him. If I remember correctly he was about five months old when they took him home.
Tide and Gibbs are playdate buddies. They’re so funny when they’re together…they run and play and wrestle…
and then zonk out for awhile.
Then one of them wakes up and starts picking on the other and then they’re off again!
No matter how much they’re together they still have to sniff the body parts…
And they’re always just so excited to see each other! They could have been together the day before but the minute they see each other the next time they just start tail wagging and jumping and getting so happy! I’d love to have someone get that excited every time he saw me.
The weather was pretty bad today…rainy and windy. While walking back to the truck after the Reunion I thought the lake looked kinda cool with the white caps and the sky and clouds with that stormy gray color so I took some pics. I really liked the ones with Gibbs in them…he was my doggie model for the day! (don’t forget to click on the pics to make them bigger. you’ll be able to see more detail in the big pics.)
Even though Gibbs is a Plott Hound/Lab mix, he’s often mistaken as a Pitbull. Because of that I get to see people’s reactions to what they think is a vicious dog just because of its breed. Pits are not vicious because of their breed…they are vicious because humans make them that way. Are they strong, intimidating looking dogs? Yes, by no doubt they are. But all dog breeds have to be treated respectfully and they have to be taught proper doggie manners. PRBJ rescues alot of Pits that were used in fights or as bait dogs or just mistreated because of their breed. Then they rehabilitate them so they can be adopted into loving, caring, happy forever homes. Thank God for places like PRBJ and the people who work there. One of the foster moms from PRBJ made the video below. Please take the time to watch it.
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