Couple Looking for a Small Pet Take Home Big Sweet Pit

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bonnie the pit bull dog story for PetSmart Charities C“I’m a dogaholic,” admits Carolina Miranda, an arts and culture columnist for the LA Times. “My family adopted dogs when I was growing up, so adopting another was always the plan.”

When Carolina and her artist husband Ed Tahaney, moved from an apartment in New York City to a house in Los Angeles, adding a canine friend was almost as high on the list as getting a bed.  But they definitely had priorities.

“We’d always had this rule: No dog taller than a coffee table,” Carolina says. “We thought big dogs were a lot of work. And we had a vision of a dog with hair that stuck up in all directions—something like a terrier.”


Bonnie the pit bull dog story for PetSmart Charities D.But terriers come in all sizes

Carolina gave the description of the dog she and Ed had in mind to the adoption counselor at the Pasadena Humane Society. “She was focusing more on the personality, rather than the specific breed or look,” Carolina says. The counselor said they had one dog that might be perfect for Carolina’s work-at-home schedule: a very laid-back, relaxed couch potato who would come put her head on Carolina’s lap while she was writing.

“She mentioned the dog was a Pit,” Carolina says, “and I was going to say no, but to please the counselor, I agreed to meet her.”

Bonnie was sitting in her cage, definitely looking like too much dog: about 65 lbs. worth of black Pit Bull. Her ears had been docked by whoever owned her before, and shelter veterinarians said she must have been used as a breeder due to signs of multiple pregnancies and births. Breeder Pits are usually caged most of their lives, the counselor told Carolina.  

“And there was Bonnie, just being super-chill, with her giant dog eyes,” Carolina remembers. “Next thing I know I’m petting the scruff of her neck and telling her ‘Okay, I have to go home and have a little conversation with my husband, but I’ll be back.’”

Bonnie the pit bull dog story for PetSmart Charities BTo meet her is to love her

“That’s too much dog,” Ed said when Carolina told him the Bonnie story, but he agreed to meet her. “I was talking to the adoption counselor about how long Bonnie had been there,” Carolina says. “Six and a half weeks, waiting for someone to come take her home. That shelter is loaded with Pit Bulls, and she was an 8-year-old adult, not a cute little puppy. Her chances of being adopted weren’t that great.”

Carolina was about to make her case with Ed, but when she turned around she saw Bonnie sitting between her husband’s knees while he gently spread her jowls into a smile.

“Next thing I know, we’re at home with a big Pit Bull,” Carolina says.

A house is now a home

In her new home, 8-year-old Bonnie was fully housebroken and well behaved. “She’s never torn anything apart. She had some abandonment issues when we’d leave the house, but with a few months and a lot of love, she got over that,” Carolina says. “We got her two dog beds, one for either side of our bed, but she’s such a big baby, she loves to jump in and sleep with us.”

“Adoption is really about what kind of personality you want in a pet; you can’t judge a dog by the breed. We’re proof of that,” Carolina says. “Bonnie was a Pit, she was too much dog, and she ended up being just the right dog for us.”

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