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Herbie the Rescue Pit Bull
« on: June 22, 2021, 10:09:17 AM »
As most of you know, my wife Stella and I welcomed a rescue Pit Bull named Herbie into our house late last fall. We'd come to the conclusion that we wanted a dog and I was adamant that whatever we got had to be a rescue. Stella was a little bit worried about my love of pit bulls, but she went in with an open mind. She did state that she didn't want a dog that jumped all over her like some pit bulls she'd seen though. Fair enough.

I started looking for just the right doggie online and had been looking for several weeks when one day I stumbled across Herbie's picture at a rescue about an hour from us. His eyes just looked right through me. Then I read his back story. He'd been rescued from a very abusive situation in South Carolina. Basically, they found his chained up with another dog in a back yard. The other dog was dead and Herbie was in pretty bad shape. That was all it took for me and Stella agreed. We put in an application and got to meet him the next day.

When we met him, he was skinny, but not terribly so. They said he had some skin conditions that they'd been working on, but he looked pretty good. I knelt down on one knee and he came running right up to me with his tail going like a helicopter. The girl at the rescue said that was kind of odd because he was always pretty laid back. I didn't mind at all and just let him shower me with kisses. Then he turned to Stella. He simply walked up to her and leaned into her side. She melted. Yes, we found our dog.

Life the last 6 months with Herbie has been great. He's about the closest thing to the perfect dog anybody could ever ask for. He's never had an accident in the house. He loves everybody. He's gentle with everyone and everything. Oh, and he rarely barks. He's just a gentle soul. Ok, maybe a gentle giant. We were more than happy to give him a loving home, but we didn't know how bad Herbie really had it.

The other day Stella came running up to me all excited with her phone. "I found the girl that rescued Herbie on Facebook!" she said. Sure enough, she had. She reached out to her and I ended up talking to her last night for quite some time. Her name was Anna. Yes, Herbie had it bad, but I had no idea just how bad it really was. According to Anna, Herbie was literally days away from death. His owner was charged with several counts of Animal Cruelty and Herbie was freed from the huge chain wrapped around his neck for the first time since he was born. She said that when she removed it, he gave her a big hug and kiss and she broke down in tears. When he was safely back at the shelter, he melted everyone's hearts with his loving manner.

Herbie was given medical treatment for several weeks before he was sent up north to New York where he had a better shot at finding a forever home. The posts that Stella found on FB had a lot of people wondering if he ever found a happy home though. The trail had gone cold - until Stella picked up the trail.

I asked the girl if she had pictures of Herbie when he was rescued and she said she did. "Are you sure you really want to see them?" she said. "They're pretty bad." I thought about it for a minute, then said that I did. She sent them to me this morning and I'm going to share a few of them here. Be forewarned though, they're pretty sad. Just look at how battered and broken he looks.





As bad as those pictures are, poor Herbie was about to win the lottery - and so were we. Here's a few recent pictures of Herbie in his new loving forever home. We will never allow him to be abused or neglected again!







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Re: Herbie the Rescue Pit Bull
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2021, 02:41:49 PM »
Tom, I almost didnít scroll down further.  I have a really hard time with animal cruelty.  If it wasnít for the fact that one of the pictures was already visible by the time so read they were before pictures, I might not have kept scrolling. 

I canít tell you how happy I am for all three of you!  Herbie looks so happy and healthy!

Your post couldnít have come at a more coincidental time though.  Two nights ago while scrolling Facebook, I came to a post from the shelter we adopted Bowie from.  They had made a chewy wish list and were accepting donations.  I thought this was a really cool idea and took the opportunity to send a few things their way but in the process, I got to digging and ended up finding the Facebook page for the shelter in Texas that Bowie originally came from.  We got him at a year and a half old so we missed all of the puppy years but I was able to scroll through over 4000 pictures until I got back to roughly his puppy years and found a bunch of puppy pictures of him and his litter mates.  He was adopted at some point and even had his own little boy before being returned for reasons I still would like to find out.  Iím still trying to track down the answers.  Luckily for Bowie he was never mistreated like Herbie.  And never will be. 

Tom, this post warms my heart and hurts it at the same time.  Iím very thankful for people like you and Stella.


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Re: Herbie the Rescue Pit Bull
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2021, 03:19:22 PM »
Tom, I almost didnít scroll down further.  I have a really hard time with animal cruelty.  If it wasnít for the fact that one of the pictures was already visible by the time so read they were before pictures, I might not have kept scrolling. 

I canít tell you how happy I am for all three of you!  Herbie looks so happy and healthy!

Your post couldnít have come at a more coincidental time though.  Two nights ago while scrolling Facebook, I came to a post from the shelter we adopted Bowie from.  They had made a chewy wish list and were accepting donations.  I thought this was a really cool idea and took the opportunity to send a few things their way but in the process, I got to digging and ended up finding the Facebook page for the shelter in Texas that Bowie originally came from.  We got him at a year and a half old so we missed all of the puppy years but I was able to scroll through over 4000 pictures until I got back to roughly his puppy years and found a bunch of puppy pictures of him and his litter mates.  He was adopted at some point and even had his own little boy before being returned for reasons I still would like to find out.  Iím still trying to track down the answers.  Luckily for Bowie he was never mistreated like Herbie.  And never will be. 

Tom, this post warms my heart and hurts it at the same time.  Iím very thankful for people like you and Stella.


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Mike,

Thanks for the kind words. I had you in mind when I was writing this thread up because I know how much you love dogs.

We knew Herbie was neglected, but had no idea he was abused. Seeing the pictures last night broke my heart. But when I started looking at current pictures of him, I started feeling a lot better. He's healthy, happy and loved - all of the things he never had before. And we got to be the ones who gave him a better life! I felt so much better. I gave him the biggest hug last night before everybody went to bed!

The thing I find most amazing is that Herbie is such a happy, gentle, loving dog. One would never know how bad he really had it if you met him today. I guess that's a good thing. Trust me though, we're going to love and spoil him for the rest of his days!

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Re: Herbie the Rescue Pit Bull
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2021, 03:33:01 PM »
Tom, I almost didnít scroll down further.  I have a really hard time with animal cruelty.  If it wasnít for the fact that one of the pictures was already visible by the time so read they were before pictures, I might not have kept scrolling. 

I canít tell you how happy I am for all three of you!  Herbie looks so happy and healthy!

Your post couldnít have come at a more coincidental time though.  Two nights ago while scrolling Facebook, I came to a post from the shelter we adopted Bowie from.  They had made a chewy wish list and were accepting donations.  I thought this was a really cool idea and took the opportunity to send a few things their way but in the process, I got to digging and ended up finding the Facebook page for the shelter in Texas that Bowie originally came from.  We got him at a year and a half old so we missed all of the puppy years but I was able to scroll through over 4000 pictures until I got back to roughly his puppy years and found a bunch of puppy pictures of him and his litter mates.  He was adopted at some point and even had his own little boy before being returned for reasons I still would like to find out.  Iím still trying to track down the answers.  Luckily for Bowie he was never mistreated like Herbie.  And never will be. 

Tom, this post warms my heart and hurts it at the same time.  Iím very thankful for people like you and Stella.


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Mike,

Thanks for the kind words. I had you in mind when I was writing this thread up because I know how much you love dogs.

We knew Herbie was neglected, but had no idea he was abused. Seeing the pictures last night broke my heart. But when I started looking at current pictures of him, I started feeling a lot better. He's healthy, happy and loved - all of the things he never had before. And we got to be the ones who gave him a better life! I felt so much better. I gave him the biggest hug last night before everybody went to bed!

The thing I find most amazing is that Herbie is such a happy, gentle, loving dog. One would never know how bad he really had it if you met him today. I guess that's a good thing. Trust me though, we're going to love and spoil him for the rest of his days!
Dogs can be like humans.  Itís almost like some take their situations and use it as an excuse and some just appreciate their current situation because of where they came from.  You never know what youíre going to get with dogs.  Iím glad Herbieís previously life didnít negatively affect him.  A lot of dogs canít be afforded that second chance.  Opie used to move other dogs and played so well with them.  Then he was attacked by another pit bull and he hates other dogs.  He does seem to be getting better.  He doesnít want to kill them on sight anymore. 

Those pictures are tough to look at though.  Opie was all ribs when we got him and he had worms but he didnít experience Herbieís life.  I canít imagine the thoughts that go through an animals head in situations like that.  Thatís what really saddens me. 


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Re: Herbie the Rescue Pit Bull
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2021, 06:20:44 PM »
All I can say is that Iím glad you have him now. What a horrendous situation and there truly are some horrible people out there.


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Re: Herbie the Rescue Pit Bull
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2021, 02:06:13 PM »
Those mower lines though.  Someone has some skills.


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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2021, 07:18:05 PM »
Those mower lines though.  Someone has some skills.


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I figured one of you guys would pick that out.   :funny:

Yup, the old OCD problem still rears its ugly head every once in a while. (Like twice a week when I mow.) 

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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2021, 08:00:03 PM »
Those mower lines though.  Someone has some skills.


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I figured one of you guys would pick that out.   :funny:

Yup, the old OCD problem still rears its ugly head every once in a while. (Like twice a week when I mow.)
I actually noticed it before I even saw Herbie.  I just didnít want to derail the thread too early.  Haha


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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2021, 06:45:49 AM »
So they look like pretty narrow lines.  Do you push mow it?  For the life of me I canít seem to find a good pattern to mow my lawn.  I feel lineim always going over the same spots. 


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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2021, 07:56:05 AM »
So they look like pretty narrow lines.  Do you push mow it?  For the life of me I canít seem to find a good pattern to mow my lawn.  I feel lineim always going over the same spots. 


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I use a 22" Honda self propelled mulching mower with a full 50% overlap on each pass. I also use 4 different patterns in rotation. It takes me about an hour and a half to just mow it and another 30 minutes to trim. Herbie seems to enjoy it though.

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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2021, 06:44:31 PM »
Ok.  Couldnít resist.  Check out the pictures I came across of our Bowie as a puppy in his life before us.  He had some real cankles on him as a pup.




Top, middle.



Third from left.



Too, left.




This one kills me.  He had a little boy and probably felt loved at one point and was given up.  It was my understanding the the family gave him back because they had a second child.



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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2021, 08:42:53 PM »
Cute!!!


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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2021, 09:06:47 AM »
Now that's cute - and sad. But,, at least he's in a happy loving home now.

Speaking of that, Herbie met our grand daughters for the first time yesterday. I think it went pretty well. They want to take him home with them.


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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2021, 09:42:47 AM »
Now that's cute - and sad. But,, at least he's in a happy loving home now.

Speaking of that, Herbie met our grand daughters for the first time yesterday. I think it went pretty well. They want to take him home with them.


I love it!  Pit bulls love kids and other dogs.  He looks like heís in his glory getting all the attention!


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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2021, 10:31:23 AM »
Had the opportunity to meet Herbie yesterday. What a great dog!  My 11 year old daughter fell in love! 

 


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