Do we rescue our pets or do they rescue us? These 5 series of posts are about how 5 pit bulls helped our family and changed many others minds about how they used to think about this bully breed! Our pets are family!Read more...
*These series of posts are about how 5 pit bulls changed our family and how it all started with an English Red Nose Pitbull named ROCKY!
A GIFT OF GRACE...
By Cheryl Luttrull
Grace Marie is an English Red Nose Pit Bull...just like our family dog, Rocky. Grace was adopted at a shelter in Phoenix and was originally rescued from a puppy mill. My kids were told that she had kennel cough but after they brought Grace home they discovered that she had distemper! She was a very sick little girl. Grace was receiving at-home IV treatments from her parents and I often helped with massage and percussion on her chest. which helped mobilize secretions in her lungs. One veterinarian advised us to enjoy her numbered days, which we refused to accept. Jake & Robyn quickly found a doctor that was willing to help get Grace through this disease! Grace has always been a therapy animal...She came and stayed with us to help ease the pain when we lost our family dog Rocky for weeks. Her parents needed her back so we reluctantly took her home. . Grace played a huge role in helping an autistic child feel comfortable around dogs and the family even adopted their very own bully breed! Rocky fortunately was around Grace a lot growing up so he helped instill some great attributes to an already sweet perfect girl!
In 2015, Jake and Robyn entered a pet contest to help bring awareness to the ill thoughts and misunderstandings of the pit bull breed. Grace not only won… but was on the cover of the Anthem, Arizona Magazine including a full story of her life! She had her very own photo shoot and won a lot of gifts. We all even attended a Diamond Back game in her honor with special seating. She still has to hide from the PAPARAZZI so do not expect too many local appearances!
READ the full story here:
Grace is currently in her golden years and is busy helping train animals and all of the bully breeds that have came into our families lives!
Grace is my daughter’s emotional support dog and greets her at the door every day with a smile that only a pit bull can bring!
Truly…. Grace Walked In To Our Lives!
Just wait until the next story… Yes we have another famous “Pit Bull,” in our blessed family!
Read my next blog…
HOPE is Restored….
Jake & Robyn Use:
For Graces's Bladder Issues
For Grace's Lungs
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A 🎁 of...... HOPE
Hoper Marie (AKA Hope) was rescued by Yavapai Humane Society in May 2012 from a Los Angeles kill shelter. She was 11 months old, lived with a homeless person and both were hit by an automobile. Hope desperately needed hip surgery and a forever home. A noble group of amazing people paid to bring her to Prescott, Az. where she received hip surgery and was waiting for someone special to take her home.
Our son, who also had a near death experience, was recovering from a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.) This incident changed or son’s life forever. His plans to return to work and finish his college degree were stalled; crowds caused panic attacks; seizures and migraines became commonplace.
Adding to our family's anguish, our 9-year old family pit bull, Rocky, had recently went to dog heaven and we had no intention of ever bringing another animal into our home! We all were still in mourning and with our son's injury, it was a difficult few years! Little did we know, our son had been regularly visiting our local humane society and he had not quite found what he was looking for. On one such visit, he spoke of walking past Hope's kennel. He took notice and stopped to look at her as she wagged her tail and sat perfectly still. He hesitated as he wrestled with his feelings for Rocky and decided to leave.
He could not get this adorable angel out of his thoughts! He thought about her name. "Hope." It was hope that was getting him through his ordeal. And like him, Hope was recovering from an injury. He rushed back to Hope’s kennel and stood frozen in time. Pondering, a lizard suddenly ran by. Hope ran playfully after it just as Rocky would do. Anthony immediately texted his family that he was bringing HOPE home, stating "She's perfect; we can go on long walks and rehabilitate together." He found his “Hope” and a lifelong bond was instantly developed.
He brought her home and they were partners on their road to recovery for 15 months. They went on slow short walks together and a lot of therapeutic drives on the beautiful off road trails of our city. During this time of recovery, Hope became our son’s service animal. Just when we thought both of them were ready to begin life again, our son acquired bacterial meningitis due to his head injury. Along with another near death...several other health issues occurred that could have easily taken our son's life....again! HOPE is the actual RESCUER of our son… as she notified us 3 crucial LIFESAVING times when we he had to be rushed to the emergency room.
⏩ Fast forward to...NOW
Hope’s hip and knee were never quite the same even with the first rescue surgery! She began limping and was in obvious pain. We knew another surgery was inevitable. It was time to give back to this little ANGEL. Another human angel 😇, our son’s human gal, paid for Hope’s second surgery! Is are family full of angels 😇 or WHAT?.. Hope can now walk and run again and is so happy to be by her best friend’s side! Hope is still crazy about our son and when he comes into a room, she runs to his side in adoring submission. Our son has also bounced back and recovering more every day. Words will never express what Hoper Marie means to my son and our family. She is an angel sent to us in our time of need.
I have told Hope many tines that she is officially relieved of her duties to enjoy her “golden years.” Of course she does not listen; true 😇Guardian Angels 😇never do… HOPE continues to make sure our son is taken care of first!
I would like to personally and publically thank God and all of those involved in Hope’s & our son’s “Second Chance “
Anthony & Paige USE:
Do we rescue our pets or do they rescue us? Read how a pitbull named Faith helps a gal with emotional support and feelings at Grand Falls Arizona. Saying goodbye and letting go are never easy!Read more...
The Fab 5 Family’s Pit Bulls: How Pit Bulls Rescued US! Part 5:
It’s A Boy!
Meet…Ezekiel Marley (AKA Ziggy.)
Here is a little history behind the newest addition to our family. From what I have read, all of our precious bully breeds come from the Colby pit bull. This breed is known for their playful characteristic, strength and physical appearance. A man named John Colby brought this breed to us in 1889 from Ireland and England. You can look at this cool website I found to read more (http://www.colbypitbull.com.)
Derek, our youngest son, found and rescued Ziggy from someone that could not afford to feed him. Derek understands all about this as he is now a self-supporting college student. Ziggy continually rescues Derek, is his best friend and recently helped console us after we lost our last family pet, Armani. Our family had not had a male pit bull around since Rocky, our first English red nose pit-bull, so a lot of emotions came flooding inwhen he first joined our tribe. This little guy had big shoes to fill but Ziggy quickly began filling them with his sweetness! He helped our son and the rest of the family to see that it was alright to share another place for him in our hearts.
Ziggy was an instant snuggle buddy and loves, loves loves. If it were up to him he prefers to lie down beside someone or at least have his body touching others, at all times. Even though he is smaller than all of our other pits, his heart is so big. Like a lot of bully breeds, he also has very sensitive skin to go along with his oh so sensitive feelings.Ziggy is also very intuitive and knows when someone needs special attention. He will follow them around and offer his paw for comfort. This is a big deal because he hates having his paws touched. He loves all of the other family’s pits and just wants everyone to get along and see through HIS "rose colored glasses."
Derek first found out how much Ziggy loves water when he was just a puppy. We were all swimming in a pool together and he decided to jump right in! He also loves chasing the water hose when grandpa is watering plants outside. This boy does not want to miss a thing in life. His favorite past time is to play play play! He does the whole… I bring you my toy and drop it in your lap and you are to throw it, over and over and over again…thing (you know.) If we choose to ignore him he will sit in front of us and wait, oh so patiently. He is a very well-trained and truly loved by everyone who has the privilege to meet him.
I am sure Ziggy will not be the last addition of the pit bull breed into our family but for now, he is the baby of the family and is to be spoiled, spoiled, spoiled!
Ziggy has allergies and sensitive skin so here are some great essential oil infused products to help!
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