The most misunderstood dog breed may well be the Pit Bull. This breed, labeled vicious and dangerous, has had a bad reputation, so much so that there are restrictions. But just like any other dog breed, Pitties are sweet and gentle beings.
Having been used for dog-fighting, Pit Bulls are considered wild, untameable, and unpredictable, but that is not the case. As with any dog, aggressiveness comes from maltreatment and improper socialization growing up. Sherrie and Ashley Smith for Honolulu, Hawaii, can attest to that.
Twelve years ago, the mother and daughter pair had a one-eyed pitbull named Zoe. Despite the black pooch’s hulking exterior, Zoe is a good-natured pet who loves any dog, human, and animal; aggression is not part of her DNA. When Ashley was just a teenager, Zoe would sleep in with her every night, and the dog would hog every inch of the bed. The two playfully push each other jocking for a position, and Zoe wins most of the time, leaving Ashley flat on the floor.
In 2009 the family needed to look for a new place to live; they had two things in consideration, it should be affordable, and it should allow dogs, particularly Zoe. Finding a house that fits the bill proved to be a challenge; not everyone can see past the Pit Bull’s bad rep. Left with no choice, Sherrie and Ashley made the difficult decision of rehoming their beloved Zoe.
The Smiths found the perfect family for Zoe; it was a painful but necessary choice. That was the last time they saw and heard of Zoe. The dog’s new family did not keep in touch, but Sherrie and Ashley often talked about Zoe, wondering how their one-eyed fur baby is doing.
After over a decade, Sherrie received a call from the Hawaiian Humane Society informing her that Zoe was with them. They pulled out Sherrie’s information from Zoe’s microchip, and after all these years, it was still linked to her. Immediately the Smiths went to the shelter to see their long-lost dog.
Many things can happen in 12 years, and sure enough, Zoe did not recognize either Sherrie or Ashely. Heartbroken but determined, Ashley posted on different Hawaiian dog Facebook groups to uncover the missing 12 years of Zoe’s life but quickly realized that no one was looking for her.
Information about Zoe’s past broke the Smiths’ heart. Zoe was rehomed multiple times during those 12 years. The families were faced with the same situation as the Smiths the first time. A lot of places would not allow Pit Bulls.
This time, Sherrie and Ashley were dead set on taking in Zoe, giving the senior dog the forever home she deserves. But there is one hurdle that they need to clear before anything. The house they are living in was not dog-friendly.
Luckily, after hearing Zoe’s story, the Smiths’ landlord was so touched that she made an exception for Zoe. Now 14 years old, Zoe is back with the family where she truly belongs, at last in a forever home.
Source: KHON2 News via YouTube