Welcome.. and thank you for your decision to adopt one ( or more ) of our beautiful, sweet dogs and for your interest in our mission of giving a second chance for a happy life of belonging to so many unique and perfect dogs who might otherwise been left behind to perish! For the LOVE of DOGS is a small, hands on organization specializing in taking extra time & care in getting to know each one of our dogs, inside and out & then helping them find their purpose and place in the world!
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Much a do about Pit Bulls.. Pittie mixes, myths, mysteries and what do we REALLY know!!!
Some of the dogs we pull have some Pit Bull mixed in.. some more than others but ALL been super sweet, highly trainable, obedient, playful, kind, extremely affectionate, athletic, silly, entertaining, eager to please, loving dogs.. (see photos)
There's been a great deal of reporting & story telling that unfairly categorizes Pits as innately violent and dangerous dogs.. it couldn't be farther from the truth. Even after the publicity of the Michael Vick case there continue to be fighting rings even right here in Westchester .. rather than vilify this wonderful breed we should be focused on eliminating the fighting rings and the horrific abuse that begins in puppyhood and often leads to years of torture and ultimately a painful death!
The American Pit Bull Terriers are outgoing and people loving. Devoted to family and friends, gentle with children, easy going in nature. Properly socialized dogs are extremely friendly, even with strangers and therefore do not make good guard dogs! THEY'RE INTELLIGENT, EAGER TO PLEASE AND TEND TO REMAIN PLAYFUL THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.
Pit Bulls by nature will not redirect aggression on humans even during HIGH arousal! Sadly its this very trait that makes them appealing to people who want to use them for dog fighting!!
Some are low key couch potatoes others need a job to channel their enthusiasm and energy. They excel in dog sports, search and rescue work, drug and bomb detection work and as therapy dogs.
Posters during World War II even featured the breed as a symbol of American courage and determination!" Pit Bulls have a wonderful sense of humor and bring tremendous hilarity to our lives!!
As owners we all have a responsibility to make sure ALL our dogs behave well in public. Your dog depends only on you!! When people are bombarded with bad headlines about Pit Bulls its easy to understand why they're nervous when they see one one the street ..Yet each of us along with our dogs can help alter that perception.
Remember before you can train a dog or rehabilitate a dog you HAVE TO CONNECT with him/her.. this can only be done by using your instincts and communicating with your energy. .. lovely, calm, respectful, kind clear energy!! Learning to understand dog language and communicate with your dog in a way she/he can understand.. they want to do the right thing..often we aren't clear & fair!
Its hard for people to continue to have negative feelings about Pit Bulls after they actually get to know one!
... and speaking of Pit Bull mixes..
In honor of LuLu her loving dog-Mom has donated to our cause of helping the otherwise overlooked dogs .. dogs in plain suits.. or shy dogs.. Mama dogs.. see below who was saved as a result of her generous donation..
Hooray for MISS FIZ & friends!!!!
The GRACIE FUND..
Once again our friends, supporters and adoptive family of the dear most loving and wonderful Miss Gracie have donated generously to support our cause of rescuing dogs from certain death.. dogs who would otherwise have been overlooked because of coat color, breed prejudices, shyness, age and health status! We are reworking our web site including the special page devoted to the extra kind work we can do in Gracies honor!
Huck's Inspiration.. A gift for another deserving sweet doggie!
Huck spent way too much time at a shelter waiting to be chosen..He knew he was meant to live with a family of his own to love... AND he finally was chosen.. by us.. and when we met him we were SO HAPPY!!! Huck is a fantastic dog in every way! He lived in our office apartment with a pack of littles and loved us all with such gentleness and enthusiasm! WE LOVED knowing him & having him share our lives and as happy as we were it hurt just a little when the time came for us to wave goodbye as we watched him drive off to live his happy life with his wonderful forever family! Well, needless to say Huck's family LOVES him to bits.. and wanted to give the same chance to another dog who was waiting and hoping to one day be chosen!
WHAT?!?!? I GOT CHOSEN??????
Yes!!!!This sweet girl is on her way to a great life now! Thanks HUCK!! She's never had a name so we are hoping Hucks family will want to name her! Stay tuned for more happy updates!
We at LOVE DOGS wish to Thank Everyone
who has helped us along the way with our mission to rescue, heal, rehabilitate, socialize dogs of every size, shape and color! Thank you to all of you big hearted adoptive families who welcomed one or more of our dogs into your homes! Thank you for keeping in touch with us with updates and wonderful photos!! Thanks to our friends at Chester AC who work overtime to save as many dogs as they do and make it easier for us to do our work! To the vets in the South who spay/neuter, vaccinations and check ups THANK YOU!! We are so grateful to owner Lynn Angel and her ladies at Dawg Patch Boarding who provide TLC to all our dogs as they recover from surgery and wait their turn to come to NY! For many dogs that is the first loving environment they experience! Thank you to Elena Strauman our compassionate transport driver who lovingly drives our dogs up from South Carolina every couple of weeks! Thank you to our vets here in NY who do our follow up wellness visits and address any medical issues ranging from extensive HeartWorm treatments to surgeries, and treatment for mysterious UTIs. and diagnosing strange bumps and lumps and rashes!!Dr. Sarah Cutler~ At Home Vet Care, Dr. Mark Christiansen @ Hudson Highlands, Mt Kisco Veterinary Clinic, Goldens Bridge Veterinary Hospital, Animal Specialty Center, Dr JP Petrie~ Cardiologist and Dr. Jen Boncynski~ Surgeon! Thank you to our generous dog first trainers for helping us to understand what makes each one of our dogs tick .. they help us assemble play groups, teach our dogs manners and tricks.. make life more fun and finally help us match dogs with adopters and adopters dogs.. Gary Pietropaolo, Jamie Ianello, Ali Wazsmer and Barbara Gerlach! A big thank you to SPCA of Westchester for enabling us to do what we do!