by Terese Shaw
Terese Shaw is an FBR Adoptions Coordinator for Fresno Bully Rescue. FBR shares their animal rescue adventures with us every other month.
In 2011, I and another FBR Board member made the drive up to Jamestown, California, and returned with Shadow. Shadow was an owner surrender, dumped at the local animal control in an area that had very little adoption outlets for Pit Bull-type dogs. Fresno Bully Rescue wanted to give him a chance at finding a forever home, so after a little temperament testing, we loaded him up and brought him back to Fresno with us.
Shadow was a mellow kind of guy. He enjoyed car rides and was easy going. We hoped that this amazing boy wouldn’t have to wait too long for his forever home to find him. The only challenge Shadow faced was that he was an “all black” Pit Bull. Many black shelter dogs often have a harder time getting adopted. This is a somewhat common issue known as “Black Dog Syndrome” in the animal rescue field. When his adoption application was received, it came all the way from Belmont, California. After talking with Steve, the applicant, who only ever adopted black dogs, it was obvious they would make a great pair. When I first met Steve, I thought to myself, “Shadow is one lucky dog. He’s going to enjoy living his life out with a very special guy!”
Over the following year, I enjoyed many update photos of Steve’s and Shadow’s adventures. Then a call came in December from an obviously upset and shocked Steve, letting me know that Shadow had suddenly passed away. Unbeknownst to anyone, Shadow had a type of hemophilia: a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced.
It took about a year for Steve’s heart to heal. When he was finally ready, I got the call asking me to help him find another black Pit Bull in need of a home. He inquired about a dog we had named Zeus. Zeus was a big, muscular boy that was the opposite in energy from Shadow. Zeus was a spitfire, and he’d need an experienced, patient owner. Their first ‘meet and great’ was fantastic, and it just seemed it was meant to be.
The day he went home, because of the journey home, Steve brought his rollerblades, so he could take Zeus for a little run. I laughed so hard when Steve described the wild ride Zeus provided.
Zeus and Steve have been happily living out their lives since 2013, and since then Zeus has enjoyed classic movie time with dad and a weekly BBQ just for him.
If you are interested in adoption or learning more about becoming a foster family, or of making a donation, please visit www.fresnobullyrescue.org.
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Oh, what a life-affirming story! So glad to know that Steve did bond with the other PB after losing the other love of his life PB too early. I know KRL via CHOTK, The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier… and enjoy the animal articles. Thank you, Teresa, for writing this <3.
I know Steve and he has a huge heart and great love for all of his four legged pals. Zeus is another in a line of well loved pit bulls and he loves him dearly, from what I’ve seen since he and Zeus became “roommates”, the feeling is mutual.
Anyone who is willing and able should follow Steve’s loving lead and make a dog in need part of their family too.
“The love of a good dog makes me a better person.”
Hi! This is really a heartwarming story about losing someone that was bonded to a heart but at the same time still be open-hearted to share a love and an open house for another dog in need. I also want to underline the commenter before me that everybody who has the patience and ability to share love, time, and space to take care of those dogs in need like Steve did by open up his love and home for Zeus.
I have lived with two different tripod dogs. Pete, a Cocker lost a back leg. Molly, a Boxer lost a front leg.Evidently, neither dog could count because they did not seem to notice that they were short a leg. Dogs who are well loved can overcome a great deal. As long as their people act like it is all good….it is all good.