Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Klea and Isis

     To tell the story of Isis,  I have to begin with Klea.  Klea was a special pit bull in the household of Dave and Suzy; an accident had left her with only one eye, but it didn't slow her down in the slightest. Like most dogs, she never took a moment to feel sorry for herself. She just lived her life loving her people: Dave, Suzy,  and their daughters, Olivia (pictured below), and her younger sister, Sadie.

Klea and Olivia, snuggle-buddies

     Klea went to the Rainbow Bridge a few weeks ago. Her human family and her furry family missed her terribly. Ares, her pit bull brother, took it very hard.

Isis and Ares, also snuggle-buddies *note Isis's tutu

     Dave immediately began campaigning for a companion for Ares.  Not as a replacement for Klea, of course.   Dave and Suzy, like the rest of us, know that Isis is not Klea's replacement because no dog can be replaced.  Suzy wanted more time to grieve, but then she got a sign: a one-eyed pit bull puppy was available for adoption from the Humane Society of Berks County! 

Meet Isis! 


Look how happy she is! She's smiling!

     Isis is still very much a puppy, but she is settling in nicely.   Suzy says she is very good-natured, and Ares, like so many males we all know, is calmer than he's ever been now that he's in the presence of this new young lady.  Right guys?  ;-) 

     No doubt their household has another angel watching over them with Klea's passing, but we celebrate Isis's new life, and wish her and her family much health and happiness! 

Ares rests calmly next to his new sister, Isis
These pictures are so sweet and endearing. They speak volumes about the way a pit bull is no different than any other breed. They bond deeply with humans and each other when they are socialized to do so.  Do you have a pit bull rescue story to share?  Help dispel the myths.  See how to share your rescue by clicking on "Share Your Rescue," in the tabs above.


  1. I remember when I first met Dave and he told me he had 2 pit bulls. And, I remember thinking, “Well, we can hang out at my house then.” I had never met a pit bull, and I, like so many others, had only heard all of the negative things that the media loves to put out there.

    Then I met Ares. At that time, he was 5 months old and the only thing he wanted to do was crawl on my lap and cuddle. Dave used to say to me, “It won’t be so cute when he’s 70 pounds and wants to sit on your lap.” But, if you’ve ever seen a pit bull puppy, you know they’re hard to say no to! (And, yes, I now have a 70 pound lap dog.)

    Klea didn’t warm up to me so quickly. She yelled at me a lot in the beginning, mostly because she didn’t like change. Once she figured out that I wasn’t going anywhere, she started to warm up to me.

    She eventually became my best friend. She knew I was pregnant before I did. One night, Klea attached herself to my side and followed me wherever I went. I couldn’t go into another room without her following me. About a week later, I took that all-important test, only to find out what Klea had already known. She was by my side through both pregnancies. She was at the bottom of the steps when my girls started climbing. They weren’t getting past her! She was my car pool partner on those early morning rides to drop Liv off at school. She was by best friend.

    When we lost Klea, I told Dave I didn’t want another dog, at least not any time soon. But, I wasn’t the only one who lost their best friend. Ares was the saddest dog I’ve ever seen. I have never seen an animal mourn, but let me tell you, it’s heartbreaking. So Dave started his crusade to get Ares a new friend.

    I started looking on line and visiting local shelters, but none of those dogs felt right. This new dog had BIG shoes to fill. Then I found Isis. I saw her picture on the Berks Co Humane Society website and I knew she was the one. Dave and I went to meet her the next day. There have been very few times in my life that I have fallen in love at first sight, but this was one of them. I wasn’t leaving there without her.

    In the past few weeks that red nose, tiger striped ball of ENERGY has become a member of our family. She is very loving and gentle with the kids. She and Ares play all day until they collapse into a pile of sleeping pit bulls. Where Ares is, you’ll find Isis. He hasn’t forgotten his old friend, but he seems pretty happy with his new friend.

    The moral of this story? Don’t judge a dog by its breed. Judge a dog by the dog. There are dogs that are good and dogs that could be better. Open your heart to a shelter dog. You might just find your new best friend.

  2. i agree pits are great with kid and are great dogs to have

  3. i miss my 3 months old pit he died but it wasn,t fair he never should have died :(