Patrick, this blog's founder, received a touching email recently, and we thought we would share it:
My boyfriend and I adopted Minnie, the
pitbull in September 2010. I was going through all the older posts on the Shelter Dogs of Portland blog and found her beautiful face on there!
to give you her story, and let you know why she was scooped up so quickly by
us. Oh, to start, we changed her name to Maddie :)
I think it was February of 2010 that my cousin found her running the streets in
Corbett and brought her to my house because she couldn't hold her overnight. We took "Minnie" in to the shelter the next morning. Her owners
were contacted and came to get her the following day.
About a month later,
someone else found her and took her to the shelter. This time the owners waited
4-5 days to come get her. Finally, in late August, I was driving to my dad's
house in Corbett when I saw her running the streets again.
I called her name
and she jumped right in the front seat of my car. We knew then that this dog
was meant for us. We took her to the shelter and waited anxiously to see if her
owners would come and get her.
After 6 days they never came and we took her
home on September 3, 2010. We knew she would be the perfect addition to our family, and
she certainly has lived up to it.
Maddie is an ambassador for her breed. Everyone that meets her loves her,
especially the people who were uneasy about pitbulls.
She is quiet, clean,
respectful and is the sweetest dog ever. She puts up with Billie's guarding
very well and enjoys going to the dog park. She adores my 7 year old sister and
loves going for rides anywhere. She gets to sleep on the couch with Billie and
sleep in the bed with us at night and has lots of toys to play with all the
I really love this dog and am thankful to Multnomah County Animal Shelter
for bringing us together.