Escondido Humane Society
3450 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
Aptly named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, this dog is also the ideal of athleticism! Watching her run and jump and fetch balls, one can’t help but admire her lean, sinewy muscular build and incredible coordination. She is also smart, eager to please, and easy to teach – not to mention loyal and affectionate. She knows all the essential commands, “come,” “stay,” “leave it,” “sit,” “wait, “lie down,” and “shake” (OK, maybe the last one isn’t essential). If she seems excited and hyperactive when you first meet her, well, how else would a dog like that react to being cooped up in a kennel most of the day? She has been here way too long! She does pull on the leash, but not with her gentle leader, and she heels nicely and trots beside you like a refined lady if you slide her collar up below her jaw and lift straight up (transformed like magic!). When she is walked like that for a while she starts to settle down and doesn’t pull. She sometimes barks to get attention, but gives up quickly if you react to that by turning your back on her, and she just needs to learn that does not work with her master. With a little consistent training this dog would be a real prize for whatever you need, companionship, protection, a playmate for your dog, a fantastic acrobat to show off to your friends, all of the above, or just about anything else!! If there were dog Olympics, this girl would be a gold-medal contender! Athena will bring endless fun and positive energy to her new home. My ID number is: 61849
I am at the Escondido location. You can contact me by:
Phone: (760)888-BARK (2275)
Escondido Humane Society
3450 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
Did you know that Pit Bulls have been called “Nanny Dogs” since they are so good with children?
Did you know that Petey in the Little Rascals was a Pit Bull?
Did you know that Pit Bulls are common therapy dogs? They are helping in senior centers and also helping people with emotional and physical turmoil.
Did you know that Pit Bulls were the mascot in both World War I and World War II?
Did you know that Sgt. Stubby was a Pit Bull and a war hero? Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy.
Did you know that Pit Bulls commonly have the highest scores on the American Temperament Test with an average score above 83%? They score higher than Poodles, Golden Retrievers and most other breeds.
Take a chance and Adopt a Pit Bull or Pit Bull Mix. You will never regret it. We now have a 1/2 Dalmatian 1/2 Pit Bull and a 1/2 Great Dane 1/2 Pit Bull. They are both loving, fun and protective dogs. Archie (Dal/Pit) protects my entire family but he really stands beside my daughter. He sleeps with her and looks out for her. It’s amazing. Our new Pit Mix, Max is a character and so far he is a pretty awesome puppy just with a few lessons to learn (like what to chew and what not to chew, respect other dogs….you know what every puppy needs to learn.)
Take a look at a Pit Bull or Pit Bull Mix. They are truly great dogs and perfect with kids. They live up to the name of being a “Nanny Dog.”
(Reprint Courtesy of San Diego Humane Society – San Diego & North County Campus)
“The purpose of this pit bull campaign is to help everyone see what loving companions pit bulls can make when given the right training, care and environment. We hope to also reinforce the bond between pit bulls and their owners, while promoting pit bull adoptions.” – Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO
Bully Beauty Contest Date: Saturday, October 20th
Location: North Campus Dog Park 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
You are invited to join us as we honor a special group of pit bulls and their owners during our Bully Beauty Contest starting at 11:30am. The contest will be hosted by Brad Wills from Fox 5 and judges include Mayor of Oceanside, Jim Wood, Energy 103.7’s AJ Machado, Mel Makaric from San Diego Home Cooking, and Arden Moore, America’s Pet Edu-Tainer™. Guests will also receive free treats from Hills and Three Dog Bakery, make dog toys for the dogs in our care, interact with wonderful pit bull ambassadors, and have opportunities to win fun prizes.
For more information, please visit…http://wwwSDHumane.org
Located at: Escondido Humane Society
A Little Bit About Estelle:
This beautiful black and white lady is full of energy and intelligence. Many of the volunteers at the shelter believe she may have some Border Collie in her. She is an excellent Frisbee retriever, able to catch it in the air at times. She is agile and smart, and is learning commands such as sit, down, and stay quickly. Estelle is treat motivated and would love to be part of daily fun and games to keep her mind and body challenged and exercised. Estelle would love to go for runs, hikes, and outdoor fun you will venture to take her on. This beautiful dog has a soft silky coat that shines in the sun along with her vivacious personality. Structure and training are an ideal part of Estelle’s new home. She will keep you on your toes and smiling. Estelle has done very well with her male pity playmate Patches and may enjoy having another dog in her new home. If you are looking for a strong intelligent dog who will bring excitement and fun to your family, Estelle is the girl for you!
Here is what her volunteer pal says about her:
Estelle would probably get along with other dogs pretty well, in my experience she seems relatively dog-social. She didn’t like going in the creek/getting her feet wet at first, but she warmed up to it and went in when she saw us and some funny English bulldogs doing it. Seems like she had never been around water before, other than in a bowl or a bath. She was very timid and didn’t want to get in the car at first, but it wasn’t too hard to coax her in and she did very well riding around. She knows all the essential commands and is smart, affectionate, and treat motivated. She would probably do well with kids, as she has a very “soft mouth” and is generally gentle. She pulls a little sometimes but isn’t hard to walk (she doesn’t drag you around and responds when you correct her). She probably wouldn’t do well with cats, as she chases little critters. She is not much of a barker when outside EHS, that is always a good thing. She may look like your “BBD” (basic black dog) at first glance, but her
perky little ears, white “socks,” and endearing personality sets her apart.
Copy and paste the following link to see Estelle and her best canine friend Aston on YouTube:http://www.EscondidoHumaneSociety.org
(Re-post from Dog Heirs)
For a while, I’ve been preaching the importance of networking shelter dogs. The more we share, the greater the chances of a shelter dog being saved.
In theory, you probably think, that makes sense. But maybe you need to see real proof to really believe it. Nico is all the proof you need.
The incredibly sad photo above is Nico, a 6 year old deaf Dogo Argentino who was in a Los Angeles animal shelter in the summer of 2009. The photo paints such a heartbreaking picture of a dog’s life on the inside. Nico was broken. Defeated. Done. He had given up and lost all hope, as so many shelter animals do.
It’s a hard photo to look at, isn’t it? But this photograph changed Nico’s life.
When the photograph hit the internet, it broke the heart of everyone who saw it. Thankfully some hearts were broken in a good way. People felt motivated to do something. They wanted to change the ending of Nico’s story.
People started sharing Nico’s photo and his story. And since the internet world is a really small place, word spread like wildfire. Soon Nico was pulled from the LA shelter, even though he was labeled “dangerous” and was believed to have been used for dog fighting. The kind soul who pulled him planned to take him to her veterinarian to be euthanized, but as she spent time with him, she came to realize there was more to Nico than met the eye.
Check out this video of Nico. It’s about 8 minutes long, but trust me, it’s worth every second! Please watch it!
Nico ended up in Noblesville, Indiana, at the shelter where I am a volunteer. He was placed with a wonderful foster mom who taught him how to be a pet. She showed him, probably for the first time in his life, what it was like to be loved. The people who would become Nico’s forever family found his picture on the shelter’s webpage. They took him home and integrated him into their family, and since then they’ve added a canine sister for Nico.
Nico’s life hasn’t been without challenges. But he’s worlds away from where he was just 3 short years ago. He’s living the kind of life every dog deserves, with a family that adores him.