I asked Sarah to give us an update on Peggy Sue the blind pit bull because in talking to her, I knew many people could learn from the precaution she and Chad took in bringing this special dog into their home. Introducing dogs to your home can be difficult, but some forethought and preparation will go a long way to making the transition smooth. Here’s part 2 of Peggy’s story….
Well we made it official. We adopted Peggy Sue. Chad and I were sitting at dinner the one night and decided we couldn’t part with her. In fact I believe our words were, “She’d have to be pried from our cold
dead hands.” So Peggy became Peggy Sue McKillip-Johnson, and we couldn’t be happier.
I’m proud to report that Peggy is doing well and is so amazing. I’m also very proud of Chad and I,as we’ve stuck to our seven step program for her.
We’ve also done a few other things to keep Peggy safe. Heaven forbid she gets lost, she has a tag that says “Peggy Sue, I’m blind and friendly” with three phone numbers listed. She will start working one-on-one with a trainer soon. I should mention that finding a trainer willing to work with a blind pit bull was a little bit of an uphill battle. No matter how much I told the training facilities that she’s a gentle soul, many were just not interested in helping. But, I am happy to report we found a fantastic trainer and he is excited to get started.
In my last blog, I shared my Facebook post regarding those that were questioning my decision to bring a
Pit Bull into my home with three small senior dogs. In that post I encouraged people to come and meet her and for $5 donation to the ARL they could kiss Peggy. I expected a few people to show, mostly volunteers. The actual response was overwhelming! In a little under two weeks Peggy has raised almost $500, has met 20 new people, and she’s even had a few repeat customers! She’s still giving kisses if anyone would like to come and meet her.
Peggy’s Next Steps:
Let the training begin! I have big plans for Peggy: obtain her Canine Good Citizen Certification, and in a few years after her puppy shenanigans are over we hope to train her for therapy work. But what’s most important to us is that Peggy starts training now so she can show the world that being a blind dog is ok and being a pit bull doesn’t mean a thing. She’s a loving, smart, funny soul and that’s what we want people to see when they look at Peggy.