It’s been three months since Dog Tales co-founder Rob dropped off 18 pit bulls at Dogs Playing for Life in Florida. It’s a hard-won second chance for the animals, who, a couple of years prior, had been rescued from an alleged dog-fighting ring in Tilbury, Ont., and initially placed on doggy death row–that is, until Dog Tales intervened, and, ultimately, succeeded in getting these dogs into a rehabilitation program.
Now, Rob’s back to check in on the dogs he fought so hard to save. Aimee Sadler, a top dog behaviourist who has worked closely with Dog Tales on other challenging cases before, updates Rob on their progress:
“Some of the dogs that we didn’t anticipate were going to be social at all…I’m just blown away that we’ve got two thirds of them [that] we’re now rating as ‘companion,'” Aimee tells him.
That means the majority of these dogs could indeed go on to be adopted down the road. It’s especially remarkable considering the fact that just three months ago, even putting two of these dogs together in a pen was a recipe for disaster. Now, they’re able to interact with each other in a healthy way, and when they do fight, it’s done playfully.
As for the others? Well, here’s where things get even more exciting: They’re literally leaping and bounding for joy. Although they have certainly been more challenging to work with, Aimee hired an expert who’s been making real progress with these six and has found a way to channel their competitive natures into positive behaviours.
You have to see it to believe it.