This is me, Ernie!
Hi everyone! My name is Ernie and I am a pit bull. I am two years old and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. And….I am homeless. Not living on the streets, eating out of garbage cans homeless (though I have done that too), but I do not have the kind of home where they say “the heart is.” Let me explain…
A year and a half ago I was in a really bad way. I don’t like to think about it, so we will fast-foward to when I met Miz Christi. Miz Christi saw that I desperately needed help and she looked for someone who would help me get it. Miz Christi found Miz Ami and Rescue Mom! The day they came in to my life was the beginning of something good for me! Miz Ami and Rescue Mom took me to a public bath and then Rescue Mom took me to her home!
When Miz Christi found me I was in a real bad way.
She fixed up a cozy crate with the softest blankets and pillows and gave me a big bowl of food and fresh water. I got to sleep inside the house on all the soft stuff – it was the best night’s sleep ever! The next day Rescue Mom tended to the wounds on my face and arms and made sure they were clean. She was very gentle so that I would not cry. Not that I would have, I am very tough, but still. I learned that there were other dogs in the house and they came down to look at me while I was in my crate. I could tell they weren’t too sure of me, but I knew I was safe, so I was ok with that.
Then Rescue Mom took me to a doctor so I could be fixed! Honestly, had I known what that meant, I might have put up a fuss, but it is just as well. The doctor found out that I had HEART WORMS!!! Gross!! He told Rescue Mom that I would need to have a very difficult and expensive treatment but she said that was ok and that she would help me get it. Miz Ami found people to help pay for the treatment I needed. Rescue Mom and Rescue Dad (yep, I have one of those too) had to travel out of town for a while, so I went to stay with Miz Julie. Miz Julie had lots of other animals so I got to smell all sorts of other dogs and cats. Miz Julie was kind enough to take care of me for several weeks while Rescue Mom got prepared for me to come back and get rid of the heart worms.
Facial wounds were healing nicely
Once I started the treatment, I did not feel so good. RM even had to take me back to the doctor to get some pills to help. I had to stay calm all the time and RM kept me on a leash even in the fenced yard. Zoomies were strictly prohibited! As was meeting the other dogs – RM was afraid I would get too excited. So that is what I did for two months – I had a big room to myself though and a comfy big chair to sleep on during the day. RM came to visit several times a day and we talked about stuff. She said that I was going to move to Florida when my treatment was over and that soon I would find a real home. She said I couldn’t stay with her because her other dogs were fussing about me being there. RM said I deserved a home where I could be with people anywhere in the house any time.
So Rescue Mom and Miz Ami took me to Florida and that is where I met Mister Mike and Miz Goldie. They have a rescue place just for pit bulls and they thought they could find me a good home. Mister Mike taught me how to walk on a leash and how to take treats from people without biting their fingers. He took me on walks with other dogs so I could feel comfortable around them. At first I wasn’t so sure about that, but I got used to it. I met lots of friends who came to visit and they would take me on walks too. Once Rescue Mom and Miz Ami came to visit me! RM sent me yummy treats and a toy to show that she was still thinking about me. I was in Florida for a whole year though. Even though I tried to be really good, no one offered to share their home with me. So Mister Mike and Rescue Mom decided I should try looking for a home in Atlanta again.
Rescue Mom wasn’t really sure how this was going to work. Her dogs still voted against me living with them, so I bunked at a doctor’s office for a while. Then a month ago I moved to a nice dog resort – my room has indoor AND outdoor space and I have a bed that sits above the floor! Mister Marc and Miz Nancy run the place and they are very nice. They take me outside several times a day and I have a HUGE fenced yard I run in. I love to roll in grass and kick my feet up in the air. Sometimes I get running really fast, then I dive in the grass nose first!
Taking it easy
So that is my story! Rescue Mom said that writing about my adventures every week might help me find a real home, so I think it is worth a try! Next I am going to tell you about my girlfriend!!!
Pit bull love and licks,