ASPCA Happy Tails: A Boost from Brewster

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:30am
Man playing with dog

Looking back at all of our Happy Tails, a clear theme emerges: pets are more than just furry, four-legged animals living in our homes. They are our best friends, our support systems, and our constant sources of joy. That’s why, when Joshua S. was struggling through a difficult period in his life, a dog named Brewster was the only thing able to turn it all around. Here is their Happy Tail.

Joshua grew up with dogs—a Pomeranian and a Newfoundland—but had been without a pup of his own since moving to New York City. While going through what he describes as “the most trying time in my life,” Joshua thought the companionship of a dog was just what he needed. At the end of May, he headed to the ASPCA Adoption Center in search of a little companion. “I was originally looking to adopt a smaller breed as they seemed more practical for city living,” says Joshua. “However, when I began looking at the ASPCA, I fell in love with pit bulls.”

Fortunately for Joshua, Brewster—a one-year-old pit bull—was at the ASPCA Adoption Center waiting for his new forever home. He and another dog, Bonnie, first came to the ASPCA in October 2013 after being rescued from an abusive situation. Though initially timid and nervous around new people, Brewster’s puppy-like energy soon shone through, and he was eager to meet the right person.

“I knew Brewster was the dog for me as soon as I saw him,” says Joshua. “I had seen quite a few dogs, but when I got to his room, he immediately jumped up and wanted to play.” The two spent some time getting to know each other, but Joshua was already certain that Brewster was right choice. “He was so affectionate, and you could tell that he had so much love to give. I knew definitively that he was the one.”

Dog jumping in the air to get kong toy

Back at home, Joshua’s new companion proved to be everything he had hoped for. “Brewster sleeps with me at night, and if he’s not curled up at the end of my bed, he’s next to me with one paw resting below my shoulder as if he’s protecting me.” Brewster loves to daydream by the windowsill, and the two pals spend lots of time together at the dog park, running, and exploring the neighborhood. Before Joshua leaves for work, he says, “Brewster will literally jump up and wrap his arms around me to give me a hug. He does the same when I return home, except he has a lot of kisses as well.”

Both Joshua and Brewster persevered through a period of suffering before they found each other, and their bond is so much stronger because of it. “I thought the companionship of a dog would help me through,” says Joshua, “and Brewster has done just that. He has helped me more than I could ever imagine possible.”

Brewster’s sister, Bonnie, is still waiting for her forever home. If you are interested in adopting this sweet girl, please contact the ASPCA Adoption Center at 212-876-770 ext. 4120.

Red and white pit bull laying on couch

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Beautiful! The joyous pics say it all! Wishing Joshua and Brewster a lifetime of shared happiness together! I wish more people would open their hearts and minds to pit bulls; they are such tremendously affectionate and intelligent sweeties. I pray that someone as loving as Joshua rescues Brewster's sister Bonnie from the ASPCA. It must be so hard for her to be without Brewster and, without a forever home.


What a handsome boy. So glad he has his forever home.

Terri in Texas

You can see the happiness in Brewster's face. What a lucky boy.

Mary Garson

Great story! God bless you both for saving each other!

Dresia Vaughn

I am so truly happy for you Joshua, and your new companion. You know, there is nothing like a four legged friend that got your back, one that has pure love, unlike human love, one that will protect you, play with you, smile with you, whine, entertain you, greet you at the door, hang out with, around with, that’s a true friend, one that won’t think twice about danger should he encounter it protecting his master, caretaker. Animals have feelings, emotions, sympathy, and empathy for humans which people give them so little in return. You can see that Brewster is so happy. I love the picture with Brewster jumping onto the bed and you are encouraging him. I would have done the same thing. The Bible reads: “A righteous man regards the life of his animal” and for many people such as you, myself and others who love animals and will give them a beautiful home and loving heart. They are the ones to trust, because the give the best and purest love beyond what man can comprehend. Advise, don’t give your dog heart worm medicine, give him garlic pills instead, (they have them for animals) and also, don’t feed him any red meats, an organic diet, with fish oil, antioxidants, vitamin C, keep his immune system healthy. We’ve had to bury 6 of our dogs to Cancer, one recently to Lymphoma, our Boe was only 8 young yrs. old. The holistic Vet and Doctor told my mother there is much chemicals they are putting in dog foods and heartworm medicine. So since his passing Aug 1 of this year, it’s been a rough road for us but we have a new puppy going on 4 months old, German Shepard, (which we’ve always had in the family) and his name is Titus, a name taken from the bible. He’s a good companion for our snow-white 7 yr. old Angel. So, congratulations on your new loyal family companion.


you are one awesome dude!!!! (and beautiful dog too!!)
God bless you both


Awesome story. Looks like a perfect match.

erika granoff

great pics, some of the best ive seen on here, good luck in your new beautiful home brewster thank you josh

Mary Ellen I always say..there is nothing better than the love between man and an animal...beautiful story!

Jennifer Wydra

Love that story, Brewster is such a cutie! :)