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ASPCA Happy Tails: From A to Zeus

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:15am
Tan and white pit bull wearing winter jacket

Every single day, ASPCA staffers have the privilege of meeting some of the most wonderful, spirited animals you could ever encounter. In fact, one of the hardest parts of our job is resisting the urge to adopt each and every one of them! But every now and then, we’ll meet an animal that inspires us to throw that resistance out the window. Such was the case with our very own Dr. Colin Dwyer, DVM, and an abused Pit Bull named Zeus.

As a veterinarian for the ASPCA, Dr. Dwyer has seen his fair share of dogs. He’s also seen his fair share of heartbreak. “I’ve met a lot of dogs that are ideal in every way, but that get ignored because they’re too big, or are of a demonized breed such as Pit Bulls,” he says. Determined to make a difference for one such dog, Dr. Dwyer waited patiently for the perfect fit.

In January, members of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group and the Adoption Center’s behavior staff all recommended that he meet a dog named Zeus. “They knew my love for big dogs, and everyone in the hospital had fallen in love with Zeus while caring for his injuries,” says the vet. The two were introduced, and it was an ideal match. “Zeus was the dog I’d been waiting for: a large Pit Bull covered in scars, but housetrained and as sweet as can be,” he says. “He is one of the most affectionate dogs I’ve ever met—amazing given his history of neglect and abuse.”

After adopting Zeus, Colin changed his name to Goose. He tells us, “Goose is adjusting well to our house, aside from shamelessly hogging the bed! He is quiet, cute, well-trained and also very playful.” Everyone at the ASPCA is so happy for Dr. Dwyer and Goose, not only for proving that all dogs—including big ones, scarred ones and bully breeds—can make perfect pets, but also for demonstrating how lucky we are to work with these truly extraordinary animals every single day.

Do you have a Happy Tail you’d like to share? Email your story to happytails@aspca.org and we might feature it on the blog!

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Bettine

I loved the story, and particularly loved the photo of Goose on his back on the kitchen floor, surrounded by his playthings! What a sweetheart. I have never found pit bulls to be any different in temperament than other dogs. I agree strongly with the person who noted that it's the people who are at fault when the pups get in trouble. Thanks for the story!!

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I am imploring you to help the defenseless in Carthage, Tennessee. People don't respect animals there and these frightened, destitute Cats & dogs roam the streets alone, dirty hungry,and afraid. Dezi is trying to care for as many as she can at her own expense and all by herself: Food, vet bills, shelter and love. Please help Dezi and her precious animals. Go find and get them. Help her fiinancially. Call 615-489-4794.

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I'm glad he's feeling better! He is a cute puppy! Hope the ASPCA, helps more fun loving animals today!;)

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