Lucky Number 17

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:30am
Tan and white pit bull running on grass

In June 2012, the ASPCA rescued dozens of dogs from a Bronx dog fighting ring. Andrea K. adopted one of these special dogs, named 17, and shared the following story with us:

In May 2012, I lost my Pit Bull of 11 years, Mojo Jojo, to osteosarcoma. My heart was broken. I knew I would adopt another Pit Bull but wasn't quite ready yet. I decided to foster a puppy named 17.  He fit in really well, and loves his housemates—we have three Staffordshire Bull Terriers named Charlie, Rumble and Page, and two adopted cats named Mush and Viggo. After about three weeks, we decided to officially adopt him.  

As a dog trainer, I felt it was important to socialize 17, taking him to new places, introducing him to people and dogs during his foster period. Walking in town was a challenge. If a bus or truck passed by, or if 17 heard a loud noise, he would try to get back to the house. Walking him with our confident, adult dogs Rumble and Charlie, as well as bringing food along, helped 17 learn to walk in town without fear. At first, 17 was also hesitant to use the stairs leading up to our home. After a few weeks of eating breakfast on the steps, he overcame his fear.

17 is an avid swimmer, which we discovered when we took him to the beach—I could hardly hold onto his leash when he saw the water. Wearing a life jacket, 17 will fetch a ball over and over in the ocean. He's also enjoying agility classes.  We also do a sport called lure coursing, which he took to right away. He has competed in Coursing Ability Tests and earned his first title in May.

A lot of people ask us why his name is 17.  When we first took him home, his paperwork said #17/Arthur, meaning 17 of the 47 dogs in the case. “17” stuck and it is perfect because people always ask about it, which gives us an opportunity to educate people that great dogs really can come from cases of cruelty and neglect.  No one forgets his name, either.  

We’d like to thank the ASPCA for the great work they do and the opportunity they give animals like 17 every day in their work.

Pit bull napping with cat

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Andrea you are an angel to give him a chance to show what a wonderful dog he is.

Mura Kievman

What a perfect photo to prove how well fighting dogs can recover and become loving and gentle pets. Congratulations to you!

Marie Brygider

It makes me so happy to see these dogs have been given a 2nd chance and a new lease on life!


Andra This is so wonderful I have the same problem with one of my pits I can't get her by my house because of the cars even if she with her best friend Storm (my other pit :)


Andrea, than you for giving 17 a second chance at life and the ability to thrive. What a sweet boy you have ;) 17 is my favorite lucky #!


I want 2 thank u so much 4 saving 17 and changing his life around i wish there were more people like u that give these poor dogs a second chance.


I want 2 thank u so much 4 saving 17 and changing his life around i wish there were more people like u that give these poor dogs a second chance.

elaine marino

"17" is awesome.... so glad he got a chance at such a great life....and Andrea, bless your wonderful heart....

Jeanne Turpin

So glad you adoped 17 ! They all deserve a chance for LOVE and a GOOD HOME. Case in point.. our vet. gave my mother a pit bull...older, about 6 or so, at first I wasn't sure, but he has been a great companion for her and she loves him... he was dumped, has scars on face and missing a bunch of teeth ! But, is a loving sweet dog, she's had him now for about 3 years, and she is 94 years old !!! talk about trusting & loving a dog ! Just goes to show... you can't lump all dogs into the
BAD catagory... no bad dogs... just BAD OWNERS !!!!


Thanks for sharing. Your story made my day! YOU'RE WONDERFUL!!!