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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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Emma

That is one happy Goose! Thank you, Dr. Dwyer, for your work for the animals at the ASPCA and for giving this beautiful, sweet, playful dog a loving and safe new home.

BETSY

We have a pit bull and she is the sweetest dog we have ever had. My heart goes out to the ones that get abused. Thanks Doctor for all you do. You are special.

deannagn@netzero.net

IT BREAKS MY HEART TO HEAR` ALL THE BAD PRESS THESE LOVING DOG(PITBULLS) GET WHEN IT'S THE OWNER WHO'S THE REAL BAD GUY NOT THE DOG. THE OWNER IS THE VILLIAN HE TOUGHT HIS DOG TO BE MEAN; AND HIS PET WAS MORE THAN HAPPY TO WANT TO PLEASE HIM. YOU TEACH A CHILD OR ANIMAL TO DO WHAT PLEASES YOU; AND YOU SHOULD BE THE ONE TO TAKE THE CONSICUINSES OF YOU ACTIONS; NOT AN ANIMAL WHO WAS DOING WHAT YOU TOUIGHT IT.

Carol Proudfoot

I AGREE! 100%. I have SAID! to SO MANY People Regarding (BAD PRESS, OWNERS REAL BAD GUY NOT THE DOGS. On ALL I have said/say is on DEAF EARS. I STILL believe in what I said/say, 100%.

jerald josey

I have an American Bulldog, and he almost smiles at me, and wagging his tail so hard his butt shakes side to side because he is so glade ro see me when I come home from work. He is sweet but he will not let anyone hurt me, He will get mean if he thinks someone is hurting us. And thats what I want in my Bulldog.

Lizzie Shoemaker

Your so right about that the owner is a jerk!

EarlGrayHot

What a big sweet boy!

Lizzie Shoemaker

I agree with you he is 'a big sweet boy'!

Maki

Thank for sharing. Made my day!

Lisa

Awesome!

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