Our dog, Rose — a perfect pit bull — was rescued several years ago after being found chained in a park where she had been for several days. It was also evident that she had just finished weening puppies. Rose was taken to a shelter where all pit bulls are put down, but a kind employee there fell in love with her (which, as with other pit bulls, is pretty impossible not to) and snuck her out.
These days, when Rose is not attempting to french kiss me or woo me into giving her a belly rub, one of her greatest pleasures is running. She’s got a lot of energy and thoroughly enjoys putting her natural athlete skills to the test as she practically jetés up the Hudson. Pit bulls rock. In fact, shelter dogs — in general — rock. But you know that …
The PACK (People and Animal Klub) is comprised of a group of kind-hearted volunteers who regularly run adoptable shelter dogs from Washington Humane Society‘s adoption centers. According to their website, some of the benefits that the dogs receive as a result of this program include:
- Exploration of new scenery and fresh air
- A positive outlet to channel tension and energy
- Opportunity to stretch muscles, improve cardio health, & strengthen bones
- Stability and socialization that a pack (human & canine) provides
- Additional opportunity to be seen by potential adopters
- Learn skills that may continue to develop with a new family
- Encourages others [to understand] the importance of exercising their pets
I can tell you first-hand that after a run, Rose is in tip-top shape. Her excess energy is out, she is cool, calm, and collected, and she seems totally satisfied. When I heard about PACK, I fell in love with the concept. What a perfect example of positive, creative advocacy.
Photo: The PACK