City: Seaside, CA
Favorite things: people, treats, bones, food, cookies, hot dogs and other doggies
Cici’s story, as written by her person CeliaSue of Have dog blog will travel.
I was strolling through the park one day, not really, I was back in Vegas, God knows why. It was awfully depressing, but there I was in January 2007. I was living in a house of a former landlord there, and he asked me to take care of this dog. She was a pain, constantly showing off her belly and seeking my attention. The last pets I had had were cats and cats are not demanding attention all the time, so it was annoying. But then after a very short time, she grew on me. She was so sweet, loving and funny. She made me laugh a lot. And was just plain adorable and cuddly. So when I found out that he had gotten this dog for a gal with a homicidal maniac boyfriend, who had put the gal in the hospital numerous times and had put her in jail and that she was getting out soon, I knew I had to do something. Because this sweet dog was going to be put in harm’s way. The gal kept calling up the boyfriend and no dog can protect a woman from her own destructiveness. They were going to keep this dog tied up in a yard with other dogs and the maniac boyfriend would have access. No way! Since there is a known well-documented correlation between abusers of animals and people, I had to do something quickly so I rescued her!
Cici and I left Vegas in March and were threatened via email. We landed back in Carson City, Nevada, on a farm, where I had lived before and traveled around California together for two years after that. During our travels and everywhere we go, Cici is an amazing ambassador for her breed. In fact, these people we know have a six-year-old boy who was terrified of dogs. At first, he would not go near Cici. But baby step by step she won him over. He told me, “I used to be afraid of dogs, but now because of Cici, I’m not anymore.”
Cici loves people and is constantly showing them her belly, licking their feet and just being her silly polka dot princess self. Not long ago, we were at a Borders book store and there was a group of people outside the store watching my girl showing off her belly on the carpet. They were laughing and pointing. A crowd gathered there inside and outside the store. I feel like I’m traveling with a celebrity. She brings a lot of joy to people. You can just see them light up when she does her floor show routine. She gets 99.9% positive attention.
But every once in awhile, we get some negative people who don’t know any better say something ignorant. Another time in Border’s, this person was afraid and other people were reacting, too. The fear just spread. Suddenly, this guy brought his gorgeous 5-year-old blonde haired, blue eyed daughter over and let her pet Cici. The whole scene changed instantly. I had tears in my eyes I was so grateful and thankful for this angel. Cici loves kids and is so gentle with them. Everyone could see that immediately.
Note: This is the second Positively Pit Bull story! My inbox was flooded with submissions (yay!!!) after the Blog the Change post. I’ll be posting them on Fridays then archiving them in the Positively Pit Bull tab above. Please share your story! All the Positively Pit Bull details are here.