Your name: Becky
Your dog's name: Tyrone
Your location: Los Angeles, CA
What made you decide to rescue a dog (as opposed to buying one)? Buying one simply didn’t feel right. I felt drawn to adopting a pup. I learned more about the adoption process and benefits (saving 2 lives by adopting 1) through a very influential friend of mine and it sealed in my decision.
How did you come to find your rescue dog and how did you know he/she was 'the one'? It’s kind of a long story but we were told adopting in LA during a pandemic would take 4-6 months because of the influx of applications and also because they actually match dogs with proper homes for them. So, we were starting the process. I had applied for a young adult female pitty through an agency and they reached out saying that particular pup was in Phase 2 (of 3) of her adoption process. (Yay!) But they JUST found a dog, literally the day prior, in Bakersfield and if we were open to a big dog, it might be a good fit for us. So, after lots of back and forth texts and pics and videos and testing him with other dogs of all sizes, cats, kids, we were already attached to him and already had a name picked out. Also, noteworthy, we had JUST moved into our new apartment and we still had crates everywhere but were alllllmost done unpacking. Needless to say, within 4 days, Tyrone (then Popsicle) was transported down to LA, vetted and scheduled for his neuter, did a meet and greet with us (that was profound, but I’ll save that for another day), and logistics planned for us to take him home. 4-6 months WHERE?!
If applicable, please name the rescue/shelter (and location) your dog came from. He was found chained up in the desert in Bakersfield.
If you and your pup had an entire day to do only fun things together, what would your day look like? We’d sleep in, he’d come with us for brunch somewhere and he’d have some treats and collect pets. We’d go on an adventure. Maybe out for a looooong walk or maybe a trip to the beach. We’d head home (maybe pick up his first pupuccino on the way!) and dinner for all three of us. Some chill time on the balcony and then bed.
If you had two magic minutes where your dog could understand everything you said, what would you tell her/him? I’d tell him that he’s safe and the actual best boy and the non-human love of my life, and also can he please just sort of maybe manage a LITTLE of his slobber?! Seriously.
What would be your dog's theme song? “Tyrone” by Erykah Badu, obviously.
How does your pup make your life better? We laugh daily because of him. Multiple times. It’s only been 6 months with him, but he already helps me manage anxiety and keeps me grounded.
What do you want the world to know about rescuing a dog? It is not for the faint of heart, but it is equally just as rewarding. If you have the time, patience, and willingness to learn how to heal a dog and retrain them from survival to thriving, it’s the best thing you can do.
Anything else we should know? Tyrone has ALL of the personality and he wants to love and be loved by everybody, human or not. He is authentically one of the best pitbull (mix) representatives I’ve ever seen and the best example of why they make such wonderful family members. I really hope the country continues to reform their outdated and irrational pitbull breed laws and retire the stigmas. They really just are not factual. Also, we have an Instagram for him if you’d like to see all that personality I mentioned: @ohhiimty (Oh, hi! I’m Ty.)