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Crystal & Gizmo Michael: He truly is a Gentle Pit

Your name: Crystal

Your dog's name: Gizmo Michael

Your location: Buffalo, NY

What made you decide to rescue a dog (as opposed to buying one)? My family has always adopted at the SPCA and knew there were beautiful great dogs sitting in a kennel. We were taught to treat our dogs like you would a person.

How did you come to find your rescue dog and how did you know he/she was 'the one'? Before I was 100% aware of rescues, we looked on Craigslist. At the time, we had a Newfie from SPCA and a Rottie we took from a bad spot. My sister had two pit bulls, and I fell in love with them. My sister was looking at a dog, and was on her way to go when I came home and asked to go with - they turned out to be too big and they were in horrible conditions. I got up to leave and the owner kicked one of the dogs! I paid $400 to take him. He was only 4 lbs and clinging to life. I knew I was his only chance to live.        

If you and your pup had an entire day to do only fun things together, what would your day look like? He is an awesome foster brother now and loves to play with puppies, we would also have a nice variety of snacks and walks in nature to sniff EVERYTHING.

If you had two magic minutes where your dog could understand everything you said, what would you tell her/him? That he taught me patience, love, and a bond I will truly cherish forever.

What would be your dog's theme song? Any techno song! He’s always a 10 - haha!

How does your pup make your life better? How doesn’t he?  He gets me up and moving and healthy he has a special diet and so I do it now - haha! He is a goober and makes me laugh. He’s def recognized some bad people in my life. I have trusted him and he was right!

What do you want the world to know about rescuing a dog? Every dog is different and can take time and training. Our boy is 9 and we still have training to do - but the bond you form and how you see them trust and become grateful for you, is truly priceless.

Anything else we should know? He truly is a gentle pit.

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