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Jen & Kenya: The Perfect Fit

Your name: Jen Kessler

Your dog's name: Kenya

Your location: San Diego, CA

What made you decide to rescue a dog (as opposed to buying one)? I learned about adoption late in life, and then about Pit Bulls. I knew I wanted to adopt from then on.

How did you come to find your rescue dog and how did you know he/she was 'the one'? I had Kenya (aka McKenna) saved on Petfinder for years. I was waiting to adopt a Pit Bull until I had an apartment that would allow it. When I met my now husband and we had been together about a year, we discussed adopting a Pit Bull. Kenya was STILL on Petfinder, so I asked him if we could go meet her. We fell in love instantly. We found out later she had been adopted and returned four or so times and had a bad fear of strangers - she never showed that fear towards us. It was like she chose us right back. She has now been with us 6 years, when she had never in her life had a home for more than 1 or 2.

If applicable, please name the rescue/shelter your dog came from. The Barking Lot

If you and your pup had an entire day to do only fun things together, what would your day look like? Kenya would ride in the car all day. We don’t even have to go anywhere, just drive around. Then get a Puppachino and play chase with a tennis ball.

If you had two magic minutes where your dog could understand everything you said, what would you tell her/him? That she is the most special being and that we are so happy she picked us to be her family.

What would be your dog's theme song? “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (she is soooo clingy)

How does your pup make your life better? She makes us laugh every day.

What do you want the world to know about rescuing a dog? It is worth every challenge to know that you are responsible for giving a dog in need the very best chance.

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