Leesel and Brooklyn had a good thing going. At ages 8 and 13 they were sliding into retirement as the deeply loved and cherished kids to their forever Mom.
They showered her with affection and curled up beside her . She returned each kiss with one of her own, a gentle scratch behind the ears and sometimes a double-barreled bear hug wrapped around the deep chests of these two bully breed girls.
The girls saw their plan as forever dogs do: Devote every breath, every heartbeat to their human. Put their lives in her hands. Be with her no matter what. Live a lifetime in the final kiss, the last embrace, the long whisper. To time’s end and back again.
Sometimes Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans.
In Brooklyn’s and Leesel’s life, it was their Mom’s health that caused them to say goodbye.
I am their foster Mom. They came into my life because I saw my three forever dogs in their stares. If my path ever paralleled Leesel’s and Brooklyn’s forever Mom’s path, my spirit would suffer unspeakable anguish should my girls’ remaining days be untenable or unloved.
I would like to tell you about these two sweet girls. Leesel and Brooklyn are best friends. They are lovingly loyal. Affection comes with ease. I am often covered with kisses, especially by Leesel (the taller, reddish girl.) Human companionship is their heartsong.
Both girls love to cuddle. Brooklyn enjoys a soft spot on the floor by your feet. Leesel will nestle beside you on the sofa or the bed (if you let her). They ask for very little besides your company.
Both girls are tender and warm with all humans we have met. They will greet strangers with a tail wag, a nudge of a nose, a lean and a smile. In their forever home they would also cuddle with their kitty housemate. Their mouths are extremely gentle with accepting food or treats. Their eyes will melt your heart.
For seniors, both girls have a lot of pep and alertness. Brooklyn has some arthritis which makes long walks or stairs difficult; I suspect she has some hearing loss too. But Brooklyn is a social butterfly. She enjoys playing with other dogs and approaches them with the ease and confidence of a golden girl. Walks to the end of the block and back are sufficient for her. We have eased Brooklyn’s arthritis with a little daily NSAID.
Leesel is especially fit and has the stamina for long walks if that is what you like. Her manners on a leash are quite good and improving. I walk Leesel on a leash while my three forever dogs are unleashed and Leesel is a perfect lady to my dogs. If Leesel encounters a new dog on a leash, her comfort and calmness is improving. She can be excitable and uneasy, so we generally give the other dogs a wide berth and Leesel is learning to settle.
To give everyone in our house adequate personal space (and because Leesel and Brooklyn are Houdini’s with gates) I introduced them to crates. They have accepted them quite well. Brooklyn will often take naps in her crate and put herself to bed at night in it. They associate their crates with good things: car rides/family trips, treats, etc. I am sure they will adapt to however their new family rolls.
Both girls play well together, they like to wrestle each other. Brooklyn likes to watch neighborhood activity from the yard. Neither girl is “a barker.” I believe the girls would be fine in a family with other dogs. One of my dogs is very bashful and Leesel has tried to get her to play by being submissive, lowering herself to her elbows and twirling in a circle. It was so sweet to watch. I think most dogs entering new homes just need patience, love, and a sense of security.
When Leesel and Brooklyn came into my care they were scared and imbalanced. Their world had been emptied and scattered. It has been such a gift to watch their light return and their spirits open. I am reminded by Leesel and Brooklyn that spring is a time of renewal, and that all lives - no matter how long or spent - can blossom again.
Name: Leesel & Brooklyn
Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
Age: Leesel is 8, Brooklyn is 13 (estimated)
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Negative on recent testing
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Untested
Good with Dogs: Yes - they’ve lived with other dogs but for now we are saying dogs.
Good with Cats: Yes - Brooklyn especially loves cats, both have lived with cats in their home.
Adoption Fee: $250.00 (includes transport fee when applicable)
Location of dog currently: New England
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.
Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.
Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.