Diamond, Hoboken, NJ

Hi! My name is Diamond and am a 3-year-old Pittie/Lab mix with the most luxurious chocolate brown fur.

Last fall I was surrendered to the NYC ACC for reasons I still don’t understand. I’m very sweet, mellow, low energy and love climbing into laps to give kisses. I am well-mannered on-and-off leash and I’m great with kids and other laid back dogs. Oh, and I was born without my left ear which I’ve heard makes me cute. (*blush*)

Whatever the reason was, I did not like the animal shelter at all. I could tolerate all the noise, concrete and chain link but I didn’t like not having a human to play or snuggle with when I got lonely. The worst part is that no matter how hard I tried to show people how awesome of a dog I am, nobody would pick me. 🙁

Then it happened… I ended up on the Euthanasia list. Having only just begun my life, it was about to end…

That morning was awful. I just knew something was up although I didn’t know what. Instead of my normal routine, they took me into a room and put me up on this metal table!

They were about to stick something in me when there was this loud commotion outside.

Enter Linda Vetrano. Linda, the Founder of Posh Pets Rescue, had seen my picture and assessment the night prior as she was going over the Euthanasia list to see if there were any dogs she could save. This particular morning she got up early and drove into Manhattan to come check me out and see if she could help me. When she got there, the ACC receptonist told her I was already being euthanized!

Linda ran across the shelter to the Euthanasia area and demanded they find me immediately. When they opened the door to the room, she ran in and picked me up off the table, hugging me and telling me I was safe. I immediately showered her in kisses. I don’t know what all those needles were for but I’m glad I didn’t have to find out.

I had to have surgery on my right ear to save my ear drum and hearing. After I was cleared to leave, I went to stay in a kennel for a while until she could find a foster for me. That’s when this lady named Bonnie showed up with her two dogs to meet me and another Pittie, Lucy.

Lucy was a little too energetic for her dogs so the attention turned to me. I did fabulous during the walk with her dogs and then played in the yard with them. Next thing I knew, I was being whooshed off to North Jersey. Finally!! A nice home instead of a cage!

On the way to her house I got a new bed, collar and toys. Once there I got a much needed bath and a super yummy dinner. I was in heaven! 🙂

My foster mom says that my name suits me because I shine like a diamond. She loves to pet me a lot because my fur is so soft and velvety. She also says that my mushy brown eyes could melt the polar ice caps.

Sometimes when people first see me they are afraid of me. They think that because I don’t have a left ear that I must have been a fighter. My foster mom quickly informs them that I am not a monster and promptly leans over for kisses which I willingly give. What can I say, I’m a lover not a fighter. 🙂

One beautiful afternoon in February, I found myself lying on the grass in a Hoboken park with my foster mom when a young couple, Vin and Julia, gravitated towards me. They immediately bent down to pet me as I laid on the ground, and I didn’t realize at the time, but they would soon become my new adopted parents.

They always tell me that it was love at first sight that brought them towards me; they knew I was meant to be a part of their family from the moment they looked into my eyes.

Sure enough, I was kissing and hugging my loving foster family goodbye the following week and moving into my new home. I didn’t waste any time making myself comfortable in my new home and I made sure to cuddle with my forever parents the entire night.

They often joke and say that I think I am a lapdog because even though I am over 50 lbs, I never fail to sit on their lap and get as many hugs and kisses from them that I can.

My new parents and I have been living happily together for the past few months and we couldn’t be more blessed to have found one another. We go everywhere together and every person who passes us always stops to tell me how beautiful and calm I am. My parents always tell me how lucky they are to have me.

One of my favorite things to do with my family is to play fetch with my favorite chew toy that we call my “baby.” I am also a fearless swimmer and love to fetch stick in the water. I am great with other dogs and I’ve even made a few best friends with the other dogs in my building who come play with me all of the time.

More than anything in the world, I love to cuddle! Even though I have a really comfortable bed at the foot of my parents’ bed, I always find a way to sneak up and sleep next to them in the middle of the night. 🙂 We all love waking up next to each other.

My family and I are so grateful to my foster mom Bonnie and to the entire Posh Pets family for rescuing me and finding  a loving home for me to grow and be happy in. I am the sweetest and most gentle dog you will ever meet and I have so much love to give to my new family and the rest of the world.

Lots of kisses and tail wags,

Parents: Vin & Julia