Gabriel, Nashville, TN

Hi there! My name is Gabriel and everyone says I’ve had a hard life but you wouldn’t know if you met me!

I was found in a ditch on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. This nice lady who was on her way to work saw me laying a ditch and thought I may have been dead but decided to make sure I wasn’t alive. I tried to stand up when I saw her and I wagged my tail like crazy.

She took me to the local no kill animal shelter, Community Animal Rescue & Adoption in Jackson, MS. I am so thankful for that!

When I arrived at the shelter, a little boy with his grandmother who volunteers at the shelter greeted me there. It was the happiest I’d ever been. A little kid was rubbing my belly since I couldn’t even stand up on my own. I think this is why I love kids so much! šŸ™‚

I lived there for almost two years and everyone loved me! I was definitely a shelter favorite throughout the volunteers and workers. But for some reason, no one wanted to make me a part of their family.

On October 5th, 2014, my family finally came. My mom was a volunteer at the shelter who moved to Nashville. When she and dad moved, they lived in a house that wouldn’t allow pit bulls. šŸ™

When they decided she wanted to bring me home, they sought tirelessly for a house that would allow me to live with them. They finally found that and October 5th, 2014, they made the six-hour trip to pick me up!

I couldn’t believe it, and all of the shelter workers told mom that I knew it was happening. I was so ready to go! I was so ready to join my new family where I would have a sister and a brother!

But with every great triumph, comes a downfall. The night before I was to be adopted, we found out that I have these things in my heart called heart worms. Mom says they’re bad! But of course, this did not make mom not want me anymore. We just knew this would have to be one thing we would overcome as a family.

So, with the support of our friends, family and loved ones, we raised enough money to pay for the heart worm treatment I needed for my stage 3 heartworms. Mom says it costs a lot of money!

I was on kennel rest for two months, which I was not a fan of. šŸ™ I just really wanted to play with my siblings!

Finally, after two months of vet visits and kennel rest, on December 15th, 2014, the vet gave me the all clear and said those awful heart worms were gone and that I could play! YAY!!

I now a heartworm-free, worry-free life filled tons of play time (especially since mom works at a doggy daycare and I get to go everyday), treats, and toys!

You can now follow me on my Instagram, @pittiesintenn, to keep up with my adventures and journey to becoming a therapy dog to help kids!

I am so thankful for everyone on my journey to where I am now. Now we have a mission to change the ideas of pit bulls and tell everyone how much love I have to give!

Thanks for reading! An I’m so excited to join the “Monster” Movement!

Love and kisses,

Parent: Sarah