Ask them why they do it and the answer is simple. They think bully breeds are amazing.
And who are “they”? They are Chris, his partner Rachel, and their three children, Caitlin, Cassandra, and Sabrina.
They love the breed’s energy, loyalty, character, and softhearted nature. Contrary to any outdated stereotypes, anyone who has had the pleasure of sharing their home with a pit bull knows they make great family companions. And even when their pasts have been difficult they manage to not only survive, but shine – always with those famously wagging bully tails.
But why only senior bullies? Because, according to Chris, “Seniors rock!” They appreciate every morsel of human kindness shown them.
Chris and crew began adopting so-called “gray muzzles” 12 years ago and vow to continue as long as they can. Again, despite their rough back stories, these seniors remain intelligent, loyal and playful – and full of quirky traits that make them such special family pets.
Like all rescue dogs, senior bullies require love, attention, time, and a stable home. For Chris’s “pack,” it’s always been a two-way street. While they provide the calm, loving environment, they are repaid many times over by the mere presence of these unique dogs in their lives.
Every dog adopted by this remarkable family holds a special place in their hearts, beginning with Brook, who came from the Vancouver SPCA, and made them realize that adopting a senior bully was the way to go. Regal and beautiful, loyal and loving, her passion was chasing squirrels. And although they had Brook for less than a year, they loved her as if she’d been with them always.
Chaos, Chris, and Stella (left to right)
Happy Stella, adopted from the Delta SPCA, had a memorable way of smiling when she greeted them, along with a single, delighted yip as she rolled around on her back on the couch. Having been starved most of her life, she had poor eating manners. In fact, she once ate a box of oil pastels and endured a week of multi-coloured diarrhea!
Chaos, adopted from HugaBull, was their “salty” dog, who reminded them of a seasoned, old sailor or pirate, and who barked at 5pm every day for his dinner. He loved the ocean and big pieces of driftwood. And whenever it was time to leave the beach, he’d look at them as if they had broken his heart.
Lucy, a beautiful brindle, also adopted from HugABull, was a bubbly, playful girl, full of love and bully energy. She loved the beach as well as forest walks, and she and Chaos, her soul mate in adventure, would play gleefully together for hours. But, just like Brook, she was taken far too soon.
Boris, their handsome “Russian Gentleman,” again from HugABull, was a devoted and dedicated love bug, who loved ladies and cuddles in equal measure. He also had a special knack for opening the bathroom door and sticking his head inside to see who was in there.
Dolly (left) and Boris (right)
HugABull’s Dolly, the diva, was (and still is) beautiful and strong, playful and loyal, the gracious and gentle“ den mother” to every dog entering their family, especially the older, frailer ones. While not technically a senior at five years of age, Dolly had early arthritis that made her a special needs adoption and would have deemed her “unadoptable” in the shelter. Fortunately Chris and family saw her potential and welcomed her into the family as an honourary senior. Besides her role as dog nurturer, she is committed to keeping the backyard free of skunks, squirrels, raccoons, and cats!
Finally, there is Arlo, a handsome little dynamo with a habit of chewing on random objects when he gets frustrated – novels included. The latest HugABull adoption, he’s now thriving on gentle affection and snuggling in bed. He also has a quick, little trot that keeps diva Dolly on her toes and on the move.
How much longer will these “gray muzzles” be adopted by this extraordinary family of “grayte” adopters?
How long is forever?
Article by Nomi Berger