Welcome to The Daily Pibble! We're here to promote both the pibble as a breed and individual pibbles and pibble mixes in need of a loving forever home.
What's a pibble, you ask? Why, a pit bull of course! The term "pibble" was created as an alternative to the usual abbreviation/ diminutive term "pittie" in attempts to better the public opinion of the breed. It sounds really cute, right? As it should!
The Individual Like people, each dog is a unique individual. When you're out looking for a new four-legged friend, don't make any premature judgements based on a pooch's looks.
Both Ends of the Leash While we can't always know a dog's past, we can help shape its future—regardless of breed. Some dogs need more guidance than others to overcome a poor start to life or a traumatic past, but, with human patience and kindness, and by setting your four-legged friend up for success, you can find yourself as one half of a beautiful, rewarding partnership.
This is my new bud Chachi, a Grade A snuggler. I have recently started working with him on desensitization to his gentle leader. Luckily, he’s a fan of hotdogs. After we worked for a bit, I sat on the ground and he immediately came over to me and fell into my lap.
Chachi is available for adoption in Austin through Austin Pets Alive! You can check him out on their website here.
Don’t take it personally if 4-year-old Morgandoesn’t turn your way when you call her name: she’s just deaf! Morgan is a bull terrier/bulldog mix full of wiggles and snuggles. She already knows several hand signals and is eager to learn more so that she and her humans can communicate better. She’s looking for an active, patient human to take her home and spoil her rotten as an only child.
As a volunteer at Austin Pets Alive!, I often took photos of dogs for the website. As a staff member, I don’t really have time to do that anymore—when I’m working. So now I’m going in on my days off and resume something that I loved to do as a volunteer. It also gives me a chance to get to know the dogs a little better.
This 2 1/2-year-old pibble gal is Betsy. She loves chasing tennis balls, but doesn’t quite get what to do with them after that. She also loves carrots. Don’t ask, we don’t understand it either. While she probably has to be the only pooch in the home, she’s proved herself to be good with kids!
One of my pibble buddies is DESPERATE for a foster—or forever home. And when I say desperate, I mean it far beyond the usual “no dog should be in a shelter” desperate. He has been at APA! for a year and a half. He can no longer reside in a kennel due to how bad the stress affects his health and behavior, and so he has been living in a separate room inside the complex—much happier, but completely away from view of potential adopters, and without as much love and adoration from volunteers that the other dogs receive.
Wifi’s biggest roadblock is that he doesn’t like to share, so he can’t be in a home with kids, and toys and food can’t be left lying around. But that’s it! He’s a goofy dog with fantastic behavior who gets along with most other dogs (females and submissive/playful males are your best bet). So yes, he can be in a home with other dogs!
To boot, the APA! behavior team offers free, lifetime behavior assistance for its current dogs and alum for the rest of that dog’s life. (And they train the people in the process!) So whether you can foster him or take him home forever, you won’t ever be without assistance. We want our dogs, present and past, to be happy; and we want our adopters and fosters to be happy having them!
The head of our behavior team has written the foster plea himself, something he does very rarely (usually left to the program manager). Please read more about Wiffles (as we lovingly call him when he’s out of earshot!) here. And share! Tumblr, Facebook, email—this guy needs OUT of the shelter NOW.