Sheena, AKA Beastie Girl, was a local stray with no tag or microchip and never reclaimed. She spent 5 months at the animal control facility without rescue or adoption. Sheena is a black dog and black dogs are the last to be adopted. Sheena was a beast with lots of energy and zero manners hence the nickname Beastie Girl. She was probably a year old when we took her and still used her mouth as if she were just a pup.
It took us a while to harness that energy in a productive manner and teach her that using her mouth to investigate absolutely everything was not good dog manners but the more we worked with her the more we saw her desire to learn and work.
Sheena has passed both her basic, intermediate and advanced obedience and is currently working toward her CGC testing. She knows many service dog tasks. She can retrieve objects, carry objects, un-load the dryer, close doors, turn- on light switches and elevator buttons. However Sheena does not care for other high-energy dogs or large female dogs. We have worked with her regarding this issue and have found that to put her in that environment just stresses her out. Therefore in order to set Sheena up for complete success we have made the very difficult decision to release Sheena from the service dog program. But just because Sheena will not be released for public access as a service dog does not mean that she cannot provide assistance as a skilled companion in the home for a veteran or first responder.
Emotional Support Dog Ellie is ready to find her forever home with a veteran or first responder. When she first came to Pits for Patriots, she was a stray found by a police volunteer in Mt. Prospect. Ellie had been in the program for about two years when we noticed a mass on her hind end and one starting near her ear. We took her in to have it removed and found that is was positive for Mass Cell Cancer. Fortunately, our veterinarian and support staff are very confident that it has all been removed.
Following her surgeries, Ellie is recovering well and has slowly started back into training. Although she is capable of service dog tasks such as retrieval, we believe she is better suited as an emotional support dog. She has proven to be extremely loveable, earning her title as “The Velcro Dog” because she is happy to be stuck on her companion. She craves love and friendship, but has no separation anxiety. Notorious for tripping on her own paws, she’s sure to bring a smile to her lucky future companion’s face.
Honorary Pit bull Phoebe is ready to find her forever home. Given up as part of an unwanted litter at eight-weeks old, she has been in the program for three years now. She has proven her skills by assisting one of the trainers with a back injury. She would be best paired as a Mobility Service Dog, capable of bracing for a fall, retrieving items, opening/closing doors, turning lights on and off, and more.