Zara is a 7-year old ‘Pit Bull type’ dog who after a sad start, she is finally living the life she deserves. And now she’s as happy as she can be and she is fighting the misconception that still exists around breeds like her.
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She had spent a long time in a shelter in Harlen, England until she was finally adopted. But she was returned to the shelter not once, not twice, but three times. They were thinking of euthanizing her because they didn’t want her to spend the rest of her life in a kennel.
Fortunately, veterinarian Emma Hindson who was a dog walker volunteer at the shelter started taking her for walks on the weekends and bonding with her. Not long after, she decided to take her home with her as a temporary situation but once there, Emma just knew Zara had found a home.
She proved to be an incredible dog, energetic, agile and happy. She just needed the proper home for her. They just needed to find the right match.
Sadly, soon after they encounter a difficult situation when someone at the dog agility center where Emma was training Zara pointed out she might be part Pit Bull. And in the UK, Pit Bulls are one of the forbidden breeds. This means that the state can determine if your dog is a threat and take it away from you or euthanize it.
The only hope they had was to get an official exemption that stated that she was not a danger to the public. After some examinations, they determined she was a ‘Pit Bull type’ dog but not a dangerous one, so they let her live but she has to wear a muzzle in every public place.
Emma found a new home with a lot of space for Zara to run and play so she could be able to enjoy being a dog without the muzzle. And so far, life is great for them. When you see her pictures you can see how happy she is and how well she plays with other dogs even when she has to wear the muzzle.
She even recently won the “happiest hound” prize in the RSPCA’s Ruffs Alternative Dog Show, which is a great show born as an alternative to the traditional “beauty pageant” style dog shows life Crufts, which judge dogs primarily on their looks even if they are causing them more pain and suffering. Ruffs celebrates dogs for their health, their happiness and how amazing they are.
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Emma open a Facebook page to share Zara’s adventures and to spread awareness that any dog deserves a chance. Breeds like hers are often misunderstood and that’s why some countries ban them.
But we have seen so many stories of Pit Bulls that are cuddly, gentle and caring towards children or other animals in need. It’s time people understand aggressiveness doesn’t depend on breeds, but on the background the dogs have. Hopefully one day, there will be no more banned breeds but more responsible owners.
For now, let’s check some of Zara’s great pictures. You will not see a glimpse of danger in this beautiful dog.