Sweet as a cinnamon-sugar cookie: meet Snickerdoodle!

There were a few short moments after Dora the Explorer was adopted and went home that we felt that the house was a little too quiet and a little too roomy with just us and our Chick. Luckily we didn’t have much time to ponder this, because after Dora trotted off to her new happy life, we had a cup of coffee and ate a piece of toast, and this little dude trotted in to our happy life.

Meet Snickerdoodle!

Before coming into our home, Snickerdoodle was living at the new Austin Animal Center (AAC), where he had come in as a stray*. Animal control officers identified a likely owner, but when alerted, the person said he was not interested in picking our little dude up. And judging from his skin-and-bones appearance, he had been out on his own for a while.

He passed his evaluation with flying colors, but still — an adult pit bull type dog’s fate is never certain at a municipal shelter, even one that has achieved “no kill” status. Lucky for him and lucky for us, Love-A-Bull recognized this guy’s golden spirit and snatched him up.

Snickerdoodle came home straight from his neuter surgery at the vet’s office. The first day in our home, he seemed nervous and anxious. He paced, whimpered, and whined. He wouldn’t eat or drink, and wasn’t interested in toys, treats, or cuddles. But after a peaceful night’s sleep, the little dude had a change of heart, and started to open up. Over the weekend he started to share his true personality with us: his penchant for eating soggy kibble, rolling around on his back in the grass, loving his foster brother Chick with a passion, and sleeping with all four paws in the air.

We didn’t think it was possible to fall in love in just three quick days, but gosh– I guess we were wrong!


*1/9 CORRECTION: Snickerdoodle was living at Arlington Animal Services near Dallas, and was scheduled for euthanasia the day that Love-A-Bull pulled him into rescue. Apologies for the mistake!

32 responses

  1. I love how you captured the change in these two pictures! He looks a bit terrified in the first, but happy and content in the next. Hooray for the little dude! Now fatten him up 🙂

  2. I bet Chick is excited to have a guy around! Our rescue doesn’t believe in female-female pairings (except in foster,) but is all for male-male pairings. I think two boys together works great!

  3. He is simply ADORABLE!! I have had my current foster dog for 6 months (it was originally a long-term guardianship until he found an apartment that allowed pits, but we’ve since decided it would be better for Lola to find her a loving owner with a more stable and permanent living situation)…

    I never thought I would really ENJOY a pit bull, my oh my was I wrong!! She is absolutely amazing. The owner & I are putting our heads together to figure out how to place her in the right home from all the applicants, and we are very optimistic, but I’m sure like you with Snicker doodle, I will bawl my eyes out when she goes. It’s for the best though, and that’s what helps you push forward.

    Great blog. I’m a follower now!

  4. Aww. Soo cute 🙂

    I love to see a positive portrayal of pit bulls. I have a little pit bull girl, Gracie. They’re great dogs.

  5. He is beautiful.

    Just as an aside, I realise he is an anxious dog, but I wouldn’t recomend meds. Sometimes animals, as well as people, can have strange reactions to them. With animals, they won’t be able to tell you.

    The anxiety will naturally disipate but I would recomend rescue remedy or a natural anxiety relief like valerian to be put into his water to assist with anxiety rather than medication. Just a thought!

  6. Pit bulls are great dogs. They just need the right training. They’re a lot like kids if you’re violent with them then they’ll be violent, but if you give them love they will love you back!

  7. Bless you for taking Snickerdoodle and so many others into your heart and home! I founded Daisy’s Place Retriever Rescue in Charleston, SC and we simply could NOT continue our mission to save and find loving homes for Retrievers (and mixes) six years and older. Fosters are GOLDEN! Thank you for sharing your heart warming experiences, I pray you will inspire many others to do the same! I’ll be following to see if you become a foster failure with Snickerdoodle, lol!

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