Taj, adopted 10/2/2003
October 14, 2013

I remember when my husband and I decided it was time to adopt a dog. We went back and forth to whether or not it was fair to have a dog in the city, in an apartment, and whether or not we would even have the time with, our work schedules and traveling but we made the trip to the MSPCA- Angell adoption center. At the time we said we were “just looking”. If you know anything about me, “just looking” isn’t an option. Well, we fell in love with a 5 month old Pit Bull, when I went up to her kennel and put my hand in, I could tell she was scared and nervous with all the other dogs around, the loud noises and trying to get the attention of anyone walking by, but she rested her muzzle on the palm of my hand and just looked at me. I knew we had to give her a chance. We named her Taj. Taj is our world. I couldn’t imagine my life without her. She adapted quickly to our lifestyle and maintains the same daily schedule. She has developed quite the personality and loves to smile at friends who come over, imagine a 65 pound pit bull smiling…

Taj is amazing. She is the smartest girl with so much enthusiasm and personality. She was such a quick learner when it came to activities and heading to Cape Cod on the weekend, for not being a so called “water” dog, with her life jacket on, we couldn’t keep her out of the water. Taj loves little kids and because she looks like a “tiger” because she is a brown brindle all the little kids come up to her and give her hugs and kisses. She is extremely gentle with them and gives them kisses back. One day we noticed Taj was favoring her back leg, we brought her right in to MSPCA Angell, where we learned Taj had experienced a torn ACL and had to go through surgery. She was so strong with her dedication and love for me and my husband that nothing stopped her and although she was in recovery she wanted to prove that she still could do anything. It took her about 6-8 weeks to fully recover and then she was back out on the water and you would never know anything ever had to her, other than the scar she bears on her leg.

On January 4, 2013 my husband & I, along with our two dogs (pit bulls), welcomed our newest addition to our family, a baby boy  Kellan. Taj showed nothing but concern for the tiny squeaks she heard, that were new noises, in her home. She already proved how she could accept additions (when we adopted Beckham another pitbull, four years ago). But this was different. She noticed how attentive we were to the baby. She was curious and always wanted to smell him. She wasn’t sure what to make of him. She quickly fell in love and adores Kellan. Taj loves to entertain Kellan, she will pick up her favorite toy (a pink dragon) and parade around Kellan, wagging her tail, which makes him laugh and giggle like you have never heard before. She constantly lays down beside him, rolls on her back and allows him to grab her fur. She freezes when he is close and just wants to give him kisses. She allows him to explore what she is…he is curious as well. When Taj walks into the room he gets super excited and starts to laugh. Taj has to follow me around the house to make sure she knows he is ok. People always like to ask me if I’m nervous to have a “pitbull” around my baby. I simply respond by saying, “ I trust her more than I do some people”. They give SO many kisses and love, they are incredible companions and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. They are my family.  My first hand experience with pit bulls has been nothing more than love, devotion, companionship and willingness to please.  

- Heather