It’s no secret I’m a Pitbull lover, relating to them as a breed no one wants.
I feel like that at times, being separate and different, not mainstream because of my own personal history.
Then I met Jennifer Panton who runs the United Action for Animals and her Pit, Anthony, who rescues them from all over the city.
Society has been educated to be frightened of Pits, but any breed that’s tortured and taught to fight and harm, will do just that. I knew a Cocker Spaniel that, if you looked at it wrong, would tear your arm off. The irony was, it belonged to a very wealthy family living in a 5th Avenue building who didn’t allow Pits as pets.
Yesterday I had a Pit sighting leaving me smiling all day.
I was en route to an Al-Anon meeting all gussied up honoring the nice weather, when I see two up ahead with a young woman in her 20s.
“Are they yours? I ask, since she could have been their walker.
“Oh yes,” she said, proudly. She was a pretty girl, tall and fit with a haircut very much like mine, wearing Jackie glasses since she too had wide-spaced eyes same as me. We could have been cousins actually.
Her dogs were a father and son…Issac and Julius, rescued and happy as can be.
“Do they sleep with you?” I ask, letting them sniff my legs to make sure I was safe to be near their mistress.
“Yeah,” she says, “one on either side.”
“They’re so solid,” I say, “must be like having a man in bed.”
“Two,” she says grinning.
Just then, Julius, Issac’s baby boy, leans in for a serious nuzzle, so I immediately give him a good scratch and heinie rub, a dog’s universal sweet spot.
He then sits down showing me he has a woody the length of a rolling pin.
His mistress says, a bit horrified, “Oh God I’m so sorry. He does that when he’s happy.”
I laugh. “Boys will be boys after all, and don’t apologize, it means, I still got it.”
This time we both laugh, and as I went on my way turning when I reach the corner, Julius was still in Pasha pose looking fondly in my direction.
I scream, “Don’t forget to call me now Julius, ya hear?” Mom and me, still giggling.
How’s this for a picture….Jennifer and Anthony.