Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory…the victory of love

Posted: November 13, 2015 in Personal, Weekly Photo Challenge
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This week, Krista is challenging us to show a photo that depicts “Victory.”   A few years ago, we fostered several pit bulls from a wonderful rescue, For the Love of Pits.  Our younger daughter was interested, but my husband was very uncertain about doing this, so the first victory was just convincing him let us give it a try.  Once that hurdle had been cleared, we were on our way to a most rewarding adventure, one partly of learning that many things people think they know about these animals are myth.

Our second victory was taking on, at different times, two lovely and loving dogs who now have forever homes. These two photos are of our second foster dog, Annabelle.  Rescued from a dog fighting ring and sporting plenty of scars, she went from a hungry-for-love, yet hesitant about what to expect from life and people dog, to one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet.  The first photo is from right after we got here, the second after life had been more kind to her.

They might win any photo contests, but then love is hard to measure and quantify.  Because I think I’m confusing people, these two shots are both of Annabelle: the first right after we got her (you can see her scars), the second after she’d had time to settle in and relax with us.  Here are some photos of our first dog, Janie, if you’re interested.

copyright janet m. webb 2011

copyright janet m. webb 2011

  1. Leya says:

    Great story – and a lovely thing to do.

  2. Kevin says:

    Now, that’s a true victory. That dog will always be happy now. If that ain’t winning, I dunno what is.

  3. So very sweet faces they have, Janet. I am so happy you gave your (foster) dogs a second chance in life. Hugs, have a warm weekend.

  4. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Breaks my heart the before lives of so many sweet dogs. Thank you for sharing this story!

    • I’ve written a number of posts about the experience and our two dogs, Lindy. I thought about including the links but decided not to. We hope one day to be in a place where we can rescue and keep another pit bull.


  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I enjoyed your post this week. I am one of those people who have a lot of doubts concerning the Pit Bull breed. I am leery of them, but thankful that they are not being used in the fighting rings.

    Good luck with your rescue babies. I am glad that some folks don’t share my views and are able to provide love and a warm home for them.

    • Allan, of course there are plenty of examples of problems with these dogs. I believe than many of the problems come from people who deliberately mishandle them, making them vicious, as well as breed them for aggressive traits. In the past, pit bulls were called nanny dogs because they were so good around children. Even the Little Rascals dog was a pit.

      Our two are in their forever homes now and we’re so happy about that. Even if someone doesn’t rescue a pit bull, considering a rescue dog of any sort is wonderful and well worth the effort.


      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        You are doing God’s work here on earth, Janet.

        We had, and currently have, rescue animals and support that cause. I will work on my ‘beliefs’ about the Pits, promise.

  6. What a wonderful post – everybody wins! What a difference you made. Congrats.

  7. Sandra says:

    Lovely photos, such a beautiful dog.

  8. Ese' s Voice says:

    Very touching story, Janet, and so are the photos. You are right – love can’t be measured, only showed, received, felt…
    As far as concern of people goes about pit bulls, it is good to remember we are responsible for the ones we have tamed, for the way they grow up to be.

    • Ese, one this that doesn’t help is that many people take on dogs (of whatever breed) that that they really don’t know how to work with and never take the time to learn. To choose a pet based on looks or just how you feel about that breed isn’t fair to people or pet. There are so many factors to consider when deciding on a pet.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    Victory indeed Janet. I’m one of the many who are nervous around Pits and similar breeds, but I have friends with a rescue-dog who are convincing me

    • Su, as with most other breeds and animals, much depends on the individual animal. I love horses, but there are mean horses. I love dogs, but little dogs are often annoying and, I feel, only get away with what they do because they’re small.

      With pits, many people who have them are leery of the reactions of others. I always ask if the dog is a pit and then immediately say how I love them, we had two as rescue dogs, etc. And I always, always ask about whether or not a dog is friendly before making any attempt to pet it. It’s just good sense.

      Our first rescue pit, Janie, won the hearts and minds of everyone she met and was the best breed ambassador ever. Annabelle was the same.

      • Su Leslie says:

        As with people too! Stereotypes are terribly disempowering for everyone. I’m not comfortable around dogs in general (a few friends’ pets excepted), but am learning a lot from my friends’ pit — who really is a lovely, gentle animal. Thanks Janet. Su.

  10. They win my heart!! Good for you 🙂
    It is so wonderful when love wins.
    Now if we could teach Washington the importance of love compassion, and caring.

    • They love and care…mostly about themselves. I know that’s not completely true, but it’s very difficult to be an honest, principled politician. I admire and respect those who pull it of.


  11. Su Leslie says:

    …. otherwise. Lovely post, Janet.

  12. Adorable and such a wonderful job

  13. You are my hero, Janet!! (What a little sweetie, thanks to you. I’m now a little weepy.)

    Enjoy the weekend,

  14. Dan Antion says:

    “Aw” moment satisfied for today – what a sweet post and adorable pups.

  15. Such a great story – and a win for the misunderstood 🙂 Fostering is definitely one of those things that takes time and love, and I’m always so glad to see/read the positive stories.

  16. Lovely story of true “love.’ Thanks.

  17. galeweithers says:

    Dogs are indeed a man’s best friend and loved these pics. You are awesome 🙂

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