This is Smoke, and he has a wonderful story that starts with an Atlanta Rollergirl.
Unfortunately, five days later, Fight received the call from Dekalb AC, informing her that he had been put to sleep. She was heartbroken.
However, it was a clerical error or a miscommunication and, actually, his photo was posted to the Atlanta Underdog Initiative (A.UD.I) Facebook page with a request for help in pulling him. The moment Jillian Udelson with A.UD.I saw Smoke’s photo, she knew she had to get him out. Once out, Liz Henderson with A.UD.I said that everything just fell into place, like never before. Smoke was placed into a foster home immediately, funds were raised for his veterinary care, and he was just as sweet as can be.
A.UD.I posted his photo on their Facebook page. A number of ARGs saw it and notified Fight. At first she didn’t believe it, but when she saw the photo herself, it was unmistakable. Smoke was safe, and Fight was ecstatic.
Sarita Davis also saw Smoke’s photo reposted on a friend’s page. She was “immediately drawn to his happy face and playful demeanor.”
A few weeks later, Smoke was out playing in the yard and took a corner a little too fast and injured his knee. He needed surgery. Again, the funds were raised and Dr Matthew Miller provided his services at a reduced rate. Smoke was on the mend.
And Sarita could not stop thinking about him. She was a little reluctant since he was a pit bull and she associated pit bulls with aggressiveness and fighting. But, as she read and re-read the description about his lovable nature and stared at his adorable face she thought to herself, “He’s so cute, he can’t be all that bad.” So after doing some research on the breed, she reconsidered and submitted an adoption application.
The home visit went well; he was the perfect gentleman. It was clear to Sarita that someone had once taken to time to raise him. And it was clear to her that he was now home.
Smoke has seamlessly fit into Sarita’s life. He loves everyone he meets, and everyone that meets him loves him. Her niece Kaya really doesn’t like dogs, but she loves Smoke. Now she expects Sarita to bring him over to her house every time they visit.
Sarita says: The thing I like most about having Smoke in my life is the way he greets me, especially after a long day at work. When I open the door he sprints out of the crate, jumps all over me, and showers me with loving kisses. He is soooo happy to see me. I feel like he’s saying, “I didn’t think you were coming back.” Given his path to me, his reaction both warms and breaks my heart. I never want him to feel alone again.
A.UD.I was at the March bouts, and will most likely be back at future bouts. Check them out in the courtyard. A.UD.I is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and registered with the Georgia Secretary of State. They are an all-volunteer, foster-home based organization. They rescue dogs when their resources allow, but their primary focus is on promoting responsible dog ownership, providing breed information on pit bulls and mastiffs, finding alternative solutions to breed specific legislation and working with communities to alleviate the pet overpopulation problem. Though they focus on pit bulls and mastiffs, they will help any dog in need if they are able. A.UD.I believes every underdog should have his day!