Stephen and his family were not looking to adopt a dog, however when they learned about Boss (PAWS Chicago name, Falo), they knew that they needed to give this sweet boy a chance at life. “We heard that due to his tough looking exterior and probable history of abuse, many people were unwilling to give this poor boy a chance,” said Stephen.
After meeting Boss, the family knew he was a perfect size for their home and would be an eager partner in fetch. “In addition, his scars and puncture wounds really made us believe that he had been through enough hardship and deserved a household that would love him properly,” said Stephen. Shortly thereafter, the family chose to move forward with the adoption process.
According to Stephen, “The staff at PAWS Chicago was very helpful in relaying the proper breed specific information regarding this type of canine prior to the adoption process. We were able to meet with behavioral counselor and trainer Curtis Scott a few times to learn how to set Boss up for success and, because Boss was so smart and motivated by food, he was able to learn many tricks and obey commands easily.”
Stephen and his family finalized the adoption and introduced Boss to his new home. “Boss is extraordinarily gentle and sweet,” says Stephen. He is great with other dogs, cats, people and children. The notion that all Pit Bulls and their mixes are dangerous or vicious is a gross misconception. In fact, if everyone was as compassionate and loyal about Pit Bulls/mixes, society would probably be a better place. There is breed-specific legislation against Pit Bulls, but if anyone would like to meet Boss, he would be a great ambassador for why these dogs make wonderful pets and members of the family.”
Boss is also filling an important void for the Stephen who recently lost his father and grandfather. According to Stephen, “Boss has really helped heal us all. His unconditional love, energy and loyalty have really made him a part of our family. We simply could not imagine a household without him. After my grandfather passed, Boss continues to make my grandmother smile and laugh, despite the difficult loss.”
“We could not even imagine that we would love Boss this much and are blessed that we were able to adopt him from PAWS Chicago,” says Stephen.”