McCready. Age 7. Lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nickname = Reed. A co-founder of the Bella-Reed Pit Bull Network. Shares his home with a pit bull (Bella Blue) and a conure parrot (Flapper). Loves playing with his sister Bella Blue, as well as his friends Roman and Storm (both pitties) and his cousin Bailey Gwen (a lab). Also loves to kayak and run around in the yard. His favorite down time is sunbathing in the sun patches on the rug. Loves when you sing “You Are My Sunshine” to him. McCready is a certified service dog. Was rescued in 2005.
Kilo. Age 12. Lives in Staten Island, New York. Saved his owner’s life in April 2012 when an armed burgler, disguised as a FedEx delivery man, tried to enter the house to rob him. As reported in the New York Daily Post, “My dog stuck his head out the door, and that’s when he shot him.” His girlfriend was sure Kilo would not survive, and she told him, “Hold him in your arms. Let him die in your arms.” But Kilo’s owner said, “I’m not going to let him die.” He rushed Kilo to the South Shore Animal Hospital, where an xray showed the bullet entered Kilo’s head but never penetrated his skull. “This is like one in a million,” said Dr. Greg Panarello, who operated on Kilo. “He’s very lucky.” Kilo is now home with his owner. The hospital’s staff was so impressed, they put an “S” on his bandage for “Superhero.” Dr. Panarello said, “He’s a really sweet dog.” Kilo is back at home recovering with his owner.
Boss. Age 12. Lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Likes chasing bubbles and chewing up traffic cones. Boss was adopted from California in 2002. I went out there to visit some friends who had rescued him. He was a little too much for their tiny home with 6 other dogs, 15 rescued cats, and various assorted other rescue critters. Boss now lives in Atlanta with two other Elderbulls (Lady Red and Lenox) and various foster dogs. Boss was featured in the 2011 blockbuster, “ELDERBULLS: The Movie.”