As Animal Control Officer in 2009 I was patrolling the local State Park in the area with the Park Rangers when we came across a cardboard box left on a picnic table in a camp ground. As we approached the box we could hear small shallow whimpering. I opened the box and to my horror I found eight frail little bodies. They were cold, scared, malnourished and confused. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! There had been a severe thunderstorm/tornado warnings the night before while they spent the night in that cardboard box so they were wet and shivering. I immediately grabbed the box up and rushed them to my vet. I knew they would be surely put down if I brought them to County (as I should have done per protocol) and so I had to give them a chance at life as their life had just begun before they were tossed aside. The two techs and I dried them off, fed them and tended to their frail little bodies. The vet came and examined the eight frail little souls and said they couldn’t be any older than 4 – 5 weeks old if that and then commented he doubted any of them would survive the night. We couldn’t let them die! We had to give them a chance at life and show them they were loved, so we did everything we could to make them comfortable. As we were drying them and trying to get them warm I picked up one of the little body’s. I could see in his eyes as he looked at me, as if they were pleading for me to help him. I could feel his little soul begging me to save him. I knew then that he was the one that I had to have. I felt his little heartbeat as I held him gently in my hands and it brought tears to my eyes knowing this little soul was counting on me to save his life, to love him and to cherish him. He didn’t know what he did wrong to be left in that box to die. The monsters not only abandoned him a cardboard box at 4-5 weeks old but they did it in a camp ground in the back of that State Park that NO ONE ever goes to hardly. They didn’t want them found but rather they wanted them to die! I brought my little baby sent from God home that night and as he lay sleeping next to me while I kept him warm and comfortable, I thought I lost him. He let out a sigh, and it seemed as if he quit breathing. My heart stopped! I gently picked him up and cradled his little body in my hands praying he was alright. As I looked at him he opened his sleepy little sleepy eyes, looked at me as if to say let him sleep and then he closed his eyes and nodded back off comfortably. I was so relieved! That was 5 years ago and he just celebrated his 5th birthday in June. When I brought him home I gave him to my son for a birthday present but Loki thinks he is my dog. With him being my son’s dog I am grandma to him and he is attached to me as a grandchild is attached to a grandparent. Loki loves playing with his other adopted siblings chasing squirrels and frogs. He loves watching Tom and Jerry cartoons and cuddling with grandma under the Denver Bronco blanket. He loves watching football with grandma and loves wrestling with his adopted sister Sandie. Loki survived although two of his siblings weren’t as lucky. The remaining angels were adopted out to good homes.
How old are you?
Loki is 5 years old. When I found him in the box the vet said he figured they were no older then 4 weeks old so we counted back from that day and it ended up on June 26th so we made his birthday June 26, 2009
Where did your name come from?
The day I found him,we were waiting for my son to get home and name him (as I gave him to my son for his birthday) and Loki was getting into everything.He was chewing on the valve stems on my husbands truck, my show laces, shoes,etc…. everything he could put in his mouth so I told him if I was to name him I would name him Loki after the god of mischief. When his dad did come home and I told him how mischievous he was his dad said the name was perfect.
How did you find your forever home?
After I found them in the box, I brought them to my vet and the two techs and I were drying them off and checking them over before the vet came in and when I picked Loki up to dry him and he looked into my eyes I knew he was the one I wanted.I knew however my husband wasn’t a fan of big dogs so I waited to later on that night and snuck out to get him. When I brought him home and my husband seen him he just chuckled and smiled.He wouldn’t give him up now for anything. We were even threatened to be evicted from a house we lived in for over 20 years because of Loki. Landlord said he goes or you go so we left.
Were you on a special diet to gain weight when you were little, so every was so small?
The vet told us to feed him rice and baby formula with a little bit of wet dog food mixed into the rice but not a whole lot. He weighed only 1.2 pounds and the vet said the rice was good for the weight gain and the formula was good for all the vitamins a newborn would need
Why do you like to watch Looney Tunes so much?
He loves Bugs Bunny and Jerry from Tom and Jerry.Not sure why he loves them so much but he will sit and watch them intently and if I change the channel (like during commercials) he gets anxious and looks at me to change it back. Looney Toons comes on at 11 am and when I get home from work at 6 am. I usually don’t lay down right away but if I am not in the room around 11 am he comes out and rests his head on my leg and looks at me with the sad puppy eyes till I tell him lets go lay down and watch Looney Toons and Tom and Jerry and then he trots (butt wagging as he walks) to the room, climbs up on the bed on his pillow and looks at the TV and then at me and then back to the TV. He loves watching Football with me (Denver Broncos) as well.The look on his face is priceless when granny yells at the stupid referees when they make bad calls on the Broncos. I tend to get a little excited and vocal when I watch football and he loves it lol
What do you hate so much about baths?
Not sure why he hates them as he does but it could be that because he was abandoned in a thunderstorm with torrential downpours and a tornado warning (high winds).He is a good bot getting a bath just not happy about it. You tell him to get in and he will get in the tub for you. You have to be in the tub with him as he has to be able to rest his head on your shoulder. You can get him wet,no problem.problem. You can lather him up,no problem. But the second you go to rinse him off her sings (howls).My husband teases him every time he gets a bath and asks,”What you gonna sing for us this time Loki”
What is your favorite food?
He loves Carrots,Pepperoni, Cheese, Milk Bonz, Marconi and cheese, Saltine crackers (Unsalted)
Not sure if he likes shrimp though as I gave him (and the others) one once and he left.He came back a few minutes later and I thought he was wanting another but he sniffed at it for a few seconds. After that he took it and started heading to the bedroom again. Later on I went to lay down and watch TV with him and he had buried that shrimp under my pillow! I don’t know if he didn’t like it or if he was saving it for later.
How many fur-siblings do you live with?
Counting Loki there is 7 dogs with 6 of the dogs being rescued
(there are 3 rescued cats as well)
Morgan (Black Lab/Springer Spaniel), Athena (Teenie) (Beagle/Springer Spaniel) and Oddball (Golden Retriever/Springer Spaniel – was the ONLY gold one of 12) : (Sisters and brother)
About 4 months after I found Loki abandoned in the box at the state park I got a call one morning around 7:30 that a laundry basket with 12 puppies and their mama were in a dumpster. Now this was a cold morning in October and one of the 12 was sadly already gone. Their eyes weren’t even open yet and they were still nursing on mama. She was a good mama as she was sitting near them trying to keep them warm and safe. I again knew like Loki if I brought them to county as per protocol they world have been destroyed and maybe mama would get adopted so I got a hold of my buddy who was a kennel manager at a no kill shelter and he said he could take them Monday. This was Friday do I took them home, gave them all a bath as they were covered in fleas, gave mama a bath and fed her then made a soft pallet in the laundry room and let them all stay with us till Monday. When they were old enough to adopt I took Teenie (for my husband) and Morgan weaseled her way into my heart so I took her too. My son took Oddball for his girlfriend but she ended up being mean to him and they broke up so he took Oddball away from her and have him to my daughter for her birthday. All the other puppies and mama were adopted. One of the volunteers came in Tuesday morning, seen mama and fell in love adopting her right off. She was a pure bred Springer Spaniel.
Sandie (a Shepard Husky mix) (Sister)
I took Sandie after her owner told me to take her back to the kill shelter so he didn’t have to pay a fine for letting her run loose in the neighborhood. He adopted her and because he couldn’t control her and let her run free all over he didn’t want to pay a fine so wanted me to bring her back to the kill shelter and I couldn’t do that so I adopted her and gave her to my son
Artemis (Beagle) (his niece)
Arty was saved from drowning. My daughter and her friend saved Arty when Arty’s mama crawled under a wheelchair ramp at a steep incline during a Thunderstorm and Tornado warning to have her babies. Mama belonged to my daughters friend and during the storm she disappeared as they were getting ready for the storm (after the tornado warnings came in). There was a wheel chair ramp that was on a steep incline. Mama crawled under it towards the bottom of it and it was filling up fast with water.The babies were already submerged when the two found them.They crawled under it and rescued mama and the babies.
Mackenzie (Japanese Chin/Pomeranian) (his Aunt)
Mac isn’t rescued, we got her from a dear friend when we had to put our Spaniel mix, Casey, down at 9 years old from an enlarged heart. Mackenzie’s mama just had the puppies (litter of 2) a week before we lost Casey.She is 14 years old and puts Loki in his place.Loki does not mess with Aunt Mackenzie as he knows better lol
Who do you like the most?
He is my sons dog but he is attached to his granny (me).He knows what time I am supposed to be home in the morning from work and if I am running late my husband says he paces back and forth.He follows me everywhere.My son currently lives with us but he has already said when he moves out he wont be taking Loki as we all agree that Loki wont be happy being away from granny but my son said when we come to visit we have to bring him to visit as well.
What is your favorite thing to do?
He loves to wrestle with Sandie, chase snakes and frogs and squirrels and dig holes with Morgan and roll every chance he gets and always finds the dustiest place in the yard of he can
What would you or your family like to say about pitties?
Pit Bulls are cuddly, loyal and affectionate dogs. Pit Bulls love people and are gentle, loving dogs who are so eager to please their human counterparts. Pit Bulls are not naturally aggressive and sadly are the most euthanized dog in the US. This is in part because there are so many myths surrounding them, which makes some people believe they’re not suitable for adoption. This is not true. A rescued Pit Bull can make a wonderful companion.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
As I said earlier, my husband was not a big dog fan but since I brought Loki into our lives he cant see our lives without the Lug now. Loki has brought us so much joy and love. The look in his little eyes the day I found him is still there only with that look is now a look of loyalty,devotion and love. The bad rap the Pitties get is wrong and until we stand up and be their voice or continue to diligently keep fighting for them they will always be feared and persecuted. I am in the process of running for President of the United States and one of my big issues I plan on pushing and campaigning for is Animal rights and Loki is going to be not only the “First Pittie” but the Ambassador against BSL.
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Granny & Loki for doing the interview. Please visit Loki as his personal facebook page or his group page.
Pictures were used with permission.
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