I see a lot of Boston terriers and French bulldogs at the store where I work part time - the black-and-white coloring is very popular, I think. Little Denny here is an American staffordshire mix, but he looks like a Boston terrier and is so cute I just want to take a bite out of him. Here's what his rescuer (a woman who works at the South L.A. shelter) had to say about him:
My car is in the shop, and I had to walk from Venice and Crenshaw to the shelter. As I was crossing the 10 overpass, this dog passed me. He looked lost, trying to get his bearings, but I called to him and he came to me. It looks like he belonged to a homeless person - he was wearing a "harness" made from a belt with a broken chain leash attached. I was afraid he would get by a car, so I walked him from the overpass to the South L.A. shelter.
He walked with me very nicely. We passed many pedestrians of every age, shape and color: a lady who shrieked, "I'm afraid of dogs!"; a schoolyard of screaming kids; and a man who stomped his feet and yelled "BOO!" Then we came to some sprinklers that were watering the lawn and sidewalk - he balked a bit, but then walked with me through the spray. Not a single growl, bark, snap or lunge at anything!
He bears the classic Boston terrier markings, so I named him Denny Crane...well, really just Denny.
Since he's been at the shelter, Denny has proved to be a very affectionate, sweet dog. He has no problem with other dogs and has no food aggression. He also let a shelter worker cut his nails and use a dryer on him without making a fuss. Such a good boy.
But Denny is now at risk and developing kennel cough, so he needs to get out of the shelter ASAP. He's only a puppy and has a chance at a full, happy life. He needs another rescuer!
American staffordshire mix
10 months old
South L.A. shelter
To rescue Denny, call L.A. Animal Services at 888.452.7381 or go to www.laanimalservices.com for more information.