On August 10th, 2019 Ryan and I drove up to Aurora, CO to check out a litter of puppies available for adoption from the Douglas County Canine Rescue. For those of you who don't know, I used to foster for DCCR and absolutely loved taking care of puppies and doggos until they found their forever homes. Since I was a part of their Facebook page specifically for fosters, I was able to see pictures of this particular litter as they were growing up from tiny pups. They definitely grabbed my attention from day 1 so I was waiting to see when they'd be at adoption events.
The litter of NINE puppies was in a playpen inside, mostly asleep, but it was instantly obvious that the Facebook photos didn't do their cuteness justice. I held more than one of the precious little babies, but could not for the life of me convince Ryan that he could hold more than one puppy. He walked between the different kennels, played with a couple of older puppies, but kept coming back to the original litter and refusing to hold one. FINALLY, after 30-40 minutes of looking, he decided to hold a little grey and white girl - and was instantly in love.
We both held her, played with her, and decided that we couldn't leave without her - she was coming home to Colorado Springs! (After a quick pitstop to let her meet her Aunt Kim in Denver, of course!)
Over the last year, she has brought so much love and laughter to our lives. She is so sweet with my two smaller boy dogs, she loves to rough house with Ryan and with my roommate Lauren's dog, Kimber, and she is one of the most intelligent dogs I have ever known! She has grown from a tiny little shark to 60 pounds of a rambunctious (lovin') raptor-girl. She howls like a husky, has a VERY sweet and feminine bark, but she is not afraid of anything - and she never backs down when she's taking on Kimber who has 10-15 pounds on her, at least.
Lilah is an American Staffordshire Terrier mix (with what, we don't know). Because she's a bully breed (pitbull has become a broad term, similar to "hound dog") she is technically, and sadly, banned from the city of Denver. To learn more about the breed restriction, you can check out this site: denvergov.org.
Also, if you haven't seen it, I actually loved and recommend the movie A Dog's Way Home - which is about a "pitbull" mix. Be prepared to cry, if you do decide to watch it. (Or maybe I'm just biased and extra sensitive haha).
(Here's a video of baby Lilah play-fighting with Kimber)
Anyway, be prepared for LOTS of Lilah photos on my social media moving forward. This love-bug is one of the best parts of my day.