When Jon Patel and his wife Kayla went to a local animal shelter in Jackson, Tennessee, they were just taking a look and didn’t have plans to adopt that day.
As Jon shared with The Dodo, “There was a bunch of pit bulls and cats there, and the dogs were barking and jumping up on the cages.”
And then Jon came across a one-year-old Pit Bull who wasn’t barking at all. Jon couldn’t help but go over to her.
“She was just sitting there very calmly while the other dogs were barking their heads off,” Jon said. “So I went over to her cage, and she stuck her little paw out, and when I reached my hand down, she stuck her little paw out through the cage, and I grabbed it.
After that, I called Kayla and said, ‘We’ve got to get this dog.’”
Jon and Kayla soon learned that the Pit Bull was surrendered by her former owner because she was no longer “cute.”
“Once she grew out of being a puppy, they just abandoned her there. A lot of people get them [pit bulls] when they’re puppies because they think they’re cute, and when they grow up, they just abandon them, and that’s what happened to her,” Jon said.
“To this day, I don’t understand why anyone would give her up because she’s so sweet and loving. She’s never met a person or a tennis ball that she doesn’t love immediately,” Kayla shared.
Jon and Kayla named the Pit Bull Ellie and learned that she was set to be euthanized that day they visited the animal shelter. “She’s only a year old, and if they put her down, it would have been such a waste of life,” Jon said.
When her new humans brought her home, Ellie ran all over the apartment, jumping on the bed and couch.
Now settled into her new life, Ellie loves to sleep, play with tennis balls, and keep an eye on Jon and Kayla.
“She won’t let you out of her sight — ever. Even if you creep out of the room … she’s coming after you because she wants to keep her eye on you. I think she just loves us and she wants to be near us all the time,” Kayla said.
Jon and Kayla have noticed how people will avoid walking on the same side of the street as Ellie and give her sideways glances, but they know she doesn’t have a mean body in her body. “…she literally just chases butterflies all day. She’s not going to hurt anybody,” Kayla said.
Jon and Kayla may not have intended to adopt Ellie that day at the animal shelter, but now they don’t how they could live without Ellie. “I was a little apprehensive at first about bringing a dog home, but now that she’s here … the family wouldn’t be complete without her,” Kayla said.
Pit Bulls are often misunderstood as aggressive dogs, but as Ellie’s story highlights, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Help dispel the misconceptions about Pit Bulls by sharing Ellie’s sweet story to your friends and family – the more awareness we can spread, the better. And if you’re looking for a new four-legged best friend, remember to always adopt and never stop!