This is the story of Bindy, a petite Pit Bull mix who came into the shelter scared and unsure of the world. Bindy was picked up as a stray, running the streets, but we knew where she had come from, and knew why she was running.
Bindy was used for breeding. She was overbred and kept outside and ignored. She came to us skinny and scared, two things we were eager to fix. When I went to go photograph her for the first time, an instant sadness came over me. She was so unsure of every single thing around her. George had taken her out with me and we both just pitied this dog for never having the life she deserved. With some time she began to warm up. It was evident she wanted to trust us and wanted to be happy.
(When I was uploading these pictures a little later that day, I saw this and seriously melted. Before I even posted it anywhere I sent it to my boyfriend with her story and the question “Who could ever hurt this dog?” And that question is one I still ask every single time I see her.)
In effort to get her to feel more comfortable, we tried getting her to play with different toys. She met them all with that same unsure reaction – one of confusion and anti-trust. At one point though, after many attempts, George showed her a squeaky toy. The noise made her curious and interested.
It was then that Bindy learned how to play. George would press the toy down with his fingers to make it squeak. She followed the motion. He did it some more and then gave her a chance. She stared at it for a bit, not sure what to do to make that noise happen. He showed her again. Pressed down – squeak. It was at that moment that it all clicked. Bindy went up to the toy and pushed down with her nose the same way George did with his fingers. The squeak startled her and excited her at the same time. Laughing the whole time, we repeated this for a while until she finally got the confidence to continue on her own.
(It took Bindy a while to realize it was okay for her to play and for her to take the toy in her mouth and walk around with it. She kept looking at us for a look of approval, or really, disapproval. But with some constant reassurance, she got it.)
There was such a sense of pride knowing we gave this dog even the slightest bit of happiness. George and I would crack up every time she pushed it on her own. Such a simple thing but in all actuality, this was most likely the best day of this dog’s life.
A week or two later, we took her out again, this time with Liz. She had gained a little weight and a little courage, and we wanted to get some new photographs to show the progress she’d made. But what was supposed to be a short photo session ended up with us basically throwing this dog a party with tennis balls. We couldn’t help ourselves. They were making her so happy. It started with one. Then one from each person. Then one of each color. It basically ended with George sitting by the toy chest just throwing every single tennis ball we own. Bindy was beyond thrilled, not knowing which one to go after first. Her face screamed “BEST DAY EVER” for a good half hour before we started to clean up. Check out the photos below for proof.
Bindy has been socialized by everyone at the shelter now. And though she does have her issues, she has gotten so much more comfortable with people. We found that she does need a home without other animals – something to be expected after remembering her past. We’d also feel more comfortable putting her in a home without small children just because she is still a little hand-shy and unsure of some things. But with those restrictions aside, Bindy would make a wonderful pet. She just wants someone to love – someone who will treat her like family – someone to take care of her, keep her inside, feed her, and love her and, of course, throw the occasional tennis ball for her.
If you’re interested in adopting Bindy, please contact us at (631) 224-5660 or message us on facebook - www.facebook.com/islipanimals.
If you can’t adopt, please share her story and help find her the forever home she always deserved.
Please remember that Bindy’s story is not uncommon. Dogs are often overbred, abused, ignored, or mistreated every day. If you see something, please reach out to your local township, shelter, or police. Together we can give more dogs a better chance at a happy ending, the same way we have for Bindy.