Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Neville is Retiring, Give Him a Giant Bone

A long, long time ago, like 2005 long ago, there was a dog named Neville. This dog ended up in Ontario. Normally this would not be a big deal, but this dog looked like a Pit Bull. In the New Ontario, new legislation made being a Pit Bull a sin worthy of death! His owners didn't want to bother paying for the requirements necessary to keep a Pit Bull in draconian Ontario. Neville's fate was nearly secured - death. But as often happens with sweet, smart, PINK NOSED Pit Bulls, staff fell in love with Neville and could not bear to see him killed for looking a certain way. Thus Neville traveled from Ontario to Seattle, Washington where he would sniff for explosives at the ferry. He became super popular because, hello, pink nose!

ETA: For some reason, the link is broken.This is tragic, because come on! how often do we get to revel in happy stories.
Five years later and Neville is retiring! At 8, he's a little grizzled but has the winning Pit Bull smile.

Neville is one of five Pit Bulls working to protect Washington-ians from going all explode-y!

Thank you, Neville, for being you. For smiling. For giving kisses because that is how you roll. For doing a job that you thought was great fun. For breaking stereotypes, even when your home town Seattle wanted to see you dead as well.

Neville will live out the rest of his days with his handler. I hope his first days of retirement aren't too stressful. I suggest a massage, a lot of bones, and maybe five million squeaky toys.

Happy retirement, Neville! You done good!


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I remember following Neville's story back when I was on the pit bull forum! I'm glad to see he's still around and doing well! He deserves a fantastic retirement!

Michael DeAntonio said...

It's nice to read about a pittie doing wonderful things.

Pibble said...

Congrats, Neville! You make all Pit Bulls and their humans proud, and you probably make more than a few people eat their words. We love you and your pink nose!