It's a Pit Bull's Life - Mary Ann and Boog

Strong willed. Friendly. Courageous. Obedient. Clownish. Intelligent. Loyal. Stubborn. Affectionate. All of these words have been used to describe the Pit Bull. When ISF heard the inspirational story of how Boog helped ISF supporter Mary Ann, we were brought to tears. Boog’s love for Mary Ann encompasses all of these traits. In week two of our series “It’s a Pit Bulls Life” as told by Pit Bull owners, we present the story of Mary Ann and service her dog Boog.  

What is Boog’s rescue story?

“Boog was rescued from a home that had too many animals but the true rescuer in this story is Boog himself.  I was a victim of domestic abuse at the hands of my father who tried to kill me by running me over with his pickup. The lower half of my body was crushed and I was in a wheelchair for 3 years when Boog decided it was time for me to walk again.  He got to the point where he only wanted me to walk him. I couldn’t walk Boog and use my cane at the same time so he would keep just enough pressure on the leash that he would keep me walking upright without any device.  He literally taught me to walk again.  This dog saved me – both my life and my broken spirit.  He showed me he loved me no matter what and that I could do anything.”

What are some of the best personality traits of Boog?

“Boog will get my purse for me and bring me things.  When I am having a bad day and hurting, he doesn’t leave my side.  He goes almost everywhere with me now; helping me walk and calming me when I’m anxious.”

What sort of BSL or prejudice have you encountered because Boog has been labeled a Pit Bull?

“It has been a long, hard road.  So many people judge Boog just because he is a pit bull.  They don’t see the friend that never leaves my side.  They don’t see the friend who got help when I fell.  They only see a breed.”

Animals are so in tune of their people and animal lovers will do anything for their dogs. Boog knew what Mary Ann needed and Mary Ann learned to walk again so she could be with her best friend Boog. 



A "Pit Bull" is NOT a real breed! There are many breeds that are labeled "Pit Bull" including the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.






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