All dogs are special. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. Sometimes, however, a dog comes along where their innate senses go beyond the average dog. This story is about one special pup named Aladdin. Aladdin is a Pit Bull with a sad past. He was badly neglected. When he was placed in a kill shelter, he had been starved. He had severe orthopedic issues and he was missing 12 teeth.
The sweet Pit Bull cannot bend his back legs. He sits, lays and walks in a unique way to compensate for his issues. Thankfully, his future mom, Michele, saw him at the kill shelter and it was love at first sight! She explains in the video below, that despite all he had been through and his obvious discomfort, he wagged his tail as soon as they laid eyes on each other!
Within a year of adopting Aladdin, he became a certified therapy dog. This was because Aladdin could connect with people in a special way. He especially loves kids. The room can be jammed with people but somehow Aladdin will make his way over to the person who needs his attention most. No one can explain it for sure, but it just seems he can sense their emotional pain. Maybe it’s because of his past. Maybe it’s because he is still in pain himself from his deformed legs.
Aladdin was at the scene after the Orlando nightclub shootings. He made his way through the crowd and went straight over to a man. The crowd was huge and no one knew for sure who was inside the club or standing nearby for support. But Aladdin did! He made a beeline for one man that said: “This dog looked at me and knew I needed him.” It turned out that he was inside the club and Aladdin knew that this kind man needed to feel safe. It was such a touching moment.
This amazing pup doesn’t just help people, he also comforts dogs that have suffered from animal abuse and trauma. But despite all Aladdin does for dogs and people, he still has to deal with the breed stereotype. His mom knows firsthand how tough it can be. Kids will flock over to pet Aladdin but as soon as some of the parents ask what type of dog he is and hear he’s a Pit Bull, they’ll pull their kids away from him. Aladdin’s mom Michele is doing all she can to change that! Even if she has to dress him up to make him more approachable, she has a fun time doing it!
Aladdin is also an award winner. He won ‘Therapy Dog of The Year’ by the American Humane Association. This was a turning point for Aladdin. A gentleman who was in the audience at the award dinner came up to Michele and said he will perform surgery on Aladdin for free. The vet knew he could relieve most of his orthopedic pain. How incredible is that?!
Aladdin’s story continues and we promise it only gets better. We are blown away by this dog and his incredible connection to people and other pups who need him most. Don’t cheat yourself by missing out on the video below. It’s truly inspiring. We hope Pit Bulls like Aladdin receive fair recognition.
Every dog is special and should never be judged as a whole by breed stereotype! If you support dogs like Aladdin, and love Pit Bulls too, make sure you watch the video and then share his special story!
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12 Things You’re Doing That Your Dog Hates:
For most people, dogs are not just our pets, they are our family members. When you bring a dog into your life, things just seem to get a lot more exciting. There’s few things that are better than coming home after a long day of work and having your beloved furbaby happily greet you at the door. While we love our pups and they love us back unconditionally, there are a few “annoying habits” that our dogs may not really like.
Here are 12 pet peeves that many dogs have, according to Bright Side:
Hugging- While it’s hard to resist giving our pups a big squeeze, many dogs feel restricted and consider it a controlling act.
Using words more than body language- Of course, dogs can understand a select few words, but we all know that they can’t comprehend every single thing we are saying. Because of this, dogs tend to watch our body language to understand what we are trying to tell them.
Patting their heads– Similar to the hugging, many dogs don’t like when their personal space is invaded. Most would prefer being pet on their back or even scratched behind their ears.
Keeping eye contact– Looking straight into a dog’s eyes without blinking, especially a dog you don’t know, may come across as an act of assertion or dominance. If you’re meeting a new dog for the first time, it’s important not to make strong eye contact right off the bat.
Lacking rules and structure- Since it’s not always easy for dogs and humans to communicate with each other with words, it’s important for them to have rules and structure so that they can feel more comfortable in a routine and have trust in you.
Keeping them on a tight leash- If you hold the leash too tightly, it can make the pup feel stressed or uneasy.
Not letting them explore and smell- The majority of dogs love to see the world around them instead of being cooped up inside all day. They enjoy sniffing around and visiting new places. Keeping them inside and not letting them explore could make them feel depressed or isolated.
Forcing them to interact with dogs/people they don’t like- Putting your dog in an uncomfortable position can end up badly for either them, or for the dog/person that they feel uncomfortable around. Even if your dog is not aggressive, they may act in a defensive manner if they’re forced to be near someone they don’t want to interact with.
Being tense- Pets are very good at sensing our moods and feelings, so if we are tense and stressed, our dogs may start to feel that way too.
Being boring- Dogs are energetic, playful animals and love to have some excitement in their lives. They can feel lonely easily if left home alone all day, so it’s important to show them attention and play with them whenever you get the chance.
Exposing them to strong smells- A dog’s smell is nearly 40 times greater than ours, so certain fragrances like air fresheners or cleaning sprays that may not affect us, could really bother them. Make sure to keep things like this a good distance from them.
Bathing them- While not all dogs dread bath time, many of them do. Using a slip-resistant mat at the bottom of the tub could help them feel more comfortable. The temperature of the water should be lukewarm, not too hot and not too cold.
Of course, our dogs will love us unconditionally no matter what, but paying attention to the things that bother them could help strengthen the relationship you share with them even more!