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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

If you were following PAWS News back in March, you're sure to know the story of Betty Blue - a pit bull who gave birth alone in a field alongside a canal in California. Her courage, tenacity and unreserved faith in humans captivated and inspired all who met or read about her.

Today, an email from her new family has us reaching for the Kleenex to mop away those happy tears. Read on as Christine shares her family's first three months with this lovable lady:

Ms. Betty Blue…where to begin? We’ve had the pleasure of sharing our lives with Betty for just over three months and honestly we couldn’t be happier.

Betty Blue

Betty’s an eager to please, not so little goof-ball, who knows she’s got us wrapped around her paw. Her clumsy gait and big happy smile are so endearing I can’t imagine our lives without her. A gentle love bug whose tail starts thumping the second you say her name, she’s brought much joy into our home.

Betty and Ella (our feline baby) co-exist better than I could have asked for, and I am so appreciative to PAWS staff, who spent a good hour talking me through proper cat/dog introductions. As I think in most households, our cat tends to call the shots, and Betty for the most part has been extremely respectful of Ella’s boundaries. I don’t see the two of them cuddling up anytime soon, but they co-exist peacefully together.

On a side note, when Betty first arrived we purchased three large dog beds for different rooms of the house; she immediately decided the tiny cat bed was the best option (pictured, below) and chose that instead (the fact Betty is 70lbs and doesn’t fully fit in the 10lb cat’s bed didn’t seem to bother Betty one bit).

Betty-stealing-the-cat-bed

Betty’s an avid swimmer who loves car rides, walks in the neighborhood park, and overnight camping trips; although why one would want to leave a warm comfy bed to sleep on the ground in a tent is still beyond her! 

Betty’s left her mark on Cougar Rock Campground and Paradise at Mt. Rainier, and she’s been an excellent travel partner on our adventures.

7.  Betty Exploring the Beach

Her grandparents live on beach front property near Hood Canal and she tries her best to swim straight out to sea whenever we visit. Try as she might, she still hasn’t figured out how to move the buoys, which I can only assume from her perspective look like giant toy balls. She also has a habit of dragging to shore driftwood double or even triple her size; what she needs a log that large for is still a mystery to us!

Betty-Hydrotherapy2Betty’s still on medication daily, and will be most likely for the rest of her life. She has a bit of trouble going down stairs when excited, as her momentum and exuberance tend to get the best of her two front legs but—for the most part—Betty doesn’t let her injuries bother her.

We’ve introduced hydrotherapy sessions (pictured right), which are a fantastic workout for her and include massages while in a warm salt water pool.

While the weather’s still good though we’ll be trying to get her back in the ocean swimming as much as possible!

Since bringing her home, Betty has reaffirmed our decision to adopt every day, and we feel lucky to have her.

Thank you everyone was involved in her rescue and transport from California, and those who supported her care, we’re so grateful to share our hearts with her!

If ever proof was needed to reinforce the saying "those who say money can't buy happiness have never paid an adoption fee", this is it. Thank YOU Christine – we're so very grateful that Betty Blue found you.

Find your Betty Blue todayadopt.

Donate now and help us continue providing a safe place for companion animals in need until they find their forever families.

Betty Blue is our PAWS 2016 Calendar cover star!  Stop by the Calendar Release Party to celebrate with us and help raise funds for homeless, sick and injured animals.

Comments

What a gorgeous dog Betty is! Couldn't be happier for her good fortune..first PAWS and then being adopted by Christine. She's living the good life now and I love seeing her comfortably sleeping on her little cat bed…hope the cat moved into the larger quarters of the doggie bed! A touching story in every way!

I had the pleasure of walking and playing with Betty Blue while she spent her time at PAWS - she was the sweetest, most gentle and loving dog. Reading this story has made my day! I'm so happy for her and her new family!

Betty is so very blessed to be loved by her new family. This family will no doubt be the biggest winners though as Betty's love and adoration will always surround them. Blessings.

We are so glad to hear Betty Blue has a wonderful home! We have her puppy, Kora (originally Coffee Bean). Kora is a year old now and is the best dog we could have asked for! We adopted Kora when her brother and her mama were still at PAWS too. Our kids checked the PAWS site for days to make sure Betty Blue found a good home...otherwise we were gonna go back and get her. :) We would love to reunite the doggy family if you're up for it. :)

This is awesome!
I know this was last year but I just saw the story.
Betty Blue is my dogs mama and was rescued with her.
M.Julum

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