Cinderella's Story:

Cinderella was found discarded in a yard by two kids who begged their father to help the dog. Cinderella was placed in the trunk of the vehicle and taken to a kill shelter. Her body showed signs that she had lived a very cruel life. Her ear had either been ripped or cut off, she was thin and had given birth to numerous litters of puppies, and she was only 2 years old. At the shelter, she had a 106 temperature and she tested heartworm positive. Cinderella was only available for rescue and she was scheduled to be euthanized. Given her health condition, she was not a likely candidate to be pulled but Pit Bull Pride of Delaware felt she deserved a chance at a better life. When she was first evaluated by the vet, her health was so poor the vet thought the best option was to humanely euthanize her. Cinderella was diagnosed with pneumonia and stage 4 heartworm disease along with a heart murmur and a variety of issues with her blood work. She spent the night at Vet Specialty of Delaware and the vets were truly impressed with her spirit and will to live and they felt she deserved a chance to know love! Cinderella had been treated so harshly that when she first came into her foster home she would only army crawl across the floor. Cinderella was rescued January 24, 2013. Cinderella was adopted on May 18, 2013. Cinderella resides in a home with 2 children, ages five and two. My five year old is on the Autism Spectrum and watching him with Cinderella is breathtaking. My two year old has a rare seizure disorder that began when he was 8 months old. We considered buying a therapy dog, however, changed our minds due to the costs. One day I noticed Cinderella barking at my youngest and of course was concerned, however, when my son began to have a seizure I quickly realized that she not only knew it was coming and was trying to help but that she was truly a special dog. After that I enrolled Cinderella in training courses which she successfully completed and we began Pet Therapy with her through Faithful Friends Animal Shelter at the Delaware Psychiatric Center as well as an Early Education Center here in Delaware with children. NOW exactly one year later from the day she was rescued, Cinderella will be certified as a pet therapy dog on January 24, 2014. Cinderella is a survivor –a truly resilient dog. Cinderella is a wonderful ambassador for pit bulls every where and especially for the ones who come from abused/neglected backgrounds.

- Sarah Marlowe

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