Mama Jade – “Your pitbull found me and I won’t give her back”
I was scrolling down my Facebook feed this morning, and was intrigued by the headline “Your pitbull found me and I won’t give her back“. I love all dogs, and was curious about this article. I clicked on it, and read the story and couldn’t stop crying. A woman found this dog, who had obviously been the victim of abuse, and wrote a craigslist post in anger. She had no idea it would go viral, save this dog’s life, and bring tons of attention to animal cruelty.
This is the story that broke my heart, and also restored my faith in humanity. Please take the time to read it:
Last Friday night, your dog wondered up onto our porch. Signs of the abuse she had somehow escaped, riddled her body. The fresh bite marks on her muzzle, the scars that covered her body, the exposed pink and purple flesh around her neck, where she was obviously tied up with ropes that cut their way into her skin, over and over again. The obvious signs that she had been bred, relentlessly, time after time. The pressure wounds on her elbows that bled whenever they touched anything, from being tied and forced to lay on cement ground and metal cage mesh.
None of those things are even the worst part. Upon examining her teeth to gauge her approximate age, I burst into tears. I found that you had pulled the majority of them out and the ones you left, had been filed down. And you did this without anaesthesia, this I am sure of. You did this so she couldn’t fight back. You did this so she couldn’t injure any dogs you had trained to fight, when you threw her in there with them. With each bite of her they took and each yelp she cried, they’d look at you for reassurance. Because all they wanted to do was please you. Loyalty is in their blood. Violence is not.
The first night she was here, I stayed up with her and only slept for 2 hours. Every time I’d move, she’d get up and look at me with worry stricken eyes. She didn’t want me to leave her.
Somehow, God must have led this mama to my doorstep, knowing she’d find comfort here. The next morning, I took her to my work on my day off. I work at an animal hospital.
Upon entering the building, her neck started to bleed. The thick collar which you put on her, had cut into the tender scars on her neck. She didn’t even yelp. I discovered it as I was weighing her and saw blood on the scale. I took the ridiculous thing off of her.
The amazing people I work with have all fallen head over heels in love with your dog. So when we discovered she has breast cancer, it broke our hearts even more.
Over the last 3 days, our staff has grown to love this beautiful and broken soul. Skin and bones, we feed her constantly but only foods that are soft enough for her… You know, since you ripped her teeth out and all.
Mama lets you get right up in her face. In fact, she LOVES it. She’ll give you slobbery kisses and nuzzle your face with love.
We’re all amazed at how trusting of humans she is. Dogs however, completely terrify her. It doesn’t matter the size, she growls in fear and tucks her tail between her legs. But who can blame her? After what you did to her?
Tomorrow, Mama will finally feel peace. And when she closes her eyes and takes her last breath, I’ll be there. I’ll hold her big ol head and I’ll tell her how much I love her.
And when her soul has left her battered body and I’ve dried the tears enough to see, I will document every bruise, every bite, every cut, scrape and gash. I’ll photograph her teeth, or rather, where her teeth used to be. I’ll turn in all the evidence and post it where EVERYONE will see it. I’ll use it to educate kids in heavily crime ridden areas, on the horrors of dog fighting.
If you could do that to a dog, you should not be allowed in everyday society. And teaching our children right from wrong is the only way to put a stop to this.
One day, you will be caught. If I ever find out who did this to the dog we all lovingly know as “Mama Jade” I honestly don’t know what I would I do. But it would probably involve contacting your mother and informing her of what a monster she managed to raise. My goal would be to make a mockery out of your pathetic life.
Mama Jade’s story will not be silenced. She just happened to show up on the doorstep of one extremely persistent, intelligent, respected and now angry human being.
Never would I have thought my Craigslist post about Mama Jade would go completely viral. I posted it last night, expecting to receive maybe a few emails about it but nothing huge. Today I have received LITERALLY thousands of emails from people all around the United States. My iPhone crashes every time I try to check my mailbox. The response has been overwhelming and has restored a lot of my faith in humanity. Many people and charities have asked if they could donate funds for Mama to get the treatment for her cancer. Tonight I’ll do my best to review as many of the emails as possible and I’ll make a decision on what the best route to take will be. One thing is for certain though, Mama Jade is getting yet another chance at life 🙂
Due to all the requests for a facebook page, one is up and running! From here on out, all updates will be posted here: https://www.facebook.com/MamaJadeNashville
That story above was found in her craigslist posting. Still curious, and now weeping like a baby, I fought through my tears and clicked on her Facebook page.
Her Facebook page had been created two days ago, and already has 80,000 likes. This made me cry even harder. I am so grateful to know that even though people are doing awful things, there are still so many good people in the world.
Here is Mama Jade, already looking happier and healthier. The outpouring of love and attention is helping her so much!
Here’s some more information found on her facebook page, written by the woman who saved her:
Mama Jade wondered up onto the porch of our north Nashville house, last Friday night. My roommate texted me and said a dog had walked up to him while he was outside and she wasn’t in good condition. He sent me a picture of her and immediately, I told him to put her in one of the crates I had in our garage and I would be home shortly to help her. When I saw her, I immediately knew she had been used as a bait and breeding dog. I bawled my eyes out as she used her remaining energy to wag her tail and press her big noggin into my chest.
Upon learning that she had cancer, we had initially decided it would be best to humanly euthanize her because she had already experienced so much pain in her life. I signed the papers but decided last minute that I would put it off until the next day. That night, (Tuesday night) I became outraged at the thought of how horrible her life had been. I posted the ad on Craigslist as a way to vent my frustrations. Never once did I think it would reach so many people.
After realizing just how many people were behind her, it became apparent that this girl is not quite ready to leave us just yet. Over the next few days I will work on creating a “Mama Jade’s Cancer Treatment Fund.” However, due to the extreme amount of interest from the public, I’ll need at least a day or 2 to set everything up and to make sure it’s done correctly.
I’ll be sure to post lots of updates and pictures of our sweet Mama 🙂 Again, thank you all so much. Dog fighting is a terrible and cruel “sport” that is often times swept under the rug. Animal abuse is often times punished with a slap on the wrist and the cycle just continues.
Many have e-mailed me with incredible words of support, calling me an “angel” or a “hero” and although it warms my heart, at the same time it makes me sad. I was just doing what any person with a pulse would (or apparently should) do if they encountered an animal that desperately needed help.
The world would be a much better place if people could just take a moment out of their busy lives, to help a creature that can do nothing for you in return.
Thanks the overwhelming response I received from posting Mama Jade’s story on Craigslist, this girl is getting yet another chance to live a beautiful life. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank everyone enough for the kind words & incredible support.
Above is Mama Jade getting her picture taken, and with her new mama! She is such a sweet girl, and I’m so glad she’s out of the awful situation she was living in!
Here’s one last happy picture of Mama Jade! She is one of the lucky ones. There is no doubt that with the outpouring of support, that she will have enough money raised to heal her. Dog fighting and animal cruelty are such huge issues, and this is just one example of them.
Below are some sites where you can get more information on these topics, and extend your help to make a difference in another sweet baby’s life!