Aaron LaCour of the United States Air Force found himself browsing pictures of pit bulls while reminiscing on the dog he lost shortly before he had deployed. Mutts-n-Stuff’s website happened to come up in his web search and – all the way in Afghanistan – Aaron fell in love.
Reggie has graced the pages of Mutts-n-Stuff’s website for over a year waiting for the perfect family to find him. This family has come in the form a solider defending our country. Aaron emailed about Reggie and what he needed to do to make sure he could come home to him. Normally Mutts-n-Stuff will not put a “hold” on a dog with only the hope of him or her being adopted; but, through many emails, a friendship formed between Aaron and Reggie’s foster family. They have agreed to hold onto Reggie as long as it takes for Aaron to make a safe trip home, which is scheduled for December 2009. Aaron and his friends in his troop wait for emails to come with updates and pictures of Reggie so they can see what his next antics will be. The way he has lifted their spirits and touched hearts from across the world can only be summed up as true pittie love! Mutts-n-Stuff has in turn adopted Aaron, sending him care packages and support for the tremendous service he is performing for our country. Reggie’s foster family is proud to be taking care of Reg while his daddy is taking care of us, and they are honored that he will go to such a great person. Reggie came from very hard beginnings as a stray found at a local pound. He was nursed from 38lbs when he was taken into Mutts-n-Stuff’s care, to now weighing in at over 70lbs!
Reggie has overcome many hurdles, including the fate that most pit bulls in shelters face. Over 200 pit bull type dogs are put to sleep each week in the St. Louis Metro Area. Reggie got a chance that few of these dogs do. He was found to be heartworm positive and had mange from head to tail, leaving 90% of his body hairless. Over the past year he has thrived in his foster home with his 2 pittie sisters and a snarky little miniature pinscher. Reggie has made a full turnaround from the statistic he could have been to the breed ambassador he has become. While Reggie patiently waits to meet his new daddy and see his new home, he is well taken care of and eagerly awaits new emails from his dad. If you wish to help support Aaron or Reggie, dog or people items can be brought to any of Mutts-n-Stuff’s adoption events. Packages to Aaron are being shipped regularly and Reggie loves balls and Knuckle bones. The cycle of support is endless and when we all support each other, great things can be accomplished – big and small.
Julie Jordan – Volunteer, Mutts-n-Stuff