After six months in California, it was finally time for Lulu and I to head home. I had decided to resign and head back to the east coast – with my Stockton, CA pit bull in tow.
I had tried to find Lu a home, but my efforts had declined over the past six months, finally ending in “No, you cannot have her. She is going with me.” She had become quite popular in the office, and several non-pit bull fans had even shown an interest in adopting the little dog.
My last day in the office began with Lulu receiving baskets of treats from everyone. I began having visions of car induced vomiting, and had to cut off the dog crack. Lulu was allowed to sniff each treat though, and the person giving it was assured Lulu loved it…even those giving flavorless rawhide.
When lunch rolled around, there was a pot luck theme, with every dish containing some type of meat or dog treat. It was at this point, I realized I was playing back seat to the little dog. I again had to limit the gluttony.
The lunch finale included a large chocolate cake with “We love you Lulu” spelled out in dog biscuits. Apparently, there was just not enough room for my name. Obviously, Lu was allowed none of the cake, but we did manage a biscuit or two once the chocolate was removed.
The rest of the afternoon was spent having photo ops…of Lulu of course – until we finally left amidst many hugs and even a few tears. I think I even heard someone suggest “We should adopt another little pit bull for the office.”
I was not bothered one bit that my parting was forgotten, and only that of Lulu was celebrated. I had watched this little dog transformed in six months, from a terrified, beaten, shy little animal, to a vivacious, socialized, happy little dog. I had also watched a group divided and isolated come together as a team of engaged people, all focused on the needs of one dog. Over the course of those six months, they had not only changed their perception of her breed, but also their perceptions of each other.
Now it was time for Lu and I to head east, and home to her new life and more adventures.