He was formerly known as Kent at the shelter but we changed his name to Ice to match his beautiful ice blue eyes. He’s an almost-one-year-old, deaf, pit bull that we adopted from the Macon County Animal Shelter at the end of April. He is an incredibly sweet and loving “lap” dog who absolutely loves to be around people. He is good-natured, playful, patient, and more wonderful than we could have ever imagined. My family and I are forever grateful to the kind and generous people of the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation and all of the shelter workers and volunteers who helped to make Ice’s adoption possible. Their love, caring, and passion for the well-being of animals like Ice, not only spared his life, but also allowed my family to learn first-hand how a dog truly completes a family.
How We Came To Find The Newest Member of Our Family
On Good Friday I happened to see a picture of this gorgeous white, blue-eyed pit bull on a friend of a friend’s Facebook pit bull rescue page. I asked my friend about the dog and was told that he was at a shelter in Decatur. So I quickly located the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter website and scanned through the adoptable dogs until I located his picture. I read his “profile” and instantly fell in puppy love. However, since it was Good Friday the shelter was closed; so I left a rambling voicemail stating my interest in him and my hope that no one had adopted him yet as I wanted to come out to meet him as soon as possible. After leaving the voicemail, I just sat there re-reading “Kent’s” profile and looking at his picture, all the while worrying that he would already be gone by the time someone called me back. I decided I didn’t want to take any chances, so I tried calling another number listed on the webpage. It was then that I was put in touch with Foundation member, Shirley! She and I chatted at length about “Kent”. She told me all she knew about him and I told her that my family and I would happily make the 3 hour road trip bright and early the next morning to meet “Kent”.
After packing up the truck with our 15 year old daughter, her friend, and our 4 year old twin boys, my husband and I set out on our mini road trip from the far Western suburbs to meet “Kent”. We spent several hours at the shelter in the play yard getting to know one another. We talked to “Kent’s” awesome care-takers about how they communicated with him, about using hand signs to get him to sit, etc. They also told us important things about what he liked and some of his funny habits. We spent time brushing him, slowly introducing him to the kids, playing fetch with him, giving him treats, and getting down on the ground with him only to realize he thought he was a lap dog! Our meeting was great. The adoption process was a breeze. The Foundation was extremely generous and considerate. The shelter workers were all friendly and knowledgeable. My family and I had fallen in love with “Kent”. Everything was almost perfect. “Kent” just needed to be neutered and then he would be able to come home.
Honest Reflections – I Had Second Thoughts
For a couple of weeks after Ice came home, I was nervous about being the new owner of a pit bull. The fact that he was deaf and also a “shelter/rescue” dog added to my uncertainty. Plus I was well aware of the ugly stories and the bad press surrounding his breed. In the back of my mind I worried about things like leaving the kids and Ice in the living room alone if I walked into the kitchen. What if they took a toy away from him and he became aggressive? What if they pulled his tail or ears? What if they ran and he chased them? All of these questions/imaginary scenarios made me second guess the decision we had made. I never intended to adopt a dog and not fulfill my commitment to give him a happy life, but I truly did wonder if the decision we had made was a wise one.
Fast Forward To Today – Our Family Is Now Complete
As you can see from the pictures, Ice has made a nice adjustment and has settled into a very comfortable routine with us. He is truly a member of our family. We all love him dearly. My husband and I are like proud new parents again, sharing with one another the cute and funny things that Ice does when one or the other of us is not there to see it happen. I frequently take pictures of Ice with my phone and text them to my husband throughout the day and he in turn shows them to any and all co-workers who will stop to take a look. The kids love Ice too, particularly the twins – perhaps almost as much as Ice loves them. I can’t believe how tolerant and patient he is with them. He has even graduated to sleeping in their room every night. Ice makes himself comfortable under the boys’ beds when we tuck them in at night and makes no move to follow us when we leave and close their bedroom door. As each day passes, our love for Ice continues to grow and I wonder what we ever did without him. Words alone cannot express our gratitude. Thank you again to everyone at the Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter and Foundation for helping to make my family complete.
Michelle, Jeremy, Kylie, Jeremy Jr., & Jayden