Kim and Jill, aka “the twins,” are two of Duchess’s puppies that we still have with us. At the Galveston shelter we were told they would have been “shark bait” because they were too small for fighting dogs. Did you know that pitbull puppies are used as shark bait by some big game fisherman off the coast? They are so strong they keep struggling for a long time, which attracts more sharks.
Kim and Jill were a bonded pair and never far apart. We couldn’t bear to split them up and tried very hard to find a family that wanted two, all black, bonded pitbulls. LOTS of people were asking how big they were going to get, if they could get them before they were spayed, if one was weaker then the other one, if we would give them to them for free since we couldn't find a home where they could stay together, etc. Obviously none of those requests were from people with loving intentions for these two sisters. Even in Austin, one of the most dog friendly places in the world, it’s definitely “not the breed, it’s the people.” That is how "the twins" ended up staying with us, and their mom, forever.
Jill is our protector. She looks out after everyone, walks the property line, and even sometimes sleeps outside on the “porch couch”! She is always amazing with any rescue puppies that come in and if anyone even thinks about hurting or bothering her twin sister Kim, look out! Just ask the porcupine that initially went after Kim before sister taught it a valuable (but probably final) lesson!
She may be a fierce protector, but she's one of the favorites during our public days!
Special thank you to Jill's heroes:
When my roomie and bestie, Beth, brought me to Safe in Austin for a visit; I had been out of the car for maybe 26 seconds before Jill sauntered over to me and calmly put her paw on my leg. I’m not going to lie; I fell in love with her immediately, and we were together much of the day. Her energy is calming, affectionate, and “motherly.” I'm excited to sponsor her and do my small part to contribute to making her as happy and cared for as she made me feel that day. I felt like she chose me. And that made me feel lucky. I love the energy at Safe in Austin....the animals are in a place where they are safe to let their personalities come out, and it’s great to watch these personalities interact. Hi Jill! Love you! Kiss, kiss.
When Jill went missing, I was an absolute mess. I couldn't stop thinking about her and her Safe in Austin family! The second she was back home where she belongs, I just had to become her sponsor! So glad you are safe, sweet girl! <3