As our own pooches have been getting older, we are always curious whether we will need to change anything as they age. Enter one of our 'not-so-secret' SociaBulls inspirations and crushes, adorable Maria, who even at 12 years old can easily outwalk the rest of the pack.
Adopted at age 6, Maria doesn't even realize she's an Elderbull. She has a continual zest for everything and her parents are the perfect reminders showing us how not to let age be a limitation. Here is Maria's story as told by her people:When we first decided to get a dog six years ago, there were only two criteria: pit bull and mellow. After meeting a few different dogs, Maria joined our family. She's nearly twelve now, though on most days you could only guess by her graying muzzle.
Sophie (Finding a Safe Place and Building Confidence), Torre (From Learning about Pitbulls to Developing an Ambassadog), Estelle (Waiting to Be Noticed), Franklin (A Small Dog in a Big Dog Group), Gordon (Learning to Be Social and Have Dog Friends), Nabi (A Shy Dog Making Sense of a "People World") Sprocket (Teaching a Dog When it's not Time to Play), Lola (Living in the City with a Dog who Fears Strangers), Zoe (The Dog who "Loves Too Hard"), Izzy (Being a good pitbull ambassador while working with an energetic dog) and Maize (Being social with an unsocial pup).
Plus, join our Chicago SociaBulls Facebook page for more photos and information about group walks. And check out the Hikabulls page where we first learned about the benefits of group walking and this link from the DINOs (Dogs in Need of Space) group to read the discussion and see if there is a group in your area.
Please Note: As the weather has warmed up, bikers, runners, dogs, and kids have come out in full force in many of the areas that we walk. While we had previously been introducing new members a few at a time to each walk, we've decided that in order to continue to keep our group safe and make our walks a positive experience for everyone, we are putting new members "on hold" for the summer. You can still submit an application, and it will go on our wait list in the order it is received. Once things quiet down a bit more in the fall, we will resume introducing new members a few at a time to each walk, and will be contacting people on the wait list in a first-come, first-served manner.