Almost two years ago, a skinny black pit bull mix showed up along with a shepherd mix on a property about 30 minutes from us. Luckily, there is a fantastic animal rescue located there. The dogs were taken to the shelter and put into foster homes. The pit bull was super skinny and his skin was in bad condition. He was wearing a collar and was very friendly, so it was obvious that he had been someone's pet. Alas, no one ever came looking for him.
The people who took the pit bull in loved and cared for him. They spent time investigating what was wrong with him and learned that his skin condition was due to food allergies. He was put him special food and his skin cleared up. They cleaned him, put some weight on him, and got him ready for adoption. Unfortunately, the poor guy had a lot of strikes against him. He was black, male, a pit mix, and had an unexplained urinary issue. A year went by and Herschel was not adopted.
Not once has Herschel shown any disposition other than that of a loving and faithful dog. Whereas Dante grumbles at P and A if they try to play with him, Herschel sits contently while they climb on top of him. Once, P grabbed Herschel's tail and the big guy didn't even seem fazed. He loves to give big kisses and snuggle up with his family. Other than his penchant for adventure (i.e. he loves to escape if the possibility presents itself), he's one of the best dogs we could have hoped for.