Ghost, submitted by reader Karen.
Animal ID # A745871
NYC AC & C labeled this dog as severely aggressive, indicating they were unable to evaluate or even photograph him due to his severe aggression. However, a shelter volunteer wrote this:
I could not believe how lucky I was to befriend Ghost, a 4 year-old blue-nose pittie who has found himself in the shelter for the second time in his short life. Ghost was extremely nervous upon his second arrival, and so everyone generally left him alone. But the dog I met was downright amazing — he has extremely good manners, sitting on command with or without a treat, and rubbing his big head against me each chance he got. Ghost has impossibly symmetrical coloring, as if an artist delicately dabbled equal amounts of blue and white over his big blockhead and finely cut ears. Even his paws are perfectly colored, with blue sleeves reaching to his ankles, followed by white gloves. But back to Ghost’s shocking behavior — at 61lbs, I was a bit apprehensive walking him during the ice story that’s currently pelting New York City, but to my surprise, Ghost walked immaculately on the leash, resisting every easy chance to pull me into the slush. I even decided to test his obedience by asking him to sit on the cold, icy sidewalk, and he complied! I told him he was a good boy, and Ghost nudged my hand with his blue nose and enjoyed a head pat. To top it off, Ghost seems to be completely housetrained. When I was petting him inside, I rubbed on his back by his tail, and it seemed like it was a long time since someone had pet Ghost like that, because he acted overjoyed, curling his body into me, arching his back and gazing up at me — the whole process looked so much like a cat that I had to laugh. Blue-nose Ghost deserves for this to be his last time in a shelter — he needs a loving forever home where someone will appreciate his symmetrical beauty and loving, affectionate obedience.
Manhattan Animal Care Center
326 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029
(between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
NYC AC & C’s 2009 kill rate was 33%.