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In Memory of Piglet

... the Face that Launched a Thousand Smiles

Piglet didn't feel like the world owed her a thing - all she wanted to do was give love to everyone she met. And so it is with great sadness that the Society, but particularly our Newark staff, says farewell to Piglet, our longtime Share-A-Pet.

Piglet arrived at the Society as a Newark stray in 1995. She had some scars on her muzzle, but was outstandingly friendly. We surmised she may have been someone's pet whom they decided to try fighting. We hoped for a home for Piggy, but time went by without much interest.

Then our former executive director, who taught classes to local police in animal handling chose Piglet as his official "Canine Cop Coach", and her career began. She loved any bit of attention and was a willing model. She showed police officers everywhere what well-treated pit bull terriers were truly all about - happy bundles of love.

In 1997 we added Piggy to the Share-A-Pet program, hoping the extra exposure would find her a home. But because Piglet wasn't fond of other animals, it wasn't so easy. We featured her in our calendar in a car "ready to go", in spring greenery and her Christmas finest, but it seemed Piglet was destined to stay with us in Newark. 

However, she didn't have a lonely life!  Staff walked and played with her regularly, she got lots of attention, chewies, toys, and soft beds and quilts. As she grew older, and developed arthritis, she got a thorough work-up at a top veterinary facility and meds to help her stay comfortable. This was becoming increasingly difficult as her aging joints deteriorated.

On Friday, July 8, 2005, held in the arms of staff, Piglet peacefully left this world, loved and kissed to the last. She will never be forgotten, and will never fail to bring a smile to the faces of those who knew and loved her.


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