After celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend, we are reminded that there are many types of mothers out there - and dog moms deserve recognition too! This Wagging Tail Wednesday, we are excited to share the sweet story of Ashley (dog mom of two) and April the pit bull.
Ashley Niedzwiecki is one of Wags and Walks’ dedicated foster parents who turned permanent dog mom once she met April. Keep reading to learn how fostering turned permanent for Ashley, why she’s now an advocate for pit bulls, and the health scare that made her know it’s real.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your dog.
April was my 5th foster through Wags and Walks. I was volunteering at the NKLA Super Adoption event and saw that we pulled her from the shelter as the event was ending. As I was staring at her, I got a call from our foster coordinator, Megan. She asked if I saw the big pittie we just pulled and asked if I could foster her. I picked her up the next day and my dog and I instantly saw she was a special girl.
After fostering her for about 3 months she suddenly got really sick, blue in the mouth. I rushed her to the vet (amazing how light this 80 lb pup became in the moment of panic) and they said it didn’t look good. They put her on fluids and took X-rays and ran blood tests. I got an update that she probably won’t make it through the night. I prepared for the worst. The next morning I got the call from the vet and they said she was as good as new! They think she had some sort of allergic reaction. I went to pick her up and she was so happy to be going home. Once we got home my dog, Keely, jumped with joy that she was back. I knew she was here to stay. I couldn’t imagine anyone else having her after that experience.
How did you find out about Wags and Walks?
I heard about Wags and Walks through social media and knew I wanted to be involved in any way that I could.
How did you know your dog was “the one”?
When I saw the girls together as best friends, I knew it was permanent. Plus, April is the type of amazing dog people tend to overlook - pit bull, cropped ears, over bred, 6 years old. She’s an angel!
Have there been any challenges or setbacks you’ve had to overcome? What was your biggest surprise?
Separation anxiety…. We worked on it and she’s now crate trained and loves her crate. Crate time = treat time!
What is your favorite thing about your dog? Does he/she have any funny quirks?
She is like a little hippo. She jumps around when I come home and it’s the cutest thing. Her purrs are pretty adorable too.
What is your favorite thing about being a doggy parent?
Having unconditional love. They are always excited to see me, even if I just leave to go check the mail.
How has your dog changed you?
April has taught me patience and to be an advocate for pits like her.
As you can see from Ashley’s story, fostering is a wonderful way to test the waters if you are considering adopting a pup. If it’s meant to be, like it was for Ashley and April, then you will know. If you are interested in becoming a dog mom (or dad!) please check out our available dogs - and remember, this page is constantly being updated with new pups.