Recently this examiner learned about an amazing “Elderbull” named Sarge. Sadly he crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge this week. He leaves behind quite a legacy though. A tribute to his fellow Pit Bull and Pit Bull mix friends. Many have written about this wonderful dog. No doubt many will continue to do so. He will definitely live on.
Those that have not heard about Sarge here’s some background. This incredible dog lived to be almost 17 years old. With such a horrible beginning that’s no small feat. For 14 years he lived with his abuser in Philadelphia. In September 2008 humane law enforcement freed him and 30+ others from that hell. He was brought to the Pennsylvania SPCA. The scars and injuries told the story of what this poor soul had endured up to that point. Although he’d been brought up in such miserable surroundings this forgiving boy remained happy and peaceful.
In February of 2009 Kim Wolf and Thad Stringer adopted Sarge and brought him home to be part of a family for the first time. Five other adopted dogs made up the family. Fannie, Captain, Nancy Reagan, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Martha Washington. Mary Todd, a 9 year old Pug also rescued from the Pennsylvania SPCA was known as his girlfriend.
Spring 2009 Sarge was certified with pals for life. This entitled him with the privilege of participating in pet visitation programs. He was able to visit places like nursing homes, rehab centers, libraries and other similar establishments. He was the oldest and most famous of the dogs in the program. Loved by everyone he encountered. Being the ladies man that he was he was especially popular with the ladies. With his charm and handsome elderbulll looks it’s no surprise that he won Philadelphia’s Barking Beauty Pageant in 2010.
For his services in the Philadelphia area Sarge was presented with the “2010 Humane Educator of the Year” award by Mayor Michael Nutter. Also he receive an “Achievement Award” for paving the way for other Pit Bulls to be treated as individuals. This award was presented by the Animal Farm Foundation.
To learn more about this wonderful spirit you can check out Elderbulls. There you’ll get a glimpse of this incredible and true ambassador of his breed. Well written articles make good points to help others become better Pit Bull advocates. It’s definitely a recommended read. Be sure to join his Facebook .
The Sarge Fund
Atomic Dogg magazine
Winter 2010 issue of American Dog Magazine