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Breed Ambassador- Joan the Pretty Lipless Pittie

Updated on September 4, 2012

For anyone living in Central Indiana and who advocates for shelter animals, it's hard not to have heard the story of Joan, The Pretty Lipless PIttie. But for those fellow Hoosiers (and animal lovers everywhere) who have missed Joan's journey, here's her tale.

Joan, who is now affectionately nicknamed "JoJo", was a resident of the Terre Haute Humane Society in Terre Haute, Indiana. She had been picked up as a stray so her history was unknown but one look at her physical appearance certainly told a story. A story that was written all over her face, her lips were missing.

As any well-run shelter does, Terre Haute Humane Society posted Joan's picture on their Facebook wall in hope of finding help for her. A few clicks later and a life is saved! The Hamilton County Humane Society in Noblesville, Indiana answered their plea and Joan was on the road to a new life to their shelter.

Joan was heartworm positive which meant treatment and a foster home would be needed. Jennifer Judd volunteered to foster Joan while she endured the treatment. After Joan's treatment and evaluation, she would be placed for adoption and, hopefully, find a loving home. Apparently, Joan had no plans of packing her bags and knew she had already found her forever home! Jennifer formally adopted this gal in March of 2011. And although Jennifer decided to keep Joan for herself, she hasn't kept Joan to herself as she shares Joan and their story with others throughout the community. If you've seen these two during their public appearances, in their Facebook pictures or watched their video, you'll understand why. It's unconditional love.

Many animals who survive abuse seem to share an innate sense of hope. Hope that the struggle is temporary. Hope that the damage is superficial. Hope that compassion is all they've dreamed it to be. Joan never gave up hope and now lives her dream of being valued for the wonderful soul within her.
Joan, the pretty lipless pittie, is certainly a beautiful selfless pittie. She's a Canine Good Citizen and helps others to understand that beauty comes in many different forms.


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      Valerie 3 years ago

      Amazing story, I have 3 pitties of my own. Both sides of. My family are also huge into the American PitBull Terriers, the oldest one my male was a personal rescue after bringing him in to my home, I started rescuing pits and training them their basic commands and house training and giving them to family and friends I knew they would be perfect for each other, especially when it came to certain personalities, I'm a proud PitBull mama then now and always!

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      barb roy 3 years ago

      Omg I cried and cried watching this. I love you jojo and I haven't even met you beautiful girl. I have worked with pitbulls for over 25 years and the pain I feel in my heart still takes my breath away when I see or hear of the cruelty these incdedible dogs have suffered. Im so happy jojo has found her forever home !

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      Pages-By-Patty 3 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Courtney! I agree...dogs certainly shouldn't be judged on their appearances. I found a stray pittie not too long ago who was probably disregarded simply because of his appearance. He was so appreciative for a full belly and a soft bed...nothing but a big lovebug wrapped in an abused body.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on Joan's story!

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      Courtney 3 years ago

      Wow. This is absolutely amazing. Pit bulls can be such fantastic dogs. It is so inspiring to see someone love a dog when it isn't the stereotypical cute puppy. I'm so glad Joan has found her forever home!!!

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      Pages-By-Patty 5 years ago from Midwest

      Oh, I agree! And I also love the rotties! I've only had personal experience with a rottie, mastiff/akita mix, shepherd mix and chow chow but I'm sure I'd fall for the pibbles, too, if I ever had the pleasure of owning one!

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      Lyudmyla Hoffman 5 years ago from United States

      oh, the way a dog can lean into a palm of your hand.. So important to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Pitbulls are right up there on the list. ~says a proud Rottweiler owner~ ;)

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      Pages-By-Patty 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you for your confidence, mwilliams66!

      Thank you, Luis, for your kind comment and the warm welcome!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Nicely written and such a touching story.Welcome to HubPages

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Thank you so much for bringing this beautiful story to the hubbing community. I am so touched and truly inspired.

      Sharing, pining, posting to fb (I also followed your link the the fb page and have liked)voting up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Yes, a tear jerker it is. The story is beautiful. I had never heard it before. I am so touched. I am pining, sharing, voting up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Thank you so much for bringing this to the hub community Patty.

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      Pages-By-Patty 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you once again! The video is quite the tear-jerker but with a very happy ending! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Great story never heard it. What a nice dog. Glad she has a home. Voted Up

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a sweet story. Jennifer is a sweetheart. I love Pitt Bulls!