Tina wasn’t the only person Leo bonded with. Katie told us the pair had a connection from the start.
He would hear my truck come into the condo complex and start barking and scratching at the door to come down to the truck. He would love to come into the truck and go into the back to look around. I remember one day I was driving up one of my busier streets and they were coming down the street and all of a sudden there was Leo popping his head out the passenger side barking at me! He barked all the way down the street!
But life wasn’t always a charmed one for Leo and Tina. Leo’s size and appearance made the people of her condo complex nervous. They believed the stigma that surrounds “pit bull” dogs and told Tina to muzzle him when he was outdoors. Katie, who was close with Tina, was in the process of helping her find legal representation to fight for fair and equal treatment for her and Leo.
But then, everything changed last October when Katie returned from vacation to discover that her dear friend passed away.
I pulled into the complex and saw Cannon pulling out with the back of Tina’s truck loaded with furniture. I thought that she had found somewhere else to live. I waved and he waved and I didn’t think anything of it. I tried to call her later that day and her phone went right to voicemail. I tried the next day and the same thing. I looked on her FB page and there were condolences and comments about her passing away. I was in shock.
Katie immediately contacted Cannon and offered to foster Leo. Cannon is in the Marines and thus was unable to keep the dog. Katie didn’t intend to keep her furry friend, as she already had three other dogs, but the heart wants what the heart wants — and she and Leo couldn’t escape their BFF-love connection.
The whole vibe in the house changed as soon as we brought him home. He is the biggest, most lovable dog that you will ever meet. He was instantly running around the yard with my dogs.
There were some adjustments though — one of which was to Leo’s diet. He was used to eating human food, but Katie doesn’t often share her meals with her dogs. It took Leo a week to quit with the constant Hopeful Face of Begging Doggos. But, Katie confessed to us that she now mixes boiled chicken in with her dogs’ food. It’s no wonder the other pups love Leo! He scored them all chicken!
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