After the demise of their pit bull Ziggy, the Nices started chipping in at the Orange County Animal Shelter. The couple before long discovered that pit bulls and the other “domineering jerk” breeds were regularly the longest occupants of the asylum and many had clinical or social issues that were restraining their appropriation.
In the wake of talking with cover chief Gina Jenkins, the couple chose to set up the Ziggy Dog Fund to enable these canines to get prepared for adoption.It took some time, however Dezal the pit bull at long last has a spot to consider his own. In late May 2020, Dezal was received by Paul and Paula Thomas. The safe house canine from the Orange County Animal Shelter was the main beneficiary of the Ziggy Dog Fund, a grant for cover canines to expand their adoptability set up by Meg and Casey Nice as a remembrance to their darling pit bull, Ziggy. a definitive objective being the decrease of the quantity of pitbulls in covers. “We needed to accomplish something in memory of Ziggy,” said Meg Nice. “Our Ziggy could without much of a stretch have been one of these canines had we not been there for him.
We were searching for an important method to support these canines and subsequent to conceptualizing with Gina thought of the thought for the Ziggy Dog Fund.” Shelter life is troublesome; canines end up there for an assortment of reasons, many have gotten lost, others are given up on the grounds that a proprietor is not, at this point ready to think about them and a significant number of the canines have small preparing which makes them less attractive as partner creatures and extreme to put. Jenkins and the Nices concocted the thought for the Ziggy Dog Fund to furnish long haul cover canines with the preparation or clinical consideration to help get them a lasting home.
Dezal was the perfect example for the program. In 2019, at 4 years of age, Dezal had consumed practically a large portion of his time on earth at the Orange County Animal Shelter. Dezel’s first proprietor kept him affixed to a tree. At the point when he got away and was gotten by creature control, the proprietors gave up him to the safe house. As a youthful canine with unlimited vitality and no limits, Dezal was received out multiple times and each time came back to the safe house.
Dezal wasn’t mean, however excessively excited and would hop on individuals searching for consideration. Dezal was youthful, solid and keen, characteristics that Jenkins and the Nices accepted could be transformed into resources with the correct preparing. In June 2019, Dezal was sent to Alexandra Everhart for preparing. Throughout the following barely any months, Everhart showed the youthful canine a large group of new abilities from sit, to remain, and took a shot at his off-chain preparing and social aptitudes. Dezal fans saw standard reports on the little guy’s advancement on the Ziggy Dog Fund Facebook page.
Dezal had many adventures in and around eastern Orange County, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. In addition to training with Everhart, Dezal began working with Paula and Paul Thomas of Positive Touch Training in the spring of 2020. Paula Thomas and her son Paul met Dezel and liked him immediately. They worked with Dezal on his social skills. Dezal ended up spending a weekend at the Thomas home and fit in well. “We had been working with Dezal, and one weekend he ended up staying with us,” said Paula Thomas.
“My son, Paul, had been one of his trainers. Dezal ended up becoming best buddies with one of our other dogs and is very bonded to Paul, so we decided to keep him. He’s not a dog for everyone, but he fits in well here.” Thomas said that Dezal has adapted to his new life and channels his energy by participating in barn hunt trials and playing with his new friend, Patches, as well as practicing his obedience training. Another story in video: