"Gia was abandoned when she was nine years old in 2012. Mighty Mutts, the rescue organization, saved her, and gave her a place to stay. This coincided with my statement to Anna that I was ready to foster another dog – but unlike the others, this time it had to be a nice old lady.
So she invited me to meet Gia at a Mighty Mutts event in Union Square in NYC, and I took a stroll with Gia. Pretty soon she was at our house, and I immediately complained that she needed to have the dirt cleaned off her, as she gleefully twisted her back on our nice area rug. She was probably aware before we were that she found her new home.
We adopted her. She turned out to be more than a “nice old lady.” She was a Luck Dragon who gave us an adventure. Yeah, like Falkor in “The Neverending Story.” Like a dragon, a pit bull is not welcomed by society, who has forgotten that they are a source of vigor and vitality, and love and affection, since they have now been provoked into the wrong place by some humans. She brought us luck. She brought me one of the best achievements of my life. There is no feeling like taking care of a being that no one else will, and receiving a secret treasure of goodness in return. Anna would say the same.
We took care of her, and she gave us her devotion, and for this we called her Queen Gia. Because to have been through what she went through, and to still trust humans in spite of the abuse and abandonment, requires the grace of a queen.
She passed away on her own at 7:45 this morning, in our arms, from complications related to blood and cancer treatment, treatment that gave us a bonus month of thanksgiving and affirmation with Gia, the dog that saved us back."