Kellie and Cedric
Dog's Approx. Birth Year: 2006
Registrations: TT, CGC, TDI
Dog's Most Favorite Thing: Sitting on laps, getting belly rubs, and invading personal space
Dog's Least Favorite Thing: Getting nails clipped
Favorite Quote: If Cedric could speak, he’d always say, “What do you mean my 65-lb body is too heavy for your lap? Don’t you love me and want to pet me and for me to be near you ALL the time?”
St. Paul Animal Control contacted ARLP in January 2008 because they picked up a couple dogs as strays who the staff members especially liked. When the ARLP temperament testing (TT) volunteers showed up to evaluate the male and female dog, they found two squishy faced pit bulls who appeared to be roughly one year old and siblings. The TT was successful but the hard part was finding a foster home for both dogs. The girl, who we named Reese due to her two-toned resemblance of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, got along well with our dog Marri, so she came home with us to be fostered. The boy, however, still needed to find a foster home. A week went by and no one was able to take him. I couldn’t imagine this big lug having the same fate as so many other pit bulls, so I convinced my now-husband that we had to have TWO foster dogs. Off to animal control he went to pick up the big beefy headed boy we named Cedric (after the comedian of course, because this dog could make us laugh!)
Having a houseful of family over in only a few short days caused a bit of anxiety in us due to having two new dogs in our home and being unaware of their previous situations and issues. Knowing undersocialized or nervous dogs could have major difficulties with large crowds of people, we decided to put the dogs’ kennels in the basement and away from the commotion. As the evening progressed all of our guests wanted to see the dogs, so I brought one dog up at a time to greet the adults, children, and even an uncle in a wheel chair. I brought each new dog up on a leash and they both did wonderfully. In typical pit bull fashion the kids and adults got endless doggy kisses on the face. However, the truly amazing moment was when Uncle John, in his wheelchair, wanted Cedric to jump on his lap. Not even fazed by this giant wheeled contraption, 65-lb. Cedric gently put his front paws up on John’s lap and reached up until he was slobbering all over John’s face. John was laughing hysterically as this was happening (which of course encouraged Cedric to keep giving out the kisses). Later I learned from John’s wife, with tears in her eyes, that it had been a very long time since John had laughed like that as he was having a really difficult time with his illness. From that moment we knew Cedric was not going anywhere, as this foster dog was home and home for good.
Cedric’s sister, Reese was adopted after only about a month in foster care by another loving human. Cedric became our foster failure…or our adoption success. Cedric got his CGC only a few months after being in our home. Cedric then passed his therapy dog test in April 2009 becoming a registered therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. For a year Cedric made regular visits to a mental health facility for teenaged boys called BarNone and visits to teens staying at St. Joe’s Home for Children. Cedric now goes to the Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem office to help kids who come to Court after being taken away from their parents due to abuse and neglect, participates in the PRIORITY Paws program, and participates in various A Rotta Love Plus community and educational events.
Cedric and his furry friend Madeline started forming the relationship and proving to St. Joe’s Home for Children staff members the value and therapeutic assistance that dogs can contribute, thus allowing the creation of the ARLP PRIORITY Paws Program.
Describe your dog in one paragraph:
Cedric is a calm, human-centered, squishy, comedian of a dog. He is most happy interacting and being with people. His ideal day is one where he can hang out with teenagers and get his belly rubbed and get constant attention. If a treat is involved, he’ll gladly accept that, however be aware that his drool will start like a leaky faucet!