hart rescued a beautiful
dog named Steffi diagnosed with distemper. While battling this
disease, she surprised everyone with a growing belly full of
puppies. Titan was one of the lucky puppies born in hart's care. He
was initially named "Martina" and for the first few weeks of his
life everyone thought he was a girl.
By the time Titan came into my life, he was already a pudgy and
adventurous two-month old puppy. I began fostering Titan with the
full intention of finding him an adoptive family. Titan was my
first foster dog and was both energetic and challenging.
After about a month of fostering him I received a call that he
had potential adopters. This phone call caused tears to form in my
eyes and I realized he had already found his adoptive family with
me. I became a foster failure and adopted Titan.
As Titan grew from an awkward puppy into a handsome dog, I
realized he was meant to teach me patience and unconditional love.
Medically, he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and joint pain from
arthritis. Behaviorally, from the moment he came into my life, his
fear of large dogs was present, even as a young puppy.
As Titan grew, his problems grew with him. Titan and I have
worked with countless trainers, behaviorists, and veterinarians.
The consensus is that he has a genetic predisposition and possibly
neurological problems that influence his fear aggression. He has
good days and he has bad days, and even though he will never be an
off-leash type of dog, I could not possibly love him more than I
His special issues do not overshadow his amazing personality.
Titan can balance everything from raw eggs, to full cups of water,
to fruit on this head. He knows every possible command, from the
basic "high five" to "ballerina spin". Insects keep him occupied
for hours and he is the best cuddler in the world. He loves peanut
butter, itty-bitty teddy bears, and playing with water bottles.
He's also an amazing singer: he can hit low notes and high notes
(especially if I am away for an extended period of time!).
Titan is a beautiful soul and I will forever be indebted to hart
for bringing him into my life.