Buckeye was rescued from the Cleveland Animal Care and Control on November 15th, 2014. He was listed as 'urgent' and needed out that weekend.
Buckeye was about a year old when his family rescued him. He was a goofy little boy, stubborn and had many quirks .For example, he did not like his paws touched, he sat funny and only sat that way. He also had a very strange way of sleeping. However, Buckeye was very intelligent and learned commands and tricks very quickly. He was so intelligent, his mother thought perhaps he was a human soul trapped inside a dog's body! He sometimes looked like he was in deep thoughts, as if contemplating his next moves. He had the silliest expressions on his face when deep in thoughts. Buckeye had an enormous talent for zoomies. He also ran funny. He would run with his bottom really close to the ground. Imagine a dog pooping. Then imagine a dog running while pooping. That was how Buckeye ran.
Buckeye did not have the best socializing skills. He played rather rough and goofily. His mother enrolled him in daycare. Well, a few weeks later, he was kicked out of daycare for 'playing too rough'. His mother then hired him his own sitter, even bought him a treadmill so he could exercise when it was too cold to walk.
It was a normal day on May 7th 2015. His mother kissed him good bye between his eyes like she always did and promised to be home by 5:30pm so they could go on a long walk that evening. At 3:30pm his sitter called to report that she found him unresponsive. Buckeye had already crossed the Rainbow Bridge. His family was devastated and remained in shock and denial for weeks. His family learned days later that Buckeye had passed away unexpectedly from a heart condition. He was only one and a half years old.
Buckeye was cherished and loved by his family. They enjoyed him immensely during their short time with him. He always made them laugh at his goofy ways. Buckeye never went a day without getting smothering kisses and hugs from his family. He was his family's first pit bull and he defied all negative perception of how undomesticated and aggressive pit bulls were. In fact, he was the complete opposite of pit bulls' perceived negative reputation. This behavior is not unique to only Buckeye. This is how all pit bulls are. They are the most affectionate, loving, loyal and funny breed. They need not and should not be misunderstood.
Buckeye's family started this project as a promise and commitment to Buckeye to rescue homeless and less fortunate dogs and give them a chance at a better life.