OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma pit bull that is bringing smiles to faces across Oklahoma will soon have a stuffed animal made in its likeness.
When he was just 4-months-old, Petey was hit by a car and left to die on the side of the road in Chandler. Although he suffered multiple traumatic injuries, veterinarians realized his left rear leg suffered the most damage.
Petey suffered fractures to his pelvis, ribs and tail, but his left rear leg had to be amputated.
Despite all the injuries, rescuers say Petey never lost his happy disposition and love for people.
Although Dena Newlun didn’t want another dog after just losing her first therapy dog, she said there was something special about him.
“He was just a 4-month-old broken puppy. I was a woman with a broken heart. The rest is history. I took him home that day and together we rescued each other,” Newlun told News 4 in an email.
He was adopted and continued to spread love to everyone around him.
Newlun says that Petey has been a bright spot in the house. Even though he may look like a tough dog, he raised “his” kitten from the time it was just 6-weeks-old.
Petey soon became a Canine Good Citizen at 13-months-old, and became a registered therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Now, Petey spends his days visiting hospital patients throughout the metro, along with veterans and hospice patients.
Last month, Newlun submitted Petey's story for the Pibbafori Hometown contest. Pibbafori is a toy company that designs children's toys after real-life rescue dogs.
"When Petey's forever-family submitted him for entry, we took one look at his story and were overcome with emotion," Darrin Wilson, Dog-Person-In-Chief of Pibborafi Inc., told KFOR in an email.
Participants in the Hometown contest were vying for votes on Instagram to become the next toy sensation. The winning dog will have a toy designed in their likeness, and a shipment of the toys will be donated to a rescue of the winner's choice. The rescues will then be able to sell the toys in order to raise funds to help other rescue dogs in their care.
The company received so many votes in the contest that it decided to go ahead and create stuffed animals for the dogs that placed in the top three of the contest.
Petey came in 3rd place, so he will soon have a stuffed animal made in his likeness.
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@jojo_monaggio @tripod_petey And 2nd place goes to a pair of sweet pitbulls! Jojo & DiMaggio! 3rd place goes to Tripod Petey! Well done all!! Wow. What a contest. As mentioned, we'll get to these babies as soon as we can. And the pair? Well. We didn't expect that. We may have to do one first, then the other. Haven't figured that one out yet. However, if adoptions go really well for Pibborafi this year (wink wink), we will be able to afford to do both at the same time and offer them as a pair! We'll see! Now the really hard part: all everyone has to do now.... is wait. :) #pibbpickmypup
Wilson tells News 4 that it takes about two months to create and deliver the toys to their warehouse in Michigan. He says with how many toys they're currently developing, it will likely be late December or January before they really get to work on the plush version of Petey.
Once the toys are made, Newlun says a shipment will be donated to Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.
If you would like your own plush Petey, you will be able to buy them from the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals or on Pibbafori's website.