Parrot, we are all deeply saddened losing you, such a wonderful dog. We wish we could have done more for you during your short life. We will all miss your wags and kisses!

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Parrot's Story

In January, Parrot sat hopelessly in a Baltimore shelter on the day he was scheduled to be euthanized. The employees at the shelter had deemed Parrot a favorite and reached out to rescues to save him from his pending death.

His face and wiggles just said it all!

Parrot first owner discarded him like a piece of trash in the shelter with little chance of survival.

Lucky Dog saw his charm and sprang Parrot from the shelter to help him find a new loving life. He was placed with an experienced foster that worked with Parrot on his manners and training and received lots of love in return.

Parrot had wiggles, kisses and hugs for every person that met him. His favorite was snuggling up with his chin on his humans shoulder while sleeping. Well that.... and the belly rubs!


It started out as a nice, normal day for Parrot with a stroll down 18th street with his foster heading for an adoption event. Parrot was happily attending a Family oriented, Community Street Festival in Adams Morgan that day. Tragically, Parrot would meet his unforseen and unwarranted tragic death this day.

Who knew that dogs getting into a scruffle warranted instant death?

As we all know, it is difficult to convince people who fear "bully breeds" otherwise, but we know that Parrot will tell his own story in time... a story of being misunderstood, being the victim of the breed label, and one that will torture our hearts forever.

Parrot was a wonderful dog, just looking for a a life taken away by a single cruel action.
We at Lucky Dog Animal Rescue are greatly saddened by the sudden loss of Parrot who was shot by a DC police officer in Adams Morgan on September 12th. Eye witnesses on the scene feel that the police overreacted, causing the unneccessary loss of a wonderful dog. While this is a very sad time for all of us here at Lucky Dog, we are proud in the fact that our dedicated fosters and volunteers managed the situation in the best way possible, appreciate all of the support and well-wishes from the community and will continue to work to provide safe homes for dogs in Parrot's memory.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Update to the Parrot's Demand for Justice

Lucky Dog filed filed our official police complaint regarding Parrot's shooting. The complaint is now on line on the website. It speaks for itself. Thank you for sticking with us through this slow process.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Still waiting for News...

As Parrot's death still reminds us of how we would all like things to change, we all are sitting and waiting to hear from those responsible for this injustice. There are investigations pending we have heard, but with the wait, we have realized, here at Lucky Dog, that doing good things in honor of Parrot have been helping all of us heal.

Just last weekend, Lucky Dog, other rescues such as Bully Paws and our dog trainer, Training by Julie, participated in Pit Bull Awareness Day. Your Dog's Best Friend doggy daycare center welcomed the troops of Lucky Dog, numerous volunteers, and a lot of wonderful Pits to play and Barbeque and just enjoy the day. There were educational fliers, stories of pits in our history (amazing stories and heroes!), memories of all the "bully" breeds that we have rescued and found loving home for, and lastly, reminders of all of Parrot's Pals. These dogs were saved with the donations given in honor of Parrot and Lucky Dog vows to help these dogs in need.

So while we wait for some sort of closure to the investigations, lets open this new chapter with the good that has come and the remember how we can help these dogs that are frowned upon by many. But those who know them, know that they have human personalities and all the love in the world to give!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

From Micha... one of Parrot's event handlers

"Goofy. That's the first word that came to mind when I met Parrot. It
was the perfect word to sum him up. He had this goofy large head that
was out of proportion to his body. When I was with him, he always had
this huge goofy grin and I couldn't stop myself from pinching both of
his cheeks. That of course made his tail start wagging in his very own
goofy pattern. When he saw potential adopters that he must have wanted
to be his new family, he would throw himself down at their feet with
his tongue lolling out, wagging his tail like crazy, and would wiggle
to get their attention, and hopefully some tummy rubs as well. Despite
the exclamations of "Aw!" and "He's so cute!," no one ever picked
Parrot faced so much strife at the hands of humans in his too short
life but he never let it change him for the worse. He was, and will
always be that goofy and lovable dog that I remember from our times
together. Rest in peace, Parrot. Your soul will always have a home in
my heart and in the hearts of the Lucky Dog community."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Shana - An Emotional Arrival!

Shana flew in first class on her own private plane this Saturday, the 18th. She got off like a movie star and was happy to just have her feet on the ground, I think! What a sweetheart! She welcomed all the hugs the pilots and Lucky Dog volunteers gave her. She sniffed and wagged at all the dogs of all sizes. As members of the Lucky Dog team, we were all proud that she was finally here and it took the edge off of the weeks events missing Parrot.

Please come out and see her at the adoption events!

Friday, September 17, 2010

fox 5 news report

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Dedication in Parrot's Honor by a 14 year old


My name is Burt Tienken, I am a Pit Bull owner, foster parent and activist in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. I have ready many accounts of Parrot's story and just cannot make sense of it. I am saddened by what seems to be an abuse of power by the DC Police Dept.

I am spreading the word though Facebook, but would like to do more.

My son Burton (he's 14) and our rescued Pit Bull, Belle will be competing for the Skyhoundz World Championship in Youth Freestyle (canine disc) on Sep. 25-26 in Chattanooga, TN. We would like to honor Parrot by dedicating their performance to his memory.

I have 3 Pit Bulls, 2 of which compete in disc dog sports and we have always gone above and beyond to display a positive image of the breed we care so much about. I hope that this little gesture will in some small way help to raise awareness of the continued struggle we must go though every day to prove we have great dogs.

My sincere sympathy on your loss.

Burt Tienken
Florence, KY

P.S. You can follow Burton and Belle's progress on Facebook by going to!

Training by Julie- I knew him Parrot personally.

"I first met Parrot at an adoption event; he was smiling, and mugging for all the attention he could get. Whenever you saw him, you had to say hello. I later visited him at the kennel, and then at several more adoption events. Always happy, always hoping for a loving touch from every passerby. At a recent event, he was pawing at a water bowl, in the hopes of spilling it to create a cool puddle- my fellow trainer James "helped" by pouring the entire bowl over Parrot, making him beam ear to ear. We will all miss you, Parrot. You have now found peace."

Please sign this Petition!!!

We've set up a petition to make it easy for people to let the police
department know how they feel:

Every time someone signs, an email will be sent on their behalf to the
police department, demanding justice for Parrot and steps to prevent future
tragedies like this one.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Parrot smiling pretty and hour before he was shot.

Parrot was greeting and strutting his stuff to all the tables of politicians an hour before his death. Looks like he met Fenty supporters.

Hearing from around the world....

I am in Australia. I just read the story about Parrot and the dreadful way that his life was ended. My heart goes out to you and to Parrot, poor defenceless voiceless creature. A fellow Earthling, yet we humans think we own the joint. A quote from Mahatma Gandhi "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Rest in peace Parrot darling. - Jane M

Parrot was Everyone's Dog

What I will always remember about Parrot was how happy he was when you would just sit and pet him. He loved everyone. In fact, the reason Lucky Dog found him was that the people at BARCS loved him so much they couldn't stand to see him euthanized.

Parrot touch the heart of everyone at Lucky Dog. We were lucky to have the time with him that we did. -- Mirah, Director of Lucky Dog

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Miss you!

"I always made it a point to visit Parrot when doing an adoption event. He was so lovable and friendly, literally jumping in your lap and kissing you all over. Althought a "bully breed" he was never a bully in my heart. Just a super friendly dog looking for his forever home. I will miss you Parrot." - Adam

The water baby...

"Parrot was a water baby! There are many pictures of him enjoying the kiddie pools at events over the summer, but he also enjoyed playing in the hose in my yard while we fostered him. Because of his allergies (and his fairly lengthy house training process) he needed frequent baths (usually several times a week.) Some dogs are a nightmare to bathe, but it was always the highlight of Parrot's day! Bathes combined two of Parrot's favorite things: getting his belly rubbed and water! He would just sit patiently, tail wagging, looking up lovingly as you lathered him up. After you rinsed him off, he didn't want to get out of the shower, but a gentle nudge and he would reluctantly head back into his crate and await his post bathing chewy treat. He was also a breeze to dry. One shake, and he was ready to go. Parrot was such a tolerant, go with the flow kinda guy." - Jessica, Parrot's first foster