My family and best friend is a rescued pitbull mix named Chena. I saved her from almost certain doom 12 years ago (when i was 19) and she has been my most solid and consistently dependable friend. She is unendingly loving, well behaved and at peace with other animals. She loves children, has an extreme (understanding of) vocabulary and I cant imagine my life without her. Sadly, she got diabetes about 2 years ago and being as she is 9, may not have many years left. I hope to open minds and hearts to animals like Chena, faithful, loving and intelligent. No ones going to take her away from me before it’s her time.
About 4 years ago, just after she got diabetes. I was to take a trip to Argentina for a month. I bought the ticket prior to her getting diabetes and spent most my savings taking care of her medical expenses. I had arranged for a roomate to watch her for the time I was gone, give her her insulin shots, feed her, and take her for walks – but a few weeks before I was going to leave, my roommate moved to another town with no warning and I had no one to watch Chena anymore. We were no longer friends, for other reasons as well, and I realized that I had very few friend in Portland in general. I would have to take Chena with me to Argentina if i was going to go, so I decided we were done with Portland and we moved to Buenos Aires with $800. We lived there for about a year, I worked online doing web design and took online classes through my college for 2 terms. I wanted to stay longer, but it was about time to return to school , having no more online classes that were relevant to my degree. We came back to Portland in June 2008 stayed with friends, debating whether or not to move to Mexico for a year or so. In Winter 2009, my and my long time friend and now boyfriend decided to hit the road long term and bought an RV (www.nerdsontheroad.com). We now travel the US with Chena and our cat Susa, seeing everything we can along the way. Chena is getting old and sleeps allot and we have managed to avoid any issues with her breed, aside from one lucky break at a nice vet in Dade County Miami, Florida. (Updated June 2011)