Bandit is an odd name for a Chihuahua, but when you read this back-to-back story provided by the Greenville Journal, it’ll all make sense to you.
The precious Chihuahua arrived at the Small But Mighty Rescue, a non-profit animal shelter in Campobello, three weeks ago. Reportedly, a runaway car hit him and damaged his hind legs, so he can only sit on his front ones.
Liz Skomra and Scott Butler, the owners of the non-profit, have decided to interview the pup in hopes of finding him a forever home. Below, you will find the funny yet heartwarming story of Bandit, who rightfully stole our hearts.
An Interview with Bandit
Greenville Journal: Geez, fella, what happened to you? I mean, I see Mr. T here with holes in his ears because Liz says some kid used a paper punch on him and …
Bandit: The Spartanburg Humane Society said that the owner brought me in and said, ‘Okay, we don’t want him anymore.’ And so I was untreated for two months with broken legs.
I am 12 years old and I have to learn how to live now with only my front legs. I’m suffering from extreme separation anxiety because the only people I knew got rid of me after this horrific accident.
GJ: Liz says they will waive your adoption fee and throw in the $200 wheelchair.
Bandit: I need to go to a very special home, that special person, a loving compassionate person who understands I deserve to live out the final chapter of life in a warm, caring environment where someone can handle disabilities.
GJ: You and these others, you’re all the same breed.
Bandit: Yeah, they focus on Chihuahuas because that is the second most-euthanized breed in the world after pit bulls.
GJ: Really? Why?
Bandit: There are a lot of people that have Chihuahuas and what happens is, they believe that we’re these little pocket, purse dogs. And then what happens is, they find out that we have these big personalities and then the next thing you know, they don’t necessarily want to deal with it. They want this quiet little dog that rides around in their purse.
I mean, we’re all different. Some are quiet, but all of us have unique personalities, our personalities are like, big.
GJ: It looks like you’re ignoring Lotus, the yowling Siamese cat. How do the other dogs treat you here?
Bandit: I’m just sad because I lost my back legs. Yeah, it makes me sad or frustrated. Yeah, I see them having fun like I used to have. It’s enriching to watch them come in from wherever they were from and get to know each other and start to have fun again. [Scott]
GJ: What has your experience been with the pandemic?
Bandit: COVID has been bad for people but good for dogs because people are home, and so they are more willing to bring a rescue or dog into their life. Small dogs in particular have been exceptionally in demand.
Unfortunately, the big dogs are the ones that are building up in the shelters. But now with the world opening back up, they can start to see a little decrease and people are asking for small dogs because they’re going back to work.
GJ: So it’s looking pretty good for you, then. Liz says the others get ‘rehomed,’ as they call getting adopted, in about two weeks, but you in about a month? Where do you think you’ll go?
Bandit: A lot of times, seniors want seniors, they don’t want a high-maintenance dog. They just want someone who will sit on their lap, sit next to them on the couch and watch TV.
GJ: C’mon, man, a wheelchair, that’s high-maintenance, although Liz says they take you out for — y’know — on your regular schedule.
Bandit: The only requirement is you have to pick up a 15-pound dog. I’m really low maintenance, and I’m appreciative. I’m going to appreciate the humans I’m with.