Patrick Stewart Adopted A Pitbull And Their First Meeting Was Amazing
Christmas came very, very early for Sir Patrick Stewart – and the Twittersphere – when he welcomed his new dog into his home.
The legendary actor shared a video to Twitter of the moment he met his new foster Pitbull, Ginger, and it’s all kinds of adorable.
Stewart waited at his front door with child-like glee as he watched Ginger walk up the driveway and into her new home with her foster parents.
Ginger quickly warmed to Stewart and showered his iconic bald head with dog kisses, apparently settling into family life and snoring on the sofa in no time at all.
The 76-year-old Logan star shared the video to thank the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Wags and Walks, who helped Stewart and his wife, Sunny, foster Ginger.
Stewart is the latest famous face to support the movement ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’, which encourages people to take care of animals without a home rather than feed into the ever excessive breeding enterprise.
Things hit peak endearing when Stewart introduced Ginger to the family pool, laughing and giggling as they frolicked together.
On Conan, Stewart told Ginger’s story, saying:
She comes from a Pitbull fighting ring. She was a breeder. They’re all over the country. Every state has one and they’re very hurtful and the dogs get harmed.
Now she’s with us but we are only fostering her. We are looking for a permanent home for her.
Unfortunately, some observers on Twitter were all too happy to rain on Ginger and Patrick’s parade, dredging up tired old debates about Pitbull’s allegedly poor temperament.
In November, Stewart wrote ‘fostering Ginger left a lingering joy’ in his life, which is ‘here to stay’, while encouraging people to donate to Wags and Walks.
Patrick and his wife Sunny Ozell gave an update on their journey with Ginger last September, saying:
Patrick and I set about the process of importing a dog into England, which in recent years has become a much more streamlined process.
It was only then that we learned about the UK’s antiquated and tragic breed-specific legislation that includes “pit bulls”. The legislation itself is opaque, draconian, and truly hard to decipher.
There aren’t many times when I’m comfortable leveraging the “Pstew Card”, but this was absolutely an instance where I wanted to pull out all the stops.
We called the British Consulate and we called the RSPCA. We spoke with every expert we could, and as it became clear that there in fact was no “clear” answer, we realized we just couldn’t take any risk with Ginger’s life.
I could go into more detail about how we came to this decision, but the short version is that we chose to do what was best for Ginger.
The pair are huge advocates of adopting pets instead of shopping for new ones, as well as pushing for more pitbull awareness.
The collective happiness is almost too much for my meagre human heart to fathom.
Move aside, Sir Ian McKellen, this man has a new best friend.