The Weiner family

Crooked Leg Ranch often takes in animals with behaviour issues and through animal therapy helps them become well

Gabe shown here as a happy mother of 10 puppies.

What do you think when you hear the name Pit Bull? We have been conditioned to think they are aggressive and dangerous dogs but this is not always the case.

Gabe is a pit bull cross dog of about 45 pounds. For some reason, she developed a fear of many things and would cause problems when she felt cornered. She made messes, cowered and was generally uncooperative with her owners. They finally decided that Gabe needed more help than they could give her so she was surrendered to the Crooked Leg Ranch.

When a dog comes to the ranch, the girls assess its health, mental condition and potential for adoption. Willow began the job of reconditioning Gabe’s behaviour and she was making good progress. She also needed to be spayed so they made an appointment.

But within a few days, Willow noticed that Gabe was getting bigger around the middle so they cancelled the appointment and booked an x-ray instead. There were 10 tiny beating hearts. When the former owners were contacted, they could not recall a potential mate but did mention that there was a miniature dachshund around.  Hmmmmm

Months later, Gabe gave birth to all 10 pups and was a proud mom. The pups grew normally except that they kept getting longer and longer. That confirmed it!  They were Weiner Pits! All 10 pups were easily adopted out, most of them went to families around Quesnel and a few now live at the coast. With no placement for Gabe, it was decided to transfer her to a pit bull rescue and we hope that she is now happy and healthy.

When animals are surrendered to the ranch, a donation is requested. No animal is refused if no donation can be given but often the amount donated is small in comparison to the amount and cost of the care given an animal during rehabilitation. If you can support the efforts of the Crooked Leg Ranch Society, visit

Liz-Anne Eyford is a volunteer with Crooked Leg Ranch.

Just Posted

Column: themes from the 2017 B.C. Flood and Wildfire Report

Columnist Jim Hilton offers an overview of the new fire and flood report’s 14 Strategic Shifts

Big victory for Quesnel’s U16 girls softball team in Kamloops

Unstoppable bats and a gem from Musselman propelled the girls to the win

Local athletes impress on Day 1 of Zone track and field event

CSS, QJS students showed off impressive skill as Quesnel hosts North Central Zone Championships

Tsilhqot’in community names officially recognized by Province

Tsilhqot’in names will now appear on provincial government resources, maps and databases

Editorial: respect where it’s due

Quesnel’s youth are impressive in their maturity and eloquence

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Most Read