Khalessi, The Pit Bull Who Taught Us All About The Power Of Hope, Has Passed Away

This beautiful dog has left us. Khalessi mom Stephanie Paquin said in a Facebook post on Thursday morning that Khalessi “told me she was ready and I could see she was tired.” She died at 8:43 a.m.

It seems almost inconceivable that Khalessi’s public life began less than a year ago.

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In August 2015, Stephanie and her husband Mike — who run a rescue group called Passion 4 Pits — found this young dog in a Florida shelter, missing half her face, her body filled with broken bones, from what appeared to be terrible abuse.

Stephanie and Mike gave this dog the name of a warrior queen. And then they gave her a wonderful life — both at home, and out in the world, where nearly overnight she became a beloved celebrity dog.

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Khalessi was even named underdog of the year, at the 2016 World Dog Awards — and accepted her award with a grin, and wearing a pretty pink outfit.

Khalessi the Under Dog

I would like to thank everyone for your support. Many people are asking how they can help Khalessi, if you would like to donate to Khalessi and Passion 4 Pits Rescue's other dogs in need please go to our website www.passion4pits.com and click donate or directly thru paypal at passion4pitsrescue@gmail.com. Passion 4 Pits is a small foster home non profit rescue that operates on donations. Thank You!

Gepostet von Khalessi am Donnerstag, 14. Januar 2016

With her resilience, her smile, and her ability to charm the heck out of everyone who encountered her, Khalessi helped raise awareness about animal abuse.
She gave hope to folks who have suffered themselves – hope that things can get better. She proved that a terrible, vicious early start does not have to define someone’s entire life.

But, Khalessi’s spirit couldn’t erase the physical signs of her abusive past.

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Surgery helped repair Khalessi’s nose and mouth, and bones. In January, though, Khalessi’s kidneys began to fail. Doctors diagnosed her with babesia, an incurable condition that often afflicts dogs who have been forced to fight.

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