Earlier this summer, Baltimore Police Officer Dan Waskiewicz, a self-described dog lover and pit bull fan, was called out to deal with a “vicious dog” that was chasing after neighborhood kids. These stories usually end the same, sad way — the dog is subdued, taken to a shelter, and put down — but something different happened this time.
According to Waskiewicz’s own account, when he arrived on the scene, he saw the pit bull in an alley. Things could’ve gone any number of ways; for one, police are authorized to shoot dangerous dogs. “I got out of my car and called the ‘vicious dog’ over to me,” he recalls. Waskiewicz’s partner, not a dog lover, was startled — but instead of responding aggressively, the dog just started licking Waskiewicz’s pants. The police officer gave the thirsty dog some water, and by then it was too late — a bond had formed. “We took it upon ourselves to take the dog to the shelter and transported it in the back seat in the back of our patrol car,” Waskiewicz says. “Then I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it.”
Here’s a picture of Bo with his new family. Makes you feel kind of good about the universe, huh?