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The Resilient Rico

Animals  (tags: AnimalWelfare, animalcruelty, dogs, pitbull )

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Story of an abused dog from Mexico that proves how wonderful pitbulls really are. His story was published in 2012. Please share his story.

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Nicole W (646)
Monday July 15, 2013, 7:54 pm
Thank you Karen!

Barbara F (47)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:02 pm
Noted, Thanks, Nicole!

Barbara F (47)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:03 pm
Sorry, for to add that I shared on Facebook!

Kit B (276)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:14 pm

My goodness what a story. Rico is a friend we would all want to have, and I think many of us would like to give him the love and kindness that was absent in his life. He is a beautiful dog with a remarkable drive to recover and remain loyal to people, though why I sure don't know. Until all dog fighting is stopped there will be more horror stories like this one.

Karen Gee (97)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:19 pm
*******Thank you Nicole*******

Alan H (61)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:56 pm
It's amazing how animals are able to overcome abuse.

Barb K (1688)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:58 pm
God Bless Rico!! I had a bit of dejavu reading his story. Oh, I wish I could cut out his horrid ex-owner's tongue!! I do not understand how a dog--or human--can survive without a tongue. Rico just blows my mind!! Thank you so much for posting, Nicole!!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday July 15, 2013, 8:59 pm
Thank you for sharing this precious dogs story. I'm horrified by the people who abused him.

Marianne B (107)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:06 pm
Thank you for sharing this story.

MmAway M (507)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:23 pm
OMGoodness Nicole ~ What a story, I have goose bumps reading this. Animals are my heart, to hear this makes me sob happy tears we learn so much from animals ~ If only humans were 1/10th as pure!! TU. xx

Monday July 15, 2013, 9:30 pm
May Rico have lots of happy days ahead, also those who rescued him. Wonderful story, thanks Nicole.

Suju Bala (26)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:39 pm
Rico is so beautiful.. Thank you for sharing his story.

Monday July 15, 2013, 9:40 pm
Noted. Thanks sharing

Genoveva M (328)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:41 pm
What an amazing dog, after all that was done to him, he kept his good nature intact. I'm so glad he is happy now.
Thanks so much Nicole for sharing this happy ending story. God bless Rico and the good people who cared enough to give him an other chance for life.

Genoveva M (328)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:44 pm
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Thanks Barbara for forwarding this and Nicole for sharing.

Paul Girardin (126)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:09 pm
Noted & Shared!

Lydia S (155)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:45 pm
Thank you Nicole , you are kind to care so much about animals and making time to share with us .
God Bless Rico to overcome so much .

Danuta W (1250)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:33 pm

edward jagusiak (25)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:33 pm
Shared Rico's story last year. Good Boy!

Frances Darcy (133)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:44 am
Ta Nicole, I hope Rico get his forever home... he deserves it.

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:59 am
Duly noted with diverse feelings and tears & Thanks Nicole for shareing Ricos story .

Bonnie L (22)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:14 am
I love Rico!

Monica T (278)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:17 am
So touching... Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

Asli Vural (115)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:36 am
Awww, what a beautiful smile he has ^^ Thank youuuu Nicole!

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:39 am
Ya don't wanna know what I'd like to do to his ex-owner......that said, this is why I so deeply love and am fiercely loyal to the Pit Bull breed. They have the ability to come back from such unspeakable horrors and still be able and willing to give another human being love, loyalty and a companionship like no other. I hope and pray that Rico gets a forever home that is equal to this beautiful boy's abilities and capabilities. I wish I could take him but i already have 2 and a mastiff.

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:44 am
Thank you Nicole for sharing

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:11 am
Thank you for sharing Nicole!

Cinzia Palamara (24)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:14 am
Thank you very much for sharing Nicole. I shared and noted .

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:25 am
thanks!! Noted!!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:30 am
A beautiful amazing dog - what happened to him is heartbreaking and unforgivable and the sob needs to be strung up on some pole and the absolute crap beaten out of him. Why would anyone in their right mind inflict this much cruelty on an innocent animal. These are the rubbishes that should never ever have been given a chance to even grow up - they should have been shot long before that.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:35 am

Animals are always MORE RELIABLE than the "HUMANS"
in this case, the man (???BASTARD!!!!)
that cut his tongue was not so.... "human"

Dwain La'Brooy (331)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:39 am
Noted, thanks Nicole!

jeanne schreurs (205)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:00 am
I'm happy that Rico survived so well, thanks to the people who helped him.

I hope he finds a good home.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:10 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:19 am
Noted with joy at Rico's adaptability and resilience.

Nobody can "own" an animal. You can own an inanimate object. The most you can do to an animal is kill it, and then it's free of your control.

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:32 am
thanks Nicole, animals are amazing and Rico is a perfect example of just how amazing and wonderful they are

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:36 am
Noted and Shared

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:47 am
What a wonderful, beautiful dog! Thanks for sharing this story Nicole!

Lisa W (143)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:54 am
Thank you Nicole for sharing this happy ending and amazing story. I just want to hug and kiss all over Rico, what an awesome and sweet dog! Thanks for the good people in his life who saved him from the monster who abosed hiim terribly. I will share!

. (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:17 am
Done. Thanks Nicole.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:28 am
touching,noted 16/7

Cher C (1426)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:45 am

Thnx hun!


Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:47 am
How can anyone hurt a dog?

Solitary Eagle (324)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:44 am
Thank you for sharing Rico's story, Nicole, and thank you for forwarding, Barbara.

Nicola Lester (21)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:51 am
Noted. Thank you Nicole for sharing this!

Winnie A (179)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:04 am
Thanks for sharing Rico's story.

Constance F (418)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:08 am
Thank you for posting this story of Rico ~ This is dog nature. Rico is an excellent example of the tremendous adaptability and resilency of dog. But what's really impressive is the people that came together to help Rico. Now that always knocks my socks off. Because I do not hold the view that the common nature of humans is unselfish and compassionate. Willing to take a moment for another species in need. That is the exception !

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:12 am
No dogs are born to be bad

Lisa N (207)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:13 am
What a lovely sweet boy Rico forgiving, even after all he's been through! That is what I love most about animals, is their resilence & their ability to forgive & forget. Humans could take a major lesson here. Thanks Nicole for sharing this wonderful story with the happy ending. To see Rico with a smiley face now makes me soooo happy!!

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:32 am
p0or baby,and still has no self pity like a human
and pours love out his heart
thanks for the dark turned light,story
It keeps hope alive

. (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:56 am
I wish to Rico to can play all his life with the most beautiful tennis balls and that beautiful smile that can never abandon him
Noted - thank you Nicole

naomi cohen (55)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:28 am
God bless precious rico. most dogs would never get passed the hell he endured. what a beautiful big smile! i am thrilled to have read this story. thank you so much nicole.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:39 am
Thanks for sharing this great story Nicole. Ditto Lisa

penny C (83)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:44 am

Arlene Morrison (1)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:43 am
Noted, Dogs are wonderful animals and this one deserves extra love and affection.Big kisses to Rico!

Ruth M (235)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:00 am
Horrible start - happy finish - thanks Nicole

. (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:01 am
instant tears...

Gudrun D (447)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:07 am
Animals sense goodness and evil - Rico is thankful and it shows- thanks post Nicole!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:17 am
Noted and shared! Blessings to you for sharing this story, Nicole. Rico is an example of resilience for all of us humans! I wish lots of love and smiles for him every day!

Julie E (405)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:41 am
Great story. Thank you Nicole and Barbara F for the forward.

"Rico’s demonstrated resilience is in part because he lives in the moment, and he’s not fixated on what happened to him. “Dogs don’t dwell on the past like people do,” said Edwards.
He accepts living without a tongue.
“Rico has no idea he is without a tongue, and he doesn’t look at other dogs with their tongues hanging out and feel a sense of inadequacy,” Edwards explains".

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:42 am
If humanity had just a touch of Rico's love, kindness and forgiveness, we would be almost as wonderful as dogs are, we may never make it to be as good and kind as they are, but we would be closing in on it. Love and Blessings ton Rico.

. (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:10 am
I hope Rico has a wonderful life after all he has endured. He is a testament to forgiveness ( wish more humans were that way) The caring people who came together to help deserve much praise. His former owner will pay the price for his evil abuse. TY Nicole for this story

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:11 am
My youngest son lives with me, and my 2 cats get along with his pitbull Daisy :) She is loyal, and loving, just like all well kept family dogs.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:20 am
Pitbulls are just like any other dog, stop treating them as evil monsters!

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:23 am

Christina C (43)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:09 am
What a beautiful, wonderful dog Rico is! Blessings to Rico and all the people who helped him. Thank you for sharing his story, Nicole.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:35 am
signed and noted through tears. Thank you to all that has helped him. God has Blessed you all and Rico

Malgorzata Z (200)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:42 am
Dzięki za historię, piękny pies.

Van voorst coll C (325)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:09 pm
Like Twyla I also read it with tears in my eyes...cannot believe people can do such awfull things...Rico is AMAZING STRONG KIND LOVING BEAUTIFUL DOG...thanks to all the people who helped him!!!

Gabriella Serafino (92)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:03 pm
Some time i feel so desperately futile and angry with the world.
Please Rico forgive this HORRIBLE humans world.

Annemie O (153)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:10 pm
Thanks, noted

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
...lovely.......thank you for sharing with us....

Julie E (405)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:37 pm
I shared this earlier but will share again. thanks Nicole.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:44 pm
Rico is the reason why we can trust animal to love unconditionally & forgive humans for our mistake, which humans have much to learn in this aspect! What a beautiful & amazing story of Rico & the life he endured before he was rescued. This is very touching indeed! Thanks Nicole for sharing Rico's story!

Edvanir L (77)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:50 pm
How amazing he is... Thank you, Nicole.

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:00 pm
Great ..thank you! Noted !

Maria S (95)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:12 pm
Thanks Nicole for this heartwarming story. Glad Rico has a loving home now.

Maria S (95)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:13 pm
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Deanna R (19)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:38 pm
Yeah Rico!! He deserves all the love he's finally gotten. And Rico's teaching us humans to love.

Sun c (95)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:48 pm
Thanks for sharing Nicole...this is so sad. I can't believe how horrible humans can be. Why do they live? I wish there was a plague that attacked animal abusers. I'm glad Rico is better and stronger and much more forgiving than me. I hope that man's teeth fall out and he can't chew his food. and I hope he gets kidney stones every six months and it is painful for him to pee.

Waltraud U (85)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:49 pm
It´s very good - Rico found HIS HOME! I hope this MONSTERHUMAN will find his MONSTERMASTER!

Elke H (97)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:08 pm
They are a good breed. Like any other animal or person, they take on the personality of the company they keep. Guys like Rico are also very protective.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:09 pm
Noted. I find it hard to believe that a human can be so cruel as to cut out a dog's tongue. It is a sad commentary on how some humans mistreat innocent animals such as Rico.

Rico seems to be an amazing dog.

Thank you for the posting, Nicole..

S J (130)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:18 pm
Beautiful little boy, I hope you get forever home very soon.
Thanks so much Nicole for the nice story.

roxy H (350)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:00 pm
Thanks Nicole

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:43 pm
Good boy, Rico!

June M (139)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:52 pm
thanks so much for sharing Nicole ♥

Janet R (38)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:56 pm
What a sad story but Rico has bounced back. Good for him. I do hope he gets a forever home soon; he deserves it.

Angeles Madrazo (298)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:36 pm
Sad story with a happy ending! Thanks God Rico was rescued! Thank you to the people that care for others!

deb s (145)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:20 pm
I own a pit and i am a believer that he is a kind gentle soul and i do not have fear i feel protected this is a story that needs to be share and i will do so the poor pit has been given unfair reputation and it is so wrong a few people have made this happen wrongly to the pit and we need to reverse the thinking to the public and officials it's not breed but bad ownership!

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:02 pm
I'm so glad Rico was saved from this horror of an existence he led--- He is so special & an a fine example of unconditional animal love & forgiveness! I wish all of these dogs could be saved & dog fighting could wiped off the face of this planet!!!!! Thanks so much Nicole for this most heartwarming story!!~

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 9:38 pm
"Rico’s demonstrated resilience is in part because he lives in the moment, and he’s not fixated on what happened to him.

“Dogs don’t dwell on the past like people do,” said Edwards."

What a dog you are Rico, and what a story! Thank you dear sweet Nicole!

Sharon Wardle (103)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:05 am
A truly touching story. Rico is amazing and so are all the people involved in helping him to heal and loving him.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:14 am
Amazing story.

P A (117)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:30 am
What a wonderful and adorable dog! God bless mightily all who helped him - even though at first they were afraid of him - the darling boy! I love the photo of him with the green ring in his mouth best - he looks so adorable! As for the POS who mutilated him - grrr!

DORIS L (61)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:04 am
Noted and shared on face book.

Sara P (54)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:13 am
The more I read stories like this the more I think that the human race is the most evil, cruel and disgusting race of the earth, a kind is destructive to their own similar both to the animals. Rico has been a lucky creature, countries like Mexico are an hell in the earth for many animals. Thanks for sharing Nicole.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:05 am
Thanks so much for this sad story, but not without a happy ending! Can't believe this dog's good temperament!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:35 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks.

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 10:26 am
How lovely he is!!!! Thanks for sharing

Suzanne B (246)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:34 pm
thanks for sharing this!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:30 pm
G-d bless Rico.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:34 pm
Wow, I mean just wow! Absolutely amazing dog and all who worked to help him regain a happy, healthy life. Humans have so much to learn. Thank you Nicole for sharing this story. it gives my heart a happy little thrill for Rico. Kudos to all involved in this lovely dog's story of overcoming the odds and coming out on top.

irene davis (74)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:00 pm
“Dogs don’t dwell on the past like people do,” but what an evil man that creep was!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:49 am
What a story, poor Rico, what type of human does things like that? He should have his eyes cut out! I am kind of violent now, but these stories bring out the violence in me!

. (3)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:22 pm
How cruel some people can be to animals. My only hope is that the man is caught and locked up for life (and his tongue cut off)! I believe in an eye for an eye!

Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:42 pm
Glad you found a loving caring home like you deserve Rico! I pray this man will pay for his evil actions! Dogs love unconditional, I have two pits, and I've never owned more loveable, caring, kind, sweet dogs before. I've had one for 12 yrs. and another 7yrs. since they were pups, love the babies to death!

Ilona V (0)
Friday July 19, 2013, 3:39 pm
Thanks for that great story of that wonderful little boy Rico - he is a dream dog.

Kay M (347)
Friday July 19, 2013, 3:58 pm
thanks :)

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 11:28 am
Bless his heart and super happy face!! Just want to give him kisses and hugs!
so much for the viscous breed BS..HA!
I wish Mexico would revolt against the few families that own it so they & their animals can have better lives.

Sara P (54)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 8:28 am
It would be interesting to know how it built the fountain of which are mentioned in the article. Maybe in this way could possible to save the lives of other dogs. If any of you know the author of the article could be important and we could also pass this information to some vetshere in Italy. For the translation there are no problems :-) I've a friend Mariangela that will do it. If you have any news in this connection please send me a message ok? Thanks a lot and ciao!

Vera Taylor (46)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 2:17 pm
Seen and reposted to FB

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 10:11 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. Remarkable dog; proves how unconditionally and forgiving dogs are. I am more than ashamed of whoever did this to such a wonderful animal or any animal for that matter. Whoever did it should be put away for a long time because he/she is a danger to children, animals or anyone weaker.

Lydia M (80)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:36 pm
Thanks for sharing Rico's story Nicole.
Rico is an Inspiration... :-)
I am so very happy he has found some Love & Care and a forever home.
Bless him & all those involved with his care.

Lydia M (80)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 11:37 pm
Noted too...

Wendy H (54)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:51 pm
Rico is proof ...we all can rise above. Good will always win over evil

Gabriella Serafino (92)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:16 am
I feel so sad..

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 7:24 am
This is good.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 2:07 pm
Noted. Rico is a beautiful dog and has done marvelously well since this horrific act. Hoping he has a wonderful life ahead. Thank you Deb S. for forwarding.


. (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 10:34 am
Thanks for caring Karen!

kelly s (134)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 12:41 pm
Amazing how loving he is after all he has been through,lovely Rico,thank god he is safe now.
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