Facts about Justine

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: 5 years
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • Location: Chicago, IL 60651


HISTORY: Justine was confiscated from her owner. She was found chained in a basement with two other dogs in deplorable conditions. Her owner tried to get her back so she had to sit at the shelter as “evidence.” By the time she was rescued she spent over 260 days at animal control.
ABOUT: Justine is a tea-cup Pit Bull (that’s a thing, right?) She tips the scale at 32lbs. The scars on Justine’s face indicate that she hasn’t had the easiest life. She currently lives with a male Doberman and has tons of doggie friends. She is unsure around other dogs at first, but once she realizes they intend no harm she relaxes and adds them to her list of friends. Justine didn’t even mind the time that two visiting 60lb dogs got confused as to where they should go to eat and they BOTH crammed into her crate with her. No big deal. Justine rarely makes any noise and have no problem living in a multi-unit property. She is crate trained and loves it, she will go to her crate if something makes her uncomfortable.

justine-2Justine probably lived her whole life in the basement she was rescued from, so she is afraid of some everyday household objects. If you take the time to introduce her to these scary objects she will release her fear of it. (Her foster can tell you how to do this.) With that said, she is afraid of NONE of the regular dog fears: fireworks, sirens, jack hammers. Justine will need a home that is calm, consistent, and will not reinforce her fear by attempting to comfort her when she is showing fear.

Justine is great in the car, and has been very well behaved with the kids she has met. If the kids are too hyper it will get her excited and she often starts jumping on people. Justine has been trained to ask for permission before getting on the furniture. (How cool!) She loves chewing toys, playing tug, and is used to regular walks. Her command repertoire includes: Sit, Down, Stay, Go Crate, Off, Leave It, and Touch.
Due to her rough start in life she truly appreciates the small things in life. She is over the moon on “clean blankets” day. She loves to spend time with her people and has even graduated to sleeping in bed with her foster mom and furry foster brother.


Here are some extra videos of Justine:With kids: https://youtu.be/bo02v0WCUhk

Playing fetch: https://youtu.be/nJa896tV4XM

Playing with a dog friend: https://youtu.be/aKhmSNM9Bjc

Trying agility: https://youtu.be/2nvcroVGVjs

Asking permission to get on the couch: https://youtu.be/NcPTpcWqYRg

“Go Crate” command: https://youtu.be/cuh38D2vcVQ

In a coma-nap: https://youtu.be/Dq9sJeA0KOo