Adoption Success: Monty's Journey Home

After a tough start, sweet Monty has finally found his family.

Back in September we featured Monty, a sweet young pit bull who was abandoned by his owner in a parking lot next to a busy highway in Fairfax, then rescued by local teen Lauren Bradford.

Thankfully, the Bradford family took Monty in instead of looking the other way and contacted Mutts Matter to help. After an owner gives up on a pup like Monty, they face a tough road finding a new home. In shelters, black dogs are typically the last to be adopted, and close to 90 percent of the pit bulls in our shelters will be put down before being adopted.

Not even a year old when he came into the rescue, Monty was very thin and had a lot of scars on his face. We’ll never fully know what he went through in his first year of life, but we do know that he is one of the sweetest and best-natured pups we’ve met, and that he deserved to have a family who would love and cherish him.

After a limited response, we featured Monty again in late November and this time Laura Kalcheff saw his story in the Chantilly Patch and felt an immediate connection.  I’m happy to share with you that Monty is now a proud member of the Kalcheff family, which includes Laura and Mike, their teenage son Ethan and their pit-mix pup, Jasmine.

Monty took to Ethan right away, and the first night he staked out a comfy spot on his bed to assess his new environment. He was starved for attention and, like most newly adopted dogs, it took him about a month to settle in. New dogs need time to trust their new family and learn the routines and rules of their new home. Laura and Mike were committed to Monty’s transition, and they even brought in a trainer for a few sessions to teach them how to address some of his puppy issues and integrate him with Jasmine. 

Monty has found love and security in his new home and has bonded with the whole family. He and Jasmine are best buddies, constantly sharing kisses with each other, and you’ll typically find Monty right by Laura’s side. He’s a very social and loving dog who enjoys being in the middle of all the activity in the busy Kalcheff home, whether its Ethan’s friends coming and going or the grandkids visiting for a family dinner. He greets everyone with an enthusiastic tail wag as his whole body wiggles with joy. 

Laura describes Monty as “a really happy and sweet dog who just loves being with the family. He’s secure now, and you can tell he’s come to the point where he realizes he’s found his forever home.”

When he’s not relaxing in his favorite red chair in Laura’s office, you’ll find Monty either snuggled up with Jasmine, scouting out a lookout spot at the living room window or following someone around the house with a toy in his mouth. His cute, puppy-like curiosity and playfulness is a constant source of entertainment for the family, and he makes Laura laugh when he squeaks like a dolphin when he yawns. 

Laura is now a passionate supporter of the pit bull breed, but it wasn’t always that way. Ten years ago, like many people, she accepted the media’s portrayal of pit bulls as an untrustworthy and dangerous dog. When Mike and Ethan first took her to meet Jasmine, a pit puppy they saw at an adoption event, she was hesitant about the idea of having one in her home. Her opinion quickly changed as Jasmine became part of her family, offering her real life experience with the breed.

The Kalcheff’s oldest daughter has also adopted a pit pup, so they’ve now become the family breed. Laura considers all three of the pits in her family to be nothing but sweet, loving dogs who are and great with the kids.


  • LEARN more about the breed and share information to combat bias. Did you know the pit bull was once deemed America’s dog? -  Learn more about the breed and it’s history.
  • FOSTER - In rescue we see so many pit and pit-mix pups that need to be rescued, but we have limited foster homes who will take them in. Out of over 150 foster families associated with Mutts Matter, we have less than 10 families who will foster a bully breed. Please consider opening your mind, heart and home to foster a pit pup – Apply to foster here.
  • ADOPT - Consider adopting a pit or pit mix. You’ll need to be committed to their exercise, socialization and training, especially when they are young, but the reward of having a loving, devoted bully breed in your family is well worth it. They are smart, handsome, loyal, and loving dogs. Click here to see current dogs available for adoption.

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What Happened to America's Dog?

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Monty's Christmas Wish

Why Your Next Pet Should Be A Rescue

Mutts Matter: How to Choose The Right Dog For You

Kathy Keith April 08, 2013 at 12:13 PM
I know of a couple who adopted a pit bull that they loved. They thought he was a wonderful dog--until he met a little dog he didn't like. He almost killed the other dog. Even though they can be sweet and kind, their jaws can be lethal--that is why the dog fighters use them. Think about it, any dog can get angry with their toys and that type of play--but a pit bull cannot be easily torn away from another dog--what could they do with a baby? People who adopt pit bulls should not take that step lightly.
Leslie Hagan April 08, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Pitt bulls jaws are no different from any other dog's. That is simply untrue. In fact, the psi (pounds per square inch) of their bite is in the lowest quartile of all breeds. This nonsense of their not being easily torn from another dog is just that - nonsense. Clearly you have never had to break up a dog fight. I can assure you that once any dog has a good hold on another dog, it is very, very hard to loosen its grip. It isn't that the couple adopted a pit butt, it is that they adopted a dog whose past they didn't know all about. Any dog that has been abused, regardless of breed, can respond in a way that reflects its past life. It has nothing at all to do with the fact that it is a pit bull (which by the way, is a breed not recognized by the AKC). I once adopted a West HIghland Terrier who had been constantly abused for the entire four years of his life. My vet suggested that he be put down as the vet didn't feel he could be healed. I asked for a few months, watched the Westie every moment, worked with him constantly, and he proved to be a wonderful pet, perfect with children, dogs, cats, and everything else. You are doing a fine breed a terrible disservice by continuing to pass on incorrect non-facts about a type of dog who, by nature, is indeed a kind and loyal animal. It isn't the dog, it is the person who had the dog before its rescue that is to blame.
1Ronald April 08, 2013 at 01:30 PM
If it was a lie, the paper printed it. Read that a cop in Florida was beating on the head of one with his nightstick as hard as he could and the dog still wouldn't let go. Had his jaws around some dude's leg. Don't try this at home.
Kathy Keith April 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
The story is about an abandoned dog that was adopted. These people do not know its history, but it appears to be a sad history. How is this different from my friends that adopted a dog. My friends had no problem with their dog until it attacked the dog of a friend. They loved the dog very much. He had shown no signs of aggressiveness--but it just took once. Also, I never said anything about "locking jaws" I just said that the dog's jaws can be lethal. You know that to be true.
Leslie Hagan April 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I own an American Staffordshire terrier, a dog many people mistakenly call a pit bull. I have owned dogs for over 60 years. I can tell you from experience that it is far easier to open my AmStaffs mouth than that of any of my terriers. I can also tell you that it is very common for any two dogs, neither of whom have an history of fighting, to suddenly go after each other. Any time there are two dogs together who don't live together or spend a great deal of time together this can happen, regardless of breed. It is in the nature of all dogs. As for biting and attacking, here is a researched list of the breeds most likely to bite or attack: Cocker spaniels, toy poodles, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Dalmations, Chows, German Shepherds, Boxers, Malamutes, Huskies, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, and Labs.


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