All About Soup

Soup the dog

At the end of February, my partner and I fostered the sweetest large pitbull mix dog named Lola, who we had for around one week (please see my entire dedicated post to Lola here). Lola was extremely affectionate, cuddly, and loving to me and my partner—exactly what you’d normally expect from a human-oriented pitbull. She was the easiest dog to walk and she loved lying next to or on top of me, which made her so easy to love. We both loved Lola immensely, but she unfortunately wasn’t comfortable around other small dogs (we have two small ones at home) or cats and it was difficult for us to constantly keep Bacon and Lola away from the rats, Bacon away from Lola, and Lola away from the dogs. We are only but two people in a two bedroom apartment after all! So devastatingly, we had to rehome Lola at the beginning of the month and she’s currently being fostered by a family in a house with a yard and other large dogs. She seems happy and satisfied there, so we’re crossing our fingers that the family will adopt her! Around one week after Lola was taken by the other family (she was rehomed through Hope for Dogs Rescue), my partner saw on Facebook that a dog was dumped on Lualualei Homestead Road in Waianae and he’d almost been hit by several cars after going up and down the road for days. The dog—who we now call Soup—was extremely thin and dirty and no one else was able to help him. My partner and I agreed to pick Soup up—yes, I did name him Soup on my own—and take him to the Humane Society (only because we had to—we despise the Humane Society and would absolutely deter folks from donating to them!) for medical review and fixing and after one week there without any adoption offers, we took Soup home with us for indefinite fostering. Soup is somehow really sweet and friendly despite being covered in scars from slices on his legs to bite marks all around his neck to bits of his ear missing. We assume Soup was used either as a bait dog for hunters or for dog fighting, so he’s coated in remnants of those experiences. Thankfully, he’s incredibly timid and excited by all dogs big or small and toward our cat Bacon. Whenever Bacon meows or hisses at him, Soup yawns and lies down to leave her alone. He’s also friendly to our smaller dogs and tries to play with them. I’m not sure how long we’ll have Soup or if we’ll keep him forever, but I hope we’re giving him a home where he feels loved and safe and we hope Lola has the same.