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Grandmother Hoping to Break Pit Bull Stereotype

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We often times hear stories of how dangerous certain breeds of dogs can be, especially pit bulls. Now, one grandmother is hoping to change the stereotype.

Many of us have heard the saying, a dog is a man's best friend. In this story, the paths of one dog and one human crossed, making for a pair that turns a lot of heads.

Meet Lily the pit bull, and her owner, 77–year–old Elizabeth Meyer. The unlikely couple met three months ago when Meyer ran into her neighbor, who was fostering Lily.

"I just figured when I found the right dog, I would know it...and there was Lily! She needed a home, I needed a dog," Meyer said.

After a few weeks of working with Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue, she had a new best friend.

"Lily adores me and I think the feeling is mutual," Meyer said. "She is my sweetheart!"

The group, led by Karl Skinner, has helped to re–home more than 120 dogs. Many of which have a story of their own. Before Lily found a loving home with Meyer, she had a very rough life.

Lily was found living in a horse trailer near State Fair Park. She was in bad shape, malnourished, trying to nurse her 4 little puppies.

"She probably would have been killed if nobody had adopted her," Meyer said.

And her ears had also been docked very poorly. We asked Meyer if she was hesitant taking in a dog with such a background.

"I'm a blooming optimist. I believe in 99.9% nurture," Meyer said.

And that's exactly the message she's hoping to spread.

"I want them to know that you can take any dog, treat them well and they will respond."

We also want to tell you about a movie coming to the Lincoln Grand Cinema. It's called, "Beyond the Myth, The Truth About Pit Bulls. It's showing Sunday, October 14th at 6 p.m.

For more information on the Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue, visit http://www.nebraskanokill.org/

For more information on "Beyond the Myth, The Truth About Pit Bulls," visit http://www.beyondthemythmovie.com/

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