Si­mon and Beertjie

Fairlady - - ACTS OF KINDNESS -

Si­mon [*name has been changed] (16) re­cently joined the Un­der­dog Project and was paired with Beertjie. ‘I’ve had dogs since I was small – only pit bulls. I love Beertjie and I like play­ing with him, but I get an­noyed when he doesn’t lis­ten. My pit bulls al­ways lis­ten to me; I used to scream at them when they didn’t. But when I was small, one bit me, which taught me to talk nicely to them. Beertjie loves play­ing, and I like to play with dogs now. Be­fore I came [to Un­der­dog], I used to tell dogs to go away or throw stones at them, but now I call them and give them wa­ter. I see that if I talk nicely to Beertjie, he lis­tens to me. I thought dogs were only for fight­ing. I love this place and I love dogs.

‘I don’t talk nicely to my mom and I’m rude to her be­cause she’s over­pro­tec­tive, and my dad wants noth­ing to do with me. Anya is like my fam­ily be­cause I don’t see my fam­ily often. Most of my friends are gang­sters so I want to make new friends. Af­ter I fin­ish school, I want to work here with the dogs or play soc­cer. I want to make some money for my mom be­cause she has to work at the fac­tory even though she’s sick, and I love her.’

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