Adopted Pit Bull Elevates the Art of the Snuggle

Brixton brings joy and light into Jenna’s life with every wag and cuddle.

Jenna + Brixton

Senior “gentle giant” changes mom Jenna’s life for the better, and shares love, wags, and smiles wherever he goes. 

"His is the first face I see in the morning. It's the last face I see at night. Brixton comforted me through some of my darkest hours and celebrated some of my greatest triumphs with me. A better, truer friend you'll never find."

Brixton is more than just a dog. He is 82 pounds of goofy, big-hearted, wiggly-butted, epically-gassy, drooly-jowled LOVE. My Pit Bull/hippopotamus mix has brought so much joy and light into my life since I adopted him from San Diego Humane Society.

At that time, I’ll admit, I was merely a novice snuggler, a once-in-a-blue-moon baby talker, and an uncreative nickname giver. Brixton (a.k.a. Brixtonographer, Sir Snugglesworth, Bob Bark-er, Mister Man, lovebug, baby boy, boo boo, Richard) changed all of that. 

His is the first face I see in the morning. It’s the last face I see at night. Brixton comforted me through some of my darkest hours and celebrated some of my greatest triumphs with me. A better, truer friend you’ll never find. He’s also a survivor. Almost three years ago, his gallbladder ruptured and required emergency surgery. Brixton beat the odds and impressed all the doctors. He impresses me daily. He is both strong and gentle. Silly and stoic. He has taught me how to love more fully, and he makes me laugh more than any other. 

Brixton has made me a better person. People sometimes see him — his cropped ears, his muscular build — and find him scary. What a treat it’s been to see their minds change when they meet my gentle giant and realize the only dangerous thing about him is his wagging tail. Or possibly his propensity for sitting right on top of you. (Poor guy doesn’t realize that 82 pounds is a bit heavy for some people’s laps. I’ve never minded, of course.) Brixton is nearly 12 years old now. His face is frosted and incredibly distinguished. He still acts like an excited puppy when it’s time for a walk, though he tires a bit more quickly, moves a bit more slowly. His snuggling skills have only perfected with time. Every day with him is a gift. 

Brixton is my heart. I am forever grateful for that day I looked into his eyes and knew my life would not be complete without him. Indeed, it wasn’t. His unconditional love and incomparable companionship have forever changed my life.

Each year, Petco Love Holiday Wishes campaign invites adopters to share stories of how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Jenna won San Diego Humane Society in San Diego, California a 2020 Holiday Wishes award.