NORMAN — When you look into the eyes of this pit bull, bird dog mix, you realize one of two things.
First, you think you must have the tastiest feet in town since this big ball of love and energy can’t stop licking your toes. And, second, you quickly realize that you just met your new best friend.
Mamacita, or “Cita,” has nothing but love in her heart. Among her positive characteristics — she is fully crate trained and even chooses to go in a crate when the door is open, she loves car rides, is great with kids, loves walks and seems to never meet a stranger.
“She is motivated through treats, which is a good training tool,” said Rebecca Bean, Cita’s foster mother. “She’s a very good fetcher. She loves kids. She knows how to be gentle around them. We’ve had her with all ages of kids. She knows when they are a little older, 9 or 10, that she can be a little higher energy. She’d do brilliant in a family, I think.”
Bean and her husband, Matthew Clinton, have had Cita with them since January. Cita was found alone on the streets of Norman in the cold weather, very pregnant about to give birth to 11 puppies.
Bean first came into contact with Cita when she was scrolling through the Friends of the Animals of Norman Facebook page. Cita was at the Norman Animal Shelter. With a long weekend approaching, Bean knew that Cita could potentially give birth to those puppies at any minute.
“I saw this picture, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to go get her.’ I talked to my husband and he said, ‘Surely someone can do it.’ We were about to leave town. No one came forward. I thought, if she’s still there on Saturday at 3 p.m., I’m going to go get her,” Bean said.