Johnny the Pit Bull was rescued from a Chicago dogfighting ring. Discovered chained within the basement of a repeat offender with 9 different canines, he was nervous and reserved when he first entered the house of Clara and Andrew “Roo” Yori.

Luckily, the couple is skilled in rehabilitating combating canines, having fostered and adopted a number of earlier than Johnny, together with Hector, one of many 51 Pit Bull-type canines seized from Michael Vick’s property in 2007.

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Safe But Scared

The Yoris fostered Johnny by Safe Humane Chicago’s Court Case Dog program. Being within the firm of the couple’s different rescue canines helped Johnny achieve confidence, so that they determined to undertake him completely.

But getting him to regulate to life as a beloved companion had its challenges. Although we’ll by no means know every part Johnny went by, his early conduct suggests he spent little time outdoors his basement jail. For instance, he was afraid of the family stairs.

A K9 Ninja Warrior Is Born

As with all rescue canines, constructive reinforcement coaching and clear path from his people helped Johnny overcome the trauma of his previous. Roo, higher often known as the K9 Ninja, has appeared on the previous six seasons of America Ninja Warrior. While working with Johhny, he determined to create a canine model of the present’s impediment course.

Luring him with meals and toy rewards, Roo taught Johnny to hop from step to step, Army-crawl beneath a cargo internet, chomp onto a rope for a experience on the doggy zipline, and even scale the mega-wall earlier than hitting his very personal K9 Ninja Warrior buzzer.

Pretty outstanding for a pooch who was as soon as afraid of stairs! Johnny now spends his days napping, burrowing underneath the covers along with his people, and demanding they throw his toy at each out there alternative. He additionally loves sitting in eating room chairs like an individual, particularly on meatloaf evening.


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Stunts For Pups

As for Roo Yori, he’s way over simply an distinctive athlete and canine dad. He makes use of his standing as a ninja warrior to lift consciousness (and funds) for different homeless and stigmatized pups like Johnny.

His charity, the Wallace the Pitbull Foundation, helps enhance the lives of canines and the individuals who take care of them. From Roo’s time on American Ninja Warrior, the muse has raised greater than $78,000 for rescue, adoption, and academic initiatives.


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With the premiere of American Ninja Warrior Season 14 (Roo’s seventh straight season on the present) simply across the nook, he hopes to hit the $100,000 mark for the Wallace the Pitbull Foundation. You may help him attain this aim by making a donation or pledge to his Ninja for Dogs fundraiser.

For each donation/pledge to Ninja for Dogs, Roo can even throw Johnny’s toy. So, assist this good boy out and make your contribution to an excellent trigger immediately!


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