Lincoln Grandmother Ignores Stereotypes, Adopts Homeless Pit Bull

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

Lily and Elizabeth's Public Appearance

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Marcus Lincoln Grand Cinema

Silent Auction at 5 p.m.

Screening of "Beyond the Myth: The Truth About Pit Bulls" at 6 p.m.

Tickets: $10

All proceeds benefit the Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue

An unlikely pair is a match made in heaven for Elizabeth Meyer and Lily.

"The first night I had her, I put her bed on the floor by my bed, told her good night and petted her. Pretty soon I felt two little feet up on my bed. By they third time, I gave it up and said all right, get up here and that's where she slept ever since," Elizabeth said.

The 77-year-old Lincoln woman probably saved Lily's life. The two-year-old Pit Bull was found, locked in a trailer in the middle of a scorching summer, nursing four pups. Three months later she's in a loving home, defying all stereotypes of her breed.

"This is the sweetest dog I have ever had and she adores me, absolutely adores me. If I don't pen her up in the kitchen when I leave, when I come home she jumps on me and it's like 'Oh! You came back! You really came back!" Elizabeth said.

That's the goal of the Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue. Without the organization, Lily may not have made it out of that trailer and into Elizabeth's heart.

"Just having a foster being able to expose the dog, taking it for walks and taking it on errands, it just takes one person to find that dog, ask about it, fall in love with it and ultimately find that dog a home," Brad Quimby with NNKCR said.

Elizabeth can't imagine her life without Lily. She didn't realize how lonely she was after he husband died. Now, Lily fills her time.

"It's nice to have something to think about than just myself," Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth is ever watchful of her dog and is careful when introducing Lily to new people. She understands the responsibility of owning a Pit Bull and the care an abused dog needs.

"I have been around pit bulls before, and my granddaughter has two great pit bulls," Elizabeth said. "If you treat them well, they will treat you well too."

She doesn't worry about the reputation Pit Bulls carry. She just wants to help a dog in need.

"I didn't set out to get Lab, or a Rottweiler, or a Pit Bull. I just hadn't run across a dog that I thought I wanted. This one spoke to me," Elizabeth said.

The unconditional love the two have for each other is what will keep the mismatch pair together for life.

Lily and Elizabeth are planning to make a public appearance on Sunday, October 14, when NNKCR hosts a one-night-only showing of "Beyond the Myth" a documentary about breed discrimination. There will be a silent auction and raffle starting at 5 p.m., at the Marcus Lincoln Grand Cinema, followed by the movie at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and benefit NNKCR.

For more details on purchasing tickets, visit

Nebraska No Kill Canine Rescue is a non-profit rescue group working to help Lincoln and Lancaster County become a no-kill community. The organization is 100-percent volunteer and donation driven.

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