About Us

A Love Story

Aften Owens The Love Pit

A letter from our Founder

Sweet Pea is our Golden Dog. She is the sole reason The Love Pit exists. In early June, she showed up in my life while walking down the street into oncoming traffic during a thunderstorm. I was driving to a design meeting in Oak Cliff and I noticed several cars swerving to miss a stray dog. Walking sluggishly with her head down, mind and body broken—she just kept walking further into traffic. I’m convinced she was determined to get somebody to stop and help her. Little did she know that somebody would be me and little did I know she would change my life forever.


As soon as I laid my eyes on her, I stopped my car in traffic, got out in the pouring rain and down on my knees. I called to her “come here sweet pea, come here, girl”. I’m not sure why I said Sweet Pea at that moment, but I did and sure enough she came walking towards me. She was a little hesitant and walked towards the other lanes of traffic, but I called for her one more time and she stopped. It was like she knew at that moment that I was going to save her, that she was safe with me and to trust me. She walked over and pancaked to the ground in submission, head on the ground. It was at that moment I realized how bad Sweet Pea’s condition truly was. Complete with a giant red spiked collar, the left side of her face was ripped open, exposing her gums. Most of her front teeth were missing and broken and she had old and new lacerations from fighting all over face, chest and legs. As if it that wasn’t enough, it was obvious she had just had a litter of puppies as her teats were full and sagging. She was so broken and defeated, but despite it all, she had the sweetest demeanor of any dog I had ever met. 


With a little coaxing, I eventually got Sweet Pea into my car and rushed her to Metro Paws Oak Cliff. During that drive, I cried my eyes out. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. How can any human being allow this to happen to any animal? I just couldn’t bear the thought of what she had been through. At that moment I disliked people on a deeper level than I ever have before. Once we arrived at the vet, I realized I had no idea what I was going to do. How was I going to afford her care? Where was she going to go? I contacted several rescues I had fostered for but unfortunately, everybody was full and nobody could help. I was in panic mode. Thank goodness for Facebook and Instagram. Instead of reaching out to individuals I knew, I decided to make an Instagram post and tag everybody I could and also add every hashtag I could and sure enough it worked. In 48 hours I raised close to 5k for Sweet Pea. I even had people in Germany sending euros and people in the UK sending pounds. It was crazy! In a matter of two days I saw the worst in human beings, to the best in human beings, many of whom I didn’t know. This, combined with the spirit of Sweet Pea motivated me to take a bigger step in rescue. I wanted to do more. I wanted to help more dogs like Sweet Pea and also work with more people who shared the same vision. So I did just that. Most of the donations went to Sweet Pea’s medical care and she eventually came home with me and the rest went into saving 13 more dogs from euthanasia at the Fort Worth animal shelter. This the beginning of TLP. 


Sweet Pea is now living the good life in her furever home—my home.