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The Story behind mt. olympus


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The Story Behind Mt. Olympus

My name is Fred Chavis. Growing up in Boston, I was referred to as Noah. Why Noah?! My dad worked at the Franklin Park Zoo basically my entire childhood. I spent every afternoon of every day at the zoo. Needless to say, my passion for animals began at a young age. From feeding the local raccoons to saving strays, I knew what I wanted for my life. I wanted a life with animals.

My journey brought me to Raleigh, North Carolina where I graduated from NC State with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. My first project was a young pit bull named Bear. Bear would become my best friend instantly. I adopted Bear in 2010 and he passed away in January, 2018. My ultimate goal in life was to change the stereotype that people have about Pit Bulls and similar breeds. Bear was the “bread & butter” of this dream. Bear proved that the stereotype and biases that people have about the breed are indeed false and based on an uneducated opinion.

I will show through Mt. Olympus Animal Services that Bear was not an outlier, but a great representation of the pit bull breed. As a dog trainer, I will work one-on-one with pet parents to be strong and responsible owners. As an advocate, I will work to educate the public and end feeding the stereotype.

I dedicate my work to Bear Jr. 

The Mt. Olympus Experience is like no other. My dedication to the cause unmatched. My passion unrivaled.

The Mt. Olympus Pledge

I see Bear Jr. in every Pit Bull. Here is my pledge to them:

'I promise to love you unconditionally because this world won't. I promise to raise you in a consistent, responsible, and safe environment because this world won't. People will treat you differently. They will fear you because of the way you look. They will call you dangerous, violent, unpredictable, and a criminal dog. They will describe me the same way. As we go through this journey together, we will prove the stereotypes to be false and laughable. To me, you are a beautiful and amazing animal. Many dogs that look like you, are being mistreated and abused. We will put an end to this together. I pledge that when our work is done, I will find you a home that will love you unconditionally. A home that will see what I see in you. I love you. Let's get started!'

'It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.'

           RIP Bear Jr. 

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