Gladys, Glorious Angelbull


Representing Rescued elder “Monsters” helping special needs senior pets so they are loved ‘til the end

Helping abandoned, elderly sick pets to live comfortably with love and dignity.


My name is Gladys, Glorious Angelbull. I was picked up as a stray on the streets of Indianapolis. I was an old gal used for breeding purposes — my body showed the truth with my mammaries hanging low — and when I could no longer serve a purpose in breeding, I was discarded.

My mom had it in her mind that she needed an elderbull. She had never had a pit bull type dog but after volunteering with rescue and meeting so many, she knew this is what she wanted – an old pit bull.  She decided to make a Facebook post and wrote “Dear Santa, I would like an elderbull for Christmas”…and a comment popped up: “Be careful what you wish for” and a picture me.

The founder of Mended Hearts Rescue (MHR) rescued me off the euthanasia list — I was old and taking up space in the shelter, but I was a sweet old dog so the shelter hoped I could have a chance with a rescue. Oh, I was also sick: I had a high grade heart murmur. My mom met me the next day and that was it! I had a home and a mom.

It didn’t matter that I had 3 tumors in my mammary chain and one was quite large. The cancerous tumors were successfully removed and I use October to advocate for breast cancer awareness in dogs. I went to many events representing not only my rescue but also our local pit bull advocacy group. I loved people, and dogs, and kids, and cats (did I mention my kitty sisters ruled my life?)… my life better than I ever could have hoped! But then I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Nineteen days later, on November 20, 2013, I went to the Rainbow Bridge.

I advocate for special needs senior pets. Many people take their old dogs to the shelter because they may have a medical condition they are not financially able to handle, condition that may be a life-long condition such as my heart murmur. MHR has a special program — Friends of Gladys — where they pull senior dogs (and cats, too) with medical needs and overall prognosis (which mean they likely will not be adopted), and placed them in permanent foster home where they live in comfort with all medical needs addressed, lots of loving and spoiling, and their dignity preserved so when they leave for the Rainbow Bridge, their only thoughts are about the love they knew.