Jesse James reunited with missing dog after nearly a month


Jesse James, Sandra Bullock’s husband and the reality star owner of West Coast Choppers, was devastated when his beloved pet pit bull went missing on January 25th. James put up fliers around Long Beach, CA where he has his custom motorcycle shop, but he didn’t hear anything for weeks and probably feared the worst. The good news is that someone found the dog and brought her back to James’ shop. The poor pup was dirty and had lost 15 pounds but was otherwise ok. I have to admit that I’m tearing up here and I don’t even consider myself a dog person.

Jesse got a call this AM from a woman who saw a picture of the missing doggie on a flier. The woman brought the dog to Jesse’s shop in Long Beach ten minutes ago. It was indeed Cinnabun and everyone there started bawling.

The woman says she found the dog roaming the streets in Long Beach “a while ago.” Jesse says she was “cool” and he’s going to give her a reward.

The dog went missing on January 25.

Cinnabun is OK, but really dirty and has lost 15 pounds.

[From TMZ]

It sounds strange that the woman found Cinnabun “a while ago” and that the dog was still dirty and hungry. Did she just see him around and not feed him and/or take him in? I guess I don’t blame her because pit bulls can be intimidating and I probably wouldn’t adopt a stray one either.

James had offered an initial reward for Cinnabun of $2,000, and later upped the amount to $5,000. He also hired the company to assist in the search. Thank goodness that this story has a happy ending!

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  1. Lway says:

    I have NO problem with Jesse James – i just really never imagined Sandra marrying a all tattood-up man – it’s quite interesting to see how opposites attract :)

  2. Maritza says:

    That’s the best news ever! Look how happy they are! Jesse needs to put his dog a GPS pet tracker.

  3. Essie says:

    I have to admit I got a little teary too!! This is a really nice happy ending.

    I don’t think the woman meant “a little while” to mean days and days; she probably meant she saw him a few times, left him alone and then saw the poster. I know I would hesitate to pick up a pit bull but Cinnabun seems nice. Now, Jesse can be happy at the Oscars.

  4. Shelly says:

    Awwww, look at those pictures!! I love Jesse and Sandra, and I’m glad that Cinnabun has been reunited with them. Wish I knew when Jesse’s show (Jesse James is a Dead Man) is coming back.

  5. canadianchick says:

    Awww *sniff* that’s sweet, tattooed man reunited with best pal.Hope Cinnabun gets a yummy bone and day at the dog spa to recuperate.

  6. JulieNewmar says:

    The sexiest thing about Jesse is all the tats !! Glad he got his pooch back.

  7. ,,,, says:

    I’ve never seen Jesse’s show but I did fall in love with him on Celebrity Apprentice. He came off as a such a caring, down to earth guy. I’m glad he’s been reunited with his dog!

  8. Icecat says:

    I also think the tat’s are SEXY!!

    I am SOOO glad he found his dog. Cinnabun looks almost identical to my beautiful pit, except mine has her ears!! YAY!!!

  9. lucy2 says:

    Glad there was a happy ending, it’s so rare when a pet goes missing.

  10. Praise St. Angie! says:

    cuteness overload!

    you can really see how much that pup loves him by the way he’s almost hugging him…aw…

    so glad to know that he got his dog back.

  11. Shelly says:

    Icecat – I know nothing about pit bulls so I have to ask, what do you mean yours has her ears? There was a horrible article in a local paper yesterday about what a horrible breed pits are. I own a wimpy cocker spaniel (though his bark is vicious) but the pits I’ve been around have been some of the sweetest dogs. Just curious about the ears.

  12. Jazz says:

    What sweet pictures! I’m so glad they got Cinnabun back.

  13. BeckyR says:

    Think about how happy the DOG is!!!

  14. Bodhi says:

    YAY!! This makes me SO happy! *sniff*

    My heavily tattooed husband & all of his heavily tattooed friends turn into pile of goo loving on their doggies. :) I just realized almost all of our tattooed guy friends have dogs… wierd

  15. Rose says:

    Shelly, some people ‘crop’ their animals ears, like the dog here in the photos, same with dobermanns and great danes. It’s a stupid practice and thankfully illegal in many countries, including my own.

  16. Obvious says:

    @Shelly, they have a problem with their jaws, once they open their moths they must close them all the way and they are strong therefor they cause lots of damage. Best dog i ever owned was half pitt.

    I find that they are sweet dogs when properly acclimated and raised. But sadly not everyone takes care of them properly and that’s where you get the horror stories.

    I’m currently fighting my city about them wanting to ban pitts.

  17. Sudini says:

    That’s so awesome! I love how happy they both are to see each other again. Cinnabun has the cutest, most expressive little face. More happy endings like this one please :)

  18. Shelly says:

    Obvious, good luck in your fight. I hate that a few bad people can ruin things for everyone.

  19. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Bodhi, do you ever watch Rescue Ink?

    If not, you and your husband (and his friends) would probably love it.

  20. Judy says:

    So sweet–brings tears to my eyes. I love people who love their animals.

  21. Bodhi says:

    Rescue Ink? No, I’ve never heard of it. What is it about?

  22. Just a Poster says:

    Nice to see a happy story around here :)

  23. Shelly says:

    Thanks, Rose. That makes sense, kind of like bobbing a dog’s tail? Have a good day!

  24. Praise St. Angie! says:

    it’s a show about a bunch of tattooed biker-type guys who do dog rescue. (they were well established before the show, I believe.)

    and they get all “gooey” about dogs…it’s really so sweet to see these big tough badasses get all mushy.

    I think it’s on the Nat’l Geographic channel?

  25. mhjmc says:

    Yeah!!! I hope he invests in a doggie day spa and a microchip!! It’s nice to see them reunited!!!

  26. Rose says:

    Exactly that shelly, the tail cutting is called ‘docking’, another stupid practice.

  27. Susette says:

    Yay! Happy ending for all! When I heard it was a pit, I was really worried that it had been taken for dog fighting, but I’m glad she’s back.

    I agree with Obvious on the pit bull issue. I’ve known some that were sweet as can be and others that were spawned by Satan. They’re like most dogs – It all depends on breeding and training.

  28. Kate says:

    Oh my gosh, what a sweet story! I’m so happy they were reunited, not everyone is so lucky.

    I had a neighbor who lost her young golden retriever puppy and the dog ran to a house 2 streets over, where the people there took her in. My neighbor walked door to door asking if anyone had seen her dog, and when she got to the people who had found her, they lied to her face so they could keep the dog (I know this because my brother is friends with these peoples’ son). A few months later they took the dog with them to the grocery store and when they got back, left her in the car in their driveway (in the Florida summer heat) and she died.

  29. jeannified says:

    I thought that was straenge too, how the woman said that she had found his dog “a while ago,” but that the dog was still dirty and had lost 15 lbs.

  30. anoneemouse says:

    I recognize that expression on the poor pup’s face: “I done wrong Daddy…”

  31. Essie says:

    Shelly, pit bulls are sweet dogs and are very good with children. However, because of their bite, bad people train them to fight. Once trained to do bad things it’s very difficult to re-train them. If you remember the Michael Vick dog fighting incident, he had mostly pit bulls or partial pits. Some of them had to be put down but a lot of them were taken to “DogTown” and several have been re-trained and adopted. For those who don’t know, “Dogtown” is a great facility and there is a show on, I think, NatGeo Channel about the place. (Not just dogs, but all abandoned animals.) Great show!! There is also a new show called “Pit Boss” about “little people” who rescue and house pit bulls.

    Again, I’m so happy for Jesse and Cinnabun should be given a spa day and a boatload of sirloin steak!!

  32. ering says:

    Pitbulls are intimidating breeds, and I would hesitate to take one into my home as well. As a child, my family adopted a shelter dog that was half pitt. She’d had some history of abuse in her past, but she was such a well behaved young dog. As she got older, her aggression towards other dogs spiraled out of control! No amount of work we did with her (many many obedience and training courses as well as agility classes) could wholly rein it in.

    If they’re properly trained from the very start, they can be wonderful dogs. Still very powerful.

  33. Chana says:

    I would never pick up a stray pitty, though I love them and have owned several in the past. They can be quite dangerous which really only has to do with how they were raised-they have the strongest bite of any dog.

    If I saw the poster and then saw the dog like this woman did, I would definitely pick it up.

    I adore pit bulls. They can be very good family dogs if trained properly with a firm hand. You have to be the alpha in your relationship. They are not for new owners. They are extremely active and get restless and bored and that’s when they start getting aggressive.

    Every pit I’ve owned has been lovely though. I once lived in a village where they were outlawed and my mum didn’t know until we moved there with my dog Cherry. They were talking about putting my dog down. It’s a sad business and unnecessary.

  34. Ron says:

    Ok so we adopted a stray pit bull that showed up at our house. We looked and looked for the original owner. He has his ears and tail intact. However, Pit bulls have a ton of problems with their ears. The shake their heads alot and pop blood vessels in their ears which then have to be blanched and drained which cost about 400.00 a pop. He also is prone to inner ear infections because of this. We asked about copping the ears but the vets will not do that unless they are puppies. We have had the dog now for about 5 years and have had his ears drained 4 times. It’s very painful for the dog as well.

  35. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Yay :-) Glad Cinnabun had a happy ending. Such sweet pics, I wish people would learn that breed specific legislation is pointless, ignorant people will just find another breed to abuse. Pit bulls are banned in Britain and it makes me sad, I love these and staffy type dogs and hate how demonized they are.

  36. Icecat says:

    @Shelly – I’m a little late here, but what I meant is that they didn’t crop her ears. She has cute floppy ears. In my opinion they are much cuter w/o the ears cropped. My pit is very sweet and gives me hugs everyday just Cinnabun.
    Pit Bulls are very sweet dogs if brought up in the right environment. They need to be socialized constantly..It is so sad that they have such a bad rap because of the stupid humans that abused them as puppies to fight them.
    @Ron – I have never heard of this before, nor has my dog every had any ear problems..She is 5yrs old and a rescue. When we got her they said she was a Pit mix, but she looks so much like a Pit that everyone thinks she is.
    We love her!!

  37. Bodhi says:

    Right on, Praise! That sounds awesome! I love me some dog whisperer & dogtown!

  38. Munkey says:

    I adopted a pit mix from a shelter, and she is hands down the sweetest, most maternal creature I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. She’s wonderful with my small children and mothers my other dog, who’s a perpetual puppy and needs some extra TLC from time to time. I wouldn’t hesitate to take in a stray pit — not for a minute. Obviously, if the dog seemed aggressive, I’d probably just call the shelter so he could be picked up and receive the care he needs (rather than just leave him wandering the streets). But this “all pits are ticking time bombs” sentiment is nonsense.

  39. Patrice says:

    This is such wonderful news!! (And almost a miracle considering so much time had passed) When I saw the story on TV I have to admit that I teared up a little…Sandra and Jesse seem like such good, wonderful down to earth people, and animal lovers and I could not be happier for them; I know the heartbreak of what it feels like to lose a pet and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

  40. Kate says:

    Aww, pit bulls rock! I don’t know what I would do if I lost my girl Molly. I don’t blame people for being intimidated by big dogs, but the vast majority of pits are big cuddlebugs–including the ones rescued from Vick.

  41. Kate says:

    Chana, actually Rottweilers have the strongest bite pressure of any dog breed. Pit Bulls have the third strongest PSI, German Shepherds have the second.

  42. Squirtle says:

    I worked at a pet hospital for over 2 years and the doctor there was one of the top surgeons in California that does ear crops for all different types of breeds. I can tell you from my experience, ear cropping is inhumane and a completely unnecessary cosmetic surgery. It has nothing to do with the health of the dog’s ears, and it doesn’t prevent any type ear problems!! I can also tell you it is utterly horrifying to hear 6 week old puppies scream when they have just woken up from surgery, and to watch them bang their heads against the cages because of the immense pain they suffer, even with pain killers (which often times the owners don’t use because they are expensive and they don’t think their pet will suffer too much pain, but believe me, they do!) Please don’t crop your pet’s ears!!!

  43. kaligula says:

    i love dogs and i can tell just by the photos that that is an *awesome* dog.

  44. katyusha says:

    @ Kate
    I did a research paper on bite pressure (psi) for dogs, and the conclusion was that there’s no accurate way to tell a) what the bite pressure is and b) which breed has it. It’s a myth. This came from vets and forensic vets. So, i’m just curious where you got your information from that rotties have the strongest psi.

    @ Ron
    I have never, ever heard of this problem you described with the ears of pitbulls. I have a pit who just turned 11 years old last week and she’s never had problems, nor has any pitbul I’ve known. If dogs shake their head a lot, it’s because there’s an irritant and/or infection in their ears…there’s no correlation between pitbulls and whether they shake their heads a lot.

  45. jayem says:

    Ron, I have a 4 year old purebred Pitt with uncropped ears and he is prone to ear infections, but I keep them at bay by putting hydrogen peroxide in them about once a week and I guess it dries up all the icky stuff and he hasn’t had on in more than a year. Maybe that would help with your dog’s problems.

  46. NicoleAM says:

    I’m all warm and fuzzy. Adorable pics, but dude, put a chip in your pooch! :)

  47. Rose says:

    Ron, I haver a 14 year old basset hound who is prone to ear problems, cleaning them once a week keep the problem at bay. There is no need for anyone to butcher a dog, neither ears or tails, except that some people prefer a certain look and don’t care how they get it.

  48. snapdragon says:

    my 3 dogs are all big breeds (mastiff, rottie and boxer mixes) and they are all sweet, mushy guys who would follow anyone with a dog treat, so they are all chipped. i would be beside myself if they went missing, so i am glad to see a happy ending. yay!

  49. TaylorB says:

    First of all I am happy that he got his dog back, secondly the ear cropping/tail docking is a difficult debate. I am personally and professionally opposed to doing them as they are not necessary. Proper ear cleaning/care is all that is needed to prevent issues unless there are other underlying health problems with the dog. Cropping was done in the past for guard, fighting, or Boar hunting dogs to prevent them from having their ears grabbed in a fight. In this day and age if you want home security get an alarm, if you want to catch a wild boar call animal control, and if you want to pit fight dogs you belong in jail. But this is only my opinion and it is up for serious debate among breeders and DVMs alike. Some of us will do this others will not, other than dew claws for hunting dogs, I avoid cropping, tail docking, and nicking horses tails; but I know some wonderful colleagues who are comfortable with the procedures. But I will say it is not medically necessary if you are a responsible pet parent that grooms your animal.

  50. Davila says:

    I’m frightened that the Pit bull requirements a exclusive sort of proprietor…these dogs, no matter how ‘warm’ still have teeth, are still creatures with out moral concepts and once they DO bite, won’t let go. As in all creatures…some have a tendency to be more suseptable to instinctual behavior and time and time once again, this breed tends to do just that.

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