In tribute to a very special pit bull named Barky whose life ended on Tuesday, this week we are giving you an all-pit bull slideshow of adorable adoptable animals.

These pups include shy one-year-old Lady Daisy, expressive three-year-old Ogden and the playful five-month-old Tally.

Barky gave her family 14 wonderful years of companionship. The babies in our slideshow -- like so many of the pit bulls that fill area shelters -- are now looking for their own loving homes.

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  • Simah

    Simah's previous owner says she's good with children and other dogs, and loves to sleep in bed. She is about two years old, with a sweet face and a sweet disposition. The trainer at the Montgomery County Humane Society describes Simah as amiable, high energy, outgoing, people centered, playful, quiet, timid, and willing to work. Find out more about Simah from the <a href="http://www.petharbor.com/detail.asp?ID=A359478&LOCATION=MONT&searchtype=ADOPT&start=4&friends=1&samaritans=1&nosuccess=0&rows=10&imght=120&imgres=thumb&view=sysadm.v_mont&nomax=1&text=4c2b0f&link=000000&alink=663300&vlink=663300&fontface=arial&fontsize=10&col_hdr_bg=808080&col_hdr_fg=000000&col_bg=f9ebd1&col_bg2=ffffff&zip=20850&miles=200&shelterlist='MONT'&atype=&where=type_DOG" target="_hplink">Montgomery County Humane Society</a>. Ask for Simah by ID#A358395.

  • Heidi

    Heidi Ho! This quiet 8-month-old is staying with her foster family at the moment, via the <a href="http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society</a>, but is still looking for a forever home. Do you have a quiet household and want to keep it that way? Heidi is a shy dog whose future plans involve participation in obedience training classes, going for brisk walks and jogs, and lots of quiet time with the owner of her dreams. She really needs help boosting her confidence; right now the world seems so big and scary! Heidi has a hard time relaxing around new people, but warms up with a little love and attention. Want to meet sweet Heidi? Please contact Heidi's foster family at hankwebster@hotmail.com

  • Lady Daisy

    Lady Daisy is a favorite of staff at the Washington Animal Rescue League. This 1-year-old pit bull/shepherd mix is sweet, gentle, and affectionate. A bit shy at first, this little girl comes out of her shell quickly. And once she gets comfortable, she can't get enough attention, rolling in your lap and snuggling up for cuddles. Lady Daisy is looking to be adopted by patient people who will continue to build her self-confidence so she can truly bloom. Find out more about Lady Daisy from the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a>.

  • Ogden

    You should hear how the Rescue folks at MCHS talk about Ogden, a 3-year-old Staffordshire terrier - A-Dorable! Double C compact and cute, with that short stocky bod....and That Face! The staff trainer says Ogden is amiable, attentive, high-energy, outgoing, people-centered, playful, tolerant, well-mannered, and willing to work. Find out more about Ogden from the <a href="http://www.petharbor.com/detail.asp?ID=A359142&LOCATION=MONT&searchtype=ADOPT&start=4&friends=1&samaritans=1&nosuccess=0&rows=10&imght=120&imgres=thumb&view=sysadm.v_mont&nomax=1&text=4c2b0f&link=000000&alink=663300&vlink=663300&fontface=arial&fontsize=10&col_hdr_bg=808080&col_hdr_fg=000000&col_bg=f9ebd1&col_bg2=ffffff&zip=20850&miles=200&shelterlist='MONT'&atype=&where=type_DOG" target="_hplink">Montgomery County Humane Society</a> -- ask for him by ID#A359142.

  • Maggie May

    Maggie May is a party girl looking for a party. At 1 year old, this petite pit mix is full of energy and enthusiasm. And she'll dole out doggy kisses to anyone who gets close to her luscious lips. Washington Animal Rescue League behavior staff describe Maggie May as "super smart," although, like most young girls, her attention span can be a bit short. Once she's focused, however, she learns very quickly. Maggie May would do best with an active family that can give her plenty of exercise and enrichment activites. Are you the family for Maggie May? Get in touch with the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a>.

  • Didi Dumpling

    Didi Dumpling arrived at a time when the Washington Animal Rescue League was completely full. But there was just something special about this 5-year-old pit bull mix, so space was found somehow. And it was worth it. Although Didi Dumpling may not win any beauty contests, her great manners and desire to please make her a staff favorite. This mellow, happy girl will make some lucky family very happy. Find out more about Didi Dumpling from the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a>.

  • Malibu

    Life's a beach for Malibu, a 6-month-old male pit bull mix at the Washington Animal Rescue League. A typical canine "teenager," he's energetic, playful, and very smart...although he does sometimes display that teen attribute of selective hearing. Malibu is enrolled in the League's "Open Paw" training program and is also learning scent-oriented nose work. This loving and loyal boy can't wait to go home with an active family who will give him plenty of exercise and structure. Find out more about Malibu from the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a>.

  • Heaven

    Heaven is a 6-year-old pit bull mix, available through the <a href="http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society</a>. She may seem shy at first, but spend some time with her and she'll show you what a sweetheart she is, settling in next to you for a nap and some cuddle time. Heaven is a quiet girl, looking for a quiet home where she can spend her days sleeping at your feet or relaxing with you on the couch. If you are interested in meeting heaven, please e-mail her foster parent at: lucian.mattia@gmail.com.

  • Tally

    Tally is a 5-month-old pit bull mix -- she's been growing strong in foster care, via the <a href="http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society</a>, and is ready for her forever home. Tally is sweet and playful with both people and other dog and loves to be carried around. (Her foster parents are trying to explain to her that won't be possible as she grows into her adult body!) To meet this adorable pup, contact diane@dbtdevelopment.com or 202-546-0445.

  • Sassy

    The Montgomery County Humane Society trainer describes this year-old American pit bull terrier as wonderful gem of a girl, who is amiable, attentive, high energy, outgoing, people-entered, playful, and willing to work. Sassy gets along well with other dogs, is good on a leash and loves hugs. Find out more about this lovable, loving dog at the <a href="http://www.petharbor.com/detail.asp?ID=A358395&LOCATION=MONT&searchtype=ADOPT&start=4&friends=1&samaritans=1&nosuccess=0&rows=10&imght=120&imgres=thumb&view=sysadm.v_mont&nomax=1&text=4c2b0f&link=000000&alink=663300&vlink=663300&fontface=arial&fontsize=10&col_hdr_bg=808080&col_hdr_fg=000000&col_bg=f9ebd1&col_bg2=ffffff&zip=20850&miles=200&shelterlist='MONT'&atype=&where=type_DOG" target="_hplink">Montgomery County Humane Society</a>. Ask for Sassy by ID#A358395.

  • Caesar

    Meet Caesar! This sweet little man is in the market for a new best friend. Caesar is 10 months old and cute as a button with big brown eyes and little white socks on his feet. He loves to go running, chase his toys, and play with other pups. He would make a great addition to an active family! He's also an affectionate guy who likes to snuggle and give kisses. As with any adolescent dog, Caesar's new owners will need to work with him on obedience, house training and manners. He's a clever guy and is off to a good start with basic training here at the adoption center, now he just needs a forever home that will keep it up. Come to the <a href="http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society</a>'s Georgia Avenue location (<a href="http://mapq.st/K2AdLY" target="_hplink">7319 Georgia Ave. NW</a>) and ask for Caesar by name, you'll soon see why we love him so much!

  • Estrella

    Estrella is quite the star of the <a href="http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society</a>. A volunteer favorite, she is a playful pup! She likes to play with other dogs occasionally, but this year-old doggie prefers her people all to herself. She's a sweet little lady who is learning her manners very quickly at the shelter. Because of her rough and tumble play style, she would do best in a home with older children. Estrella has the best pitty smile, and her beautiful brindle and white coat compliment each other perfectly. Won't you come take this gem out to play? But be careful, you just might fall in love and take her home today! Find out more from the <a href="http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society</a>.

As Gary Weitzman, CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League, put it in a HuffPost blog post: "[I]t's the pits who are most in need of adoption, yet the least likely to get adopted."

This week's dogs come from the Washington Animal Rescue League, the Washington Humane Society and the Montgomery County Humane Society.

We are always happy to hear from area shelters -- email arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com. We love hearing about readers' pets, too!