Less than a month ago I took the twins up to the Taylor Animal Shelter while my oldest was attending school. My husband, Patrick, and I have been throwing around the idea of getting a dog for a while now, while driving past the shelter, I decided to turn around and stop in. There are a lot of volunteers there that lovingly walk the dogs and give them the attention that they need while living shelter life. After the twins fell in love with a couple of dogs, we decided to take them for a walk around the shelter. All three dogs we walked were amazing in different ways. One, a blue-eyed white coat dog, was happy to be with us, licking all over the girls and jumping up on everything it could. He just wanted attention and affection and was excited that little ones where giving it to him. The second, a brindle colored dog, was still a puppy (maybe just over a year… still a puppy) he was VERY excited and he walked me (lol). I loved how young he was and all of his energy, he was beautiful and I knew he would get all of his energy out in our just over one acre backyard with the kids. The third was a little older, a red color, and calm. He seemed sad to be in the shelter. He was unsure how to take affection from me as if he had never gotten it before. He easily licked the girls faces and stayed right by my side as I walked him on his leash. He was calm, but had an inner dog that really wanted to trust you and have fun. He was for sure my favorite. All three were fantastic with the twins, all three were fantastic in their own way and I would have taken any, if not all of them. When my husband got off work, I told him the good news “We are adopting a dog” he laughed at me, thinking I was joking. When we pulled into the shelter parking lot he knew other wise. I showed him my three favorite dogs. Since the brindle was still all puppy, my husband was leaning towards the blue-eyed beauty and the calm monster (he was huge, did I mention that? lol) He stood by the big guys cage for more that 10 minutes, petting him and falling in love with him. I soon realized, his favorite was mine as well. We both agreed that this was the dog we were going to rescue. He didn’t have an adoption card on his cage, most don’t if they are strays and haven’t met the time (jailed) to be put up for adoption. I told him that I would call in the morning on him, I wanted to go home and sleep on the idea of not only getting a dog, but getting this dog.
The reason for the nights sleep was not about the amazing dog himself, but for the stigma that would be involved with owning him. I did a lot of research that night on his breed and educated myself on everything that I could regarding him. The next day I called the shelter and was told he was up for adoption, but his card was down because like most cities, they can’t afford to house that many dogs, and he had been there the longest. closing was in two hours, which meant his closing was in two hours….. I was at the shelter in less than two minutes to save him.
Our new son is loving, has an AMAZING temperament (I don’t know by just owning him, but I have had it tested twice… just to be sure, lol, my kids come first when bringing any animal into my house), He can be left out all day to roam the house and never have an accident, he chases squirrels (has already gotten two) and has taken care of our mole problem. He has opened up, will play with us all day, he jumps up in the air off all fours and then proceeds to runs in circles. I have (finally) taught him how to fetch a ball. He doesn’t chew, and is the most obedient dog I have ever met. With in the first week I taught him “Sit”, “Lay”, “go lay in your bed”, “Come here”, “shake”, and “up”. The only thing I think he knew was “no”. So the previous owners house broke him and told him no a lot, lol.
Our new son is a Pit bull – Lab Mix (or so the vet thinks, I just call him a Pit mix), and he is the best dog EVER!
Here is his mug shot, courtesy of the “Friends of the Taylor Animal Shelter’s Facebook page
(I am also happy to announce that the other 2 dogs were soon adopted!)
….and here is our happy boys first photo session!
Before I get any negative comments, I have done my homework and am 100% sure I have gotten the best family dog that I can own! Have pit bulls been known to attack? Yes, but so have every other large dog including golden retrievers being at a higher human attack percentage. Golden Retrievers are not illegally used as fighting dogs, so the media doesn’t think it is high-end news when this happens (or so my guess is). I believe that you should not own any type of dog unless you are going to properly train and socialize it. Any dog can be a great dog if trained correctly. The term “pit bull” consist of many different dog breeds, including; American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier , American Bulldog , Dogo Argentino , English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier and Cane Corso.
Fues is attending one dog training class, is enrolled to soon start a “trick” class (he will be jumping through hoops n no time!!!) and is also going to start his service dog certification soon.
About the Pit Bull breed-
Sometime during the nineteenth century, dog fanciers in England, Ireland, and Scotland began to experiment with crosses between Bulldogs and Terriers, looking for a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the Bulldog. The result was a dog that embodied all of the virtues attributed to great warriors: strength, indomitable courage, and gentleness with loved ones. Immigrants brought these bull and terrier crosses to the United States
Statically, the medical profession reports that small dogs (weighing less than 20lbs) cause %70 of all dog bites that require medical attention in the United States. “Pit Bull” is an umbrella named used for several different breeds of very different dogs. An American Pit Bull Terrier and a Staffordshire Pit Bull have very similar features, however the markings and “physical standards” (based on AKC & UKC) are different.
As for fatal dog bites, most are caused by German Shepard’s and Retrievers. These breeds of dogs have been trained for years to “retrieve” for their owner, thus inflicting severe damage. The media has turned the bully breeds into monsters. Bully breed dogs were bred to wrangle large farm animals without inflicting serious damage and to kill large predators threatening their homes. For over a century, bully breeds were called “Nanny” dogs and could be found in most homes near the children. It is instinctual for a bully breed to gravitate to children. It was their job to “keep an eye” on the children and alerting the mother when she was needed. Also, most “fighting” dogs are owned and trained by men. It was breed into these breeds that when in the house, the mother was the master (the pack leader).
All dogs have the instinct to become vicious. Small dogs, especially Chihuahuas, are known to bite people walking by them. This is a statistical fact, not an opinion. People who have not researched a breed or talked to owners or breeders should not make opinions and call them facts. Because of uneducated and untrained people, thousands of dogs die each day because of a stereotype or mistaken identity. If just one person takes the time to become educated then the bully breed in general would be better understood.
As for the myth of “locking jaws”, it has been scientifically proven that bully breeds and “Pit Bulls” do not have locking jaws nor do they have a stronger bit than other breeds the same size. People assume that their jaws are super-powered because of their large “smile”. The shape of a bully’s mouth is a direct reflection of what they were bred to do. Example- A pit bull has a long, square snout and large cheek muscles allowing the dog to capture the prey or subdue the farm animal without causing extreme damage or pain to their jaw. If a smaller snout dog tried to catch a bull they may actually rip their jaw muscles to shreds because they are having to over-extend their jaws to perform the same task as a pit bull. As for the bite and release myth, all dogs will immediately release a bite when they realize that they have done wrong. However, all dogs will also hold and shake as well. Dogs hold and shake when playing, when threatened, and sometimes a human faints in front of them, not just when fighting. Remember that a dog has the ability to recognize a seizure before it actually happens and they can sense heart palpitations. Not every dog will react the same in situations, it all depends on the dog’s personality.
The United Kennel Club gives this description of the characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier:
The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable. This breed does very well in performance events because of its high level of intelligence and its willingness to work
The best review on Pit Bulls I could have read and that was my deciding factor on getting my new son, was this review written by the ASPCA The Truth About Pit Bulls. If you think negative of me for bringing a Pit Bull into my home, please read the whole article first, and then, maybe, you will realize why I saved this loving boy!
The most decorated war dog was a Pit Bull named Sergeant Stubby
Petey, the playful dog, from the show “The Little Rascals” was a Pit Bull
Truth about pit bull myths can be found here
This Pit Bull was named a hero this year
Info on pit bulls