How life changes with Pit Bull dogs. These true dog stories explain how I got into a pickle and how you can avoid it.
Pit Bull dogs are not for everyone. I was probably one of those people, but its too late. I love my dogs immensely. They are strong and fearless, often too quick to react and sometimes bicker with each other.
I have pulled apart several bad encounters (my worst fears realized). Each time it has left me in an adrenaline rush equal to an epinephrine shot.
...And they are incredibly intelligent, love to please and play like puppies.
Picture if you will, an 80 pound Pit Bull in a perfect sit-stay pose. You hand him one raw almond which he gently accepts it and prances off to the living room where he sets it down.
He dances around that almond pouncing and bouncing as his ears flap up and down like pillow cases on the clothesline on a windy day.
Next, he carefully picks that almond up with his front teeth,
gives his head a shake releasing the almond and it flies across
the room, where the game begins anew.
Leaping, prancing, bouncing, the house shakes as he barks in glee. Finally after the third or forth toss, Bonz Capone settles down on his belly to eat his tiny treasure, savoring it as though its the world’s best caviar.
In some ways having Pit Bull dogs has been quite a change for me and in others it has not. Each Pit Bull dog is a dog first, a breed second and also an individual being. I’ve had personal challenges with my dogs because:
What I’ve learned through it all, what I can finally see is the pattern I’ve repeated with all the dogs I’ve owned, and I’m hell-bent on changing because I deserve better behaved dogs and they deserve a better leader.
As Cesar Millan says,"You don’t always get the dog you want, you get the dog you need." I think he’s right and I am a work in progress.
The following pages are about these wonderful canines and more stories about my dogs in particular:
Let’s start with something that is not a dog story but its important - Are Pit Bulls Dangerous Dogs talks about the pros and cons of Pit Bull ownership and includes a fun video by John Shipe.(Thank you John!) If you'd like to know a little more about the Pit Bull history and what happened to the Michael Vick Dogs, take a look. There's also a five-year-anniversary update on those saved Vick dogs.
Are Pit Bulls Dangerous - My Story I was scared to death of the breed because I’d heard the stories. Never mind that I’d owned a German Shepherd and two Great Danes. Here's the story leading up to my first Pit Bull encounter.
The First Day With My Red Pit Bull, Helen Joey asked if I could keep a dog for a friend of his for four months. Her name was Helen and she was eleven months old. He assured me she was sweet. I agreed, since, after all, it wasn’t like I was going to KEEP a Pit Bull. Besides if I didn't take her she'd end up in the pound.
Abused Dog - Life With Helen (Hellion) begins. In this dog story, I admit there were quite a few tears, lots of cursing, the loss of all my underwear, my favorite robe of all time, 2 nightgowns, sheets, blankets, comforters, six pair of my shoes and my only boots.
A Pit Bull Puppy For Helen We could pay the guy for Helen or breed her with Bonz Capone... Six months later she laid next to me having contractions and then stood up for the final push, depositing all but one puppy in my lap.
Bad Dog Behavior - What Helen Taught Her Three Little Pitties Had I known what to look for and paid more attention (that hindsight thing), I would have realized Helen was teaching her pit puppies aggression.
A story about Moo growing up and how I finally learned a little dog behavior modification for Pit Bull dogs. Here's what this bad dog did and how I handled it.
Here's a little food for thought with a fun story I call Psychic Dogs You can comment on the bottom of the Psychic Dogs page if this is unusual dog behavior or a norm in your household.
And if you're in the mood for a giggle, I did a few pages of the Three Little Pitties personal life story. It's written like a child's story, has lots of silly pictures and Part One begins at Funny Dog Photos. Enjoy!