Pit bulls need love too.

Pit Bull

Pit bulls need love too.

Pit bulls need love too. Well, you might ask, do not all dogs need love? Of course, all dogs need love. So, why would I make this point, that Pit bulls need love too? I grew up in a house where we (almost) always had at least one dog. At first, it was a mixed breed “Mutt” that we named “Bullet”. After that, we had almost all German Shepherds. My dad was actually breeding them for a while. I grew up with dogs. I loved dogs. When I got married, I was a whole nineteen -years old. Of course, we would quite naturally have German Shepherds. Right? Nope, that would be a big, fat wrong! My wife was more into the mixed breed, smaller type of dogs. So, we read about a mangy looking mutt at the local shelter, that was just a baby. We got her and named her Sandy. Sandy lived nineteen years! We all loved her. After Sandy, there was Mocha, a totally sweet Chocolate Lab. In fact, she may have been the only Lab that was totally afraid of water! When Mocha was about five years old, we got Klubber, an amazing English Bulldog. What a lovable, sweet, and entertaining dog. Sadly, he passed away at only five years old. Mocha lived to be twelve, and we decided to take a break from dog ownership. The pain of losing them was just too much. Last October, my daughter and her husband were visiting from Colorado. My wife had been bugging me to visit a local dog shelter. “Just to take a look.” She was weakening, and as my family would always say, “Whatever Terri wants, Terri gets.” So, off they went. When they returned, she described all of these different dogs that she “just had to get.” But, they were almost all Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls? I mean, were not Pit Bulls always vicious? Did not Pit Bulls eat people, and other pets. Mangle neighbors and children? So, kind of reluctantly, I agreed to go. “Just to look.” The shelter was very new looking, as well as immaculate. Ok, that was good, right? But, virtually every single dog they had was either a Pit Bull or a Pit Bull Mixed Breed. I was very apprehensive. So, I started to talk to Pit Bull owners, and check out Pit Bull internet forums, as well as Google. Surprisingly, Pit Bulls were thought of, by those who really knew, as sweet and loving, protective but great with kids, as well as super smart. The only negative I kept coming across was that they were very aggressive with other dogs. We revisited the animal shelter the next weekend, and all of the dogs were barking for attention. Except one. A rather large Pit Bull Mix, who just lay there looking depressed and sullen. His name was E.T. You know, after the famous movie creature from out of space. So here was E.T.’s story: They found him wondering along a local highway. He was frail, and his eyes were bugging out. The volunteer opened the door to the shelter van, and E.T. hopped right in. He was driven to the shelter, and because of his eyes bugging out, as well as his over all condition, they named him E.T. E.T. needed a lot of attention, as well as to be hydrated and fed properly. He should have weighed about seventy pounds, but only weighed in at a thin thirty-eight pounds. Poor baby. We just fell in love with him and made a quick decision to adopt him. Pit bulls need love too, and E.T. was certainly no exception. We have had E.T. for about two months now, and he is amazing. Smart, gentle, wild, loving, and above all- all heart. Now, we have not exposed him to one on one’s with other dogs as of yet but will soon do so. With caution. We love E.T. Everyone loves him. After all, Pit bulls need love too. To read more about Pit Bulls, please check out https://secure.aspca.org/team/pit-bulls-need-love-too  

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