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The BEST dog breed ever!

The American Pit Bull

Probably
one of the most-loved and most-feared dog in America.

Up until about 2009, I was a
Doberman Pinscher fan.  My first Dob was
a stray that my mom took in when I was a senior in high school in 1984.  I remember hearing people talk about Doberman
Pinscher’s (always negative talk about how vicious the breed was), which
influenced my opinions until that first Dob in 1984.  I fell in love with Doberman Pinscher
breed.  As time went on, my first Dob
developed bone cancer.  Before she
passed, I had gotten a puppy, and had the two for a short time.  When my 2nd Dob was one year old,
she developed epilepsy.  Medicine helped
control her seizures, but the disease got the best of her, and only 4 years
old, I had to put her to sleep.  Epilepsy
destroyed her central nervous system. 
Unfortunately, I didn’t have another dog to comfort me with my grieving,
so I ended up getting my 3rd Dob puppy in 1999.  That little puppy was such a great companion
for the next ten years.  (Due to health
issues, I had to put this Dob down in 2010. 
Afterwards, I found out that she had Cardiomyopathy (congestive heart
failure).

In 2009, I was working as a NCLB tutor for local school
kids, and one of my students ended up getting a pit-bull puppy.  Every time I went to the student’s house, I
would also spend time with this puppy.  This
puppy was always so happy to see me every time, that I would tell the student’s
mom that if she ever wanted/needed to get rid of the puppy, to let me
know.  Well, I ended up getting this
puppy.  I was told by the mom that the
puppy was actually an American Staffordshire Terrier.

Over the last 8 years, I have learned a lot about Pit
bulls – (did you know that pit-bull is a general term and that there are about
6 different classifications), and that 100 years ago, the pit-bull was known as
“The Nanny Dog”.  I found out that my
little (she is only 35 pounds) girl is “the best” dog that I have ever had in
my life.

I found the following article/information from www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanpitbull.htm
to be very informative!

DESCRIPTION

The Pit Bull immediately strikes one as being a dog of
power, passion and undying willingness. The brick-like head, which is
especially broad between the cheeks (to house the powerful jaws), is carried
upon a thickly muscled, well-defined neck. The neck runs into a deep, thick,
well-sprung chest. The American Pit Bull is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile
dog that is extremely strong for his size. The tail tapers to a point. The ears
are generally cropped, though this is optional. Docked tails are not accepted
by the UKC or the ADBA. The eyes are round. Both the ADBA and the UKC do not
accept blue eyes or the coat color merle. The American Pit-bull Registry does
accept a merle coat. The teeth should form a scissors bite. Its coat is made up
of thick, short, shiny hair. All colors are admissible. Shades of brown to red
with a matching red/brown nose are referred to as red-nose Pit Bulls. Shades of
gray with a matching gray nose are referred to as blue-nose Pit Bulls.

Temperament

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
has a strong desire to please. The APBT has evoked more human emotional,
rational and irrational response than any other breed that exists today. By no
means are these dogs’ people-haters or people-eaters. Their natural aggressive
tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people. However if they are
properly socialized
with a firm, but calm, confident, consistent pack leader,
they will not even be aggressive with them. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a
good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet that is good
with children and adults. Almost always obedient, it is always eager to please
its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is
very full of vitality. Highly protective of his owners and the owner’s
property, it will fight an enemy to the death. It is usually very friendly, but
has an uncanny ability to know when it needs to protect and when everything is
okay. The American Pit Bull Terrier can be willful with meek owners and needs a
firm hand. They are generally okay with other pets if they are raised with them
from puppyhood. They are very friendly, but not recommended for most
people, because most people do not understand how to properly raise and
treat a dog
. Problems arise when one does not understand natural dog
behavior
, seeing the dog as having human emotions,
and ends up with a dog who thinks he is the boss of the house. For a smaller,
not as powerful dog, people can sometimes get away with this, however, for a
powerful breed, one really needs to understand and follow this concept of
keeping a dog. An excellent guide to learning how to properly treat a dog is
the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan (recommended to all dog owners regardless
of the breed they own). Excellent with children in the family, they have a high
pain tolerance and will happily put up with rough child play. As with any
breed, they should not be left alone with unfamiliar children. Used as
all-around working farm dogs, they were referred to as “the poor man’s
horse.” Later they were used as fighting dogs; the powerful American Pit
Bull may go for the throat of strange dogs. A minimum of training, along with the proper amount of
exercise
and a firm pack leader, will produce a tranquil, obedient dog. Socialize very
thoroughly when young to combat aggressive tendencies and be sure to keep the
dog under control when other dogs are present. Teach this dog respect for
humans by not allowing it to jump up and
not allowing it to enter doorways first. The humans must make the dog heel beside or behind
them when walking
. It has given outstanding results as a guardian of
property, but is at the same time esteemed as a companion dog. The objective in
training this dog is to achieve
pack leader status
. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs,
we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader; lines
are clearly defined and rules are set. You and all other humans MUST be higher
up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a
success. When properly trained and socialized, this is a very good dog and
a great family companion. Unfortunately, some choose to promote the fighting
instinct in the breed, giving it a bad name. If you would like to witness what
a well-balanced Pit-bull is like, tune into the Dog Whisperer and check out
Daddy and Junior along with the rest of Cesar’s pack of Pits. Daddy has since
passed on,  however there are still many
episodes that air with him. R.I.P. Daddy.

 

Source: www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanpitbull.htm

Pets and Thunderstorms, Fireworks, and Stress

This is a very interesting article.  Thunderstorms can be very stressful for our four legged family members.  Fireworks (Fourth of July) can also be very stressful.

Caring about our fur-children is very important, and learning different methods of keeping them calm during Thunderstorms, fireworks, crowds, parties, is something we should all remember.

It’s interesting…. my lil girl (35 pound American Staffordshire Terrier aka Pitbull) recently has gotten nervous with thunderstorms, however last week during July 4th fireworks being set off my my neighbors, she was calm.  I know many friends with dogs though that the fireworks caused a lot of stress for their furry, four legged family members.

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Thunderstorms & Lost Pets

We had a huge thunderstorm last night here in our corner of the Pacific NW. Like Texas-size huge. Our cats deal with it better than our dog, Saffron. We gave her the valerian-based calming supplement we use (RelaxSaver), put her in her awesome Th – source