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OK, first of all, what is a Pit Bull? And what is it with all this fuss about being an aggressive breed?

Hmm, could media be responsible for the bad reputation they got lately? 

It may be a little confusing for some people, but Pit Bull is not actually a breed of dog. The term it’s used to describe several breeds of dogs including the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, The English Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Or even the American Bulldog.

So, as you probably know already, in the early 1900’s the Pit Bull was actually the most popular family pet in America. They were also nicknamed “nanny dogs” because of their affection for kids in the family. Because of their popularity, they were even used in advertising campaigns or TV shows.

 

But then, the click.

Since 1980s, everything changed. Radically! Despite being illegal in US, dog fighting made a huge comeback. The Pit Bull was also preferred as a guard dog for drug dealers and gangs. It was just a matter of time for the Pit Bull to be blamed for ferocious attacks and killings. Let the hysteria begin.

And hey, what do you expect, attacks sell. Especially if it comes from a Pit Bull (or not – many attacks have been attributed to Pit Bulls although from other breeds)!

Clearly (but not for everybody) education is the key. Especially for humans; and of course, for dogs too!

For those who realize that, let’s get to the love part.

Bully breeds like pits are goofy, extremely loyal and as mentioned before, amazing with children. 

Bringing a pit bull into your family takes indeed a lot of commitment, but the love you will get in return, will definitely worth the effort!

Commonly confident, pit bull dogs can develop a strong sense of dependence on their humans and requires an extremely responsible person. They crave for attention and approval.

This is not a breed for everyone, especially those who aren’t willing to invest a lot of time in training and early socialization (exposure to different people, sights and experiences) as well as consistent discipline.

Because the Pit Bull is such a people-friendly breed, they make poor guards of property.

They are eager to please you in every possible way.

They want to impress you all the time by learning a new trick or just make you laugh by clowning around. Acting silly, swinging on their backs, or just engaging in sprints around the house or yard. They are fun and playful, even at an older age.

Very athletic and energetic, a Pit Bull will definitely motivate you to get the daily exercise! Piece of cake, 45 – 60 minutes of active training would be just enough. 

They are generally healthy (but as like any other breed, prone to skin allergies, hip dysplasia, or hypothyroidism) and don’t require much grooming as their short hair is very low maintenance.

 

Pit Bulls just LOVE people. Without discrimination!

So why are humans banning Pit Bull breeds? Isn’t this racism? Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is the practice of using laws to regulate and restrict dog ownership only on the physical appearance, pointing out the born bad breeds. But it’s clearly not the way.

These laws are totally inefficient and it just penalizes innocent dogs. They should focus especially on dog owners and their responsibility for their dogs’ behavior. Any dog can become aggressive if it’s raised to be, with or without intention. And that’s a fact. Judge the deed, not the breed!

But let’s end up in a much more positive way.

Give him the love he needs, and you and your family will have a friend for life!

Just take a look at your Pit Bull. Are you having a bad day? I bet he can make you…SMILE! Just the way they do.

And they surely do have a really great one, don’t they?!

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Pit bull who faced death in shelter becomes Ohio’s first certified drug detection dog

Leonard the pit bull dog faced death in a shelter. Now, he is Ohio’s first official pit bull police dog

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The Union County Humane Society says that pit bull dog named Leonard was brought to them about seven months ago, but couldn’t be adopted because he showed signs of aggressiveness.

“He exhibited very high hunt, ball, and possessiveness drives; none of which make adoption likely for a family,” they wrote on Facebook.

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Considering this, he was on the list to be euthanized, but director Jim Alloway detected something special in that pup.

“I walked out with a squeegee. He ran up and bit it and then he went running through the yard. I knew it was a special characteristic. He wasn’t being aggressive. He wanted to play,” said Alloway.

Having a background working with police dogs, he saw a completely different kind of future for him and immediately contacted Storm Dog K9 Training.

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Being a stray dog, he had no training and knew no commands, but the team quickly discovered he loved to play so they were able to train him to sniff out drugs, and then rewarded him with a toy as a treat.

“He has quite the work ethic, ” Krishea Osborne, Storm Dog’s Director of Training for Law Enforcement, said. ” He’s got so much play and drive and hunt that he’s a great police dog. He’s constantly wanting to work.”

After several weeks of hard work, Leonard the pitbull is now fully trained and certified and working with Clay Township Police Chief Terry Mitchell.

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“Leonard promises to make a great police dog as well as a loving family companion. He already knows when his vest goes on – it’s time to work,” they wrote.

“After home, when he’s off duty, he’s a big lap dog,. Everyone on the department loves him. It’s been nothing but good.” Chief Mitchell said.

Here’s the full statement from Union County Humane Society:

Leonard pictured in training with Jim Alloway and Chief Terry Mitchell. Photo credit: Facebook / Union County Humane Society

“Leonard is a dog that came to us about 7 months ago. He exhibited very high hunt, ball, and possessiveness drives; none of which make adoption likely for a family. Our director, Jim Alloway, who has extensive background with police dogs, was quick to recognize that there was a perfect home out there for Leonard. We contacted Storm Dog K-9 Training and Mike Pennington (owner and operator) was intrigued. After initial testing, we all knew that Leonard would be an ideal candidate as a narcotics dog.

Leonard is now fully trained and will be certified next Tuesday in Ohio. He is with his new handler and Chief of Police in Clay Township Ohio, Terry Mitchell. The bond they share is already evident and pronounced. Leonard promises to make a great police dog as well as loving family companion. He already knows when his vest goes on – it’s time to work. He also may have found some favorite spots on the couch to relax.

We couldn’t be happier about this story and Leonard’s future.”

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Nine-year-old missing Pit Bull dog gets reunited with his owner after 4 years

Shiny, a nine-year-old Pit Bull, vanished four and a half years ago in North Carolina. Now, he finally gets reunited with his owner

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Shiny, a nine-year-old Pit Bull dog was living with Michelle Davis in North Carolina for most of his life. But when he was 5 years old, he managed to dig a hole under the fence, and simply disappeared!

“He liked to dig and play in the dirt. He liked to do that because he liked to visit the neighbors for biscuits” said Davis.

At first, his mommy didn’t panic, but soon, she realized that he was actually missing. At that moment Davis and her husband started a frantic search. 

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They search the entire neighborhood and also send pictures to every vet and shelter in the area, but everything was in vain.

“I would just yell for him until I had no voice left,” she said.

It was actually not the first time when Shiny vanished, he was dog-napped before! But that time, he was eventually dumped because he wasn’t a good fighter, and miraculously found his way back home.

Now, it was a different situation and Davis somehow felt it:

“I had given up hope of ever seeing him again. He’s a mama’s boy, and I knew he would come home if he could.”

But miracles do happen and after 54 months of missing, Davis’ husband got a call from “Mendocino County Animal Shelter” in Ukiah, California. Somehow, Shiny ended up nearly 2000 miles away from his home. The good news was that he was happy and healthy.

After the first missing, Davis micro-chipped Shiny, and that’s how the shelter managed to find them.

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Just a few days later, they found a volunteer – Karen Shaver, to drive Shiny halfway to meet up with his long-lost mommy.

Karen worked with rescue organizations for more than a decade, and she instantly knew she wanted to be part of this heartwarming reunion.

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“It was a great experience to find a dog and the owner actually wanted him back,” said Shaver. “Especially after all this time.”

There were laughs, tears, tail wagging and lots of hugging and kissing; who would want to miss that?

“It’s like we’re finally together again!” said Davis. “I can’t wait to get him home.”

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Police officers give a severe warning about pet safety after rescuing a pit bull dog from a hot car

After having to break a car window to rescue a pit bull dog trapped in a hot car, a Florida police department delivered a severe warning on their Facebook page

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In the hot summer days, leaving your dog unattended in a car can quickly become lethal; for most people, this may seem obvious, but unfortunately, there are still some owners that simply don’t think about it.   

Police officers from Boynton Beach, Florida, recently rescued a pit bull that was trapped inside a car, whose owner had stepped into a bank, leaving the dog all alone with the windows closed.

A Good Samaritan called 911 to report the situation and most probably saved this dog’s life! The car was off and all the windows were up so the temperature inside the car was easily 110 degrees, if not even more.

After spending several minutes looking for the dog’s owner, they decided to step in and they smashed the car’s window, leading the poor dog to safety and offering him water.

It was at least 10-15 minutes from the time of the emergency call until the dog’s owner showed up. She told the officers that she had just left the dog park with her rescue dog and drove to the bank; the drive-thru was closed, so she ran inside, leaving her dog in the car.

Animal Cruelty Investigator Liz Roehrich cited the irresponsible owner and educated her about the law.

After the rescue, they published a severe warning on their facebook page:

“Repeat after us…it is never OK to leave your pet in an unattended vehicle,” pointing out that such a practice is illegal in Boynton Beach, as it is many other cities around the country.

They added “Investigator Roehrich said most of the time she encounters dogs left in vehicles, the owners are otherwise responsible, loving and good caretakers. They just don’t know the law or they think that it’s OK if it’s only for a minute.”

“We are here to tell you that it is not. Ever. For many reasons…like it’s very hot outside so imagine how your pet will suffer inside a car that’s ignition is off”.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, even in 85-degree weather, a car’s interior can climb past 100 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes, so it’s extremely dangerous. 

For now, at least 26 states have laws that stipulate the fact that it’s illegal to leave an animal in a parked vehicle.

Also, the Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who intervene in emergency situations, including saving a pet’s life trapped inside a hot car.

Credit video / foto: Boynton Beach Police Department

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