What do you think of when you think of family dog? Golden Retrievers? Labradors? Beagles? Most people wouldn’t jump to pitbulls.
I know everyone has heard the horror stories about pitbulls and their vicious nature. Not only the “vicious nature” but how the males are generally aggressive and territorial…about how the breed has been so inbred that their are no good lines left…ext…
I can’t tell you about every other pitbull in the world but I CAN tell you about mine. Hes an 80lb, inbred, male pitbull. He is hyper, high energy, and VERY loud. He WILL bark when you knock on the door and run right up to you. He looks terrifying. He is actually a baby.
Chunk has NEVER bit, he has NEVER snapped, never snarled, nothing. He has helped me socialize feral cats to a domestic situation, teaching them how to be house pets. He has helped me train other dogs and even brought a terrified dog who couldn’t be around anyone when he arrived, out of his shell and brought the playful side out in him.
I can’t say he never gets frustrating. He is high energy and wants to play first thing in the morning. He barks EVERYTIME someone knocks on the door…even during nap time. He eats food as soon as it hits the ground…even if it still had a wrapper on. His tail can KILL when he is happily wagging it and he has stepped on my toe more times then I can count.
Even with all of that he has been a truly amazing dog! The best part is how good he is with my kids. I’ve never met a dog, or person with his kind of patience. I have proof….
Chunk will sleep with Ari when she has nightmares, and if he wasn’t there when she wakes up she will go sleep with him, and he lets her have the pillow
He has the patience to wait while I plan out my wine adventure. Then he has the patience to come with me on the wine adventure
Waiting patiently for his girl to come home from school…
and patiently lies with her while she naps
Acting as a partner in crime while sneaking ice cream at Grammi and Grampies
Cuddling with his girl during stormy nights
Patience to go on family road trips….and believe me that’s a tuff one, but he would hate to be left behind
The patience to actually be laid on during cuddle/nap time. He wouldn’t even get up and get comfortable because he didn’t want to wake everyone else
He has the patience to “sit pretty” for a picture
The patience to play fetch with the kids
The patience to wear the stupid clothes I dress him in
I have about a million more photos of his gentle nature. All in all a wonderful dog, despite the breed hype.