RIP brutus and max! you will never be forgotten.
fortunately, my special one is sleeping on the end of my bed as I type... I wanted to tell this story because some people may over look things that are important, even tho this dog is still living... never base a pick on "looks" alone.
I wish dogs had a longer life span, I dont know what I would do without her.
I will be typing a story for you of bunny.
"bunny" is a traditional style apbt
. shes white with black freckles, about 35 lbs in condition.
she was the last pup out of her litter to find a home... I didnt pick that breeding in perticular or the pup, the breeder did, I trusted her choice and I glad I did.
from the get-go she wasnt the most attractive puppy lol... she was sort of like an ugly duckling, she kind of looked like a dalmatian mix puppy. she lacked "breed type".
she took a lot of criticism most of her life from other "dog show'rs"
not many are a fan of all white dogs... and big flat ears.
her flat ears were art of the reason why she got the name "bunny"
without her ears it just wouldnt be "her"
the other reason is because she has a very bouncy humorous temperament,...
but also from the get go she showed me something you can only really see in person... her smarts and athleticism and strength .... I noticed this at a young age.
she caught and killed a mouse in our house that I had no idea was there at the age of 14 weeks... she went in behind my TV, I thought she was chewing cords or something so I called her out of there after she had been tussling with something and she pops out with a dead mouse in her little mouth! :O
at 4 months she was able to walk 4 hours with me.... I would often walk very long distance from one side of town to the other. (I would be walking she would be running around me in circles off leash never roaming more then 15 feet from me) and then after we got home she would wanna play tug-o-war!
she also learned how to mouth 2 sylibol "words" at 4 months old she learned "mama" its not a bark and its not a growl it is something in between.
by 5-6 months I tried to see how she liked my bike, she took to that like duck to water... she tried with all she had to "pull" me on the bike... but she was too tiny... I "helped" her with a little peddling and she was so happy to be at the end of her leash running beside my bike... im not sure if she knew that I helped her get us moving but she sure did look happy pulling with all her might.
by 10 months old I brought her over to my neighbors house who owned many "whooper" weight pulling dogs to show her off...
(I had done weight pulling prior to this)
he was curious to see what bunny would do in the harness, I had never tied her before... I didnt have a clue what the outcome would be. I put her in the harness and hooked up a decent sized puppy chain without her leash on.
what happened next shocked us all.
she put her nose right down and pulled that chain with nice form!
4 months later I had her in pretty nice condition and trained to pull.... she was doing all sorts of great workouts, springpole, flirtpole, pulling me on a bike with no help, lots of drag weight and track pulling.
I entered her in an oklahoma adba pull her very first event.
bunny pulled her heart out for me. her last pull she clawed and clawed... she didnt want to quit, my neighbor yelled from his chair "push the cart!!!"
it was my first pointed event and I never had a dog try so hard pulling before... my neighbor was right! every time a dog is clawing and not moving the cart make your you push them through!
she tied with a very good OFRN bitch, but the OFRN bitch was one pound less.
bunny took a second...
but my neighbor who was watcher her at the pull was so impressed he mentioned that if I ever wanted to sell bunny he would buy her.
I told him no... me and bunny had a very good bond. she was my house dog, and my night time cuddle buddy.
a month or so later-
he went out and bought 2 traditional style small apbt
's similar to bunnys "type"
since then bunny has done many good things in different sports, I have been challenging her at almost everything I can, because she is just so much fun to work with, very easy to train and also to prove she CAN.
I cant find anything she "cant" learn. she understands more then most people would expect a dog to comprehend.
and also she has matured into a decent looker these past couple years.... her muscle tone is nice and thick and I have learned how to get her to pose without the "crappy" posture lol... but.. she still has her floppy bunny ears <3
this story is for any puppy out there who is an "ugly duckling"....
but really, when it comes to this breed...
anyone experienced would know looks mean.... NOTHING!
I would pick a floppy ear'd white dog over a beautiful dumb dog anyday