I am new member on this forum and have joined to ask for your opinion.
About 2 years ago, late Labor Day night I found a (approx) 6-9 month old dog wandering around my property. It was late and dark and I couldn't see clearly but thought that the dog was a chocolate lab. The dog was very friendly, sat on command and appeared to be well taken care of. No collar or tag to be found and no indication of having been tied up.
Concerned for his well being (and the well being of my horses) I decided to see if he would go into a crate for the night. I dragged out an old crate and set up residence for him in our quarantine barn so as to not have contact with my other dogs.
In the morning I called the police, fire, vets, shelters, groomers, boarders... anyone I could think of to report the dog found and see if anyone had reported a lost dog. My husband’s friend happened to stop by and took a look at this dog and said "you have a Pitbull on your hands, best to get rid of it.". To my horror, gasp, a PITBULL, I called the local animal shelter. They informed me right away that they would be out to pick the dog up and have it euthanized immediately. EEEEERRRR what?! Euthanized? Apparently, unbeknown to me, my county has a no tolerance for anything that remotely resembles a Pitbull so kill them immediately kind of attitude. I politely told them that I was going to peruse other options for the dog but they insisted that I give them my address so that they could pick it up. My biotchy attitude clicked into full gear, gave them a piece of my mind and hung up. Thank goodness I called on my cell phone and they were not able to trace my number to an address.
So fast forward 6 months.... after putting up over 30 pink neon "Dog Found" posters in a 10 mile radius and over 75 calls for everything from a blind rat terrier missing 5 years ago to an albino St. Bernard.... no one ever claimed the dog. By that time I was very much attached to the dog, had taken him to the vet for shots/neutered and received a clean bill of health. He orientated very well to my other 2 dogs and was very good around the horses and people.
I will be honest to say that my attitude and perceived stereo types from the media definitely had my vote that the Pitbull was an evil no good breed and I never thought in my life that I would be an owner of one........ but that is the question….. do I really have a Pitbull?
If you have the time would you kindly check out the pictures of this dog and let me know what you think? I have taken some time to try and understand the characteristics of the dog (long ears vs clipped ears, and blocked head vs round head) but I am definitely confused. Ok, I admit, I am professional horse trainer and rider… so what do I know? Most of the dogs I inherit are rescue cases or in this case a wander onto the property and never leave case.
The dog you are about to look at is my #3 best ever dog and in my book that’s a great stat. Although I do have him on detention any time kids are around (as are all of my other dogs and animals because I am one of those nervous Nelly Mommy’s who will never trust any animal around kids) he has proved over and over what a smart, kind hearted, hard working, loyal dog he is. His name is Second Chance, or Chance for short. I am so proud of this dog and constantly receive compliments about how well behaved he is and how beautiful he is….. mostly from horse people who don’t know about the Pitbull breed but regardless, horse people who hold very high expectations of all their animals to be very obedient/trained.
please click here for the link: chance