I agree. I had a Mastiff and never wanted to be Mastiff-less. I had to put my Mastiff down the day after I buried my little brother who was a massive APBT
fan. All if his dogs had framed pedigrees and he knew the history of the APBT
and the entire bully breeds for that matter. Well, he had one dog when he passed. That happened to be unusual, but I took in Mac. He was bred by Tom Garner of North Carolina. Many believe him to be the best APBT
breeder in all of North America. If Mac was an indication, I vote Yes!! We bonded in a way I thought only humans bonded. It was weird and I'd never bonded with a dog that way. I felt nearly guilty about my former dogs, although I knew I loved them completely. I realized it had nothing to do with my love for Mac it was the way he loved me! You don't get that kind of love from a poodle, or Mastiffs even, book from the pit bull. I have to special needs pitbulls now and I don't get that kind of love from them but I do get a special love from them. Mac was just different oh, he was a one-in-a-million kind of dog. Unfortunately I only had him 10 months. He developed ehrlichiosis about eight months after I got him. And took him to the vet and he got over the first flare pretty quickly, but I noticed two months later he was starting to get stiff again so I took him straight to the vet. They started him on the same protocol but he had to stay in the hospital again because he couldn't keep down the medication 2 days later he developed bloody diarrhea and upon further testing the ehrlichia or the bacteria that is tick-borne, had gone to his kidneys. There is no cure short of a kidney transplant. We all know we would do anything for dog, we say we would do anything for our dogs, but the reality is, we can't drive them 800 miles to baton rouge, and pay $20,000 for surgery that they may or may not survive. I doubt that I could go and try to borrow the money against my house in time to save his life. And do you really risk everything you have for 10 year old dog? When I put down my Mastiff I was getting scared because he was 11 years old knowing I would have to put him down fairly soon because he was a Mastiff and he was 11!!! My brother had not passed yet he had just turned 50 I figured he had 30 more years left because he died suddenly in his sleep. Putting my dog van the day after we buried my brother brought it into perspective. I love them dearly, but they are dog. I will do anything within my power and within reason to make them happy and comfortable. I cannot drive 800 miles and refinance my house. What if my daughter needed a kidney transplant? My house would already be refinanced! my dog would already be dead! the week after I put back down I went to the shelter and pulled out another pitbull that was about to be euthanized. I gave her Mac's favorite toys and I gave her his food dish and I gave her his water dish. In his honor, another pitbull didn't get euthanized! It's been 5 years and I still couldn't type this without tears falling all over my phone. She would have never been adopted and I knew it. She walked to the quite room shaking and peeing. Once we got there she got off the leash and went to the other side of the room and wouldn't get engaged with us at all. When I would go to her and pet her she didn't pull away. She would let us pet her and talk to her. She would sort of wag her tail and almost enjoy it. She wanted to enjoy it. When I told the woman I would take her LOL the look on her face was priceless. I'd love to have a picture. I knew if I didn't take her no one would and there was something in her eyes that was just so sweet and I was right. She has the sweetest spirit. She has issues. Most of them we've overcome one or two will never overcome. She was taken away from her mother at 2 weeks old. I can't reparent her. She's not human and I'm not canine, but we make it! She's 5 now! She was 11months when I got her. We have made it this long we're good to go! She won't come up to me when we're outside. She will come to me when we're outside but I can't touch her. And I can't put a leash on her. I can't take her to a dog park for that very reason. When she gets out of the fence it makes it a problem. I usually can leader in the house with weenies. That's the one thing we had never been able to overcome never been able to train out of her. There's one person who she will come to outside and it's my neighbor. She has to squat down on the ground and Lexi will walk right to her. I an unable to squat. The trainers all say that's not it. She knows me I shouldn't have to squat. I think if I could she would.
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