Some "Owners" of pit bulls are dangerous

by Jeff Cole
(Scotch Plains)

I have always had big dogs during my life. I had a 10th generation Rottweiler that was gracious as a butterfly and just as harmless. I grew up with this friend of mine for 12.5 years until I had too put her down due to cancer...^


Months later, I came across a "Pit Bull" on the internet on the Best Friends Animal shelter, and I went to go see the dog, who was at a foster home, and was extremely friendly and very happy go lucky.. I could tell she had been fought, beaten, starved, and horribly mistreated.

I decided to Adopt her right away, soon as we got home, her true colors came out. I couldn't even go to pet her because she would growl and snap at my hand.

I had heard all sorts of stories about this dog, that she had been through 7 homes, and in one of them was starved for over 2 months, as when I got her she was only 22 pounds!! She had, mange, alopecia, ear mites, 40 pounds under weight and a very nervous stomach, could you blame her for being cautious?? After all, I didn't really know her, and she didn't know me, but I was determined to at least get her healthy again.

Three months later, weighing 50 pounds, ear mite free, mange gone, and still somewhat nervous stomach, she began to trust me. The morning of the third month, I went to pet her, and she still was nervous and would still Growl a little bit, so I gave her her space and knew this was going to be a long process due to the extensive abuse she had lived through.

That night, She came into my room, jumped up on the bed, and curled into a little ball and placed her head on my shoulder and fell asleep!!! After that day, she has been my shadow and best friend. She had done a complete 360.

When I first got her, she was afraid of people, her own shadow and was uncertain with other dogs, but after getting her out and taking her to dog parks, and carefully introducing her to other mostly balanced dogs, she is now one of the best loved and well behaved dogs in the park!!

She never barks, (only heard her bark 6 times now in 5 years!) and is so friendly now, it goes to show that, these dogs, just like people can be manipulated to do bad things, and this breed aims to please their owners. So when I see all these biased media reports, it makes me very angry, its never the breed, its the owners!!!

My dog Bella, was considered a red zone case, and was going to be put down, and I am so happy that I had saved her. She not only surprised me, but all the other "owners" of what a dramatic change she and I had created. Even the Mail Lady loves to see her and always has a treat for her! All it took was a little time, compassion, understanding and common sense.

Any dog, any breed, no matter how bad they seem, can always be rehabilitated!!! I cannot say the same for some of us humans!

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Apr 25, 2011
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How sweet
by: Anonymous

Thank you for this touching story. Thank god you "went the distance" with Bella. For both of you.

Apr 27, 2011
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SHE IS A VERY LUCKY GIRL
by: donna

YOUR STORY I HAVE TO SAY IS 1 OF THE BEST STORIES I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME . YOU ARE A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO TAKE HER & TAKE THE TIME TO HELP HER WORK THROUGH HER PROBLEMS. SHE REALLY NEEDED YOU. GOOD LUCK WITH HER. MY PIT BUDDAH IS THE BEST SO I KNOW THE LOVE THEY GIVE IS THE BEST BETTER THAN ANY PERSON COULD IMAGINE.

Apr 27, 2011
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glad for Bella
by: Anonymous

How wonderful that you helped her and that you are together.
we love our Pit who goes to the dog park no to play with dogs but to be petted by all the humans.
You are Bella's guardian angel!
Robin mom of Shadow

Apr 27, 2011
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pitbulls are great
by: Pauline

Most people would have given up!! Your perseverance is AMAZING!!Pitbulls are 1 of the most Loyal dogs. I volunteer at a shelter & they know who really care & still show so much love even in there situation. I"ve had 3 pitblls/mixes & won"t own anything else!! Loved your story, Thanks for sharing!!

Apr 27, 2011
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happy story!
by: Anonymous

That is such a great story! We too rescued a pitbull that had the same issues as your pittie had but with training and lots of patience he did a 360! Great job!!! :)

Apr 27, 2011
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Agreed
by: Debbie

I couldn't agree more, Donna. The patience, and acceptance, Jeff used with Bella is extraordinary. He just let her be, and after a time, she came around. My Pit justs love to cuddle, and, at night, she loves to touch me (a foot, a leg, an arm) in some way, while she is sleeping.

These dogs are just such bundles of love, and it is so sad that they were made to be aggressive by some bad folk.

This story warms my heart. Way to go, Bella.

Apr 28, 2011
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absolute and complete ferrrken
by: rukkus

LEDGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 28, 2011
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Thanks
by: Aaron

Thanks for helping Bella my pit butch was the same way.One year later he is doing great> Loves his sister Betty also a pit and his brother Floyd a 11 year old black lab. Remember the breed is great and that bad people suck. Thanks again

Sep 18, 2012
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The power of love
by: Etta

Your story is one of love and compassion. It takes people like you to speak out and let others know just how much this awesome breed has to offer. Bella knew what you wanted all along. She also knew that you were her new owner, she was going to please you she just took a little time to know she could trust you. Kudos to you for a fantastic job that you will never regret.

Sep 18, 2012
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Owners
by: donna

I Have to say your story brought tears to my eyes. I am a pitbull owner I rescued my buddah when he was 9 months & is now almost 7yrs old. I love him with all my heart & he is my best friend. pitbulls are so misunderstood & some so mistreated it really makes me angry. I give you 5 stars for being so patient & loving that it made your dog come around & love you...)))

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