Talk to Me of Adoption and Pitbulls...
I finally had to put my beloved kitty of 19 years down over the weekend :sadsmile:. Already, I am anxious to fill that empty space in my home and heart. My husband has been promised a chance to adopt a dog as long as I approve of said dog and it is short hair with a medium build.
One of the rescues in the area is very well known amongst our friends with plenty of personal contacts within the rescue. They frequently have new rescues in foster homes which we can meet and greet until we find the right dog. Several of these dogs are Pits or Pit mixes between 1-3yrs of age.
Both my husband and I do not have a lot of experience with dogs, so we would enlist professional training help if needed. Due to being inexperienced, I'm not sure that I would want a puppy...young adult is perfectly fine with me. We are both very active so walking/jogging occur daily. Would a pit or pit mix be a bad idea for a first dog?
Any help or advice would be appreciated!
For the record, we do not have kids, nor plan to have kids in the near future. We currently live in a 2 story town house, so no fenced yard, but there is a park that is great for walking and running 5 minutes from the house.
Sorry for your kitty, good on ya for a pitty
I suggest something over 2yrs of age. I believe dogs are not mature until about then. There is one of mannny theories that dogs (ok this theory is pit-specific) may not display true temperament until 2 years.
Get something older whose temperament you know because the shelter staff, then you under staff supervision, have temperament tested it out the whazzu. Lots of pit types have great resiliency and survive shelter life better than others. Of course I am grossly over-generalizing.
Pull tail/ears, show it a cat, small dog, big dog, calm dog, hyper dog, submissive dog, dominant dog, black dog, fluffy dog,... after teching, I'd trust a pit over some others.
No dog parks. It is a bad situation for your dog as it doesn't matter who started it, what happened, or how, the pit bull will be blamed. A pit has to be exceptionally, extraordinarily trained/mannered to be in public -for its safety and yours (liability).
(To qualify myself: had a pit/chow as a teen that was purchased and initially raised to fight. Pup followed me home from the bus stop every. single. day. Spent the night on our front porch. Finally spoke to owners: dog was ours :D. Very serious dog that required equally serious management.)