Though my usernames implies I'm new, I was around quite a bit about 8 years ago and met some really nice people here. I also met some not-so-nice people who were so ill mannered, their names I never forgot. As I come back, again, 8 years later, I see some of those people are now moderators. Wow.
I certainly hope things have changed for I swore this is one forum I'd never return to. Though out of desperation to help a dog, here I am.
About 2 months ago a 'stray' pit bull showed up at my house. She is a beautiful dog. Gray and white, though some refer to the color as blue. I searched for over a month trying to find her owner with no luck. I have 2 other dogs, both male, and they all get along like they grew up together. We named the pit Lucy.
Lucy is -the- most affectionate dog I have ever met in my life. She is so calm and patient. She quivers as she sits at my feet wanting me to pet her. She will gracefully pay her paws in my lap and just sit and stare at me. When my 11 year old son sits in the floor, she puts her paws over his shoulders and 'hugs' him. I have owned a fair amount of dogs in my life and I can honestly say, Ive never seen a dog this affectionate and yearning of attention.
The problem in all this? The breed. Pit Bull.
I don't have any experience with this breed, and (forgive me here but if I don't share my honesty I can't get 'real' help) everytime she sits and stares at me all I can think about is her snapping and ripping my throat out. I see her sitting with my son and go into panic mode that she will carve her teeth in his face. I can't bond with this dog because I am -afraid- of her. I can see all she wants is to be loved but I can't let myself go without worry like I do with my other dogs. I feel like I am doing a dis-service to her. I want to take her in and keep her, but I just don't think Im doing the right thing.
I've tried to re-home her, but all I got were responses from young (very young) adults whose first question was "Is she spayed?". Well Im sorry but that is an instant turn down for me. Im not going to rehome her to a place that will use her as a breeding mill. I do not know if she is spayed or not honestly because Im afraid to turn her over to look for a scar.
I've searched for pit bull rescue's, no kill shelters, etc but there are none in my area or they are at capacity. I'm just at a loss on what to do.
I remembered a woman here who was a wonderful pit owner. I cant remember her screen name but she lived in Tampa, FL. I would recognize the name if I seen it. I would love to get in touch with her and see if she was interested in this dog. I would keep her myself but I just dont know if I can let go of my fear enough to give her what she needs.
Any advice or experience from you pit owners would be greatly appreciated. I want to do right by this dog. I don't know her history or what she has been through which contributes to my being uneasy.
Pit Bulls are not mean dogs if you google them you will learn that they are great family dogs, smart, and very attentive to humans. The 'mean' name people have given Pit Bulls is normally caused by people that starve them so they are mean, bad breeding, or feed them gun powder to cause bad things in their brain...they are wonderful with kids and better babysitters than most people in this world. Take it from someone that has 10 Pit Bulls and a Border Collie. The Collie has bit me more than any of the Pits.