My name is Chris. I grew up with Belgian Tervs and Chows, and have been involved with obedience training and agility in the past. When I left home, for several years, my wife and I had cats, and we finally bought a home with a fenced-in yard a few years ago. We recently decided to rescue a dog, and focused on the pit breed as the dog of our choice, chosen for their intelligence, loyalty, and energy. After scouring several SPCAs and doing the necessary research on this breed, we settled on our dog, Joker, and brought him home this past Saturday!
Joker came housebroken, which was a welcome relief. He also knows basic commands, "sit" and "down." At first, these commands demanded a treat in hand, but now he'll do it on his own (usually). He's also being crate-trained, which he's not wild of, but he's adjusting nicely (treats and lots of praise!). He is also learning that his three new sibling cats do not enjoy being chased, or wet noses up their bums. The cats, for their part, have never seen a dog, and they are cautiously approaching him on their own to examine him. In less than 36 hours, we're already where we thought it would take weeks to be. He is learning to be more gentle and to mind his manners, and the cats are slowly realizing that he's not going to eat them. Each of them have come up to him for sniffs and inspection, and one of the males seems to be very interested wanting to be friendly. Until he is fully trusted, though, he stays on a leash in the house, and is at mine or my wife's side at all times.
Joker loves to run and play in the backyard, and he certainly enjoys long walks. Soon, he'll be meeting other dogs when he's enrolled in obedience class.
And now for the obligatory pictures. These are his SPCA mugshots. Enjoy!