Hello....Picked up a stray and looking for advice!

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Hello....Picked up a stray and looking for advice!

Postby StrayPit » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:55 pm

Hello all - brand new to pit's but found a wonderful dog... Just looking for some guidance. We have a family place in the country, and when I woke up on Sunday morning, found the sweetest little dog (35#) 'waiting' for us on the front porch... VERY friendly, didn't bark, tongue all over the place, very loving... Jumpy, but timid, and took to me immediately. She was in fine health, not too thin, with a choke chain on, so I'm thinking obviously someone's pet... But escaped? Abandoned? I'm not sure we'll ever know...

Checked with all the neighbors (generally > 1/2 mile away), noone was missing a dog, weren't sure how to find the owner. We left her sunday night overnight, hoping she'd find her way home... I took off work early and headed back down Monday, and of course, sitting on the porch waiting. I couldn't _not_ take her home. Took her to the vet, healthy, no worms, got her shots... She's at the vet again today, getting spayed and checked out, and I just talked to the tech and all is good...

The vet thinks she's a mix, no older than 1yr old, and hasn't gone through heat - but could happen soon, so we took her in to be spayed today...

I can't lie and say the media attention hasn't made me wary, and she really IS a sweetheart... But I can't help but be nervous. She nips a bit, but LOVES people, and has the sweetest look on her face when my daughter (16 months) tries to pet her. I'm growing comfortable, but my wife has reservations...

My question - how horrible is it to keep her outside? It's hot, but she has shade, and plenty of water/toys... My wife just isn't comfortable enough--yet--to have a pit inside. Blame it on the news. I walk her in the morning, and play with her for a good hour or two when I get home. I'm going to enroll her in obedience training, to try to fix whatever problems she has... (she does NOT do well on a leash, does NOT do well in a car, jumps, and lunges at other dogs)

I think I'm doing the right thing bringing her in... Anyone have any advice to a new pit owner with a sweet (but very 'rough') pit and a wife with reservations, whose sister warned that pits were a 'ticking time bomb' that can turn on my daughter at any moment?

Thanks in advance----
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Postby Q-VO » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:22 pm

First of all welcome and hope to see pics of your pit soon. Well about keeping your dog outside in the heat i know some members in here have lil kids pools for their dogs to keep them cool, I will try to give you some links to posts on here that will answer some of your questions or concerns about the breed, and just browse thru the different sections of the forum as alot of people have posted training tips and other good information about the breed.

http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2782
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=15
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=22757
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=22663
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Postby StrayPit » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:41 pm

I appreciate the links - and we do have an old kiddie pool I'll set up over the weekend. Do pit's eat mosquitos? :)

I just found this forum this morning and have been digging through the old pots for hours - there's a wealth of information here. Appreciate the warm welcome, and I'll post some pics next week!
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Postby moongirl » Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:59 pm

:welcome:

Thank you for saving her!!!
What's her name?
Also, check your PMs.
:))
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Postby StrayPit » Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:01 pm

No name yet - but one should be here soon. And pics... Thanks for the great PM and good advice I've received so far. Glad to be on the forum.
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Postby Boo439 » Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:06 pm

Welcome to the board!! Thanks for saving the little girl. I can't wait to see pics of her. :)
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Postby Megan » Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:19 pm

Welcome! I too want to thank you for saving her! Good luck with her, and do post pics when you get the chance!
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Postby Azarias » Sat Jul 23, 2005 5:46 pm

Your story sounds excatly like mine. I found a stray Pit mix and have had him in my home for about a month. My wife is still a little nervous about him and I have two children (2 & 3). I think the news stories and the fact people always tell you your dog will turn on you one day is unsettling. I even had a guy say to me this dog will have mental problems around 6 - 8 years due to brain swelling. He went on and on about how its a genetic defect and once the brain swells it makes em mean due to the pain and pressure or some BS.

After living with my dog I can say he is the best dog I've owned to date. He does play a little rough and just today he got the zoomies while I was wrestling with my son in the backyard and he ran right into my head with his. lol He was trying to crash into me but when he is having this energy spurt he doesn't always have the best control.

My wife is still unsure of him and we watch him close when playing outside with the kids. So far he has been very friendly with strangers and friends alike. It's a shame this breed has had so much drama.
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Postby Weazel » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:32 am

Welcome aboard Straypit, good to have another pitbull fan out there!

As for keeping a dog outside in the heat, with shade, a pool, and plenty of water I'm sure she'll be fine. You can be SURE that she'll be in a better situation than she would be if you "let her go" and she became a stray again. It sounds like you are making all the right moves honestly, it is very generous of you to put the money into spaying, training, etc.

As for the dog being a ticking time bomb, I think that's all media hype and they're probably better than most breeds around kids. That being said, I can't say as I'd be completely comfortable with an animal in the house that's significantly larger than a 16 month old child. The dog is not going to go berzerk and randomly turn on the kid. But kids also pull tails and ears, and don't know that dogs can kick when they're on their side (hard, even when just playing). I would say in that case, your discretion is the better part of valor. It'd be horrible for the youngun to get hurt by the dog, even if it is a small risk, it's probably better for all involved to be sure that it never happens, especially with a new, stray animal.

Thanks again for being such a good adoptive dog-parent! Take care and keep us posted!
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Postby dami_sgirl@sbcglobal.net » Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:09 pm

:welcome: I'm happy to hear she found someone to take her in and do the right thing (training, vet care, ect) Hopefully your wife will come along, it sounds like your pup has a good temperment to work with. Maybe if your wife checks out some of the posts on here she'll feel a little more at ease. Good luck and thank you for giving her a chance I'm sure she won't disappoint you :thumbsup:
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Postby satanscheerleader » Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:25 pm

As far as pits and kids go the best thing you can do to insure a healthy relationship is to make sure to teach them respect for each other and you respect them by monitoring all their actions. The one thing to watch out for with a young excited pup is her knocking the baby down. Really try and keep the environment around the both of them controlled. If you can't monitor thier interactions confine the dog. I've raised two babies around pits and they have been awesome with them. Congrats and welcome!
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Postby StrayPit » Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:08 pm

Hey all - thanks for the kind words. She came back from the vet today, and I was a bit curious as to how she'd act - she was with me for 5 days, and then at the vet for 3 -- would she remember? But my concern was unfounded. The tech said 'here's daddy' and she BOUNDED over - I haven't seen a dog/pup this excited in a long time.

She wouldn't take to the crate on the way home, but she did take to the car... And while riding in the front seat trying to get to my lap probably isn't the safest way to drive, I obliged.

Took some pics today - definite mutt, (I think? As I said, brand new to the breed. I'm used to lab's, chessies, and small terriers) but I see (as do the vet's) definite pit...

When I brought her home, I took my daughter out to play - they were both ecstatic - but she IS stong, and IS big - bigger than she thinks - and I realize how easy it would be for her to knock the child over. Something to be concerned about, but I think that goes for all dogs...

She's on anti-bacterial's and a pain pill now, but mostly seems happy to be 'home'. Still no name - the call from the vet, "Hello sir, no name did great in surgery..." was pretty priceless. The wife tells me 'no name til I'm comfortable', and I respect that.

I put out the kiddie pool (mosquito's be damned), and she's well fed and watered... Doc said hold off on much exercise til she's healed, so we'll be back to our walks when the meds are gone. Obedience to follow...

Here are the pics - provided I don't screw up the posting. If you have probs with the photobucket links let me know.

Thanks all for the kind words!

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Postby satanscheerleader » Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:50 pm

Awwwww.......... what a beauty! :inlove: We can't wait to see pictures of her with the little one!
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Postby Darlazmum » Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:25 am

I like her no name necklace! :))
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Postby mesha » Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:06 am

She really is adorable! congrats on your new addition! Try not to listen to closely to the news stories on pits. The wrong people get ahold of these great dogs and raise them the wrong way. it is the people that want to look "badass" with a pit that train them wrong or do not take the time to get them training. and those are the ones that you hear about. my pits have had training and are excellent. and excellent with my daughter and other dogs and people they meet. Socialize her. take her to pet stores where she can meet other dogs and people. or enroll her in a training class where she can meet other dogs as well. My vet told me that these are excellent dogs for kids. its the rap that they have that makes most people not want to give them a chance. (my dad is like that :roll: ) so Good Luck!
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