Hi, my name is Shannon, I'm a mother of anywhere between 1 (My daughter) and 8 kids (depending on the day) and have been married for 12 years in February. I live in East Tennessee, out in the Appalachian Foothills in a rural area.. Lots of cows here, heh. I would very much label myself as a cat person, but like they say, you can't choose who you fall in love with, right?
My family has adopted Sadie, a rednose pit with the sweetest temperament. She was born August 14th, making her about 4 months old, and we got her when she was about 8 weeks old. She's chocolate and has the cutest white line right down the center of her face. She enjoys more then anything tried bananas and wants to be touching a person at all times.
We wern't trying to get a dog, let alone a pit, when we got her. As I said, I'm a cat person, and we have 3 cats, two of which are special needs, and a dog was never a good idea. But fate decided we needed a puppy. We were getting some work done to our house and the carpenter brought his brand new 6 week old rednose pitbull puppy over so he could keep an eye on her while he worked. I had no problem with this at all. As I said, I have children around all the time and knew they would wear each other out. So she had plenty to do here. After 2 weeks of the puppy coming over every day with the carpenter, he asked if we would like to keep her. He said he didn't have the time she deserved, and we seemed to be falling in love with her. So we adopted Sadie.
I've owned one dog before, a small mixed breed, who passed about 5 years ago of old age.I've never even considered a pit pull. In fact I had never really met one, but I knew a little about them, and was pretty sure we could handle it. So far so good. She is very good with the cats. One likes to play and she'll pounce around (not on) him and, strangely enough, stand over top of him. This cat (Tyrael) lets this go on for a while, sometimes swatting back. There are plenty of hiding places for all the cats, so he could get away easily, but doesn't until he's had enough. He always lets Sadie know when he's had enough,
. After some training, if I say the word "Gentle" Sadie will back off and lay down and watch the cat. I leave it up to the cat to decide if he's had enough. Tyrael, Sadie's kitty playmate, is a 25 lb albino manx with crossed eyes. He's also special needs, he was hit by a car and has to take pills and stool softeners every day. The other two cats are less active with the puppy, but have no problem sitting on their boxes and posts and watching, and don't mind if Sadie comes to say hi. Most of the time she just ignores them. I'm sure when she gets older it'll change, but I'll come to that bridge when we get there.
As for training, we've taught her to sit and stay, even to the point she will stop playing with a cat or back away from the door when someone is at it on command. At first she was so eager to eat that I had to teach her sit and stay so I could fill her food bowl before she dug in. That's gone great! She's learning to lay down now, and doing a little better every day. We have her very well crate trained. She will go in without force and sleeps in her crate the whole night without a fuss. She's house trained, but on a strict schedual, and if I'm not around to take her out, she won't go out. We have to work on her going outside with other members of the household. She is very mommy reliant. She is an indoor dog, but has a lot of room outside to run around and play.
We took her trick or treating, we take her to the indoor and outdoor flea market and she has a lot of interaction with kids and cats. My aim is to have her socialized and properly trained to be around a mix of people and animals, and so far so good!