My name is Sara and I'm 21 years old. I have recently moved back into my parent's house, and I brought my boyfriend's two year old pitbull with me. My parents were very outspoken about the breed, and not in a good way. I'm fairly certain my dad was convinced that bullies are all blood-thirsty, killing machines. So you can imagine how important it is for me to keep the bullie, Diesel, on his best behavior. Which has brought me here, for I need some help!
I rescued my first dog a few years ago; he is a mature german shepherd mix and was severely abused. He was already house trained when he arrived, and being an older and very shy dog, causes absolutely no problems. He is the exact opposite of Diesel. Before meeting him, I had no experience with bully breeds, and was appalled at how ill-mannered he was. I believe this was because the poor thing absolutely hated my boyfriend's father. He would constantly poo in the house, and when left alone, he would tear the house to shreds. He also peed on his pillow, which I honestly thought was hilarious (the man was very nasty). Thankfully, this behavior immediately stopped when he moved in with me. But that doesn't mean I'm in the clear. The only big problem I am having is with his severe separation anxiety and his ability to break out of crates. I have not been able to leave my house for extended periods of time, and while my family has really warmed up to him (my dad even admits to liking him!), I can't rely on them to constantly be available to dog sit for me.
Anyways, I'll get into that later on. For now, I'd like to share more about myself. I used to ride and show horses, and I do still live on a horse farm, but I no longer own any myself. Right now I am a free-lance artist, working mostly digitally, although I have been selling a lot of tattoo designs. I'm also a vegetarian, and I have been for eleven or twelve years, I guess I lost count. I have always been an animal lover, and have always been fascinated with pitbulls. Now that I have been able to fully experience their loyalty and spunk, I can safely say that I will never own any other breed.
That's about all I can think to say, besides that it is wonderful to have found these forums and I am very excited to meet everyone! I promise I will post pictures of both my dogs once I am able to upload a few