Hi, everyone. I'm Holly and as of Monday, my family has a new addition.
First, I guess I should introduce my family. There's me, my husband Patrick, Baxter (a male Boston Terrier), Zoe (a female boston mix), and our four kitties, Elvis, Mabel, Max, & Katy. We all live indoors relatively peacefully.
Okay, so Monday, Patrick is driving down a road near our house and almost runs over this adorable little Pit puppy (we think he's a pit or pit mix). So, he got out and scooped the pup up and brought him home. He's really adorable, probably about 3 months old. We decided to keep him, as we've both concluded that any pet owner who would allow a baby out of their site with no id tags or anything is not an owner worth having. I'm not sure what other people's opinions are of that idea, but that's what we thought. We did call animal control and no one placed a missing ad or anything. We are also worried because we have some suspicious neighbors who may or may not be fighting dogs (which we find, obviously, abhorant.)
Anyway, we both consider ourselves very responsible pet parents and I have never been prejudice against any breed. HOWEVER! I feel a major responsibility to my kitties to find out whether or not this is going to work. The puppy has already shown a little agression and definite interest in the cats. We have no idea what lineage he came from or what has been bred into him and frankly, I'm very scared. He will be bigger than all of our animals when he's grown and I'm not sure what to do.
We've been keeping his kenel in a high traffic area of our home so that he is exposed to the cats and people without having direct access to them hoping that he will get used to them.
Also, Zoe our female, is very agressive herself. Most of the time she is female / female agressive, but sometimes will have rifts with other males. So far, the puppy and Zoe have not had any fights but he does not back down when she tells him to. They play very rough and he has no sense of when enough is enough. I worry that A) she will hurt him as a puppy due to his annoyance or B) he will get bigger than her and cause a dangerous fight.
I'm sorry this is such a long first post, but I am very worried. Equilibrium has been disrupted in our house and while I'd love to adopt every animal that I find (especially such a cute baby), I need an honest opinion on raising pits with cats and agressive smaller dogs.
Thanks SO MUCH for any advice you can give me!
And if this needs to be moved to another forum, that's cool.