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Hi From Long Island, New York

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by dkane1113, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. dkane1113

    dkane1113 Puppy

    Hi my name is Deanna and I live on Long Island in New York City. I am 36 years old, am married and am the mother of an 8 year old and a 9 year old, both girls.

    I love American Pitbull Terriers. When I still lived at home with my mother and stepfather, he came home with the tiniest red nose pitbull and I named him Bruno. His mother abandoned her pups and we all took turns formula feeding him. He was the nicest dog in the world and wouldn't hurt a fly.

    Late at night he would head butt my door until it popped open, climb on my bed and go under the covers. On holidays, he would climb on a chair at the table and put his two paws on the table like a human. All of our family and friends got a kick out of it. He was such a clown and always made us laugh. He lived until 15 and had to be put to sleep because he got cancer. We all lost a good friend and will never forget him. This is how I came to know and love the breed.

    This past year we moved to a house with a big fenced in yard and I really wanted to get an American Pitbull Terrier. I have a mixed breed (male German Shorthaired Pointer Mix and a rescued female Long Haired Chihuahua that I nursed from the brink of death. We also have a male cat. As you can see I love animals.

    On a cold January day I was driving around my new neighborhood with my daughters, and saw a sign on a pole that said Pit Bull Puppies For Sale outside an old beat up house. I parked the car and jumped out and rang the bell.

    A harried,stressed out looking mother of two toddlers answered the door and invited me in to see the pups. She had three females all around 11 weeks old. Two were red noses and the runt of the litter was all skinny, scrawny and was getting bullied by the other two red nosed puppies. The lady told me she was a single mom trying to make some extra money to pay the bills. Her house was a mess, and the dogs were pooing and peeing all over the place. I saw one of the toddlers pick up some dog poo, yuck!

    I asked how much the dogs were and she said, the red noses were $350 and the black and white runt was $200. The two red noses were gorgeous, plump, healthy and wrinkly. The black and white pup looked like a pig that you see in a jar in a science class. She was covered in feces and the white spots on her were covered in filth. Her ribs and hip bones were visible and she was awfully thin.

    All I had on me was $120 and I told her I couldn't afford any of the pups. She said her landlord was pissed off and wanted
  2. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

  3. dkane1113

    dkane1113 Puppy

    CoolHandJean, thanks for the welcome : )

    ---------- Post added at 10:25 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:20 PM ----------

    yikes, I didn't realize my thread was too long to fit all the text in.

    Here is the rest of the story:
    the pups out of there asap and she would give me the ugly pup for $120. The parents weren't there, but she showed me a pic of the mother. The mother was a huge, snow white pitbull and looked beautiful.I gave her the money and ran out of there.

    My husband had a fit because I bought home another addition to the family, but he softened up after a few days. He asked me why I picked the ugliest dog in the litter, but I told him I could only afford the puppy on clearance ; ) We named her Oreo.

    When I was at the lady's house, the other puppies were definitely the boss and she was submissive to them. She had scratches and nips all over to prove it. When she came home with me, she began to become the boss and is now the alpha of my pack. She learned basic commands, and now is a typical 10 1/2 month old puppy who likes to tear up things and dig craters in my yard.

    The other pit bull I had (Bruno), was a real sweetheart and co-existed with multiple cats and other dogs peacefully. I took that for granted. One day, my Chihuahua named Panda walked past Oreo's food dish and Oreo grabbed her by the neck and started to shake her!!! I had to pry her out of Oreo's mouth. Thankfully, Panda my Chihuahua was ok, with the exception of a little shock and a cut on her neck that healed quickly.

    Ever since, I have been crating both dogs on an alternating schedule, and when not crated, I keep my Chihuahua with me at all times. I was afraid she would be aggressive with humans who touch her food or go near a bone or toy so I started working with her right away. I fed her from my hands and handled her toys and rewarded her for giving them up to me. So far so good and she is not possessive with her food and toys with people.

    Thank goodness she has been friendly with the cat and the cat rough houses with her. I still supervise just in case. My other dog who is twice the size of her is afraid of her. He was a submissive dog before we brought her home so it's nothing new. He will hang out in the yard or house with her, but she rules the roost and if she growls at him, he runs and backs down.

    With a lot more training and patience, hopefully she will calm down and stop being so bossy. If not, I will just have to keep my eye on her at all times when in the presence of other animals.

    What scares me is she recently caught a bird and rabbit in my yard and killed them. She has a high prey drive and once she gets that certain look in her eye, she is off to the races.

    Does anyone else here have a pitbull that is like this? If yes, how do you deal with it, and is there a special way to train them to get along with other creatures?

    She is extremely lovable with kids, family, friends, and strangers. She loves attention and will lick you to death. I love her and hope she mellows out one day soon, [​IMG]!

    Nice to meet you all and sorry my post was so long.

    Best wishes,
    Deanna [​IMG]
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    lqaddict Good Dog

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  5. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member

    Hello and welcome, to Pit Bull Chat!! :wave2:

    This breed, along with any terrier breed, can have a high prey drive. It's normal, and nothing to think ill of the pup of. However, I would consider enrolling your pup in Obedience classes as soon as you can. Obedience classes will help you learn how to train your pup, and that includes teaching the pup to have better manners. Just be aware however, that with any high prey drive animal, small, furry creatures will be very hard to resist. Never leave your dogs unattended with your cats, or with each other for that matter.... better to be safe, than sorry. If you don't have a break stick, invest in one. You may never need it, but better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. ;) Pit Bull Rescue Central-break sticks

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  6. RoxynRex

    RoxynRex Big Dog

    :welcomesign: Glad to have you here!! :sonn_u11:
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