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Stray Pit Bull Saves Woman, Child From Attacker

pit bull saviorPORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix might have seemed menacing to some passerby, but one woman will always remember him as her “guardian angel.”

The dog, which authorities think is lost and not a stray, successfully thwarted a robbery attack on a mother and her 2-year-old son, who were held at knifepoint Monday afternoon.

The Florida woman, who has been identified by authorities simply as “Angela,” was leaving a playground with her toddler son in Port Charlotte when a man approached her in the parking lot with a knife and told her not to make any noise or sudden movements.

Angela didn’t have to do either to protect herself and her child — a dog mysteriously ran to the scene and charged the man, who quickly fled.

“I don’t think the dog physically attacked the man, but he went at him and was showing signs of aggression, just baring his teeth and growling and barking. It was clear he was trying to defend this woman,” Animal Control Lt. Brian Jones told Pet Pulse.

“I don’t know what this man’s intentions were, but it is very possible this dog saved her life.”

The exceptional part of the story, Jones said, is that the dog had never met or even seen the people it quickly jumped to defend.

“You hear about family dogs protecting their owners, but this dog had nothing to do with this woman or her kid,” Jones said. “He was like her guardian angel.”

After the alleged thief ran away, Angela quickly placed her son, Jordan, in the car and tried to drive off. Before she could, though, the dog jumped into her backseat, waiting with her for the police and animal control officers to arrive at the scene.

The dog was transported to a local shelter and if his owners don’t step forward within five days, Jones said, Angela and her family plan to adopt the savior she named “Angel.”

Animal control officers and shelter workers believe Angel is lost, and not a stray, because of his good health, sturdy weight and mild temperament.

“It’s funny, that someone’s irresponsibility could have saved someone’s life,” Jones said of Angel’s possible owners.

For Angela, it doesn’t matter where the dog came from, just that he was there when she needed him most.

“I don’t know what his intentions were — I don’t know why he did it, but I’m glad that — we call him Angel — I’m glad that Angel showed up because I don’t know what would have happened,” Angela told NBC2 News.

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Annelemieux
Annelemieux
9 years ago

Thank you for this story…People need to see what this wonderful breed is capable of. I am glad this lady intends to adopt Angel. He deserves a good home. I hope he is always loved.

Josh12477
Josh12477
9 years ago
Reply to  Annelemieux

i agree fully, to many times the media makes the pitbull the bad apple, they libel them as the most aggressive dogs. this is complete bullbutter. i had a pitbull until a few days ago when someone decided to take vengance against my dog for someoneelses dog being shot. my dog was innocent as am i, yet my dog was taken. missy was a beautiful solid white with black sots around both eyes. i find it sad and disheartining that some people have vengance in there hearts to the point that they are willing to harm an innocent mans dog. i dont forsee my missy returning home. she was a very loyal, and loving pitbull. she was protective of my wife and children, she loved my children to pieces. bout a week before she came up missing, we had her in the house do to a major blizzard. if it was nice out, she liked being outside, but if it got cold we brought her in. i can remember the week before she disappeared, she was giving my 4 year old doggy rides throughout the house. it was a great sight to see, my pit was playing with my children like she did when we first got her, she wasnt rough then, and she never has been rough. ITS ALL IN HOW YOU RAISE THE DOG. IF YOU RAISE IT TO BE MEAN IT WILL BE MEAN NO MATTER THE BREED. IF YOU RAISE IT WITH LOVE, IT WILL BE A VERY LOVING AND LOYAL DOG NO MATTER THE BREED. WHAT VERY FEW PEOPLE DO KNOW ABOUT PITBULLS IS THAT THEYRE LOYALTY AND BONDS ARE HARD TO BREAK. ONCE A PITBULL IS BONDED WITH SOMEONE, THAT DOG WILL NOT BOND WITH ANYONE ELSE. THERE LOYALTY IS UNMEASURABLE UNTIL YOU SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. A 65LB PIT CAN CHANGE ANYONES MIND BOUT BREAKING INTO A HOUSE. THEY ARE A FAR BETTER ALARM SYSTEM THAN ADT. god i miss her………… whereever you are missy, I LOVE YOU GIRL.. my girls are broken hearted i havent told them what i suspect happened. i just told them missy got out of the yard.

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I am so, so, so, so sorry that your Missy is missing. It would be wonderful if she were returned to you, and I hope and pray that will happen. I know how devastated your entire family must be. Cold, heartless people don’t realize how much our beloved pets mean to us and how they are a large part of our families. I think you did the right thing in telling your girls that Missy got out. They are still young and don’t need to have their world torn apart by realizing how nasty people can be … they’ll learn that later in life … they don’t need to have that lesson right now. Know that Missy and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Prissyann1
Prissyann1
9 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

Mr. Josh…. I can only emagine what your family must be going through. It’s another child… I have had animals all my life… my father raised German Shepards then Rotties. Him and I always use to protect other animals in need… many times from the dogs owners. True statement… a dog will be what you make him in to. My Father use to say a dog is as smart or dumb as his owner. I love Pits… my son rescued one and Remi is his baby girl. She is so sweet tempered and loving. I will pray for you, your family and Missy. Whatever you do don’t stop searching for her. Look up local pit rescues, Make the policw department aware of her being missing. If they raid a dog fight… the picture you give them may lead her back to you. You have nothing without Hope..

Jrmcmullin
Jrmcmullin
9 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I apologize for your loss Josh. I’ve had pits and know that this breed doesn’t deserve the reputation it has. It’s the morons who own them. We had a sign in the vet office I worked in and it said “there’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners”. I don’t know how old your girls are, but your decision is probably wise. How do you explain that to a child?

Jrmcmullin
Jrmcmullin
9 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I would also point out that I’m glad the media chose a to share a good story instead of just the bad ones. 

Tammy carey
Tammy carey
9 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

my heart goes out to you and your family.

Suemccullough
Suemccullough
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I sure hope you all find Missy. I hope that what you suspect hasn’t happened. Some folks are very cold hearted and don’t give a hoot and that’s extremely sad.

Suemccullough
Suemccullough
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I sure hope you all find Missy. I hope that what you suspect hasn’t happened. Some folks are very cold hearted and don’t give a hoot and that’s extremely sad.

Rrslack48
Rrslack48
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

Josh, so very sorry to hear about your Missy :- {  !!! I know how you feed ! I Lost my Sidney a few years back, when she passed, she was the joy of my life ! Anyway, yes, it is such a blessing when the media puts out the positive aspects of Pitties, instead of always the negative !

Holly
Holly
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

Josh, I am so very sorry to hear about your Missy and know what you are going through.  I lost a wonderful dog due to mistaken identity by a local farmer back in 1978 and it still breaks my heart and we had to put our 13 1/2 year old Westie to rest this past August after having to move away from the only real home she knew so my husband could find work. Our hearts rebreak almost daily with missing our Sady!  I pray for a safe and quick return for your Missy.  If you are a believer then you know that regardless of what happens…. justice will be served  – tenfold!

Blg517
Blg517
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

What area do you live in? And are you looking for another pit bull?

Iriekennels
Iriekennels
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

Sorry to hear about Missy – I truly believe ( and preach! to everyone I know) that ALL DOGS SHOULD BE JUDGED ON THEIR OWN MERITS … Just like people.  Not by the breed, the size, or the color of (our) skin!  Good luck

Sean(Houston)
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

So true..have you seen the picture making the rounds of facebook. The one that has a picture of a pitbull with the words ‘In the 70’s it was the german shepard, in the 80’s it was the Doberman, in the 90’s it was the Rottweiler and now it’s me. When are we going to blame the PEOPLE instead of the breed?’

Njonathans
Njonathans
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I am sorry your families baby is missing. I could only pray she is returned and returns on her own.

guest
guest
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

the media doesn’t “make the pitbull the bad apple”, bad owners do.  In this particular case it helped that the pitbull has a strong reputation.  Had a poodle or spaniel done the same thing the attacker might not have backed down so hastily.  But I agree that pits can be wonderful dogs and it truly is nice to see this story printed that shows that side of them too. 

Drhyce
Drhyce
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I am sorry for Missy being gone. If you can post a picture, I am on a network of dog rescuers and we can help spread the word to look out for her! Did you check the dog shelters? Go as soon as possible because they like to euthanize pitbulls fast. Also, put an free lost  ad on craigslist with her picture and maybe someone will recognize it and bring her home.

Guest
Guest
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I’m sorry to hear about your dog, but i do have to tell you that you are dead wrong about a pit bull being able to bond again.  My pit bull has bonded with at least 3 families.  He was first my best friend’s dad’s dog, who passed away and he was with his body for almost a week.  After that my best friend took him in and he also bonded to him as he had his father.  When he was no longer able to keep him due to moving i took him in, and he has sure bonded with me and my wife.  In fact he has also bonded with my wife’s mother who used to be afraid of pit bulls but now requests for him to spend the night with her at least once a week.

Guest
Guest
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I’m sorry to hear about your dog, but i do have to tell you that you are dead wrong about a pit bull being able to bond again.  My pit bull has bonded with at least 3 families.  He was first my best friend’s dad’s dog, who passed away and he was with his body for almost a week.  After that my best friend took him in and he also bonded to him as he had his father.  When he was no longer able to keep him due to moving i took him in, and he has sure bonded with me and my wife.  In fact he has also bonded with my wife’s mother who used to be afraid of pit bulls but now requests for him to spend the night with her at least once a week.

desertcatn
desertcatn
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I’m sorry about your loss of Missy, she sounds like an awesome girl!

Hector's momma
Hector's momma
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I wish my Hector, could have met your lady, they sound to been a lot alike. Hector is fun, he loves kids, water, snow balls..lol (this is his first winter he was shocked at first, like who made a mess…lol.now he’s silly in it) my granddaughter was playing in the tub, I hear her yell “Get out,Hectors in my water” I think he thinks the 2 kids are puppy’s. fun time 24/7….lmao.they ride him and everything, and there 3 & 4 years old. Lol…don’t let people stop you get 2 more….I tell everyone Hectors a ill boy in a puppy suit, he’s our baby.

mfrrll
mfrrll
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

Shoot my dog— I shoot you. QED

MontaS
MontaS
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

I am really sorry to hear of the loss of your pet and yet, dogs are what their owners make them. I would consider filing charges against the person who shot your pet if you know who it was.

Cristina Lemoing
7 years ago
Reply to  Josh12477

where was she lost? wen? a lot of ppl have found their lost dogs due to facebook pls post a pic and ppl will share it and just maybe she can come home

Frank johnson
Frank johnson
9 years ago
Reply to  Annelemieux

i totally agree, pitt bulls are a very loyal bread,i have one she is the most loving dog!! has never shown any sign of aggressive behavior, people it is not the dogs who are bad it is the person raising it!!!! any dog can be a mean and bight if thats what you teach it!! i show my dogs nothing but love and kindness,and they give it back!!

jon
jon
8 years ago
Reply to  Frank johnson

I have 2 dogs husky/wolf mix…They are kinda like a pit. they arer loving and kids even ride them. But if someone tried to borther them or come in the house anytime they would not leave..LOL Don’t lock my doors anymore & I live in town…its really true they are loving but do not like strangers period, but as long as I am or someone in the family is there no problems..jes sayin

Katie
Katie
7 years ago
Reply to  Frank johnson

We once adopted a 3-year-old rednosed pitbull (Boo) from the local pound. Whoever had her before us taught her to be gentle. She was so friendly that she even made friends with the dogcatcher who tried to take her from us. The only times she was even mildly aggressive: when we took her for a ride in the car and when she was with me at the ATM.

Boo even helped an Akita who was staying with us for a bit. Seems Lobo’s human didn’t treat the poor dog well, and Boo helped him see that her family loved dogs.

We brought in a long-haired Akita pup (Bambi), who became Boo’s best buddy (once Boo understood that Bambi was staying). When Boo had to be put down, Bambi moped. She then brought up the rednosed pitbull pup who came into our family (Boo-tu).

Not bad, for two dogs who are considered to be ‘dangerous dogs’ by insurance companies (Boo and Bambi also got on TV once because of that).

Ataglieri
Ataglieri
9 years ago
Reply to  Annelemieux

Everybody says that don’t judge a book by its cover, but why do they judge a dog by its breed and not the dog’s owner?

Carrollsammy68
Carrollsammy68
9 years ago
Reply to  Annelemieux

As a owner of two pit bulls. I am very glad to see a good outlook of the breed.Mine are the two friendly, and fun loving pets my family has ever had. I wont have any other kind.and if you dont like pitty you wont make a good owner and dont deserve one anyway. Sammy

Deborahbotkin
Deborahbotkin
8 years ago
Reply to  Annelemieux

I am a retired vet tech and this story brought tears to my eyes. people dont know how smart and loving pets are. They are there for us more than we are them. I have three rescues and they give everyday to me and I them. So for all of you out there THEY ARE HERE TO GIVE TO US SO GIVE TO THEM 100 PERCENT PLEASE MINE ARE SPOILDED they have a doggie door and sleep with me and have food and water 24×7. I do thier nails weekly and comb and bathe them and they love me and protect me. My Sunnie knew the morning we had an earthquake that something was up and was going crazy crying and running around the house then 10 mins later there was an earthquake.She also let me know there was something wrong with my face always wanting to lick it so I went to a doctore and I had face cancer and we got it cleared up because of Sunnie so remember animals know more than we do. I love them and will protect mine and others i see out there. GOD BLESS THE ANIMALS.
                                                           Thank you
                                                           Deb

Tammy
Tammy
9 years ago

This dog does deserve a great home!! I hope some people read this and realize not all pitt bulls are mean just raised wrong. Thanks for the heart warming story.

Mindiashull
Mindiashull
9 years ago
Reply to  Tammy

I agree! It’s all in how they are raised. That goes for any animal! I have a pit and she is a wonderful dog and great with my kids!

Horses2140
Horses2140
9 years ago

I am so glad she is taking him! I have one I adopted also and they are the best!

Katerperez
Katerperez
9 years ago
Reply to  Horses2140

Me too! I rescue Pitties. I never would’ve even called the shelter. That would be MY dog now! 😀

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago
Reply to  Katerperez

Katerperez, in this case, you could be “stealing” the dog. What if it were from a nearby home and escaped to help this woman? While I understand the emotional connection/bond, imagine the distraught owners (especially) children that might miss their beloved pet because you “stole” it? Calling the shelter is the legal and responsible thing to do. The woman can always adopt it if unclaimed. HOWEVER, *I* would take the dog and advertise it myself IF AND ONLY IF the local shelter were one that did not adopt pit types ever other than to return strays to original owners. Other than that, I’d have to do what’s ethical, moral, and legal.

Patricia Dyar
Patricia Dyar
9 years ago
Reply to  DaneRay

The problem with advertising a found stray pitt bull is the fact that a stranger might claim it with bad intentions.  I would keep an eye on the newspaper to see if someone advertises a missing pitt bull matching this dog’s descriptions, but advertising the dog as a lost dog, looking for its owner is just asking for some idiot that is looking for a pitt bull with the idea of using it for fighting.  There are a lot of cruel animal abusers in this world. 

Melissa DeForest Katzenberger
Reply to  Patricia Dyar

While I understand your desire to protect the dog due to breed desirability to someone without good intentions, there are some very good ways to ensure that the dog actually DOES belong to the person claiming it.  One, ask for photos.  Two, ask for vet records.  Three, ask for adoption paperwork.  If they cannot produce any one of those things don’t hand over the dog.  Pretty simple.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

People only want to share the negative stories about Pits. This is a great one 🙂

Eddie
Eddie
9 years ago

Nice story – good to see someone showing the positive side of a pit bull for once!

Diana Cardenas
9 years ago

Wow, I am so happy for this woman and her child, and I am proud of this brave dog, I hope she gets to adopt him!! I wish happiness for Angel, Angela and her familY!

SaintIAint66
SaintIAint66
9 years ago

This is a feel good story & it’s also another indication of a Pit’s true nature.

Elsieredman
Elsieredman
9 years ago

this story is rather old, at least several months. and while i love the story, i would rather have an update on the dog and if this woman ended up adopting him! Pit Bulls Rule.

Vicki
Vicki
9 years ago

I didn’t realize the story was old, but I would like to see an update also! I hope she got to adopt the dog!

Janette Hamilton
Janette Hamilton
9 years ago

Most people do not realize that this type of behavior is normal for a pit bull that has been raised right. My Dad raised Staffordshire Terriers another breed affected by breed bans, and they were the most wonderful gentle protective dogs in the world.

Ldhennin
Ldhennin
9 years ago

Staffordshire Terriers and ‘Pitbulls’ are actually the same breed. Pitbull is a nickname that caught on. Look it up on the AKC site. My son has a wonderful pitbull but we always told people he was a staffordshire terrier so they wouldn’t immediately be afraid.
I agree that MOST of them when raised properly are loving, protective and safe but, like with any breed, you will find some that are nasty and those should not be bred. My son had one that was the sweetest thing until he was about 10 months and he had to be put down. Sad but necessary.

Lc
Lc
9 years ago
Reply to  Ldhennin

Pitbulls are not the same as staffordshire bull terriers. Over there in america you have american staffordshire bull terriers – very different.

Joseagosto1217
Joseagosto1217
9 years ago
Reply to  Lc

staffordshire bull terriers, american stafordshire terriers, american pit bull terriers & just ur all around pit bull whether its black nose, blue nose, chocolate, or red nose are all the same… different bloodlines to produce a different look but they r all the same breed! like american, german, irish, russian, ect.. they’re all white.. just different features 2 distinguish them.. sum red hair, sum blonde, some big noses sum small, sum tall sum short sum muscular sum slim… lol pit bull is a nick name for the breed like “white” is the nickname for a race!! & plz dont take it the wrong way.. i use race as a ex. becuz its easier for people to understand.. like the breed ban.. its the same as prejudice!! and by law it is against the constituion to descriminate base on race.. the breed ban against pitbulls is the american version of a natzi war on jewish!! 

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  Joseagosto1217

Pit Bulls(APBT) are not the same as Staffordshire Terriers although there is some debate about this. It is generally understood that the Staffordshire Terrier and Pit Bull were seperated from the same breed about 60-70 years ago. Staffordshire Terriers are more chest heavy and are considered a show dog. The gameness, the most important characteristic of a Pit Bull has been bread out of Staffordshire Terriers. A Pit Bull is still a working class dog with more emphasis on power in the hind quarters. Someone without specific breed knowledge would probably not be able to tell them apart.

Mandy
8 years ago
Reply to  Brig

A “Pit Bull” is not a breed, an American Pit Bull Terrier, Stafforshire Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Bull Terrier are all breeds that are generically called “Pit Bulls” but “Pit Bull isn’t an actual breed of dog. Places all over the world have different views on what breeds make up a “Pit Bull” (and in a lot of places with bans it only has to do with looks). But a Pit Bull is not a breed, and here in the US a Staffie is a Pit Bull.

Old Bulldogger
Old Bulldogger
7 years ago
Reply to  Mandy

Rubbish. Pit Bulls are APBTs regardless of what any ignorant people anywhere call any other breed or type. AmStaffs(American Staffordshire Terriers) are from the same bloodlines but bred separately for decades resulting in a separate breed. AmStaffs aren’t Pits even if they’re dual registered. Pit Bulls come from game tested bloodlines and are a pure breed.

Ebonanno
Ebonanno
9 years ago

I read that in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Pit bulls were used as Nannies and were the best ones!

Purpleroseflower77
Purpleroseflower77
9 years ago

Wow! All dogs are capable of such loyalty, but its rare in a pit bull. I owned a pit bull and she was showing aggression, and I had to take her back to the pound. My mom was scared to death of her. I really loved her, and Wish I still had her, but once she started to show signs of aggression, I didn’t even want to go there. I lied to the pound of course. I didn’t want her to be put down.
It could be that I just wanst going about the problem correctly.
When my pets are bad I spank them. Maybe that is not the correct way to go about disciplining a pit.

dawn Bennett
dawn Bennett
9 years ago

you cant fight aggression with aggression.

Pibbles4me
Pibbles4me
9 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

Obviously, you can, as this dog saved this person. Appropriate Aggression in the face of DANGER is a good thing. You need to “get a clue” Dawn! You probably think all pits are dangerous as you appear to be ignorant of this breed. Try educating yourself BEFORE posting stupid comments!

Docmountain
Docmountain
9 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

Dawn, Respect but you are wrong. No assumptions as to your ‘female status’ but are you saying a mother “shouldn’t” or would’nt, if the opportunity presented itself, use aggression and attack another women trying to steal or seriously injure their child. The most aggressive of any species is the female protecting her eggs or child and we are top of the Food Chain for a reason, good agreesively protective mothers. Sorry Dawn but you need to see a few more sunrises. doc

Gwenwink
Gwenwink
9 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

What would you like to see? Maybe the woman hurt? You just can’t satisfy some people.

Gwenwink
Gwenwink
9 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

What would you like to see? Maybe the woman hurt? You just can’t satisfy some people.

Ldhennin
Ldhennin
9 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

I have 3 standard poodles and 1 wheaten terrier…all sweet, affectionate, cuddly, safe, etc. etc. but when a stranger came through my front door one of the poodles was on him in a flash! That is exactly what you want…aggression in the face of danger, aggression to protect their home and their humans, aggression against the ‘bad guy’, aggression that is controlled and timely. Dawn, can you tell me that if someone attacks you that you won’t respond with aggression!

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

Really? What if someone breaks into my house trying to kill me and i shoot him dead? It would seem that i very successfully fought aggression with aggression. Try thinking before speaking.

Coralxgrave
Coralxgrave
8 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

You’re off the planet, love.

Katie
Katie
7 years ago
Reply to  dawn Bennett

A dog will protect his family, if he’s trained properly. In the face of danger, aggression might well be the appropriate response.

Of course, there is no explaining how Angel knew that this lady and her child were in danger. But dogs somehow know these things.

Cjustpeachie
Cjustpeachie
9 years ago

YOU MUST NEVER HIT YOUR DOG!! THAT WILL MAKE HIM AGGRESSIVE!!

Mandy
8 years ago
Reply to  Cjustpeachie

I work with abused dogs and none of them are “dangerous”, yes you must never hit a dog because it’s just cruel and abuse, but it doesnt mean you can make the dog mean.

Benfatti14
Benfatti14
9 years ago

That is an amazin story….ppl always think pitt bulls r horrible dogs…its all how u raise any breed 2 b…I have a pitt bull…n she is the most amazin wonderful lovin carin dog….sweet as can b…I wish ppl would chg n not point fingers

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  Benfatti14

Spelled Pit Bull not Pitt Bull.

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  Benfatti14

Spelled Pit Bull not Pitt Bull.

Aaron3232
Aaron3232
9 years ago

Didn’t this take place like 2 years ago? Great story though

Cjustpeachie
Cjustpeachie
9 years ago

THAT GUY (WITH A KNIFE) WOULD PROBABLY HAVE USED IT AND THIS DEAR PITT BULL MOST CERTAINLY SAVED THIS WOMAN AND HER CHILD FROM BODILY HARM OR EVEN DEATH!! HE JUMPED IN THE BACK OF HER CAR…HOW SWEET!! HE WOULD BE MINE FOREVER FOR SURE!!

Colierrannd2
Colierrannd2
9 years ago

I’m a boxer man myself, but in the 18 months of research I did before I got mine I considered a pit bull and would have gotten one too. What stopped me was my research. I use a wheelchair and I know that wouldn’t have been the problem I just didn’t feel my personality was a match, and obviously it worked out better I got my boxer. My point is that pits are awesome dogs and I met some awesome owners and if people would just take the same effort and time in finding their dog that they do in finding their car (which a lot of times you have for far shorter a time than dogs) or heck even a handbag (I mean let’s be honest) they’d find that there are no “bad breeds”, just bad people. I’m sorry to get on the soapbox. Anyhow, I’m happy this story will have a happy ending and who knows, maybe the mugger will see the error of his ways too.

Ldhennin
Ldhennin
9 years ago
Reply to  Colierrannd2

I agree. Take TIME to find a suitable breed for you. When are kids were young we had dobermans and Australian shepherds which suited the family. Now we have standard poodles…intelligent, affectionate, great companions, good protection, QUIET, active but not demanding, love to swim with us, don’t shed, don’t smell, travel well, don’t intimidate our friends & neighbors…suit our current lifestyle. Don’t get a breed because it’s popular or ‘tough’ looking. Do your homework!

Peterpan_napretep
Peterpan_napretep
9 years ago
Reply to  Ldhennin

i love great danes they are a wonderful breed of dog. they might be big but they love like crazy

Colierrannd2
Colierrannd2
9 years ago

I’m a boxer man myself, but in the 18 months of research I did before I got mine I considered a pit bull and would have gotten one too. What stopped me was my research. I use a wheelchair and I know that wouldn’t have been the problem I just didn’t feel my personality was a match, and obviously it worked out better I got my boxer. My point is that pits are awesome dogs and I met some awesome owners and if people would just take the same effort and time in finding their dog that they do in finding their car (which a lot of times you have for far shorter a time than dogs) or heck even a handbag (I mean let’s be honest) they’d find that there are no “bad breeds”, just bad people. I’m sorry to get on the soapbox. Anyhow, I’m happy this story will have a happy ending and who knows, maybe the mugger will see the error of his ways too.

Moondream-wanderings
Moondream-wanderings
9 years ago

Awesome…thanks for posting…..

Orcadb
Orcadb
9 years ago

I love this!
Awesome story made my day.

Currito
9 years ago

It´s simple… 1- the dog see some people making something weird or shouting. 2- the dog goes til them and 3- dog choose some of them to attack. It’s called, INSTINCT!

ari
ari
9 years ago
Reply to  Currito

you are super silly…making something weird??? the dog goes til them??? what’s til them?? choose some of them to attack??? If it’s a choice, it’s NOT instinct..lmao at you

Robyn Robotron
Robyn Robotron
9 years ago
Reply to  ari

It seems to me that Currito is not an original English speaker. And I think the instinct comment has to do with paying attention to an altercation, not choosing who to attack. Although, most dogs in this situation go for the attacker, so who can tell?

Way to be an ignorant dick, though, I got a laugh out of it.

Ldhennin
Ldhennin
9 years ago
Reply to  ari

Ari look in the mirror. Who is super silly. The dog hears screaming, yelling, panic coming from the woman, the dog goes to the noise and INSTINCT dictates who is the aggressor and who is in trouble. Animals know this even if you don’t! Animals’ INSTINCT is very keen, something that humans do not have. Making fun of someone’s spelling or typing skills doesn’t accomplish anything except make YOU look foolish. LMAO at you.

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  Ldhennin

Lighten up Francis. She was simply referring to the comical flow of his english. It was not being made fun of it was funny.

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  ari

Me too. making something wierd? This guy is funny. I’m thinking of “two wild and crazy guys!” From Soviet Russia of course.  

Shelter Diaries
Shelter Diaries
9 years ago
Reply to  Currito

If you’d read the article, you would have known that 1) there was no shouting or commotion. Odds are that the dog saw or heard something unusual, and went to investigate. And that’s the only part where you’d be correct.

Dogs are very perceptive – much, much moreso than you or I. Pretty sure that Angel could tell that there was fear on one side, aggression on the other. He simply did what you and most other humans would likely be afraid to do. He intervened, because he had been taught well that kind of aggression is wrong. The truly exceptional thing is that Angel had generalized his “prevent violence” behavior to the point that he’d intercede on behalf of a stranger.

Dan
Dan
9 years ago
Reply to  Currito

Your not too bright, are you.

Brig
9 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Dan, as much as i love dogs and want to impart as many human emotions as possible on them i couldn’t agree with you more. Not too bright that one.

candy
candy
8 years ago
Reply to  Brig

My pitbulls’ name is Briggs.  After “The Brig”.  My brother is a Marine.  

baz
baz
8 years ago
Reply to  Dan

you’re

Handley_kayla
Handley_kayla
9 years ago

WOW thats amazing! And thats why i love dogs so much, they just know when to do the right thing!!
Dogs truly are humans best friend!!

Trcx1414
Trcx1414
9 years ago

I work with animals. We have had dogs come into the clinic that do not know us and if someone yells they bark and growl at them. Some dogs are just protective. If you notice in the story, they dog did not attack the man. Simply backed him away. To say he is aggressive is completely wrong. He was simply being protective. However, if the man physically attacked the woman or child, I am sure the dog would of attacked him.

Even though the lady would be a good match with the dog. I hope the real owner gets him back. Clearly a good amount of love and training was given to the dog his entire life.

Linsheld25
Linsheld25
9 years ago

There are no bad dogs, just bad owners. The dog was obviously raised right, too bad she didn’t have ID on. They must have on at all times; you never know when they will get out. Any update?

KansasGirl
KansasGirl
9 years ago

I have a red nosed pitbull that is the apple of my eye. She is the sweetest, kindest little girl that we are lucky to have in our family.

Janet
Janet
9 years ago

I would guess that the dog has an owner with a small child – they learn to be protective of similar family members – a foster I have is protective of a six year old child that I watch, but not the three year old. I hope that the “shelter” handled this situation correctly – man can things be messed up sometimes. What a great story about a great pit bull.

Diamondndaruff18
Diamondndaruff18
9 years ago

WOnderful example of the good personalities pitbulls can have when they are loved right! 0:)

Pantharen
9 years ago

This is a great story to read… As much of the bad publicity that Pitbulls get, a dog is only as dangerous as its owner. and the highest number of dog bites that happen in North America, are NOT from pitbulls, but are from a much gentler dog…. Labs are much more likely to bite…

Guest
Guest
9 years ago
Reply to  Pantharen

I think you’ll find that more bites are recorded from labs, but it’s because there are more labs around. Labs aren’t inherently more likely to bite.

Geust
Geust
9 years ago
Reply to  Guest

 true, in fact pitbulls aren’t even in the top five list of dogs most likely to bite, german shepherds are first, then goldens. it’s not the breed, or the dog itself, it’s the people and the environment it’s raised. if a child sees a parent doing a certain thing, it will repeat the behavior dogs are the same.

Tk
Tk
8 years ago
Reply to  Geust

Ok so this list you talk of ,tell me specifictly who was bitten and what where the circumstances for these bites? Was it a dog just attacking for no reason? Or where they protecting? How about all the little dog bites that don’t get reported? I’ve been to the dog park in my area several times with my German Shepherd Dog and she has been attacked by several small dogs. I’ve never even heard my dog growl yet. So this list you speak of probally has no merit and should’nt have been brought up at all. I don’t go to parks anymore because of the small dogs,because their owners don’t think it’s a problem.

Christina
Christina
8 years ago
Reply to  Tk

I have a small dog(Chihuahua to be exact) and it is the fact that she tends to go after bigger dogs(who has actually tried attacking a GSD in front of our house) that I don’t take her to the dog park. But there is some correct information in everyones. Dogs who have a higher population in their breed with obviously have more bite reports where as a dog whose breed isn’t as high of a number will not have high reports. After being around dogs, whether in my free time, or while working at an animal shelter, I have been bit by a cocker spaniel(just didn’t like people), a GSD(a dog i had known for 6 years and was being train for a police dog but no one knew) and my Chihuahua, as well as many others, all not reported. 

123
123
9 years ago
Reply to  Pantharen

By population labs are actually slightly less likely to bite but Cocker Spaniels are way higher per-capita.

Veracious_1
Veracious_1
8 years ago
Reply to  123

Labs are actually more aggresive/more likely to bite than pits… So are German. Shepherds and many small breeds. Check the studies.

Ldhennin
Ldhennin
9 years ago
Reply to  Pantharen

My husband was a cop for 25 years and many of the years the #1 Nationwide breed for bites were Chows. Pitbulls got their bad reputation from the few that were trained to be aggressive for fighting or were aggressively/poorly handled from ignorance. Add to that the people who like to taunt ‘bad’ dogs because they think its fun and often end up on the wrong end of the fun!

Lin
Lin
8 years ago
Reply to  Ldhennin

I disagree with you about Chows.  They are NOT the #1 nationwide breed for bites.  LABS are!  I do agree with you about how pitties got their undeserved reputation.  I had a chow for 14 years and several years ago he was beaten by two little boys who had metal bats.  The neighbors caught them in the act, as I was not home.  The boys came into my yard and beat him so badly he screamed when touched.  He stood and took  it and did not bite either of them, which, they deserved.  I have no sympathy for people, children or adults, who are cruel and abusive (although I do know it is their parents who deserve most of the blame), but if my dog had bitten them to protect himself, he would have been punished, which to me is wrong.  I know these boys are growing up to be adult abusers because they have worthless parents.

Mandy
8 years ago
Reply to  Ldhennin

A fighting dog is VERY unlikely to be aggressive towards people, believe it or not. That is because when they fight the handler has to be in the ring with them. They need to be able to pull them apart with out getting bit. If ANY dog lines show human aggression they kill them and end their breeding lines.

When animal fighting started most people who fought animals were poor so their dogs had to live in the home with the families, they couldn’t have a dog that would turn on them.

Christina
Christina
8 years ago
Reply to  Mandy

this is so true and as much as i hate to admit it, the people who started fighting them actually got ONE thing right. when pit bulls show any form of human aggression there’s something not right with that specif dog and in all actuality it says in the AKC guidelines that it’s actually a disqualification for this breed to be human aggressive, however, other animal aggression is not a disqualification.

Docmountain
Docmountain
9 years ago

Excellent example of Good Owner – Good Dog. How the Dog reacted is no big deal – it is instinctive and Breed sensitive (more pronounced in some breeds). It is automatic for a Dog to move from a natural, relaxed behaved temprement to an aggressive and threatening posture and behaviour when the Dog senses, (Smell – Hearing – Observation of an attackers aggressive Body Language and threatening Voice). Pit Bulls were breed as fighting dogs, end of argument. An owner can choose to raise that dog as the fighter it was breed to be or raise the ‘Pup’ in a non-aggressive, loving Family Home and the Dog will turn out tobe just another Good Dog.
Nonetheless, there are far two many stories of just such ‘Family Pits’ attacking, maiming or killing other peoples children. Forget the why’s and wherefore’s the issue is a Pit Bull, due to its breeding, needs to be seen as a potential danger. Your call and ‘Responsibility’ should you ignore that potential risk. Doc (Dog owner – Working Hunterway’s – Sheppard – and a current sweet heart SPCA Bitza)

Shelter Diaries
Shelter Diaries
9 years ago
Reply to  Docmountain

The ironic thing is that the fighting-bred Pit Bulls (and all other fighting dogs) were also bred to be exceptionally human-friendly. Poor breeding, poor socialization and poor care should be far bigger culprits than inbred instinct in the case of Pit Bulls… which should raise all sorts of warning flags about what we as humans are doing to the breed. They are strong, therefore they are dangerous – but no more so than a Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd Dog or other large, overly-popular dog.

And just for the record, no young child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog, regardless of breed or temperament. You would never hand your 4-year old child a chainsaw and tell him to go and play with the other kids, so why would you expect your dog to be infallibly placid with a jaw full of teeth around children who haven’t yet solidified the concepts of cause-and-effect and empathy? (And by “you,” I mean generally, not Doc.)

Christina
Christina
8 years ago

i’m with you up until the part where you wouldn’t leave your child unsupervised. i’m not a mother yet, however, as a child i was left with our rottweiler/beagle mix and like my parents did, i wouldn’t have any animal if i didn’t completely trust it. go on youtube and look up 1happyemma and watch her videos. she has an american bulldog that is 2 months older than her daughter and CLEARLY this dog lives for that baby 

Liya
Liya
9 years ago

I’m a dedicated, responsible Pit bull owner. I work with a couple rescues in my area doing rehabilitation and adoption. I understand that they’re dogs, which makes them ANIMALS, and they should be treated as such. They all have teeth and the CAPABILITY to bite. It’s people’s(owners,breeders and the general public) responsibilty to teach our children how to behave, and to responsibly train our dogs (be they Pit Bull or any other breed). I personally have owned 11 pits over my 28 years, and rescued close to 100. Now I’m not saying that every dog can be saved and rehabilitated. Sometimes there are ones who are too far gone (from abuse, neglect or otherwise) and the humane thing to do it euthanize. But the VAST MAJORITY of this breed is the perfect addition to your family. But not everyone can or should own this kind of dog. As long as they’re shown love and get lots of socialization, they will reciprocate ten fold.
When I was a child I owned a small (40-45 lb) Pit Bull named Star. Fourth of July weeked when I was seven my neighbor’s two dogs (Golden Retriever, and a Lab) came into my yard and were drinking water out of my dads oil drip pans. These dogs had known me my whole life. I walked up between them the whole time talking to them and petting them so that they knew I was there and wouldn’t scare them. As I got closer to their heads I reached for their collars to encourage them to stop drinking that water, and go home. The both turned around and attacked me, each one grabbing an arm, biting me repeatedly. I only screeched once, when they’d grabbed me. Star was in our house, and heard me. The door was closed, so she jumped through a storm glass window to come to my defence. She slammed herself into one of their rear ends, causing the dogs to let go of me. Instead they turned on my dog, By then my whole family was trying to help us. By the time my dad came back with a big branch to scare the two away, Star had suffered severe fatal injuries. But still she came to me sitting on the grass, where she laid her head on my lap and just sighed, as if to say “you’re safe, I did my job” and her whole body relaxed. Star passed away in my lap that afternoon after quite possibly saving my life. I will forever be indebted to this breed. I have several scars because of that, but I may have my life because of a Pit Bull! I owe my life to a Pit Bull! So again I say, Punish the DEED, NOT the BREED!!!

Liya
Liya
9 years ago

I’m a dedicated, responsible Pit bull owner. I work with a couple rescues in my area doing rehabilitation and adoption. I understand that they’re dogs, which makes them ANIMALS, and they should be treated as such. They all have teeth and the CAPABILITY to bite. It’s people’s(owners,breeders and the general public) responsibilty to teach our children how to behave, and to responsibly train our dogs (be they Pit Bull or any other breed). I personally have owned 11 pits over my 28 years, and rescued close to 100. Now I’m not saying that every dog can be saved and rehabilitated. Sometimes there are ones who are too far gone (from abuse, neglect or otherwise) and the humane thing to do it euthanize. But the VAST MAJORITY of this breed is the perfect addition to your family. But not everyone can or should own this kind of dog. As long as they’re shown love and get lots of socialization, they will reciprocate ten fold.
When I was a child I owned a small (40-45 lb) Pit Bull named Star. Fourth of July weeked when I was seven my neighbor’s two dogs (Golden Retriever, and a Lab) came into my yard and were drinking water out of my dads oil drip pans. These dogs had known me my whole life. I walked up between them the whole time talking to them and petting them so that they knew I was there and wouldn’t scare them. As I got closer to their heads I reached for their collars to encourage them to stop drinking that water, and go home. The both turned around and attacked me, each one grabbing an arm, biting me repeatedly. I only screeched once, when they’d grabbed me. Star was in our house, and heard me. The door was closed, so she jumped through a storm glass window to come to my defence. She slammed herself into one of their rear ends, causing the dogs to let go of me. Instead they turned on my dog, By then my whole family was trying to help us. By the time my dad came back with a big branch to scare the two away, Star had suffered severe fatal injuries. But still she came to me sitting on the grass, where she laid her head on my lap and just sighed, as if to say “you’re safe, I did my job” and her whole body relaxed. Star passed away in my lap that afternoon after quite possibly saving my life. I will forever be indebted to this breed. I have several scars because of that, but I may have my life because of a Pit Bull! I owe my life to a Pit Bull! So again I say, Punish the DEED, NOT the BREED!!!

Katerperez
Katerperez
9 years ago
Reply to  Liya

Oh my God, that is the best story ever – although I feel awful for poor Star. I adore my Pits and they take such great care of my 3-year-old daughter. They love her so much. They also seem to know that they can jump up on me for hugs, but not my daughter, because she’s little. They are sweet and intelligent for sure.

Brenda
Brenda
9 years ago
Reply to  Liya

I’ve never had a random internet comment make me actually cry, but I’m sitting here with tears running down my face.

Madyb1948
Madyb1948
9 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

The tears just happened to me too. How sad.

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago
Reply to  Liya

Liya — Everyone should do research on a breed before adding a dog to a family, not just with Pit Bulls. I know many people who wind up having problems because they got the “wrong” dog for their lifestyle — very active people who get a Great Dane, very laidback people who get a Jack Russell Terrier, etc.

I’m so sorry to hear about Star. Poor baby. It’s funny because the breed of dogs with the MOST bites per year in the U.S. is … “retrievers”! (They are group together … lab, goldens, chesapeake bays, etc.) So funny that people think of these as sedate, family dogs when they have the largest number of bites percentage wise.

Renda82
Renda82
9 years ago
Reply to  DaneRay

Thank you , and thats why the Pit Bull has the bite rep. They band all “PIT BULL TYPES” into Pit Bulls during most test while other “breeds” stand alone. But, once you group the breeds the stats change. I’m also sorry for your loss as a child, Liya. Star did good that day and saved not just you but the pits you have owned since!

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago
Reply to  Renda82

I once did research on why Great Danes are on some insurance companies’ lists of “unacceptable breeds of dogs” … it’s because those insurance companies use the breeds who’ve caused deaths historically in the U.S. — Great Danes are #8 in the top 10 on that list … they have caused (at least at the time I did the research which was back in 1999 or so) 4 deaths … but when you dig further, you discover that 2 of the deaths were of people who broke into homes where Great Danes were protecting their “property” … the other 2 were situations of extreme abuse and the dogs finally had it with being beaten and “counter-attacked.” Certainly not provoked, but those insurance companies who use the TOP 10 DEATH list will not budge … they don’t care about the “why” or “how” … so sad.

Linda
Linda
8 years ago
Reply to  Liya

Wow!  What a heartwarming/heartbreaking story. I’m so sorry for the loss of Star, especially in such a dramatic way.  That had to have been a terrible blow to such a small child.  It is clear that this early experience played a large part in making you the caring responsible pet owner/citizen that you are today.

I didn’t think I’d ever had a pit bull until I did a little research.  Turned out that several of the wonderful dogs we had as children were some derivation of this wonderful breed.  I’ve been privileged to have had quite a number of dogs in my lifetime and have found none that were more loving or loyal towards their “family”.  I’m so happy to see these positive stories surfacing – maybe it will help educate the folks that haven’t been privileged to have known a pittie personally. 

Trusty
Trusty
8 years ago
Reply to  Liya

You made me cry.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Thank you for posting a positive story about the true nature of the pit bull.

Kenn Bell
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

No problem, Wicked! We post positive pittie stories all the time.

Cknutson3
Cknutson3
9 years ago

Lucky lady (and child). God works in mysterious ways. If this is an old story, I too would like an update.

Sisbog_99
Sisbog_99
9 years ago

Awesome story! This breed has gotten such bad press because of irresponsible breeding and ownership that it’s wonderful people can see what great dogs they really are IF properly socialized and treated.

Jittoku
Jittoku
9 years ago

Dogs are Psychic he knew the man meant harm.

Wallz2sketch
Wallz2sketch
9 years ago

Pitbulls have had so much bad stuff said about them. It is awesome to see something that truely shows this breeds love for people. Thanks for sharing this story.

Klondyke0408
Klondyke0408
9 years ago

What a great story and what a good dog! It’s great to see a good story about a pit. Someone raised that dog right. There are no bad dogs just bad owners. I hope people start realizing that. If that dog is lost I hope the family gets him back and if not I hope that lady adopts him and treats him like the angel he is. Give that dog lots of treats and belly rubs 🙂

Oksons
Oksons
9 years ago

they all deserve a chance. best bud treat well fed well, warm water. soft bed and lots of walks.

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago

Yippee! I wish Angel had taken a “bite” out of “crime”! =;-) What a great story! I hope there’s an update somewhere to let us all know how this turns out for Angel.

rEGINA lANE
rEGINA lANE
9 years ago

This is what its all about…great people raising great dogs..i own 2 pitbulls and a boston and let me say you would get bit by the boston before the pibbles BUT if you were to act as if you wanted to harm anyone..lunch would be served! my pibbles are part of my family and they know right from wrong..this dog did what it was taught and what comes natural…a story to remember next time you hear..pitbull attacks human well if its raised right you have no problems unless you were in the wrong but if its raised to harm then its the owner who should be held responsible!!!! I LOVE ALL PIBBLES!!!!!!

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago

Regina — I love all animals … it’s humans I don’t like! =;-) LOL!!!! I did volunteer work in a doctor’s office years ago. He used to bring in one or more of his Afghan hounds and I would bring in whichever Great Dane I had at the time. The office next door was run by a couple who had a Shih Tzu and they often brought him in as well. The mailman was PETRIFIED of both of the Great Danes I had over the course of the years I was volunteering there. The Afghan hounds always ignored him — they were too busy being “beautiful” in the back. My Great Dane would always greet him and want to play. He would react almost petrified but talk away to the Shih Tzu. I once told him, it was the Shih Tzu that was prone to bite him and not my Great Dane, but he just laughed and said that he didn’t believe me. One day, he came into the office when no one was at the front desk, and, yes, you got it … the Shih Tzu tore into him! Was literally tearing at his heels and ankles when my Great Dane came running from the back and grabbed the Shih Tzu and held him. The poor guy was just shaking his head and told me that he’d have never believed it, but I was right. From then day on, he brought my Dane a treat every day and wouldn’t stay too long if the Shih Tzu were there! LOL!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago
Reply to  DaneRay

My sister has 3 dogs a Dane, a Pit and a Mini Doxie! Guess which one is the dominant breed? That mini doxie is the toughest of the bunch! My 22 year old niece jogs with the pit and the dane and we all laugh how people will avoid her, while they are the friendliest of dogs! I work for a vet and truly believe the bigger the dog the more even the temperament. Though we all have to remember that ANY dog will protect their owners or territories if they feel threatened.

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

LOL!!! When we had gobs of Great Danes and Dobermans while I was still at my parents’ growing up, we had a miniature doxie who was THE alpha dog! 10 pounds of ALPHA that no one dared cross. =;-)

Kaycoby22
Kaycoby22
9 years ago

If the media would tell the good stories about how wonderful these pit bull dogs are, there wouldn’t be such fear from the public. But like all news stories, journalist like to report the bad stuff. Pits are the most dependable, loving, dogs of any breed. Like any dog, it’s bad behavior habits come from the way the dog is raised by it’s owners. If it is agressive that is because it has been abused and it fights for it’s life.

Aggminer
Aggminer
8 years ago
Reply to  Kaycoby22

Well this dog was obviously aggressive. Do we trust the dogs better judgement in the future and hope he diesnt rip out a boyfriends thoat during a friendly hug?

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago
Reply to  Kaycoby22

Well, the media just did.

Angelasmithcarpenter
Angelasmithcarpenter
9 years ago

This is a story from last fall but I can’t find an update on Angel. I sure hope the shelter didn’t put him down:(

Amy
Amy
8 years ago

the story is old, from 2008 and I am surprised that Dog Files keeps it on here as many of the facts are not proven and they use a stock photo for the story.  The dog in question, Angel, was taken by a rescue and died from heartworms during treatment.

Lrk3255
Lrk3255
9 years ago

These dogs are great and can definitely reason to some ability. More good pitbulls than bad in the world. Most are just stereo typed. BSL and negativity toward this breed is the same as racism amongst ourselves.

Lrk3255
Lrk3255
9 years ago

These dogs are great and can definitely reason to some ability. More good pitbulls than bad in the world. Most are just stereo typed. BSL and negativity toward this breed is the same as racism amongst ourselves.

Argus1982
Argus1982
9 years ago

There is no bad breed of dog. They are individuals just like humans. When you see a “bad” pittie, it is almost always because they have been mistreated and/or not properly socialized. There are far too many people who want a “bad” dog to make themselves feel like big shots. Those people are usually–note I say “usually”–young, cocky males with about two working brain cells. In the hands of responsible people, pit bulls are wonderful dogs.

BTW, the first resident dog in a nursing home in the state of Georgia was a pit bull.

lovedogs
lovedogs
9 years ago

This story has bought tears to my eyes, dogs are amazing and know whats wrong and right! Dogs are very smart creatures! Thanks to ‘Angel’ for being so brave. X

Chefndorst
Chefndorst
9 years ago

I would have to say I hate when people steriotype a breed. I have never owned a Pit but think they are beautiful dogs. I dealt witht the same thing when I had my Boxer. Everyone was affraid of her and if they only knew her. She was the biggest baby in the world. She loved kids. Now i have 2 mixed breeds. But I would get another Boxer in a heart beat. Unfortianately she died the end of last summer. I miss her.

Qoftu
Qoftu
9 years ago

So sweet…does anyone know if she went to the lady and her son.

Torian15
Torian15
9 years ago

it makes me laugh tht ppl percicute the bull breed i have 3 kids and 3 stafforshires ive owned the breed for over 13 years never once had a problem ive also owned a pitmix for 5 years the 2 breeds are so similar in carater as long as they are given bounderys and u keep them round other dogs they grow up just fine with no aggression in them its how we as owners bring them up it dont make you gangster to own a pit or any bull breed and we as careing owners will miss out if things turn for the worse and the breed is band

Elkhorn
Elkhorn
9 years ago

I never like pit bulls. I always adopt mutts from shelters. While looking for a friend for my old lab/greyhound, I thought I found one from a rescue organization. After a few weeks I realized that he was part pit. It changed my entire perspective. That dog lies at my feet now and is the most loving dog I have ever had.

Bad people have give a good breed an image problem. This story is just great.

Elkhorn
Elkhorn
9 years ago

I never like pit bulls. I always adopt mutts from shelters. While looking for a friend for my old lab/greyhound, I thought I found one from a rescue organization. After a few weeks I realized that he was part pit. It changed my entire perspective. That dog lies at my feet now and is the most loving dog I have ever had.

Bad people have give a good breed an image problem. This story is just great.

DaneRay
DaneRay
9 years ago
Reply to  Elkhorn

Your story should be spread around … about how someone with a dislike of pit bulls gets a part pit mix and the dislike turns into LOVE for the dog. =;-) Give your furbaby a big hug from me and my Great Dane.

RAY

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