I Never Thought I Would Own OneIt's true, I swore I would never own one of these dogs. What I new about the breed was limited and all my information came from the nightly news. Of course, in my neighborhood, there are plenty as well but I had no interaction with any of them.
Then my new neighbor, a Oakland Hells Angel, moved in and promptly got himself 2 pit bull puppies. He and his girlfriend each got one, a blue nose and a red nose. Well, shortly after they brought them home, the girlfriend and her black eye, moved out and left her puppy. The biker, had many social and club activities so he was leaving at first for just an overnight, then he would be gone from 3-5 days. I could hear the puppies crying, so I went over to check on them and what I found was so disturbing. He would leave a big bag of food on the floor, torn open and 1 water bowl, that by the time I went over, was bone dry.
So, I took it upon myself to be sure they had water & food every day, and some social interaction. As they grew older, and I'm talking about 3-4 months, they started to get possessive over food, and would fight when I came to feed them. They were also jumping this little make shift fence that their "owner" made for them. So not only were we feeding them, but we were chasing them down the street a couple times per day.
I'd had it. I was so disgusted with the biker's lack of respect for his animals and for the time of his neighbors, that I took one. Another neighbor took the other.
Her name is Nina, she came with the name and answered to it. She is a fawn color, but with a black nose instead of a red one. The first night with us, she slept right in the middle of the living room floor, with my children all sleeping around her on sleeping bags. She never moved. She was quiet, went outside to go to the bathroom, and never was aggressive towards my 12 year old middle sized dog, Daisy.
Like I said before, I new nothing but negative about the breed. One day she and I were sitting on the couch staring into each other's eyes and I had to look away. I didn't know what she would do, I only knew what she was capable of.
When my neighbor ultimately came home 7 days later, I invited him in. Nina was again all cuddled up with my kids on the couch. She wouldn't even look at him. Luckily he understood that there was no way he was going to get her out of my house, we actually were falling in love with her.
Well, it's been 5 years since she crossed the threshold into our home and became one of us, and I have never once regretted it. She has been the most beautiful friend, protector, buddy, shoulder to cry on, rock that I've ever had the opportunity to meet. Our Daisy passed away & my husband got me a chihuahua puppy ( I know, crazy right? ) another breed I never thought that I would own. That's another story for later. Anyway, I didn't know how Nina would react to her, so I told my kids, "don't get attached" and I named her, Snack. They are 2 peas in a pod. They spend all day, everyday together, including sleeping. It's adorable actually!
I walk Nina around with a normal collar and leash, unlike the spikes and chains used to walk other pit bulls in my hood. I tell everyone that will listen that she is a pit bull and welcome them to come over and pet her. She has forever changed my opinion of the breed and she she has also forever changed my life for the better. This dog is my heart and I cannot imagine life without her.