I don’t have anything against any breed of dog, or at least, I didn’t until about two years ago. The pit bull breed has always gotten a bad rap -and I have always done my best to stay away from choosing sides. But two years ago I dog sat two pit bulls and vowed never to do it again. It was the worst two weeks of my life. The money I made was not worth it. I am all about following through with my jobs, but this was one job I actually threatened to leave. I’m not entirely sure what was wrong with them -I just knew I would never watch a pit bull again.
Fast forward a few years. A few weeks ago I got a phone call from someone asking if I would watch their dog. I said yes then asked the breed. A bull dog, she told me. A sweet bull dog.
It wasn’t until she showed up to drop her off did I realize this was no bull dog. This was a pit bull. I couldn’t exactly back out, so I bit my tongue and braced myself for a hard month and ½. It hasn’t been as difficult as the last time -but it still has been a challenge and one that has made me agree more than ever that I will never watch a pit bull again. Nothing against them -just that they are not smart. They have no brains. I don’t mean it to sound mean -it’s just how they are. They destroy everything in their path and don’t think about anything else.
I figured however, that since I am going to be watching this bull dog, er, pit bull -for over a month that I would buckle down and try to do some training. While it hasn’t gone well -it has gone ok. Which is more than I could have hoped for. I make her sit before getting her leash on or off. I make her wait before going in the door and I make her wait before eating her food. We are still working on “Be quiet.” I’m not sure that will ever happen. It might not sound like a lot -but believe me. It is a lot.
She is a sweet girl.
As a bonus -Yoshi, who doesn’t get along with ANYONE has taken a liking to her. They enjoy playing in the snow and chasing each other around.
Introducing, Harper, the ‘bull dog.’
It was all fun and games until Harper stole Yoshi’s snowball.