On Tuesday I looked out in my backyard to find our two dogs playing with a beautiful Pit Bull boy. I was a bit surprised, to say the least.
He seems to be full grown, but still puppy-ish in behavior, so maybe a couple years old? He's got a collar but no tags. He's a gorgeous dog, very sweet, knows "sit," and is not dog aggressive (at least not with the Abbinator, or Collin the Wonder Aussie).
I had no idea how he got there. I took pictures, gave him food and water, and left for work.
When we got home, he was gone. We were very confused--did someone just drop him off for doggy day care for the day? Hm.
He showed up again today (Thursday) in our neighbor's yard, where their pit bull tried to attack him (fortunately she was on her lead at the time and couldn't reach him). We talked to the neighbor and found out he's been jumping fences into and out of the 3 properties that share our fenceline, including into the horse pasture next door to us, since at least Sunday.
Well. That last part was self-evident, because lemme tell you, that boy STANK. He had clearly been rolling in all kinds of horse poop (what is it with me and dogs and poop lately?!).
My husband took him around the neighborhood today, trying to find an owner. Several people told him that he'd been seen around the area for at least a year, and no one knows who he belongs to. And it appears that he is probably cat aggressive, because he tried to jump out of the truck to attack a neighbor's cat during the tour.
Normally we would just find a home for him as we've done with about 15 other strays over the years, but I worry about doing that with a Pit. Like Chows, people who want Pits frequently don't want them for reasons that are good for the dog. I would feel much better if an organization that is used to working with Pits and knows how to screen for bad Pit owners (e.g. someone who wants to fight him) would find him a home.
Well, it's good in theory. I've tried the 3 Pit rescue organizations I've been able to identify in the area, and they're all full. Our office manager went to the pound the other day, looking for a companion for her dog, and she said all but two of the dogs were Pits. So I'm not about to take this pretty boy down there, it's too likely he'd end up getting put down. And I just can't stand that prospect for any animal I've taken in.
When I got home tonight, we gave him a bath. He was very very good, kept giving me kisses, and now smells much much better. So, Max (his temporary name--he needs a good strong american name) is now living temporarily in Abby's pen. He's eaten 5 cups of food today, which is great, since he could stand to gain about 10 pounds.
He's becoming less frightened of my husband, his reaction makes us suspect that he got beat by a "man." And he's spent the evening boofing and whimpering at the cats--we're not sure if he wants to eat them, or play with them!
So, say hello to Max. And if any of you know anyone in the Pacific Northwest who would make a good Pit Bull papa or mama, please PLEASE let them know about him.
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