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The Life of a Pitbull: Lulu in Santa Monica

(PIT BULLS/DOG PICTURES) As Global Animal founders, we have met and worked with many dogs, and want to share our experience with the latest addition to our family.

Lulu was adopted at an No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) event through Angel City Pit Bulls three years ago, when she was three years old. She was rescued from an abusive situation and taken as evidence of inhumanity because she was kept in a cage and constantly bred from the time she could reproduce.

Her DNA test shows she is 100% American Staffordshire Terrier. She came with medical issues and in order to spay Lulu, the veterinarians had to cut through scar tissue from backyard C-sections. They also cropped her ears, possibly to prep her for fighting, which results in regular ear infections.

Lulu had no real idea how to be a dog, couldn’t climb stairs, and never barked. But we could see she was a special spirit who simply needed a loving home. We went out that morning to go to a museum exhibit, got diverted by the NKLA event, and came home with Lulu! We were a bit concerned about how she would fit into our household, but our first rescue dog, Stanley, showed her the ropes. Our ancient cat, Omar, set the boundaries about who was boss, and Lulu began to relax into her new home. Now she’s loving life!

A word about the breed: Lulu is the most stable, loving dog we have ever encountered. As gentle as a lamb, she is non-reactive in every situation, whether with an aggressive dog, a two-year-old climbing on her back and even taunting squirrels and speeding skateboarders. We love her (she never leaves my side) and we wanted to share our story and pictures to encourage other dog lovers to consider this breed.

They were once the family dog of America and if you watch the incredible documentary on Netflix called Champions, about the rehabilitation of the Michael Vick dogs, you will see their true nature is stable, gentle and forgiving. Like any dog, their loyalty can be distorted through torture and abuse, but the misinformation about this breed is at epidemic levels.

A new book called Pit Bull tells the truth. Their jaws don’t lock any more than any other dog. The pit bull’s stability is on par with the Labrador, and they are fantastic with children.

Places where breed specific bans have been enacted against pit bulls have not shown a decrease in dog bites. If any dog is unstable, look at the other end of the leash for the reason. Judge the deed, not the breed!

Sincerely,

Arthur Jeon
Co-founder, Global Animal
Lulu Loves Road Trips With her Family. She was rescued at the age of three from a Puppy Mill, where she was bred constantly in a cage. So she loves the open road!

Lulu Loves Road Trips With her Family. She was rescued at the age of three from a puppy mill, where she was bred constantly in a cage. So she loves the open road!

 

Lulu Loves To Be Loved, especially by kids. She was deprived and literally taken as evidence of inhumanity from the puppy mill where she was enslaved. She is a pure-bred American Staffordshire Terrier.

Lulu Loves To Be Loved, especially by kids. 

 

Pitbulls are extremely stable dogs, and were known as “Nanny Dogs” in England because they are so good with children. They, like any dog, have to be severely abused to become unstable.

Pit bulls are extremely stable dogs. They were known as “Nanny Dogs” in England because they are so good with children. They, like any dog breed, have to be severely abused to become unstable.

 

Lulu knows who’s boss in the family because Omar, the 19 year-old cat, has Jedi mind control abilities.

Lulu knows who’s boss in the family because Omar, the 19-year-old cat, has Jedi mind control abilities.

 

But seriously, won’t that terrifying cat move, I’ve got to go out and pee!

But seriously, won’t that terrifying cat move, I’ve got to go out and pee!

 

Lulu is kind. Here she with Omar visiting with Jan, our 95 year-old neighbor!

Lulu is kind. Here she with Omar visiting with Jan, our 95-year-old neighbor!

 

Lulu and Omar (age 19 and still calling the shots), hanging out in the garden.

Lulu and Omar hanging out in the garden.

 

Lulu Loves Luxury – even if she is in the wrong bed!

Lulu Loves Luxury – even if she is in the wrong bed!

 

Where oh where are my buddies? It’s getting dark out and I want to play!! Lulu was initially very nervous around other dogs, but slowly came out of her shell to become the belle of the ball!

Where, oh, where are my buddies? It’s getting dark and I want to play! Lulu was initially very nervous around other dogs but slowly came out of her shell to become the belle of the ball!

 

And now Lulu knows how to make friends at the dog park! And she plays every day with them.

And now Lulu knows how to make friends at the dog park! 

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Bully Breeds Unite! No Breed Specific Bans: They Don’t Work and are based on Ignorance! Oh, and that thing about “locking jaws” is an Urban Myth. That is a dog specific phenomenon, not breed specific.

Bully Breeds Unite! No breed specific bans: They don’t work and are based on ignorance! Oh, and that thing about “locking jaws” is an urban myth. 

 

Lulu’s a Romantic! Here she is with her first friend Ollie! They shared many a kiss.

Lulu’s a Romantic! Here she is with her first friend, Ollie! They shared many a kiss.

 

 Lulu Meets A True Pitbull Fan! No, that’s not her on the thigh, but it could be!

Lulu meets s true pit bull fan! No, that’s not her on the thigh, but it could be!

 

Lulu lends a comforting leg to her aging buddy Stanley, who is actually the irascible one in the family.

Lulu lends a comforting leg to her aging buddy, Stanley, who is actually the irascible one in the family.

 

Not Lulu, she even shares her Toys when playing in the front yard!

Not Lulu, she even shares her Toys when playing in the front yard!

 

Share my bed too??!!! Oh sure, make yourself at home, I’ll just squeeze over to the edge!

Share my bed? Oh sure, make yourself at home and I’ll just squeeze over to the edge.

 

The holidays around the fire. Of course the old cat gets the primo spot! But none of us is spoiled!!

The holidays around the fire. Of course, the old cat gets the primo spot! But none of us is spoiled!

 

Lulu has helped socialize many a puppy into stable and loving dogs.

Lulu has helped socialize many a puppy into stable and loving dogs.

Are you really a dog? Come on in and play with me and the puppy!

Are you really a dog? Come on in and play with me and the puppy!

 

Are you really a dog!!???? Come on in and play with me and the puppy!

And sometimes a puppu grows up to be a best friend. 

 

Lulu Knows Fashion! She was selected to be in a fundraising “Models & Mutts” book.

Lulu Knows Fashion! She was selected to be in a fundraising “Models & Mutts” book.

 

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Hmmm… Well, not everything is a fashion hit! But who needs a rain jacket in Santa Monica anyway?

Well, not everything is a fashion hit! But who needs a rain jacket in Santa Monica anyway?

 

Did somebody say DINNER? (Stanley recovering from elbow surgery is first in line). Lulu was incredibly gentle with Stanley while he was recovering.

Did somebody say DINNER? (Stanley recovering from elbow surgery is first in line). Lulu was incredibly gentle with Stanley while he was recovering.

 

Lulu is patient with her family members with disabilities. Here she is waiting to walk with Stanley in the Dogger (recovering from other elbow surgery)!

Lulu is patient with her family members with disabilities. Here she is waiting to walk with Stanley in the “Dogger” stroller after another elbow surgery.

 

Lulu Loves hanging with her family and catching some rays.

Lulu loves hanging with her family and catching some rays.

 

Especially her buddy Stanley, who taught Lulu the fundamentals of being a dog when she was adopted into our family. Lulu didn’t even know how to bark, climb stairs or play. But she always had an incredible soul. Stanley taught her the rest.

Stanley taught Lulu the fundamentals of being a dog when she was adopted into our family. Lulu didn’t even know how to bark, climb stairs or play. But she always had an incredible soul. Stanley taught her the rest.

 

And now her Life in Southern California is a Beach!

And now her life in Southern California is a beach!

 

They say when you rescue a dog, the dog rescues you! So true!!

They say when you rescue a dog, the dog rescues you! So true!

 

Lulu will always win a smiling contest with any human!

Lulu will always win a smiling contest with any human.

 

Pitbulls are the most in need of rescue. They are incredible, loyal, sweet dogs who have gotten a bad rap. If they are unstable, look at the other end of the leash. With love, they all blossom. Even the Michael Vick dogs, horribly tortured, were rehabilitated and found homes. So what are you waiting for?!

Pit bulls are the most in need of rescue. They are incredible, loyal, sweet dogs who have gotten a bad rap. If a dog of any breed is unstable, look at the other end of the leash. With love, they blossom. Even the Michael Vick dogs, horribly tortured, were rehabilitated and found homes. So, what are you waiting for?

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