(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!