Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wow, it has been a long time since I have been on here.  I even had to read back over my own introduction to remember why I created the blog in the first place.  (Not really true).

Well, my life has been full lately.  I know there are several people out there (if any of you have stuck with me this long.  If you have, I applaud you) who have been asking me how I have been and how my life is going.

My life has been very full, and very busy.  I could wax eloquent on both of those factors, but you would stop reading almost instantly.  I probably wouldn't blame you if you did.

So, now that I have given a long and rambling introduction with no hint of what I actually planned on writing about in this blog, I thought I would talk about something completely random.

I am now the proud owner of a beautiful, sweet, gentle, and loving dog.  Her name is Ziva, and she is a Pitbull.

Many people might have a certain amount of hesitation now that they know she is a Pitbull, but let me ask you this; were you prepared to ooh and aah over my cute, adorable dog before you knew her breed?

If you answered honestly, then you probably would have to admit that you were perfectly fine with my pup before you heard her breed.  Maybe you still are, and if this is the case, then kudos to you!!

Now let me tell you more about her.

I adopted my pup from the Police Animal Shelter nearbye, and they told me that they had found her wandering the streets.  Apparently the SPCA will occasionally come and take animals that they feel they can adopt out, but left her there.

She had been at the shelter for a month or so, and she was due to be put down in a few weeks, because they simply could not keep her there longer.  All of the staff members said she was a sweet little thing, and they wished she could get adopted.

The minute I saw her she pulled on my heartstrings.  She sat there in her cage and wagged her entire body when I came up to the door.  I asked to see her, and they brought her to me in the visiting room.

I had asked my friend (who will go by the name MockingByrd in this blog) to bring the two children she nannies (who will go by the names Ben and Rose).

I wanted to test any dog I considered adopting with children, as I planned to have the dog with me everywhere I go, and I am sure that would include children at some point.

Once I had been in the visiting room with her for a while, and had tried to get a reaction out of this dog in every way possible (which included pulling her ears, picking up her feet, rubbing the top of her nose, checking her teeth, pulling her tail, pinching her skin, and generally doing everything I can to get a rise out of the dog) I asked MockingByrd to bring the kids in.

Ziva immediately went to them and tried to lick all over their faces.  She didn't jump on them, and when they gave her treats, she took them as gently as possible from their hands.

I was incredibly pleased and excited, and told the staff that I wanted to sign the papers immediately.  They were incredibly pleased, and they got the paperwork finished right then and there.

I picked my pup up a week later from the vet, after she had a few shots and had been fixed.  She kept her head in my hand the entire drive home, and it seemed like she knew she was going to be my spoiled baby.

Since then, Ziva has become a joy to be around.  I have trained her with the help of MockingByrd, and she is obedient (with a stubborn streak ;) ) and loves to be around people and children.  She also loves to ride in the car, and will get all worried when I prepare to leave somewhere, and it looks like I might not be taking her.

Her next favorite thing to do is to go to the dog park and play with her many friends.  Her signature play move is to jump straight up in the air and try to clear the dog she is playing with, regardless of their size.  Sometimes this action will end up with her spread across the other dog's back, struggling to get all the way over.

She is truly the nanny dog at the park.  If another dog is bullying or picking on a smaller or more timid dog in the park, Ziva will get in between them and distract the bully, pushing or chasing him away from the timid dog.

She has several quirks, the funniest being that she gets the hiccups on a regular basis.  It is hilarious to watch her when this happens, as the cutest tiny hiccup sounds come from her.  Another thing she absolutely loves to do is jump the fence and go visit the kids and dogs around the neighborhood.  This is why she tends to stay on a long leash when outside, unless I am out there with her.

So she is not a perfect dog, but she is gentle and very willing to please.  She loves all people, and she loves to play with any dog that comes her way.

She has wormed her way into the hearts of everyone he meets, even those who say they were terrified of Pitbulls before they met her.  She has become the mascot of the gun store I frequent, and the staff and customers look forward to when I bring her in.

I have tested and pushed her in every way, and my pup has only excelled and surprised me with each new obstacle she overcomes.

In conclusion, while I am in no way saying that the entire breed is a perfect one, and that there are not some aggressive Pitbulls out there, I am asking that you don't bulk the entire breed together, and give each individual dog a chance.  They may surprise you.