In Memory of: Steel (2007)
Courtenay writes --
"I have talked about my first baby, Steel, before. He was the one that introduced me to this wonderful breed and I really couldn't think of a better first impression.
Almost 14 years ago, I obtained the gentleman I call Mr. Steel from a person who was fighting him. All it took was fifty bucks for them to part with this fine boy. That was fine with me.
I learned quickly that he was very well behaved and knew more commands than I could have imagined. One could have been fooled about his past, he was so well trained. He was also well-behaved around other dogs, considering. Unfortunately, his previous owners instilled one 'command' that couldn't be taken away. Grabbing his chest/neck was the way they got him riled to fight. I was careful to never do this.
Fortunately, he was still kind and loving. He was strong, he could leap a 4' fence with ease, yet he would cower in the bath tub during thunderstorms.
When I was pregnant with my son, he never left my side. He refused to go outside to the bathroom unless I was in sight. I also got a cat and he and Steel became best of friends. There was a time when kitty forgot where he lived and there was a visible difference in Steel. But oh, the joy when I found him and brought him back home!! I was in tears over his excitement.
Steel was always a gentleman. Even with a new baby, he was loving and oh so patient. He let Torian play with him, lay on him, whatever, and he never cared.
There was a scar on Steel's left eye. This came from him being hit by a car, and dragged 4 houses under the fender. How this boy came out with only that scratch is nothing shy of a blessing.
Years later, I would come home to find my house has been robbed twice in a short period of time. The first time, they took everything and I found Steel hiding. The second time...when Steel didn't meet me at the door, I checked the tub, hoping he was hiding. He had been taken. The police officer promised me that he would keep an eye out for him all night. Nothing. I moved after that. My sister moved in and months later heard someone in the neighborhood say Steel's name. She told them to go get the dog and they brought her my baby. She refused to let them take him back. He was right around the corner the whole time! The joy felt when my son and I went to pick him up that night is indescribable.
Even TJ still remembers him with such fondness it gets him choked up. Steel made quite an impression on our lives.
Steel is truly the reason I came to love this breed. He was nothing short of amazing, beautiful, a real gentleman. This is one of the only pics I have left of him. It is still on the wall with the rest of the family.
This is Steel and TJ....."