Well, a picture says 1,000 words, that's for sure...
Above are Victor, the fawn and white boy in front, and Peaches, the black and white girl in back. I am so proud of them.
Victor was found a stray in Central New York, and came to SPBR 2 months ago. His rescuer, Liz, said that at the shelter he used to go down kennel alley, on his way from his run to outdoors, fussing and fighting, lunging at all the dogs down alley way. Victor is the absolute strongest dog I have fostered or owned -- he makes my Precious look a little bit more girlie than she ever has -- !!
Now, look at big Vic today, with Peaches.
Peaches was surrendered by her owners in Mass. because she and their senior female pup got in to a fight while left outside unattended. Who knows why the incident occurred, or who started it -- they were unattended. The owners wanted to euthanise Peaches for this. Never leaving two dogs of this breed together unattended is a primary rule of responsible pit bull ownership.
Now, today, look at these two -- I couldn't be more proud -- !!
This picture is not without comment though on its planning. For two months, I have observed Victor with other dogs, while they were separated. He has done wonderfully. I have done the same with Peaches, and have been very pleased with her. That was the first step.
The next step was taking Peaches and Vic for walks together. They did wonderfully. This occurs, mind you, with the ever-present risk of a fight, which is the unfortunate reality of this breed's past. Ownership means one must be always willing to separate a fight, if it occurs. More on that can be found here. Each dog has a different temperament, that's for sure, and the more their owners know them, the more it's known how the individual dog will handle different situations -- maybe even opting out and avoiding some situations all together.
So, while I exercised on my rower, Peaches and Victor snuggled -- and that's a great thing. At one point, Peaches found a small bone and was chewing on it. I took that away from her ASAP -- those high-value items are sparks to conflict, that's for sure.
Now, these two are friends -- and I am so proud of them!
They are both candidates for adoption, too -- Peaches' story is here, and Victor's is here.
If you're interested in adopting, fill out an application above!