True Story: The Highs and Lows of Loving a Pit Bull

It all happened so fast: the neighbor’s pit bull came out of the open front door growling, my two leashed pit bulls started to bark and lunge, and I tripped on the curb as I backed onto the opposite sidewalk, falling down and accidentally dropping the leashes.

Suddenly my dog Radar, a fearful little rescue with scars on his face, was bolting across the street towards another tough-looking dog, and there was nothing I could do to stop him. My “good dog” Ralph retreated to the sidewalk and lay down, as if to say, “I can’t watch.”.

Radar chased the neighbor dog inside the house, and I prepared myself for the worst. Although Radar has never been in a fight, I didn’t know the neighbor dog, and they were both so worked up, it seemed something terrible was about to happen. Thankfully, once they found themselves in the living room, they seemed too stunned to do anything else. My boyfriend grabbed Radar and carried him outside just as the neighbor finally came around the side of the house with her baby on her hip, having missed the entire ordeal.

In the end, nobody was hurt. My neighbor and I apologized for our respective dogs’ behavior, and I made a mental note to finally enroll in that “reactive rover” training class I’d been considering for months. I need to make sure something like this never happens again.

All dog lovers owe it to their pets to be responsible, attentive guardians, but pit bull parents have an even more important role: to be a breed ambassador for these marvelous, misunderstood dogs.

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