Missing my Alliegator especially hard today. She truly is such a special dog. People tend to compliment me on how well trained she is, but the truth is I never really trained her beyond the basics, at least not traditionally (we are however both quite proud that she knows “roll over”) 🙃
When you shower a dog with love day in and day out and prove to them that you’re their person forever, they genuinely try to understand what you want them to do. At 5 Allie now goes for some of her walks off-leash, and stops whenever I say “wait” or “stop.” She comes with me on the subway and politely lies down under my seat or stands calmly in a sea of legs if the train is full. From day one she’s been so keyed in to my energy and mood that she would attack me with kisses and butt wiggles whenever I got upset.
Pit bull breeds get a terrible rap, but their real breed-specific traits are intelligence and amped-up empathy. So if you’re a violent asshole and live with a pit she might turn out to be aggressive. But if you show them only love and tenderness that’s what you’ll get back. Before pits became the dog of choice for gang members and drug dealers because of their strength (they do *not* have locking jaws), they used to be nicknamed “nanny dogs” because they would babysit kids. You should see Allie when she gets to meet a baby!
She’s my guardian angel, and yes, she sits with her legs out like that every time 😆
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