Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted May 7, 2015
I got TinkerBell as a 2 month old puppy so she could grow up with my kids. I found her by looking online for free puppies. I didn't do much research before getting her and thiking back, I probably should have asked more questions.
When I went to see the puppies and pick one out, there were 6 puppies and TinkerBell was the only black one. I watched them for a few minutes to see how they interacted with each other. They were on a small porch and I noticed TinkerBell go down the stairs and about 15ft into the yard and she went potty out in the yard. Nobody told her to do it, she just did it. I knew right then she was the puppy for me. I just knew she'd be easy to housebreak and she must be really smart.
She is very smart and turns out she was very easy to housebreak and crate train. She was very mischievous as a puppy though. She loved to get into trouble and tear things up. She'd chew anything and she loved ripping the trash bags open!
With a lot of patience and positive reinforcement training everyday, she eventually stopped destroying stuff and she chewed on her toys instead.
She is a mix of pitbull and random stray dog that jumped the fence. (unknown breed) She's a great dog. She loves kids and she's actually scared of our chihuahua and chickens. Even the baby chicks! She loves attention and she'll fall down in front of me as I walk so I'll stop and rub her belly. She is really healthy too, never had any health problems. She's not a good guard dog because she loves everyone.
I always recommend mixed breed dogs because they are generally healthier than purebred dogs.