American Pit Bull Terrier

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Training: Attended conferences / shows

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Sophie from Deathrow to Happy Home


United States

Posted August 20, 2014

As I write this, beautiful little Sophie is on a hike with her wonderful adoptive dad. She has been in her forever home for over two years now and I have to say, that makes me feel like a million bucks. Instead of being one more casualty of overbreeding and shelter overcrowding, she's having the life any dog would be fortunate to experience.
I fostered her from the "kill list" out of the Manhattan "shelter" on her last day. Slated to be killed the next morning, as so many pitbulls are due to shelter overcrowding, her photo was online in a list. I saw her irresistible face and had her pulled. In the couple of months she was mine, I saw her transform from fearful and snapping to relaxed and joyful. In the affectionate but firm hands of her new papa, she steadily and quickly became socialized and now has frequent playtimes with dog buddies.
From the start, she was completely people friendly, always affectionate. I was at first worried that she may not be able to make friends with other dogs, but that has proven not to be the case. Being fresh from a shelter, she was naturally terrified and tense. What else should we expect? Any dog taken from such an environment will have an adjustment period of several days to even several weeks.
Again, consistent training combined with attention and regular exercise proved to be transformational in a dog. If you're considering a pitbull for adoption, please bear in mind that they are strong, muscular and very intense -- in all ways. They will love you and adore you and become your best buddy for certain -- I think it's impossible for this breed to be aloof. As with any breed, please consider your own abilities and availability. The pitbull will protect you, learn what you teach her, and make you absolutely proud.
Certainly one main reason this breed is misunderstood is their appearance and strength. I can attest from fostering three of them, having them in my life for most of the past 5 years, they are no more inherently aggressive than a poodle. Find the right fit by taking a good look at your own lifestyle. If you're youthful and active, a young pitbull is a dream companion. If you're older and have a hard time getting around, a senior pitbull could be a great buddy -- take my word here -- nobody likes to couch cuddle and curl up for a movie with you like an older "pibble".
As for Sophie, I am honored to have been part of her life and the idea that I stood between life and death for her makes me feel like a million bucks. If you've never considered fostering, give it some thought.

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