Tag Archives: Pitbull

4/27/14 A Shot In the Butt, Part 2

Between all the painting (which is now thankfully done), re-covering the kitchen chairs, and general weekend havoc, I paid a trip to Dr. W. at Oak Forest Animal Clinic.  It was time for my yearly vaccinations and a physical and dental check-up.

Jamie, Mom and I arrived a little bit early.  We were shown into the exam room and then it was time to wait for the Vet, just like you humans wait for your doctors.

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I was a little nervous but excited.  I didn’t know what to expect.  The door shut and suddenly, I heard a very deep, very loud, WOOF from behind the closed door.  The WOOF!ing kept up.  I heard the doctor talking to this very vocal patient.  I know the dog was big.  I just don’t know how big!  Anyway, when I realized I couldn’t open the door and take a peek, I flopped down on the floor to wait.

Soon the barker left and a short time later, a very nice, good-smelling young lady came into the room and helped Mom lift me onto the table.  I was very affectionate and gave lots of kisses.  Within a couple of minutes Dr. Craig Welbourne came into the room and the exam started.  He exclaimed over my good muscles and teeth.  He tried to take my heart beat with the silver necklace, but I thought he wanted to wrestle and so I played around a bit.  Dr. W. looked at the dent in my side and said it was OK. 

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(You can see the dent a bit in this picture.)

Dr. W. gave me two injections, for Rabies and Distemper, and then came the surprise.  I needed a blood test!  I had never had one.  Dr. W. wrapped a piece of a rubbery band around my foreleg and stuck the needle in.  Jamie said, “You should have seen the look on your face!” It hurt a bit, and I realized in my Pitbull wisdom that it would behoove me to sit very, very, still.  So I did.  Mom was shocked!  She thought I would fight the good Doctor, but I did not.  I got a lot of tasty treats for behaving, and Mom got a little bottle to put a poop sample in the next time I went outside.  Lucky Mom!   I was ready to go home.

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(Can we leave yet?!)

Overall, I had a great visit with the best Vet in the world!  Mom got all the test results back the next day and I am fine from teeth to tail. 

Thank you, Dr. Welbourne and Oak Forest Animal Clinic!  Woof!  Love, Maggie

12/18/13 1,000 Likes, A “Thank You”, and A Re-Introduction

I have been informed by WP that I have reached the milestone of, “1,000 Likes”.  While to some bloggers, this number is small, it represents a huge achievement for me.  (Tail wags!)  I want to thank you from the bottom of my Hairy Bullet heart for your Likes and Following my blog.  I know you could be doing other things with your time, and I try to put out a good, clean, blog for all to read.  I was excited a few months ago to have 5 Followers and 5 Likes, and I am just as excited today to reach this number with all of you.  Woof!

I was further nominated for A Christmas Bouquet (3 awards out of 48) by Ajaytao (Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com).  I am so grateful for his kind recognition.  If you are unfamiliar with Ajaytao, I urge you to check out his blog, and feast your eyes on his breathtaking pictures, his words of wisdom and sage advice, and poetic writing.  Thank you.

Finally, I wanted to re-introduce myself to some of my new followers.  I am Maggie, an American Staffordshire Terrier (commonly referred to as a “Pitbull”).  I am going to be 2 years old on January 28.  I was beaten, bred, my pups taken, thrown out into the street like trash, lived for 6 months without even a blanket in an animal shelter, and was put up for adoption by the kind, hard-working people there.  I was taken to my new home 7 months ago, and this blog is a diary of my journey from Shelter Dog to Family Pet, and my observations of Life As Seen By A Dog.

Thank you again for your support of my project, your kind words, and your time.  It means a lot to me!

Woof!  Love, Maggie

 

12/5/13 Paws for Thought

I read an article on the front-page of the Chicago Tribune today.  It was entitled, “Unwanted, Feared, Abandoned” and it went on to elaborate about how Pitbulls are pushing the animal shelters to their limits capacity-wise, and more Pitbulls are being euthanized.  This is for a number of reasons; which I will put into my own words and not in any particular order:

1.  Overbreeding by unscrupulous puppy mills for money.

2.  Owners not wanting to take the time to train their dogs properly.  (“They have too much energy”)

3.  Owners do not want the dog after it reaches a year of age (“It’s not a puppy”)

4.  Dogs kicked to the curb for not winning in dogfights.

5.  The economy (people cannot afford their pets, have had to downsize their homes, etc.).

6.  Dog bites (There are more Pitties now, so dog bites have risen proportionally with the increase in population). 

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Did you know that there is no such breed as a “Pitbull”?  Pitbull is a generic term used to describe a powerful dog with a large head and a strong jaw.  It encompasses American Staffordshire terriers, American Pit Bull terriers (not pitbull) and Staffordshire Bull terriers, as well as mixes of these dogs.  In some areas, “Pitbull” dogs are identified by appearance alone.

The outlook is grim; however, there are a number of no-kill shelters specifically for these “bully breeds” cropping up.  That last part is good news, because owners are giving up their dogs at a high ratio.  We need more education for owners and more safe places for the dogs to go.

I encourage everyone, everywhere, to practice responsible pet ownership.  Research the dog (or cat! or whatever!) that you are considering getting, and think through whether or not it will be a good fit with your family.  Factor in children, as well as your housing and/or yard situation.  Think honestly about the time you have to spend with your pet.  Spay and neuter, and train, train, train, your dog.

Today’s article gives me Paws for Thought.  I hope you think about it, too.

Woof!  Love, Maggie

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