Have you met my adorable, marbled sidekick, Miss TuffTuff aka Tuffy, Truffles, Trufflepie, or just plain Tuff? She’s my general counsel for all things human. Tuffy may look like a pig-like pitbull, but she’s an observant, sensitive human dressed like a dog.
I’ve always been a dog person, but I never knew a pitbull until Tuffy came into our home as a foster, after our dog of 17-18 years, Peppy, passed away in our arms at home. When we first walked Tuffy around Fitler Square and Rittenhouse, I remember getting skeptical looks from neighbors and people crossing the street as we approached. That was 5 years ago. Now, Tuffy gets so much love from passerbys, being petted by strangers has become a chore. She gives me this look, why do they have to pet me for so long? Can’t a quick hello do the trick?
Pitties have been one of the biggest surprises of my life. Tuffy’s loyalty, obedience and smarts makes her hands-down the easiest dog I’ve ever known. She makes having a dog = pure joy. No part of caring for her feels like a burden or work. Not even picking up her poop. It’s all in the name of love!
When you feel ready to add a dog to your family, please consider adopting instead of buying and give these mis-stereotyped dogs a chance. What they have been notorious for are also the reasons they can be incredible, peaceful, loving companions. If you train them for good, they will be good, just like any other dogs. It’s just their strength, power and determination can be used for the wrong reasons. Use those incredible qualities to add a loving, full of personality, fur member to your family.
And to all the cities that ban pitbulls, do me a favor and ban Chihuahuas instead. ;)