A Wonderful Surprise

November 19, 2012  

A pit bull puppy teaches her rescuers what being a pit bull is all about

By Shannon Stevens

Goodness, where to begin. I guess the beginning is a good place. I have to say I was one of those people who feared the unknown. I’d never owned a pit bull or really known anyone else who had. So I had the same misconception most did that they were “mean dogs,” and that you can’t trust them and should beware of them around small children and other dogs, etc.

I have a Chihuahua named Cujo (I know, I know) who’s been in my family for two years. My husband called me one day at work a few days before my last birthday to let me know that he got me a present. He stopped by work later that day wanting to show me “the coffee table” he found for a great deal. I took my break and walked out to the car. There, sitting, was the most beautiful puppy I had ever seen. Upon closer inspection I saw that she was a pit bull. My nerves started. I almost had him take her back for fear of how she’d be with my little guy, Cujo. Then my husband told me how he had actually obtained Marley …

My husband’s brother, who’s a big rig truck driver, had met up with a gentleman at some truck stop in the area. This “gentleman” (I use that term loosely) had my little girl and two of her siblings living inside the cab of his truck. It was caked in feces and the pups didn’t appear to have been fed in some time according to my brother-in-law. The man started up a conversation with my brother-in-law telling him that he planned on “tossing” the pups on the side of the road or at a truck stop where someone would “hopefully” find them.

My brother-in-law took all three pups from this jerk and called my husband asking if he’d be willing to adopt one. Unfortunately, one of the pups died of parvovirus from not being properly vaccinated. The other two have found permanent homes with my brother-in-law and myself.

After hearing that story I just knew I had to give this cute puppy a permanent home and family. Surely if I gave her all my love she couldn’t be “that bad.” Little did I know she would turn out to be the sweetest, most loving dog I’ve ever met and no, that’s not just the “mommy” in me speaking.

I named my new treasure, “Marley,” after the late, great Bob Marley. Little did I know just how much the two would have in common. Bob Marley was internationally acclaimed as the ambassador of peace and goodwill. I hope my Marley and I can do the same for the greatly misunderstood breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Something happened last winter that solidified my trust and belief in Marley. Cujo absolutely refuses to walk in the cold when his feet “freeze.” After approximately 10 minutes in the cold he’ll sit where he stands and “protest” by refusing to move. He begins to whine and the whole nine yards. He’ll make you walk to wherever he is, pick him up and carry him inside. My husband was working on a vehicle and left the pups outside a little too long. Apparently Cujo had sat down and started whining. Marley, fearing for her brother’s well being actually picked him up by the scruff and carried him to our covered porch to “warm up.” While she was preoccupied “saving” Cujo, my husband actually caught the act as he rounded the fence to grab another tool.

When I arrived home later that night and got filled in on the day’s events I almost came to tears. How in the world could this dog know when and how to spring into action? How in the world did she know Cujo was in trouble? Her natural caring demeanor and instincts floored me.

After that day I began to look online at other amazing pit bull stories. I was absolutely surprised to see that most pit bulls naturally possess this “spring into action” trait. That’s when I stumbled across the “StubbyDog Project” Facebook page.

I could go on and on about how amazing my Marley is and how lucky I am to have her in my life. But that would be the mommy in me speaking. Let’s just say I’m one proud lady.

I pledge from this day forward I will do everything in my power to spread the word and educate anyone who will listen. Marley has not only given me joy, laughs and happiness, she’s also educated me on how misunderstood her breed really is.

To all out there who had the same hesitations I did, have an open mind, give it a try and you might just be surprised. Mother was always right when she said to never judge a book by its cover.

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2 Responses to “A Wonderful Surprise”
  1. PittieMom says:

    As so many of us can attest to, it just takes that one special pibble to change all of our misconceptions and prejudices. And Marley was your ‘one’ pibble.

  2. Miznoone says:

    Thank you for giving Marley a chance – she sounds like an absolute sweetheart. And thank you to your brother-in-law for saving her and her sibling!