Why yes, I am a Pit Bull

February 20, 2015  

“Until the day I met this little girl, I had no idea what I was missing.”
By: Sayoko Murase


Kirby came into my life when I first delved into animal rescue.  Before that, I didn’t know the first thing about pit bull type dogs.  Maybe I was even somewhat fearful because of all the stories I had heard in the media.  But I’m glad I had an open mind.

Our first meeting happened in the lobby of an animal hospital where she had been treated for her injuries.  I was sitting on the floor when the staff brought her out.  Before I had a chance to stand up, she rushed over to introduce herself… with a kiss.  From that moment on, my perception of pit bulls was never the same.  Here are 5 things I now know about pit bulls:

Kirby-and-Sayo-11. They give the best big bear hugs.  If you’re ever having a bad day, this is the cure.

2. Their smiles are as wide as their big block heads and totally contagious.

3. They won’t think twice about using you as pillow.  Quite simply, they are the most affectionate dogs I’ve ever known.  Napping with a pit bull is a little piece of heaven.  Give it a try! It’s the most comforting feeling in the world!

4. Despite anything that’s happened in their past, they are forgiving and they don’t believe in holding a grudge.  The Vick dogs have proven this to be true.

5. Last but not least, they are incredibly brave and resilient.  Kirby set this example by learning to walk again after being hit by a speeding car. When she shuffled down the street with the help of a harness, she inspired everyone, from strangers to my own sister.  She is the little dog who could do anything.

Every dog I’ve fostered takes a piece of my heart with them when they leave for their forever home and Kirby managed to steal an extra large piece.  Maybe it was because it was my very first experience with these dogs who are too often misunderstood and get a bad rap for no valid reason.  I’m grateful that I still get to see this beautiful girl sometimes and she likes to remind me that she is still a lap dog.  It’s good to see that some things never change.

Kirby, who is now named Ginger wouldn’t be where she is today without the unconditional love and commitment of her guardian angels, Karen Chang as well as the Confident Dog. Their kindness and compassion have changed her world.


Sayoko Murase is a contributor to StubbyDog.  Make sure to follow her blog here!


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