Awwwww…it’s hard to resist this mug:

My name is Bert and I am a neutered male, red and white American Staffordshire Terrier mix

I am about 1 year and 1 month old.

I am currently available for adoption.

Did you think it was going to be that easy to walk by me and not take me home? Of course not, I’m the most handsome boy in the shelter! My name’s Bert and I’m an active guy in search of a forever home. I love playing with toys and I will jump up to kiss your face. With a guy like me around, there’ll never be a dull moment. I don’t like playing by myself so you have to come with me when I go outside. My perfect owner will not mind getting big hugs and slobbery kisses, and will have plenty of room in the bed for me to stretch out. I’m full grown at 37 lbs. **MY ADOPTION FEE IS $115.00.**

For more information about this animal, call: SPCA of Wake County at (919) 772-2326. Ask for information about animal ID number A061543

This weekend, after learning about my aunt Judi passing away, we decided to distract ourselves by going to the Animal Protection Society of Durham and delivering some towels for the dogs, as well as worn washcloths, to help with bathing the dogs.

We always go back to see the dogs to see how many pit bulls are being brought in and available for adoption.

I have to tell you that too many of my fellow citizens in Durham County are still not spaying and neutering their canines, because this trip we saw at least 6 or 7 cages with multiple puppies in them, maybe 7-8 weeks. Horrible. At least they were healthy looking and definitely adoption worthy. Most seemed to Lab or Shepherd mixes, but there were Pit litters in there as well.

One cage, and I wish I had my camera with me, had two gorgeous red Pit pups with black noses, and little wrinkled foreheads, like Casey has when she puts her worry-wart face on. They were adorable, with the more dominant one, the female, chasing the tail of her brother and nibbling on it.

More below the fold.  One can only hope that a good responsible, informed person comes along to give these pups the love, training and socialization they need to thrive. We both left wanting to put them in our pockets!

Of course we know that we couldn’t — I’m not going through that puppydom phase again; I’ve always adopted adult dogs that were already housebroken. Casey was an unusual case, since she was nine months, wasn’t completely housebroken, and still did a lot of chewing, which we found out the hard way. But things are fine now, save the snacked-on side of the sofa from a while back, lol. Most Pits aren’t good left to their own devices at home alone, something I have always been able to do with my Ridgebacks and Lab mixes.

Chloe and Casey now go to dog day care at Pet Resort of the Triangle, where they get to do group play with lots of canine pals, and that’s good socialization for both of them. Otherwise when they are home on the weekends and we go out, Casey stays in an oversized crate with a peanut butter-filled Kong. We usually don’t stay out more than a couple of hours, and she’s fine and usually sleeps.

If you crate train a dog early, they don’t see it as a prison, it’s a den and they are keen to sleep in it even with the crate door open. Any problems usually arise when the crate is used by the owner as punishment for the dog — that breeds a negative association with confinement. When we come home we calmly let her out and she’s happy to see us, not anxious at all.

Now I can’t understand why people leave a dog crated all day long (such as when they go to work). IMHO, that’s way too long, physically and psychologically, for a dog to be confined in a crate; if a person cannot come home to walk or exercise the dog in the middle of the day, you might want to ask yourself why you have a dog at all – get a cat, they’re much less maintenance.

That’s why when I had to put down my beloved Ridgeback Addison back in 1996, I had no dog for over a year. It was nice not to have to worry about when I came home or how long I was out, but after a while, the benefit of canine companionship had me go back to save another adult Ridgeback, Red.

Also:

* Pam’s Pit Picks of the Week – and more surprises in breed-specific legislation

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