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Dazey, Our Tigger-Dog

Pit bulls have it tough these days. They’re mistreated by some, feared by many. It’s my personal opinion that mixed pits may even have it worse…not purebed to be prized by some aficionados but still, the obvious muscular body, large triangle shaped head solicits fear and makes adoption difficult. So, when I saw Pit bull/Beagle mix Dazey’s picture on Homewardtrails.org, those scared sweet eyes, spoke to me. She was in a rural shelter without much time left.

Dazey, Our Tigger-Dog

Dazey (formerly Daisey) at the shelter

Dazey (formerly Daisey) at the shelter

We had owned a Pit bull for 12 years. We had known how affectionate, loving, and kind they can be. I had first-hand experience watching as a two year old climbed on top of my pit bull multiple times, reaching into that mouth– those large muscular jaws, and sharp teeth– to take her prized toy and each time, my beautiful Maggie just let that toy go and licked the child’s face.

I could not let Dazey be put down without trying. We already had two dogs though, rescues as well, plus a busy five year old. It could be complicated. I spoke with the family and my son was just thrilled. His thought on the matter was that Dazey would be his dog. That way each of us in the family would have one. He was right – Dazey has indeed become his,….well….sister, playmate, friend, dog. She has been such a joy.

It was a little scary to pick up a dog unseen, untested with our family, our other pets. The description said she was quiet, medium energy, shouldn’t be more than 30 lbs full grown…”We should be able to handle that,” I thought. She came out of the transport full of energy. This emaciated, beautiful little Pit mix was ready to go. They handed us the leash and she just started walking, almost running….away from whatever her bad situation was.

As the weeks went by, the anxiety passed and she became a natural extension of our family. Her joy and vigor for life is contagious. She’s just always happy. She’s our own little Tigger. She has become best pals with our other Lab/Pit mix as well. Hisstory is a sad one prior to coming home with us. He didn’t even know how to play before Dazey came into his life.Her companionship enabled him to lower his defense. She’s taught him how to just be a happy playful dog!

My son adores her. They play tug of war, and wrestle. She’s never shown aggression towards him even when he’s not being the most gentle or considerate playmate. In a nutshell, Dazey is one fantastic little girl and we’re a very happy and blessed three dog-three person family.

-Carisa

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