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Nellie, not a Pit

There’s no such thing as a bad dog, and Nellie is proof. She’s full of energy, equally ready to play or cuddle (her ferocious licks can wipe away eye boogers and clear a stuffy nose in one swipe!).

As usual, it’s people that ruin things. Breeds like the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Bulldog, all rolled into the nebulous breed of “Pit Bull,” have a bad reputation as aggressive, mean, and dangerous, stemming from their ancestry as fighters.

But just like people, dogs aren’t born that way; they learn such behavior. Ask anyone lucky enough to have one of these angels as part of their family, “pits” and their mixes are great with children, loyal, and intelligent.

Look to their training, and it will tell you all you need to know about their owners: a sweet, cuddly girl like Nellie has wonderful humans; a snarling, aggressive dog on a chain, well, bad people live everywhere.

Do your part and replace the term “Pit Bull” with more accurate nicknames such as Staffy, Bully, or Bulldog Mix.

(You may recognize this lady from our June newsletter. Every month we send out The Critter Courier where we feature photos of your pets, post informative pet-related content, stories, and holidays schedules.)