For anyone who’s looking for an energetic companion to go jogging with, Petey would be an excellent candidate. He’ll need a big yard to run around in and would prefer a home without children or cats. He’s neutered, housetrained, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
Petey is a puppy at heart and loves playing outside and giving slobbery kisses. Unfortunately he doesn’t know his own strength, so he’ll try to jump into your lap and snuggle like a smaller dog would. But he’s highly trainable as long as he gets treats.
Normally a sweetheart like Petey would have a home by now. But he’s a pit bull, a stigmatized breed that is often banned or regulated in certain areas. Owners have to be mindful of local statutes in public places, such as parks or certain neighborhoods, where pit bulls might not be allowed.
Pit bulls were originally bred in England to fight each other for profit and entertainment. Even today, illegal dogfighting rings are still in practice. Due to their reputation as fighting dogs, pit bulls are often left waiting at shelters for years, or are euthanized upon arrival.
But along with strength and agility, pit bulls were bred for obedience, so they wouldn’t attack their handlers. When they’re well-trained and socialized, pit bulls are known for being friendly, affectionate, and eager to please. At some point in history they earned the nickname “nursemaid’s dog” because they were usually gentle with children. During World War I, the United States Army used the breed as their mascot to represent loyalty, courage, and determination.
Like any pit bull, Petey is stocky and muscular, so his friendliness can be overwhelming. He needs an owner with a firm hand and excellent upper-body strength to keep his playful romps in check.
For more information on Petey and other adoptable dogs, call Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077.
– Särah Nour