Pit bull terrier breaks the mold
For this week's Christmas Eve Pet Tale, I share the story of Maddie, my niece dog. She's an 8-year-old pit bull terrier mix my brother Scott Hill, 26, of Oklahoma City, has owned for seven years. Maddie was found stray behind the Southern Nazarene University field house where it backs into the woods.
“People dump unwanted dogs there,” Scott said. “My roommate had the car door open. He was texting and she jumped right into his lap.”
She started licking his face like she does everyone else, easing the fear that normally might have spiked when a pit bull terrier pounces into your lap.
But Maddie breaks the stereotype for pit bull terriers looking scary. She's a very lovely girl with fawn color hair and a delicate red nose. Her long legs are graceful and she is gentle in her actions.
Maddie turned out to be a lover. She loves to give kisses and cuddle with her family. She's great with little kids, a good thing since there are three toddlers in our family. And she even tolerates Bo, our Dad's little silky terrier who thinks he's the Alpha dog.
“When she laid her head on my arms the first night we got her, I called Mom and said ‘Hey, Mom! Guess what, I got a dog!' ” Scott said. “She said ‘All right, I'll set an appointment with Dr. Ron for her vaccinations.”
Scott says Maddie has met at least 300 people. That's because she was the official resident dog in a household full of college guys that liked to … well, party. Maddie's calm demeanor helped her make lots of outgoing college friends.
In 2010 Maddie was playing with a canine pal when she tore a ligament in her hind leg that doctors said would require knee surgery. This is one of those times having doggy insurance would have come in handy, as the surgery would cost more than $700.
Scott gave the go-ahead and doctors gave Maddie a new lease on life complete with a synthetic ligament to replace the torn ligament.
Maddie got ulcers from the stress of the surgery but otherwise recuperated well.
“I was really lucky. Dr. Ron (Laughlin) took good care of her,” Scott said.
“It's a good thing my Mom is compassionate about dogs,” he said, since she loaned him the money for the surgery on a payment plan.
This holiday season, from my family to yours, have a very merry “ChristmaKwanzaRamaHannukah!”
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