Leona – Female Pit Bull

By Pammy
In Adopted
Aug 27th, 2013

leona 5Congrats to Leona for finding her forever home today 01/25/2013. Good luck ol’ gal.

Leona is an incredibly friendly Pit Bull.

If you ask her, Leona swears up and down that she is the ideal size to be a lap dog. She is the first to take the chair next to you if she’s not allowed to take over your lap. She likes to sit up and watch the world around her like the most attentive toddler.

At adoption events, Leona is rarely in her cage as she is often busy being spoiled and loved up by the adoption volunteers. So if you see her name card on an empty cage, ask the volunteers to see if they are busy hogging her snuggles.

Leona is great with dogs and her mellow personality leads us to believe she is likely to be good with most animals.

LeonaDid you know that the Pit Bull rates as one of the friendliest breeds (86%) in studies?

This makes them friendlier than a number of popular breeds such as the cocker spaniel (81.9%), collie (79.7%), beagle (80.3%), chihuahua (71.1%), pomeranian (75.8%) and even the beloved golden retriever (84.6%).

Read on to learn more about this loving breed and follow this link to the ASPCA to learn the truth about Pit Bulls.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASadly, the pit bull has acquired a reputation as an unpredictable and dangerous menace. His intimidating appearance has made him attractive to people looking for a macho status symbol, and this popularity has encouraged unscrupulous breeders to produce puppies without maintaining the pit bull’s typical good nature with people. To make matters worse, irresponsible owners interested in presenting a tough image often encourage their pit bulls to behave aggressively. If a pit bull does bite, he’s far more likely to inflict serious injuries than most other breeds, simply because of his size and strength. A pit bull bite is also far more likely to draw media attention. Many dogs of other breeds bite people, but these incidents almost always go unreported. They’re just not exciting enough fodder for television and print.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADespite this bad rap, a well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. It is truly a shame that the media continues to portray such a warped image of this beautiful, loyal and affectionate breed. Pit bulls once enjoyed a wonderful reputation. Some of the most famous dogs in American history were pit bulls. A pit bull named Stubby, a decorated hero during World War One, earned several medals and was even honored at the White House. During duty, he warned soldiers of gas attacks, found wounded men in need of help and listened for oncoming artillery rounds. Pit bulls have been featured in well-known advertising campaigns for companies such as Levis, Buster Brown Shoes and Wells Fargo. The image of a pit bull, which was considered a symbol of unflagging bravery and reliability, represented the United States on recruiting and propaganda posters during World War One. Many famous figures, including Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, General George Patton, President Woodrow Wilson, Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, shared their lives and homes with pit bulls.

Modern pit bulls can still be ambassadors for their breed. Some are registered therapy dogs and spend time visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Some work in search-and-rescue. Tahoe, Cheyenne and Dakota, three search-and-rescue pit bulls from Sacramento, California, worked tirelessly at the World Trade Center during the aftermath of 9/11. Others, like Popsicle, an accomplished U.S. customs dog, work in narcotics and explosives detection. Still others serve as protection or sentry dogs for the police. The majority are cherished family members. Pit bulls become very attached to their people, and most love nothing better than cuddling on the couch or sleeping in bed with their pet parents (preferably under the covers)!


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