When we lost our beloved Rottweiler Atrus, I thought I would never find another dog that could live up to his standards. He was the gentlest creature I ever met, yet was fiercely protective of his family. I wanted my daughters to grow up with a dog (any of you dog lovers out there know why) and I wanted one that would also protect them if necessary.
Atrus passed away in June of 2010, shortly after my twins were born. We knew what we wanted in a dog and spent a long time looking for it. Finding Max happened completely by chance. A number of random occurrences went into him coming into our lives. We had our credit card stolen and ended up spending a day at the police station. As we left, we heard on a radio station we never listen to about the county shelter dog of the day. Max was this dog. They described him as large, sweet and caring.
We drove the 40 minutes to the shelter and he was miraculously still there. He seemed to instantly become our dog. When we met him for the first time, he let our girls pull his ears and take food from him. When Nadia and Nicole were out of his sight, he became anxious and looked for them. We knew he was what we had been looking for.
Now Max has lived with us for almost a year and I have never once doubted our choice in him. My daughters stand on him, use him as a step stool, ride on his back and he doesn’t mind at all. When he hears the girls wake up, he runs to their room to greet them, and always accompanies us when we put his girls to bed. The girls like to feed him their left overs, and he patiently waits until they hand him food. He has never snapped, growled, or made any aggressive act towards them.
People are often shocked when I tell them that my young daughters play with their Pit Bull mix. Max may be a Pit Bull, but that doesn’t make him a bad dog. As my brother once said, ” I often think of pit bulls as soldiers in a way. Loyal, aggressive when necessary… In the wrong hands, yes they can be dangerous. With proper guidance, however, they are genetically predispositioned to be heroes.”