Likes: PLAYING FETCH, destroying stuffies, Brock, playing with dogs, meeting new people, & cuddling
Pet-Peeves: Brock stealing her bally, when she cant meet another dog, pushy dogs, people waving their arms around (including taking off a jacket)
Favorite Toy: tennis balls, orbee ball, frisbee, wubba, fleece tug toy--basically anything she can fetch and/or tug, and of course her work to eat toys!
Favorite Food: she will pretty much eat anything, but especially loves raw meaty bones and bully sticks
Favorite Walk: anywhere calm and quiet
Best Tricks: sit, down, stand, shake, wait, bounce (jump up for toy), jump (over something), touch, play dead, drop it, "find it", roll over, sit pretty, wave, and she will toss her head back on cue
Arrival Story: Its a little confusing.. a friend's neighbor's ex surrendered her to their local shelter. Because of her breed the shelter was going to euthanize her, but he left her there anyway. When the neighbor/ex found out, she went and saved her but wasnt able to keep her because of an already full house. My friend asked if I was interested, and since Ive always wanted a pit bull, and had been considering getting another dog for a few months, I decided to go meet her. I picked her up on May 7th, 2005 with the intention of giving her 2-4 weeks to see if things would work out. Within a few days I knew she wasnt going anywhere, shes turned out to be the perfect addition.
Bio: Alki is a typical pit bull; very cuddly and affectionate, and ever playful. She has the most expressive deep brown eyes, and perfect white blaze on her nose. She also has a cute little under bite, and deadly whip for a tail! She is very intense and high drive when shes focused on a task (true TERRIER). She lives for fetch and tug, and these are her biggest training rewards. She will run until she collapses and is an amazing jumper. But is equally content to curl up on a chair and snore away for hours, preferably in the company of a human. She loves physical contact and I love having a 55 lb lap dog. When she is really happy to see you (which is pretty much all the time), she lets out the CUTEST "roo-roo-roo" howl! She will entertain herself for a long time bouncing around tossing a toy for herself. She appears to have been physically disciplined by her former owner and often used to cower down or roll on her back when she thought she was in trouble, but now she never does this. It makes me so happy and proud to think of how trusting and confident shes become. The dog I met the day I adopted her is nothing like the dog I know today. She can still be a bit shy in new situations, but has made amazing progress, and really enjoys people despite the abuse she experienced the first year of her life. Shes graduated basic obedience, and has taken agility and rally-o classes. We do not compete, but she is a rockin' disc dog, and excels at nose work!
Whats in a name: AlÃ‚Â·ki | Pronunciation: 'al-kI | Meaning: By and by; name of the beach/neighborhood in West Seattle where the settlers of the city landed from New York. | Origin: Chinook | why I chose it: I wanted a Seattle related name, and Alki seemed the most fitting
Mom and I have started playing frisbee in the yard together almost every day! I love it!!! We've played frisbee a lot before, but it is different now- she is teaching me lots of new tricks (SO FUN!) like jumping over her leg, and running between her legs, and she throws the frisbee different ways so I have to jump and figure out how to catch it- I LOVE this part! I get tired pretty quick with all this running and jumping, its a lot harder than just playing boring bally. Mom says in April we might get to play frisbee for an audience- sounds fine to meee!! I just hope mom learns to throw better by then- I dont want her bringing me down!! ;)
now, why breed bans are pointless. well 1st of all, breed identification is a MAJOR problem. "pit bull" is not even a breed. there are a numer of breeds that people label as "pit bulls", including: american pit bull terriers, american staffordshire terriers, and staffordshire bull terriers.
and there are even more breeds (or mixes of breeds) that people often label as "pit bulls" as well such as: boxers, any variety of mastiff, american bulldogs, alapaha blue blood bulldog, bull terriers, dogo argentinos, fila brasileiros, presa canarios, cane corsos, boston terriers, etc etc. basically any short nosed, short haired, muscular breed, cropped ears being a bonus.
and in the case of mixed breeds, well its anybodys guess. even breed experts have trouble identifying, and argue over what breed(s) a dog is. and not only that, but most mixed breed dogs have numerous breeds in their genes.
for an example of how many dog breeds look alike check out THIS SITE and see if you can identify the real "american pit bull terrier".
2nd, bite statistics are EXTREMELY unreliable. (read "Dogs Bite" for a very detailed account of how flawed they are!!) There is no national registry for dog bites by breed, and like I already said, breed identification is a major issue, especially in the case of mixed breeds, AND its estimated that more than 50% of dog bites arent even reported. On top of all that, the VAST majority of dog bites are at the band-aid level. (Again, read "Dogs Bite" for more information on how blown out of porportion this "risk" of dog bites is).
besides all that, human aggression is NOT normal in pit bulls. fighting dogs were bred for generations to have extremely low human aggression, because the owners had to be able to pull their dogs out in the heat of a fight.
and finally, the bottom line is any dog can be made aggressive, no matter the breed. bad breeding, lack of socialization, lack of proper training and kind handling, abuse and neglect, all make for very dangerous dogs. and the more negative media hype pit bull breeds get, the more bad people are drawn to them for that image. breed bans are not the answer. JUDGE THE DEED, NOT THE BREED.