No dog is more maligned, mistreated, or misunderstood than the pit bull. A generation ago, the pit bull was the loyal sidekick to The Little Rascals on TV, was the mascot of the Buster Brown children’s shoe company, and was a companion to the likes of Helen Keller and President Theodore Roosevelt. While you are browsing these pages we here at Out of The Pits hope you leave with a better understanding of the pit bull terrier, and hope that you open your home and hearts to one of our dogs.
Very Special Stories
What you will discover here, are some amazing and true accounts of people, Pit Bulls in need, and their efforts to help each other. Some of these tales will make you smile– others will infuriate you as you read of abuse and neglect– and some will undoubtedly leave you with a lump in your throat. An important fact to note is that everyone involved embarked upon a personal journey through uncharted territory. Neither man nor animal had any real sense of what lay ahead. Yet, through patience, love, trust and respect, all arrived at their destinations changed for the better.
Pit Bulls excel at agility and have been doing so for a while now. Like most dog sports agility has it’s fair share of “typical” achievers like Border Collies, Shelties, and various other herding breeds that are supposed to be quick and agile. Pit Bulls excel at agility as they are fast and agile and attack agility courses with vigor and tenacity.
Every day thousands of dogs assist people as therapy dogs. Many visit senior citizen homes and give residents something to look forward to each week. They literally wait for the moment a therapy dog walks through that door so they an lavish attention and praise on them. Pit Bulls serve as outstanding therapy dogs. The following dogs highlight their remarkable diversity.
As OOTP dogs become stars on the agility field, make therapy visits in nursing homes and hospitals, provide humane education in schools throughout the Northeast and increasingly participate in law enforcement, all of them remain stars in the heart of their families.
Law Enforcement Dogs
Pit Bulls can make amazing law enforcement dogs. Just ask K-9 handler and Oregon policeman Billy Wells, who has a canine partner many would not expect – a pit bull. Shaka came to Wells’ unit in the Milwaukie Police Department after a series of events changed the death-row dog’s life.