Dogs are products of their environment as well as their genetics. They have been bred for many different jobs over centuries, however, they have primarily been bred as family companions and they need to be treated with compassion. Pit Bulls are no different. They were bred as working dogs and family companions prior to being bred to bull bait and then dog fight. They should be treated and trained as such. But in this story, people turned their backs on a pity dog when she needed help the most just because she is a Pitbull.
Before being brought in for medical care by a rescue group and treated her painful disease by the vet and adopted by a dog trainer, Matilda roamed the streets covered in horrific wounds. People who crossed her path assumed she was a product of dogfighting.
But Matilda wasn’t a fighter. Her wounds weren’t battle scares. She was actually suffering from leishmaniasis– a disease that caused the damage to her skin. But again, that label of ‘Pit Bull’ prevented humans from helping her. She remained on the streets. Wandering about, trying to fend for herself.
Matilda was the warmest, sweetest, most loving dog. She didn’t harbor any ill will towards humans despite being a Pit Bull, despite being on the streets and shunned by so many, If anything, she craved their touch and love more than anything.
A dog trainer that works with the rescue group decided to foster Matilda while she went through treatment. At his home, she really began to shine. The dog trainer fell in love with Matilda, and he officially adopted her and what happened next is simply amazing!
She made good friends with his other rescue dogs. She spent long hours playing with her new pack and snuggling with them. She was finally accepted and that gave her a new lease on life. Matilda blossomed even more! Her energy is simply contagious.
Matilda is simply special dog, no matter what she looks like on the outside. Her social skills, her ability to read cues from other dogs and humans, her unwavering patience, made her the best candidate that her new dad now trusts with newcomers.
Matilda’s social graces are so incredible that when she spends time with a dog that really needs guidance, it doesn’t take long for that dog to learn just what to do. She teaches others how to play without biting, how to accept their surroundings and relax. And this has, in turn, made other unadoptable dogs into success stories. Matilda doesn’t care that she’s a Pit Bull. People that really know her don’t care either. They know to look beyond the stereotype because she is special, no matter what outside she looks like.
Pit Bulls are wonderful animals that deserve a chance to have a good life like any other dog. However, it’s important to remember that Pit Bulls are not just any other dog. They are a little more of everything a dog can be.