It’s been tough on Tonks these last few weeks as she and Blue haven’t been able to find their level. She’s going on nine years old now and just doesn’t have the same energy levels as a 12-month-old Pit Bull. Because he’d spent most of his puppy months either chained up in a yard with no mental stimulation or in the pound he really hadn’t had any socialisation so tended to be a bit too boisterous while playing.
Tonks, quite rightly so, didn’t really appreciate being pinned down or stamped on. He was very obviously trying to play and be affectionate, but he really doesn’t realise his own size. I mean just look at the picture to the left; he honestly thought he was small enough to fit on that single seat sofa! For weeks now she’s been a little ‘back off buddy!’ whenever he came too close, but for the first time last night she actually started to play with him.
It’s amazing to see the change in him now that he’s being socialised. He understands now that he can’t be too rough with her, and if he wants to play he has to do it on her terms. He rolled over, showed her his belly and she pinned him down and they were off! Lots of affectionate ear nibbling and some playful growls, waggy tails and now they can’t get enough of each other. It’s wonderful how fast he learns.
Today I was lucky enough to catch them on video playing. Hearing two bull breeds play can be a bit daunting to the uninitiated, so rest assured that they are happy playful sounds. I remember the first time I heard Tonks play with her rope toy I thought she was murdering something in the next room. But seeing these beautiful, powerful animals be so happy and aligned with each other has really given me an even greater appreciation for both their breeds. Tonks, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is about a quarter of the size of Blue, a Pit Bull, but she pins him down and gives as good as she gets. He now knows he’s big and is respectful of her size and she won’t hold back to make sure that he gets a good old play as well.
They’re rubbing along fine now. Every day he gets better and better, and every day we fall more and more in love with him. It’ll be hard to let him go when he finds his forever home. We’d keep him if it weren’t for BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) in the UK which has banned him for being a ‘dangerous’ dog. The only thing dangerous is that archaic law which punishes the breed, and not the deed. It removes all responsibility from the owners to raise a happy, socialised and well trained dog, and instead allows them to hide behind a law which has punished their dog for just being born.
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