October is Pitbull Awareness Month because there are a lot of misconceptions about this breed. Pitbulls were once considered “America’s dog” and were largely associated with children, for example Petey from Little Rascals and Helen Keller’s dog. The traits that make them wonderful pets: loyalty, intelligence, and desire to please their owner- are what some people have used to exploit them. They are actually gentle, loving dogs and make amazing family pets. In fact, in temperament testing this breed scores consistently high – even higher than Golden Retrievers. In recognition of Pitbull Awareness Month, we will be highlighting Brookland pit bulls. If you know of an adorable pit bull you would like featured here, let us know! Meet Bonnie and Clyde, rescued Pitbulls from the DC area.
Bonnie is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (7 years old) and Clyde is an American Staffordshire Terrier (10 years old). Although they were adopted years apart, they came with those names and seemed destined for each other! Both come from tragic beginnings, as is often the case with rescued pit bulls. Clyde was rescued at a fighting camp were he was kept outside, his chain had grown into his neck, and he had a bad abdominal infection. Bonnie’s mom was a fighting dog and Bonnie was born in a shelter. Lucky for Bonnie and Clyde, they actually had it much easier than many Pits that are tortured, starved, beaten and forced to fight for their owners. The amazing thing about dogs, Pits included, is that they never hold a grudge. Bonnie and Clyde are gentle, loving, sweet dogs who are amazing with kids and seem to know to be extra gentle with the very little ones.
Clyde’s favorite activity is sun-bathing. He could lay in the hot sun for hours and be perfectly happy. Bonnie is much more active and loves running, jumping and playing tug. She’s also great to snuggle up with on a cold day. But mostly they LOVE to be with each other. They are completely attached at the hip. Bonnie and Clyde also love to watch out the side window and smile at their Brookland neighbors and kids when they come and go.