Happy Tail: A rescued Pit Bull brightens the breed’s tarnished reputation

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The Pit Bull sat quietly next to the block wall of his kennel, watching
as Emily Richardson and her boyfriend visited with dogs at Redlands (CA)
Animal Shelter
they had seen on
Petfinder.com.

It was about a month after Emily’s 15-year-old dog had
died, and they were looking for a companion for their now lonely dog,
Darby.

None of the dogs seemed to click with Darby, however, so Emily, who
had never considered adopting a Pit Bull and knew the breed had a bad reputation, suggested they give this quiet guy a chance.

“I was
so impressed when the handler took him out and he didn’t try to drag her
across the yard like all the others did,” Emily says. “He was a ball of
joy in the play yard — a little wild, but who can blame a cooped-up
pup? He thought we were cool and Darby was fun, so I made up my mind to
adopt the 6-month-old pup.”

It has worked out better than she ever expected. “Ranger is a real
special boy,” she says. “He has a level of patience and tolerance that
always impresses me and others.”

Sometimes Ranger goes to work
with his “mom.” He goes “from one coworker’s desk to another to visit,”
and as he does so, he changes people’s attitudes about Pit Bulls. In
March he passed his Canine Good Citizen and TDI therapy dog tests and now
will go out in the community and “rub off a little bit of tarnish that
clouds the Pit Bull’s image,” Emily says. “He definitely changed our
minds.”


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