A special video for National Pit Bull Awareness Day
What — you were expecting Sarah McLachlan? But wasn’t that Mark Morrison throwback so much better?
Who knows when mack daddy Mark Morrison will return to pop culture? But just in time for National Pit Bull Awareness Day, a certain mack-chete has returned to our care.
Silly me for prematurely starting the celebration of Charlie Machete’s adoption last week — before his new family had enough time to figure out that maybe they weren’t ready to take him on in addition to their baby rescue pit.
We were, of course, disappointed that what had seemed so promising didn’t work out. But we know he’s not the world’s easiest dog. And we were happy to see his whiskery smile again.
Machete may be a mutt, but he has that great, classic pit bull grin.
Yesterday, Our Waldo Bungie offered a great list of ways to celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day. One way is to foster a pit bull. I’m going to take that one step further. If it’s right for you, just go ahead and adopt a pit bull.
While you’re thinking about it, here are a few reasons to consider the bully mix at our house:
1. He will help you get in shape. Machete is a high energy dog who requires a long walk – or, better, a jog – every day. Bonus: Although he was not leash-trained before he came to us, Machete is now our best dog on a leash.
2. He is very affectionate. Machete just wants to be close to his people. He loves to cuddle on the couch, in the bed or at your feet. He’s a great kisser, too.
3. He is food-oriented. Machete loves to eat, and he loves to chew on bones. His reward-seeking nature makes it pretty easy to teach him new tricks. He already knows how to “sit,” “shake” and “down.”
4. The payoff is worth it. We don’t know Machete’s back story, but he clearly has some baggage. Of course, who doesn’t? Over the past four months (and a few annoying bumps in the road), what we’ve learned about this dog is that if you show him boundaries, respect, routine and love, you will get obedience, loyalty and love in return.
Charlie Machete just needs to meet the person who’s willing and able to show him the patience he needs and deserves. Is it you?