Well what is up? I have been gone too long and feel like I left my family behind. It has been a hard time for me. As some of you know I lost my dog Maya who was family to me for 12 1/2 years. I was there the day she was born. That really tore me up bad. I pretty much dropped off the face of the earth after this happened. I have dealt with this to a certain extent.
5 day's after Maya's death another family was born. Some friends who own a kennel had a mother APBT and her 5 pups deserted on there doorstep. they gave me a call knowing my situation with Maya. I went over to check them out right there I instantly knew the one that would be mine. So at 8 weeks I became a daddy yet again. Her name is Lucy, we had a hell of a time trying to pick out a name. The day before she came home we found out that one of the staff and the owner were both calling her Lucy as in Lucile Ball. Lucy is red, the funny thing is they both were calling her this unbeknownst to the other at first. So keeping the irony alive I had to keep the name. She is such a cute little thing and so small after we got her home. In the first week she took a turn for the worse at just 8 weeks old she stopped eating and drinking. I thought it might just be a fear of new surroundings and stress. I was watching her at every moment than I noticed a very small amount of blood in her stool. I knew it was Parvo, 1 1/2 hours later I was at the vet with her, I was unfortunately right, it was parvo. This was actually my worst fear from the beginning, pit bulls seem to be highly susceptible to parvo and I was watching for it very hard. She stayed at the vet for 2 day's the vet said it could be 2 weeks. I caught it so early that she came right around with the treatments she was getting. We really didn't have the money but what do you do?
Now she is doing great and a little hellion. But really she is a great dog, even potty trained for the most part. She is great with people, kids, baby's and all. She is also great with other dogs. I really think she is going to one hell of a dog, will she be a Maya class dog it is possible but that is a very high benchmark to reach. I just love this little girl to death as do EVERYONE else. Especially my kids they can't get enough of her.
My wife keeps telling me if it weren't for me she might not be alive right now. If it wasn't for my constant supervision I would have missed the parvo which is usually a death sentence. She is lucky to be alive and I am lucky to have her.
I have been intensely relearning how to train and raise a pup it has been a while and I wanted to do everything right. I have been spending a lot of time reading books and hanging out with the fine folks pitbullforum.com. They are as passionate about APBTs as the people here are passionate about gardening. Actually the 2 forums are carbon copy's of each other only with a different main topic. That and constantly hanging out with Lucy trying to get her on the right path. It's like having a newborn human minus the diapers but add in cleaning the carpet due to lack of the diapers.
Sorry this is getting long winded but I feel like I should explain why I left my family here without any warning or without any reason. I feel like I have done wrong. But it has been a trough time and I am sure you understand. I'm better and I will be stopping by more. Hell gardening season is right around the corner.
Following is the reason I have gone I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.