Ruby is the greatest dog in the world. Perhaps I am a bit biased, but it’s hard to argue otherwise. She’s a lab, and most level-headed people know that labs are simply the best. Pit bulls, on the other paw, are simply the worst. They are just useless creatures up there with ants and mosquitos and should be feared like rattle snakes and sharks. Right? Wrong.
Lucy, my ex-wife, has a pit bull named Sadie. I’d never been around this often-misunderstood breed until Lucy and I reconnected. Initially, I was a bit nervous around her.
I’ve had two labs over the past 20 years. With labs, there is nothing to fear; however, their hyperactivity might freak you out. Both of my dogs came from my friends. I got Chyna at eight weeks and Ruby at seven weeks. Both were well trained and a delight to be around.
Sadie, too, is a delight to be around. She is a super sweet dog, but she didn’t have the luxury of growing up in a nice environment. I don’t know her full story, but she was used in a puppy mill. She had many litters of pups and was in poor health. She was covered with scars, scrapes and hot spots. She spent the first five years of her life on a chain. There are some bad people in this world.
Our local humane society took her in and nursed her back to health. Lucy, who has great affinity for pits, quickly adopted her and took her in. That was about nine months ago.
Sadie is a great dog, but one can often tell she comes from sad and humble beginnings. I’ve never seen one so timid and afraid, although she is getting better. She is terrified of just about everything from popping open a trash bag prior to lining the can to the sound of folding a pillowcase. She’s also a bit protective of her food. I don’t know her whole story, but I feel for her.
One night recently, Ruby was left inside for 24 hours and didn’t have an accident. Sadie has accidents often. She must be on a leash when we let her out.
Ruby doesn’t need a leash at all. She does exactly what I tell her. She’s never run off. If Sadie runs off, there’s no telling where she’ll wind up. Does this mean Ruby is a better dog? Nope. It just means that she had a better start and better opportunities early on.
The great news is that Sadie’s future is bright and will only get brighter. In just the few months I’ve been around her, I’ve seen vast improvement in all areas. She’s gotten to the point where she’ll even give me a little sugar. On top of that, she’s a great snuggler.
Pits get a bad rap simply because of many of their irresponsible and down-right criminal owners. I’m constantly learning. I was wrong about pit bulls. They are great dogs and deserve a shot at a happy life just like any other.
Ruby is still the best dog in the world.
Jody Fuller is from Opelika, Ala. He is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.jodyfuller.com.