Rescued Pit Bull Saves the Life of the Little Boy Who Saved Him

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pit bullPit bulls get a terrible rap. To make matters worse, their reputations have been sullied by people and by and large has nothing to do with them! Few breeds are more misunderstood. Luckily, there are people who make it their business to bust all these pit bull myths, and the world is a better place for it.

Take Christi Smith. She and her family recently scooped Tatertot, a 10-month-old pit bull, out of a shelter just hours before he was set to be put to sleep. Christi had initially planned on simply fostering the dog until she could find a home for him. But then something that happened that changed everything.

Tatertot and her 4-year-old son became incredibly close incredibly quickly. Her son, Peyton, adored the friendly little guy and the feeling, Christi said, was mutual. The whole family had grown so attached to Tatertot that Christi was already having second thoughts about finding another home for the pup.

When she finally made the decision to adopt him, it was a no-brainer. Peyton became ill during the night, and a frantic Tatertot woke up Christi. With his licking, bounding, and whimpering, he made it clear something was very wrong. A trip to the ER later, Christi learned that Peyton's blood sugar had dropped to dangerously low levels.

The pup whose life they had saved? He had just saved the life of her son. They say the reward you get from adopting a rescue dog is boundless. I think this is more than proof of that. It's also another great example of a pit bull proving they are so much greater than the stereotypes around their breed.

Do you believe in adopting rescue dogs?


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nonmember avatar Leigh

All of our dogs are rescues..they are the best kind. We saved them but I swear they saved us too.

Movie... Moviebuff

I'm glad we are hearing a story about this awesome dog. They usually only tell is about the bad ones to tell you the truth I'm more afraid of the chihuahuas then a pit bulls they are annoying dogs.

kymom23 kymom23

Beautiful story!!!!

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Jaghd810 Jaghd810

Pit bulls (no such thing, only a description of a dog's physical characteristics) are known to love and nanny children. Think about this, people train these dogs to fight other dogs.  Yet, someone must physically use their hands to break up this fight. The person breaking up the fight rarely gets bit. And if so, it's because the hand got into the dog's mouth. The dog did not purposely bite the human. I volunteer at a city run shelter. About 60 dogs are brought in a day. 90% of which are pit bull like dogs. Some are from dog fighting rings. None, in the past 5 years, were aggressive to humans. To other dogs, yes. But 95% of those dogs were retrained. Easily. Give a big thanks to shelter volunteers. We see a lot of animals. Get attached. Some are put down mostly due to over crowding. But somehow we still go back. And try our best for these victimized animals. 

Dkaria Moo

I feel the rewards are much greater from adopting shelter dogs then from breeders or stores.

Keri Simonet

You hear so many stories about pit bulls, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.  However, Time Magazine did an article not too long ago regarding pit bulls and whether they are inheritantly dangerous, and one of the research facts they cited was that when tested, many shelter workers cannot correctly identify a pit bull at all, so it is very difficult to identify characteristics of one breed when the breed itself cannot properly be identified.  My friend has an american bulldog who looks incredibly like a pit bull.  The article concluded that pit bulls are no more dangerous than other dog breeds. 

nonmember avatar Sam

My boyfriend has a 7 month old pit and she is the sweetest dog in the world. My chihuahua/lhasa apso/shizu mix is more aggresive than her during playtime.

Dawn Menefee Keeney

my mom and dad have a pit bull and she is the biggest baby and in fact you cant even play fight around her she will get in between the two playing and start licking. and when it comes to my children i worry more about them being around her shitzu more than the pit bull. my kids can practically ride her like horse and she wouldnt hurt a hair on their heads but the shitzu gets nippy

Pixie030 Pixie030

I rescued a red nose pit once, vet said she was less than a year old but already had scars, had been used for breeding and had her hip kicked out of place. It took some time to get that poor skin and bones baby back to a healthy weight and she was so scared to use stairs even after we got her hip back in place and she got many massages. Anytime someone raised their voice around her she would go and hide for a good 30 min before she would come out. I couldn't keep her cause i was in an apt at the time and I still wonder if I had found the right person for her and this was years ago. I had a smaller puppy at the time too and she never did anything aggressive towards him, she was very sweet and gentle.

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