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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