Today I will be picking up my new family member: a 3 year old female pit from the wake county SPCA. I've been reading this website and others like crazy preparing and am excited to start life with a pit. I know she'll be great.
As a noob I'm sure I'll have some questions so I decided to join this community so I have other folks to talk to about my new girl. I am definitely not the stereo-typical "pit bull person" but I'm quickly learning by reading this and other sites that all of the pit related stereotypes are wrong for the breed as well as the people. I didn't specifically seek out a pit. I knew I wanted an adult dog because they have more trouble getting adopted and puppy's are a little too spazzy for me. I also knew I wanted a dog with a good temperament and one who was good with cats. All of the folks at the SPCA said the same thing: I had to meet Cassie. Cassie is 3 and was in captivity as part of a back yard breeder operation. She was seized by animal control and turned over the the SPCA. She's been through training and fostered with families with cats and other dogs. She's beloved by the SPCA staff but because she's an adult pit they've had a lot of trouble adopting her out. People just see her or hear "pit bull" and walk away. I was open to it though. She seems like a really wonderful dog and the word of the people who have cared for her for the better part of a year means a lot more to me than rumors and hype.
Anyway, I pick her up tonight. I'm sure I'll be posting on here a lot. I'm so excited!
Thanks all and nice to meet you!