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A Pit Bull Rehabilitation Success Story

This story appeared a long time ago.  And while the images are no longer available, I wanted to post it in the authors own words.


This story appeared a long time ago.  And while the images are no longer available, I wanted to post it in the authors own words.


I finally took picturesof Driveby after two weeks of having him (12/17/98), so he doesn’t look as diseasedas he did. This is my first second-hand pitbull, so I’m not sure how hewill turn out, given the nature of his “previous life.” He was, obviously,used for fighting. I have found locations in Chicago where fights are held,but I can’t save all the dogs and much of the law enforcement doesn’tplace a heavy emphasis on animal cruelty laws (I do want to add that thereis contact with at least one who I contact with any questionableinformation). I feel so terriblebecause dog fights happen frequently and no one wants to foster/adopt thesepoor dogs. Any body know how to help in that area?

Driveby is in the healingprocess, both physically and mentally. One his scars and bald patches heal,I will search for a home. Lookingat the picture to the right, it appears he has mange, but those are arebald spots from scars. He has many scars on every place of his body andweighed thirty-eight pounds. He should weigh almost twice that. The firstthing he wanted to do when I got him was attack my other dog, a most lovablefat Rottweiler. After two weeks, he realizes no one will hurt him and triesplaying with (Fat)Sam, but she doesn’t trust him still. He is progressingrather well, and stays close to me outside, even without a leash. I havetaken him to the dog parks, keeping him OUTSIDE of the fence to get hima bit more socialized. He keeps surprising me by trying to behave becausehe knows this is what I want, but at this point and for months (years?)to come, he might attack for no reason.

It feels great to have savedthis poor dog, even though I still can’t think of any reason why he shouldn’thave been put to sleep like all the other fightersturned over to the shelter. I only hope that he will forget the pastand grow to be a “normal” dog, one that I can take to the dog parks andthe dog beach, and run, bark, swim, and catch tennis balls. I know I’mkidding myself, but I will continue working with him in all ways.

This is not my first PitBull, and this breed is a great dog. So to all those misinformed-on-the-pitbull-breedpeople out there, “It’s bad owners, not bad dogs!” I will keep this siteupdated for those of you interested in his progress. Below are more picturesof Driveby and here are otherpictures of myself and Fat Sam.

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Author: Matthias

Hey all! I’m Matthias and I love Pit Bulls (as you probably can guess lol). Until a couple years ago I had Blaze next to me while writing the articles for this blog and he was my inspiration, he still is but - hopefully - from a better life 🙂

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  1. Hey I was just wondering if

    Hey I was just wondering if you know how I can contact the person who used to own this website, the one who posted the story about Driveby? They used to hold “Pit bull walks” here in Chicago to show how great pitties are. I went to a few but when I tried to find the website later it was gone.


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