Thank you for the response csmith17. I am glad to hear that you have had a good experience with your dog, but also sorry to hear that she passed. I know how hard it is to loose a dog. Molly is my first dog that I have owned in 16 years. For years I didn’t want another dog because I was getting over loosing the last one. Then my wife and I lived in apartments where they wouldn’t allow dogs. When we bought our house, we began having children and it was too crazy having a dog. Finally, last year I convinced my wife to get a dog and that is when we got Molly. At first, my wife was a little nervous when people started commenting that she looked like a pit, but I reassured her that it was all on how you raise them. I think watching the “Dog Whisperer,” and hearing Caesar Milan comment on what great dogs they are really helped.
I know what you mean about the protective instict. People told me the same about pits. She is a real gentle dog, but when something seems out of the ordinary, she goes on the search until she finds that everything is okay. I remember when we first got her, after a long day out, my kids fell asleep (we had the dog with us) in the car, and she layed underneath my son’s feet until I brought him in the house. I brought my daughter in first, and despite having the car door open and me trying to coax her in the house, she wouldn’t leave him until I brought him in the house. Since then, there have been a number of times when she has showed this type of protection.
She is just an around great dog, and we love her. She loves to be around us and will often cuddle with us on the couch or when we go to bed at night, She is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. Good luck with finding your next dog,