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The Bestest Pit Cross You'll Ever "Meet"!!!

Myka
February 2nd, 2008, 08:00 PM
Hey guys! Time for an intro!

I grew up in a small town, and when I saw a slew of some very nicely colored/marked Pit / Mastiff cross puppies hitting the little pet stores I decided to find one for myself! I found out who the lady was who was selling them, but most of the puppies were already sold, and the rest had died of a Parvo outbreak. I was pretty bummed. That winter I heard she had a new batch of puppies that were Pit / Boxer crosses...even better!! :D

So I went and looked. What a sorry place, and sad little doggies. :sad: The place was a crack shack in the old red light district. They bred and sold these puppies to help feed their drug addictions (this was well known in the small town). There were several Pit X dogs of different ages roaming the filthy house. The mother of the puppies was very friendly, and didn't mind us digging through her litter of 11 three-week old pups. The poor mother dog had back to back litters (the first one being 13 pups), and was fed Maintain dog food ($11.99/bag, and the cheapest on the market). She was missing hair, and was a bone rack, but seemed to have a very good nature. I felt so bad for the poor pups who were likely destined for future druggies, and low lifes.

I picked out a pup based on "temperament testing" and color/markings, and arranged to take the pup to the vet for a pre-purchase exam. The vet was familiar with the pups this woman produced, and said most had good temperaments, but there were often Parvo outbreaks in that house that killed most of the pups. She suggested I take the pup home when she was only 5 weeks, so I could get some better nutrition into her, and hopefully avoid the Parvo outbreak he was sure was going to happen.

So I went and picked up my pup at only 4 1/2 weeks because the lady said "Welfare Wednesday is coming up so they will all be sold", so I went on the Tuesday and paid $80 for my pup. I put her on some good quality puppy food, and a vitamin/mineral tablet for a month. She had "flat feet" (toes didn't have any arch), which the vet said was a direct result from poor nutrition. All the pups in the litter were very small for their age. After a week I finally decided on a name for her, "Myka".

Here she is at about 8 weeks I think (sorry it's blurry):

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Myka-1.jpg

The house I got her from had a Parvo outbreak 2 weeks after I brought Myka home, and all the remaining pups died. :sad: The following spring brought the third litter of back to back puppies! :eek: The house ended up catching fire, and killed all the dogs. I think there were about 18 of them including the new puppies. :cry:

Myka blossomed on the new food, and vitamins, and her toes got their arch back. She learned how to sit quickly, and I socialised her a lot. She went downtown with me several times a week, and went to the park to play with kids and other dogs. She went to obedience classes, and agility classes.

Myka is now 9 1/2 years old, loves going out for hikes, walks, and car rides. She loves swimming. She's very well trained. She understands stand, sit, down, stay, in, out, back up, under (say a chair or something), up, off, ok, go, go play, find a toy. I'm sure I'm missing some. She will listen to stay, sit, down, and stand from as far away as she can hear me (a few hundred meters). She knows tricks like Bang! (play dead), shake a paw, roll over, sit ghey (I hope no one's offended with that...I think it looks silly when big tough looking dogs sit "pretty" haha), bark (loud), woof (quiet), sneeze (yep she sneezes on command).

She loves opening Christmas presents:

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/th_Oscar-Dec252006009.jpg (http://s85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/?action=view&current=Oscar-Dec252006009.flv)

When she was about 1 1/2 she started disliking other dogs, and even with the help of a trainer we were unable to train this out of her. She is fearful of other dogs, not aggressive. It's a pain in the butt as I always have to be aware of any dogs approaching when I'm out on a walk. She doesn't go after other dogs (on leash or off), but she will snap at dogs if they try to sniff her. She's actually defensive, not offensive, and will play a bit with similar sized dogs on leash, or if I put a muzzle on her. She would rather just ignore other dogs though! Everyone that ever meets her LOVES her, even if they don't usually like dogs. I think at her age now there's really nothing to be done, but if anyone has any ideas, I'm game to try them out. She was socialised right from a pup, and played with a lot of dogs/puppies when she was young.

This morning was Myka's first raw feeding. She took it quite well, and hasn't had any diarrhea.

So this is her!

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Mykasunglasses.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Myka-2.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Sept2007.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/03_01_99.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/MykaOct2005003.jpg

clm
February 2nd, 2008, 09:10 PM
She's a very nice looking dog. I like her name too. The brown in her coat is a nice rich colour. She certainly looks like a happy girl. :D

Cindy

Myka
February 2nd, 2008, 09:24 PM
Thanks! She's a bit of an odd color. Seems to be called "agouti" as each hair is brown with black tips. She is very happy. She still acts like a puppy bouncing around, and ripping circles around me when out for walks. She has never-ending energy. Even on 10 km walks/hikes she'll still be running at the end. Waaaaaaaaaaaay more energy than me! :rolleyes:

For the record her name is pronounced "My-cah", not "Mee-cah".

clm
February 2nd, 2008, 09:28 PM
Thanks! She's a bit of an odd color. Seems to be called "agouti" as each hair is brown with black tips. She is very happy. She still acts like a puppy bouncing around, and ripping circles around me when out for walks. She has never-ending energy. Even on 10 km walks/hikes she'll still be running at the end. Waaaaaaaaaaaay more energy than me! :rolleyes:

For the record her name is pronounced "My-cah", not "Mee-cah".

I know what you mean about the energy thing. My 2 are not quite a year old yet and they can run circles around us. We must be getting old. :laughing:

I know what you mean about pronouncing the name properly, my breed is keeshond, most people pronounce it kees-hound, almost the way it's spelled. It's actually pronounced kays-hond.

Cindy

growler~GateKeeper
February 2nd, 2008, 11:17 PM
Welcome to pets.ca :)


Myka is gorgeous, love the white on her nose :lovestruck: such a sad beginning to her story :grouphug:

chico2
February 3rd, 2008, 07:52 AM
OMG,what a terrible story,but very lucky for Myka you came along.:thumbs up
I hope these druggies did not just set up "shop"elsewhere:fingerscr
Myka is a beautiful dog,my untrained eye,don't see much of a pit-bull in her looks,not that it would matter,if she was.
Love her colours and from what you describe MYka is a very smart pup.
Too bad she cannot enjoy the play with other pups,but maybe she can learn:confused:

SARAH
February 3rd, 2008, 08:55 AM
I LOVE the pic of her on the rocks, sitting and looking really happy and one with nature. She's really a pretty girl!

The good thing about her not having the "pit-look" is that no one will automatically freak and yell for euthanasia when they see her :thumbs up it would be totally unfair to Myka!

Did just the dogs burn with the house? Not the "humans" :sad: ? Sorry to sound harsh, but if someone in that house "deserved" to go with it, it certainly wasn't the dogs :frustrated:

chico2
February 3rd, 2008, 03:40 PM
Sarah,I was going to say the same,but restrained myself:yell:

allymack
February 3rd, 2008, 08:59 PM
oh my god! gorgeous dog! i am in love with her, she is absolutely beautiful!:cloud9::lovestruck: its so sad that the other dogs burned!:cry: and that some got parvo, that is just a terrible thing for a dog to get, i mean they can get better from it with alot of medical help, which the obviously didnt get. but i cant get over how gorgeous myka is! and the picture on the rocks, what a great shot! wow, i just love her! sighh:lovestruck:

Myka
February 3rd, 2008, 09:17 PM
Thansk for all the comments on Myka!! :lovestruck:

I am glad that she doesn't look really Pitty. In fact, I tell people I don't know that she is Boxer and Black Lab and they never question it. The vet assistant knew without asking though. :laughing: Of the dogs in her litter that I saw grown up, she was the least Pit looking. There was one other pup (who I almost took instead) who came out at 110lbs :eek: and looks like a giant Boxer...he's fawn colored with black points, and similar white markings as Myka. He also got a very good home. :thumbs up All the other pups turned out much smaller in height and much more Pit looking. Myka's mom was VERY Pit...she was a red nose, but looked to possibly have some German Shepherd in her as well. I don't know anything about the father except he was supposed to be a Boxer. :shrug: Her breeding could easily be up for debate. Maybe I should start a thread and see what people think... :laughing:

Some people's ignorance of Pit Bulls is so frustrating, like this one older fella who always asks me if my Pit Bull bit me yet. :frustrated:

jiorji
February 3rd, 2008, 10:04 PM
hehe i like that phone picture "what you mean you can't deliver up here??" :laughing:

very cute:D

Myka
February 3rd, 2008, 10:19 PM
hehe i like that phone picture "what you mean you can't deliver up here??" :laughing:

very cute:D

:laughing: My friend's cat was meowing in the background when I was trying to talk to him, so I put him on speakerphone, so Myka is actually thinking "There's a CAT in there?!?!" :laughing:

jiorji
February 3rd, 2008, 10:26 PM
HAHHAH that's a better caption
that expression on her face is priceless

rainbow
February 21st, 2008, 01:32 AM
Myka is such a pretty girl :lovestruck: and those pics are great. :thumbs up I love the one on the rocks that you use for your avatar. :cloud9:

Myka
February 21st, 2008, 09:25 PM
Myka is such a pretty girl :lovestruck: and those pics are great. :thumbs up I love the one on the rocks that you use for your avatar. :cloud9:

I have that photo blown up real big. It's my fav too. :)

Here's some recent photos including photos of her new harness (the funny shine is the reflective strips):

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Jan292008-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Feb182008.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k43/Myka82/Feb1820083.jpg

chico2
February 22nd, 2008, 07:48 AM
Myka,new pics:thumbs up
She is very pretty,her coat just shines,looks sooo proud of her pinkish harness:lovestruck:

Myka
February 22nd, 2008, 09:09 AM
Myka,new pics:thumbs up
She is very pretty,her coat just shines,looks sooo proud of her pinkish harness:lovestruck:

Haha! She's used to the camera. She perks her ears up as soon as she sees it, and poses. It's funny to see. The harness isn't pinkish...it's VERY pink! :D