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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 01:48 PM

Abandoned pit bull's best pal is a Chihuahua



Bill Foundation tried everything to make Arnold feel brave and safe. He received much-needed love from volunteers and his foster mom, including help from experts. But Arnold stayed scared and anxious — a gentle boy, but one who wanted to escape, one who always shook with fear and looked so dejected.

Then along came Dearheart, who is four pounds of fabulous. Frightened and uncertain, the diminutive Chihuahua was saved from death row by the Bill Foundation. He was brought into a foster home to help with socialization and confidence building. It just so happened that this foster home was also Arnold’s, and when the two met, they became fast friends.

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Previously, if Arnold was in a crate at adoption events he would shiver, whimper and cry. Now Arnold and Dearheart share a crate and a life together, leaning on each other for support, and snuggling in peaceful bliss. Arnold clearly feels safer in the presence of his new pal, and their caretakers say both dogs have been changed forever by their partnership.

Complete story: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45899910/ns/today-today_pets_and_animals/t/abandoned-pit-bulls-best-pal-chihuahua/

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Reply Abandoned pit bull's best pal is a Chihuahua (Original post)
astonamous Jan 2012 OP
wildeyed Jan 2012 #1
Stinky The Clown Jan 2012 #2
Seedersandleechers Jan 2012 #3
astonamous Jan 2012 #4
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astonamous Jan 2012 #6

Response to astonamous (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 03:34 PM

1. Awwww!

What a sweet story.

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Response to astonamous (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 11:52 PM

2. Having three quite different sized dogs has taught us something . . . . .

. . . . . . dogs have no concept of their own size relative to other dogs and don't seem to care about the obvious size of the dogs around them.

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Response to astonamous (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 12:08 PM

3. Dog doesn't look much like a pit bull

His nose and muzzle seem too long. Sweet looking dog none the less.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 12:08 AM

4. I was thinking the same thing...

There are a lot different breeds that are labeled "pit bull". I use to get all worked up about it but I only get upset now when it comes to ending BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and "pit bull attacks" news. Most of the time they ban any dog that looks like a pit bull.

This other picture is probably why they labeled the dog a pit bull.



I just ordered a DNA test for my pittie girl that is probably an American Staffordshire/Pointer mix. I am mostly going by personality traits vs. looks.










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Response to astonamous (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 01:07 AM

5. How much was the DNA testing?

I rescued a kitten that was on the side of the road on a snow bank, and I am just sure she's a maine coon. She has every characteristic but with a DNA test I could be sure.









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Response to Seedersandleechers (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 02:29 PM

6. What a beautiful cat.

I paid $70, including shipping for the test. I just googled and found the best price with the most breeds available. Not all tests restult in Staffordshire and I am pretty sure that is what I am looking at with Elsie.

I am not a cat expert at all...I know very little about cats. I think there are DNA services for felines, but I am not sure what information you get other than disease risk.


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