She's a black dog, a pittie mix, and has a big scar.
She has an abundance of energy and not the best impulse control.
She pulls on the leash like a madwoman and in the shelter, she could get growly and nippy...in a frustrated way, not in an aggressive way, but still not what adopters like to see.
But the more I spend time with dogs like this the more I wish every dog--even the "unadoptable" ones--could spend even a few days or a week in a foster home.
And the more I wish that every person who is scared of pit bulls or believes the hype about them could just spend a few hours with one.
Star has proven to be one of the most trustworthy dogs I've known in terms of her temperament toward dogs and people. She's never met a dog or a person she didn't want to greet, interact with, and kiss.
Just look at this dangerous dog in action with Dr. Perle, who came to give Fozzie and Lamar their annual shots.
Star loves to chew on a hoof when she's at my sister's house, and after she'd chewed on all of Genghis' chew hooves I got her a bunch of her own.
Now we all know its bad to bother a dog who's working on a high-value chew, and the thought of a child bothering a chewing dog is enough to send some parents into cardiac arrest.
But Ursula loves to be close to Star.
Because we've witnessed this scenario many times before, we pretty much knew how it would unfold.
That Star's joy in her chew would only be magnified by the proximity of a small human,
and that in response to being touched she would simply roll over, wag, and continue chewing.
Now does that look like a dangerous dog to you?
Of course kids should be supervised around any dog, and should learn how to interact with dogs in ways that don't unduly stress them out. I am all in favor though of pit bulls getting back their reputation as "nanny dogs," because it is well-deserved.