Rafa is our four-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier. He is our guard at our other house just opposite to my present home.
Most people think that pit bulls are vicious and do not get along with people especially the kids, but Rafa loves people and kids. He is very protective of the kids. If he sees somebody grabbing or simply holding a kid member of the family, Rafa is not comfortable with the situation. He would bark aloud as if he does not want a stranger to get near to our kids.
We bought him when he was already a year old from his past owner. The mother of his past owner did not like having a big dog especially a pit bull in their home. Although Rafa has learned some basic training from his past owner, he usually gets ire upon seeing a pig, cat or chicken. Maybe his past owner did not associate him with other animals besides dogs when he was still a puppy.
Rafa loves dog walks and is not easily intimidated with stray dogs barking at him. I have a K9 trainer friend of mine who already died of cardiac arrest. He did not even try to hold the lease of Rafa because he could not read what’s in Rafa’s mind, being a silent type of a dog and would never trust any stranger. That was also my first impression when we bought him but it was overcome when I hold his lease and started a dog walk with him.
People in our place do not trust pit bulls for they know that most of them are fighting dogs. Rafa comes from a show-type family, not a fighting one. I usually have him on a lease because we have a senior cat at home which Rafa loves to be caught every time he saw his feline housemate walks by and nobody is tending the house because my siblings migrated to our hometown and I’m the one taking care of the house. During my days off from work, I bring him for a dog walk or play with him and had him unleash so he can run to and fro inside our fenced property. Rafa is well-loved and well-cared of by us and will never be abandoned or neglected together with our other six (6) dogs no matter what.
This is Rafa when we bought him 3 years ago.