I have been prompted to write this post in response to an emailed newsletter from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London. Although I have never visited that particular dogs’ home since it is in a different part of the country, I fully support their campaign to rescue and re-home as many abandoned and abused Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs as they can.
Our dog is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier X (part Border Terrier we think), and he is the best family dog you could ask for. We met Baxter 5 years ago when he was a resident at Stoke-on-Trent dogs’ home. Prior to that he had been at a dogs’ home in Wrexham, so we think he is native to Wales but we cannot be sure. Either way, on that fateful day when I visited the home seeking a new companion, his big brown eyes and velvet ears were enough to melt my heart.
We had Baxter for about 2 and a half years before our first child came along. Prior to that Baxter had some interaction with our young next door neighbour, and he was always playful when out for walks. He has proved a most loving and loyal family pet. When I was pregnant he was always watching over me, and now he is the playmate to our toddler and acts as teddy bear to our young baby. I trust him completely with my children, and every day he shows his love and devotion to us.
So today I want to say, yes there has been some more negative press about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. But the stories that we hear on the news are, fortunately, in the minority. If you are thinking of getting a dog, please consider the Staffy. They are intelligent, loving, playful and a constant source of entertainment. If you are still in doubt, check out this photo of my Baxter, and I am sure you will change your mind!
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