Pit bulls don’t have the best of reputations and it’s true that stories of them savaging other animals or even humans hit the headlines from time to time. And their breed name makes them sound pretty ferocious. But in truth like all dog breeds, if a pit bull is treated with respect and love they will return that respect and love in spades.
This is the story of a very special pit bull, Kiah, who landed in a Lost Dog’s Home and then displayed not only friendliness and a lovely character but also eagerness and capacity to learn everything she was taught quickly and completely. So she was donated for nothing to the K-9 Dog Training Facility in New York.
The idea of training a pit bull to do K-9 work is revolutionary. All New York K-9′s up until now have all been German Shepherds or Belgian Malinos. These are big dude dogs, serious and focussed and incidently cost about $15,000 each.
Well Kiah has showed all the characteristics needed by a good K-9 right from the beginning and she has absolutely crushed her training. Her handler is Police Officer Justin Bruzgal and they are a tight effective team, with Kiah easily keeping up with the shepherds and the Malinos. And she has that silly grin on her face all the time which also makes her adorable as well as so, so clever.
So now Kiah and Justin are going to work in Poughkeepsie and they will not only be tracking down crooks and scumbags. Kiah is now an example to everyone she meets that pit bulls are not scary, horrible dogs. She, like almost all pit bulls, is a friendly very well behaved dog. Despite starting out as a ‘lost’ dog she is now a member of the Police Force, loving, disciplined and helping keep commmunities safe.