Saturday June 7 was Smokey's 14th birthday. Sue and I took him to dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant where we sat outside and he enjoyed his very own beef burrito. He licked the platter clean. Smokey came to live with me when he was 8 weeks old and has been a delight every day since then. I am an old guy and have always had a dog for a companion. I have had some really good dogs but Smokey is the best. An American Bull Terrier (Pit Bull), he is the gentlest most well mannered dog I have ever had.
Pits get a bad rap. They are by nature calm and gentle. They are also very powerfully built. When abused or neglected they can become dangerous, especially if allowed to run loose. When raised gently their best qualities are apparent. Dogs are like our children, the way they turn out depends largely on how they are raised. Smokey was never spanked with anything, my hand, a newspaper or anything else. When he was corrected it was by a voice command. He understood a sharp "no" as well as any swat. When someone comes to our door, Smokey never barks. He trots to the door and wags his tail assuming that whoever is there has come to pet him. To know him is to love him.
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