I first started to get interested in Pit Bulls when I did a stint as a part-time Postal Worker. I was surprised to meet many very friendly Pit Bulls on my route, including a little brindle puppy named Lady that I absolutely fell in love with. Whenever she saw me, her tail would start wagging, and she would launch herself at me enthusiastically, as if she hadn’t seen me in weeks. Later, when I decided I was ready for another dog, I started looking for a brindle dog just like Lady. I found one I liked, but I couldn’t get her until after I came back to Boston after the Christmas holidays. When I returned, someone had already adopted the brindle, but black and white Natalie had just arrived. Just like Lady, her tail never stopped wagging, and she always had a little toy “gift” in her mouth. So I had her meet my other dog, Princess, and when that went well, I brought her home. I named her Speckle after the little black spots on her white neck.
Like most new Pit Bull owners, I was a little nervous about what I had just done. But from day one, Speckle has been one happy surprise after another. She is loving, affectionate, smart, friendly, and eager to please. Whenever I sit down, she’ll try to climb into my lap, and she likes nothing better than to slide under the covers next to me at bedtime. She loves my cats, and had a very special relationship with my otherwise stand-offish cat, Filou, right up until the day he died. She learns new things so quickly that I struggle to find new tricks and activities for her to learn. All in all, I don’t think I’ll ever get another breed of dog from now on, and as soon as I am able, I’d like to get another Pit Bull to keep Speckle company. She is an excellent ambassador for her breed, and she has made me into an evangelist of Pit Bull ownership. I feel lucky to have gotten such a wonderful dog, and I’m grateful to all the Pit Bulls on my mail routes who showed me what wonderful dogs they are.