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Achaiah

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but stand back, gals, I think the men were right about this one:


Achaiah


It may be silly, but I believe in soul mates. I know that Achaiah and I were meant to be together.

I had just returned from a year away at college. I had meant to go back, but things happened. I did not realize how expensive an out of state private school actually was, even with a 'full' scholarship.

So I had just moved in with my friends, one of whom was Josh. This was my first time on my own, and I resolved to have a dog of my own (my iguana had met with an untimely death, thanks to my stepfather).

I searched through the Iwanna, which always had free dog listings. I called about a few, but someone had always snagged them up just ahead of me. As I continued my search, I had a dream about an all-white dog. I knew it was my dog.

That night I spoke to my mom on the phone, telling her about my dream and how I hoped to get my dog soon. She said, "Well we just found out Summer-dog is pregnant. Can you wait and take one of her puppies?" Summer-dog was the family dog, a border-collie/something mix (we believe her father was a local Albino Husky). Apparently Summer-dog had been sneaking across the street for an elicit affair with the neighbor's pit bull.

I didn't really want to wait, but I knew my mom couldn't take care of all the puppies. I agreed to quit my search and wait for Summer-dog's pups.

Of course there was one pure white one in the batch of eight.

Achaiah has the brains (and snout) of the border-collie, but the physique of a pit. Good thing Josh was my roomie at the time. When Achaiah was old enough to bring home with me, Josh advised me to get a pad-lock for her collar. We started with a small pad-lock, increasing size as Achaiah grew. She loves The Ball, and we would set up obstacle courses for her to jump through as she chased The Ball. As she grew in size, she got stronger and stronger. A great pit chest! Before she got all knocked-up, she was wearing Josh's ten pound leg weights during her exercise.

Another buddy of ours had an Awesome rottweiler/black-lab mix. This dog was cool. He was smart, badass, and knew all kinds of tricks. I couldn't be outdone, so armed with The Ball, I taught Achaiah all sorts of nifty tricks and sign language. She's smart as a whip, and dedicated to both me and The Ball.

We've been through a lot together, she and I. When I was homeless and psuedo-homeless, she was really the only thing I had. We have a special bond, one that comes from being together through everything. I saved her life once, thanks to another instance of crazy psychic connection, but that is another tale.

It was originally my intent to breed her with a pure-white pit when I found the right one. Unfortunately, she got tired of waiting. She planned her escape, flying past me when my hands were full of groceries and the baby. Whereas she always returns when I call, she turned around and taunted me first before running off down the hill. She didn't come home until morning.

Bitch.

So now we're expecting uber-mutt-puppies. I'm not pleased with the timing, seeing as how we have a semi-new baby in the house and not enough room for puppies ... but now that she's going to be a mommy, I'm having to spoil her rotten. She's big and waddley and lost her hotness, but I'm gooing her in love and I hope I'm home to doula her when she goes into labor.


Achaiah all pregnant

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zjande
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
I loved reading your story, & your doggie is full of fabulousness! However, I can't bite my tongue hard enough, I have to ask you, and please take no offense as I don't mean to offend (!), if you are aware of the enormous dog & cat overpopulation in our country? Literally millions of perfectly cute & healthy pets are put to death every year for lack of homes. For every dog & cat bred, they take up a much needed home for a pet on death row. And do you know what the most common breed in shelters across the country is? Pit mixes. By farrrr in some counties. More pit mixes are put to death every year than any other breed. Hundreds of thousands of them. It's way sad. Here's a link: http://www.happypitbull.com/overpop.htm

Anyway, obviously it's too late to do anything about it now, but perhaps you'll rethink dog breeding in the future.

Good luck with the crazy-cute pile of puppies your home is going to be full of soon!!
zjande
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
OMG, forget I said "hundreds of thousands"-- 3 million are put to death every year! :(
ahavah
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I understand a lot of people share your feelings on this, but I love my dog immensely and always planned to allow her to become a mother. She's a great dog and will make great puppies! It would have been easier to find them homes if I'd been able to choose the father like I'd planned, but they will be loved and homes found for them nonetheless. And she's a great dog who deserves to experience motherhood.

I know people look at pits a certain way, but this is by far the best dog I've ever had. I think all it takes is dedicated training. She's still territorial with other animals, but Achaiah is gentle with friends and children. I was always very careful, and she only disobeyed me that once in almost six years. If I hadn't planned to breed her and have her puppies one day anyway, I would have spayed her. I see nothing inherently wrong against breeding. It unresposible pet ownership that's the problem. I'll admit that my guard was dropped one time since I've had her, but my landlord won't let me put up a fence or chain, either. :(
zjande
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I do actually love pits myself! :) They are often soooo sweet & are the cutest puppies in the world. It's just sucky that so many of them don't get the love that yours does. (That's why I sent you a pro-pit link regarding the overpopulation problem, not one that says "pits are evil!" ;) .
ahavah
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
I noticed, I appreciate that! I wondered initially if I should include something on my decision not to spay her, because it is a conversation I've had often enough, but now I feel like I should have. So I figured it might also be good to point out that pits are awesome. :)
quixotic_mantis
Mar. 25th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Dogs don't understand 'being a mother'. We'd like to think they do, but they're just doing what they need to do survive. It doesn't mean they 'want' to be mother, per se.

I ADORE pits. But being a certified Vet Tech, I see so many dogs with pyometras, etc....people should breed to BETTER the breed....
ahavah
Mar. 25th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't say she'd want to, but I wanted her to. I'm totally for spaying and neutering, but my intention with Achaiah was always to breed her. Thanks for sharing your opinion, though.
nedia782
Mar. 19th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Ohhh girl......Be prepared for some nasty times a head :) MY dog had her first litter when my logan was only 3 weeks old..But thats besides the point...The birth was crazy and gross. She had 8 HUGE puppies in 2.5 hours. She ate all the placentas (I wanted her too) but it got to the point where she was getting out of her whelping box and birthing on the floor, then walking away and leaving me to get them out of the sac and breathing. Im sure that had everything to do with the size of the puppies, as well as the number and speed in which they came. Just make sure you have a special room for her and be prepared to clean clean clean. I used "wee-wee" pads when the pups got older, those really helped a lot.....Man I miss my puppies though..... 3 of my good friends took one, so I still get to see my babies :) I forgot where I was going with this, still kind of out of it....:) Congrats "grandma" (heheheh) enjoy your babies!! :)
quixotic_mantis
Mar. 25th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Are you planning on spaying her after this litter? Cuts down on mammary cancer, uterine and ovarian cancer in dogs. Plus, no more puppies :) There's plenty of them around :)

She's gorgeous, btw!
ahavah
Mar. 25th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Nope, I'm going to hold out for my white pit pups, as was my original intention. If she's not too old to have more pups next year! Depending on when she goes into heat, she'll either be 6 or 7 by then. Getting up there...
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