The treasure that is a pit bull

This is the true nature of this breed.

Pit Bulls have such a bad reputation. But in our experience if they are cared for and loved and not used for fighting then they are great dogs.

No better illustrated than by this story that appeared on The Dodo website.

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Dog Refuses To Leave Mom’s Hospital Room After Saving Her Life

SUCH a good girl 👏🐕💕
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PUBLISHED ON 10/10/2019

When Shauna Darcy first brought Ruby home, the plan was to have Ruby act as a service dog to help her with anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. Ruby was an incredible service dog and companion from the very beginning — and quickly showed Darcy just how far she would go to help her.

Shauna Darcy

“While she was training to be a service dog I noticed that she started picking up on changes in my heart rate and would act funny — for example, paw at me, try to get my attention, get on top of me, etc.,” Darcy told The Dodo.

Picking up on Ruby’s cues, Darcy went to the doctor and discovered she had health issues she hadn’t known about, including a rare heart condition called vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Ruby had known something was wrong even before Darcy did, and her main focus as a service dog quickly switched to Darcy’s cardiac issues.

 

Shauna Darcy

Every day, Ruby helps her mom with things like monitoring her heart rate and blood pressure, helping her during panic attacks and retrieving emergency medications. She also carries groceries, picks up dropped items and gets things her mom can’t reach, and is trained in deep pressure therapy.

“When I pass out she gets on top of me and applies all her pressure on me and licks my hands and face until I come around,” Darcy said.

Shauna Darcy

Ruby is there for her mom every single day — even when she doesn’t realize she needs her.

Last week, when Ruby started alerting her mom that something was wrong, she had no idea why. At that point, Darcy was feeling fine, but decided to trust Ruby and call an ambulance anyway, just in case.

“It turns out my heart was going into atrial fibrillation,” Darcy said. “By the time the paramedics came, I was in pain and barely conscious.”

Shauna Darcy

As the paramedics rushed Darcy to the hospital, she realized that Ruby had saved her life that day.

While Darcy was in the hospital and the doctors worked to get her stable again, Ruby refused to leave her mom’s side. Even while Darcy was unconscious, Ruby lay in her hospital bed, pressed up against her, hoping her mom could sense she was there and that her presence would make her feel safe.

Shauna Darcy

During their stay at the hospital, so many people stopped by to meet Ruby. She’s always very popular whenever she and her mom are at the hospital and loves saying hi to everyone — but also makes sure that she’s never too far away from her mom. She loves her so much, and her mom loves her just as much right back.

Shauna Darcy

Without Ruby, Darcy’s life would be very different. Ruby helps her mom stay healthy and safe every single day, and her mom is so grateful for everything she’s done for her.

“I wouldn’t be alive without her,” Darcy said.

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“I wouldn’t be alive without her,”

I’m emboldening that last statement.

This is a wonderful story.

For Darcy has articulated what millions of other dog lovers know in their hearts. That the relationship between a dog and a human is extra special!

13 thoughts on “The treasure that is a pit bull

  1. Pit bulls are natural caregivers & used to be known as Nanny dogs. I have always known them to be very loyal but much like children if they aren’t in the proper environment, they will not flourish.

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    1. Got it in one, Irene. We have good bonds with all our dogs here but one, in particular, is so sweet and gentle, and so cuddly, that there are times when one tears up. That is Brandy. Then there’s Oliver who has eyes that you can get lost in. And then there’s Cleo who, although an independent GSD and a mind of her own, can all of sudden come to one seeking human comfort and love, which of course she gets.

      We are now down to six dogs but all of them are family and that isn’t to put too strong a sense of the bond!

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      1. All your dogs sounds like great dogs Paul and I will guess, that Cleo is very sensitive to changes in the house. (I have worked with GSD for many years)
        I do only have my Odin and I don’t have possibilities to have several dogs here, where I live. Then also my last cat Bølle at 16 years old.

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      2. I’m not sure about Cleo. You could be right but she’s frequently a closed book. Don’t get me wrong, we love her to pieces.

        In your case Odin is a special dog for you. And it looks as though Bølle has reached a grand old age!

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      3. Thank you Paul. I’m sure, that you love all your dogs to pieces 😀
        Bølle had a twin brother, as we said goodbye to in June, as he was very sick and old. Bølle is now a real senior cat, yes 🙂

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  2. You are 100% correct. They are good dogs and some have been raised badly. My niece has 2 and they are wonderful with the kids and strangers. Big cuddle bugs. I love this story and glad they let her dog stay with her in the hospital. It makes too much sense.

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    1. Hallo Marlene. Yes, it’s a lovely story as you say. I, too, think it was wonderful that the hospital allowed Ruby to stay. More than stay they allowed Ruby to do what she did best of all; care for her!

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