Jazz

October 28, 2016

Did you know that October was #PitBullAwarenessMonth?


6 months ago that wouldn't have mattered to me at all, since I had no affiliation with the breed and didn't really give them much thought. 
Since adopting Jazz however, that's changed considerably and I'm now much more aware of how this breed is misjudged.

Today I'm sharing the story of our fur baby, Jazz - who's a pitbull/jack russel mix - to help raise awareness about this lovable and loyal breed. I never saw myself as the "pitbull type", but the moment I met Jazz I fell in love.



How Jazz joined our family

J and I were house hunting and Jazz was at one of the houses we viewed. 

As soon as we walked in, she greeted us with kisses and rolled over on to her back for belly rubs. The house wasn't great, but I (jokingly) asked whether she came as part of the package, to which the landlord responded: "Actually, the tenants want to get rid of her...they're down sizing and can't take her." 

I told him I would be in touch, as we were looking for a companion for our labrador, but we couldn't take Jazz until we found a new place. I couldn't get my mind off of this sweet girl and kept thinking about her after that first meeting. She seemed like the perfect, docile companion for our Alpha female labrador, J'ouvert.

A week later we finally found our current home, and I excitedly called the landlord to ask about adopting the pitbull, only to be told that they had already "gotten rid of her" and the landlord had no idea where she was.

Not only that, but he refused to give me the contact information of the tenants so that I could get in touch with them!

I frantically started calling every shelter and vet in Barbados and almost pulling my hair out. 

After 2 days, I finally found her.

She had been given back to the shelter where her previous owners had originally adopted her from, and she was still looking for a home.

I went straight to the shelter to pick her up, and when I saw her it was as though we were old friends being reunited. She immediately hopped on my lap for cuddles and I took the photo used at the top of this post.

We introduced Jazz and Jouvert on a beach and they immediately took to each other. It took them a little while to really get used to each other, and now they play together all of the time!


Since adopting Jazz, I have learned so much about the pitbull breed and ultimately, about myself.

As I said before, I never saw myself as the 'pitbull type', I always assumed they were aggressive and untrustworthy, but I know realise how silly it is to make broad statements about a particular breed. Had I not met Jazz in the way that I did, we may never have considered adopting a pitbull.

Jazz is (we think) a mix between a pitbull and jack russell and she has the most loving temperament. She's a complete sop, loves cuddling, walks and attention. 

In Barbados, animal welfare is an ongoing issue (especially when it comes to how people perceive dogs as 'property' and not as 'pets') and as a proud new 'pit mom', I feel responsible for correcting false information and changing the perception of these incredible dogs. Case in point:

My landlord came by recently and saw our dogs in our yard. She pointed at Jazz and said "You gotta be careful with those aggressive ones..." 
As if on cue, Jazz rolled over on her back for a belly rub, while J'ouvert (my very protective labrador) started barking furiously at my landlord.


I corrected my landlord and told her that the lab was the one to watch out for.

As pit family owners, we are their voice, and they are depending on us to educate the public: not only about the breed in general, but with respect to responsible ownership practices, to dispel the false information out there, and to restore their reputation as a great pet and companion. 




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