On Sunday, it will be 2 years since we brought Campbell home to be a part of our family! It’s hard to believe that this summer, he’ll be three years old as well! How time flies …
I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve had our moments, Campbell is the biggest doofus and loveable dweeb. (In our minds he has a deep, dumb jock voice, but if he could talk he’d probably sound more like Mike Tyson.) All the love he has for his family outweighs all the trouble he’s gotten himself into over the past couple years. Trouble like:
– Eating not one, but THREE of Daphne’s collars. While playing outside he’d pull her collar off, then eat it after a few victory laps around the yard. Cue smelly farts, and Daphne wearing a chain collar until that phase wore off.
– Panicking after having an upset tummy in his crate while we were out and around, and shoving the bottom tray out of the crate so he could try to chew his way out. Through the floor. Our carpet now has a 6″ hole in it right to the sub flooring. Thanks, Bud!
– Going for a stroll through the neighbourhood by himself after someone forgot to shut the front door. Apparently he went for a jog with someone up the street until someone grabbed him and called us up to come retrieve him. (This is why you should always, ALWAYS make sure your dog wears its collar, and that it isn’t easy for it to slip off!
But, like I said, his goofy love makes up for all of that. He absolutely adores Isla and she loves yelling at him (in a good way), commanding him to Sit, Come, or telling him to go in his crate. He loves it when we spoil him by letting him up on the bed if I’m reading in bed or having a nap. I love how he always seems to have my back, even though I’m sure he’d just try to lick someone to death. He’s an amazing family dog and has proven to us many times over that when raised right, pit bulls are just as amazing as any other dog.
We still have a lot to learn and accomplish, a lot of which I think will get better as he gets older. He’s high energy and just wants to be the best of friends with anyone new, but he shows his love by jumping up with every ounce of his body. It can be startling for anyone who hasn’t met him, or who has the mentality that pit bulls are “mean,” but give him a treat and 15 minutes to settle down and he’ll be your best friend.
I often wonder what kind of dog he would’ve turned out to be if he hadn’t been surrendered to the rescue society. His original owner went to jail (for what we don’t know), and that person’s family decided they couldn’t take care of him anymore and gave him to HugABull. He could’ve very well went down the wrong path and been shaped into that image of a pit bull that so many people still seem to have.
While he may be a high-energy, rambunctious, CRAZY boy, Campbell truly is just a big ol’ lug who just loves life.
Happy Adoption Day, Cam! We love you!