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Postby hughes » March 28th, 2008, 9:03 pm

Hi all. My name is Brian and I live in northeastern Pennsylvania, just south of the NYS border where we just enjoyed a winter weather advisory even though the first day of spring has come and gone. I work as a veterinary assistant in a local small animal hospital and also help out at the adjacent boarding kennel, where our most well behaved and sweetest guest is a pittie.

I currently share my home with an APBT mix named Hughes, who I met at the hospital on a saturday morning emergency call. Hughes was a "guest" at an animal shelter in the next county, where he was involved in a scuffle that left him with a total degloving of his bottom lip. The Dr. that I worked for patched him up and he has healed great. The animal control officer in that county is also the sheriff and he wanted Hughes and the other dog put down simply because they are pit bulls, so the volunteer that brought him in licensed him to herself and paid to board him for three months, just to keep him safe. When she called three weeks ago to say he was going to North Shore Animal League the next day, so I may want to say goodbye to him, I got a huge lump in my throat. I didn't realize that a bond had already formed in the months he was at the kennel. Oh, I forgot, Hughes was biting at the kennel fence in frustration on a daily basis. Seeing as how the fight was through the fence, I think the other dog just grabbed his face and wouldn't let go, so he was almost put down for a "fight" that was really a one sided ordeal.

I am currently working on desensitizing him to my two cats due to his prey drive. He's doing much better than he was when he first came here and will actually look at me instead of the cats when I ask him to. I realize he will never be able to be left alone with them, but we are making progress toward my goal of them being able to relax in the same room together.

I also share my home with a walker hound/english pointer mix named Baxter, who I adopted in May of 2007. They both get along great and are around the same age(Hughes is 2 yrs and Baxter about a year and a half) so I look forward to many years of enjoyment with them.

Other than that, I don't have much going on right now except for working towrd my associates degree in veterinary technology and working. Wallace the Pit Bull and Roo have also inspired me to work with Hughes to become a disc dog, making use of his natural athleticism. So far so good and I hope to have made a lot of progress by next year at this time.

Good to meet you all,

Brian
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Postby madremissy » March 28th, 2008, 9:06 pm

:greenWave: Hello and Welcome to PBT. We love pictures so start posting them.
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Postby Jenn » March 28th, 2008, 9:07 pm

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Nice to meet you too, looking forward to seeing pictures of Hughes and Baxter. Good luck with your degree, and the disc training! That's awesome. :)
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Postby hughes » March 28th, 2008, 9:12 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome!

I'll get some pictures posted as soon as I get a chance. I still have to install the software for my camera and get shooting. Right now I'm preparing for finals(supposed to be anyway) so I haven't started playing with the kodak or I know I won't get any work done, lol. Two more weeks, then a month of freedom!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 28th, 2008, 9:23 pm

Welcome! :wave:
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Postby Marinepits » March 28th, 2008, 9:28 pm

Welcome to the forum, Brian! Thank you for saving Hughes.
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Postby katiek0417 » March 28th, 2008, 9:32 pm

Hello, Brian...Welcome to the forum...
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Postby demolitionic » March 28th, 2008, 11:51 pm

Hi and welcome :greenWave:

Can't wait for pics :mrgreen:
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Postby airwalk » March 28th, 2008, 11:56 pm

Hi, welcome and good luck on finals...so now quit posting and go read!!
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Postby iluvk9 » March 29th, 2008, 5:52 am

Welcome to PBT, Brian! :greenWave:

Hughes sounds terrific, and so do you for adopting him.
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Postby Patch O' Pits » March 29th, 2008, 9:55 am

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Postby 4PitSake » April 2nd, 2008, 6:18 pm

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Postby TheRedQueen » April 4th, 2008, 12:48 pm

Hello and welcome! Can't wait to see some pics...*hint*hint*

I love Hughes' name too!
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