When Kevin Smith looks at their Pit Bull Ellie, he sees a different dog from the one they brought home. Smith and his wife rescued the dog but she had trouble trusting anyone.
She was especially scared of men and it took some work from the couple to get Ellie to warm up to people.
“At first, I was worried because she was terrified to even leave the ground. She was frozen to the ground, and you could tell she’d had it rough,” Smith says. “Now she wants everyone to love her and pet her. She begs for attention.”
When a year later, Smith’s wife got pregnant, the couple was not very sure how Ellie would take the news. As it turns out, the Pit Bull was cherishing the idea. Even before the little child was born, Ellie would go to cuddle with Smith’s wife and lie her head on the belly perhaps listening to the unborn child’s heartbeat. And thus, a bond was formed.
When the little girl was finally brought to this world, Ellie could not have been more excited. On the introduction day, she didn’t even pay attention to the parents. All her attention was on the new baby.
“We had Peytyn in the bedroom, and usually Ellie is happy to see us, but she just bypassed us and went straight in to see Peytyn,” Smith said.
Ellie now acts as Peytyn’s babysitter and guard even when the parents are preoccupied with other things.
In one of the pictures shared by the couple. Ellie is captured by the baby cam as she watches over Peytyn as the baby sleeps.
“The Pit Bull follows her sister everywhere she goes. You can’t take Peytyn anywhere without Ellie following her,” Smith says. “You take Peytyn to the changing table and Ellie’s there making sure her baby’s OK … She just sits right there and stares at you. You pick her up to move her and she’s following you.”
Peytyn has gotten used to having the Pittie around her and even learned how to pet her gently.
This is a great story and a beautiful glimpse into the soft side of pit bulls that are often wrongly perceived as violent.
“The breed isn’t bad. They’re actually very gentle and caring,” Smith concluded.
We couldn’t agree more!
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