"A breed of satin and steel. Pit bulls are a mixture of softness and strength, an uncanny canine combination of fun, foolishness, and serious business, all wrapped up in love."

-D. Caroline Coile

Monday, September 19, 2011

Love and Loyalty

A mother loses her son, but shares a healing bond with his pit bull.

                                   By Kathy Weller (Reprinted from StubbyDog.org)

The first time I met Baley she was so small, she fit in my son’s hand.

As you can see, she has grown to be a beautiful red-nose pit bull that is loved by so many. She truly is a nanny dog. She’s entertained my friend’s 18-month-old baby who brings her toys, and she sneaks in kisses. The baby laughs so hard when this happens that he gets all of us laughing.

Baley and my son John came to live with us a few years ago. She stayed by my son’s side when he was in his room, in a chair or in bed. When my son would fall asleep, she would snuggle up with him to get warm. It became such a habit that he would lift the covers in his sleep when he felt her nose touch him.

The morning of April 29, 2009, she laid waiting in his bed for him to come out of the bathroom. Sadly, he never did; he died during the night from a drug overdose.

Baley and I grieved together for the love of our lives. It was so hard on her. I tried to comfort her the best I could while dealing with my own grief. We had to get rid of his truck because when she saw it each day, she went running to greet him the way she used to when he was alive. She seemed so disappointed to see that he wasn’t there.

After some time, Baley started feeling a little better and so did I. She knew I was going to take care of her. She is now my princess, and I love on her every chance I get.

Prior to my son’s death, we got ourselves a little guy named Buddy. He is a little black and white bundle of joy and Baley’s best friend. She lets him bite her lips, her legs, and she flips over so he feels like he’s tough. He can do anything to her because he is her best friend and the leader of the pack. She goes by whatever he wants to do.

As far as our shared grief, Baley and I are better each day – but some days we have our heavy thoughts of John. On those days, we just let ourselves feel the grief.

We have this rock in our backyard and Baley loves to stand on it. She acts like she’s queen of the yard. It’s a joy to see her standing there.

I have heard all the stories, heard all the bad things pit bulls do, but I have never had such a sweet dog. I will defend them until the day I die. I believe it’s all how they are treated.

I say you want a wonderful pet – loving, dependable, adores you and is your best friend –get a pit bull and treat them right.


  1. This story brought tears to my eyes. I have a red nose pit bull and anytime that Im feeling sad or upset she is always there to comfort me. its like she knows when something isnt right. I love my dog more then anything and I hate that they have such a bad reputation. If people just gave them a chance they would know how loving and amazing they really are.

  2. What a great post. It brought tears to my eyes. These are the images that need to be presented to the public, not the ugly ones. Thanks for posting this and presenting yet another positive image of pitbulls and what amazing dogs they truly are.