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Raising a Puppy: Mia the Blue-Nose American Bully Pit—16 weeks old

A day in the life with Mia the American Bully (Bully Pit) puppy. Mia's tenth week—16 weeks old, 31 pounds, 15 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).

A wide-chested, blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is wearing a hot pink collar sitting in grass and she is looking forward. She has large paws.

16 weeks old (4 months)

Death of the New Toy

The backside of a brown with black and white Boxer that is laying on a green orthopedic dog bed. Next to him is a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy who is pulling the stuffing out of her new toy.

Mia! That's the new toy you just got yesterday! You just killed it!

The backside of a brown with black and white Boxer that is laying on a green orthopedic dog bed. There is a blue nose American Bully Pit laying against a white door and she is taking the stuffing out of a toy. You can see a tan golf cart out the glass double door on the porch.

Hey! Quit pulling all the stuffing out!

The backside of a brown with black and white Boxer looking up and laying on a green orthopedic dog bed. There is a blue nose American Bully Pit laying next to him ripping the stuffing out of a toy.

"Mommy, it wasn't me. The kid just brought that thing over here and went all at it. I did nothing. I swear."

An American Bully Pit puppy is pulling the stuffing out of a toy. Next to her laying on a green pillow is a brown with black and white Boxer.

Mia, that's the squeaker. Give me that!

A person is holding stuffing that is in a clear plastic bag over the head of a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy.

No, you can't have it back.

Close up - A blue nose American Bully Pit wearing a hot pink collar sitting on a rug and her head is tilted to the right.

What? What did I do??

Submissive Approach

Close up - A blue nose American Bully Pit is walking down a field. Her head is level with her body.

Mia was walking over to say hello to me when I took this picture. Look at her posture. It’s another good example of what a dog looks like when approaching in a submissive manner. Her head is just about level with her back and her tail is swinging and held out almost parallel to the ground, not too high, not too low. She is focused on her destination, yet relaxed.

Following the Kid

A blonde haired girl and a boy in a white with green shirt are walking across a blacktop and there is a blue nose American bully Pit puppy running behind them.

Every time the little boy comes to visit Mia follows him everywhere. "Oh boy! We are collecting pine cones! Wait for me! I can find that type of loot, too!" And so she does. Mia watches him pick up pine cones, then begins to find her own cones. She's very observant and super intelligent. The little boy watches her pick up a pine cone and realizes he wants it for the collection. He looks at Mia and says, "Drop it." And to my amazement Mia dropped it immediately and happily let him have it. I was amazed because we had only briefly worked on the "drop it" command, yet she knew what it meant instantly.

The next day...

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is climbing on to a wooden porch swing bench to take one of the pine cones that are on top of the bench.

…Mia discovers the pine cones they had collected on the bench.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is standign up against a wooden porch swing bench and she is grabbing a pinecone.

"Loot! I found all the loot! Right here on the porch!"

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy has a pinecone in her mouth and she is pushing off of a wooden porch swing bench.

She grabs one in her mouth and takes off into the yard to play with it. Mia, wait until the kid finds out what you have done with the collection!

Double Jointed

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is sleeping on a green orthopedic dog bed pillow.

Wooow, Mia! What's with that leg? It's straight behind you. That just does not seem right. I don't think dogs are supposed to bend that way.

Top down view of a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy sleeping on a green orthopedic dog bed pillow with her front leg bent in a funny way behind her.

Your other front paw is under your neck. You are one strange pup.

The Goats

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is looking through a wooden split rail and wire fence at the goats who are on the other side.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, Mia is spending more time outside. She stops and gets a really good look at the goats.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is stretching towards a wooden split rail and wire fence so she can get a better view of the goats on the other side.

She slowly stretches her body closer.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is nosing against a wooden split rail and wire fence. She is looking at a one of the goats eat food.

And looks right at Sweet-Pea as she eats her breakfast.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is walking away from a wooden and wire fence that has goats on the other side.

Sweet-Pea head-butts the fence, which startles Mia. Yikes!

The back of a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is looking at a Goat through a wooden and wire fence.

Hey, wait a minute. I'm a Bully Pit. You can't scare me. Mia walks back for another look as Jim-Bob stares her down.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is running along a wooden and wire fence.

Mia play bows at them and runs in a circle as she lets out a yip!

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is running in a circle in front of a wooden split rail and wire fence.

Do you guys play?

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is standing in grass and looking through a wooden and wire fence at a herd of goats.

The goats do not blink an eye. They just stand there staring at her. "Oh, I guess not."

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is wearing a hot pink collar walking across grass with her front paw in the air.

All right, then.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is walking away from a wooden and wire fence.

I guess I will just go find someone else to play with.

Walk Progress

A blue nose American Bully Pit and a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier are walking up a black top surface.

Mia had her best walk yet. She did more following and less leash chewing and sniffing at objects. Mia and Spencer walked on one side and...

A brown with black and white Boxer is on a leash walking across a black top surface next to a person in blue jeans and a blue coat.

...Bruno on the other. They sometimes all walked on one side, but there was more room when they split up.

The hand of a person that is holding three leashes.

I was able to hold all three leashes in one hand. That's my girl, Mia! Keep it up and we are going to be able to go all over the place.

The back of a lady walking two dogs and a puppy down a street.
The back of a lady that is walking two dogs and a puppy in a street.
The back of a blue nose American Bully Pit that is looking down a storm drain that is half covered in snow.

We pass a storm drain that has water rushing through it. Mia is very curious so we pause and allow her to check it out. The older dogs have seen storm drains a lot and they ignore it.

Two dogs and a puppy are laying on a dog bed in the back of a mini van that has the middle seats removed.

After the walk all the dogs got back into the van.

Two dogs and a puppy are laying in the back of a van.

They were exhausted.

With Big Brother Bruno

A brown brindle with black and white Boxer and a blue nose American bully Pit puppy are sitting in grass and looking forward. There is a log behind them.

The Jump

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is wearing a blue vest and she is laying down on a dog bed in the back of a mini van that has the middle seats removed.

Although it was sunny, it was cold with a high in the mid-20s, winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph. The dogs seemed to be a bit stir-crazy inside so we loaded up the van and went for a short walk around a local park. A car ride and a short walk would be better than nothing at all. After the walk I opened the sliding van door and reached for the step stool so the dogs could get in. To my surprise, Mia jumped into the van without waiting for the stool, and she lay down immediately with a look of relief on her face. Mia, I didn't know you could jump that high! I don't like you jumping like that at such a young age! You really wanted in that van badly. You are going to be a good jumper when you grow up. I am glad you have learned not to jump on people!

Bones

Two dogs and a puppy are laying on blue orthopedic dog bed pillows and chewing on dog bones in front of a glass door.

Often times Mia will try to take bones away from her brothers even though she has her own. We have been trying to teach her to only chew on the bone that is in front of her. Today I gave all of the dogs a brand new bone and all three dogs were able to lie down next to one another chewing their bones worry-free. Good girl, Mia. Now isn't that so much more relaxing to only worry about your own treat instead of how you are going to acquire everyone else’s?

Close up - The back of a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier that is sitting in front of a dog bone that is split in half.

Oh my Spencer-Puppy. These bones are just about ready for the trash can. I usually give the dogs the Merrick's G.I. brand bones that do not have end knots, as I’ve had great success with them not falling apart. You can see some old Merrick's G.I. bones on the top left side of the picture that the dogs have had in their toy bin for months, which are still in one piece. Today I tried a different brand. They only had these new bones for about 20 minutes and they are already split into sharp pieces. Time to order some more Merrick G.I.'s.