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Raising a Puppy: Mia the Blue-Nose American Bully Pit—25 weeks old

A day in the life with Mia the American Bully (Bully Pit) puppy. Mia's nineteenth week—25 weeks old, 49 pounds, 17 1/2 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is sitting in grass and looking up.

25 weeks old (About 5 1/2 months)

Pack Walk

A girl with colorful hair is standing on a concrete surface in front of a lot of racks that have flowers on them holding the leashes of three dogs, a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy, A blue nose Pit Bull Terrier and a brown with black and white Boxer. They are looking to the left, the girl is looking forward and smiling.

Amie with the pack: Mia the Bully Pit, Spencer the Pit Bull and Bruno the Boxer

A girl with colorful hair is walking up a sidewalk with a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy heeling next to her.

Amie walking Mia

Delivery Trucks

The back of a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy and a brown with black and white Boxer are standing in front of a UPS truck's metal steps. The puppy has a bone in her mouth. The dogs are wagging their tails.

Just like her big brothers Bruno and Spencer, Mia gets very happy when any type of delivery person shows up. She grabs whatever she finds on the ground, be it a piece of dirt, a rock, or a stick and brings it to the person as a gift all the while saying "woooowwww". In this picture she grabbed a stick off of the ground and brought it as a gift for the UPS man. The day before she snatched up a clump of grass that had fallen out of the lawn mower and ran over to give it to the mailman.

Personality

Close up - The face of a blue nose American Bully Pit puppy sitting on a blacktop surface behind a vehicle. On the vehicle is a bumper sticker that reads - I HEART MY PIT BULL.

Mia has accurately been described as "like a cartoon". She's animated, lively, and full of character. She looks like she over exaggerates her movements. For example, When Mia saw Amie pull up and park her truck at the house Mia bobbed her head up and down as if she was revving up to run. She then let out a "wooooowwww" a second before she took off, pausing at the half way point to scoop up a clump of dirt and bring it to Amie as a gift. If only I had it on video. It reminded me of one of those cartoon scenes where the legs move before the body actually goes anywhere.

The Unknown

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy, a brown with black and white Boxer and a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier are standing next to each other and on top of a dog bed in the middle area of a mini van looking to the right.

While waiting for a command to get out of the van the pack hears people talking in the distance. "Stay" Good babies.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is standing in a parking lot and looking to the right at a white statue of a horse.

As we walked by a huge horse statue at a restaurant Mia let out a few barks under her breath. "No, leave it." You silly puppy. It's not real. While it seems comical for her to react that way, in reality, if not corrected it could become a big problem. She is an excellent guard dog, but there has to be a limit to what she barks at. While on a walk she has to trust that I can take care of the unknown. I won't let the giant horse get the pack.

The Cat

Mia seems to really like all of the cats. Especially Kung Fu Kitty, who is always seeking her out and rubbing all over her. I have to remind Mia not to get too rough as the cats need to stay in charge for their relationship to work. Mia needs to respect the cats and the cats make sure she remembers that.

Good Nose

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is sitting on a tiled floor and she is looking up at a raw steak on a plate on a countertop.

Mia had stopped eating her food. Really? That's all you want? Then I noticed her sniffing the air towards the raw steaks we were about to cook for dinner. Mia was hoping for some of that instead. No worries pup, I'll save you some left overs.

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is walking across a kiddie pool of water to a person in a colorful shirt. In the background is a small boy sitting on a stone step of a porch next to two cats.

There goes that nose again. Mia was playing in her new pool when she started smelling the air. Pizza! Sara can I have some of that?

Puppy No-Nos

A blue nose American Bully Pit puppy is chewing on a dog bed in the backseat of a van.

"Hey! Leave it! NO!" Mia! No baby-girl! We don't chew the dog bed while riding in the van. Now move over while I shove that stuffing back in the hole you created.