Spencer the Blue-Nose Brindle Pit Bull
A day in the life with Spencer the American Pit Bull Terrier. 1 year 11 months, 79 pounds, 22 1/2 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).
1 year, 11 months old (23 months old).
Seven Dog Pack Walk
Spencer and Bruno go on a six-mile pack walk with five of their doggie friends: Maggie the Pitbull mix, Darley the Beagle mix, Tia the Norwegian Elkhound, Ginger the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Petey the Jack Russell Terrier.
The baby gets to be a pack leader for a little bit as he holds Maggie the Pitbull mix.
All of the dogs did a great job heeling on their leads. Maggie walked perfectly for the baby, not pulling one bit.
We passed a lot of other dogs and people. The pack kept walking without a fuss, even when other dogs barked or pulled toward them. Baby Peyton gets pushed in the stroller by his favorite babysitter Amie. While Maggie and Darley are used to the stroller, all of the other dogs were not. Yet none of them were fazed by it.
We stop at the creek to let the dogs get a drink. Silly Tia (Norwegian Elkhound)decides to lie down in the water. The air temperature is only in the 40s, but Tia always seems to be hot. Ginger the Chesapeake Bay Retriever did the same thing, tried to lie in the water while drinking it. Typical Chessie behavior. Spencer and Bruno, on the other hand, did their best to avoid getting wet as they carefully got drinks.
Left to right: Petey the Jack Russell Terrier, Ginger the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Maggie the Pitbull mix, Darley the Beagle mix, Spencer the Pitbull, Bruno the Boxer, and Tia the Norwegian Elkhound.
It was a great day at the park.
Spencer with Big Brother Bruno the Boxer
Spencer and Brother Bruno visit the Martha Josey Barrel Racing Clinic
The boys are very good pups around all of the horses.
They spy a groundhog hole! Groundhogs and horses do not mix. A groundhog hole could mean the death for a horse. Horses cannot lie down for long periods of time and a broken leg for a horse in most cases means it will have to be put down. Therefore, at home the dogs are taught to find the groundhogs and chase them out of the horse fields. The boys let me know there is a groundhog down there. I let them know that it is not something we are going to worry about right now. We often see groundhogs out on walks and the dogs needed to learn that sometimes we chase them, but sometimes we don't. If mamma says "no" it's not time to work.
Spencer enjoys watching all of the action.
Spencer spies something off in the distance. His head is down, but he sees it.
It's coming closer. He's watching it.
Still with his eye on it. I think he knows what it is.
Could he be, could he be, coming to see me?
As the old Golden Retriever that lives at the farm gets closer, Spencer lifts his head.
Oh boy, I hope he comes to see me.
The old guy is getting closer.
Oh boy, oh boy, he came to see me! Spencer gets down in a play-bow pose but the old Golden is not interested in playing.
He moves onto Bruno. It looks like there is not a lot going on here, but really the dogs are having an entire conversation between themselves. The old Golden is not interested in fighting or playing. He's just checking them out.
After he is done he simply walks away and Bruno and Spencer are left standing there watching. Bruno watches not caring either way, but Spencer wanted to play. Sorry pup, not today. You are not a resident of this farm so you are required to be leashed. The old Golden is walking on home.
Later they spy the Golden again. Bruno and Spencer look over. Bruno watches calmly. Spencer play-bows again. Sorry pup. The old guy is not wanting to play.
But he will come over and check you out again. The Golden gets up, walks over and finds out what Spencer has been up to for the last 24 hours.
Bruno turns to smell the Golden…
…and the Golden allows Spencer to check him out as well. Then the old guy just walks away again and Bruno and Spencer are left standing there, Bruno not caring either way and Spencer still wanting to play.
Raising a Puppy: Spencer the Pit Bull
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