A Demon Sleeps In My Bed

A few months ago, I braved my life when bringing home a small demon. She was so small, near fragile behind the ice blue eyes. I deemed her M.I.A.

Her sharp fangs never pierced my skin, as I had been warned they would. At even a young age with a lifetime ahead of her, the public already deemed her a murderer like her brothers before her.

That night, and for several nights in a row, I placed her in her bed, with pillows, dolls, and blankets. The demon wasn't having that. Wailing and screeching at the top her lungs in the middle of the night was horrifying. Once cuddled in the bed, she was fine.

Now, risking my life, letting this demon sleep in my bed, with me! That is brave... She could bite. Gnaw. Attack. Kill.

After months of letting the demon monster sleep in my bed, my fears have grown. I now fear the God awful, horrendous smell of her gas. The kicking. The unbelievable loud snoring. The pillow snatching. And the overall bed hogging that this demon child has succumbed me.

But, I go to bed every night with my demon's good night kisses, and I wake up every morning to my monster's good morning kisses. Her gotty lines fear me not, as I will not have her any less. My monster. My demon. My daughter child. Is nothing less than a full-blooded, pedigree, also known as the American pit bull terrier.

I wouldn't have her any other way, than a demon sleeping in my bed.

Temperament of the APBT

The standard for all American pit bull terriers is that they carry the qualities of strength, confidence, and the zest for life.

And, with their goofy smile and determined face, these dogs truly have the best of personalities. Despite what the media protests. This breed is loyal till death; they fight to protect their pet parent even if it means their demise.

Pit veteran APBTs, have been appointed heroes for saving the lives of both children and elderly, and everything in-between.

As with any dog, of any breed, socialization is must, and with the proper human and animal socialization the APBT can be the most affectionate of family pets.

Like most terrier breeds, the APBT is known to carry the dog aggression quality, but again, that is a trait of terriers, not just the American pit bull terrier. And, on the other hand, human aggression is a trait that is far from the breed's characteristic. Even far into their deep, infamous history of dog fighting, human aggression was strongly frowned upon the fighting pit dogs.

The breed is very affectionate, as they will attack you with their kisses. They are eager to please their pet parent.

These dogs are both courageous and intelligent. They constantly surprise their pet parents with new and goofy tricks. They catch on quickly to training, whereas many terrier breeds are slower learners. Their immense want to please, their food obsession, and athletic builds, make them great candidates for obedience and agility competitions.

But, of course, no breed is perfect, not even the American pit bull terrier. We all know that one. This breed is definitely known for it's stubbornness and adamant appeals. A strong, firm hand is needed when dealing with this breed as with most bully breeds. Even with their eagerness to please, these dogs must realize that they are not the dominant party in command, but you, the human, are. As with any breed, if the leader is not established, the dog will step up to the plate. And, with such a strong, adamant breed, you surely do not want to have the roles confused.

Demons and Children

One day, my demon child took a trip. Her fist trip besides the two hour ride home. She rode an hour out to see a few children, ages 2 and 4. She'd never seen anything like it.

Children smell different than adults. They act different. They sound different.

As soon as the littlest one walked up to her, she sniffed a brief second before charging. Full force. There was no stopping my demon child. It was on.

Her mouth wide open as she leapt towards the small child. Nothing could pull her off as she molested the poor child with demon kisses.

Hours later I pulled my tired demon away, as we drove the hour back home.

That night, like any other, a demon slept in my bed to rest.

Pit Bull Viciously Attacks Baby

Save America's Demons

Why is it that a breed, like all other breeds, with a past, like most other breeds, must be hated and scorned?

These dogs feel, like any other dog, and they love like any other dog.

They have a bad history, but so does many other breeds. Why do we discount their histories? Why do we ignore that two fighters in history, Crack and Floss, set out and murdered top, recognized pit fighters of their day. Crack and Floss were both Airedale Terriers, not fighting 'pit bulls.'

The Great Dane, today's gentle giant, one of the most mildest of breeds, once wore the same title of 'terror.' Malamutes, German shepherds, Dobermans, and Akitas, as well as Wolf-dog hybrids, Rottweilers, and Chow Chows, all have either held the title or currently still do. But, even still, they do not have near the evil reputation of the APBT, who was once a good old family dog, owned by presidents, celebrities, and plain down-to-earth people.

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Xtina V 3 years ago

I see that all these comments are years old. But I wanted to add my own. I have been "pet sitting" for a good friend for a month and a half. It just so happens to be a Blue nose Pitt. I am, umm was VERY fearful of Pitts. NEVER in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have a Pitt bull in my house or stealing my pillows. I was the person who would cross the street when I saw someone walking their Pitt bull. A cranky Chihuahua could have sent me fleeing from the building. This vicious man eater has melted my heart in a thousand ways. Keep in mind I have no experience as a dog owner. I love animals in general and have participated in a few rescues. When my friend and her dog were in need I offered my home as a respite for both. Although still having some fear and anxiety I couldn't leave my friend or her pet in the lurch. Now I never want to let him go! Its going to break my heart when he leaves. He is loving to the point of please make him stop licking me. A big goof ball who needs to be close to his humans. He sleeps with me (mostly cuz he is a dirty little bed hopper) either curled up in the fold of an arm or on my pillow. Sometimes behind me and I feel this paw on my shoulder as he reaches out for contact. He is a happy dog who always has a smile and a wag on his tail. I got to see his protectiveness close up when I was walking him and some guy thought he was the dog whisperer and was approaching me, Mookie,( the dogs name) immediately stood between me and the stranger. Not allowing the person to take one more step with a big growl. That is the only growl or display of aggression I have seen from him. When he was at my friends house I kept my distance while I watched Mookie play in the pool with the kids. Seriously, he is the most loving, loyal, huggable, sociable, patient, tolerant, gray goofball I have ever met!! I am doing my research on Pitts because I am getting one on my own :D I want to learn more about them as they are wonderful loyal pets whom, with the right training and human behind the leash, will be a happy ending for both!


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Vanessa Martinez 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

Beautiful article. Thanking for sharing that beautiful angel that sleeps with you :)


Teresa 4 years ago

I found this on someones facebook page. I laughed and cried at everything. I don't own a pit, but I would never think twice about owning one. Just because of their "history" or "bad rap" doesn't shy me away from them, because LETS FACE IT, 99.9% of what people THINK about pits aggressive tendencies AREN'T TRUE.

All the dogs my family has owned has been rescues. WE are what we make these animals, whatever they may be.

That last video killed me inside, honestly. The pictures from the beginning haunt me. It's disgusting to think that people find pleasure in watching dogs do that. Utterly disgusting. It is the 'owners' (in my eyes which they really aren't, since a real owner would never bring their babies to do that) that gave pit bulls that name. The people. And if people aren't going to read the true facts on a breed or animal of any sorts, and just shun them away with out any TRUE argument, then then should not be pet owners themselves.

I could go on forever, but what I mostly would like to say is THANK YOU. Truly an inspiring article.


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Nspeel 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach

I love the way you write or at least wrote this article, i had to read this hub 3x it was so good. Thanks for your love for the breed. The way you describe your pit bull in your bed is unbelievable i wouldn't think others have the same experiences with me and my dogs in my bed. Great work im forever dedicated thank you


Megan 5 years ago

I love the breed and it saddens me so much to see any dog especially the apbt injured or abused... I foster apbts for a local rescue and they are the sweetest dogs... my current one is totally attached to my side... it disgusts me when someone goes off on how dangerous they are... my response is usually have u ever been bitten by one, have u owned one, and have u ever experienced having one in your life or any negative personal experiences with them... most people say no which makes me sooooooo mad cause they haven't even thought to give the breed a chance which is wrong... thank you for all that protect and love this breed...


littleone 6 years ago

So true! I have a pit I just rescued from certain death at the pound, a chow/akita mix and a shorthaired pointer. Minus the shorthaired pointer, who gets a lot of negative responses based merely on how big he is, my other two dogs are supposed "monster/killer/terrors" also, and its so wrong, because all three of them are nothing more than lovable!! I dont understand why we blame the breed and not the owner! Thank you for sticking up for these innocent creatures that don't have a voice to stick up for themselves!


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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes. That's correct.


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nicko guzman 7 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

Wheren't they called nanny dogs once.


Jesse 7 years ago

LOL, you forgot comforter stealing as well. My Pit has become quite the master at it !! The snoring is the worst, I sleep with ear plugs now.


S dot 8 years ago

My pit acts the same way. Extremly affectionate and likes to hog the bed :)


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CennyWenny 8 years ago from Washington

Seeing all the pit bulls in the pound saddens me greatly. The biggest problem is that often time the wrong kinds of people get these dogs and turn them into vicious animals that are "cool" and "tough". My mother loved the pitbull she had in her twenties, but described it as a Jack Russell with teeth. Such intelligent dogs, that just need the right love and training and a firm hand (like any terrier). There is nothing as satisfying as waking up next to a snuggly puppy:)


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Depending on color coat, some APBTs are prone to skin allergies. Dilute colors are prone to demodex mange, but at the same time my cousin's brindle and white, also came down with it.

As this is your first puppy, you need to train,train,train. Usually the breed is not recommended for the inexperienced.

My dogs are fed Nutro; MIA gets the large breed puppy. As soon as I get a job and a few checks in, I'll be switching to Solid Gold- a top of the line all natural food.

Check out these links:

Caring for Dogs and Puppies:

http://hubpages.com/animals/Caring-for-Dogs-and-Pu...

Dog Training:

http://hubpages.com/animals/Dog-Training-Tips-and-...

All About the American Pit Bull:

http://hubpages.com/animals/The-American-Pit-Bull-...


itsjess37 8 years ago

no i dont over bathe her at all! she is an inside dog so she rarely gets funky enough to bathe lol. i didn't know if the breed was more prone to skin irritations or if it is just outside allergins as with normal inside pets and not being accustomed to it. what food does your MIA chow on each day? Luna is my first puppy to raise so im glad to correspond with you!!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

I have no clue. I don't know the area that she's playing in, so I couldn't tell you. She could be allergic to something in the area- whether a grass or weed. Try a benedryl lotion, but ask you vet FIRST! Don't over bathe her, you can dry out her skill with too many baths.


itsjess37 8 years ago

every time i take luna out to my parents house for a good run in the country with her bro/sis she has a little rash on her soft belly the next few days. any idea what she could have allergic reaction to? and any tips on how to comfort her besides oatmeal bath until it passes. i hate seeing my lil girl scratchin so much!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

:-) Thanks Patty.

Boxer's are silly dogs. I've never met a boxer that didn't have a gooy personality. I hope he made it home. :-\


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

So cute to be a demon.

I saw a large Boxer running loose in my neighborhood the other night, but I could not get it to come to me. Did not appear sick or violent, just having too much fun running back and forth across a busy street. Then he ran away. I swear he was laughing.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

I call MIA, Monster sometimes. She too has a new pink collar with jewels on it. I'm not a fan of it because it doesn't have the 3rd loop for the tags, so I've been slack and haven't added the tags to one of the 2 loops the collar does have.


itsjess37 8 years ago

i LOVE my APBT, her name is Luna and her nickname is the Monster- with a rhinestone collar of couse! i love this page, keep it up. i also feel as an advocate for this breed in MS. They are the most wonderful, patient, intelligent dogs i have ever been around


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, definitely those slobbery good night and good morning kisses that just about suffocate you. My pup like to use my stomach and chest as a pillow sometimes; it really constricts breathing. She weighs like 30 pounds less than me- I'm a little person, and she's a big dog. Ha.


Sue/Cici 8 years ago

what about those vicious lashes from tail wagging furor, slobbery licky kisses all over your feet, face and hands, and those breaths of death when she smothers your face with her nose... plus, my Pup-Lick Relations assistant also sleeps on my head, I am her pillow, she thinks, and/or her bed, I am lucky to be able to sleep in her bed...


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia Author

Gypsy- I agree with you about the breed, and I'm sorry for you loss of Zeus and congrats on the new pup. But, I don't agree with separating puppies from they mothers or littermates earlier than 6 weeks. EVER... No matter what breed. It is actually best to keep pups with their mom for 8 weeks so that they learn how to be a dog and bite inhibition.


Gypsylady 8 years ago

I've been keeping pits for years. My last baby, Zeus, Was born into my hands & died in my arms 12 years later. He went all over the country with me & was the perfect friend to my 2nd daughter when she was born. Zeus has been gone for over 5 years & it was time, so three weeks ago, I brought Sasha home. She was four weeks old at the time & has already become a member of the family. These are fantastic dogs & people need to be educated about them!


Cheyenne 8 years ago

Thank you for sticking up for this innocent breed! We need more people like you.

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