Several people have asked why Ziggy hasn't been adopted yet. It's not just because he's a pit bull, and it's not just because he is deaf. Those are two strikes against him, but I've adopted out other deaf pit bulls before. It's the third strike that is the problem. Ziggy has earned his nickname as The Land Shark for a reason. I call him "chewy" because I don't really know the right term for it. But I took this video in order to demonstrate the problem to the trainers at CASI. I am at a loss as to how to stop this behavior, but as long as it continues I don't have much hope of anyone wanting to adopt him. People want to greet him all the time at these events and I have to stop them and warn them that he will try to chew on them. And he chews hard - kind of like a young puppy who has never been taught that people are not for chewing. Only he's over a year old, and he's got very strong jaws, and I've been trying to teach him that people are not for chewing since he was four months old. We're at the point where he won't usually chew on me, unless he gets really excited, but I can't get him to not chew on other people! So THAT is why Ziggy has not been adopted. All advice or suggestions are welcome. And just to clarify, the person who was helping by demonstrating Ziggy's problem behavior in this video (since Zig won't chew on me) is another rescue volunteer and well aware of Ziggy's "issue". She was very brave to donate her hands and arms for the sake of this demonstration. :-)
I hope you still like Ziggy after watching this video. He's an amazing, wonderful, intelligent dog when he's not chewing on people! But you can see why he needs an adult only home with someone who wants to give him a lot of exercise. And now it should all make sense why Ziggy hasn't been adopted, and why I expect to still be fostering him a year from now!