Tuesday, April 12, 2011

All About Arnold

This is Arnold:
white and brown pit bull

 He's an American Pit Bull Terrier.  Possibly mixed with manatee

Can you see the resemblance?
Arnold with a ball in his mouth giving his face a wide squished appearance

 Here are some other reasons that I believe Arnold may be part manatee.

1. Manatees are quite gentle. So is Arnold.

2. Manatees are agile. Arnold has taken some Agility classes.

3. Manatees often have scars due to boat collisions. Arnold has scars too.

4. Manatees like to eat plants. Arnold does too.

5. Manatees spend most of their time feeding, resting or traveling. So does Arnold.

Arnold sleeping on the ground at an adoption event

All in all, I think it's safe to say that Arnold is definitely part manatee. He's being fostered by the trainer who is working with Ziggy and me. She claims he is 100% pure American Pit Bull Terrier. Her dog, Jack, is Arnold's littermate, which is how she ended up fostering Arnold when his family had to move to Ohio -to a city that doesn't allow pit bulls.  I haven't seen Jack yet, so I'm not sure if he looks like Arnold. But if he does, I might have to give her the bad news that her dog is also part manatee.

In spite of his dubious heritage, Arnold has done quite well for himself so far. He has been Temperament tested and certified through the American Temperament Test Society. He knows basic obedience (both on and off leash) and is currently enrolled in class and working towards his AKC Canine Good Citizenship. Now if he can just find a home with a family who doesn't mind his mixed-species heritage, he'll be all set!


Kari in WeHo said...

he is super adorable is what he is


Harper said...

Oh my goodness, he looks absolute adorable! Look at those leg wrinkles in the second photo! I hope he finds a good home soon.

Barbara said...

Oh, he looks so sweet! What are the scars from?

Cupcake said...

I love Arnold! He is so cute.

mayziegal said...

Oh...my...DOGNESS! I have ALWAYS wanted a manatee! Okay, I hadn't even heard of one til your postie and had to make mom look it up for me so I could see a picture but now I TOTALLY want a manatee named Arnold.

But of course, mom said no. Why is she always spoiling my fun? Why?

My paws are crossed real tight that Arnold the ManaPit (PitaTee?) finds his furever home very, very soon.

Wiggles & Wags,

Hound Girl said...

Mr Arnold I heart you, he is adorable!

JackDaddy said...

I guess since he's a boy, he's not part WOMANatee! :)

brooke said...

Awww Id want to own a part Manatee dog!
If he were part elephant it'd be even better!

Daisy Dog said...

Awww! Arnold and Daisy might both have some Manatee! I sure hope he finds a furever home very soon.

Kolchak Puggle said...

Awwwww, part manatee is 100% adorable.

Doc Sinister said...

I actually looked Arnold up after he was pictured in your last post... he was just SO CUTE. I hope he finds a new home soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love Arnold. He is my exact perfect type of dog. Any idea where the scars came from? Poor guy looks like such a sweetheart. He must have experienced some sadness in life.

Dog Foster Mom said...

Actually his scars are only from having a cyst removed on his back leg, and from scratching his nose on his crate while on crate rest (recovering from the neuter and cyst removal surgery). He has had a pretty good life so far, and will hopefully find a wonderful home soon!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to post as Annon. -- Google fights me when I try to do it thru Google ID.
But what's this "Ohio is a state that doesn't allow Pit Bulls" crap? I believe there are a few cities who have stupid breed bans (and another one close to me talking about it, I'm ashamed to say). But it's not a state-wide ban. There are some insurance considerations and some apartment complexes have bans, but the breed is not banned state-wide by any means.
And no, I don't have Pits (I prefer the herding breeds) but I live in Ohio and know that there are a lot of them here.

Dog Foster Mom said...

Thanks for the info, Mickie! I had heard Ohio was bad about pit bulls and when I was told they were banned in the state, I didn't check it out. I'm glad to know they aren't banned in the whole state. I have updated my post to reflect the correct information. :-)

Texas The Doxie said...

He is freaking adorable! He does remind me of a manatee!