Chix-a-Lot Friday: Foster Dad’s Take

FosterMom often describes Chick as an “ambassadog,” which I think means that Chick’s charm, good looks, and positive attitude easily win over skeptics and show how loving these tough-looking dogs can be.  Common early reactions to Chick include, “He’s really a pit bull?  But he seems so friendly!” or “He’s so well behaved for a pit bull!” or “Does he bite?” or, my personal favorite, “He could turn at any moment.”  But Chick’s admirers quickly are convinced otherwise.

When we first met, we were not too interested in each other.  Chick emerged from the shelter and dove headlong into the important task of sniffing the ground.  He breathed deeply, relishing the outside-of-the-shelter earth and all its scented mysteries.  It was the equivalent of a man long at sea who gratefully kisses dry land upon his return.  Chick was getting a good whiff of freedom.

I, on the other hand, was apprehensive.  Although FosterMom had told me all about how friendly and gentle Chick was, I had never met a pit bull.  I contemplated his big boxy head, thick neck, and wrinkly forehead.  I offered a hand.  Not nearly as interesting as dirt.  I took his leash, and he dragged me, zigzag, across the parking lot.

It was a short and successful courtship.  When we got home, Chick began to show off his charisma.  He curled up happily on his new dog bed.  He offered his warm, pink belly for a good rub.

Plus, I soon learned that Chick and I have a lot in common.  We both enjoy tennis…

playing in the snow…

reading the newspaper…

admiring art…

studying for law school exams…

and, every once in a while, enjoying a glass of good scotch.

We became fast friends.

“He could turn at any moment . . . and give you a big, juicy, tuna-flavored French kiss.”

36 responses

  1. Love this! Just last week I was walking Lily and a lady made the same comment about her “turning at any time”. Right as she said that, lily turned and -licked my knee…

  2. awww, you have some fantastic shots of these two. I really need to make a point to get more photos of the dogs with chris, and especially of the dogs with me. Maybe one day we can trade a photo shoot or something? It sounds like nobody is immune to the Chick charm.

    • Ha! I was wondering the same thing. It looks like Sir Chick is admiring his reflection in the glass more than the art. But with such a handsome guy like Chick, who would blame him?

      I’m enjoying the Chix a Lot Fridays!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pictures and captions. Chick is obviously much loved by you both. Looks like he has his dad wrapped around his little paw! And Black Label should use that photo in their ads – it’s fantastic!! As if I didn’t already look forward to Fridays….now there’s Chix-a-Lot Fridays to add to the mix. Thank you!

  4. l loved Foster Dad’s contribution and seeing this perspective! I think it’s funny how each person in a couple can have a distinctly unique relationship with the dog. I also had a similar reaction before meeting my first pitbull…so funny what we thought ‘back in the day’.

  5. “He could turn at any moment.” Hah! That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a while – I think I’m going to use that phrase on some of the most mellow dogs I know. I think I’ve got a lot of stuff in the fridge that will ‘turn’ long before Chick (or any other dog I know) will ‘turn’ on me! Heehee. That cracks me up. And Chick, you have good taste in Scotch, but I think it’s time to move you on to the more refined single malts… 😉 (I guess the Scotch could turn on you at any moment, too. Especially if you have more than a ‘wee dram’. Heh.)

    -Dr. Liz

  6. Just the other day someone was telling me that a dog (any dog – not limited to pitties) could “turn at any moment” – using as a reason not to mix kids and dogs.

  7. Wow, absolutely gorgeous photos! My husband felt the same way about pits at first. He kept saying I was not to bring any of them home from the shelter. But he soon learned what Foster Dad knows. A dog is a dog.

  8. Hey, Foster Dad is a lawyer like me! Great post. Ziggy’s dad was a little reluctant to get a second dog, but as soon as Ziggy bounded out of the crate and gave him a BIG kiss, he changed his mind.

  9. Talk about two peas in a pod! It’s so funny how they steal our hearts so quickly! I think my “favorite” experiences are when people ask if they can pet Parker, who is ignoring them, or will Skye bite them… as she wiggles and schmoozes to the best of her ability.

  10. Too many people tell us that Wilbur will turn on us!!! Really? It amazes me how so many people can ignorantly follow such bizzare notions. Thanks for giving us a peek at life with Chick (he’s a cutie).

  11. Ok, so I’m just getting around to reading this. Amazing…Foster-Dad and Chicken are clearly meant to be. I love the old-school pics including law school studying. Thanks Foster-Dad for the cameo!

  12. This is a great post, words and pictures. “He could turn on you at any moment” – also my favorite. Chix-a-Lot Fridays are awesome too, even on Wednesdays. Can’t wait to see that spiffy new collar!

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