"Don't hate me... I'm a good boy"

Posted by Xandra de Vos on

Noah is an eight year old American Bully: serious, calm, gentle, and very humble. Lincoln on the other hand is the joker of the family. He is two years old and brings endless laughter and creates so many funny moments. He is goofy, wild and very curious. He needs a lot of structure and training unlike Noah, which came so natural to him. Noah can't stand being around Lincoln for longer than five seconds, probably because of the age difference. However, they do come together for food, tug-a-war and walks. When one is being cuddled, the other will get jealous and bulldoze his way into the cuddle session. They also protest baths together.

Noah was rescued from a terrible breeder who was planning on disposing of him because he was the runt of the litter, in other words he was going to shoot him. Obviously not all breeders are bad but if you do decide to buy a dog from a breeder, be sure to do your research first.
Lincoln came from a family that couldn't handle him anymore because he was "too wild". However, the reason why Lincoln was so wild was because that family had never set any boundaries and never trained him. 

Noah has also become an emotional support dog.  He has supported his human mum (Vivian) through some of the hardest times in her recent life. She had knee surgery, moved to New Jersey for a job transfer, suffers from back and sciatic pain, depression and anxiety. Noah has been by her side through all of it and continues to do so. He is her shadow that keeps her grounded and has her back no matter what. 

In 2014, Vivian started an Instagram account for Noah to showcase that Noah is a representation of her and how she molded him. To show that he is not the "monster" the media says he is. She wanted to show how loving, sweet and funny Noah is and that there is nothing dangerous about him. When Lincoln joined the account, it became even more evident that these dogs are just two big goofballs. They are both trained to behave and watch their manners. Which is the right thing to do and the responsibility of any dog owner, no matter the breed.

Both boys are American Bullies. However, many people categorize them under the umbrella of a "pit bull" because they are stout, have big chunky heads and physically very strong.  The breed that most people classify as "dangerous" is the American Pit Bull Terrier, which is also mixed with different kinds of breeds.  Most of the time, these mix breeds have the "pit bull" appearance and are discriminated against, at no fault of their own. 

There are some breeders that specifically breed the American Bully for blood sports. This means that they only continue to breed the most aggressive ones so that all of their dogs end up being fighters. These dogs are not the breed standard and is completely against their natural traits! American Bullies are loyal, gentle and loving family dogs. As a matter of fact they were originally bred specifically for companionship.

But it's not just some breeders that are to blame for enabling the stigma that pursue these dogs to continue. Owners that don't train their American Bully, treat them badly or encourage dog fighting are just as much to blame. People need to understand that the stigma that follows "pit bull" classified dogs is not because of the dog's natural born disposition or temperament. It is because of the owner or person who handles them. 

People often forget that all dogs are born with a loving character. Some may be harder to train, others will need more exercise or may be more dominant. All these traits can be managed and molded into what the owner makes of it. Dog owners need to take responsibility and put in the work and love that every dog deserves. There are no "bad" dogs just bad owners and breeders. They are the ones that need to be stopped from abusing this loving breed.

Don’t buy into the stereotypes and remember that American Bullies are amazing dogs and very loving. They deserve to live a life free of discrimination, just like any other dog.

Do some research of your own about this loving breed. Visit the shelters and ask to spend time with the "pit bulls" to better understand them. Who knows, you may even end-up rescuing one and giving him a forever home.

Thank you to Vivian, Noah and Lincoln for sharing their story and for shedding some light on this loving yet misunderstood breed.

You can see more of Noah and Lincoln's adventures on their Instagram @noah_and_lincoln

"Hey, get of my grass!"

Videos courtesy of @noah_and_lincoln

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