Heartless monsters continue to use innocent dogs for their entertainment. Dogfighting still exists, especially in parts of the world where it isn’t illegal or the laws aren’t strictly enforced.
Sometimes the dogs used as ‘bait’ to train the fighters are dumped when they are severely injured and become a liability. Dogs like Phoenix fall victim to this every single day.
By sharing his story, we can bring awareness to a problem that still exists despite what people think.
Phoenix was dumped on the streets near Mexicali. His body was covered in horrific wounds. He was so skinny and scared.
His head had been bitten so many times that it was swollen beyond recognition. It was so swollen, in fact, that he could no longer open his eyes.
A woman, named Virginia, thankfully found him in time and took him straight to the vet. The vet confirmed what they suspected. Phoenix was a bait dog.
He also tested positive for Ehrlichia. He was extremely underweight and anemic. His liver was damaged as well. This poor baby needed extensive treatment… and a lot of love.
Incredibly, despite being mistreated and abused, Phoenix is friendly and loving. He wags his tails constantly, even when he’s in pain. But the vet doesn’t let him suffer and administers pain meds every few hours.
Virginia knew from the start that she and Phoenix were meant to be together. Through his recovery, she stays by his side. Then, when he’s well enough to leave the vet, she brings him home.
Phoenix still has a lot of healing to do but Virginia pledges to do everything she can to make his life perfect. She officially becomes his mom!
She tells everyone that when she first met Phoenix, it was as if they had known each other forever.
Mom and Phoenix live each day as if their past doesn’t define them because, in reality, it doesn’t. Too many people assume that bait dogs or former dogfighting dogs, need to be euthanized.
That they can’t make good pets. Stories like this one prove that this broad statement isn’t true.
Dogs like Phoenix undergo personality testing by professionals. If they pass, then they can be adopted out to loving homes. Please don’t assume that all these dogs are bad.
Passing this story along will show others that ALL dogs are worthy of a happy life. They just need to be given a chance.
Would you open your home and heart to a former bait dog or fighting dog? Remember, nothing that happened to them was their choice!
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!