When Texarkana, Texas, police officer Travis Frost was called out to handle a “vicious” pit bull in a residential neighborhood, he was prepared to deal with a dangerous canine. Instead, he found a big brown dog making himself at home on someone’s front porch.
To be on the safe side, Frost left the door of his squad car open when he got out to approach the stray — just in case he needed to make a hasty retreat. Then he whistled for the dog, who promptly came to him, tail wagging.
While waiting for animal control, Frost took some photos with his new pal, which were posted to the Texarkana Police Department’s Facebook page.
“Pit Bulls have a bit of a bad reputation,” the post read. “Travis said that, while you should always be careful around any dog that you don’t know, you shouldn’t automatically assume that all pit bulls are bad dogs. They might be really loving like this guy was this morning.”
The dog was comfortable with Frost — and his police car. In fact, the intimidating-looking dog turned out to be a good-natured goofball.
All’s well that ends well in this case: According to the police department’s Facebook post, Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana was able to locate the dog’s owners through his microchip. The happy pooch was reunited with his family within 24 hours.
In an update to the post, the police department acknowledged that several people had pointed out that the dog is actually an not a pit bull, but an American bully, which is a mix of a American Stratffordshire terrier and a pit bull.
Whatever his breed, we’re happy he’s safe and sound!
And while pit bulls and other “bully” breeds get discriminated against in a regular basis, there are countless stories of them selflessly saving their favorite humans. Take Sasha the dog, for instance.
The 8-month-old puppy sprang into action to warn her owners about the impending danger after an apartment complex in California caught fire.
The dog was outside and began barking and banging on the door, prompting her owner, Nana Chaichanhda, to open it and discover the flames coming from the next unit, which happened to be her cousin’s apartment in the fourplex.
Chaichanhda quickly raced to get her 7-month-old daughter, Masailah, from the bedroom, but Sasha was already on the case. The dog was trying to drag the baby to safety by her diaper. Luckily, all three made it out of the building unharmed.
Chaichanhda’s cousin was not home at the time of the blaze, but their home is now destroyed. In the wake of her ordeal, Chaichanhda is grateful that her faithful pup was there to save the day.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Chaichanhda’s sister, Christine White, to help them start their lives over in a new home and help pay for expenses like food and clothing while they attempt to rebuild everything they lost. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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