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Sammi M.



Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Hawaii

Member since:

January 25, 2012

Do you own a pit bull or bully breed dog?

Yes, half American Staffordshire Terrier and half Labrador Retriever.

Is your dog spayed or neutered?


What are you looking to get from LARPBO?

Dog training and help in building responsible dog caretaking awareness.

Tell us about yourself and your dog.

We looked at several dogs to adopt for months. No particular breed in mind, but a medium size-fairly active dog. One day, I stopped by at a shelter "just to see." That's where I met my dog. Admittedly, it wasn't love at first sight, because honestly I didn't want a pit. I had no experience and my knowledge of the breed was limited to the bad rap they have. Apparently, it was not my choice. My dog picked me. I stopped to say hello to her and continued on. On separate occasions, two adopters called her out of her den, she wouldn't come out until I called her for them. How could I walk away from her? That day I took her home without my husband first meeting her. Initially fearful of men, she warmed to my husband. She is much better with male strangers now, but still sometimes shakes uncontrollably and will cower with some men or loud noises. Otherwise, she is a sweetheart who loves children. Her name is Makana, which means "gift" in Hawaiian. She is truly that to us!

How did you hear of us/find us?

No answer yet


My name is Sammi. I've had my 3 yr old dog for over a year. She's well behaved, but would like her (and I) to take obedience training and maybe become a therapy dog. In love with my dog, I want to help spread the word of how great pits are.

What Sammi M. is saying about this Meetup Group

I think this is a great community. As bull breed owners (probably moreso than other breeds), we have a responsibility to make sure the bad rap this breed has is changed. I love when people tell me how well-behaved my dog is because I get to proudly tell them she's part pit! I'll be advertising this community when I meet with other bull breed owners at the dog park and anywhere else for that matter.

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