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The girls and I took Gandalf down for his first “big crowd” event on Saturday. It was the Pacific Grove Good Ole Days fair and parade. He was pretty wound up at first, pulling on his leash and wanting to go ten different directions at once. However, after a bit he settled down and we all had a good time.

Molly walked with the AFRP, Animal Friends Rescue Project, during the parade. She had a little dog with her that was up for adoption. We didn’t bring Gandalf down until later in the day. When we did get down there he received so much attention it was nuts.

He got treats and belly rubs galore.

Gandalf relaxing with Nora, Molly, and Vianna.

We sat and relaxed in front of the PG Framing shop. The owner came out and took Gandalf inside for treats. Talk about one spoiled pup.

Gandalf getting some random love

Here the big softie is getting attention from some girls that were there. This was a pretty normal scene. So much for the big scary Pit Bull image.

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Just so others know. If you’re looking to get a Pit Bull, they have absolutely no understanding of personal space, or how to get the heck out of the way.

A pit bull just happens to be nothing but 60+ pounds of muscle and bone. So, hypothetically speaking, if you’re in the kitchen making breakfast for the girls. Gandalf, oh wait, I mean the wizard dog that shall not be named, will probably plop himself down right in the middle of the tiny kitchen, directly in the way, and then refuse to move. You are, after all, doing something he may find interesting, so he’ll just sit there, all 60 pounds of him, and become a statue.

This is bad enough, but when he does the same thing in a door way, well, it get’s interesting. (-:

He’s a beast and he knows it.

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M walking our new Pit Bull Gandalf. He’s a 6 month old that was trained in the “Take the Lead”, part of the second chance program where troubled or incarcerated juveniles are put in charge of training a pup. He was taught sit, stay, down, off, watch me, target, and some other basic commands. It’s a good start.

One thing we didn’t realize was that he’s going to gain another 20-40 lbs.  He’s already a walking tank of muscle.

One thing we are going to work on, continuously is manners. Some one like him needs to be very well mannered. He’s just to powerful not to keep well trained.

We’re starting to crate train him. He hasn’t ever lived inside before. He was an outside pup until he was dropped off at the SPCA on Christmas Eve. He’s been there for almost a month.

You know you live in a small town when you go to Petsmart and while checking out you mentiin that you just spent as much on stuff as you will for the dog. The girl behind the cash register says “SPCA?” I said yep, a 6 month old Pit. Her response about floored me. “You’re adopting Gandolf?!? He’s so lovable!” What? How did you????  It turns out she works at the SPCA part time and helped care for Gandolf. It’s a small world some times.

Oh ya. And he snores. We put him to bed a few minutes ago and he’s snoring. It’s cute. I did discover he knows how to bark. He’s done so once. I turned on the TV, he froze, watched it for a few moments, barked at it once, then looked at me like “what is it? Is it dangerous?” When I just chilled he settled down and after a bit he didn’t even glance up anymore”. Amazing to think he has never, before tonight, seen a television before.

This is going to be one loved mutt. There are three young ladies that are doting on his every need.

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