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RIP Sweet Cleo
Aug 2010

Hi Marc, this is Dennis from Central Oregon.  My wife Pam and I adopted Cleo in 07 from you.  It is with great sadness that I am telling you that Cleo passed away a couple of weeks ago.  We think she had a heart attack.  She was a very healthy girl so this was a shock to both Pam and I.  I just want to tell you what a joy this beautiful girl was.  She had such a gentle and calm spirit about her and had a love for life.  She went to a lot of places with us including a trip for a week to the San Juan's last year.  Both Pam and I have so many wonderful memories of this Angel.  We miss her sweet smile and playfulness.  She had many dog friends especially Stormy.  She will always be in out hearts and will always be missed.  I remember when Pam went to get her.  I had been doing some volunteering at the Redmond Humane Society as their main trainer, Pam went to get Cleo with Stormy and when she met up with me at the the Humane Society I immediately fell in love with her.  I realized we had a very special girl and were very blessed to have been the family she spent the rest of her short life with.  We both want to thank you again for the great work that you do and for the opportunity to have spent three wonderful years with such a sweet dog. I have attached a couple of photos of Cleo as a big girl.

Adopted 10/13/07!!

Hi Mark, this is Dennis, Cleo's new owner. What a wonderful little girl. This has to be the sweetest dog I have ever had, other than Stormy of course. They get along great. There have been a few squabbles with our German Shepherd female Meika who is about the same age as Cleo but we are working it out. Meika Has been dog aggressive since a very early age and it has been a problem we have been dealing with. It's getting better and she has actually played with Cleo which is something this dog has never done with another dog outside her pack. Cleo has a forever home with us and will be treated like a queen as she already is. She has made a home on Pam's lap at night, in her recliner. And is sleeping next to me until she gets used to her new surroundings. She really loves to play with Stormy, especially tug a war. Thanks again for this great girl. 
Dennis and Pam

This is Cleo and her new Man Tuka. Tuka is a 7 year old Wolf Hybrid who just loves his little Cleo. She is doing great with all our tribe. She does have a real liking for our bed though, she just moved right in.  We love her and are really glad she has joined our Pack.
Thanks again
Dennis and Pam

Cleo Is doing great.  Along with the other 5 dogs.  She is one of the sweetest dog i have ever met and had the privilege to own.  She is on my website on the from page along with her late best friend Tuka.  We lost him in oct.  everywhere she goes with us people comment on how strikingly beautiful she is.  She Has grown quite a bit since you last saw her.  She is about 65lbs now and can run like a greyhound.  She went on a week long vacation with us to the San Juans and lived the life of riley.  We really found a gem in her.  I'm going to start working with her as a decoy dog in the aggression work i do with dogs.  I have been using my old Pit Bull Beau.  Cleo is such a calm siprit that nothing gets to her.  She is the perfect decoy dog.  Thanks again for blessing us with such a great dog.

  • Gender - female
  • Age/DOB - 07/07/06
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight -
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 01/06/07
  • Available as of - 02/06/07
  • Housebroken - Working on it
  • Obedience trained - Working on it
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids - Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - Okay, so she isn't a Dane. But this little American Pit Bull Terrier girl is a gem. Very sweet and affectionate girl. Good with other dogs, kids, strangers, with everything! This little girl is absolutely awesome. Forget everything you think you know about Pit Bulls. This is what a real Pit Bull  is like, and you will not find a better family pet than this. Cleo is deaf, but it doesn't hamper her at all.

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Yes, Cleopatra is an American Pit Bull Terrier puppy, but do not let that scare you away. She is a gem of a dog. No signs of aggression or fear at all. She is simply a perfect little doll. She is outgoing, affectionate, submissive, and a pleasure to be around. She is a real Pit Bull, not one of these 100+ lb. so called Pit Bulls you see in the news all the time. She is small, the size that a real Pittie should be, and she has that sweet loving temperament that real Pitties should have. Cleo was so exceptional that the shelter that had her just could not bring themselves to let her slip through the cracks. They were committed to doing whatever it took to save this sweet girl. And we agreed, and offered to take her if they could not find her a home soon. None of us wanted her to spend her whole puppyhood in a  kennel. After holding on to her for over a month, they felt it was time to get her out of the kennel environment and they took us up on our offer to take her into our rescue. So here she is, the smallest dog in the pack, and friends with all of them. Our honorary Great Dane, Cleo. Someone will be very lucky to be able to make her part of their family.


The pit bull is a medium-sized dog: males weigh 35–60 lb. and females generally weigh 30–50 lb. Their short coat accentuates their muscular bodies, giving them the appearance of a “doggy bodybuilder.” They are known for confidence, intelligence, and loyal temperament.

The American Pit Bull was originally intended to be both the family dog and for dog fighting. Breeding them correctly in the 1920's included emphasizing not only animal aggressiveness, dominance and a high degree of gameness but also the loyalty and obedience this breed is so famous for. These along with other traits made the dog unique in the ways that handlers could pull the dogs off each other without risking being harmed themselves and still make great family pets. Although intended to be animal aggressive they were never trained to be aggressive toward humans.

Pit bulls today, still retain the predisposition towards dog aggression. However, a properly trained and socialized Pit Bull can be taught to manage this aggression.

The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) breed statistics as of December 2005 show an 83.5% passing rate for the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier and an 84.7% passing rate for the Staffordshire bull terrier, as compared to an 81.2% average pass rate for all dog breeds.

Pit bulls as pets

There are often more dogs (many are mixed breeds which are lumped into the category of "pitbull") than there are owners. Pit bulls or dogs that appear to be pit bulls may be destroyed in dog pounds due to the stigma associated with the breed. Few, if any, statistics exist for these issues. Pit bulls and pit mixed dogs are a common sight in animal shelters. According to Nathan Winograd, president of the No Kill Advocacy Group, shelters today have failed to educate people about pit bull ownership and have not focused on finding them responsible homes, but rather are engaging in a "witch hunt".

Urban myths

One of the most popular and baseless urban myths about pit bulls is that pit bulls often ‘turn’ on their owners without provocation. However, no sane dog performs behaviors for no reason. When aggression becomes a problem the reasons can often be traced to such things as improper handling, lack of socialization or training, a misreading of dog behavior by the owner, lack of discipline, or even disease. When an owner is startled by a sudden, aggressive outburst, it is generally because they have been unaware of problems that were brewing.

Research performed by GoodPooch.com director, Marjorie Darby, finds that dogs involved in attacks overwhelmingly have a known history of aggression, even though many dog owners deny or minimize this fact. The neighbors are usually a better source for documenting negative aspects of a dog's history, than its owner(s). As such, it is further evidence that dogs, including 'pit bulls', don't just "turn" on their owners. A follow-up to a CDC report on dog bite fatalities came to a similar conclusion.

Famous People with Pit Bulls

A case of mistaken Identity...

Quite often dogs that attack are identified as pit bulls when they are not.  It seems that that any dog of medium build with short hair is thought to be a pit bull.  There are 20+ breeds that are commonly incorrectly identified as pit bulls.  

<> The worst part of this identity problem is that the initial attack has frontpage coverage with PIT BULL all over it.  Then several day's later when they properly identify the dog as a mix breed or another breed that story is a line or two on page 30 buried.  Some examples

Want to know more about "Pit Bulls" Click here. Think you know a "Pit Bull" when you see one? Try to find the "Pit Bull" in this game. Don't feel bad if you can't find it on the first 3-4 tries, most people can't.

The fact is Pit Bulls have a lot more to fear from humans, than humans have to fear from Pit Bulls. Here are some graphic examples of how humanity treats Pitties. Sadly, even those who are supposed to be helping and protecting dogs, such as Dog Wardens and Animal Control officers, are involved in the wholesale slaughter of Pit Bulls. BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) across the country is responsible for hundreds of dogs having been taken from their homes and put to sleep, for no reason at all, other than that they were "pit bull type" dogs in someone's opinion. Most Pit Bulls "rescued" by Animal Control agencies are put to sleep.

And that's what makes Cleo's story so very special. Her amazing personality and sweet disposition, both typical traits of real American Pit Bull Terriers, and the good judgment of the folks at the Marion County Dog Shelter have saved her from the fate suffered by so many Pitties. Now all that is left for us to do is find her that perfect forever home. And despite all the bad press that "pit bulls" have been getting lately, we think finding Cleo a good home should be fairly easy. All you have to do is meet this little girl, and you'll understand why.

We will post additional photos of Cleo as time goes by, so check back often.
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