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Adopted 5/30/08
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Hello Marc,

Just a little update. Malcolm is doing very well. He's already learned the ASL sign for "bed" and goes straight to it. He's got the idea that I want him to sit before he goes in and out the door. We are going to add the signs for "cat," and "dog," next week. He's such a smart little guy. He's a bit overbearing with small dogs and with the cats but there's no aggression, so we're going to take this very slow and steady and ultimately everyone will get along. He's wonderful. I had my apprehensions, but they've all since dissipated. I'm giving him every opportunity to succeed and he's doing great. The funniest little quirk is that he's very bashful about pooing and peeing in front of an audience. You can't let him know you're watching or he'll just hold it. Hilarious. He walks like a dream on a leash, sitting at every corner and whenever I stop. This has been a very big week for Malcolm and for Eric and myself, and everybody's exhausted.

Have a great night!

  • Gender - Male
  • Age/DOB - 8/1/06
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 31 lb.
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 3/13/07
  • Available as of - Now
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Some
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids -  Yes
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - This little guy is simply amazing. He is the cutest, happiest, friendliest little guy you have ever met. And he is a little clown to boot. He instantly puts a smile on your face.

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Malcolm came to us from the local Humane Society. And as it turned out he was found abandoned near where we live. He was first taken in by Oakridge Animal Control. They didn't have room for him so they transfered him to the Humane Society. And they contacted us as they often do when they get in a deaf dog. While we do not handle other breeds as a rule, we just happened to have another deaf Pit Bull puppy at that time, Cleo, and so we were willing to take Malcom as well. The two were both exceptional dogs, a real credit to the "pit bull" breeds. And they were only a month apart in age. We could not have made a better decision. Malcom was starting to get depressed and withdrawn in the kennel environment, and he has really blossomed since he got here. He is the happiest guy on the face of the earth most of the time now.

Yes, Malcolm is a Pit Bull Terrier puppy. There are several breeds that are identified by that name. We think an Malcolm is an American Staffordshire Terrier, but that's just an educated guess. Whatever specific breed or breed mix he is, he definitely is a "Pti Bull", but do not let that scare you away. He is a gem of a dog. No signs of aggression or fear at all. He is simply a perfect little doll. He is outgoing, affectionate, submissive, and a pleasure to be around. He is a real Pit Bull, not one of these 100+ lb. so called Pit Bulls you see in the news all the time. He is small, the size that a real Pittie should be, and he has that sweet loving temperament that real Pitties should have. Malcolm was so exceptional that the Humane Society that had him just could not bring themselves to let him slip through the cracks. They were committed to doing whatever it took to save this sweet little guy. And we agreed, and offered to take him. None of us wanted him to spend his whole puppyhood in a  kennel. Especially as it was clear he was not responding well to kenneling for such a long period. They felt it was time to get him out of the kennel environment and they took us up on our offer to take him into our rescue. So here he is, the smallest dog in the pack, and friends with all of them. Our honorary Great Dane, Malcom. Someone will be very lucky to be able to make him 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. We are lucky that many of the animal control and Humane Societies in our area are Pit Bull savvy and willing to help this much maligned, often misidentified, and  generally misunderstood  "breed." And so is Malcom.

We will post additional photos of Malcolm as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Malcolm or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
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Malcolm and one of our blind Danes, PinBall.
These two play together all the time.

Cleo and Malcolm

Malcolm and Tari the Dane puppy

Cleo, Malcolm
and PinBall

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