Pits In The Big CityPei had no exposure to pit bulls when she was growing up. In fact, it wasn’t until the summer of 2009, when she rented a house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a girl who had a pit bull, that Pei experienced the breed first hand. Her first impression: “They are the sweetest, super chill, snuggly dogs,” she said. “They have lots of love to give.” That summer stuck with Pei. Or rather, that pit bull stuck with Pei. Knowing that pit bulls are so often misunderstood and have a reputation for being vicious dogs, she was inspired to adopt them later in life. It was her attempt to root for the underdog; to be their advocate if others are not or cannot be willing. But Pei knew she needed to wait for the right time in her life to adopt. She didn’t, for example, want to adopt while in a rocky relationship, or put herself and her dog in any sort of temporary or unstable position. She had to be in the right place and at the right time in her life to bring a furball into her home and heart. It was after Pei met her husband, Mike, and knew that they were both in it for the long haul that they decided to go for it. Her husband wanted a big dog, and while Pei knew she loved pits, they wound up choosing with their heart. “We went off of our gut, versus breed,” she admitted. When they met Luna, they knew she was the one. She wanted to play, she had an infectious, energetic personality and she seemed as “into” Pei and her husband as they were her. It was the right fit. And so, a pit bull it was.
Dogs Around TownPei recalled her childhood, growing up with dogs in the ‘80s, in a very small town in Arizona. Her family was always into pets, it seemed. They had a fenced-in yard, and she fondly recalls having several small dogs, constantly roaming about. But, she noted, it was a different time then; people approached the idea of dog ownership in a far different light than they do today. “As a child, I didn’t have a say in the matter
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