Lola, born in 2002, is an American Pit Bull Terrier. Dog fanciers during the nineteenth century began crossing bulldogs and terriers to develop the gameness of the terrier with the strength of a bulldog. Although first used to bait bulls and bears, and later put in pits with rats and trained for dogfighting, eventually their friendliness toward people earned them a place in the family home.
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American Pit Bulls have been used by farmers and ranchers for protection, as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, and to drive livestock. American Pit Bulls were also used during World Wars I and II to deliver messages on the battlefield. At one time they were quite a popular pet in America. Famous American Pit Bulls include “Tige,” shown with Buster Brown in the Brown Shoe Co. ads, and “Pete the Pup,” of The Little Rascals and Our Gang series.
Lola with her kitty bodyguards.
Lola’s early life consisted of being used by a man with a history of dog fighting. She was malnourished, housed in deplorable conditions, and kept just for breeding. When the man was arrested, Lola and 8 other dogs were taken to the Humane Society to be “stored,” unable to be placed for adoption or rescue, until the trial’s end. Most of the dogs couldn’t cope with those conditions. However, Lola’s gentle demeanor won the hearts of the shelter’s staff from the very start, so much so that they would spend extra time with her. Perhaps that is why she survived.