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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
the Brut Truth
We brought him home at six weeks. After two days I was terrified of this little monster and didn't think I could follow through with him for an entire lifetime. If I tell you his behavior, it will sound like normal puppy behavior, but his eyes told a completely different story. They were wild and crazed. Something about him wasn't right. I was in tears many times because I didn't know what to do with him. Brut was the most difficult puppy I'd ever come across in my life. I have never been scared of dogs or puppies before, but I was scared of Brut.
His aggression was right on the surface of his skin and tore through my fears. Every day I was on the fence about wanting to keep him and yet I could never give him up. I couldn't do that to him or myself. As our bond grew and I began to make small breakthroughs in my fear of him, he in turn began to teach me about himself. When he was a year and half old a broke up a fight and he showed me his "aggressive spirit." I looked into those eyes and was shocked to see not a killer that I thought was there, but a tortured, pained soul begging for help. That was when I began to understand Brut. It was the first he had really shown himself to me and it was the first that I was able really see.
Brut and I were bonded the from the first time I saw him. A connection that was raw but unbroken and now I am so proud of this beautiful dog that I have the honor to say is mine. A gift from heaven that I have been truly blessed with. When I thought the answer was to give up, somehow Brut showed me how to believe and changed my life forever.
For a more in depth version of this turning point between Brut and I you can read: A Little Bit About Brut and Me