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Raising a Puppy: Mia the Blue-Nose American Bully Pit—41 weeks old

A day in the life with Mia the American Bully (Bully Pit) puppy. 41 weeks old, 66 pounds, 18 1/2 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).

A thick bodied, blue nose American Bully Pit is sitting on a blacktop surface and she is looking forward. Her mouth is open and it looks like she is smiling.

41 weeks old (9 1/2 months)

The Pack

A blue nose Pit Bull Terrier, A blue nose American Bully Pit and a brown brindle Boxer are sitting on a blacktop and they are looking forward.

Mia with her pack from left to right: Spencer the blue-nose American Pit Bull Terrier, Mia the American Bully and Bruno the brown brindle Boxer.

Little Groomer

Mia likes to groom her pack. She will lick the humans on their legs and feet, cleaning them as best she can. The way she likes to groom everyone shows she has a submissive mind-set. Even alpha dogs can accept a follower roll if they live with calm, consistent, strong-minded people who understand natural dog behavior.

A brown brindle Boxer is laying on his left side and a blue nose American Bully Pit is licking the face of the Boxer.

Mia cleaning out the inside of Bruno's ear.

A blue nose Pit Bull Terrier is laying on his right side in front of an open sliding door. There is a blue nose American Bully Pit licking the dog.

Mia cleaning Spencer's arm pit.

The Beach

A brown brindle Boxer and a blue nose American Bully Pit are standing in descending waves on a beach.

Mia and Bruno love playing in the waves on the beach.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is walking across wet sand. There is a blue nose American Bully Pit jumping over a coming wave in water. A brown brindle Boxer is looking at two girls standing in the water.

Spencer likes the beach, sniffing out sea creatures that washed up on shore, but he does not like to get his feet wet. Spencer will swim in the pond at home and walk into small streams on hot days, but he's not a big water dog and if he can avoid getting wet, he will. He prefers to stay dry.

A blue nose Pit Bull Terrier is walking away from a shore as a wave is coming in. A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing in water and looking out into a body of water. A brown brindle Boxer is looking at two girls standing in the water.

He backs up as the water moves towards him.

A blue nose American Bully Pit and a brown brindle Boxer are jumping over an incoming wave. A blue nose Pit Bull Terrier is looking over at the other two dogs.

He wants to play, but that water keeps trying to get him wet!

A blue nose American Bully Pit is biting at a wave. A brown brindle Boxer is looking down at the water coming in. A blue nose Pit Bull Terrier is looking at the other dogs play in the waves.

Come on Spencer, it's hot. Just get your feet wet.

The back of two dogs that are walking across sand next to the water at a beach.

Spencer decides to go play in the sand instead.

A girl wrapped in a black dress is holding on to the collar of a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier. Standing in the water is a blue nose American Bully Pit.

Spencer looks pretty hot out there in the sand. Amie walks Spencer down to get his feet wet so he can cool off while Mia takes full advantage of the water.

A girl wrapped in a black dress is holding the collar of a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier. There is a blue nose American Bully Pit trotting over to the girl in the dress. Walking in from the left is a brown brindle Boxer. A girl in a maroon shirt is splashing water on to the Pit Bull Terrier.

Sara splashes some water on Spencer's belly. Spence, if you just hang out in the hot sun you are going to overheat.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is running across sand and her feet are covered in water.

Mia splashing in the water

A blue nose American Bully Pit is running out into a body of water.
A blue nose American Bully Pit is running away from a coming wave.
A blue nose American Bully Pit is jumping across a body of water.
A blue nose American Bully Pit is biting at a body of water.

Silly Mia biting at the moving water.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is in water with a wave about to break on her. A brown brindle Boxer is in the sand on shore.

Yikes! Here comes a wave!

A blue nose American Bully Pit is in water with a wave about to break on her. A brown brindle Boxer is in the sand on shore facing the right.

Crash!

A blue nose American Bully Pit is running out of the water as a wave crashes behind her.

Run!

Snuggling with the Pack

A blue nose American Bully Pit is sleeping next to a girl laying on the floor with a phone in her hand.

Mia loves to sleep with her pack. She is not allowed up on the beds so Sara brings the bed to her on the floor. Good girl, Mia. Submissive, well-behaved dogs earn lots of love and affection.

Close up - A blue nose American Bully Pit is sleeping on a blanket and she is covered in a blanket.

When Sara gets up she covers Mia up with the blankets. Mia sleeps the morning away. It's hard work playing on the beach. Time to crash.

The Lump

Close up - A lump on the throat of a blue nose American Bully Pit.

I was sitting on the side of the van with the sliding door open. Mia was inside the van. I put my arm around her for some puppy hugs and kisses and as I scratched her neck I felt a lump on her throat. Yikes! It was hard and the size of a pinball. Because of the mast cell tumors Bruno the Boxer gets, I have learned not to ignore lumps. I immediately called her vet. We agreed that since Mia was not in any stress and was acting fine I did not have to rush her to the emergency room, which is what I felt like doing. Mia had an appointment to see the vet first thing in the morning. I gave her Benadryl just in case it was an allergic reaction to something, another thing one gets used to when you own a dog who develops mast cells. The next morning Mia's lump was smaller, a good sign. But we still loaded into the van and drove off to the vet's office, skipping her breakfast just in case the lump needed surgical attention. This office has specialist for a lot of different types of ailments.

Close up - A blue nose American Bully Pit is sitting in front of a person and looking up.

Mia's lump was aspirated, putting a needle into the lump and sucking out some fluid for testing. To my relief it was not cancer, but some type of abscess that contained puss. I was told it could have been caused by many different things such as swallowing a bee, or other insect, swallowing a stick or something sharp, rolling on top of something sharp such as the burrs at the beach which got me a few times this past weekend etc.. which in Mia's case could have been any of those things. At the beach I witnessed her pouncing on horse flies and finding lots of sea creatures. We are always digging things out of her mouth. Mia was prescribed Clavamox as a best guess antibiotic. The fluid that was extracted is being sent to the lab to be tested to make sure Clavamox is in the right spectrum of infection. Should the results come back that Clavamox is not in the spectrum of her infection we will switch her to something else. The results will not be in for a few days, so it is better to make the educated guess and start her now rather than wait for the results.

Spaying Mia

A blue nose American Bully Pit is laying on a floor and she is looking forward.

Since Mia had not eaten breakfast and we were already at the vet I ran by the idea of spaying her to the specialist. It was explained to me that for health reasons they like females to go through at least 1 heat cycle and sometimes 2 heat cycles depending on the dogs growth. I was told it is healthier for the dog to have their organs fully developed before removing their uterus as it is important for the dog to grow up with normal hormone levels. The spay should be done about 2 weeks after the heat cycle is over so the body parts are back to normal size. A dog who is in or close to heat has extra blood and swelling around their uterus and that raises the risk of complications during the surgery and also makes the recovery on the female harder. Mia is too close to a second heat to spay her at this time. I was told they currently have a dog up on the table who is having issues caused by being spayed too young. The office sees a lot of female dogs with spay urinary incontinence and other health issues caused from not having enough estrogen during the growth period. Everything this specialist said confirmed what I had learned from my past dog Allie the Boxer. I had written about this very thing in an earlier Mia post. I had not expected to hear it from a vet however, as the movement to spay before the first heat for pet over population is very strong. This was not a general vet's office, but a specialist office that sees the dogs with these issues and does not just treat them for symptoms, but tests to find out the exact cause, and then treats the route of the problem to the best of their ability. What I had not known was, the best time to spay is 4 to 6 weeks after a heat. This makes total sense, as it not only gives the body a chance to develop, but is at a point where there is less blood in the uterus. Mia will be spayed about 5 weeks after her second heat. I am not looking forward to the bloody mess, but I want to do what is best for her overall health. If one is going to wait for a dog to have heat cycles before spaying they need to be very responsible and not allow the dog around un-neutered males. Allowing a young female dog to have puppies can be worse for a her health than an early spay, and can even cause death if things go wrong during the whelp.

The Tongues

A brown brindle Boxer and a blue nose American Bully Pit are laying on a plaid pillow together in front of a house on a porch. Both of there mouths are open and there tongues are out.

I'll have to measure those tongues someday to see who's is bigger.

Puppy No-nos

A blue nose American Bully Pit is sitting on a green orthopedic dog bed pillow looking down at chewed up paper towels. She is looking at a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier who is looking at the mess.

"Mia, I don't think mommy and daddy like it when you chew things up like this."

Close up - A blue nose American Bully Pit is looking down at bird poop on a black top surface.

Yuck, Mia! "No No!" Stop eating that bird poop! And do not kiss me until you wash your mouth out!