I own a bipolar pit bull named Kamikaze. I'm not kidding. She's like a hyperactive toddler with teeth. She is also mentally challenged, attention-deficit and a bigot. It's not her fault. She wasn't brought up right. By the time my son rescued the scrawny, confused thing at 8 months old, she had obviously been abused and neglected, in training to be a classic junk yard dog or worse. She was terrified of other dogs, suspicious of most people. I did not know what I was getting into! With a lot of food, exercise, love, and time, I've been able to tame her somewhat. For me, it's been like a combination of fitness and assertiveness training. Somehow we've met in the middle, she mellowing out and me toughening up. Exercise is the key. Get rid of all that nervous energy until she is too tired to even think of aggression. I look for deserted places in the woods with empty parking lots- not very common in this area- where she can run and chase a ball. In summer, we swim together. She is on the small side for her breed, thank goodness, only 40 pounds, but very strong. Her short black and white fur dries quickly, sheds dirt, and never smells. She is the Staffordshire type of bull terrier, and is actually kind of cute, with her funny pig-like noises, goofy expressions and distinctive markings. This is the kind of dog Buster Brown had, and the Little Rascals. It's a lot like living with a cartoon. She is always doing something silly, or getting into trouble. Like getting a potato chip bag stuck on her head, shredding things into little pieces, running into trees, or fishing things out of the trash and carrying them around like prizes. She hauls huge pieces of driftwood back from the beach, to the delight of passersby. Cars actually slow down or stop to look and laugh. She enjoys the attention and hams it up for all she's worth. Of course friends need to be carefully introduced by taking a walk with her off property, preferably with treats or a ball. Some people she just won't take to, but if you can make it onto her short list of tolerated persons, you will be on the receiving end of absolute adoration. The challenge of rescuing this little dog has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.