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Mutts Matter: Joyous Petey

Meet Petey, an adorable, playful, and happy little pup who will steal your heart.


Petey is a bundle of joy, energy, and cuteness all wrapped into one. His happiness is infectious, and when he greets you his whole body wiggles with enthusiasm as he flashes his big bully smile. Petey is a “pocket” American pit bull terrier mix. At only a year old, he’s still a puppy, weighs around 40 pounds, and will probably only gain another five pounds when he’s fully grown. He’s a handsome boy and quite the charmer, too.

Petey is a testament to the resiliency of dogs, and their ability to love and forgive. He was rescued by a group of Humane Society volunteers who were investigating a hoarding and neglect case in Arkansas. They found Petey in a ditch by the side of the road with a horrible wound to his face, and contacted Mutts Matter to help. He needed the extra care and medical treatment that a rescue can give.

At the hospital, the doctors found three BB pellets in Petey’s cheek, and said he was very fortunate that they didn’t affect his vision. Despite dealing with stitches and drains that remained in place for many days to help his wounds heal, he quickly became a favorite among the hospital staff for his great attitude and playful sweetness. Petey has made an amazing recovery, continues to love everyone he meets, and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, despite what he’s been through.

Petey quickly settled into to his foster home for a little TLC, and is almost completely healed now. His foster parents, Vicki and Aaron, say he’s been a great houseguest. He’s been calm inside the house while recuperating, he’s potty-trained, and they haven’t had to crate him when they leave for work. Aaron just gives him a Kong with some kibble and peanut butter, and Petey is good to go. He’s a smart pup, treat motivated, and has already learned to sit and wait for his food.

Aaron says Petey is a cuddle bug who loves to hang out on the couch and just be next to you. Sometimes, he will sit on Aaron’s foot and look at him with those cute puppy-dog eyes to let him know it’s time for a rub. He also loves to play and really enjoys affection. He’s not much of a barker, but likes to lie by the window to stay on top of the activity in the neighborhood.

When I met Petey to do his picture shoot, he greeted me warmly with lots of kisses, took treats gently from my hand, and settled down just long enough to let me take a few good shots. He’s a bouncy, playful dog that still sees the world with the wonderment of a puppy. 

Like most young pups, Petey needs some basic obedience training and work on leash walking. He loves to go on walks, but will pull when he wants to meet someone or another dog, and he wants to meet everyone. He also likes to chase things, especially small critters, so he will need a capable handler and someone who will teach him when chase is safe and appropriate. He can be jumpy when he gets excited, so he will fit best in a home with kids who are out of the toddler stage (7 years or older). He has an excellent temperament, and will make a great family dog.

Petey needs a family who will commit to his daily exercise and basic training, and a fenced yard or another young dog in the home to run and play with would be ideal.  Priority will be given to families with bully breed experience. He may only weigh 40 pounds, but he is still a strong dog, so his new family will need to work with him on leash walking, and give him the exercise a young, athletic bully pup requires.


To learn more about Petey, go to the Mutts Matter Adoption Page and fill out an application, or you can contact Suzanne at suzanne@muttsmatterrescue.com.

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Kathryn Wray September 05, 2013 at 10:10 AM
I have a rescued bully mix and she is absolutely wonderful. I've had her for 4+ years and she was 1 1/2 when I got her. She loves attention and doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She went through 1 round of puppy classes and sits, stays, walks well on a leash, accepts treats gently, etc. My girl is also only about 40 lbs. Petey sounds just wonderful. If I could take another dog in, I would pick him. He would be perfect with my Miley. (I live in Annapolis and work in DC, and I'm gone 12 hours a day- Miley is used to it, but I just don't think its the best way to bring a young pup into the mix.) (Don't worry, Miley gets nice long walks before and after work, and nice hikes on the weekends. Shes my best pal and well cared for and loved!) I just really want people to know that just because some of the rescues are bully breeds, does NOT make them mean dogs! Petey will make someone a true and faithful companion.
Mutts Matter Rescue September 05, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Thank Kathryn...I couldn't agree with you more. I have 2 awesome pit pups myself, and they are great dogs. Petey, like many young pups, will need consistent exercise and training, but you would be hard pressed to find a more sweet, happy dog.

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