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June 8, 2003

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Cerberus, the Dog of the Day
Name: Cerberus
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pitbull mix
Home: San Diego, California, USA
   May I introduce you to Cerberus? He is Rhodesian Ridgeback and American Rednose Pitbull mix. Cerberus is very special to me. We spent 24/7 with each other for the first seven or eight months of his life. I had no place to take Cerberus, as I could not take him to what I called home, an apartment with no pets allowed. So instead, I would take him to a large parking structure where he could run and run, while he pulled me on my rollerblades. He used to ride on my lap in the car and as he got bigger, and could no longer fit on my lap, he had a hard time understanding why. Because of my living situation, everybody told me I needed a dog like a I needed a hole in my head. So, I decided it best to give him away. That lasted about four or five days and I went and got him back. He was so happy to see me. I was very glad I got him back.

    His bad habits in puppyhood included eating my shoes - one of each, never a pair. He can be aggressive at feeding time around other dogs, so I just feed him alone now. He also ate the interior of my car! I muzzle him if I am leaving him in my new car, but now I live in a house and don't take him when he has to sit in the car. His bad habits in adolescence? He likes to nibble on my cell phone every now and then if I leave it where he can reach it. Positive things about him abound. He is intelligent and trained pretty easily. He never goes potty inside, has personality plus, and I get compliments on him everywhere I go. He follows me everywhere and most important, he makes me laugh. He helps me feel love.

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