Ruca’s story, as told by his person Breauna:
Ruca is a purebred pitbull that kind of fell into my lap when he was about 7 weeks old. I didn’t really know much about the breed, but I didn’t believe the negative stereotypes that I had heard. Originally, my ex-boyfriend got him, but as soon as we went and picked him up, it was love at first sight, and we decided he would be both of ours. I was only 17 when we got him, and was still living in Kenai, Alaska with my family. From then, we moved to Portland for two years, and then down south to Ashland for the next two years, and Ruca has been with me every single step of the way.
Every summer when I return back to Alaska from Oregon, I drive my truck the 3,000 miles back and forth again for the fall. Ruca has joined me every single time (when we embark on the mission again in a few months, it will be his sixth time!). I think of him as my little nomad dog. He is happy wherever we go, and we do travel quite a bit.
From day one, Ruca has proven to be one of the best dogs I’ve ever known. He was always loveable, great with children, other dogs, and other animals in general. With him, there is no back-story of overcoming aggression or being treated poorly. Pitbulls are raw proof that even those with a tough-looking exterior can be some of the biggest softies around. He is 95 pounds, but in his mind, he’s the size of a chihuahua; he is such a cuddler and a lap dog!
Ruca loves tennis balls, car rides, going on runs and hikes, swimming, high fives, but more than anything… he LOVES blankets (yes, that does mean that he sleeps in my bed with me — under the covers — every night. he’s too cute, I can’t say no!)
Almost every person who meets him that had previous reservations about the breed has changed their minds after meeting him. Anyone who sees that famous pit bull smile can’t help but smile back! He has changed my life forever, and I honestly don’t think I will ever own any other dog besides a pitbull again. He has even inspired me to pursue my dream of opening a non-profit pitbull rescue.
Ruca’s story is one in a collection of stories about our fabulous dogs. Want to share your dog’s story? All the details can be found on the Positively Pit Bull page!