This dog isn't shaggy (neither are the horses)
I'm a sucker for dog stories, and this one is epic. There are so many heroes here, I don't know where to begin--Dawn Montiel and her son, the victim's little sister, the staff at the school. But all the medals really belong to Maya, the black Lab.
Please read the article, or you won't have a clue what I'm talking about. I had a lot of questions when I read it, most of them unanswerable ones about animal and human behavior. One more easily answered question of mine (or so I thought) seemed simple: was this actually a pit bull? Pit bulls are ordinarily not large dogs, but India's reported size--120 pounds--is gargantuan.
From this website, which gives information about American pit bulls (APBTs), came:
The APBT ranges in size from 22 pounds to 110 pounds (rare), with the most common being between 35 - 55 pounds (16-25 kg.), in fact the original APBT's were between 20 - 40 pounds (9-18 kg.) and were bred small for their main purpose, fighting.
Other pit bulls breeds are the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (40 pounds max) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (between 57 and 67 pounds, which seems curiously exact to me for a range).
Here's all you ever wanted to know about pit bulls and more.
My guess is that India (thankfully now deceased, although Rasputin-like in his ability to survive the various attempts to kill him), the 120-pound pit bull in the Chicago story, was a cross with some other breed, most likely a Mastiff:
A grown [Mastiff] male often weighs about 200 lbs. / 90 kilos. It is not unusual for a male to weigh even more. About 220 lbs. / 100 kilos isn't all that rare. The size varies quite a bit within the breed, though. If your Mastiff ends up weighing "just" 155 lbs. / 70 kilos, most people will still talk about your friend as if he was an average sized pony.
An average-sized pony? Well, actually, yes, if it's a Shetland pony (although it's hard to find weights for these)--or, even better, a miniature horse, which commonly weighs between 150 and 200 pounds.
This is one of the benefits of blogging, following a train of thought and finding (and then sharing) information about mindbogglingly bizarre but potentially fascinating things. The world of miniature horses is certainly one of those things, at least to my way of thinking--just look at those pictures! Cute, or grotesque, or some strange combination of the two?
But this is the most flabbergasting find of all. It is not a spoof site, it is not the Onion; this is for real. And, after a bit of reflection--why ever not?