Welcome to our American Pit bull page, Featuring Green Chapels "Chopper" and "Harley" We are very proud of these Beautiful Animals. They are not only handsome, but intelligent, athletic, and well trained. Both Chopper & Harley are accomplished herding dogs. Harley, our baby girl tracks like a bloodhound. Both unusual traits for Pit bulls. Let me begin by saying that this is not my first experience in dog breeding and training. Our family raised and bred Pomeranian's for many years, as well as Czechoslovakian Shepherds. I have personally owned Rottweilers, Dobermans, English Labs, and Flat-Coat Retrievers. All great breeds. I say this to qualify my next statement: American Pit Bull Terriers are the greatest all around dogs I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The bad rap is just that: "A Bad Rap" These dogs are highly intelligent and intuitive. They "tune in" to their owners, their behavior and their attitudes. Putting these dogs in the hands of angry and aggressive individuals is a formula for disaster. Pit Bulls are not for Irresponsible or lazy dog owners. There are plenty of breeds out there that require very little maintenance and minimal training....but this is not that breed. At the bottom of this page is the story of Ken-l Rations Greatest Dog Hero, Weela. We hope you'll read her story. Ask yourself why Dog professionals like Cesar Milan would choose this breed for a family pet? Who should own a Pitt? Someone with at least an hour a day to devote to exercise and training. These are perfect dogs for Athletes, Active couples, or young Families....Yep, Pits are Great with children. They consistently show more patience and tolerance of minor abuse from young children than 90% of other dog breeds, even into old age. We are including some great links below, for Breed information, preservation, and fun! Check them out and Enjoy the Photo Gallery! Breed Information - An All-American Dog: Breed History - Great stories and history about the breed in America PitBulls on the Web - A great site, dedicated to Pit Rescue, Preservation, and Education Project Pits - An informative and fun site for Owners and Fanciers alike Breed Specific Legislation - A must read for anyone who loves this breed. Beware of PETA - Everything is not as it seems, and PETA, the so-called animal Advocacy group is one of them. Support PETA kills animals.com
American Pitbull Terrier
Green Chapel's " Chopper"
Green Chapel's Chopper Chop Chop, as he is so fondly called, was born on Oct 15th 2009. Chopper is a Red Pit with Tan ticking and a Black Mask and Tips. He also has the classic Pit White Blaze on his chest.
Chopper (American Pitbull Terrier)
American Pitbull Terrier
Green Chapel's "Chopper"
Chopper as a baby, with Bullet (Harleys father). The old man has passed on, but He will never be forgotten.
Choppers Grandfather, Limanner
Harleys Mother, Mistique
Our dogs as community ambassadors
Chopper and Harley were trained to sleep in their own bed by 10 weeks of age
Green Chapel's Harley What a sweety. this is one of the most affectionate Pitts I have ever encountered..this breed is generally too high-strung to cuddle, but not this gal. Harley was born On Nov 10. 2010. She is a Silver/Blue Pit With Amber Ticking, Blue Nose, and White blaze.
...and when she was a Puppy, I thought we would DIE from the cuteness....
Harley is definitely in touch with her hunting and tracking roots. She is a great pointer, and can scent out practically any object.
Hey MOM!.. He Stole my BALL!!
Jaliese and Harley at Topsail Beach North Carolina
Jaliese and Harley at Topsail Beach North Carolina
Our last litter have all found wonderful homes. Born 2012
Our Newest Litter, Born Dec 2 2014 Available now.
Known as the "Nanny Dog", Pitbulls are now public enemy Number One, but their Love for Children has not Changed.
One of Harley's puppies in her new home. Liz Smith with "Dixie"
This story is from the Ultimate American Pit Bull Terrier by Jacqueline O'Neil. Weela was also featured in the October, 1996 Outside magazine as an example of the kind of dog one would like to have in a life-threatening situation.
Gary Watkins, eleven years old, was absorbed in chasing lizards when Weela, the family Pit Bull, plowed into him with a body slam that sent him sprawling. Gary's mother, Lori, saw the whole incident and remembers being surprised at first, because Weela always played kindly with children. But her surprise quickly turned to horror when she saw a rattlesnake sink its fangs into Weela's face. Somehow Weela had sensed the snake's presence from across the yard and rushed to push Gary out of striking range. Weela was rushed to the vet, after Lori Watkins killed the Rattlesnake with an Axe.
Luckily for thirty people, twenty-nine dogs, thirteen horses and a cat, Weela recovered.Luckily, because that's how many lives she saved a few years later. For her heroism, Weela was named Ken-L Ration's Dog Hero of the Year in 1993. The press release read in part:
In January 1993, heavy rains caused a dam to break miles upstream on the Tijuana River, near San Diego, California.Heavy rains and flooding caused an estimated $25 million in damages throughout the valley. Normally a narrow, three-foot wide river, turned into a raging torrent.Weela's rescue efforts began at a ranch that belonged to a friend of her owners, Lori and Daniel Watkins. Weela and the Watkinses worked for six hours battling heavy rains, strong currents and floating debris to reach the ranch and rescue their friend's twelve dogs.
From that experience, the Watkinses recognized Weela's extraordinary ability to sense quicksand, dangerous drop-offs and mud bogs. "She was constantly willing to put herself in dangerous situations," says Lori Watkins. "She always took the lead except to circle back if someone needed help."
Periodically, over a month's time, sixty-five pound Weela crossed the flooded river to bring food to seventeen dogs and puppies and one cat, all stranded on an island. Each trip she pulled thirty to fifty pounds of dog food that had been loaded into a harnessed backpack. The animals were finally evacuated on Valentine's Day.
On another occasion, Weela led a rescue team to thirteen horses stranded on a large manure pile completely surrounded by floodwater's. The rescue team successfully brought the horses to safe ground.
Finally, during one of Weela's trips back from delivering food to stranded animals, she came upon a group of thirty people who were attempting to cross the flood waters. Weela, by barking and running back and forth, refused to allow them to cross at that point where the waters ran deep and fast. She then led the group to a shallower crossing upstream, where they safely crossed to the other side.
Strong, gentle intelligent and brave, Weela, is the ultimate American Pit Bull terrier, epitomizing the best that the breed has to offer.But her story also highlights an important yet often misunderstood fact about the breed.The Pit Bull is a dog that loves to please its owner and tries to become whatever kind of dog its owner desires.Weela has had two owners.
The first owner dumped her in an alley to die when she was less than four weeks old.Her present owner, Lori Watkins, found five starving Pit Bull puppies whimpering in an alley, took them home and raised them.Later, the Watkins family placed four of the puppies in loving homes and kept the little female they named Weela.They believed Weela was special, and she proved them right.Most Pit Bull puppies grow up to become a reflection of both their owners' personality and the care and training they receive.One can only imagine what a different dog Weela would have become if her original owner had raised her, and she had done her best to please him.
If your Dog Could Speak…….
My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
Give me time to understand what you want of me.
Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you.
Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.
Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.
Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.
On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.
Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters. Please pass this on to other pet owners.
Helen Keller and her red brindle Pit Bull "Sir Thomas"