What allows one animal to cope better and socialize faster than others who have experienced the same circumstances, I do not know. I do know that with constant love, reassurance, safety, and security, the majority of animals are able to blossom into the selves they were meant to be.
Not knowing at the outset where my story might go, I needed a dog that I might be able to sacrifice without guilt. Instead, I got Chance, the philosophical pit bull. And I got a lesson in pit bulls from one of the dog's strongest advocates.