Each month in 2015, we will be celebrating the pit bull! MHS adopts out hundreds of pit bulls a year and love to show people how great dogs of this breed type can be. We will be featuring a different “famous” pit bull from history each month.


Helen Keller was a famous deaf and blind author, political activist, and lecturer. She is widely known for her successes despite her disabilities, but many do not know the affection she had for her dogs, particularly a “bull terrier” type dog named Sir Thomas. The term bull terrier in this case does not refer to the specific breed that is today’s modern bull terrier but to the bully “type” of dog.


“Whenever it is possible, my dog accompanies me on a walk or ride or sail. I have had many dog friends – huge mastiffs, soft eyed spaniels, wood wise setters and honest, homely bull terriers. At present the lord of my affections is one of these bull terriers. He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest “phiz” in dogdom. My dog friends seem to understand my limitations, and always keep close beside me when I am alone. I love their affectionate ways and the eloquent wag of their tails.”