Our Epi has as grand of soul as we have ever encountered. This big, bombastic beauty is a natural born cuddler who longs to become someone's Number One. She came to us recently from NYC ACC, where overbred Bully breeds are euthanized by the hundreds before they can get an even break in life. Epi was found as a city stray, and was taken to the Brooklyn Care Center. Despite frantic shelter life, Epi has made a remarkable impression on everyone she met. Shelter staff and volunteers agreed that Epi is spectacular, and she received the best behavior evaluations. At first it seemed likely that Epi would be reunited with her owner, but sadly no one came forward to claim her. We were made aware of Epi's plight and were asked to step up for her. We are so glad we did. This dog is destined to be the light of someone's life. She is an older puppy at just one year old, who's never had the benefit of any training or leadership. Her temperament is pure gold. She loves everyone, and is so full of joy, that she lights up a room when she enters. In a culture that vilifies the Bully Breeds, Epi stands out as an ideal dog for an active family with older, teenaged kids. She is a tri-color American Staffordshire Terrier, and is a high energy dog, muscular and strong at 60 pounds. While she loves to play with kids, she will overwhelm young children. She would do best in an active home, in which she can play a prominant role, with folks who understand the ongoing importance of exercise and leadership. If Epi is neglected to the point of boredom and frustration, she will likely make mayhem. Epi enjoys the companionship of other dogs, but is prone to rough-house play. She can easily join a multi-dog home, but energy levels must be matched and some attempt must be made to maintain calm, because rough play can bubble over into canine disagreements. We have not had her around cats, but she would definitely chase them in play beyond their tolerance. Epi is responding beautifully to her leash training, and has calmed down quite a bit since we have established a regular routine with her. However, some physical strength is necessary to handle her on lead, and she requires a good amount of exercise to keep her calm and focused. Epi has good house manners and loves her crate. She will benefit from ongoing obedience work, but is full of potential for the right bully breed lover. Epi has such a phenomenal temperament that she could easily coast all the way to Canine Good Citizenship Certification in the hands of motivated adopters. Epi has decent housemanners for an older puppy, and is housetrained and crate trained. Adopters are expected to forgive a few accidents during the course of her transition to a new routine, and fine-tune the potty schedule as appropriate. Epi is in excellent health, and is recently spayed. She is up to date on routine shots, and is dewormed and microchipped. Epi has tested negative for Heartworm, Lyme, Earlichia and Anaplasmosis. If you are interested in Epi please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.