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Shanna solemnly passed the butcher knife to Lance, her 16-year-old son. Shanna was a recent widow, Lance, the new man of the house. It was Lance who had brought home the stray.
Shanna had heard about this breed, particularly ones hardened by the streets, trained to do God Knows What. She knew of a test to find out if a dog is too vicious to keep. The test is not without risk.
"I'm going to give her some food," Shanna said, "and then I'm going to suddenly take it away. If she attacks me, you have to kill her."
Shanna put down the bowl. Lance gripped the knife, white-knuckled, wary...
They laugh about it now, nine years later. Honey the pit bull, as sweet as her name. Copyright © 2008 by Gene Weingarten and Michael S. Williamson