This is Missy. You'll be seeing more of her sweet face this week. She's a dog with a naturally high pain tolerance, innate loyalty toward humans, and tons of energy for playing--i.e. the ideal family dog. She eventually was adopted by a family with kids under the age of 12 and two other dogs with whom she could play.
Yes, Missy is a Pit Bull Terrier--the breed used by Victorians as nursery dogs.