Kimberly Robinson
Sala Leiato and his dog King love to go for walks at the Delridge playfield and down to Alki. King belongs to the whole family and a friend they share him with.

Pet of the Week: King is like a son

Sala Leiato who attends West Seattle High School sort of got his dog King by default. "Originally we were supposed to be watching him, that's how it started out, but we ended up falling in love with him. So we asked the owner if we could keep him and she agreed. We just have to switch off with her every weekend."

He's a pit bull and only 3 months old but he's growing fast. "He started out the size of my hand but I have no idea how much he weighs now," said Leiato.

"What I said about him is that he's not like other people's dogs. He doesn't bite people," he said chuckling.
"I've had bad encounters with them before and he's not like that." But that doesn't mean King isn't tough. "When we start playing tug of war with him, that's when you start to see his aggressive side."

King's diet consists of "eggs, meat and bread," said Leiato. We put eggs on top of Kibbles and Bits and he'll only eat the egg."

He's got a tennis ball and "two bones he's chewed through already," but not much in the way of other toys as yet.

King lives with Leiato family and gets along with everyone especially Sala's dad. "He likes it when King bites his ear. It's a weird relationship they have," he said laughing.

The future for King, Leiato predicts will be ," a buff one. He's going to be a running back for the West Seattle Wildcats. Leiato himself played nose guard for the Wildcats and will graduate this June. He said he is hoping to attend a University in Ohio called Baldwin Wallace where he plans to play football. He is looking forward to a career in law enforcement.

As for King, he's decidedly calm. "I've been trying all day to get him to growl as somebody but no luck," Leiato said laughing loudly.

He sums King up as "Kind, loving and he's like a son for our family."

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