gilgigamesh: Great article. It really covered all the bases, and should be required reading for all journalists who feel the need to mouth off about "PIT BULL ATTACKS".
Old enough to know better: Good to see some sensible comments in this thread. Funny how if someone shoots up a neighborhood we blame the guy for being a screwed up nutcase. If he's trained his dog to be violent and aggressive and lets it run lose to attack someone, its the animal who's to blame.
Trillian Astra: DoctorOfLove: Actually, scariest looking dogs I see at the dog park regularly are two weimaraners (bogie and birdie, the owner plays a lot of golf). Huge, muscular, look like nazi officer dobermans.I've got a fawn doberman that people constantly mistake for a weimaraner. We didn't crop his ears, though, because the pointy-ears thing is just cosmetic and we don't believe in doing that to a dog. His tail, however, was docked when we got him. And he loves kids and tiny dogs. We've had mothers bring their kids up to pet him and he just sits there and licks little hands and faces and when the mother finds out the cute doggy her little shiatlings have been hanging all over for the last five minutes is a Doberman instead of a Weimaraner she will freak out and makes her kids move away.
LadyHawke: Old enough to know better: Good to see some sensible comments in this thread. Funny how if someone shoots up a neighborhood we blame the guy for being a screwed up nutcase. If he's trained his dog to be violent and aggressive and lets it run lose to attack someone, its the animal who's to blame.Also, I've watched a couple of those animal rescue shows on Animal Planet, and its funny how 9 times out of 10 the abandoned, half-starved dogs are pit bulls. Its like those little purse dogs from a few years back. Some people treat them as status symbols instead of pets.I love Pitbulls & Parolees. If the shelter were anywhere near DC we would (eventually) be looking to adopt from there.
spentmiles: If anyone out there has a pit that was bought as a pet and then didn't meet your expectations, then - please please please - contact me so I can help you. I've got a beautiful ranch with over 120 acres for my dogs to run and play. There are streams for them to splash in, rabbits for them to chase, and a veterinarian that comes twice a month to give checkups. You can rest guilt-free at night knowing that your dog is taken care of.I've specialized in rehabilitating "broken" pits for over twenty years. A lot of people bring me a problem dog, typically a neutered male, who has seemingly lost its will to live. It lays around the house, eats too much, and shows no aggression whatsoever. One guy brought me a dog that was too sociable to even take to the dog park. It just ran around sniffing the other dogs and peeing on trees. I know that's not why you bought a pit bull, and no one should have to live with such an animal.Once your dog arrives at my farm, we'll get started as soon as it steps out of your car. I'll come tearing up on an ATV swinging a length of chain to beat it with if it slows down. I'll chase it until it either dies of exhaustion or manages to pull me off of the ATV. In that case, one of my helpers will tranq it. We'll all sleep well that night.The next day, I'll start working on its diet. We serve nothing but human blood here on the ranch. I mix it with rocks and animal bones to give it some grit. On Friday's, I throw a few poodles into the cement retreat area for the dogs to fight over. Just wait until your dog has eaten the warm entrails of another animal. He'll soon be right back to how God intended him - a tireless, domineering, blood soaked, murder machine that inspires such worldly achievements as war, late term abortions, and child sexual abuse.Please - do not give up on your dog. I can fix him!
towatchoverme: You have a better chance reasoning with a fundamentalist than a dog person.
ChaoticLimbs: Then she bit a Mormon kid who put his hand on the door to stop my mom from closing it in his face. Max didn't like my mom's reaction to that one bit, and she silently moved forward and bit him right on the leg.
letrole: Someone who owns a pit bull also tends to:1. Buy twenty lottery tickets each week.2. Have a tattoo on their hands or neck.3. Pursue futile workman's comp claims.4. Take photographs of babies holding beer cans.5. Prominently display an electric guitar in the living room.6. Have a shaven head.7. Rent the television for £7 weekly.8. Travel to a different county specifically to buy fireworks9. Wear t-shirts featuring profanity.10. Have at least two stepchildren, each with a different surname.
petec: neongoats: KatjaMouse: dk47: Jack Russell Terrier?/terriers are the worstTake that back. Terriers are awesome. Intense, sure, but still awesome./grew up with Foxies and currently own a Mini-Schnauzer mix//Foxies are typically the first dog in obedience training to learn a trick but the last to perform it for a second timeI have a foodle(toy fox terrier/poodle), and he is intense and hilarious. He embodies speed and bouncy energy, like tigger on crack rock. He will joyfully charge to dog battle with my sisters huge yellow lab, despite weighing maybe 15lbs soaking wet. He is very cognizant of what is "his" and will hoard his toys and charge my cat if he hunkers down on one. Which happens a lot, because my cat is a huge cranky orange Manx-coon whose primary form of entertainment is teasing the dog. Oh and the most hilarious thing is how he will spin in place when super excited. Just can't contain himself and must spin around in circles.When I mentally picture him it is always a cartoon picture of a dog zooming, ears blown back by the wind of his own speed.Still can't get him to fetch though. He will chase and get the toy, and take it to his toy hoarding spot.try using two balls..entice him back with the second..
havocmike: Bullshiat.Please alert me the next time a Dalmation or Golden Retriever kills a 4 year old child, and the owner blames the kid.fark you, dangerous dog owners. You're all in denial and it's putting your community at risk.
js34603: letrole: Someone who owns a pit bull also tends to:8. Travel to a different county state specifically to buy fireworksAww someone wants some attention.Who's a good little troll? Who's a good troll? You are! Yes you are!/you've been validated for the day, you can stop now//but you won't
priapic_abandon: A Dalmatian owned by relatives tried to take my wife's face off one time (97 stitches). It had never bitten anyone before and my wife is great around dogs, other than this one. The dog's owners were responsible enough to put it down afterward.
FriarED1: I wonder if the people saying, "Blame the owner, not the dog" would say the same about guns.
MaddMango: [lh6.googleusercontent.com image 650x437]My pit is very cool around most people and all dogs. I have found that the people he doesn't like are crooked.
jedikinkoid: You know what? You're right, dog owners shouldn't be the only ones held strictly liable when their pet attacks someone without provocation.EVERYONE should.
Clearance for Clarence: LadyHawke: Old enough to know better: Good to see some sensible comments in this thread. Funny how if someone shoots up a neighborhood we blame the guy for being a screwed up nutcase. If he's trained his dog to be violent and aggressive and lets it run lose to attack someone, its the animal who's to blame.Also, I've watched a couple of those animal rescue shows on Animal Planet, and its funny how 9 times out of 10 the abandoned, half-starved dogs are pit bulls. Its like those little purse dogs from a few years back. Some people treat them as status symbols instead of pets.I love Pitbulls & Parolees. If the shelter were anywhere near DC we would (eventually) be looking to adopt from there.DC's shelter is full of sweet pitties. Definitely worth looking at if you're looking to adopt.
priapic_abandon: havocmike: Bullshiat.Please alert me the next time a Dalmation or Golden Retriever kills a 4 year old child, and the owner blames the kid.fark you, dangerous dog owners. You're all in denial and it's putting your community at risk.A Dalmatian owned by relatives tried to take my wife's face off one time (97 stitches). It had never bitten anyone before and my wife is great around dogs, other than this one. The dog's owners were responsible enough to put it down afterward.I have read that Dalmatians tend to go deaf later in their lives, which can lead to "fear biting", as opposed to regular? biting.
MayoSlather: Cythraul: MayoSlather: Their aggression may depend on their owner but the difference is the strength of the animal. When a smaller breeds gets agitated and bites it's usually no big deal, but when a pitbull does it can cause major damage. That's why they don't belong in urban areas. There is just no need to have a dog that can rip your throat out when there are so many others that lack that ability.Are you for applying the same restrictions to all large breed dogs that 'Pit Bulls' are subjected to, then? This would probably include very popular 'good' breeds like the golden retriever, by the way.Well they aren't built the same, but yeah in general a large breed that is capable of doing major damage shouldn't be in an urban environment. I'm sure there are cases of retrievers biting people, but this doesn't seem to be an issue, or maybe it's just that retriever biased media not reporting when they attack and kill kids.
rickythepenguin: meehaw: That story made me smile and tear up, just a little.that's the old boy a few years back. love that little bastard.
meehaw: Thanks for the photos. The fact that you followed through with that after this long also makes me tear up.
LadyHawke: Good article. The fiance and I plan to eventually adopt a pit, though it won't be our first dog (while he's owned dogs growing up, I have not, so I want to start with an "easier" dog, such as a greyhound). A pit/pit-mix rescue will most likely be our second dog.
o'really: LadyHawke:"plan to get experience with another dog breed BEFORE getting a pit./will be in the 30%!!!...Our first dog will likely be a greyhound rescue :)"Greyhounds are generally very gentle, but in my experience don't live very long, so that's something to seriously consider.Their temperament is very unlike pits.If you are looking to be the 30%, I applaud you, but don't think one will be like the other. Pits can be nippy and aggressive, especially as puppies or if they've not been trained well, as is the case with many rescues.I've had a number of dogs over the years, but my pit is a challenge, primarily because she is just incredibly strong and hard-headed.You absolutely need to establish your dominance with your pit bull early. You can't allow them to be in control the way you can with many other breeds. They're just too dangerous.An older pit generally will be calmer, and may easily live as long as a greyhound rescue that is much younger when you adopt it.Just don't underestimate the pit's strength or assume it'll be like other breeds.
spentmiles: Googlehow to make a dog come
o'really: mr_a, my apologies. I guess I was misinformed about the greyhound lifespan.
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