OT If You Have A Pit Bull

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mosley12 - March 9

dh just left to take our neighbor and her german shepard to the vet because her german shepards leg is half way gone, the rest chewed to pieces..her pit bull, the same pit bull who she's had since she was a puppy and who had grown up with the german shepard, attacked the other dog. i know people out there say that pit bulls wont turn on you, and my aunt has one who i love to death, but the reality of it is, pit bulls have a reputation because of doing things like this pit bull did. i will never forget the way the german shepards leg looked, or the way she was crying. so please if you have a pit bull, just watch it. i know any dog can turn on you, but like i said, pits have a reputation because thye have done things to deserve it.

 

EMBERBABY - March 9

I am so sorry this happened. poor doggy I hope he is not going to be put down for his injuries. Are they putting the pit bull down? IMO pit bulls are a special dog breed with a very aggressive nature. People forget that dogs are animal and they will always have those animal insticts in them. Pit bulls are very aggressive. Before I left Miami one lady that lived close to my house was killed by her canary dog while bathing him. That breed is also very aggresive and they can weigh upto 200lbs!!! People should really research the dog breed before bringing a dog into their home. This is so sad.

 

SonyaM - March 9

Oh I didn't need to know that. Man that is scary. Our next door neighbors have a pit bull and it makes me so nervous. The dog is just under a year old and already so big and strong. He's very friendly but I don't trust him. Now I can't let my 4 y/o play in the backyard without being right there. The sad part is it was their son's dog who was killed in Iraq. They were just keeping the dog until he came back and now they are stuck with him. I hope your neighbors dog is okay.

 

mosley12 - March 9

they have to amputate her leg, but it will cost over 4000 after all the cost. my neighbor is considering putting her down because she cant afford it and thinks that it would be to hard on the dog being 3 legged because of her nature, all she likes to do is run and play. she is just going to take the pit bull to the shelter where they will most likely put it down..the sad part is is that this pit is usually the calmest sweetest dog,

 

lexa - March 9

This is so sad all around! For both dogs! It's a shame. The poor German Shepard. How old is it? I personally wouldnt put it down if its not that old. I understand it wont be able to run and play like normal, however, if it is loved enough...thats all it needs! I used to see a guy walking a 3 legged Golden Retreiver around my old house. He rescued it from the shelter. It too lost its leg from another dog. It was the sweetest/friendliest dog. As for the pitt bull....do they know if anything (even the littlest thing) led up to that? I personally would get rid of that dog. That would be the one I would put down I think. Once they turn one time...there could be following episodes. Good luck to your neighbor. Jeesh. Thats hard!

 

EMBERBABY - March 9

I'm with Lexa, if the german sheperd is not old I would just work out a payment plan with the vet if possible. with 3 legs he can still get around and dogs reallly just want affection more than anything.

 

EMBERBABY - March 9

I forgot to add pit bulls are banned in some cities.

 

lexa - March 9

Emberbaby, you said pitt bulls are banned from some cities...well, my homeowners company wouldnt insure anyone with this type of dog. My agent asked what kind of dog we had. He said they have 5 kinds of dogs that if you have one of those, they will not insure you. He only mentioned pitt bull, rottweiler...so I dont know what the others are.

 

BaileysMummy - March 9

I'm in Australia and pit bulls are banned. We actually have a 4 yr old male who is 3/4 staffy 1/4 pitbull. We are lucky, his personality is exactly a staffy (he's a lunatic and very affectionate). I trust him completely with our son. Bailey is only 15 months old, but cuddles him and sits on his back all the time. If we ever considered him to be dangerous, we would have gotten rid of him before we had Bailey.

 

aurorabunny - March 10

Reading back on my response, I just want to clarify that I am really sorry about what happened to your friend's dog. I didn't mean to get up on my soap box it is just hard day after day to see the abuse and the cruelty to these dogs because of people's ignorance and bad intentions. Please forgive if I came off sounding callous as I really didn't mean to. Pit bulls are like my children so I tend to get a bit defensive, so again, I apologize for sounding insensitive if I did.

 

mosley12 - March 10

well the german shepard has been put down. she was a little over a year old we think..she was a pound puppy so we arent sure about it. i wasnt there but my dh was, and i guess they told her she couldnt do a payment plan, and she thought that the dog just wouldnt be happy being 3 legged. i guess she was starting to convulse a little also from what i heard. dh didnt see it though. when they put her to sleep, they said that it would take 5 minutes or so to stop breathing, but my neighbor said she had stopped by about 30 seconds, and the vet said she must have been worse off than they initially thought..i feel so bad for my neighbor as her husband is in iraq and she is having to deal with this..the pit bull, while being sweet with people always, has shown some aggression towards the german sheppard, mainly when it was either eating a bone, playing with a toy, or being petted by someone and the german shepard came over. what i a__sume happened is that there was a huge cow bone, like the one you can buy from the deli, in the kennel, and i am a__suming the fight started over that..that being said, ive been warning my neighbor to watch the pit because she seemed to be getting mean. the pit came from the shelter at the exact time the german shepard did, and had been abused up until she was about 3 months old or so. pit bull fighting is bad here and she was to small. so that was the first mistake in getting a dog with aggressive behavior who had been abused..as bad as this may sound, im just happy it was any of my dogs ( i have a small poodle beagle mix and a small lab st.bernard mix who' a puppy) because they have played together before, and one bite could have killed the two of them. i just keep hearing the german shepard crying and seeing her leg...she probably had no idea what was happening cause the pit was like a "sister" of some sorts to her...and aurorabunny, my aunt has a pit bull, who i stated in my original post that i love to death, but i dont trust him. i always tell her she needs to keep him away from her pet schnauzer, but she doesnt. they play great together, but any other dog he lunges at and tries to hurt. i think pits can be great dogs, as long as you raise them right like any other animal, but there power and aggression is what makes them so scary.

 

luviduvi - March 10

Ugghh, pit bulls, they shouln't be allowed around children that is for sure. They have a rep. to turn on you at any moment. Most people that I know have one have drugs in the home and usually deal it. I know this from YES, my previous job.............we never knew what we were walking into when we came to someones house that had pitbulls. I don't know how many times I came out of clients homes smelling like pot. I really miss that job.........it was exciting!

 

aurorabunny - March 10

Luvduvi----my pit bulls are wonderful around my son. They are reknowned for being wonderful children's dogs, and in fact in England used to be known as "the nanny dog" before all this nonsense in the US started. And I'm certainly not a drug dealer either.....

 

aurorabunny - March 10

It all really depends on where you are in the country and which dog is the dog du jour. Pit Bulls have developed a popularity with many people who are lacking something in their own life because of the bad dog image that has been provided the media and unscrupulous breeders. Pit Bull bites get far more press these days than they did 10 years ago - back then it was the Doberman that was the source of shame with the crazy myths about brain size versus skull size causing dogs to go insane.Labs are considered by most to be a great family pet, but all dogs bite and all dogs have a threshold where tolerance ends. Recently, the owner of a yellow lab was sent to jail after his dog had bitten several children. After the first incidents, he lied to the court and said the dog had died. A year later the Lab severely bit another child in the face and they discovered it was indeed the same dog. The owner was jailed and the dog was finally destroyed. I don't expect to change your opinion of pit bulls and that is OK. I started out the same as you, didn't like them at all. When a coworker told me she had a pit bull, I think my response was "Ugh, why would you want one of those dogs?" My opinion has changed with the adoption of my first dog (reported to me by shelter workers to be a lab mix with boxer puppy). He grew up to be a pit bull and I couldn't have found a better dog. I've also done my research on the breed and while pit bulls are inherently more aggressive to other animals, they are not so with people. Pit bulls were bred to work very closely with their handlers in earlier times as bull baiting dogs. When bull-baiting was outlawed, this changed to dog fighting. It was important that dogs could be handled during a fight and not redirect their aggression onto a person. While I do not condone this practice, this history has helped to shape their temperament towards people. Pit Bulls used to be America's Favorite dog in the 1920s to 1940s. They used to decorate the cover of Time Magazine and WW1 posters. I have seen countless family photos for sale on Ebay (circa 20s-30s) with a pit bull resting quietly beside a child or somewhere prominent in the family picture. Helen Keller's own dog was an American Pit Bull Terrier. Again, I am not asking you to change your opinion of Pit bulls but if I were to tell you how much I hated the Labrador Retriever, you would feel compelled to defend your beloved pet by providing me with breed information so that I could educate myself about them. While most pit bulls do have some degree of dog aggression, they are not desperately fight crazy as this one mentioned in the post seemed to be. I would not rescue a pit bull from the shelter that appeared fight crazy and I also wouldn't rescue a pit bull that did not have a rock solid temperament with people. The kindest thing to do would be to send that dog to the rainbow bridge in peace. Pit Bulls that are human aggressive are an aberration and are not conformed to the breed standard. The Pit Bull breed is falling victim to popularity just as other breeds have done in the past. In the money hungry scheme of things, when breeds become overly popular, health and temperament are often the first thing fall by the wayside. Because of this sad truth there will be incidents. In 10 more years we will see the Pit Bull's "bad dog" reputation will most likely be pa__sed on to the Presa Canario or the Fila Brasilaro dogs, as they are becoming more and more popular with the same types of people who choose Pit Bulls today.

 

luviduvi - March 10

aurorabunny--I wasn't implying that YOU were a drug dealer. Notice how I said "most people I know" didn't mean everyone and I certainly don't know you. =)

 

aurorabunny - March 10

I know you weren't calling me a drug dealer luviduvi. I'm not mad or anything even close to that it's just part of my personal mission to provide people the facts and hopefully change some people's minds about these wonderful dogs. But I know you can't change everyone's mind and that's okay too. =)

 

EMBERBABY - March 10

They put the german sheperd down, poor thing. Aurorabunny, I understand you must defend your dog because you love him and know him. It's impossible that ALL pit bulls are killers and yours might be a sweet dog. I understand your defensiveness I have a chihuahua and a pomeranian and some may say " chihuahuas are mean and not good for kids" My response is , my dogs are not toys and are animals. Fortunately my chihuahua and pomeranian lack the size and strength to do the damage a bigger dog may do. Regardless of the breed, dogs and children should always be supervised. I never even let my pomeranina around my 5 month old alone. This is ofcourse more for the dog's safety tha my lo's.

 

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