i have worked at an animal shelter in jamaica plain when i was younger. i exercised the dogs, feeding, cleaning ect. at that time i had never seen a pitbull and was wondering what made them so different from other dogs. one morning when i was cleaning cages i came across my first pit and didnt actually know it was one. i put her on a leash and brought her into the enclosure and played fetch and tug of war. the dog was 50lbs at best but could almost pull me down with the rope. when i walked her through the waiting room, people moved out of the way like this smiling little dog was a killer.
turns out she was a pitbull/chinese shar pei mix...which is the chinese pitbull. she seemed scared but was confrontational with other dogs when cornered mostly.
she was covered in cigar burns, her white fur was gray, 15lbs underweight and turns out she bit her owner when he went into the basement to feed her after taking her pups she had just weened. the next day i went to feed a dog with a red flag that looked totally normal. it was a golden retriever so it caught me off guard when he put his nose through the bars and ripped my pant leg trying to pull me in... the same day a black lab who lived with a family for 6 years came in after biting its child owner in the face...which i might add never got in the news,,,50 something stitches later.
long story short, all 3 dogs were to be put down the same week and i would walk them to the "Back Door" where there were animal bodies in trash barrels waiting to be burned,,,i took the lab, the retriever and walked them back on a pole. when i went back for the pit with sadness in my eyes and a little scared after learning more about her,,once i got the nerve up to open the cage i realized i wouldnt need the pole..she could not stop licking me and licking and licking but i knew she had bitten,,,just couldnt see it,,,i took her in the yard again and played with her rough, rolled her around on the ground, smacked her butt,,,and then the vet asked me to bring her in and that no one could handle the help she needed because of living her 2 years of life abused in a basement. being 19 yrs old, i ran to my truck with her and drove home shitting my pants that i had one of those dogs that turn on you 1 foot away from me...she had issues,,,most dogs in shelters do or they wouldnt be there. 90% of the time the owners got a dog they were not equipped to train and figured it would teach itself whos in charge....ok dumb but common.
i brought the dog home to my senior parents who never owned a dog and i read animal training books all day and night. animal control caught up with me a month later to take the dog back but she was in perfect health by now and the guy said he would say he never found us. i never got her great with other dogs but all dogs need socialized as pups or it always happens with any breed.... she was a good guard dog, loved our family and was sweet to all humans who were welcome in our home. my parents both died of cancer 4 years later and out of missing them the dog died a few weeks later and would not get off their bed long enough to eat. that is a resilient dog that was kicked around and found it in herself to forgive and love....
as i said she was aggressive toward other dogs so i kept her away from them and kids just in case. i was responsible but i have seen many pit owners love the fact their dog is crazy and praise them for it.
in england the american staffordshire is called the Nanny Dog and considered the best with children? yes that is true. makes u wonder if there are 2 kinds of pits? or 2 kinds of pit owners?
since those days i have had 4 more pits, all pure bred all perfect animals when socialized with other dogs, cats, birds and even a pot bellied piglet that one of my adult females raised and let pretend to nurse from her for comfort. my neighbor is an established dog trainer in Reading MA and combined we have 5 pits that live in this house who play all day, friendly to all people and love children and cry when kids walk by...its not a coincidence that all these have been great dogs. it takes work, praise toward being gentle mini giants and no hitting or intimidation. pit owners should have to take a test on #1 their ability to train a dog (that rules out 40percent of owners) criminal background of violence and an evaluation of the dog 6 weeks later to see if they are making a monster or a good K9 citizen.
I am a pit owner but i am not all for anyone having a pit bull and really any dog if they cant keep the dog safe as well as all in contact with the animal.
u dont hate a kid when they act like little jerks and flip out, small dogs its ok, u can just kick them aside but when that dog runs up and bites a pit in the nose and gets hurt,,,its news worthy,,,bite a person,,,1 news worthy dog bite out of 100 in a day across the country....pit bull
ive been to lynn and boston,,,i see what u see,,big dummy walking a mean looking dog with a spiked collar feeding off his owners negativity towards everyone going by... thats the cancer of the breed. all dogs start out as sweet pups, fighting dogs from a million years ago need to get their energy out by doing creative things that work them out,,,fetch is boring, they are one of the most intelligent breeds who by the way were not just fighters....they were herders and cart pullers...they were easy to train and eager to please,,,making them doomed in the hands of the gangster mentality.
digs who love to bite,,,google it,,,my neighbor had a shepard that bit 3 people, and my masonry customer has a black lab that bit 2 people and even me!
surrounded by pits and i get bit by retrievers...go figure.
i wont say all pits are great,,,,people are naturally ignorant when it comes to things they have not taken the time to learn fully.... for those people and for a first dog a pit bull is not for you and u will be another person bringing their overly dominant dog to the shelter with a dumb look on your face....