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I’ve had a few run ins with the local media on a different topic. I have no friends in the media.
They are worse than useless… they’re dangerous.
It’s a no win situation. I too hope it turns out well.
But what if the person “nipped” has no experience with a Pit Bull and their only knowledge comes from our friends in the media? What if they or a loved one has been attacked by a dog of any breed and they are truly terrifed by what happened?
The lesson here is to keep the dog under control. The fact that the dog also got out and went after an ACO is just the icing on the cake.
I’m not saying this is a bad person but they definately should have had better control of their animal on TWO seperate ocassions.
Sorry but it is what it is. Hopefully they can work something out with the courts where the dog doesn’t need to be put down. In the meantime, it’s a lesson for the rest of us.
Sadly, though it breaks my heart, I think I have to agree here.
“Just a nip” may not be just a nip to someone that is not experienced with Pits, especially when it draws blood. That’s not “just a nip”, it’s a bite. Maybe not a serious bite but a still a bite. Many people only know what the media tells them about Pits.
Perhaps the ACO and court will allow you to try a muzzle or get a trainer to help you before recommending the dog be put down.
Thankfully it appears that no one was seriously injured though injured nonetheless. We all need to be mindful that WE are ultimately responsible for what our dogs do.
Good luck and please keep us posted.
“I refuse to be programmed by the media or dumbasses”
Here’s a list of a few shelter. There are some “no kill” shelters listed.May 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm in reply to: Gentle leaders,prong collars,harnesses what do you use? #17255
Both our girls visit the shelter they came from. They really seem to be ok with it and have favorite attendants that that they remember. The tails start wagging like crazy whenever they see them.
I think it’s good too that they see you are not leaving them there but take them home when you leave.
Each dog is different but in our case, I think it helped build a bit of trust.May 24, 2011 at 1:47 am in reply to: Gentle leaders,prong collars,harnesses what do you use? #17246
Vanilla will be 5 in July.
My Wife works at the local shelter and I started walking Vanilla in September 2010. I finally adopted her in December 2010.
I think it’s best to walk as many different dogs as possible. If there’s one that you hit it off with, then you can persue it. Just don’t set your heart on the first pit you see or even the best looking one. The personality is what you need to be interested in and of course, introduce your current dog to it’s potential new playmate at the shelter, it’s neutral territory.
We actually just took in a second Pit named TaTa (pics soon). She gets along so well with Vanilla, it would have been a crime to leave her there. They were in the shelter at the smae time so we got to see how they interacted.
I think it’s best to ignore them. as the saying goes “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.”May 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm in reply to: Gentle leaders,prong collars,harnesses what do you use? #17243
Both our girls (Vanilla now has a sister! I’ll post pics soon!) use the Freedom Harness from USA Dog Shop http://usadogshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=28
As much as I loathe my job at times, I can’t think of a better perk!
This is better! Vanilla roams my office at her lesiure. If she’s not with me, I can always find her sleeping under a desk in the Accounting Department.
She’s a great ambassador for the breed!
You haven’t lived until your dog starts snoring during a confrence call with your West Coast office!
The hazards of bringing your Pit to work! XD
Not a stupid question at all!
Vanilla is our first dog ever and we had to do quite a bit of research as we’ve only owned cats before.
We got her the black Kong (for strong chewers) and we don’t stuff it with peanut butter. We also only give it to her in her crate. That way the mess is confined.
Unfortunately, peanut buttery slobber goes with the territory! Just make sure to wash the Kong out so it doesn’t get nasty in there.
Enjoy your new pup!
My point is that no matter what we name our well behaved dogs, if the person in question will not give the dog a chance due to their perception of the breed (thanks mainstream media), it doesn’t matter what the dog’s name is.
Some people will not put their predjudice aside until they give them a chance.