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Old 06-09-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Stop stereotyping dogs

A look at the ramifications of allowing stereotypes to continue:

Breed labels don’t tell you much when you’re adopting a dog.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:35 AM   #2
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Yep! I agree. Pit bulls I have been around have been very friendly dogs. I wouldn't get one because of their strength. Rascal may be a pure breed beagle yet she can pull me off my feet!
I am leaning toward finding a chuehua(Spelling) size dog for my next one. A short hair quiet one!
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:17 PM   #3
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Our next door neighbors have 4 Chihuahua's and when outside they never stop yipping. No kidding. We have people visiting us that complain about it. We have gotten use to it and don't really notice it most of the time.

Our Great Pyrenees is a barker by nature, but he barely gets out the door before the chi's next door and the terrier mixes behind us aare barking and he usually chimes in. Sometimes he will start it, but most often, as I said he barely clears our door til they start up. We are so lucky that when we tell him "Sir Moose, enough" he hushes.

As for pit bulls, I am leery of them. There use to be a pit.boxer mix around the corner that was usually chained in the front and neighborhood kids palyed with him. Then one day--accoprding to witnesses in two different houses there--he was on the front porch and the 8 year old girl from two houses down from us was chasing butterflies in the street. The dog charged and attacked her. He bit both legs, her arms, her side, her head and face. He had to be killed on the spot to get him off her. Valerie's dad was aboard ship in the Pacific, but was air lifted to shore by helicopter and then flown here as she had to have several surgeries. The dog's head was sent to Austin to check for rabies, but was clear. Nobody understands what happened as she had done nothing, was not even in the yard but in the street. She and other kids in the neighborhood had played with the dog often. But for some reason he went berserk.

About ten years ago Jerry was walking our 11 year old golden and a pit came out of a yard at him. It completely ignore Jerry, but was trying to get Buck. jerry tried to stay between them and the dog's owner happened to be in the front yard and rushed over and grabbed the dog by the collar and it was still snarling, lunging, at Buck. The owner apologized and said he didn't know how the dog got out of the yard. We live on a U shaped street and that guy lived right acorss the street from both ends of ours. The U is narrow and if you were at either end, you were within 20 yards of that house. That was the last time Jerry walked our dogs for a long time--til they moved. HE was scared the dog would be out and attack Sir Moose again.

And at one point some people rented the house that our yards join at the corner. There is a utility pole there and that makes for about a 3" gap. They had least 2 pits, maybe more. But they had a chin hanging from a tree and would hang ham or roast bones there in the air and the dog would jump up and grab it and swing. Neighbors beside me and behind me both said that was a way to strengthening their jaws for fighting. They knocked down some pickets (we all have 6 foot wooden fences) of the back fence of the folks next door and got into their yard and came after their dog. Sue was in the yard and managed to get Dixie in the house. Another time they dug under the fence to the yad behind us and two got under her storage shed. She called animal control, they came out, found out what the dogs were and wouldn't' get them out. Linda had to keep her two cockers inside til the people got home and got the dogs. Then she poured cememt along the fence so they couldn't do that again.

They would come to the our corner and try to get thru that 3" gap into our yard, snarling, growling at Honey an Kaycee, but no way could they get thru as it was corners, no straight fence. However, my girls stopped going down there. Neighbors called city and said those folks were training fighting dogs and they were gone the next day--house was rented.

Then on the other hand my nephew found a pit bull on the side of the road, put her in his truck and took him home. My brother and SIL were not pleased as they had a mid size mix and a 13" Beagle. But that pit was the sweetest dog. Almost drowned me with kisses the first time I met her. She was great with the other tow dogs and let them boss her around, in fact the little Beagle was queen of the house and bossed them both. Kevin had her for 8 yers before cancer took her.

So, I have seen both sides of the coin, but the bad side more than the good and that makes me leery. But it is true, dogs of any breed can be different. Not all setters and pointers are good bird dogs. Just becaue of their name folsk will assume they will be a great hunting dog. Not so. Some are gun shy, some will not adjust to setting or pointing, but have to charge in and scare the birds, etc. I had one golden retriever, Honey, who would not put a foot in the kiddle pool, took two of us to give her a bath. She didn't take to water like goldens are suppose to.
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Stereotypers need to come watch my Rotts play with the Chihuahua across the street
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I feel that dogs are just like people...they are all different and a lot of their "personality" depends on their environment and the incidents, other dogs, and people they experience.
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Stereotypers need to come watch my Rotts play with the Chihuahua across the street
Well, well!! Look who it is :-) Nice to see you again! I hope you and your rotties are doing well...and I guess that must be one very grateful chihuahua
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Welcome back Necknot. Don't be a stranger here
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What do you think of this situation? A potential problem in the making? e have a family just down the street--we live on a U shaped street, no side streets. the houses on both sides of the inside of the U are back to back. We live on the curve of the left leg of the U

Straight down the "leg, from us, there are a total of 5 houses including the one on the corner. The middle house belongs to a fire department captain over in Corpus..They have 3 kids (she has one from previous marriage also) and they dote on the 14 year old. About 3 years ago she got a pit bull, who was pregnant and had 4 puppies. The daughter wanted to keep them all and since she gets what she wants, they did. About a year ago we noticed two were always chained in the front. Hubby asked her about it, what y they didn't have them in the back yard and she said they didn't get along with their mama and other litter mate (don't know what became of the 4th as they had kept them all.

Okay, here is the thing. They have about 12 foot chain attached to something in their garage. At the end of it they have two chains about 6' long attached to it and a dog on either end of those. Makes like a Y with long tail, short arms, dog on each end of the Y. They dogs lay out there all day long, mostly on the driveway. There is a huge live oak tree that shades it til afternoon.

At night and when they leave, they put the dogs (still on chains) into the garage and shut the door. We are talking big time Texas heat. The daughter said they have a big fan in there to keep them cool. My 15 year old granddaughter use to go visit with the 14 year old, knowing each other from school and parties here for the kids. But she will not any more, said the dogs scare her lunging at her barking. They do that to folks walkin down to get their mail (we hae cluster boxes on both ends of the street). A few have commented to hubby that they re scared of those dogs and think having them always chained like that and shut up is going to make them turn vicious. What do you think of the situation? We live in small town and there really isn't anyone to call.
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Call animal control. In your weather this is abuse. These poor dogs are not socialized!
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EWhat "animal control": we have hre will not mess with pit bulls. there use to be a couple--at least two--in the yard that meets outs at the far corner. They dug under the fence into the yard behind us and got under her shed--she barey got her cockers in before the pts wer in. Linda called animal control, they came out, found out ti was pits in her yard and told her to wait for the owners to come and get them. So they are prtty useless.

I feel that one day those dogs will break that chain and attack a dog being walked, or possibly a person. I have never seen the mom and other grown pup in the back yard. Just those two chained in the front.
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