Post # 1
I know this can be a hot button issue, but twice this week I have seen articles on pits and had a random conversation with a colleague about pits. Apparently in Aurora, Colorado, they are having a vote next month regarding lifting the ban on having pit bulls. This is a new wave for some cities across the country who are either lifting the ban or making laws stating that their city cannot be breed discriminatory.
Here is the Yahoo article for those interested: http://news.yahoo.com/pit-bull-vote-aims-settle-disputes-over-breeds-140242481.html?bcmt=comments-postbox<br />
Also, a co-worker of mine who lives in Buffalo, NY was telling me about the city’s pit adoption program since nearby Canada has pretty strict pit allowances. He told me that he has adopted two himself and that there are a ton of rescue groups in his area as people bring their dogs across the border. it was very interesting.
So, do you live in a city that has banned certain breeds? Would you WANT to ban certain breeds?
Obvs dog pics are welcome 🙂
Post # 2
We moved away from a city that had banned pitbulls and anything that looked (by the officer’s discretion) like it had pitbull in it. During that time we had adopted a lab x border collie x pitty mix and didn’t want her yanked out of our front yard by someone who thought she looked too much like a pit bull. She’s a black dog, which means she sat in shelters for almost a year while her lighter sister was adopted. She’s also an abuse case (in the picture below you’ll see a kink in her tail where it was broken, it’s the only visible scar now) and the sweetest thing you’d ever imagine.
I don’t think any breeds should be banned. Generalizations are rarely good things. I’ve been bitten by a dog twice: once was a Irish Setter because I was on roller blades and it had never seen them and was scared. The second time was a Maltese mix (a “designer dog”) that resource guarded and the owner didn’t tell me that if I reached for a toy near it, it would freak out. I don’t want either of these dogs banned because of bad interactions with them.
Here’s a picture of my monster sticking her tongue out next to my lab:
Post # 3
beeintraining: oh so ferocious!! Lol
I Never knew some cities had bans on pibbles. That’s disgusting. I’d move in a heartbeat if my city discriminated like that, and i dont even have one anymore. (Currently mama to a pug, bulldogge and a mini pig) I’m a huge animal abuse advocate. I try to volunteer and donate to local shelters, and pibble specific rescues as much as I can.
I had my boy for 10 years and he was the most loving and cuddly and gentle soul I have ever come across.
Post # 4
Here’s my girl, I don’t have a good pic of my pug. He’s pure black and hard to get with my phone.
Post # 5
MrsBagel: you have a mini pig!! That’s awesome! My neighbors do too and its so cute!
Mrs_Amanda: this is my brothers dog. She is half Pit half lab and just the sweetest thing in the entire world. I will never understand why an entire breed should be banned, but I do think there needs to be strict enforcement with ownership and negligence.
i live in a small city and earlier this year a pit attacked and killed a shih tzu that was on a walk with its elderly owner. Earlier that month 3 pits escaped their yard a mauled a woman who was mowing the lawn down the street. So i love pits, i really do. But it just breaks my heart to see an entire breed discriminated against because people get them to look tough and forget to train them to be good/friendly dogs. I think there should be some sort of education program or mandatory training session for owners that adopt (regardless of breed).
Post # 6
Mrs_Amanda: Ugh BSL puts a knot in my stomach. For city and government officials to make such a call and not allow people to own a certain type of dog is just ignorant. The amount of fear mongering aimed at certain breeds, pit bulls specifically, is just awful. The amount of pitties that are put down in shelters every year is astronomical and BSL is just making that worse. It has been shown countless times that even dogs pulled out the worse, most inhumane situations imaginable can be rehbilitated (Ex: Vick dogs) and go on to live wonderful lives. Granted there is a percentage that unfortunately don’t bounce back from such awful treatment and that needs to be put 100% on the bastards that did it not do against the breed’s reputation. They bust fight ring after fight ring and the repurcussions some of these people get are just laughable. The outrage surrounding Vick’s conviction about the dog fighting was so huge and then once it died down and he was signed by an NFL team again, no one seemed to remember the heinous crimes he committed. The whole thing is just so infuriating to me that I could go on for hours about this but I won’t lol.
In short, I think BSL is bullshit and I would never want any breed banned. That’s like a city saying “sorry, we’re banning any mexicans from living here based on the national average of crimes committed by that race” sounds ignorant right? Because it is. lol! Blahhh!
Post # 7
FutureMrsHodgy: yes ma’am! He’s almost a year old now. He’s a stinky little guy, he’s definitely MY boy.
But I agree with Latte, discrimination is stupid, and decisions to put an animal down should be on an individual basis, regardless of breed.
My 13 yo dd has 2 scars from being bitten by a golden retriever. She was 2 and went to pet the dog. Meanwhile, her very own pibble was the epitomy of loving, loyal and protective toward her. I remember her stuffing his face with treats as a baby, and him sleeping under her crib. The HORROR!
Post # 8
SkinnyLatte17: Right?! People have such short memories when it comes to that stuff
Post # 9
I like how it works here. People have to pay extra, and have extra rules for nuisance DOGS and restricted DOGS. It’s not based on the breed. I don’t know why all of Canada has this stereotype of pit bull bans.
Post # 10
Breed bans don’t work but unfortunately they’ve even around for a long time. German shepherds, dobermans and Rottweilers are just a few of the breeds that have been banned in one city or another, at some point in time. Personally I think it’s more effective to crack down on people who don’t register or license their dogs and to have a “three strikes” type rule, both for dogs and owners. The vast majority of dogs are not inherently dangerous; it’s how they are raised. But removing one “bad” dog does nothing to stop an irresponsible owner from getting another, and banning one breed just means there will always be another breed that becomes popular and eventually becomes the scapegoat.
Post # 11
Breed bans are awful! Here’s my pibble, Bruce. We got him from a couple who was moving to Miami, but weren’t able to take him because of the breed ban. He’s the sweetest thing, and its so sad that he had to be separated from his family because of that!
Post # 12
Mrs_Amanda: I’ve had a couple of dogs (of all sizes). Currently I don’t have one, because my building doesn’t allow it. I love dogs, especially pits. That said:
I think they mostly get a bad rep because of irresponsible pet ownership.
I think two of the most irresponsible things to not do is: not have pet insurance. Not only for your dog, but if your dog bites another person or another dog. Another is dog school. It’s not just for the dog, it’s for the owner. And I feel it works a lot better then a trainer for numberous reasons.
Besides the fact that for a long time certain people were training (and abusing) pits to have a VERY aggresssive temperment, add into that mix that pits have a locking jaw = very dangerous… and then people go into a frenzy that they are dangerous.
People forget that a dog is a dog, and ANY dog, is an animal, an animal with teeth. ANY animal can do damage. I’ve actually known at least two lap dogs that did SERIOUS damage to someone they bit.
My point is, I don’t think pits should be discriminated against. Anything with teeth can bite. I think ALL owners should go to dog school, regardless of how large or small your dog is… and I am of the camp who thinks having a dog is like having a child – and adopting a dog should be a bit stricter, to make sure they are going to a good home.
Post # 13
Psp2015: OMG, he is so adorable!!!
Post # 14
MangoSong: Besides the fact that for a long time certain people were training (and abusing) pits to have a VERY aggresssive temperment, add into that mix that pits have a locking jaw = very dangerous… and then people go into a frenzy that they are dangerous.
Pit bulls do NOT have a locking jaw. They do have a very strong bite, and because they are terriers, they can be stubborn and more determined to hold, but their jaw bones are structurally no different than any other breed. No “locking mechanism” of any kind.
But breed bans are stupid. They really own hurt the people who are responsible owners and are unlikely to have dogs that would cause a problem in the first place.