|Barked: Wed Oct 12, '05 7:04am PST |
|Have to say, this isn't the fault of the dog here. Sounds like the humans were 99% or more of the problem, with irresponsible actions and general bad care probably to blame. Unfortunately, it's always the dogs who have to suffer when we do stupid things like were done here. Certainly, there are some breeds that historically tend more towards incidents like occurred here, but I'm fairly certain that the BLAME for that fact is still on the humans. We humans initially bred dogs for fighting. Some still encourage these dogs to fight, and often breed them to be as feisty as possible. Those who still want fighting dogs (and irresponsible owners generally) treat them very badly, in many cases. It is these relatively few people who have caused the undeserved reputation that some dogs have received. Because of them, those who are responsible owners of these sweet dogs are left to wonder how some people believe their dogs aren't sweet as those who know the dogs know they are. It's SO sad that a few bad apples have spoiled life (and ended many lives) for so many. Bad Dogs? More like, bad humans!
Now- I do sympathize with families who have lost loved ones to vicious dogs, and I can even understand why some believe BSL might be a good solution to the problem of dog bites. However, it won't solve the problem in the long run, which is irresponsible owners and breeders, not the dogs themselves. Therefore, I can't imagine forcing those who are being responsible to pay the price for those who aren't, which is what BSL does, in a nutshell.
FYI- Has anyone read the Modern Dog article from Summer '05 (I think- could be Spring) called "Devil Dogs"? Pretty interesting take on this issue. Scary, too. Makes you think about how you'll deal with it when your breed is among the "chosen" for BSL advocates. And it might well happen, especially for large breeds.
Jen and Morg
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