|Barked: Wed Oct 26, '11 10:35pm PST |
|I live in a high-pittie population area and I can tell you first hand so often it is the owners who create the problem which everyone already knows. One of my coworkers told me he "trained" his female pit-mix and when I said I was impressed he was into dog obedience he stared at me and said "No, she'll attack anyone who tries to get into our place." But, he assured me, he never fought her with other dogs, even though his neighbor wanted him to against his dog. And this is a well-educated and seemingly intelligent man with three children. If you met him on the street and struck up a conversation you would NEVER know he thought like that. I was floored when he told me that he was basically setting up on environment that invited his children to be hurt.
Another coworker said he wanted to get a dog and train them to "be mean" and wanted a "mean looking dog" so no one would bother him or break into his apartment. He was talking about getting a Rottie puppy and basically described how he would abuse it to make it mean - but he'd make sure it wasn't mean to him or he'd "teach it a lesson" which involved more abuse. I'm 80% sure I talked him out of it since he's not an animal person in the first place but the only way he would see even a little bit of reason was went I mentioned how much food my big dog eats, who's only 65 lbs, and compared that to how much a full-grown Rottie would eat.
Whenever I would tell funny (to me) stories of Dingo's destruction of things, this same man always made a comment about how if Dingo were his dog, he'd beat him to put some sense into him. I stopped telling the stories because I physically could not handle him blithely telling me the way he'd deal with my sweet, goofy guy was with his fists or a handy object.
It's ingrained into the very cultural fabric in some areas, that a dog needs to be vicious or mean to be useful. It's not a pet, but a tool, like a living, breathing loaded gun that roams around and fires itself. Sadly, it's the dog and the dog's breed that takes the brunt, not the people. And a lot of these dogs aren't involved in fighting or even trained to fight; they're trained, in a twisted way, to be guard dogs but not in a controlled way like professionally trained protection dogs.
Ok, I'm done, but it just gets me SO mad that people twist a breed so violently into a mockery of their former selves and it's the dogs, who are truly the victims, as much as the people they attack.
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