|Barked: Wed Oct 10, '12 11:09am PST |
|I foster a great deal, and am VERY Pit positive when it comes to shelter pulls and adoptions, and there is a striking difference when I am out and about with a fostered Pit vs another dog. That is where I gain a lot of heart for people who own and love these dogs.
I may basically agree with what Tuck is saying, but in ways I challenge it. I do, after all, own Giant Schnauzers, who if you are in the dog fancy and know your breeds, know that is one breed not to *f* with. Or mentored on Kerrys before, who make Giants seem like Drag Queens vs the Kerry's nail spitting, beer guzzling personae
So that's the not cool part. The rep of the Pit, with just the common Joe Blow on the street who doesn't know of what they speak. I know with my Giants, in that I have Am Cockers also, some in my clique would place a puppy with me gladly....an Am Cocker with the Giants, I mean....and others would be very concerned about that combo generally. But at least that is a reasonable and educated conversation, and, most critically, upon seeing my Giants, chill out.
That's where it sucks. It SUCKS when you have a Pit who is showing every body language in the world of being dog friendly, and you have dog owners having some heart attack.
From years of shelter assessments, this I can say...Pits never lie. Dogster Duncan, who I run my rescue with and who also had a term with Best Friends, in addition to all her kill shelter experience, would say the same. What you see with a Pit IS what you get. They don't throw one thing to you and then do another. I pull Pits out of shelters with far less caution than other breeds. I have never had one who proved a liar of me, of the adult persuasion of course. With puppies, they are puppies and time will tell. But a love bug Pit is just that, and if that can't relax a dog savvy person then I do have to say they are buying into the hype. The very genetics of the dog means that even before they fight, they are practicing body language of intimidation and letting their opponent know what they have in mind.
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