Pit Bull Mom
I recently read a great post "What's it like to own a Pit Bull?" by, Good Karma Canine.
And I felt the need to chime in.
My Pit Bulls, are just dogs. They are wonderful, slobbery, big babies who love to sit on your lap. They have short hair that feels like velvet when they are clean, big block heads, gentle mouths, soft floppy ears, and big wet noses perfect for kissing. They are unique, have differing personalities, and a sense of humor.
"Honest mom, I am a lap dog."
(Common Pit Bull Myths HERE)
It has nothing to do with how they were raised, it has EVERYTHING to do with how we personally treat them, right now, in this moment. If dogs can sense cancer, and seizures doesn't it makes sense that they can sense your emotions, hormones, and intentions as well? They know if you like them, and they know if you are behaving in a suspicious manner.
Last week we had a repair man come to the house, since it was getting kind of late and to be courteous to the repair man (not knowing if he likes dogs), we put Jack and Ziva in their crates and had Dante go sit in his spot.
When the repairman arrived Dante greeted him but would not stop "boofing" at the poor guy, his hackles were up and we couldn't get him to be polite so we ended up putting Dante in the backyard. Jack growled the whole time, so - backyard again... Ziva my little princess I thought for sure would help us to break the ice with the boys and show them the repairman was nice. Nope, she barked in his face and kept circling around like a little shark - so she too was banished to the outside. While hubby was calming the dogs outside, I was inside speaking to our repair guy, turns out the he is not a Pit Bull person, he thinks they are unpredictable, and can turn on you at any moment.
Sadly I was not able to change his mind about Pit Bulls, and it certainly didn't help that mine were not being good breed ambassadors on this particular evening. He was however surprised to hear that we have two indoor kitties that the dogs get along great with.
I'm thinking that they guy was putting off some weird vibes, they are used to having people just love them on contact and it might have been a bit off putting to the dogs that he was a bit hesitant around them.
**Author's Note 7/31/15 -
The wonderful repairman came back and installed the part we had to order. Turns out he's a really nice guy! Seemed a bit hesitant around my big dogs but we were able to have a wonderful doggy conversation, followed with lots of wiggles and love from Dante and Ziva. Hooray! Way to go Breed Ambassadors! It just took a follow up, cheese, and patience but we were able to have a lovely interaction that ended on a positive note. And of course Dante wanting the nice guy to play with him. **
Abused dogs, *cough* Pit Bulls, can be rehabilitated and make for great loving family pets with training, time, love, and patience. You don't have to know their background or where they came from, dogs live in the moment and let go of the past easier than humans do.
My dogs are well socialized, trained, regularly given tasks/taught new things, and exercised. If my dogs aren't welcome, then I probably won't be going or I'll end up leaving early because I time how long I leave them at home alone.
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I am always amazed when someone I've known for a long time makes a comment like,
"Don't you ever worry? You know...about their breed?"
My neighbor said this last night, she is a nice little old lady who is always out walking, she loves my dogs and always walks past us making nice comments about their manners and how happy they look. I had no idea she was concerned about "their breed."
On a good note we had a very long and positive conversation regarding dogs, why do dogs behave the way they do, do "pit bulls" turn, do they have locking jaws, do I worry about my dogs around kids, etc.. I think we were able to reach her, which makes my heart warm. Dante and Jack were with me and were perfect gentlemen, they laid on the sidewalk next to use while we chatted. Turns out she isn't a fan of Miniature Pinschers, using this piece of knowledge I was able to dive into the world of differences in dog breeds and what different breeds were bred for.
Right before we were leaving one of the neighbor kids ran a up, a little boy who is a favorite of Dante's. All wiggles and kisses the dogs greeted him, as I looked back, she was smiling.
I'm hoping she'll look at dogs differently now, pit bull type dogs, and Min Pins alike.