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PostSubject: Forward as needed   Fri May 01, 2009 2:05 pm

The level of ignorance surrounding this subject is mind blowing.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090424114315.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Forward as needed   Fri May 01, 2009 2:39 pm

Ignorance is right. And, it's really key to the problem.

Several years ago, I was walking one of my dogs. As we passed a woman with a leashed, smallish, mixed breed mongrel, her dog went crazy, practically frothing at the mouth, lunging, bearing teeth, barking, growling. My Dobermann, an 85 pound bitch who could have devoured her mutt in a couple of taty, if furry bites, looked up at me with a puzzled expression of, "What the hell?"

The aggro-mutt's problem was quickly identified as the woman began "soothing" her dog by petting it, saying gently, "It's okay, it's okay..." She THOUGHT she was doing the right thing, but was, instead, reinforcing the aggressive behaviour. In the meanwhile, my dangerous, fierce and vicious dog and I simply continued on our way.

Dogs have to be licensed, but it's the owners that should be.

I once fostered a pit-bull/boxer cross for a time, rescuing the sweet creature from a horrible home. He was one of the most gentle-spirited animals I've ever encountered, but had he ended up at the pound, he'd likely have been labeled as a "dangerous breed," and probably would have been destroyed. I found him a good home, with kids and a cat, and he lived out his life happily.

There are "bad dogs," just as there are "bad people," but, too often, good dogs get blamed and punished for their owners' incompetence or abuse. Save the dogs; put the abusive owners in the pound.
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PostSubject: Re: Forward as needed   Fri May 01, 2009 3:05 pm

glpease wrote:


There are "bad dogs," just as there are "bad people," but, too often, good dogs get blamed and punished for their owners' incompetence or abuse. Save the dogs; put the abusive owners in the pound.

Absolutely! It burns me up when I see these young guys walking around the city with pitbulls tugging on a big heavy chain with the owners encouraging aggressive behavior! I want to beat their you know what and take the dog from them!

Great subject LL!
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PostSubject: Re: Forward as needed   Fri May 01, 2009 3:24 pm

Justpipes wrote:
Absolutely! It burns me up when I see these young guys walking around the city with pitbulls tugging on a big heavy chain with the owners encouraging aggressive behavior! I want to beat their you know what and take the dog from them!
Amen to that. NYC just banned dogs over a certain weight and so-called "aggressive breeds" from public housing, because so many repulsive people raise them to be attack dogs (or worse, pitfighting dogs.) It's always such a pleasure knowing that these sorry excuses get to live under a roof made from my tax dollars.
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