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Old 05-15-2012, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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The coolest dog!

This is my pit/dalmation mix Gimli. I adopted him late last year and he has just turned out to be the best dog in the world. First off, he lives with 5 other dogs (a chihuahua mix, 3 longhaired mini dachshunds and a golden retriever) and other than occasional sorting out the pecking order rough housing he has never shown the slightest bit of aggression. His best buddy though is my 7 pound double dappled dachshund, Gromit. In addition to being the smallest of our dogs, Gromit was born blind and with a fair amount of brain damage, so while he's the leader of the pack at home, he's terrified to go outside. Whenever we go on walks, or even out to potty, Gimli guides Gromit around and make sure he doesn't get hurt. When they play wrestle, Gimli lets Gromit pull on his ears and tail, tug on his lips, and crawl all over him, and he has never once gotten upset with Gromit. Gimli and Gromit always eat together, and Gimli brings Gromit mouthfuls of dog food that they share so that Gromit can eat on his favorite spot on the couch. We call them "Big G and Li'l G," and if you tell Gimli to "go find little buddy!" he'll run to Gromit lead him back to where you are. He is just the coolest dog I've ever had, also the best behaved. My partner and I are buying our first house this year, and it has a huge yard, so we're looking at adopting another special needs dog (only Gimli, Gromit, the Chihuahua and possibly the Golden will be coming with us.) We have an in at the local shelters because Gimli works with the on-call dog trainer/behaviorist and helps socialize shyer dogs because he's exceptionally obedient and so friendly.
I know this is a long rambly paragraph but he is just the best ambassador for rescued dogs and pit bull type dogs. Not too bad for a dog that was pulled out of a dogfighting ring last August.


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Old 05-15-2012, 07:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably the same horrible people who would fight any other dog. I personally think he was a bait dog, but there's no way to be sure.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I can tell you right now that dog was never a bait dog. People say that crap all the time when they actually have no clue about background. If it were ever used as a bait dog it would be horribly scared up and would not be so friendly with other dogs and would most likely have fear issues. He looks to me like he is still a pup but please keep in mind these dogs were bred from fighting dogs and most often times dog aggression is a genetic trait, not an enviornmental issue. You must understand that even the most well behaved and well socialized pup can become dog aggressive once they mature so be prepared for the fact that you may have to crate and rotate them later on.
One other thing that raised concern with me is the eating habits. I would no longer allow them to eat out of the same bowl. Even the best of friends can turn to enemies in a split second and it is most often over food or a toy. Feeding them separately and giving them their own personal space will be much safer for everyone.
And another thing, I would always make sure they are never left out all alone. Some of the most horrific accidents could be avoided if the dogs had not been left unsupervised, or were crated before their owners left home.



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Old 05-15-2012, 03:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Agreed with kg, most shelters have little idea of a dogs background prior to being at the shelter. I would say that 99% of the time the pit bull types of dogs in the shelter system are result of poor breeding practices which leads to too many pups and not enough responsible homes. I think it is more likely that shelter staff make up these stories about bulldogs being former fighting dogs or bait dogs to explain how they ended up there. But keep in mind that dogs rescued from alleged fighting rings are more often than not destroyed, not rehabbed and adopted out to the general public.

Most pit bull type dogs have never and will never see a dogfight a day in their lives. It's ridiculous to assume that simply because an animal is believed to be part pit bull and has an unknown history that it was used to fight in any capacity.

Welcome to the forum. Lots of great info here about these dogs.
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Agreed with kg, most shelters have little idea of a dogs background prior to being at the shelter. I would say that 99% of the time the pit bull types of dogs in the shelter system are result of poor breeding practices which leads to too many pups and not enough responsible homes. I think it is more likely that shelter staff make up these stories about bulldogs being former fighting dogs or bait dogs to explain how they ended up there. But keep in mind that dogs rescued from alleged fighting rings are more often than not destroyed, not rehabbed and adopted out to the general public.

Most pit bull type dogs have never and will never see a dogfight a day in their lives. It's ridiculous to assume that simply because an animal is believed to be part pit bull and has an unknown history that it was used to fight in any capacity.

Welcome to the forum. Lots of great info here about these dogs.
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You are totally right. I can guarentee more than half of the so called "bait dogs" in the shelter were just normal pets given up or dumped off somewhere by their owners. In my whole life I have only met one dog that was confiscated for fighting and that's my sisters dog Bruce. And yes he was almost destroyed with all the rest of the dogs were pretty lucky we got to him in time. Now this dog has so many issues it's heartbreaking. Both his front legs are horribly torn up, he's got a torn ear and scars everywhere. He has a great deal of issues with other dogs but he also has food issues as well. Poor dog will gorge himself. When he's done eating he instantly cries for more. We're thinking this is a result from starvation.
Most of these dogs who were taken from these situations end up being special needs pups. Some end up traumatized and have a hard road back to recovery.



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I didn't read he was a bait dog, I read he was pulled out of a dog fighting ring, since most idiots who fight dogs don't take precautions, its very plausible that this dog could have been born from a mixed heritage and was rescued off that yard of dog fighting. Who knows, but the OP never said he was a bait dog though.

In any case HaydenK, you sound like my cousin, she only adopts older dogs with special needs, right now she doesn't have any dogs with 4 legs, lol. takes a strong person, since she is always losing one due to age or having tons of vet bills, lol. Good for you though! and getting your own house rocks, but is sooo much work
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Probably the same horrible people who would fight any other dog. I personally think he was a bait dog, but there's no way to be sure.
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I didn't read he was a bait dog, I read he was pulled out of a dog fighting ring, since most idiots who fight dogs don't take precautions, its very plausible that this dog could have been born from a mixed heritage and was rescued off that yard of dog fighting. Who knows, but the OP never said he was a bait dog
She mentioned it on a responding post to zohawn.
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I can tell you right now that dog was never a bait dog. People say that crap all the time when they actually have no clue about background. If it were ever used as a bait dog it would be horribly scared up and would not be so friendly with other dogs and would most likely have fear issues. He looks to me like he is still a pup but please keep in mind these dogs were bred from fighting dogs and most often times dog aggression is a genetic trait, not an enviornmental issue. You must understand that even the most well behaved and well socialized pup can become dog aggressive once they mature so be prepared for the fact that you may have to crate and rotate them later on.
One other thing that raised concern with me is the eating habits. I would no longer allow them to eat out of the same bowl. Even the best of friends can turn to enemies in a split second and it is most often over food or a toy. Feeding them separately and giving them their own personal space will be much safer for everyone.
And another thing, I would always make sure they are never left out all alone. Some of the most horrific accidents could be avoided if the dogs had not been left unsupervised, or were crated before their owners left home.
I also have a very hard time believing Dalmatian - "Pit" mix.. I see nothing genetically that suggests this, shelters often mislabel dogs as they have such a high volume of dogs going in and out.. The only way to know for sure is to have a well documented dog..

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Although i see NOTHING that suggests a bait dog.. People bait mutts, shelter dogs, etc all the time because they are cheap.. Of course, we are talking about people who think Bulldogs are 80 pounds anyway.. No knowledge, just morons with dogs.. lol
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damn I am a dope, I was so concentrating on re-reading the OP I missed the reply where it said they thought it may have been a bait dog. My bad...
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