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Old 11-01-2009, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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How do you answer the public ?

Just curious how you all answer the inevitable question that always seems to arise when I'm out with my dog. What kind of dog is it ?

Personally I answer proudly that he's an American Pit Bull Terrier, this always seems to trigger one of two reactions either an extreme tension and almost borderline anger from people or an instant shocked Oh Really ?! he's really a beautiful happy dog !

We take him into pet smart from time to time their general managers mother breeds pit's and hes always ecstatic to see him at the same sense the other day we where standing in line and Ronin decided to turn around wagging his tail and lick the leg of the guy behind us.. why the man was with in half a foot of me I dont really know, I always keep Ronin on a tight leash but it was almost instant disdain and anger he showed as he looked down at my dog. He was holding bones in his hand so obviously a dog owner, then a boy of probably 10 years of age jumps out from behind him and lets out a "Oh a pitbull ! COOL !" and starts to pet Ronin as he instantly showers the boy with kisses. Which triggered an even angrier look from the man.

Even my girlfriend has had to become proactive about the breed and started learning the ins and outs. She was a bit shocked by the often times extreme reaction you get from people when telling them the breed, at first I caught her calling him an Amstaff simply to avoid the often condescending reaction she would get when walking him. She sense has become more comfortable with calling a spade a spade and defending it as such, he's been such an amazing dog thus far theirs no reason not too.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I tell people to take everything they think they know about APBTs andthrow it out the window. I tell them that a few isolated, highly publicized cases don't define this breed, this breed that's been Americas dog from when it was created till someone started some propaganda. Then I tell em to get online and check out some unbiased resources and judge for themselves. I also let them know that bite statistics are fraudulent on both sides. My dogs are friendly and so are a majority of the pit bulls they'll run into... There's a few bad seeds in every breed!
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I like that response Red, to take everything they think they know and throw it out the window. I ran into a rotwiller owner, she explained to me that last week animal control stopped by her house. She had her two boys laying in the front yard the animal control officer laughed and explained their was a report of two very large pit bulls off their leash and running rampant in the neighborhood. Turned out the call was about her two leashed lazy rotts soaking up the fall weather.

Sad really I knew it was bad, but I didnt think the general public was as uneducated and unable to determine what certain dogs are as they apparently have shown me. I dont blame anyone for mixing up Amstaffs for pits and such.. but come on a rott ?
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Depends on who and where. If it is some idiot, they are just mutts, if its a decent human being that I think can be rational, we talk about it. BUT I NEVER CALL THEM PITBULLS!! I HATE THAT TERM!!!!
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hysteria causes people to do funny things, and from what it sounds like, in this case, some take advantage. I mean, if you wanted AC to come out fast, what would a person who doesn't care for dogs say? IMO, they'd say there's a couple of pit bulls running loose. Just like when a dog attacks someone, the media always makes it a pit bull. Shoot, sometimes people don't wanna admit that they got beat down by a little mutt, so they try to makle themselves sound tough by changing the story a bit. *shakes head at society*
Here's THE perfect example of how stupid people are when it comes to propaganda
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I hate the term pitbull too OFK, at the same sense i think the only reason any of us hate the name sometimes is just because of that reaction you get from people. I almost sometimes think its better they hear the name over and over so it desensitizes people and when they hear it again they'll think of a well mannered one.. a happy one they met that licked them repeatedly vs the juggernaut media machines version.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My girl is an American Pitbull Terrier to evryone I meet. I'm lucky I live in the northland people are too nice to say mean things about my dog......or maybe my temper proceeds me and they are scared of me.....well it doesn't matter she is of the best dang breed around.



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I find it really hard sometimes to keep my temper when defending my dog. I think the best think to do is offer them to pet the dog, and if they say no, then let them be igornant. A lot of people where I am from are very scared of pits, and honestly I find it ridiculous. There is a muzzle law in place, specifically just for our breed of dog and also they do not want females walking them what so ever. Personally, I see no difference in who walks the dog, as long as they can maintain control. But I will get back to my point now, I have to defend my dog everytime I take her to the vet. There is always someone there with a smaller dog who will ask me if my dog is going to eat their dog or bite them. I personally find this very offensive so its hard for me to keep my temper and answer the public with a respectful answer. I try to, but it doesn't always work out that way. I think you shouldn't judge the breed, judge the deed!
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Lol @ Blue.

Ya Mikado I live in ND and as you said for the most part people are to nice / reserved to say anything outwardly mean, but you can usually still sense disdain in some people towards your dog. It makes me laugh sometimes. What kind of dog is it ? - APBT.. - wait its a what ? - APBT.... - Oh!!! /looks at the dog with sudden concern then back at me trying to figure out why I don't appear to be a criminal.
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Around here a lot of people have pit bulls so almost everyone I talk to knows somebody who has one. Most people already know that they are great dogs. Every once in awhile I will get a bad reaction.
I know some of you dont like the term pit bull, but around here thats what everyone calls them.
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There was a guy that once told me I looked like too nice of a girl to have a pitbull. I asked him where he was from he frowned and said Illinios, why? I said I knew you were not from here cause what you said wan't nice at all. Don't worry about we will change you. He moved.

What i hate about up here in the northland is how backwards people are. They don't think to research a breed. They don't know the difference between APBT, Cane Corso, Am. Bully. I get a headache all the time. I'm one person trying to educate the whole area.



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I always just hand over the leash to the person. my dogs speak for themselves.
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