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Old 04-01-2013, 05:27 PM
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Maybe I'm a bitch, too, but her feelings about the situation don't invalidate your feelings about the situation. It's ok to want people to leave you alone.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:42 PM
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For the record, I'd have gone to her dog before Merlin. I love all dogs, and Merlin is adorable, but Pit Bulls have a soft spot in my heart.
Me too, I always try to say hi to pitties when I see them, I would have loved one both though really.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:13 PM
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I have had his happen a lot with poor summer. We were at a trial and this Kay came up and was all over my friends dog (who was disinterested). Oh he was magnificent and awesome. And little summer is about jumping of if her skin to get petted. The lady looked at her with disgust and gave her a quick lag and went back to my friends dog and was all over him again.
That is terrible I would pet summer ... She is so cute, why would anyone not want to pet her?
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:14 PM
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I totally get how you feel when it comes to people and Merlin. I'm not used to having a dog who recieves so much attention. It really is overwhelming and annoying sometimes and it doesn't make you a terrible person to feel that way. Sometimes I just want to make Journey invisible when we're out just so I can get to where I want to go in a timely manner haha.

With that said, I also know how your friend feels. Not that the Dobermans really care whether strangers pet them or not, but they're always just shoved off to the side while everyone gushes over the fuzzy dogs (one of whom doesn't even like it at all).

It's hard to find a happy medium. People either seem to be all over a dog, or ignore it completely (and not even in a nice way).
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:27 PM
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I'm with Sass.

I have the same issue with my two dogs, too though. My neighbors completely ignore Saga who is super well behaved and sweet. They will say hi to me when I take her out, but she doesn't exist. But the same neighbors, when I take Nico out, will call out to HIM "Hola Nico!" etc. I believe Adrianne had a similar issue with her neighbors and her pit bulls and malinois. They wanted to love on the dogs that do BITEWORK and were completely ignoring the dogs that WANTED to be loved on.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:36 PM
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I don't have that happen as much with Grant. Perhaps because he's small and pretty? Happened all the time with Brando, though (larger, brindle, natural ears). And everybody wanted to pet Harry, and he wanted to eat them. It's funny, people are more apprehensive about Stan than they were with Harry, and he's considerably smaller and obviously outgoing.

Perhaps the moral of the story is people are idiots.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:55 PM
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This happens all the time with Pip and Maisy. EVERYONE wants to pet Pip, and he really doesn't care for it... he just really doesn't want attention from strangers, although he'll tolerate it. I really do wish people would leave him alone.

Maisy loves everyone, but no one ever gives her a second look. I don't get it. If someone is going to gush attention all over one of my dogs, I'd rather it be her.

Squash gets lots of attention from afar. Everyone thinks he's sooooo cool/ beautiful, but they also seem slightly intimidated by him and people often hesitate to actually pet him even if they're commenting on him - which is when I make my escape.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:32 PM
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Fran I've been in your situation. When Juno & I are out and about with my friend and her dog, everybody wants to gush over Juno and talk about how pretty she is and blah blah... and most of the time her dog gets ignored. One time that sticks out the most to me is when we were at the pet store, and like 3 employees were surrounding Juno, and they went to their dipped bone display and got TWO big cookies to give her. And my friend and her dog were standing right next to me and they gave her dog NOTHING.

I don't really get it. If I have 2 dogs standing in front of me... I'm going to give each of them attention unless there's a reason not to (ie, the dog doesn't want it!).
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:43 PM
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Keely is very uncomfotable with strangers, and bailey can take them or leave them but everybody wants to pet them . And keely gets very obviously upset and will sometimes even shake uncontrolably when people are in her personal bubble wanting to pet her , and people then try HARDER to pet her because she is shaking? , like really.

Yet casey, the "OH MY GAWD , I LOVE EVERYYYYYBODDDYYYY " dog , gets ignored. And to be honest, I think it is because she is a "boring, generic black dog" Or maybe people feel more threatened because she is dark? I dont know but it irks me. I have no problem telling people to Back the F--- off about keely now though. We've had too many not so nice incidences where people apparently dont know the meaning of "She doesnt take well to strangers and will get very stressed" and try to push there way to her anyways.

The human race and the stupidity that comes with it, really never ceases to amaze me. My heart is wrenching for your friend and her dog as well .

On a side note, I find it so so ironic that some of the most anti pittbull/GSD/Dobe etc people that I know are the same people that will preach for eqaulity in all things human , whether it be Anti-racism , or advocating gay rights, womens rights and so on. Yet they dont like a particular dog because of its breed. It mind boggles me how some people can be so hypocritcal and yet do not have the slightest inkling that they are being so .

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:19 PM
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This thread makes me feel lucky to live in a place where most people are fairly educated and open minded about pit bulls and bsl. I can honestly say, walking my foster dogs or pits from work, people approach us just as much and love them just as much. I'm wondering if people approach Merlin even more because of his age and also his intriguing color, also. Plus at least across the Internet, Fran, you seem like you'd be a really approachable person...my guess is not as many people would approach you guys if you were frowning/moody, much older, a man, dressed in a sloppier or unusual way.

I know people are always judgemental jerks who want to approach whatever their idea of a cute fluffy friendly dog is and will avoid "scary" breeds, but Merlin and you probably have even more going for you than "not a bulky breed".
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