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Old 03-23-2007, 10:02 AM
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^^^^ Good Post

Dang..I would have to be the first one on the new page
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:35 AM
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I have only had one pit, and I only had him for 4 months (he was a foster dog). Yet I understand 100% what you all are saying. Like you could look at him and tell, this dogís whole life was devoted to his owner.

Jet & my dogs didnít get along; he was NOT dog aggressive in any way. (He is the one pictured laying down in my sig; his new mom just sent me that pic.) MY dogs actually took an instant dislike to him. The couple of times they met, 2 of MY dogs would gang up on Jet when outside. Jet would take it every time and never fought back. They were always supervised, but my dogs were so mean, I ended up having to crate & rotate because of MY dogs. Jet was by far the most difficult foster, in his 4 months he learned how to the climb fence, he chewed up everything I own (even when crated, he still managed to reach a jacket) even though he had plenty of toys, he harassed my cats (didnít try to hurt them, he just wanted to play and my cats werenít too happy about it), he cried & whined every time I crated him. The list goes on & on. Despite all of this, he is still my favorite foster, and had my dogs not been so hateful toward him, he would have stayed.

I do know what you all are talking about. In 4 short months, I felt the same way you were describing. There is no way to explain itÖ I plan on my next dog being a pit. I donít want to foster any other breed of dog (although I have a foster Dal now). Thereís just something about them, their love for their owner is beyond comparison. I know other dogs are devoted as well but there is something more loving about pits. With Jet it was like I was his entire world, and now his lucky new mom is. Nothing was as important as I was to him, not treats, not toys, nothing, not even for a second during the 4 months I had him. My GSD is very devoted as well but he gets distracted by toys, other dogs, and people walking by the house, exc. But with Jet, his attention was ALWAYS on me. I have never met a dog who would do a trick 100% of the time, but every single time I told Jet to sit, no matter what else was going on, or how excited he was, that dog would sit, every single time. My dogs do well, but sometimes they are too distracted, or they are too excited.
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:17 PM
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Good post, DryCreek.

And I also wonder what other breeds of dogs have brought together such a diverse range of people together?

You wouldn't believe the stares me & my friends can get. Here I am the 5 ft. tall white girl with blonde hair (although some on here think I'm some gang bangin' drug slinging dog fighter ) walking dogs with a 6 ft. 4 250 lb black man, a 6 ft. tall skinny white guy covered in tattoos, & a woman who is old enough to be my grandmother (she lives down the street with a pit bull mix). We all love to go walking together at least once every 2 weeks.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:05 PM
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I think that we all think of 'our' breed that way though. That would be why certain people are attracted to different breeds- they're looking for different things in companionship.

Everyone I know in real life who has had a lot of breeds then gets a pap ends up having papillons the rest of their life. They are truely unlike any other breed of dog. Beau has caused so many people to end up getting a papillon instead of another breed. He's just... infectious. People fall in love with him very quickly. He's outgoing and smart and he always attracts attention. I can't describe to you what it's like being friends with a dog like Beau. I can tell you he is truely a one of a kind dog and the most devoted dog to any person I have ever seen. He is flat out amazing and saying that doesn't do him nearly enough justice.

It's sad because many people get put off by their size or toy breed status and miss out on owning such a great companion, because that's what papillons are- purely companions. Other breeds I've had are diverse, and I loved them so much. My shelties right now are great. However, until you had a dog bred for the sole reason of companionship, you don't really know how different the relationship with dogs of that breed are.

I have to say, though, that I absolutely love Am Staffs, though I probably won't ever own them, I think they're a gorgeous breed.

The next dog for me other than papillons is definitely a beezer.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:33 PM
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Again I would like to bring the fact up that I know of 3 dogs who were killed in the last 6 months by small breed dogs. All dogs should be supervised when together, especially dogs who dont know eachother. It's not just pits.

ETA-I just read your post more closely, I would not suggest leaving any small breed dog alone with a large breed dog. Just my personal thing, but when I foster small dogs, I NEVER let them play with my big dogs. It's too risky. Yes, some big dogs will get along with small dogs, but even in play it could get too rough and result in large medical bills. This is just my opinion, I am sure people on the board have a large dog and small dogs and leave them alone together but I just wouldnt recommend it.
i wouldn't leave dogs to run for hours unattended, and we crate our dog when we leave the house anyway. we usually had a small dog/big dog combo in our house growing up, and didn't worry too much unless the size difference was huge [rottie vs yorkie].

i'm just gathering from these other pit owners/handlers that i need to separate them every single time i walk out of the room, and that's just a bit too much for my lifestyle. at least while they are small children around to constantly be chasing. maybe it will be different when i have older chidlren.

maybe if i was already in love with the breed it would be an easy thing to overlook, but i'm not. i'm interested/facinated and respect them, but i've really never known any closely.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:33 PM
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Does the "Other" breed in the house come into play?

I wouldn't want to trust one say, with say, a classic instigator like a JRT which can be DA too, but seem too small to hold off a larger dog like a Pit if it did start something. A Saint or Newfie on the other hand tends to be more passive, and certainly more able to defend itself if you were wrong and something did happen. My thoughts here are that I'd want to come back to 2 dogs needing stitches than a dead dog...
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:23 PM
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I think it depends entirely on the dog, I can't leave mine alone with other dogs as he will start a fight. I've had others that I never had to worry about.
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:29 PM
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you may call me small minded, but i dont let Ruckus play with pitts.
we have strays that come in our yard, i will not even take him outside if there is a pitt anywhere around. there is no human attatched, i know noting of this stray pitt, no sense in ever risking it.
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:53 PM
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I don't let my dogs hang around strange dogs, period. (And suprisingly enough it has *nothing* to do with my dogs, it's ALWAYS the other dog that worries me)

So you can call me even more greatly small minded.
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Old 03-24-2007, 10:39 PM
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i actually dont let Ruckus near a dog thats not attacthed to a human either.
but even if a pitt is on leash, i will not bring Ruckus over.
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