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Boss Hogg April 24, 2014 at 01:45 pm
EDUCATION from the truly EDUCATED. Not sourced from a TV show or the dog pound.
Kyle Christopher April 24, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Stay out of low income/high crime rate housing areas and you wont have to worry about it. ProblemRead More solved.
MARIA ESCOBAR April 24, 2014 at 03:33 pm
MS Krys yep, and Ted Bundy never murdered his live in girl friend, so I guess he was just broughtRead More up wrong and should have been adopted out to another country huh? F-ing clueless airhead. Spayed is an excellent choice, go for it.
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Proud Hamster April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
#Harriet. All those positive things can be accomplished with other types of dogs. I think that isRead More what perplexes non-Pit Bull owners. Why would you take such a risk with a dog that was created for bull and bear baiting and has such a sordid history -- when they do attack.
Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 02:24 pm
@PH - Why? Because every dog is an individual. I know a Golden Retriever who growls and doesn'tRead More like children - but that doesn't mean all Golden Retrievers are that way. Airedales are supposedly nice family dogs, but as I said, I had to take refuge in a bathroom when one went after me at a house I was babysitting. I remember, as an older child, walking the family dog (a Heinz 57 mutt) along with a friend walking a beagle. A German Shepherd charged out of an open backyard gate, snatched up my friend's beagle, and proceeded to try to kill it. Doesn't mean all GSD's are dog-aggressive killers; just that one. Stereotyping dogs - either way - isn't a way to accurately assess a given dog and determine if that dog should live or die. Did I purposely seek out the PB I have? Not really; I spotted her staggering on a city street close to heat exhaustion, just moments before a car (not mine) mowed her over. When I got to her, it became pretty clear that she had previously been mistreated by humans and was quite frightened. It took perhaps ten or fifteen minutes for her to decide to cautiously approach me (with me sitting, cross-legged, on a hot concrete sidewalk), another five minutes of me giving her water from the palm of my hand before she surrendered her heart and loyalty to me, got closer and with a sigh, laid down and put her head into my lap. Why did I take that risk with her? Simply because she was a dog I spotted, clearly in dire straits and I happened to be the only person there, in that moment, who was comfortable with dogs. When I got her to a vet and put her on the table, she stood there and let the vet do everything she needed to do for her to put her on the road to recovery, without any problems. The vet herself said "This is a good dog", pleased with the dog's temperament and behavior, even though the dog had been through a lot - and was barely a year old. Since then, she's learned all the obedience basics and a few cute tricks (shake hands, high five, double high five, find it, etc.), but also will pull a light wagon of garden debris for me, will pull a sled with a small child in it, literally will help remove unwanted brush and saplings in my yard (I point, she pulls them out). I had a knee injury that put me in a wheelchair for a short time, but she was able to provide assistance for me as I worked through physical therapy. While walking out just with her in a large, quiet quiet park, I slipped - and couldn't get back up on my own with my knee in the shape it was in. And no one was around to help. She positioned herself so that I could use her shoulders as leverage and literally hauled me up and out of a gully in the park. Could another dog have learned all of that? Sure. But just as I happened to be there for her, she now happens to be there for me. Someday, she will grow old and die. Will my next dog be a PB? Maybe, or maybe not. It will depend on who I find in a shelter and who seems to be the right match, as an individual, for me at that stage in my life. And for her to have a dog buddy, she picked her buddy out from a shelter - a little Jack Russell - Chihuahua mix. While my PB is pretty rock solid, the little guy is the temperamental feisty one.
MARIA ESCOBAR April 24, 2014 at 04:33 pm
@Harriet; """""Who the heck is "Fatwa from theRead More Jihadis"""""" "" Oh dear. I'm sorry I thought I was dealing with someone with a normal IQ and at least average World View. My bad. """"" use her shoulders as leverage and literally hauled me up and out of a gully""""""" Reality based conversation is what we seek in this discussion, not fantasy. It would make for a nice child's story if it had enough illustrations, you might want to try that. """""" A TSA agent happened to be seated two rows behind us, """"" Really? How did you know he was a TSA Agent?? Why was he seated on the plane? Was he armed? How did the person next to him know you?? Friend, co worker, ............. it's getting deeper and deeper...... This story wouldn't do well even as a children's book and no adult could be forced to buy it , , so you should just give up on this fictional PB story. Or at least research the made up characters and test the veracity of plot points against reality. Oh and; 1) why in heavens name would someone who needs a service dog (really needs one) pick a PB when it is such a controversial breed and having one makes for constant battles every where they go IN ADDITION TO THE HARDSHIPS IMPOSED BY THEIR HANDICAP.... 2) and why is every Pro-PB jihadi ( have your service dog type it in to google for you) the proud owner of a "Service Pit Bull"?? But can only produce the "bought it on line" certification which is issued sight unseen to anyone who coughs up a couple hundred bucks.?? 3) why, despite the apparently millions and millions of PB "service dogs" in existence, one never sees them used by the legitimate, long standing service dog organizations?? Do you even know who they are?? (LMFGDAO!!) 4) HAHAHAHA -------> """"While training towards becoming a certified service dog, she flew a round-trip flight 5.5 hours each way, in coach""""". QUICK what was the airline, date , flight number, ticket price, seat assignments and the departure/destination locations and gate numbers........ REALITY BASED hon, try for reality based.... And lastly, the FLUFFINGTON PEST???? you are quoting articles from the Fluffington Pest??? OMG, I feel privileged!! One seldom gets the opportunity to observe the "DOH", "PC" and "my imaginary PB friend" zeitgeists at work across the Freudian triumvirate, of a single human being.!! OOOOH Rah, you go girl!!
Rose Marie Raccioppi April 22, 2014 at 01:03 pm
Thank You for your knowing and visionary words. Indeed ever the CHANGE... the Call to Heart theRead More Awareness of Need the Grace of the Eternal.
Rose Marie Raccioppi April 22, 2014 at 01:08 pm
To feel the accord of your perspectives is indeed a delight. Would look forward to connecting. :-)
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Kim April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm
What I think is really scary and a public health threat is the violence PEOPLE do to pit bulls. WeRead More kill millions of them every year. They are tortured in fighting rings, look at what Vick did. Humans are a very dangerous breed. THere should be laws or something to protect the public--and animals--- from people.
tribble April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm
#Kim, all the more reason for restrictions, such as spaying and neutering. Less animals to be hurtRead More in fighting pits or put in the pound, only to be put down.
Notbricktrash April 23, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Here's a story http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/355611
Maureen Beach April 24, 2014 at 09:49 am
This piece inaccurately gives the impression that diet soft drinks are a unique contributor to heartRead More disease – and leaves out many important pieces of information related to the American College of Cardiology study cited here. The actual results of this study fail to establish causation among any age group. The lead author of this research even admits this fact. The most likely explanation for the association the authors found in their research is “reverse causality,” meaning those who are overweight – and therefore at greater risk for heart disease – consume diet beverages in an effort to control their weight. Thus, it is highly probable that being overweight leads to greater diet beverage consumption, not that diet beverage consumption leads to obesity or obesity-related conditions such as heart disease. What consumers should be aware of is that diet soft drinks and their ingredients have been subject to intense scientific scrutiny over decades – and have been repeatedly confirmed safe. Research has also concluded that diet beverage consumption is an effective tool to cut calories as a part of a weight management plan, as evidenced here: http://bit.ly/Ik4zjC. In sum, consumers can have complete confidence in enjoying diet beverages. -Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association