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Monthly Photo Contests / Re: VOTE HERE for the June Photo Contest
« on: June 20, 2007, 11:27:25 pm »
Chynna hates water! So to cool off,we go get ICE CREAM!!! She and Kellin love Brewsters!!!

Monthly Photo Contests / Re: June Photo Contest Information
« on: June 13, 2007, 05:53:44 am »
sent some in!!!

Rare Breed Mastiff Discussions / Re: Rare Breed types & who owns them
« on: June 11, 2007, 01:46:47 am »
I have owned Fila Brasileiros and Dogo Argentinos. My Dogo Gracie will be 12yrs old in August.

My Filas have NEVER been dog aggressive. Granted they will protect me if I am threatened or attacked by another dog. They are pack dogs, they really shouldn't be dog aggressive. I do realize that breeders breeding for looks and not temperament are getting some dog aggressive dogs! It is very sad!

That is awesome of your brother! KUDOS!!!!

If you have a way to deal with all of the irresponsible owners PLEASE pass it on! I have cruised the areas around me with high populations of pit bulls. If I see things I don't think are kosher I report them and report them and report them, until something is done! Either the owner does the correct thing, re doghouse, water bucket, food bowl, longer tie out, new collar, whatever! I personally have purchased mentioned items and gave them to ACO to give to people I have called on. I tell them to say they are donations. I pass out the flyers for the local low cost spay neuter clinics, they also vaccinate. I copy and distribute whenever there is a rabis clinic. I post them in these areas at stores on telephone poles etc.I keep leashes in my car and attempt to give them out to pit bulls being walked on chains. Most do take them! I need to restock on my collars.

Along with the other things I do, I am not sure what else to do to help people be responsible.

Ideas anyone!!!

I like to call them pitties cuz I think its cute. I realize that pitbull isn't a breed.  ;)

Actually, I say pittie sometimes also. I have a problem with the combined "pitbull" and/or the misspelling, with two t's(pittbull or pitt bull).No problem just a pet peeve!! ;D

Ok... please, I don't mean to be nitpicky (maybe I do) but the breed is an American Pit Bull Terrier. So call them Pits, or Pit Bulls or APBT's , but a "pitbull" is not a breed.  - done.

I am curious too about the questions Nicole asked- does your brother title his dogs?  Compete in events (CGC, weight pull)?  Does he do complete health testing (includes hip and elbow x-rays, cardiac and thyroid tests, as well as testing for genetic problems?  Does he have waiting lists for his litters?

If the answer is "no" to any of these questions, I'm sorry to say that he is only contributing to the problem of the many,many Pit Bulls who do need homes.

Actually, I am Tammy. I asked those important questions! And, I do agree on the "pitbull", "pittbull" bothers me also.

I live in Roanoke, VA. My step-in and out mom is a retired ACO of 25yrs. And, before that she was a vet tech. FOr the last 5yrs since she retired she has helped established 2 low cost spay neuter clinics.Everyt hing she does is for the animals. I have spent many years at the shelters with her either walking, bathing, brushing and/or just giving love and attention to shelter animals. She has had numerous rescues in and out of her house. That said, here we do not have an overabundance of pits in the shelters, most reported bites are from goldens, cockers, chows or labs. She said in all of her years she has only met 1 nasty pit bull!

My boyfriend is a UPS delivery driver and has been bitten by a schnauzer and a couple of labs. The most aggressive dogs he sees are shepherds, Labs and mixes. He says he has seen a lot of pit bulls on his route but they just bark and keep their distance. One shepherd in particular jumped in the back of his truck and wouldn't let him back in!

And, I ALWYAS preach resposible pet ownership. I am teaching my 3 1/2 yro daughter the proper way to be a pet owner. Check out www.maxtheshel and you will see my daughter Kellin and our dog Chynna all over it! Positive image!! We hang out on most Saturdays outside Petsmart with Chynna in tow, to promote positive pit bull imaging. Chynna is trained in basic and advanced obedience, has her CGC and is a certified therapy dog! I take her everywhere and expose her. I am never to busy to answer anyones questions regarding pit bulls!

I live my life with my dogs like this, the moment I leave my house with my dog(even in my yard),we(my dog and I)represent EVERY dog that breed! So, if I am some bi**hy pit bull owner and rude when people comment and/or ask questions, and believe me most are not nice,and showed an attitude to them what would that do! It would just enforce their negative image regarding this breed and the type of people who own them! If my dog is misbehaved and out of control, that reflects bad on the whole breed. It is sad that it works that way but it does and I don't want that image. I want people that meet Chynna to remember and tell others what an awesome pit bull they met! And believe me that is the only thing they could say after meeting her!

And, Shell I do cruise the classifieds daily! Here we have very few ads for pit bulls. But, believe me I do call them when they are in there.

In regards to your brother who breeds and raises "Good Pit bulls" and is trying to protect them, one question! Why does he breed them then? For every puppy he breeds that is one more pit bull that loses its life in a shelter! Has he the responsible breeder never thought of it that way?Does he keep track of his pups until they die? Does he have a strict contract that states he can remove the pup/dog if he disapproves of current living situations?Does he rescue? Do his breeding stock have all available health tests and screenings with results for potential purchasers to view? Does he show his dogs?If so, are they titled?Does he do weight pull?Agility? Do they have their CGC? Therapy dogs? What extreme quality and characteristic s do they posses that they we excellent specimens to breed?Does he do home visits?vet verifications? Talk to neighbors during home visit?

I am sorry but, I feel very strongly about this for ANY breed! I mentored years ago with the breeder of my FIlas and Dogos and those where a few of the things that she does. She is very strict and most people don't make it past the first page of her application. I have repo'd more than a couple of dogs with her that even after all of the hoops the owners hid things. But she will only sell within a 200 mile radius. And, I still do random home checks for her! It is a lot of fun!



I have to disagree about Pyrs being prone to attack people. There is a huge difference in the breed purpose. Pyrs are to protect the flock, Pitbulls are to guard the property and people. Pyrs are barkers and not attackers. Anyone can enter the house with Pyr in it and do not suffer an injury. Now, try doing it with Pitbull in it! Pitbulls are wonderful companions and great guard dogs. They will go for the throat! "Truly quality companions for quality owners only!"
Pit bulls are NOT guard dogs! They stink at it! My girl will bark until I open the door! Then the attack is on, the lick attack!!!!And, they do not go for the throat. Not sure where you heard that myth. That ranks right with "lock jaw"! Here is a little info from www.pitbullson

A Good Pit Bull

A Good Pit Bull is a very people-oriented dog. It's a dog who smiles at your visitors and greets them with a wagging tail. A good Pit Bull is confident and alert, and like most canines, will let you know if there is something around the house or in your driveway. However, a good Pit Bull will let YOU take care of intruders because YOU are the leader and its YOUR job to protect the pack. Your dog should not have to interpret threats and act on them.

You "hopefully" didn't get a Pit Bull to protect you anyway. If you needed a guard dog, you would have looked into other breeds more suitable for protection, or best, just get a good alarm system. You would not impose to an animal the responsibility to judge situations and make intelligent decisions that could eventually bite him back in the @ss if ever he was wrong...!

You got a Pit Bull because you wanted a trustworthy and friendly companion, and maybe a dog with an impressive look and confidant demeanor so people would "think" you have a good guard dog. You have since realized that YOU better be the guard dog because your Pit Bull is indeed more at risk of being stolen than your TV.

Don't be bummed. If ever you are the victim of an act of violence, a good Pit Bull will probably instinctively attempt to defend you because you are the food provider and he depends on you for his survival (and yes, he loves you too ;-) If you are not being aggressed though, a good Pit Bull will be friendly with anyone with no distinction in regard to age, sex, skin color, clothing, ect, because a good Pit Bull is a stable dog and you have socialized him well.

You can take your good Pit Bull in public and do breed PR with him because you trust your dog and your dog trusts you. He is not unpredictable, unstable, fearful, uncontrollable, or selective of who he "likes" and who makes him uncomfortable. Your good Pit Bull will work with you to improve the reputation of the breed by showing people how cool and friendly good Pit Bulls really are.

If your dog is not like that, please do not take him in public and do all you can to keep him out of trouble. Remember that we are the solders of an important battle. Our dogs are no ordinary dogs. They are being "targeted", "pointed at" and "outcast" by society. They are on the verge of being completely banned out of this country. Our dogs have something to prove right now, and so do we.

A friend of mine's house was broken into while she was at work. She lost everything but her bed, her dogs and their crates. When she got home all of her pit bulls, she has 4, were in their crates. She keeps them in seperate rooms with doors shut while she is gone. Crates are only for night time. Good guard dogs, NOT!! The robbers put them in their crates.

Pit Bull Discussions & Pictures / Happy Easter!
« on: April 07, 2007, 06:46:01 am »
From Kellin and Chynna!!!


She and Kellin are #62!!! Thank you!!

voted, #227!!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Mastectomy Bill in Congress!
« on: March 22, 2007, 03:40:38 pm »
You are very welcome Carrie and thank you!

I went through this with my mom! I was very lucky I didn't go to jail with the ruckus I caused in the hospital when they told us she was being discharged 6 hrs after surgery. If her Dr. had not been there I probably would have!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Mastectomy Bill in Congress!
« on: March 22, 2007, 02:59:00 pm »
Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress
A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue.  If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards.   Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure.  Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

         Mastectomy  Bill in Congress

         It takes 2 seconds to  do this and is very important... please take the time and do it really  quick!

         Breast Cancer Hospitalizatio n Bill - Important legislation for all women.

          Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times.   If you're receiving this, it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the same.

         There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.   It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery y, against the wishes of their  doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still  attached.

         Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support.   Last year over half the House signed on.

          PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site above.   You need not give more than your name and zip code number. 

               This takes about 2 seconds.  PLEASE PASS THIS ON to  your friends and family, and on behalf of all women, THANKS.   

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