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Offline darleneandcayla

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Mike Vicks pits....will they ever be safe to have as a family pet?
« on: September 06, 2008, 04:00:49 pm »
I'm bored........y ou bored?
Lets talk about this show I saw.......

So last night I watched the National Geo. show on the Mike Vicks pits.

Although I must say that they have come along way......do you think they will ever safe to have as a family dog?
(untimately, I think they will always have a "tricky trigger" so my answer is no)

Do you think the prospective forever family would try and make a buck by exploiting the fact that they have one of these dogs? (stranger things has brought a buck in the door)

Would you trust anyone in your circle of friends or family to have one of these dogs? (not me)
Darlene (Human mom)
Cayla (Golden Retriever rescue)
Prince(Snow white Persian cat)

I tried to find something clever or thought provoking to say; but it's harder then you might think. I'll keep trying though.

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Re: Mike Vicks pits....will they ever be safe to have as a family pet?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 04:21:39 pm »
They all had to go through temperment testing to be approved for adoption. So yes, I believe 100% that they can be good family pets. There might be a few who would tell everyone the dog was Michael Vick's, but I am sure for the most part people will try to hide it being that the dog is an experienced fighter. It would put up a big risk of the dog being stolen to be used for fighting. I would trust anyone at all in my family & friends that owned one, and I would treat the dog like he/she had never even been in that situation. It's not the dogs fault  what Michael Vick did to them so why punish the dog for something that cannot be helped? Just a quick question, is it just Vick's American Pits or is it the breed in general that you do not trust?

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Re: Mike Vicks pits....will they ever be safe to have as a family pet?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 04:36:54 pm »
I would have no problems owning one of his dogs or having a friend or neighbor own one.

I saw a show on his dogs as well, although it was on Animal Planet.  Out of the 20 odd dogs that were taken, only 2 had to be put down........on e for its aggression, and one for an illness.

Not only did all these dogs go thru temperment testing, one of them is a therapy dog and visits people in hospitals.  Many (if not all, can't remember) of the others went to the BadRap organization who has extensive experience working with bully breeds.  These dogs did not go to just anyone.  And I believe they all went thru training courses with the new owners. 

And a "tricky trigger" for what?  Going after other dogs?  Since they all went thru temperment testing prior to being released for adoption...... .......they are no more likely than any other dog on the street.

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Re: Mike Vicks pits....will they ever be safe to have as a family pet?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008, 06:08:52 pm »
I agree also Zoocrew.

I am so glad those dogs were rescued from him. They lived a horrible life and now they get to be spoiled rotten and live like they are suppose to!

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Re: Mike Vicks pits....will they ever be safe to have as a family pet?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 11:05:43 am »
Well apparently my well thought out and extensive response....ti mes out and I'm going to have to condense my response.

I won't think about my condensing and posting at the same time and will post in a bit.

But first I want to stress that I'm also very glad that the dogs were removed from taht situation and not put dowm.

With that I'll stop and think more on my next post before I time out agian, (Boy that sure surprised me!! I'm not one to cut it quick and brief)

bye for now

Darlene & Cayla

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Darlene (Human mom)
Cayla (Golden Retriever rescue)
Prince(Snow white Persian cat)

I tried to find something clever or thought provoking to say; but it's harder then you might think. I'll keep trying though.