That IS a really great picture. Therapy dogs are a really great idea in general. Each dog is an embasador of their breed and this is a really good way of showing people that pits can be really loving gentle dogs. I know a Rottweiler that is a threapy dog. She also has a seccond job working with kids that are phobic of dogs, she is so calm and unasuming that kids really take to her.
Dalmatian's dont have nearly as bad a reputation as Pits but they still are known as being highstrung, unmanageable and bad with kids. Dalia is an angel with kids and not at all hyper (she needs excersize but as long as her needs are met she is quiet and great in the house). She is a good embasador of her breed, I think that everyone who has a dog needs to look at them as a representative of their species and their breed and make sure that they represent them to the best of their ability.
Great picture, fantastic!! Surprised about a Pit Bull or Rottweiler working in those capacities....nope not at all!!! But always enjoy hearing about it. All the recipients of mass media generally hear are the bad deeds of some breeds and who to try to put the blame on. Yep Melani you said it. Positivity any day of the week.
Awesome dogs! Bluebelle has her CGC and has visited the hospice several times since she got it. We haven't been in a while though not since my dad passed away. People are so amazed when they meet her and they find out she's a Pit Bull.
I happen to find this forum when doing a search and noticed my link was listed on this thread. So I wanted to stop by and say thanks for the compliments on my dogs. If anyone has questions on doing therapy work and becoming certified, please let me knwo :)
ok so i get on this site alot just to read about everything people has to say and most of the time i am just quiet and dont say much i just like to read what everyone has to say. but i wonder since i have been on here i have heard more about pitbulls then i have ever heard any where else. mostly about people discriminating against them and how it is wrong. but i have never heard once someone say what they are doing to stop it or help petition them segrigating (spelling?) pitbulls from other dogs. what you say on this site and the opion you give to your peers doesnt matter to the animal cops or anyone who has to deal with the banding of pitbulls or any other dog related to the pitbull. im not saying its bad you guys are talking about it im just saying as a simple point if it bothers you guys so much take action petition fight for what you think is right rather then sitting on the computer talking about it.
T.M. Love the video! That therapy dog reminded me of my own dog Reese. Looks like him and acts just like him.
acroy11 not quite sure what you're talking about. People who have, love, and respect the pitbull like they should, strive each day to change public opinion by being responsible pitbull owners. Their dogs speaks volumes for themselves. In fact, October 20 it's going to be pitbull awareness day across the Country. It will give everyone a chance to "step away from the computer" as you say, and join in.
acroy11 point well taken but I honestly don't know any responsible APBT owners that are not inmvolved in some aspect with ither fighting BSL, working with rescues, doing breed education or are out their doing PR work in one way or another. We have plenty of orgs working to fight the discrimination including out National breed club, the ADOA, ADBA, UKC, groups like NJforPitBulls, NJdogLAW, THe Chako organization, Pits for Kids. There are way to many to mention. For the most part it seems there are not a whole lot of APBT owners here so that is most likely why you don't hear about it hear. We have many mainly pit bull or bully breed forums and sites and that is where you will find out the differewnt things that go on throughout the country and the world. Write now in the Netherlands they are thinking of revamping the BSL they currently have for something more fair. APBT owner's span the world and stand together as much as possible.
There is a new children's book out about APBTs that one forum member wrote and I have written one also which I hope to have published by 2008. It is already used wiothin my school district.
We also have APBTs pretty much competing and or working in every venue you can think of such as, but not limited too: service dogs, therapy dogs, obedience, rally-o, agility, weight pull, SAR, tracking, ScH, French ring, herding, police detection work etc
So a lot is being done and said. unfortunately there are tons of BYBs and irresponsible owners that make our fight harder and add to that the misconceptions and media misinforation, breed misidentification making our battle to save the breed so much harder.
Hope that helps to answer your question
I'll gladly answer anything . I love the breed and talking about them :)
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