Just have to vent, sorry if this is long. It all started as soon as I decided to take my dogs for a walk. I had the dogs on their leashes (couldn't find Mollies collar, so she was wearing a halti)and was talking to my land lord who told me that there were complaints of me having a pitbull. I now have 48 hours to bring in papers from a vet, proving that I infact do NOT have a pitbull or pitbull cross. I then started my walk, while walking past a store nearby, two men asked if Mollie was a pitbull and if she was for sale. I thought that was weird, as I saw them discussing her looks before i got close to them and in my opinion, she doesn't look anything like a pitbull. NEXT as I was taking the path home, an older (older than me) couple were coming out of an apartment building and their dog ran out (a little dog) towards my dogs. I politely yelled (they were accross the street) for them to grab their dog because my dogs might become aggressive because they are on leash. They yelled at me to control my dogs who are now barking and growling at this little rat dog nipping at them. I had to take Mollies halti off and hold her by her scruff because I was scared she would bite the little dog. As soon as Mollie felt she was no longer confined to that leash she calmed down. I told the couple that mollie was leash aggressive and that she really is a nice dog when she feels safe. The lady yelled at me saying that they are obviously not nice dogs and that I don't know how to control them and then she accused me of taking a muzzle (its actually a halti) off my 'restricted' breed and getting it to attack her ankle biter of a dog. I put Mollies halti back on and went home. PEOPLE DRIVE ME NUTS.
Did I make a mistake in taking Mollies halti off? She was alot easier to control, and just stood by me while i held her. It really doesnt make a difference if she was wearing the halti or not, she can still bite with a halti on.
In my opinion, Mollie looks nothing like a pitbullX. But maybe she does to other people. What do you guys think?? I'll post a couple pictures. As far as i know, she is a boxer/beagle. I'm 100% sure on the beagle part, as she barks like one, her head looks like one, her tail sticks up like a beagle and one of her siblings looked more beagle than anything, just was a gray brindle.
She does not look like a Pitt. She looks like a Beagle mix to me. People can be so stupid. The couple with the ankle bitter need to learn how to control their dog. I think I would complain to the managment about them letting their dog out without a leash. I am sure just about every city has leash laws. If the managment doesn't do anything about it I would call animal control. IMO
Except for her head she could pass for a pit on the thin side. Not your fault. They should have had their ankle biter on a leash. Any of my dogs would respond the same when approached in such a manner! You did what you needed to do to calm your dogs. Absolutely beautiful.
I don't think that she looks like a pitbull. IMO you did nothing wrong. I wonder how they thought you weren't controlling your dog when theirs was the one charging at Mollie. Could you be thrown out of your apartment complex if Mollie was a pitbull? Such a shame. By the way, she is very pretty.
No, I won't get evicted. I've already paid a pet fee and my landlord loves dogs. Animal control wants to know, because otherwise I would have to get a restricted breed license and insurance on her. lol, I should just tell people she is part pitt, they'd stay away.
The only thing about her that looks pitt is the brindle coloring, and maybe the toned muscle. But her face sure looks like a beagle and those floppy ears.
Like LPN said, people are just arses. When we were at the park the other day, a lady with a small child were walking past my dog. Even though he is still a puppy, he is already bigger than my 2 year old, and was bigger than this child as well. Well the woman wanted to pet him, (which is fine with me)but I don't like it when people don't ask first. So her and her son came charging over and started playing with him and petting him. I was holding on to him so he couldn't jump, but he is a puppy remember, and he nipped her when she was petting him. Besides the fact he is only 15 weeks old, he is a mouthy breed. Would you believe that she commented that it was irresponsible of me to own an "agressive" dog when I have a toddler?? uhhhhh....RIGHT.
Wandering spirit, I do realize what owners of those breeds go thru. Not many people will stop to pet my dogs, usually only the ones that are curious about my 'pitt'. People will cross the street to walk on the other side, will whisper to eachother, give me heck. And most assume that she is wearing a muzzle, when she is only wearing a halti. I guess I just don't understand. Who cares if she was even a pitt mix? I guess I will never understand completely. I have absolutely no fear of dogs. I'm the idiot sticking my face in the cages at the humane society getting kisses. Even when I was young, I gave my step mom a heart attack. We were at the pound looking for a dog and I had to stop and pet every dog we walked by, rottweilers, GSD, Pitts, dobermans, any dog and every dog got pet my me. I have never been bit (exes untrained toy poodle doesn't count), I do have respect for dogs, but I do not fear them in any way.
I understand where you are coming from. Peace, my American Pit Bull Terrier, is also leash agressive. I really dont like walking him with a leash because of it. Thats why i take my dogs out to the dessert or the river so that they can run loose and I dont have to worry about dog fights, ect. Bubba Gump, my English Springer Spaniel, is also this way, but all my dogs love other dogs when off leash. Being a Pit owner is difficult in my city (like most places) because there are lots of intentional dog fights that happen here. Like just this past summer we had a bad case of Misquetos (like most summers) and Peace really got a lot of bites on him, even though I sprayed him with his Misqueto repellent several time a day, anyway, when a pit bull gets bit you can see the bite really well, and he got them all over his head and legs and face and so one day when I was walking him an animal control officer pulled over and almost took Peace away because he accused me of useing him for dog fights. Ugh.. But I love Pits, they are my breed, and no matter what I will always have one. =]
oh and I also understand where you are coming from about people mistaking the Halti for a muzzle, and people crosssing to walk on the other side of the street and saying things about you when you pass by. ugh.
I, also, don't understand Idiots walking dogs. My wife has a ChihuahuaXFox Terrier. My pet name for her; RAT DOG. She is a yapper too, whenever she sees another dog. When we took her along to Nevada to visit Wife's Mom, we always walked her on a leash at rest areas. When another dog was present, we walked her on a Short lead; only good manners. Ya just can't figure some people. Also, I know about the stares/whispers. My Boxer was a lovely Brindle (Pit Bull??). I won't even mention my Ambull; also Brindle. Like my dear Mamma used to say,"If they're talking about me, they're leaving others alone"....
In only one picture, she looks an itty bitty bit like a possible pit mix, but not even half pit. Not all pit bull type dogs are aggressive or even leash aggressive.
I've been bitten by dogs at least ten times and it was always a dog under 20 pounds. Give me a big beautiful lover like yours any day!
Is her coat as soft as it looks? It looks like silk velvet. Dressed like that she could be Queen of Dogs. You know that a Queen has to be gracious, even when her subjects (the ankle biter) are not respectful.
Don't tell people that she is a pit bull. Just tell them that she is the Queen of Dogs and that they have to bow before they pet her. See what they say to THAT!
She looks more like a beagle mix to me. She's adorable. I have expierenced people like that too. I own a German Shepherd and when ever I walk her people give me dirty looks, cross the road and some even give out to me for owning a 'restricted breed'. And if they actually took the time to stop they'd see what a friendly dog she is instead of judging her on what the papers say about certain 'dangerous dogs'. Some people are just idiots, don't mind them you did right, those people should have had their dog on a lead.
I don't see "Pit" at all, I see hound, gorgeous, brindle beautiful dog. Be sure and let us know what happens when you see the dog warden. Honestly, I can think of better words than Leo's Arse! Why do some people think they are more "entitled" than others? That couple needs to be ticketed. Don't let them back you down, glad you have your landlords backing. Your dog is really really beautiful!
dont see pit in the dog,maybe its the brindle.i have the same problem,they give me the stares cross the street.i also get is he for sale or are you breeding.hes a rotti and big for his age.i have had alot of rottweiler so i have learned just to brush things off.i really dont know much about small dogs so maybe they dont know much about big breeds.you have a beautiful dog know matter what breed.
Hoy, 1st: your dog looks too slender to be all bully... Go to your vet and ask for the paperwork, shouldn't be a big deal as they literally run into this all the time.
2nd: It really *stinks* that people have this negative conotation with the bully breed. We get this with Lucy all the time. Lucy luckily has been around little/big dogs, kids, and cats since she I've had her and has no problem with them. I have had people inform me that I should not have gotten a bully breed that they have been bit, turned on against, their neighbor had a run in, their second cousin... whoever/whatever. I simply inform them that I was personally bit in the face by a cocker spaniel when I was younger (needing stiches over my eye and under my chin) I do not hate them and run around telling everyone they need to be destroyed. In fact my brother owns two and they are as nice as can be.
I also inform them the good that Lucy has done for us. She is by no means our "protector," she is our family. She jogs with me in the morning, goes to work with me, I cook for her, we go to agility classes, we play with poodles, we go to dog park & beach, kids play with her... She is always smiling and rarely makes a peep (I exclude birds and fans flying over head, she doesn't get it yet)
The trick with neighbors & bullies is to be as friendly as can be with all of them (the friendlier you are the friendlier they will be towards your dog, especially in close quarters). We were nice to everyone from the alcoholic to the gossiper we made sure to wave and be pleasant, it takes time and fake smiles however in the end it was wirth it because on move out day their were actually tears from some who ere going to miss having Lucy around =)