SoThat's Where Pit Bulls Get A Bad Rap
I just got back from the 9000th trip to the vet's office. The one thing you can be sure of when you take a pet to the doctor is that there will be other animals in the waiting room. Unlike psychiatrist's offices, where patients are kept apart.
Today my dog was the only non-pitbull there.
Three pits. Two owners.
One owner--who was dog sitting while her daughter was in Kuwait on business--had her two pits on leashes with harnesses. They were well-behaved, and she cautioned me about approaching them. When she saw my husband start to bring my dog in, she asked me if I would mind keeping him outside because one of the pits was aggressive. I felt kind of bad for the lady because she even felt she had to tell me a bit of a fib. ("They're part boxer") I think she gets a lot of pit bull prejudice.
If so, she can partly blame the other lady. Owner #2 kicked my prejudices into high gear in the first place. She walked out of the treatment area with her 12 week old pitbull puppy under her arm like a sack of flour. She didn't have a leash for him at all, and was there to have his ears clipped "cause that makes 'em look tough." She then flicked one of the just-operated-on(!) ears several times because she didn't like the way he was standing up. After a few minutes she was tired of holding the just-operated-upon(!) puppy and put him down on the floor. To run free. He ran up to me, she yelled at him and he did nothing. He ran over to the shelf of food. She yelled at him and he did nothing. She paid and then scooped up the dog, climbed into her monster pick-up with the big tractor wheels and drove off.
There was no concern for the puppy's safety or the puppy's pain. There was no effort to restrain him, and it was clear that he was not yet trained to obey her commands. It kind of seemed that he never would be.
People like this woman get Pits because they want a mean-looking dog that will act tough. They don't bother to show the animal any love or care or consideration and voila! A mean-looking, tough dog.
I feel sorry for a lot of the pit bulls out there. It's not the dogs' fault. It's the idiots who refuse to care for them.
**P.S. My dog does not have cancer, but still costs a butt-load of money for drugs.