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Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Jay-morris
Why make all the dogs wear muzzles? You said yourself the problem is the owners, make the owners wear the muzzles.
I had a wonderful pitbull for 15 years. He didn't like other dogs, but he LOVED people. He did hurt a couple of other dogs during his life, but only because other, less responsible owners, let their stupid yip-yip dogs run loose, and they would run up to my dog that was on his leash minding his own business, and they would hop around and bark and snarl, and he would just stare at them as we walked on by, and then eventually they would get too close, or nip at his heels, or jump right in his face and he would take a giant chomp out of them. Those little bastards were breaking the law, running free, harassing us, yet people would get all scared and angry because my dog was a "pit bull." He didn't need a muzzle, he needed personal space just like I do. If those little bastards would have gotten close enough I would have punted them myself.
The pitbull is a status symbol for some, but for others they just recognize what an awesome dog it is. Smart, loyal, tough, great with kids, great for home protection. A pitbull will NEVER bite a kid out of fear of pain like a smaller dog will. Pitbulls rarely bite at all. Kids get bitten much more often by Dalmations, Chows, Pomeranians, and other smaller breeds. When pitbulls do bite, it is much more damaging and it makes bigger headlines, but what about all the kids going around with scars and fear of dogs because their family bought something that wasn't good with kids? Pitbulls are great with kids, Dalmations are terrible with kids, but many families will opt for the Dalmation out of political correctness or naivety, and when the dalmation scars up the kid, and the kid grows up with a dislike for dogs, it will never make the newspaper.
Muzzle the stupid dog owners of all breeds, don't muzzle the dog minding its own business and following the law.