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gmoney,

I didn't make it all about me . Your comment--

"Do the owners think they can show the world that their Pit is gentle and they are great dog owners while risking the wellbeing of their children and their neighbors children. They were bred for one purpose and that is to fight/kill. I pray that your dogs never prove you wrong!"

--was an open invitation for a pit owner to provide a synopsis of their experience as a pit owner. Get over yourself.

-- Posted by MrMister on Thu, Jul 31, 2014, at 5:59 PM

Thank you Brenda.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Jul 31, 2014, at 7:09 AM
Response by Brenda:
Your Welcome :)

As far as the pit bull discussion, even though I love dogs I have always been leery of pit bulls. I am not saying they are all bad, I have heard some of them are very gentle. While some of them may be very gentle, it also seems like when people want to select a fighting dog... They seem to migrate to the pit bulls for a reason. I mean no disrespect to pit bull owners, but I tend to think of them in the same category of a python. Some of them can make great pets, but many seem to have a switch inside (natural instincts) that could go off unexpectedly at some point down the line. And I know that all breeds have some bad apples, but when you compare apples to apples I think it is obvious that you are rolling the dice more when you bring a pit bull into the house.

-- Posted by My-2-cents on Wed, Jul 30, 2014, at 7:03 PM

We never knew who the owners of the pits were and we had never seen them down our street again.

Lucky no children were out playing that day.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Jul 30, 2014, at 2:50 PM

One time a pit bull puppy got into our yard and attacked our dog. Luckily the owner of the pit bull, who lived across the street, ran over and got his dog.

I've never seen a puppy that aggressive and he was always getting out of his yard. The neighbors were really nice people though.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Wed, Jul 30, 2014, at 2:07 PM

Last year two Pits came running down our street. The next door neighbor was in his yard with his little Jack Russell Terrier. One of the pits grabbed up the Terrier, shook him and dropped him before the owner could do anything. When he was dropped he was dead right there on the spot in front of his owner. I have seen a chow, lab, and other various big dogs, even a chihuahua come running down the street but never have I seen them snatch up a dog just like that and kill him. Only seen a pit do that. And the owner of the pit said his dog had never acted that way before.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Jul 30, 2014, at 11:48 AM

It's been a while since we read about the contract negotiations with the MHSD and the teachers. Anyone know the results? Do the teachers have contracts?

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Wed, Jul 30, 2014, at 6:45 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Because they were still at an impasse at the 30 June deadline set by the state, the districts final offer was imposed as the teachers contract.

And Sir my neighbors child was disfigured by a cocker spaniel. And a co workers husband got 12 stiches from a chow. None of which made news because the media only reports about attacks by pits bulls sadly. And I believe the story you are referring to was a young girl bitten in the face and asked to leave KFC...which was a complete lie by the Grandparent. Nobody asked the child to leave..although the little girl was definitely injured and by a pit as her family said, Perhaps the lying Grandmother. There is no doubt dog attacks happen daily...but the only ones you read about are pits, although today I read a story on MSN about a mastiff attacking a child. Or the story recently about a LAB attacking a boy riding his bike and his cat scared the dog away. Can you believe it was NOT a pit attacking children on a playground, but the #1 rated dog for 22 years..the Labrador retriever. I wont respond to your ignorance again. But I believe you know where I stand..I do not own a pit, but I have never met one I didn't like. In my opinion the ignorance of this breed is equivalent to racism fueled by the media. Move to Denver.

-- Posted by mhg4316 on Tue, Jul 29, 2014, at 4:15 PM

What sparked my interest was a news item about a woman who was asked to leave a McDonalds because her grandson was disfigured. And it turned out his face was bitten by a PIT BULL.

So when I was driving thru M.H. I saw about 8-10 Pits in yards, pickups etc..

I could not come up with a reason why anyone would take a chance on a proven unstable breed around children. So I ask the Question.

So in reviewing these answers I have come up with these conclusions:

If you equate raising dogs to raising children I hope you have no children.

To me owning a Pit is like putting a loaded pistol in a playground and hope no one grabs it.

MrMister you exemplify the typical Pit owner. Its all about you!!

-- Posted by gmoney on Tue, Jul 29, 2014, at 2:10 PM

For gmoney and Casper.

Some useful info on these amazing animals and why the ignorance you're spouting is the reason these dogs are targeted. Why do SO many people own pits?!?! Because they are amazing animals!!! That's why. First it was German Shephards. Then it was the Donerman and the Rottie. Now it's the pits turn. Not all cow dogs herd. Not all labs hunt. Bulldogs don't take down freekin bulls. Which is wsht all those dogs were bred for. Not all pits fight. I will be another voice for these animals here and everywhere I go.

By Robin Rock

It is a fact that Pit Bulls are one of the most maligned and misunderstood dog breeds in the world. Here are some of the myths I've encountered while working with Pit Bulls:

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MYTH: Pit Bulls have locking jaws.

Reality: Pit Bulls do not have any special physical mechanism or enzyme that allows them to "lock" their jaws. If you compare a Pit Bull skull to a skull of any other dog breed, you can see with the naked eye that both skulls share the same characteristics and general bone structure. However, one personality trait of the Pit Bull breed is determination. Whatever Pit Bulls do, they do it with a great deal of enthusiasm, and it is this trait that can make it seem like they have a locking jaw when they bite down on something and are determined not to release it.

MYTH: Pit Bulls are all inherently vicious.

Reality: This is a stereotype that is biased toward generalizing and condemning an entire breed based on the actions of a few bad people. The truth is that each dog should be evaluated by his own merits and not by his breed. A corollary truth is that there truly are no bad dogs, only bad people. In his essay Troublemakers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses what Pit Bull stereotypes can teach us about the wrongness of racial profiling of both humans and dogs.

MYTH: A Pit Bull that is aggressive toward other dogs will also be aggressive toward humans.

Reality: Dog-aggression and people-aggression are two distinctive traits and should not be confused. Unless a Pit Bull has been poorly bred or purposefully trained to attack humans, they generally love people. They are, in fact, one of the most loving, loyal, friendly and dedicated companions you can have.

MYTH: It is dangerous to adopt a Pit Bull that has an unknown history and parentage from a rescue or shelter, rather than buying a Pit Bull from a breeder.

Reality: Remember: each dog is an individual and should be judged by his current personality and behavior. Certainly he may be influenced by his genetics and history, but after working with thousands of Pit Bulls, I can assert unequivocally that many (if not most) Pit Bulls of unknown parentage that have been horribly abused, neglected, and/or forced to fight still love people more than anything, and still will be loving family pets. Responsible rescues and shelters evaluate dog behavior prior to adoption, and then adopt out only those Pit Bulls that display the proper temperament toward humans.

MYTH: It is better to adopt a Pit Bull puppy instead of an adult.

Reality: It's a fact that puppies are adorable! But the thing about puppies is, well, they grow up. And as they mature, their personality develops and that's when you really find out whether your Pit Bull is dominant or submissive with people, or whether she is aggressive toward some, none or all dogs. Dog-intolerance and dog-aggression are traits that do not develop in some dogs until they are fully mature. It is possible that the cute little puppy you adopt who is friendly with all other dogs may not like other dogs at all later in life, even dogs she has grown up with and lived with for her entire life. Both nurture (environment) and nature (genetics) play a role in determining a dog's mature personality. This doesn't mean that Pit Bull puppies should not be adopted, but if you want to know how big your dog will ultimately be and how she will act around humans and other animals, you may want to consider adopting an adult.

Ultimately, the decision to adopt any dog requires much thought on what is the right fit for your family, and your ability to commit to the dog for his or her lifetime.

Robin Rock is the founder and director of Measle's Animal Haven Pit Bull Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue and sanctuary consisting of foster homes in Central Ohio. Robin has been rescuing, rehabilitating and advocating for Pit Bulls for over 10 years, and she has worked with thousands of Pit Bulls. She lives with her husband Joe, their five children, adopted dogs and cats and various foster dogs.

-- Posted by mhg4316 on Tue, Jul 29, 2014, at 12:41 PM

caspertghost,

You may not want to get out of bed in the morning for the potential risk....smh

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Tue, Jul 29, 2014, at 9:55 AM

Casperghost,

Its people like you and comments such as yours regarding pit bulls that feed the misperception and why thousands of these beautiful, sweet, and loyal dogs are euthanized and feared in this country everyday. ANY dog can be aggressive and fight. ANY DOG!!!! This ignorance must stop.

-- Posted by mhg4316 on Tue, Jul 29, 2014, at 8:12 AM

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