It’s Not the Breed! When Will People Stop Blaming the Breed?!
Today started off great…Suki didn’t wake me at the crack of dawn, she was super cuddly, we had a nice play session outside, then ate a yummy breakfast. It was about that time I received an email about a new dog social group, South Suburban Dog Meet-Up Group, in Oak Forest, IL on Meetup.com that would sour my morning. I’ve been starting to look at dog groups for Suki to have furry playtime and just be a goofy dog with other goofy dogs. I excitedly went to the group’s home page to learn more. That’s when I lost it. Right on the home page was the phrase “No Aggressive dogs or dog breeds (i.e. pitbulls) allowed“. Now I completely understand about not wanting aggressive dogs, as in individual dogs, at the events. However, I am shocked and appalled that a fellow dog parent and dog lover would decide a whole breed is aggressive and ban them. C’mon guy, breeds are not bad! It’s how an individual dog is raised!
And before the critics start attacking me… no, I’m not a pit bull mom being all protective of my fur baby. Suki is a Lab/Beagle mix, no pit bull in her (as far as I know). However, I have met many adorable, sweet, loving pit bulls who may have licked me to death at the most. I’ve run into far more small “cute breed” dogs that were snappy and apt to bite. My cousin’s small dog broke my watch band and left teeth indents in my hand during a bite attack. My neighbor’s wiener dog is so unfriendly, she told me to not move when he came up to me or he would bite. Yet I’ve had a slobbery hand and face from a pit bull’s happy tongue with not a single mark left on me. People like this group’s organizer are part of the problem with the prevalent breed specific discrimination and legislation occurring in areas. As a fellow dog parent, I’m just shocked. I emailed the group’s organizer expressing my disappointment in the group’s views. Needless to say, Suki & I will NOT be associating with that group.