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.

Wow! Look how aggressive that Pittie is! NOT!

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Posted on May 30, 2013, in Motley Mix and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. 😦 This upsets me, as my rottie Del (you can see how ‘aggressive’ he is over on our blog :p) is subject to judgement like this even before people have met him. Not as bad as pitbull/staffie judgement, but it’s still heartbreaking all the same.

    Breed shouldn’t come into it. All dog breeds should be welcome to these kinds of events. If an individual dog causes disruption, then it should be acceptable for the event organiser to ask the dog to leave, but come on! Dog owners of any breed should know that it’s all about the owner.

    Good on you for sending an email and not going to the group 🙂

    (just found your blog, and it’s now on my reading list)

    • Breed specific discrimination is so wrong! What really irritates is when bigger dogs get labeled as bad for their size, but little dogs get away with EVERYTHING. If it wouldn’t be good for a 100lb dog to do it, not cute for a 10lb dog either.

  2. Bonita is still waiting for a forever home. Pit Bull bans have me it a bit less popular and no applications have been received for any of the dogs. If adoption applications are received they are for the smallest, youngest puppy available on the website. 😦

    http://adoptbonita2.wordpress.com

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