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To want to tell others to do their research before judging!

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Mumzzy88 · 31/07/2017 10:51

I get stopped every day by other dog walkers.i get rude comments about my parenting because of my choice. I get shocked faces and utter disbelief when asked do I have a pet!
I have a pit bull!
He was not my choice of breed and I didn't even want a bloody dog!
But.... a family member was treating him very badly he was under weight riddled in fleas being hit and attacked by other dogs in the house being given just left over food from whatever takeaway they had that night I observed this for a few months until I was invited to a barbecue five years ago in 30degree heatwave I could hear this dog crying in a room upstairs. I went up to see the dog who was in a boiling room with NO water!
I lost it! And took the dog home that moment to mine !
Iv now had him 6 years he's now a confident gorgeous family pet and we all adore him and he's amazing with my children he sleeps with my 10 year old every night as he hates being alone (naughty I know) and even lives peacefully with two cats!
He's not got a aggressive bone in his stocky body Smile
But nearly every day people stop me and demand I put THAT dog on a lead ( in a huge field) or how could you own such a monster!. Or omg how could you allow such a dog around your children!
I'm so sick of this it makes me so upset Because he's so lovely he's and been given a second chance to be a happy pouch.
I feel like I have to explain his story constantly AIBU to think that people should just mind their own bloody business or do some research on the breed!

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Floggingmolly · 31/07/2017 12:13

Yes, show us a photo...

Mumzzy88 · 31/07/2017 12:14

I walk later now cus I got fed up of nasty comments and yes when there's no one in sight this field is massive land and farm land I will let him off to stretch his legs I know him very well extremely well and I know he comes when called but he doesn't go far from me he's pretty lazy tbh he's still muzzled during this time if I was to see a dog in the distance he is then leashed immediately but I don't worry I know he's no threat

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whatsleep · 31/07/2017 12:15

I feel that all dogs have the potential to flip. Weather it be something physical that causes it or a malfunction in the brain, this can happen in any dog. It has always been my understanding that dogs such as pit bulls terriers are far stronger than other breeds and lock their jaws onto whatever they bite. It is this that makes them more likely to kill or severely maim a person rather than them being a more aggressive breed than a Jack Russell for instance. Personally we do not leave our children alone in a room with our dog (border terrier), if I need to pop upstairs for a shower he goes in his crate our out in the garden.

emilybrontescorset · 31/07/2017 12:15

We were at a charity event at the weekend. On the next table to us we're a group of people with a little black fluffy dog, a terrier type which was tied up to a nearby post. The dog was facing away from us so I'd only seen it's back. A man past carrying some drinks and this cute looking dog went ballistic, it almost had the mans leg off, he ended up throwing his drink all over him I. Shock.
When I looked st the dog I saw it was muzzled.
Next a man and woman walked past she was pushing a pushchair and he was walking a gorgeous looking husky. Again the black dog kept up and went mental, it was almost on the pushchair, the woman ran away and the man crossed the road with the other dog, the other dog didn't react to the little black one but the little dog was straining on her lead desperate to get to the the dog.its chest was heaving it was so angry. I've never seen anything like it.
The man and woman hurried away probably in complete shock. I have a nasty little sod. No wonder it was muzzled.

SapphireStrange · 31/07/2017 12:15

It's a myth that pit bulls' jaws 'lock'.

Longdistance · 31/07/2017 12:17

I sense de ja vu 🤔

Rufus27 · 31/07/2017 12:18

Despite what I said above, I do agree that he should be leashed at all times when out in public. I hadnt fully read thread and had assumed you did do this.

LizB62A · 31/07/2017 12:18

Can I please point out that my dog is ALWAYS LEASHED

By your own admissions, he isn't:

...I now leash him when I see other dogs and people approaching ....
...When I see people in the distance I leash him ...
...Yes but in a quiet open field I let him off then back on lead after immediately...
...when the field is visibly clear il let him run around...

So, when you say Yes of course he's muzzled, I don't believe you.

If you don't keep your dog muzzled and on a leash, you are running the risk that your poor dog will react to something and end up being destroyed. You need to be a responsible dog owner.

Floggingmolly · 31/07/2017 12:19

Is it, Sapphire? They certainly can clamp their jaws shut for as long as they like. Voluntarily, though, I suppose.

CaptainMarvelDanvers · 31/07/2017 12:20

Mumzzy, you keep contradicting yourself. You said that it always on a leash and always muzzled but then mention times when he isn't always on the leash and isn't muzzled.

I'm not saying this to be mean but if your conditions for having him are to keep him on a lead and muzzle him, then you have to keep him on a lead and muzzle him. It's not fair, but it is the law and it's what's protecting him from being put to sleep.

SapphireStrange · 31/07/2017 12:20

Yes, it's a myth. Google it.

whatsleep · 31/07/2017 12:20

I'm just giving my opinion on what thought I knew! Is it a myth? Happy to be corrected. I still believe any dog can lose it and it would be far harder to defend yourself against a very strong dog.

ChrisPrattsFace · 31/07/2017 12:21

I'm sorry but you are annoyed and wanting to tell people they should do their research - maybe you should do yours - properly!
You are being irresponsible - if another dog attacked him... and he didn't reciprocate he will still be put to sleep

It doesn't matter in a month of sundays how well behaved he is, it matters what else happens to and around him when you let him off that lead. He is the one being monitored by the law and he is the one who will lose his life because you are not being a responsible dog owner.

Mumzzy88 · 31/07/2017 12:24

I'm not repeating myself again I will let him off late at night as I can see for miles around ! And he does not go far! I live in wales it's just land all around me so I'm not irresponsible in any way I know my dog again il repeat my dog at night is allowed by me to stretch his legs and yes he's always muzzled I took it off because he wedges sticks in his mouth I carry my spare which is a fabric muzzle il post a pic of my beast

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TeamCersei · 31/07/2017 12:26

But nearly every day people stop me and demand I put THAT dog on a lead

Now I'm really confused.
If people demand you put your dog on a a lead, then surely he has to be 'off lead' in the first place.

You've more or less admitted that your dog is not always on a lead when you are outside of the house.

Willow2017 · 31/07/2017 12:26

You can get a long leash so he can run around in the field but still be within the law. Worth it to keep him safe in any unforeseen circumstance because you would be in the wrong whatever happens if he is off leash.

Ilovecoleslaw · 31/07/2017 12:27

Op, you know you need to keep your dog leashed and muzzled at all times.
You keep contradicting yourself by saying he's always leashed and then saying you let him off and have let him have his muzzle off?
Honestly if I saw you walking your dog without a leash or muzzle, I'd report you.
Although you say how friendly he is, that doesn't stop other people and children being intimidated and in danger of a dangerous breed.

Ilovecoleslaw · 31/07/2017 12:29

Op: aibu?
Nearly everyone: yes yabu
Op: no I'm not


Mumzzy88 · 31/07/2017 12:32

My monster

To want to tell others to do their research before judging!
To want to tell others to do their research before judging!
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CaptainMarvelDanvers · 31/07/2017 12:33

He is a very beautiful dog.

PoppyBucket · 31/07/2017 12:34

But nearly every day people stop me and demand I put THAT dog on a lead ( in a huge field)

If they are close enough to stop you and demand that you put it on a lead, nearly every day, then you don't always keep it on a lead.
In fact, you rarely have it on a lead until somebody asks you to leash it. If you always kept it on a lead around people, nobody would ever have cause to ask you to put it on a lead . Nearly every day.

Ilovecoleslaw · 31/07/2017 12:34

Is that sensible to be putting pictures of your young child on an internet forum with anyone and everyone accessing it? Hmm

ExConstance · 31/07/2017 12:34

YANBU if your dog is kept legally. I thought that the ban on breeding and neutering requirements that were brought in several years ago would mean that there would not be any left in this country now, so presumably yours was illegally bred. They are popular as pets in the USA and don't have such a bad press there. As a Staffie owner I can say 100% that it is the owner not the dog that is the problem. I have had 5 dogs, a collie cross, a dachshund, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and two Staffies. The Staffies are the only ones that have never so much as grumbled at anyone in the family. The collie was a bit of a nipper, as they are prone to be, and the PBGV was very grumpy.

Mumzzy88 · 31/07/2017 12:34

Iv not said I'm being unreasonable I said I understand the fear of others if you read my posts the time s neighbour said that dog should be on a leash he was INFACT on a leash he felt the need to tell me despite him being leashed that THAT DOG should be on a leash
In other words never let off

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PoppyBucket · 31/07/2017 12:35

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