Petrified Mommy =(

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My neighbors just showed us a pic of their new puppy they picked out....it's a PITBULL! We have 3 kids and only a chain link fence separating us. Their favorite tree to climb of course is right by the fence. If they fell in they would be gonners. How can I talk them out of it?? Keep in mind they have 5 kids of their own including a newborn! Also already have a puppy that the small 2 year old wacks all the time with sticks not to mention all their small boys! I'm so scared. I have been attacked multiple times in the past and am completely terrified of dogs anyways. I clearly smell like a doggy treat but this is the worst. Lots of praying about this one but anything I could do??

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Katie - posted on 04/21/2013

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Breathe. It's a puppy, not a grown dog previously used to pit fight. If they were getting a Pomeranian, would you be worried? I doubt it. But THAT breed has the highest number of bites recorded.
I suggest you have your children interact with the puppy while it's small so it will "adopt" them into it's "pack". Pit bulls can be FANTASTIC pets, and are amazingly loyal to everyone it considers a pack member. Teach your children dog safety, and relax. I think you're making this into way more of an issue than it really is.

Paige - posted on 04/21/2013

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First off, not trying to be rude, but not all pitbulls are mean.
Some are the nicest creatures ever, and the pitbull will be mean if the owner raises it to be mean, so that's wrong right there. Secondly, I can see your concern as a parent wanting to protect your children, but you also need to realize your neighbors are their own kind of people, and we all should respect our neighbors. We shouldn't expect them not to get a dog just because we ourselves don't favor dogs, ya know? But I wish you the best and if I were you and I were that concerned, I would just make sure I educated my kids as best as I could on safety precautions, as well as keep as close as an eye on them as you can. Goodluck :)

Jaimie - posted on 04/19/2013

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I work as a dog groomer in a boarding kennel and have for ten years. Pits are very sweet loyal and loving pets. And i cannot STAND it when people are like omg its a pit! Its gotta be aggressive! Calling all Pitbulls aggressive is like saying all black people are criminals. Its the HUMANS that teach them to fight and be aggressive. Your post aggravates me and just shows how ignorant people can be. It's a lack of training that make dogs aggressive. Today alone, I dealt with a biting shih tzu and a freakshow schnauzer mix. At the end of the day, I went in the run with the five month old pit to shower me with love and make my day better. I have been bitten by a shih tzu, chihuahua, golden retriever, lab, and a cat that latched on and did not let go, yet never by a pit.... In ten years.... Never by a pit. No dog should ever be trusted completely, alone with a child, but it being a out doesn't make it any more dangerous than if it were a golden retriever. Read up and don't believe all the bullshit the media says about them

Kristen - posted on 04/21/2013

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Please take a deep breath. I am an overprotective mom and worry about almost everything. That being said we OWN a pitbull and she is the sweetest dog ever. It is the media and ugly humans that have created this "image" of a very loyal, sweet, intelligent breed. Pitbulls were trained to fight BECAUSE of all of their wonderful qualities - and yes, one of those qualities is strength. I used to fear the breed myself, and then I educated myself. I am now a pittie advocate and proud of it. I have twin 5 year old girls and they have grown up with a pit named Zoey. They cuddle and play with her safely every day. Remember Petey from The Little Rascals? He was a pitbull surrounded by children - THAT is the truth of the breed.
I would suggest that you speak to the neighbors and tell them of your concerns without getting defensive. Just ask them to socialize the puppy with your kids on their side of the fence (and if they would, let the puppy come to your side to play). If the puppy is properly socialized, as any breed, there should not be any problem. A responsible pit owner should be HAPPY to do this. But be careful - you may fall so in love, you will become a proud pittie owner yourself. I hope this helps!!!!!!

Lisa - posted on 04/21/2013

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Some of the posts here are ridiculous. Given some of the stories you hear about pit bulls, I would also have been a little concerned at first. Rest assured though that if a pit bull is trained properly, it is not a dangerous dog, any more so than a German Shepherd or other dogs that are trained to be police dogs. I would go to the neighbors and tell then your concerns, but in a friendly manner. Ask if your kids can meet the dog-first maybe while it's in it's cage, if it sleeps in one, then while the owners have it on a leash, etc. Chances are that if your kids act properly around the pit bull, it will grow protective around them as well. Also, avoid expressing your fears too much around your kids; they in turn will begin to be afraid, and ANY dog can sense fear. It can then become aggressive.

If they have 5 kids, including a newborn, then chances are they have done a lot of research on dogs. You might also like to read a book called Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love. This is about a pit bull that had been used as bait in dog fights, and that was adopted by a family with 2 boys. Wouldn't you think a pit bull like this would have total reason to be mean and aggressive? Totally the opposite.

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Kara - posted on 04/21/2013

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I'm sorry Lacey deleted her account. I do not think everyone was being harsh. However, this wasn't a topic about her children as much as it was her fear over a specific breed of dog. She allows her children to climb a tree that is above a chain length fence and hangs over into the neighbor's yard, very dangerous, but she asked how she could prevent the neighbors from getting the puppy. She needed to be in a different forum. I'm sure that is why some people reacted the way they did - wrong forum for this discussion.

And before people jump on me - I have nothing against tree climbing or chain length fences. But let's be honest and look at all of the dangers - not just those posed by a PUPPY.

Jamacamom - posted on 04/21/2013

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That's a tough situation! Unfortunately you just can't change their minds on those dogs just like they wouldn't be able to change yours or mine on having one. I just don't get it. I would definitely let them know you do not want the dog around your children. I have made it clear to my neighbors and friends that we don't allow our kids around pits and we are still friends! We just work around it, they understand. I can say from experience, don't slack on it even once though! Don't be afraid about it though, just be smart about it! :)

Kiva - posted on 04/21/2013

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P.S THEY SMELL FEAR?? HA! WAS THAT SUPPOSED TO MAKE SOMEBODY FEEL BETTER? LMFAO

Chandra - posted on 04/21/2013

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i have been attacked before by a chuhuahua and a german shepherd i still have the scar on my leg and on my hand but i try not to let it hinder me in the slightest , cause when i look back on the situations i realized my friends that were caring for these animals were not the best pet owners in the world they neglected and would hit there dogs and looking back on it more now i had never seen them sociolize the dogs with people or other dogs but being young at the time i just assumed that all animals were submissive and obedient i never thought that the way they were treated could cause them to act in such a manner until i got my own dog , and what's funny is a chuhuahua and german shepherd are looked at highly and yet there the ones that turned on me without being provoked so i do understand your feelings but ive trained mysefl i guess you could say , i made it a point to surround my self with animals that i feared cause i dont like the feeling of being afraid or of feeling vulnerable , it's sad really cause i was even afraid of bunnies for a good portion of my life because i was attacked by a jack rabbit lol not fun big teeth on my ankle i have a scar that looks like a shrivled up hot dog lmao it's ok to be afraid and your fears are justified you can handle it however you like i chose a different route for myself but that's just cause im an odd ball lol i'm sorry if i made you feel angry or as though your fears were irrational cause that was not my intent at all good luck with the neighbors pup and hopefully they do a good job raising so you dont have to worry, but if you do see them mistreating it in anyway i suggest you report them as soon as possible to animal rescue so you cld stop an accident before it starts good luck lacey kaye ;)

Jes - posted on 04/21/2013

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I agree with everything you said but as far as her deleting her account, that is her choice as a grown adult. You can't go in and ask a question and expect everyone to agree with you or tell you what you want to hear, that's just life. Some people were rude to her but the same thing I tell my kids would be to ignore them. I too, have been attacked by a dog, but I personally think she was making a way bigger deal about it than it needed. But to each their own I guess.

Chandra - posted on 04/21/2013

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I"M not saying she has to like dogs im just saying it's a great learning opportunity for everyone in the situation , and i hope my post did not come of as aggressive or attacking cause that was not my intention at all , i just checked my e'mail today and saw the post and figured i would drop my experience with my pit bull aswell as what to look for when someone owns a pit bull to look for signs of abuse or neglect , and if there are signs to report the pet owners cause there is no reason a dog should be punished for the poor care by a human, i was simply trying to let her know if there doing something wrong what to keep her eyes open for, it's the same as with children if you see someone mistreating there child in an extreme manner would you not report them? and it truly is sad that no one could give even the slightest bit of encouragement or positive reinforcement this is supposed to be a site for support and collaboration not a site where u act lie it's face book and start cyber bullying were here to help one another with experiences that are new to us to help reinstill strength when fear has taken over , it's a shame so many people revert back to there childish ways and begin attacking an individual because of her fear's thats just horrible and causing her to delete her post and not feel comfortable to cnofide in us it's truly sad and every one who decided to attack her fear should be ashamed of themselves and think hard on how they would want to be treated after sharing a concern with the group, it reflects badly on what this site and the people in it are supposed to represent! sorry for ranting :(

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2013

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And actually, I only go in on you about the pit bill because you mention that you are scared of dogs, but you don't mention asking your neighbor to get rid of their current dog..maybe because its a stereotypically "friendly" breed? Hmmmm

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2013

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You can't talk them out of it. You would frankly sound like a nut trying to do so. If my neighbor asked me not to bring home a pet because of unfounded fears, I would actually laugh... Also, while I acknowledge that there are such things as a vicious dog, I've had pits my whole life growing up and my kids have been raised with pits without incident. People who discriminate against them cause more damage than the breed. They are sweet, loyal nanny dogs who are unfortunately often taught to be aggressive by terrible people. So, unless you think your neighbors are running some sort of dog fighting ring I would chill out and not pass your understandable fear of dogs onto your kids. My kids at one point or another have climbed pulled or poked at my dogs and they still have all their limbs..they should teach their kids better dog etiquette but all dogs are capable of biting and hurting so please hold your opinion until you meet the pup. He may end up being the nicest dog you ever meet.

Jes - posted on 04/21/2013

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Well for starters, it's their dog so it's their choice. Dogs are dogs but they aren't born to kill, they are made to kill by owners who are abusive or just plain stupid. I had my arm torn apart by a black lab when I was 7 and the dogs I was always most afraid of were dobermin. I don't think it's that big of a crisis, but if you're that afraid of the idea, I'd be talking to the neighbors instead.

Tricia - posted on 04/21/2013

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Pit Bull's are very good dogs. They are only mean when that's what they are taught. They are very good with children and very protective of them. They have been given a bad name because of stupid people who train them to fight and starve them. Unless the owners are planning on fighting dogs next door, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Try not to pass your own fears to your children.

Chandra - posted on 04/21/2013

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i completely agree with you if a pit bull has a bad temper it is a result of the owner not that it is born that way it's like saying teenagers are born as killers or bullies, when that's not true it is a result of the parents we need to view these animals in same light that we view ourselves if we ever want to be able to understand them, i have a pit bull he's a big beautiful insanely happy and nice dog it's ridiculous how loyal he is and he is so great with my baby nephew and my nieces , theres really nothing to be afraid of :)

Chandra - posted on 04/21/2013

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trust me you have nothing to worry about :) i have a pitbull 7yrs old now and he is great with children great with ppl period he has never barked growled or bit at a human being he's super nice to my nephew and nieces , if there pitbull turns out aggressive it's a result of there poor training in all honesty , to be honest pit bull are actually considered one of the best nanny dogs out there they are submissive loyal and extremely effectionate kind of like big kids themselves :) my only suggestion is that your neighbors make sure they have the puppy fixed and that the puppy get's regular excercise so there is no pent up energy , cause even though my dog is a good 41 years old in ppl years he still has a good amount of energy which is excellent for the kids and for a work out companion, so try not to worry yourself to much I know it sounds cliche but they really are more afraid of you then you are of them. you could take this opportunity to educate your children on how they should act around dogs cause there is a form of pet respect that dogs don't receive often, yu cld teach them that when approaching a dog to calm there energy only present the hand under the snout not over do not hit or yell at the dog and always be assertive in there commands, dogs are just like children you cannot let them here the doubt in your voice cause that will make them feel like you are not the protector ; in every command i give my pitbull rudolph i use a stern voice i stand tall and direct him so he knows he is safe and i would not let him be put in harms way , and that's why he trusts humans unconditionally even though the human race is a bit rash and unpredictable lol, so be confident observe how your neighbors care for the puppy , if they seem aggressive towards him you should speak up because that's how a dogs mind can be damaged by the appearance of humans if they arent taking him out for walks and playing with him that can lead to an energy problem as well , these are things all people should keep there eyes open for , it's a sign of a dissfunctional family , sorry for rambling on i just do not want you to be discouraged by the animal they are not born bad they are raised bad just like children they arent born as sociopaths or as bullies it's the result of the parenting that causes that long term damage so we all have to be careful and educated in caring for another life weather it be human or animal ;) GOOD LUCK AND STAY POSITIVE!!!!!

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2013

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No she didnt like hearing that pitbulls arent mean to just be mean..she didnt like reading good things about the dog...

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2013

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I agree, not everyone likes dogs. However, you cant try and change your neighbors mind because you are scared or fear an animal. You can talk to them and express concerns, but dont expect them to not get a pet. Unless your talk with them is an eye opener ..

Lisa - posted on 04/21/2013

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You are so right Kimberly. Some of these posts are ridiculous. Some of the people are making fun of the original post, and some are doing nothing but making her even more afraid. Lacey, get information and meet with the neighbor. Talk to vets. Don't let people you've never even met make this decision for you.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2013

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What makes you sick? Nobody here that I saw was rude or mean, maybe a little harsh . She cant stand the heat, she shouldnt be in the kitchen!! JMO

Terra - posted on 04/21/2013

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theirs no worry about a pit bull its the owner not the bread I have two and we have 3 kids they love them we have never had any problems with our pit bulls they are great with our kids

Lydia - posted on 04/21/2013

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Well maybe we need to talk amongst ourselves a bit more...about the word "Empathy". How to put yourself in someone else's shoes and understand why they feel the way they do...because until you do, you are completely unable to help the other person. And helping someone is not beating them over the head and telling them how stupid they are for feeling the way they do. We all form opinions and feelings based on what WE personally experience....and if we can't say it in a respectful, kind manner, then one thing needs to happen...Keep our opinions to ourselves!!!

So sad that she deleted her account! :(

Chasmodai - posted on 04/21/2013

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When I first joined this site, it was a good place to go and discuss parenting issues. Now it seems it's a good place to go and watch people insult each other.

One comment on the topic: Not everyone likes dogs, and they are entitled to not like them. They can choose how they want to live in a world that has dogs in it. They don't have to change their minds and suddenly become "dog people." The shrill tone of some of these posts aren't positive representations of dog lovers. I don't think the insults and "all in caps" posts have done anything to convince anyone of the point they are trying to get across. They are off-putting, however.

Chante Leatitia - posted on 04/21/2013

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I thought Circle Of Moms was " Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS." Guess I thought wrong.
P.S. YOU'RE ALL TALKING TO YOURSELVES, LACEY HAS DELETED HER ACCOUNT SO MAY YOU ALL PLEASE KINDLY DROP IT !!

Tasha - posted on 04/21/2013

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Well 1st your typcasting the animal! How well do you know your neighbors are they good people?? I have friends who have raised pitts for many years and they're just nicest dogs you could ask for. It's all in the way you raise your animals. You are a good natured person you animals will be to if you raise them. They don't just bite for no reason they have to learn that vicious behavior and be trained that way. Your wrong for acting that way and lasdt time I looked it was a free counrty you can't tell them what they can do and cannot do. You act like these dogs are from Satan well they're not bad people make these dogs look bad and it's not right. Your over reacting and also any dof will bite if they smell your fear. Teach your children not to fear but be aware. Obvisiously if they children the will be raised up along with them so I don't think you'll have issue your being predijuced against the animal.

Jill - posted on 04/21/2013

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As long as the owners are responsible pet owners & properly train & socialize the puppy (and continue to train & socialize the dog throughout its life) you & your children will be fine. I would also recommend you & your children making friends with the dog while it is a puppy and continue that relationship as the dog grows, then there will be absolutely no reason for concern.
PS. I have trained & titled dogs in obedience, agility & conformation & have worked with all breeds of dogs.
I also now foster rescued Boxers (also a "bully breed") until they find their forever homes and I have 2 young boys, ages 5 &6. Most of my Foster Albums on FaceBook are made public. Feel free to check them out & see how they interact with kids.

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2013

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First of all, what's wrong with a pitbull? I know more pits that are good tempered and great with children than ones that aren't. I think you're biggest problem is that you are afraid of dogs in general.

My suggestion would be that you keep your opinion to yourself about what type of dog they welcome into their home. I am sure that if they experience an issue with any of their pets and their children, they pet will go.

If you're concerned about the fence, put up a better one. If you're concerned about your kids falling out of the tree, don't let them climb it, or cut it down and plant another more centralized in your yard.

I understand your concern, but in all reality, you are over-reacting to something you ultimately have no control over. Their home, their family, their property, their choice as to what kind of pet they want to have.

As far as the reputation of pitbulls being violent is just plain ridiculous. Not even 10 years ago, the focus was on rottweilers, before that doberman pinchers, before that German Shephards. It's all in how the animal is treated and trained - it doesn't matter what breed of dog it is.

Jaime - posted on 04/21/2013

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The only point I was trying to get across is that ANY dog can be dangerous to a child...you shouldn't just label out a single dog. I wouldn't let my dogs in the same room with my children alone and they have been around since the kids were born.

If I leave the room the dogs come with me. Would they do anything? Most likely not....but a dog is a dog. Just don't say "OMG its a Pitbull! Run away" because they are not bad dogs...they have just been used for bad purposes.

The only thing I got from this mothers post was that this dog was automatically going to jump her chained link fence and kill her children...just because he was a pit...that is what upsets me.

Chante Leatitia - posted on 04/21/2013

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You're all talking to yourselves. She deleted her profile due to the rude and harsh comments.

Kiva - posted on 04/21/2013

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I actually think the meaner posters have wandered off. :) This is supposed to be a discussion, and I do not think it is respectful for a stranger to tell somebody to:
1. Calm Down
2. That they are ignorant
3. That not loving pitts makes them racist (?SERIOUSLY?)
4. That they are raising ignorant kids
5. That they are uneducated.
I feel that as somebody that doesn't LOVE Pitbulls I am in the minority here in this thread.
Even though most posts have been respectful, there are always a few bad apples in any post thread. Lets respect and help each other!! I am curious what the Original Poster thinks of all this. WHERE IS SHE????? (Why people are speaking to me directly is a mystery, other than that I seem to be the only one left who shares the same concern originally addressed)

Paula - posted on 04/21/2013

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A mother Lion protects her cubs....of course you have the right to be concerned your only doing what a mother instictivly does...PROTECT! We should always listen to a mother who has concerns about the health and saftey of her children and any half brained human being would be understanding and caring to adress your concerns and respect them. Your neighbour is also a mum and maybe if you went and had a chat with her she will see your concern and discuss options with you to eliviate your worry...lets put children first and resect the mothers who protect them.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2013

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Even though mine is sweet and a great pibble, I wouldnt leave him alone with a child under 12..thats just me.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2013

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I saw her concern about the neighbors dog, however, she should go in her yard and walk around and see what she should change..Higher fence/ lighting? Cutting down a tree that her kids wont climb up and fall into neighbors yard..However, she will have to enforce things to her children too..and by all means, talk with neighbor nicely about concerns she has seen with her kids poking the other dog/dogs...if someone calmly came to me about a pet concern, I would listen and respect them..

User - posted on 04/21/2013

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Why are you panicking so much just cos its a pit bull???? Poor dog hasn't even done anything it's just a baby. It's all in the way a dog is brought up. Calm down!!

Nicola - posted on 04/21/2013

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I hear you and as a mother of 3 little ones, I would be questioning this aswel.
My neighbour has the most beautiful dog (a pit bull) however she is has spent years raising her dog with training, discipline and puts in hours worth of effort every day to ensure shes content. She ( the pit bull) is walked every day, has strong rules to stick by and has every need met to ensure that a dog of this size has no reason to play up or even growl at another dog or person.

Yes I think you have every right to be concerned given that you have said that your neighbour has 5 children including a new born and only a chain fence between your property and your neighbours,where you have 3 little ones of your own.

I can't imagine I'd have time with my 3 children to raise a pit bull (or a big dog for that matter) correctly.
I may get a bit of slack for saying this, but I think your neighbour is being way too impulsive thinking she can handle 5 kids, including a new born, no proper fencing for the pit bull and likely very little time on her hands to take a dog breed such as this to training and raise it with strong discipline so that it knows right from wrong.

Wish you all the best x

Jaime - posted on 04/21/2013

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P.S.....My little chihuahua is more dangerous to others than my German Shepherd is...so don't label dogs because of their bad rap

Eronda - posted on 04/21/2013

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You can't help that you have a fear of dogs but don't assume if you are that afraid keep your kids out of the tree and away from the neighbors house

Linda - posted on 04/21/2013

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Unless your neighbors are idiots, a pitbull shouldn't be a problem...a dog is only as vicious as its owners train it to be. I have a doberman...I own a small mountain retreat and everybody is amazed at how friendly and sweet our dog is...she doesn't know she's a doberman she just thinks she's a big puppy... I've met several pitbulls who thought the same thing about themselves...I think you are projecting your fear. I would make sure my kids got to play with the puppy as much as possible....so he thinks of them as family.

Jaime - posted on 04/21/2013

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Okay for starters...PLEASE STOP LABELING THESE DOGS! Pit bulls are actually the most friendliest and family oriented dog on the planet. It is the bad owners who train them bad that are to blame for their behaviors. As long as your neighbors are good owners you should have no problems.

It doesn't matter what type of dog it is, if they raise the dog good then there will be no problem. I understand your concern for the children but it has nothing to do with the breed.

Rana - posted on 04/21/2013

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First of all don't take this the wrong way but it's a dog..... I have a pit bull in my livingroom at this very moment chewing on my 6 y/o. He is just as sweet to my kids as my labs are and is also a certified therapy dog who is helping my son deal with ptsd. They are really no different than any other dog. They are not the monsters they are made out to be. There is no reason to worry about your kids safety. I also had a cousin who had more bullies in her home than she did kids and never a problem and these dogs were "trained" fighting dogs. There is no reason at all for you to be worried. ♥

Amy - posted on 04/21/2013

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I come to this site often for information and find it very helpful, supportive, and encouraging. I have only posted maybe twice, but I had to post on this one because I couldn't get it out of my head...
I was so upset at the way this poor mom was being attacked. And yes, I used that very word on purpose.
This is a mom who is concerned for her children's safety. Point blank. Yes, there is a lot of information out there that may or may not be true about certain breeds of dogs; and yes, there probably is a lot that has to do with how the the owners treat them, but I say probably, because I am not a scientist, and haven't done the research to say one way or the other.
I have a friend that had her face mangled by a small, "innocent, never-attacked-anyone" dog and now she is just terrified of all dogs, and rightfully so. It seems that this mom has the same fear and who are you all to say that isn't justified? No one know what Lacey has been through so you too are judging and reacting before you know all of the facts.
If you disagree with someone's stereotype, then educate in a calm, tactful way. I only saw a few posts that were actually trying to help this woman, and the rest were just very hateful and angry.
We're all in the same boat here. We love our kids, and we're part of this group because we're concerned enough to look for answers to what is troubling us instead of letting it consume us.
Lacey, my advice to you is to talk to your neighbours about your concerns. If this fear is from all of the "things you've heard" about pit bulls, then maybe do some research of your own before dubbing them anymore dangerous than another breed. If it is just dogs in general that you are worried about, then that concern should be voiced to your children, and rules put in place so that you are more at ease. When mom is more at ease, so is everyone else! ;O)
I wish you all the best my dear.

Leslie - posted on 04/21/2013

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Don't be afraid of the dog because of it's breed. There is no such thing as a bad dog. Only bad owners. If your neighbors raise their new puppy with love and train it like every responsible dog owner is supposed to do, you have nothing to worry about.

Lori - posted on 04/21/2013

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I did rescue for many years. I had every breed under the sun come through my home. The dog I chose to keep for was a Pitbull. It was my son's running buddy until I lost her to cancer. Best dog I have ever owned hands down. The key is going to be how it is treated by their family. Encourage kindness from the little whacker and and there should be no issues. Best of luck.

Stacy - posted on 04/21/2013

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My cousin has 2 pit bulls and also has 3 kids who love to climb all over these dogs. They are the sweetest dogs. It's all in how they are raised and I am guessing your neighbor will raise this dog the same way, as a sweet loving part of their family.

Kiva - posted on 04/21/2013

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Overconfidence is a human trait - most people think they are good dog companions. Call me a pessimist, but this can't be true every time. So please, keep your dogs away from my kids. I do not trust you until I can see with my own eyes that you are indeed a good dog companion. If I get to know somebody like you one day, and maybe get to know your sweet, loving, loyal Pitt -maybe then my mind will be changed. I hope you are right! I hope I never hear about a pitt mauling or killing another person. Maybe you should join an organization that ensures that all Pitts are treated well. Volunteer, donate, educate.

Dawn - posted on 04/21/2013

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I am so frustrated about the stereotype that pit bulls get. that is like saying that only one specific race in humans is bad-there is bad in all of us, unfortunately. my husband unfortunately has a fear of dogs and has passed that along to my daughter. not too happy about that. I can honestly say that I haven't had any personal experience with dogs, never had one, but I, like a lot of others on here, firmly believe it is in the way they are raised.

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I'm sorry but a dog is a dog no matter what breed, it is the way the dog is raised that makes it turn out the way it is. It's not mean just because it's a pit bull. WOW!

Ana - posted on 04/21/2013

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First, you need to educate yourself on the breed. Do not take other people's word for it. Most people who tell you negative things about putbulls most likely has never owned one. What you really need to be asking is what kind of neighbors do you have? Remember, dogs are only as good as their handlers.

Maggie - posted on 04/21/2013

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Omg. Just because it is a pitbull doesn't mean it is going to attack. My dog has been attacked by German Shepard and boxers I have a border pit mix that is the friendliest dog and I have had pits in the past that were friendly. Get to know the dog before you pass judgment

Jill - posted on 04/21/2013

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I am a mom of three and have a baby on the way and have a beautiful sweet pit bull of my own that the kids are all very comfortable with (including the neighborhood kids). I have also rescued pit bulls for years and they are actually very good dogs and good with kids unless they have been abused.

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