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Boss Hogg April 24, 2014 at 01:45 pm
EDUCATION from the truly EDUCATED. Not sourced from a TV show or the dog pound.
Kyle Christopher April 24, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Stay out of low income/high crime rate housing areas and you wont have to worry about it. ProblemRead More solved.
MARIA ESCOBAR April 24, 2014 at 03:33 pm
MS Krys yep, and Ted Bundy never murdered his live in girl friend, so I guess he was just broughtRead More up wrong and should have been adopted out to another country huh? F-ing clueless airhead. Spayed is an excellent choice, go for it.
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Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 08:41 am
#John - I did see the stats. I also know that such studies often are flawed, with dogs beingRead More misidentified, etc. - sometimes even by professionals. I will never advocate for a breed ban, because that is an ineffective policy that punishes an entire classification based on the actions/incidents associated with a relative few in terms of the entire population. I will always advocate for increased education of owners, what it means to be a responsible owner - including providing the dog with proper training, exercise, nutrition, veterinary care, socialization, licensing, microchipping, adherence to leash laws, etc. - and that should be for EVERY dog owner. And for the record, both of my dogs are "fixed" so they will never add to the pet overpopulation problem. Both went to obedience school, and the PB earned the AKC CGC on her first try. She was also the ONLY dog in the class who passed. While prepping her for that test, she went to a crowded mall where a plate of food was dropped on the floor in front of her. Most dogs would have jumped on the opportunity to scarf up what was on that plate; not her. She looked to me for direction, which was "leave it" - and that's exactly what she did. While training towards becoming a certified service dog, she flew a round-trip flight 5.5 hours each way, in coach. A TSA agent happened to be seated two rows behind us, and when he saw my PB at my feet, he made some comments to another passenger that weren't very nice about my dog, based solely on her breed. He didn't know it, but that passenger he was talking to knew me and she didn't tell him. However, by the end of the flight, he reversed his position and told her that he would never have believed it if he hadn't seen it for his own eyes - but he's flown many, many flights and had never seen a more well-behaved dog and watching her work - which included staying quiet the entire flight, escorting me down the length of the aisle to the lavatory and back, without batting an eye at any of the many other passengers on the plane - changed his previously negative view on PBs. Unlike some PB-proponents who deny a PB could attack, I admit they can - as can any other dog. It often comes down to responsible ownership and management of the dog, rather than the actual breed.
Proud Hamster April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
#Harriet. All those positive things can be accomplished with other types of dogs. I think that isRead More what perplexes non-Pit Bull owners. Why would you take such a risk with a dog that was created for bull and bear baiting and has such a sordid history -- when they do attack.
Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 02:24 pm
@PH - Why? Because every dog is an individual. I know a Golden Retriever who growls and doesn'tRead More like children - but that doesn't mean all Golden Retrievers are that way. Airedales are supposedly nice family dogs, but as I said, I had to take refuge in a bathroom when one went after me at a house I was babysitting. I remember, as an older child, walking the family dog (a Heinz 57 mutt) along with a friend walking a beagle. A German Shepherd charged out of an open backyard gate, snatched up my friend's beagle, and proceeded to try to kill it. Doesn't mean all GSD's are dog-aggressive killers; just that one. Stereotyping dogs - either way - isn't a way to accurately assess a given dog and determine if that dog should live or die. Did I purposely seek out the PB I have? Not really; I spotted her staggering on a city street close to heat exhaustion, just moments before a car (not mine) mowed her over. When I got to her, it became pretty clear that she had previously been mistreated by humans and was quite frightened. It took perhaps ten or fifteen minutes for her to decide to cautiously approach me (with me sitting, cross-legged, on a hot concrete sidewalk), another five minutes of me giving her water from the palm of my hand before she surrendered her heart and loyalty to me, got closer and with a sigh, laid down and put her head into my lap. Why did I take that risk with her? Simply because she was a dog I spotted, clearly in dire straits and I happened to be the only person there, in that moment, who was comfortable with dogs. When I got her to a vet and put her on the table, she stood there and let the vet do everything she needed to do for her to put her on the road to recovery, without any problems. The vet herself said "This is a good dog", pleased with the dog's temperament and behavior, even though the dog had been through a lot - and was barely a year old. Since then, she's learned all the obedience basics and a few cute tricks (shake hands, high five, double high five, find it, etc.), but also will pull a light wagon of garden debris for me, will pull a sled with a small child in it, literally will help remove unwanted brush and saplings in my yard (I point, she pulls them out). I had a knee injury that put me in a wheelchair for a short time, but she was able to provide assistance for me as I worked through physical therapy. While walking out just with her in a large, quiet quiet park, I slipped - and couldn't get back up on my own with my knee in the shape it was in. And no one was around to help. She positioned herself so that I could use her shoulders as leverage and literally hauled me up and out of a gully in the park. Could another dog have learned all of that? Sure. But just as I happened to be there for her, she now happens to be there for me. Someday, she will grow old and die. Will my next dog be a PB? Maybe, or maybe not. It will depend on who I find in a shelter and who seems to be the right match, as an individual, for me at that stage in my life. And for her to have a dog buddy, she picked her buddy out from a shelter - a little Jack Russell - Chihuahua mix. While my PB is pretty rock solid, the little guy is the temperamental feisty one.
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Kim April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm
What I think is really scary and a public health threat is the violence PEOPLE do to pit bulls. WeRead More kill millions of them every year. They are tortured in fighting rings, look at what Vick did. Humans are a very dangerous breed. THere should be laws or something to protect the public--and animals--- from people.
tribble April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm
#Kim, all the more reason for restrictions, such as spaying and neutering. Less animals to be hurtRead More in fighting pits or put in the pound, only to be put down.
Notbricktrash April 23, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Here's a story http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/355611
Duncan Munchkin April 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm
I need to ask…what do ice rinks and swimming pools have to do with education anyway? You areRead More fronting the organization called "Education Counts," but what has your little club ever done to evaluate the education in this town or the manner in which the money is spent? Year after year, you ramrod the budget through and force-feed us an annual tax increase. In return, my kids get endless blurry photocopies for "materials," and teachers with barely enough interest to push "play" for the video that teaches math. And yes, it's anecdotal, but all of the people that raved about Chatham when I moved here have put their kids in private school…that includes my realtor. Thanks to Alan and his signs, we have to pay higher taxes every year. The education, however, never seems to improve.
Alan Routh April 22, 2014 at 08:22 pm
Dear Duncan Munchkin: Thank you for your perspective on Chatham schools. Please be advisedRead More that Education Counts is not a "club," but rather a group of volunteers who participate in most Board of Education and PTO meetings about the budget, are active in the Garden State Coalition of Schools, have been to Trenton on several occasions to meet with elected officials about school issues, and who provide a wealth of school budget information on the Education Counts website free of charge. I previously served three years on the Board of Education, including a year as Finance Committee chair, and I spent significant time "evaluating the education" in Chatham and "the manner in which money is spent." I frequently comment on these topics at Board of Education meetings. I hope you are participating in these meetings as well. Education Counts expends significant effort to educate Chatham citizens, who vote of their own free will, with no "ramrodding" involved. Education Counts volunteers provide these services on our own personal time, for no monetary compensation, at no charge to taxpayers. Regarding Chatham teachers, school results speak for themselves. If one has difficulties with one's children's teachers, one should meet with them and/or their school principals. One is also always welcome to attend a Board of Education meeting to present one's views and concerns. While there is a small segment of the population which elects private schooling for their children, the vast majority of Chatham children attend public schools. My four children attend/attended Chatham schools, and they are getting a fabulous education for a bargain price. Alan Routh
Tony Britt April 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Thanks Alan for your intelligent reply to a rant from someone who hides behind a screen name.