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Pitbulls are not bad dogs

March 8, 2014

To the editor: We are taught from the very beginning to not judge a book by its cover and to give everyone a fair chance, no matter what we are told or think....

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DeNiro

Apr-08-14 5:34 AM

kari you make absolutely no sense. your the type of person who will argue just to hear yourself talk. you don't think you just react. I bet you don't own a Pit bull now do you. Your the type to have your big mouth open on this subject, and of course it is plain to see you know nothing about Pit bulls. And would not go out of your way to change your life style or career to take in a pit bull and rise one. You love them so much why don't you have one. And I don't want to hear every excuse you can come up with for not having one. If in fact you do have one then fine. But the way you run your mouth, I can see you don't have one, or have any education about Pit Bulls. Sometimes it looks like girls like you have a special sort of fantasty with the pit bull. a weird kind of fetish.

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KariRose

Mar-18-14 3:04 AM

Jreader: Thank you. I couldn't agree more! Sometimes it's hard to tell sarcasm, so I'm glad you confirmed what you meant for me. I have noticed that there are people that will disagree with anything and everything just because they can.

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KariRose

Mar-18-14 3:02 AM

And yes, I do have a job. I actually have more than one, however, my personal life is not the issue at hand. I think parents need to watch their children around ANY dog. I have seen many children ask to pet dogs and wait patiently for an OK. I have also seen many run right up to random dogs with the parent/s just lagging behind and not saying a word. I've said before that I ask before petting someone's dog. I think that's just common sense for adults and for adults to teach their children.

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KariRose

Mar-18-14 3:00 AM

RilesJ, you are extremely rude. Pit bulls are nothing like tigers! That is absolutely absurd! The reason these dogs have the name pit bull is because they were bred for pit fighting or...fighting in pits for bets. The boston terrier was also used as were many other dogs. Pit bulls are also called the "nanny dog" for a reason. That is because they are exceptionally good with children. I never said that pit bulls do not bite or cause bite fatalities. What I have been saying is that all breeds of dog are responsible for the same thing! Most of the time it boils down to irresponsible owners that don't train and socialize what should be considered a family member.

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RilesJ

Mar-17-14 4:26 PM

Kari Rose....Get a life. When Pitbulls do bite, many times to eventually kill. Why are they called pitBULLS!?!? Labs do and will bite as well, but usually not to eventually kill. My 12 year old knows that. Ha ha ha.As far as comparing Tiger open up your brain a little, see outside the box. The example was they are meant to be in the wild(tigers but people like to think they can "play" around with them). Pitbulls are not meant to be arounds kids for the simular reasons. (again not saying they are meant to be in the Wild.) They were never bread to be around kids and Tigers were never meant to be around the public. Do you have a job or you just like checking the Journal website 30 times a day? Everybody watch your kids around pitbulls! or wait don't they are just like any other breed of dog according to Miss Rose.

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JReader

Mar-17-14 9:50 AM

Kari:

My comments weren't meant to be sarcastic at all. Like you, I can't believe that 3 people disagreed with my comment about Stubby.

I've said this before, people will disagree with you just because you were the one who typed a comment. That is just the vindictive nature of some people. When you think of it they are nothing but cowards. It takes no effort to click disagree and it is quite another matter to have the courage type why you happen to disagree.

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maybeaskeptic

Mar-17-14 8:21 AM

@milford. Curious as to what owning a python or a ferret has to do with any of this? Not quite seeing a connection...

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 5:19 AM

I've said my piece.

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 4:36 AM

And the HSUS if you click on dogs and type in pit bull comes up with info on what happens with dog fighting, info on protecting pit bulls, but again no bite or fatal attack information!!!! So what you gave me for info was nothing at all

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 4:33 AM

dogsbite dot o.r.g is also a well known ANTI pit bull site. That is what's it is set up for, not to give unbiased information. Library of congress had fiction and nonfiction listings but no actual statistics. Anyone can write a book you know and it's filed with them.

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 4:30 AM

I found nothing on the National Safety Counsil page at all. In fact when I typed in pit bull nothing came up and it meant if I was looking for 'pit bill' which had 1 result and nothing to do with pit bulls. There is some info here and note that it's in progress with no charges and not all were pit bulls!! ***********dogsbite****/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2014.php

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 4:26 AM

CDC has information on fatal dog bites from 1995-1996 here ***********cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00047723.htm I don't see anything up to date like 2012 to the present

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 4:22 AM

I wonder why you can't put o.r.g. That's messed up. Do you have links?

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GrandmaD

Mar-17-14 1:38 AM

Apparently I cannot put . o r g

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GrandmaD

Mar-17-14 1:35 AM

Sources: The Federal Center of Disease Control and Prevention; The Archival Record DogsBite****; National Safety Council; US DogBite Fatalities; Library of Congress; and the Humane Society.

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KariRose

Mar-17-14 1:20 AM

Wow RilesJ, really? Pit bulls are the same as tigers and black labs never bite to kill? I would love to see some proof of this one!

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RilesJ

Mar-16-14 9:36 PM

Wow Kari Rose, Chill out. Enough already! Pitbulls do attack as could every breed of dog. That is a fact. Dogs will be dogs but why does the media blow up attacks by Pitbulls. Because they happen more than any other dog breed in America. Labs for example will bite but do not bite to kill. Pitbulls might not always bite to kill. The owner can do only so much in breeding caring for the Dog. I had a friend whos daughter almost get her face torn apartfrom her Uncles Pitbull which she was around a number of times. He is an example, Kinda "out there" but hope you understand. It is kind of like working with a Tiger that has been around humans all of its life. They could attack at any given moment and if they do, it usually isn't pretty. I will always be alert, as I am with just about any dog around my kids but I will keep an extra eye on a Pit around any of them. And Yes, I have had dogs my whole life. I hate cats!!!!!lol

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KariRose

Mar-16-14 7:33 PM

I agree with everything you said except for that pit bulls are number 1 in fatal dog attacks. I would love to see what sources you're getting this information from to be honest. I'm not finding it.

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GrandmaD

Mar-16-14 6:48 PM

I can see by your comments that you will never agree that there is an issue in regards to what I am trying to convey, so this will be my last post.

In closing, I will say that pit bulls can, indeed, be loving pets. I, also, agree that there are the same negative issues with all breeds of dogs.

Once again, however, pit bulls are the number one predators in fatal dog attacks, and that is the undeniable fact. God bless.

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KariRose

Mar-16-14 4:42 PM

So pit bulls are the only dogs that bite with fatal results? Any dog breed is one to be mindful of. I still ask before petting someone's dog be it big or small, young or old, pit bull or chihauhau. I think it's more about us being mindful of ourselves. I fear the human race and what we've done to each other far more than any dog breed...or any animal at all for that matter.

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GrandmaD

Mar-16-14 4:17 PM

KariRose - Actually, we could not be having this same conversation about any dog breed. You are talking about dog bites and how pit bulls are misunderstood. I am talking about fatalities caused by pit bulls. There is no misunderstanding in regards to the mauling and killing by pit bulls. You won't address that, and that is okay. I respect your love for them and your fight to make people understand, but the reality is, they are a breed to be mindful of. Once, again, I absolutely know they can be very loving, but I, also, know those same loving companions top the list of dogs which kill. That is just the sad fact.

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KariRose

Mar-16-14 3:45 PM

I understand that but if you look at nationwide dog bite statistics very few are from pit bulls. Non pit bull bites don't often make the news though and many times the media will just say it was 'a dog attack' and a lot of people immediately think it was a pit bull. We could be having this same conversation in regards to any breed.

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GrandmaD

Mar-16-14 2:12 PM

KariRose - Once, again, I do agree with your statements regarding puppy mills and backyard breeding practices. They are horrible and inhumane.

You brought up facts about a spike in dog bites from certain breeds as a result of people (idiots, as you said) purchasing these dogs from mills and backyard breeders. I agree with that, also.

What I am trying to get across is not even about the thousands of bites and serious injuries caused by pit bulls but the actual deaths.

Again, many of these deaths are carried out by loving family, friend, and neighbor's pet pit bulls. That is what is disturbing and frightening to me.

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KariRose

Mar-16-14 10:43 AM

GrandmaD: What I'm trying to say is that when there's a huge spike in the number of dogs of any breed a great many end up with irresponsible owners trying to 'be cool'. So when backyard breeders/puppy mills keep breeding pit bulls in this case and selling them, a lot of idiots do buy them, don't train them and of course you will see a spike in bites by the breed. It was the same with Dobermans, then Rottweilers.

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GrandmaD

Mar-16-14 10:30 AM

I forgot, you can't say that word, as it has two meanings. Lily became a h e r o i n e (hero).

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