More nearly cross-posting. The fur-girls have already put their post up today honoring Corbin‘s birthday and pit bulls everywhere. It’s my pleasure to do my part. See… until I started blogging, I had no idea pit bulls had a bad reputation. I knew a couple, and their owners had made some weird comments I didn’t quite catch, but … they are gentle, affectionate, well-behaved dogs, so I was shocked when the negative hype came to my attention.
The first pittie I knew well is named Baby, and she’s just that. I wish I had photos. She’s just a big ol’ bucket of love. Sure, even as a pup she was muscular and strong, but she only used her brute strength to force her way into a lap for snuggles, pets and love!
The girls also shared stories about the three pit-related dogs on our road that we know to be gentle, nice dogs, so while you’re here, I’ll also mention that my dogs fail to live up to their breeds’ reputations too.
Ironically, good ol’ Wikipedia has a really accurate description of the basset hound, but a lot of people are under the impression that they’re lazy, unintelligent and/or stubborn. The stubborn part can be accurate, but these dogs were bred to hunt and are built for endurance. Sissy certainly convinced me they are NOT unintelligent, nor are they all food-motivated. Sissy will perform in a class just for the sake of an adoring audience, and when I do continue her education, we’ll seek out a not-treat-oriented program.
Likewise, Gretchen Greer is often QUITE removed from the general impression that Jack Russell Terriers are wild and border on being out of control active. I have warned off more than one person who sees her sweet, calm disposition and thinks perhaps they had JRTs all wrong. Hem. I don’t recommend either of these breeds for first-time dog owners because they are quite skilled at bending an inexperienced owner to their wills!
I could go on for days about my dogs. I happen to think they’re very close to perfect, but they don’t like up perfectly with the popular notions about their breeds. Do your dogs – or the dogs you’ve loved – march in lock step with their breeds reputations?