I really just wanted to post cute pictures of doggehs
July 2, 2014 9:07 PM   Subscribe

librarina's dog.
posted by stet at 9:15 PM on July 2, 2014 [11 favorites]

Eek the fence wasn't on was it? I seriously need Doggie Is Okay Reassurance. I know it's right there looking at the camera sheepishly and is just fine. But I can't hug it, so.
posted by Lou Stuells at 9:22 PM on July 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

Oh yeah in the pic of my dumb dog the fence is definitely not on. She went in to eat some chicken poo and she got stuck. That was years ago (her face is going grey now) and I am still trying to teach her to bark or to say something, anything, if she is stuck and we are calling her and she can't come. (That pic is not the first nor the last time that she has been unable to come when we called her.)
posted by librarina at 9:24 PM on July 2, 2014 [3 favorites]

wubba wubba pibble! wubba wubba

So cute. I'm a cat person from way back (my parents had five Siamese when I was born, and I think I imprinted on the wrong species), but my husband grew up with pit bulls and I've come to love them through his eyes. If/when we have a place that will allow a dog, we're definitely planning to get in touch with BAD RAP to see about finding one who can accept that, in Cesar Millan's words (misquoted from memory), "Dog must understand, dog is submissive to human. Dog is submissive to cat. Cat? Cat is submissive to nobody."
posted by Lexica at 9:30 PM on July 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

Pit Bulls are related to Staffordshire Bull Terriers, which are seriously the most awesome dogs ever. Gentle with kids and protective of their families. Talk about patience, we had a friend's daughter pulling on my dog's tail when I was growing up and be just disengaged and went under the table to get away from her.

Any aggressive dog generally learns that behaviour from their owner.
posted by arcticseal at 9:31 PM on July 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

I like how it still functions, just more like a fishing net than a fence.

"...to eat the chicken poop, not harass the chickens" is so totally the ring of truth. Guess how I know.
posted by Lou Stuells at 9:32 PM on July 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

The DNA test says GIR is Malamute and Argentine Dogo, but we're pretty sure the DNA test will do whatever is necessary to not put "pit bull terrier" on the document.

He is, obviously, incredibly vicious. He made me sleep hanging half off the mattress last night, so he could sleep next to his dad. Right now he's licking our legs because we ate It's-Its and dripped ice cream. A brutal animal; lick the hair right off your legs for a molecule of vanilla ice cream.
posted by Lyn Never at 9:37 PM on July 2, 2014 [7 favorites]

the puppiest of puppies ahhhhhhhh
posted by Hermione Granger at 9:52 PM on July 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

On that "37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Pit Bulls", I've gotta say, photo #8 does not achieve its stated purpose.
posted by Bugbread at 9:58 PM on July 2, 2014

posted by elizardbits at 10:18 PM on July 2, 2014 [3 favorites]

Blackhawks and pit bulls. (Of course I have this calendar. : ) )
posted by SisterHavana at 11:28 PM on July 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

Gentle with kids and protective of their families.

Pit bulls used to be a popular breed for families with young kids, to the point where they were even called nursery dogs (h/t The Whelk), because they were such floopy mellow bundles of love.
posted by kagredon at 2:03 AM on July 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

posted by Coventry at 3:50 AM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

We have one. They are loyal and lethal. If a stranger would approach my son with an object in their hand she might go def con 10. She is very sweet and I trust her with my grand children but under certain circumstances she would do serious damage. As an owner or a person who doesn't know a particular dog, you must respect their potential to suddenly flip a switch and turn into a 70# defender of its master with no mercy.
posted by JohnR at 5:43 AM on July 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

We adopted a pit bull puppy about a year ago (pic). Found out, over the course of getting to know her the first few weeks, that she's totally deaf, which has made training an extra challenge. But she's amazing. It has been neat learning about the breed, because I was one of those people who was reflexively scared of these dogs, simply because of my ignorance.

It is so disheartening, though, to take her to the park or for a walk around the neighborhood, because 9 out of 10 people are visibly disturbed by her presence and move away. She's of course very muscular and powerful and could knock me over if she ran into me full-tilt, but she's also incredibly gentle.

Dogs FTW. Thanks for this post.
posted by jbickers at 6:25 AM on July 3, 2014 [6 favorites]

My brother-in-law had one of those super awesome Pits. I was never around many before that one, but he totally made me a believer.

(Gratiutous dog pics!) DigDoug's Dog (not a pit) (Favorite Pic)
posted by DigDoug at 6:29 AM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

The DNA testing says our girl is Pit, Border Collie, and German Shepard. We say she's just a whole lotta Rosie

If you're on her porch, she sounds like epic dog death is about to be unleashed. But the minute you walk through the threshold, there is love and bouncing and some more love.

Pits are great dogs, as are almost any variation on them. Provided they're socialized and raised with love, they can be amazing dogs.
posted by teleri025 at 6:56 AM on July 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

Have ever told you all the cutest little story about my own pibble, Reese (and no not the one where he expressed his opinions on feather pillows)? A little background first. He was rescue, left tied up in the backyard of house when the occupants abandoned it. A neighbor noticed, starting making sure he had food and water before eventually calling a rescue organization some friends of mine worked with.

Reese was so elated by the sight of NEW PEOPLE that he pulled so hard on the rope tying him to the tree he'd been stuck to for over a week that it snapped. He went charging towards my terrified friends who, remember, only knew that they were going to pick up some random abandoned backyard pitbull. Of course, all he did was crash into their knees, jump up and paw at them, lick any body part he could reach, and generally act like the just barely beyond a puppy dog that he was. He's a real people-doggy, in other words.

He's also incredibly co-dependent and touchy-feely. To this day he won't eat his food unless I'm in the room with him, and if I leave, he will follow me carrying his food bowl. He also needs to be in physical contact with me (or anyone else, the floozy) at all times, whenever possible. This last trait is where the cute story comes in.

When I adopted him, I inherited a tattered blanket and a dog bed along with him. (The blanket is the red-blue plaid lump you can see in the right side of the pillow pic.) Previously, because his foster parents essentially ran a zoo out of their home, he'd had to sleep in a crate, of which he was not a fan on account of the lack of touching people. I just had him, so no need for a crate. I would sleep in my bed, and he would sleep in his bed on the floor next to me.

Reese, though, had other ideas. On the first night I had him, I got him to settle down in his bed (turning in circles for a while followed by an unceremonious flop) and then climbed into my own. Immediately he jumped into my bed and flopped down next to me, tongue lolling, tail thumping, with a big ole pitty grin. Clearly this would not do.

I got him off my bed, and pointed to his own while making soothing, yet authoritative mouth noises indicating that he was to sleep there. He did his circle-circle-circle-flop and I declared success. As soon as I climbed into my own bed, however, he jumped right back in and snuggled up.

We went back and forth like this a few times before he finally got it: he needed to sleep in his own bed. I ejected him from my bed, got him to settle in his own, and then I settled down for some sleep. At which point Reese, in a stroke of canine brilliance, grabbed his own bed in his mouth and leaped up into my bed carrying it. He then turned a few circles and flopped down his bed, at the foot of my own. This is where I gave up and accepted that I would be forever snuggled.
posted by Panjandrum at 7:19 AM on July 3, 2014 [27 favorites]

I am lying in bed with Rocky, a Boxer/GSD/Husky mix, and Zoe, our pretty pibble princess. Zoe has me pinned down, they are both taking turns drowning me in kisses.

Zoe likes to sit on laps, and has startled many a visitor with her affections. "Hey! I like you. You need a hug and some kissinz right now!" She's pretty bossy about it.
posted by MissySedai at 7:25 AM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm a vet's son. The hysteria over pits makes me crazy. ANY dog bigger than a small cat has the potential to be dangerous. The breed of the dog mostly owned by jackholes who teach them to be aggressive just changes every so often, and nowadays it's pits. In the 70s it was more dobermans and German shepherds. For a while, it was rotties.

It's nearly all bullshit. I don't mean to say that there aren't breeds that vets consider more trouble than others, but those issues are usually in overbred pure lines (e.g., chows) than in dogs with enormous populations like pits (which are, as a rule, much less inbred). Some breeds are also more prone to protective behavior, and you need to be aware of this, too, but that's a set that includes lots of breeds other than pits (mastiffs, dobies, German sheps, etc.).

The RCA dog? Pit bull. Our gang? Pit bull.

Panjandrum, I love your story. I've seen lots of rescues with that kind of TOUCH ME ALL THE TIMES neediness. Usually, once they figure out that they really DO have a forever home, it subsides a great deal. But not completely, and why would you want it to? Pets with that kind of love and focus are the ones that give rise to phrases like "I wish I was the man my dog thinks I am."
posted by uberchet at 7:54 AM on July 3, 2014 [12 favorites]

True fact: I've seldom known a yard-protection dog that wouldn't accept and openly beg for petting, once it gets used to you. Not pit bulls, rottweilers, nor dobermans. Dobeys, being the most high-strung of those three, are the hardest to win over, but a little time and careful walkbys can turn the most viciously barking fang-filled monster into a wuvvy that needs a scritch, yes it does, yes it does.

Now, that doesn't mean they're going to let you in their yard. They still have a duty, and dogs are built for Duty. A cop can smile at you, and still arrest you for breaking the law ten minutes later.

The only exception I've met are chows, who can't get the notion of "good touch/bad touch" into their heads while on duty - but those same chows can be perfectly friendly IF the owner is present and you don't outnumber the owner. It's not that they're hyperaggressive; chows just aren't too good at "gray areas" in their heaven-appointed purpose to GUARD.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:06 AM on July 3, 2014

"Hey! I like you. You need a hug and some kissinz right now!"

I read that in Dug's voice from Up.
posted by DigDoug at 9:22 AM on July 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

posted by uberchet at 9:45 AM on July 3, 2014

My sweet Josie was found on the side of a road around 8 weeks of age. There was nothing nearby that she could have wandered away from; she must have been dumped out there. No houses, no parks, no people, nothing.

I don't know what she is, exactly; maybe some or mostly black-mouth cur (which is a type, not so much a breed; outcrosses with other dogs happen a lot) but I expect there's some Pit in her too. She's much slenderer than the Pits around here but she certainly has the attitude.

What an attitude that is! She's go go go from the moment she wakes up until she falls asleep. She will bark loud enough to shake the house when there's a knock on the door and then once I have invited someone in she greets them with forcible doofy puppy kissing. She needs to cuddle. She needs to be included.

Pits are such great dogs. If my Heinz-57 mutt has some Pit in her, it only makes her better.

And yes, That Ear is almost always up. Just that one ear. The other is always floppy. Everyone loves it. At the dog park when people ask which one is mine -- "Oh, the one with the ear."
posted by cmyk at 3:07 PM on July 3, 2014 [6 favorites]

All these pics are giving me squee overload. Such cute doggies! I'd love to play with every one of them.
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