I read a lot of this thread. Skipped a couple pages here and there (I think I missed the pic of pitluv's dog :< )
Okay. So I just wanted to step in with a few thoughts, Pitbulls are dogs, yes. They are working terriers.
Terriers are not the greatest family dog because they can be high strung, hyper, and can blow hours off in a field. Trust me, I shared the greatest 14 years of my life with my 25lb terrier (he was 27lbs at his heaviest but typically stayed around 21-24). We were kids and loved out little byb puppy (our dad 'traded' us for our then half-wild child aggressive dog). He was so wound with energy once out for a walk when he was young, kids bullied us in that neighborhood and took to threatening our Coco with hockey sticks. He bit one of the kids in self defense. Fortunately the parents didn't request the death sentence for him but my mom MADE us keep our dog inside the house, minus the backyard, for 7 years. 7 years
. In this time, he sometimes escaped and ran the neighborhood in pure energy, he bit some kids. They had nasty bruises and scars, but fortunately (it was a very low income neighborhood) nobody requested euthanasia.
When we moved and took him for walks he finally got the hours REQUIRED daily exercise, including walks and runs and extensive playtime which included terrier chase and 'kill' games he became a much better dog. Easier to train and walk.
Dogs are not human. They absolutely require without excpetion a lot of exercise. I love my terrier, I will always defend terriers. When people want them I make sure to forwarn them, there is a woman at my work who has a jack russell- doesn't get walked. She complains he's destructive.
I cannot stress enough, terriers are a special type of dog. They were bred to run and chase and kill and tear their prey (rats and small vermin).
That's their instinct. Wanna know what else? pitbulls were bred to be dog aggressive- guess what? With proper training, they can be well behaved. My terrier was the best mouser I knew, we kept pet mice/hamsters and rats, Coco would (on command) sniff them out when they escaped in the house and NOT kill them!
Instinct is still there, but trained not to kill our small pets.
What I'm getting at here is that pitbulls can be rescued and live with other dogs, children, small animals. As pitluvs mentioned pages back- as she has multiple pet household.
When I move from this apartment I intend on rescuing a pit-pit cross. I'm in love with staffies actually. Recently in the news a "pitbull" attack was recorded, the media blew it up.. A neighbor of the "attack" dog mentioned the dog was, in fact, a boxer cross. It had the look of a pitbull and pitbull stories sell. That's all there is to it. A couple years ago it was German Shepherds and Rotties. There's always going to be a "bad" breed.
I will never support BSL. I think it's ill informed and sensationalist, rather, owners should apply to own a dog under liscence. There is mandatory liscensing here but it is not enforced. :/
(one quick comment on the short attack on the one who had her rottie pts over it growling at her child): NOBODY can ever judge how someone else regards the hardest choice to make. I mean, there are stupid people who would do it, but I got the feeling off the poster that the 8 yr odl rottie was a family member, it probbaly growled because of health problems. My little dog was 14 when we mulled it over and decided to have him pts. I couldn't eat, concentrate or anything for the week deciding. I had to look at my dog in a different, more compassionate, light for the first time and try to empathise with him. I couldn't enjoy walks the same way, looked at him differently. All to evaluate if it was the right decision. If the vet tech had, in the office, offered to give him a new life on a ranch or something I would have had the same reaction. Not in a selfish way, but physically it seemed there was nothing wrong with my dog. He was 14 years old and looked like maybe he was 7. He never aged in his face at all. So, think about that before you judge someone on their desicion.
Oh my, I've written a novella here!
Bottom line, I do not agree with BSL, I defend and love all terriers! I cannot wait to rescue mine. Not because I want to show the world how great they are, but because they have proven to be the best friends one can have, and I want to give back to the dog. I don;t think I want human children because dogs give me everything I need. I even thought I was a cat person for a while....
My cat Oliver has made me realise I'm in fact a 100% dog person!! (ps, I love my cat!)