Sadie was at the vet last week for knee surgery. The vet fell in love with her and put a pic of her on his facebook. The picture? His hands in her mouth making her smile. She let a stranger manhandle her and her tail was wagging the whole time.
I really do believe it's the owners that make a dog good or bad... Training and socialization. Those are the most important things! Without those, any dog can be mean. Sadie has been trained to not react negatively when her face is touched. It was really pretty easy to do, and now I can let kids play with her without worrying about them grabbing her face.
Regulating breeds is a good idea.. if it's done right. In some states, people need permits to own turtles, racoons, iguanas, snails... this should be applied to breeds of dogs. I would be happy if a person had to have a permit to own a pitbull, a rotty, a doberman, a few other powerful breeds.. and this is not limited to breeds that have been deamed "dangerous" by the media.. this is any dog that is powerful enough to do serious damage. Which means.. most dogs. Sadly this is never going to happen, so rather then the people who own these dogs taking the blame, the poor dog is the scape goat. Banning any breed outright, though, seems ridiculous.
Either way, I'm proud of my Sadie Bell, she's a good girl, no matter how many people think she was "born bad".
Best friends Sadie and Tyrael