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    I know how you all feel. My in laws HATE animals and pets. It is so bad they will lash out with their feet at my dogs when they approach to say hello. P***sses me off no end. They have not even seen our cat. My rule is my house, my pets, you know I run a dog minding business so if you don't like it don't visit - hence I see my in laws 4 times a year (hubby and kids bdays and xmas). This is truly a bonus!!!

    My clients do not like mixing their dogs with anything with bull in its name and they extend this hatred to german shepherds and staffies. There was a strong dislike for dobermans but we used to mind one regularly and he was such a mega sook he helped change their bad attitude. Hence, Jadielee, I am one of those people who have let you and your dogs down - sorry. As a business decision I do not (as a rule) take certain breeds of dogs.

    Interestingly I recently cared for a French Bulldog and people would cross the road when I walked him and Java. To be honest I was shocked by this discrimination and took it quite personally on behalf of bulldog! The Bulldog was an absolute sweetheart and did not have a mean bone in his body. Well, they missed out because he was very friendly and loved a chest rub off anyone and everyone.

    I don't know how you can change peoples attitudes - some people just hate animals regardless of their breed or because of their breed. (and I am not suggesting your family are animal haters, Jadielee, I am just generalising about those people we have all met who have to make a nasty comment about certain breeds).

    As you know certain breeds are continuously targeted by media reports and the vicious cycle goes round and round. Even movies portray certain breeds in a less than favourable light. It seems to me the snarling barking attacking dog in a movie is always a GSD or doberman. No wonder people become brainwashed. Us humans forget ALL dogs have the potential to bite and invariable it is the owners fault not the poor dogs!


    My advice is don't defend your dogs, don't defend their breed and don't buy into the argument. The insult here is not only towards your dogs but yourself too. Your family and anyone else for that matter should be treating you as an intelligent person who is capable of making great decisions. You are not ill informed as they would appear to be. (I hope that doesn't should too insulting towards your family).

    I no longer mix with animal haters or people who constantly make remarks about my dogs, my business, animal welfare etc and this is regardless of who they are. Maybe it is time to get these type of people out of your life if they continue to be ill informed and ignorant. Next time tell them "the dog doesn't bite but the bloody owner does".

    Remember the good and try and forget the bad. Hey, based on your photo of the kids I would let them sleep on my bed - no fears whatsoever!
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    Whilst you were upset that your people were afraid of your dogs. Your dogs would not of given a jot for em. You were there, and that's all that counted im sure for the dogs.

    they are dogs, not children. So far less welcome than the untrained 2 legged hangers on.

    But wouldnt it be great to be able to say to some relatives: "would you mind not bringing your son, he's not fully trained, and just annoys the crap out of me right now".

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    People were scared of a French bulldog?! I can hardly think of a cuter dog!

    My old dog evoked mixed reactions. Some people thought she had the sweetest face ever, others just saw her size and the wiry mohawk on her back. I once had someone shout 'Watch out, there's a dangerous dog following you!' when she was walking behind me on a walk. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Yeah I would never take them there either. After that reaction just from photos/mentioning their breed i would hate to see what people would be like if I walked them down the street :/
    The funny thing is most people wouldn't know what breed they are unless you told them

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    I used to get stares and abuse about my dingo cross - looked like a dingo with big ears. This was 20 years ago. But one day when going to a dog friendly camping spot the owner saw my dog (who I thought I had hidden in the back of the ute but she managed to stick her head out) and exclaimed 'a dingo how wonderful, bring her out for the kids to see and pat'. My old GSD also got abuse - I guess the predijuce has just swapped to bull breeds. Ignore ingnore ignore

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    Jadie, it is sad, but don't let them bother you. I have seen Bella, obviously, and I think she is beautiful, and I can't wait to meet Harley one day. As far as everyone in my family is concerned, I own a Pitbull! Oskar is an american staffy x, but they still think he is a dangerous dog, which couldn't be any further from the truth, well, unless you are a chook that is lol!

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    When I announced my pregnancy to family and friends I was shocked to hear how many people say "so what are u going to do with ur dogs now (2 rotties) u have a baby on the way" my only response could be love and care for them like I have for the past 2 1/2 years I didnt no u couldn't own dogs and kids. Honestly I'd be more afraid of what little Tessa would do if she had 5 mins alone with baby than Harley or lily.

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    Funny games. We have a labX and I have had to stop people from patting him several times ('look a lab - how cute'). Some don't even bother asking me first and just charge at him as if all Labs are friendly! A number of times I had to virtually put myself between these people and my dog, who is not friendly at all when approached by strangers without being introduced properly. They even try to pat him when he is already growling!! Perhaps I tell them in future that he is a rottieX

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    The funny thing is most people wouldn't know what breed they are unless you told them
    Nope, they just make stuff up. Anything with rose ears or half prick ears is a pitbull... whippets are pitbull x... ok maybe not whippets, but it's amazing what crazy stuff some people come up with based on media crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    We have a labX and I have had to stop people from patting him several times ('look a lab - how cute').
    People do the opposite with my lab X!!! They cross the road or take a huge big detour off the footpath! We adopted her and have only had her a few weeks and it really annoys me because I'd like for her to get used to walking past different people on our walks.

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