Originally Posted by Loxias
Oh no...you didn't offend me in any way. Guess my previous post did sound kinda rough. I'll use more smilies from now on.
While I do feel that a Bully breed probably isn't for my family I wouldn't go so far as to say we're scared of them. Wary and apprehensive definitely but much more so because of Ryland being smaller. Christi's sister's dogs have been great with him so far. But he won't be around them if she isn't and the times he has been around them they haven't been in their territory.
Oh good! I was a bit worried! A lot of things have to do with how socialized they are. Mine are wonderful around little kids and babies because they grew up with them and when we first got Kali and from the time Orion was born, we messed with them as a small child would until the point where they would just look at you with pitty in their eyes
Kali gets very protective around babies...she understands little ones very well. My best friend came to visit a couple of years ago with her 10 month old son who has Down Syndrome...she knew he was extra fragile because when Shane was creeping up to the baby to tickle him, Kali jumped off the couch, over the coffee table and landed between the baby and Shane...she very gently put her mouth around his wrist and led him to the kitchen! Her whole attitude was, "You are male, you don't know what you're doing, you need to be over here!"
It was the funniest thing in the entire world! She was carefully protecting the baby from her "Daddy"
I agree with what you said about being apprehensive around your sister-in-law's dogs...I was totally freaked out about having a pit in the house with my own kids too...but Kali proved to me that all pits aren't what the media makes them out to be. I think the best thing is for each parent is to use their own judgement in a situation with a pitbull. I totally respect other parent's preferences to not have the dogs around their children. When people come over and they have a fear or are uncomfortable with my dogs, I either put the dogs in my room, or out in the yard to play. I feel it doesn't do anyone any good to be uncomfortable in my home. I also expect other's to do the same for me and my kids...Most of my friends with pits, I don't have a problem with my kids around their dogs, because they know what is okay and what isn't with those particular dogs. My friend Paula has two pits and the only thing I ever worry about is that when the kids are swimming, Merc and his clumsy butt might accidently knock the kids into the pool. Paula keeps him in the sun room just in case. But even then, I would trust Merc running around the pool with them before I would trust a chihuahua running loose in the neighborhood!
Sounds silly, but I'm always right there when they are swimming...(Actually it's more of their female pit knocking their male into the pool...Whenever she does that I always end up having to save his pathetic butt! He can't swim! At least my kids can swim!) But alas...they've never bumped into the kids.