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A post on Boxer-Dog.Org provoked this thought last night. It was discussing people passing pitbulls off as boxer mixes or something else. I still haven’t responded to the post because I am still not sure how I feel. Some of the posters made some very valid points. Granted, yes I know sometimes rescuers and shelters are forced to do this to save a dog that may otherwise be put down. But what happens in 3 years when that dog is so obviously a pitbull and he put down anyway simply because where he lives?? They are doing it in KCK. Maybe the dog really isn’t even a pitbull. Maybe he is a boxer mix. Can you prove it? No he has no papers, somebody saved him. That doesn’t matter, who is was born to look like does.
So that brings me to the title “No Breeds”. I know its a little silly. Kind of like saying what if there were no races. No Black, No White, No Indian, No Chinese. I know it doesn’t work that way. Everyone was just….human? Well, what if how many 100,000 of years ago dogs came around there were no breeds. Just….Dogs? No way to classify who was aggressive by saying its the “pitbulls” or its the “rottweilers”. I guess they would still look different. Society would find a way. Its sad. Its not the dogs…..it us the humans who made you this way. For that I am sorry. Maybe someday they can find it in themselves to forgive us. Afterall……
“To err is human, to forgive, canine.” – Unknown

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  I actually posted this on a wonderful Pitbull Site I belong to. I am cross-posting here because I feel it is so important. I, myself am guilty of not doing engough. I am commiting myself to try and do more for the fight against BSL. Even if you are not a pitbull owner. PLEASE, think about it. Pitbull World provides many links and information on BSL. Stop by and join or just read. Here what I wrote:
With all the BSL going on Kansas City right now it has me thinking alot. And it scares me. I belong to a website for KC Dog owners discussing Indepdence’s descion to ban pit bulls reccently. Connie Hill, the lady whose husband was attacked, has said that she plans to take the breed ban state wide and fight for it. All pit bulls banned in Missouri completely.
Now as most of you know here, I don’t own a pitbull, so at the moment this does not effect me. People I know keep saying to me “Why do you care so much? Charlie is a boxer and Coco is lab, this is not YOUR problem.”

Well, it is. What I wish people that fight so hard for these breed bans would understand, you are NOT solving the problem, the real root, when banning breeds. Because now that pitbulls are illegal, they will just choose other dog. Those that shouldn’t be owning a dog. PERIOD. Animal abuse, fighting, breeding for aggression will continue, just with their new breed of choice. Mastiff?? Boxer?? German Shepards?? Step up, whose next? It will be a never-ending cycle. And where will it stop? Are we going to ban all large breeds? Thats what I am afraid of. And thats what scares me.

If you own a DOG this fight is important. How many people voting FOR breed bans own dogs? Do they really understand what they are doing? In essence they are voting AGAINST their dog. Maybe not today or tomorrow but IMO thats were its heading.

In fact as I wrote this I was reading some of the other posts…..Dog Fatally Mauls Dade resident

“For the second time in two weeks, a dog has fatally mauled a South Florida resident. Pablo Fleites, 56, was found dead Monday night inside a dog pen occupied by two boxers

And again how does this not effect me? Or any of us for that matter, whether you own a lab or pitbull. It will effect you, don’t wait until it does. Really its time, we as dog owners step up to the plate.

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 Very sad…take a minute to watch it.

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I occascionally check my Search Engine Terms and what brings people to my website.
Most days I do find myself laughing when things such as this come up…..”
coco naked”, “pictures of 3 legged snakes” “Stinky Town” and few other amusing ones.
Today I found myself disappointed. The #1 search for my blog was “Pitbull puppies for sale just in Kansas”
I found myself wondering if they know how many pitbulls NEED homes right now. Not only in the KC area but everywhere. Why would we want to bring more into the world?
For those searching for pitbulls for sale in Kansas……Here visit this website http://www.mprgroup.net/. Pitbull rescue. Make sure you visit this link too…..the dogs.
http://www.mprgroup.net/dogs.html
And think about it.

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Here is my pitbull. Oh yes. At least a dozen times I have gotten “What a beautiful pitbull!!!”

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How many people actually know what a pitbull looks like? Ever looked at this website and taken “the test”? Would you pass?
Now my problem with this Program…..
Is the burden of proof on the owners? I have no papers for Charlie. I have no way to prove he is a boxer, not a pitbull. KCK, would you take my dog?
40 (at least) dogs have been taken into custody according to a video on KCTV 5. How many of these dogs were loved, cherished family pets? How many of these dogs never had a chance in life because their owners were drug-addicted, dog fighters?
Lets step up to the plate and go to the route of the problem. The owners.
Next year when the pitbulls are gone and a mastiff or boxer or a german shepard attacks someone……what happens?

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As this is a light-hearted blog on which I love showing off my dogs, I rarely post rants. But in light of what is going on in Kansas City, KS and surrounding areas my hackles are raised. After reading a poll on a local radio station website reading “KILL ALL PITBULLS”, they raised even more. I am planning on writing letters, to anyone who will listen. Radio, TV, newspaper. If you would like to read more on what is going on I will post several links.
I will say it is a true tragedy what happened to the women in the story link in which I will post and my heart goes out to her family.
Although understand, my dogs are my family and I will fight for their rights. I do not own a pitbull, but know many. Every dogs rights are at stake when pitbull bans go into effect.
Here are some links to read:
Kansas City Channel 5  Scroll down as there is some videos there

A great Pitbull Website!! With a reccent discussion about this that I started

Heres a little bit of what I think should happen in instead of banning Pitbulls. I wrote this on another site but wanted to share here.

IMO, the problem is really just pure irresponsible people. As Siesta stated  “Irresponsible guardians and criminals will just go down the list and choose another breed.  Goes on and on.  Responsible for actions needs to be placed on the owner/guardian!  and strictly enforced”

As some here know I have a boxer, Charlie, that is a walking, breathing example of why breeding needs to cease to some extent. Huge aggression problems, seizures, small tumors (no cancer….yet) and he’s 3 years old. Only Three. Where is this going? You’ll see.

SO here is my plan. Extreme…some may say that, but I believe the problems call for extreme measures. But still call me on something if it seems to extreme. Tell me WHY you think it would not work or what would happen. I have actually had this plan in the works for a long time and have thought it out pretty carefully. I haven’t really shared it because I wasn’t sure if anyone would listen.

So here it is……

Currently, I pay $6 a year for each of my dogs. $12 total. I have checked a few websites for other cities in my area. Most are close in price. Why are we paying so little? As dog lover, would you pay more? If it meant being able to keep your pitbull and a few other things for animals rights, which I will go over too, would you pay higher fee? I would. What would you be willing to pay? $35 a dog? $40? Times that by all the dogs in the city. Thats a lot of money. In Kansas City I found a link for a place that spays and neuters for $20!! Maybe one of the things these higher fees can help with would be making this NO COST.

What about people who right now are paying more for unaltered animals?? In my city they pay $5 more. Nope…..that needs to end IMO. If you want to have an unaltered animal you are going to pay a lot more. You will have to get a breeding licsene. Have not decided on the price for that yet. And that will be expensive. And time consuming. Hence, if you want to breed you will honestly have to really care about the breed.

Now this would take a lot of man power and employees. I already have said to myself when thinking of this plan. Sign me up. I’ll work. 70 hours a week. What about volunteers? I believe this could really make a difference for a lot of animals. Would you volunteer a few hours a week?

I know this is not the be all end all solution. I know there needs to be more ideas here and maybe some of my ideas changed. But is this a start? Does some city need to try something similar to this?

Could this mean their would be no more dogs like Charlie born? Probably not. Less Charlie’s Born? Probably. Could this mean that irresponsible owners would never own a dog again? Probably not. Less of them? You bet.

Would this be a lot of work? Hell yes. Would most cities not even consider it because of that? Of course.

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