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Old 02-20-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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"Pit" Owners- I have a question.

I do indeed seem to be posting a lot- but I am getting ready to reno my first airstream, and will be full-timing and traveling a lot. One of my darling girls is indeed a pit mix. Now, I have an advantage over some owners, and can present people with her CGC, her therapy dog certificate, and soon a certificate as a SAR dog. Sometimes, I even give them this: (Pet Pitbull - Find the Pit Bull) when I am feeling especially bold.
However, after doing a lot of research (yes, I over re-search, you should have seen me picking fabrics and learning the entire airstream plumbing system in case I need to make my own repairs) An I find that I am getting more and more nervous that some breed bans are enforced by the someone's "visual inspection" and deeming that the dog falls under the regulation regarless of any action on the dog's part. Am I being unreasonalbly nervous about traveling through cities and regions with Pit bans? Are there fellow Pit/ Mutt owners out there with personal experience or advice?
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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I don't think that you need to be worried. I first of all cannot stand the insane laws that do such things, and wouldn't live in a town that is run by such idiots, so if you're just traveling through, I wouldn't worry. If you have to stay in a campground in a town that is that way I guess I'd just never leave my dog out where some fool could get to her without having to go through me. Rae

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Old 02-20-2011, 05:32 PM   #3
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I think you're worrying too much. A well behaved dog probably isn't going to attract any attention anyway. When making reservations I've never had anyone ask what kind of dogs we had, and when checking in all they usually say is to keep them on leash. Our dogs aren't pits, but at least out here at state and county campgrounds, no one has asked anyway.

Congrats on having your CGC and Therapy dog certifications. Our pooch just got both of those, and I'm very proud of him.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:04 PM   #4
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There seem to be some private parks in California that are breed restrictive and pits are on that list but I don't think that the state and national parks have the same restrictions.......I think it may have to do with insurance restrictions and California has had some high profile pit bull cases so thay may be why they are restrictive. paula
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There are a good number of private campgrounds out there with breed and/or size restrictions. We have seen these notifications when looking up campgrounds, also been asked when we call about a site---what kind of dog we have and how much she weighs.

I suspect they will care not how good your particular dog is, and you will just have to avoid these places. That said, there are plenty of places that are very dog friendly and lots of other dog lovers out there.


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hi carmilla

while just 'traveling through' cites/towns with NO PIT ordnances is probably not an issue...

((typically enforcement is based on some1 calling in a complaint/report))

there certainly are OTHER real issues to consider...

1. like camping in rv parks...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...rks-45644.html

i have actually SEEN campground owners/attendants give campers the boot 4 specific dogs...

they also may have 'size/weight' exclusions used to boot other types of pooches.

some rv park owners report that THEIR liability insurance makes this canine profiling necessary.

which leads to the other issue 4 u 2 consider...

2. remaining personally insured 4 liability issues.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...icy-47303.html

some rv insurance plans now include 'pet care'.

but that will require u to let them KNOW you have a pet.

and the wording in a LOT of insurance policies is pretty specific on this breed issue.

some plans will simply not accept specific pooches and others will let you PAY MORE or 'exempt coverage'

while cGc certificates or 'therapy certif' or "service dog" may be attached to a specific dog,

it's still tricky to get "official" blessings for some breeds.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:15 PM   #7
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Cute! Except the jaydog. We're allergic to them I always tell people, don't worry about the Pit, just don't turn your back on the 4 pound yorkie!
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:19 PM   #8
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I have been a Pit owner for 10 years and Im very passionate about this breed of dog. My wife and I are also in the middle of a refurb and intend to travel with our 1 year old Pit (Zeus) and 4 year old Boston Terrier(Lola). One thing Ive learned is that when Im out and about with our Pit and people come to ask me what kind of dog I have and how beautiful he is, I dont answer that he's a Pit. I simply say he's a Staffordsire Terrier. Our Vet told us about doing this while in public because now the term "PitBull" scares the daylights out of people and they automatically go on defence. Our two dogs are a very big part of our lives and people have given the PitBull such a bad rep that people dont even give them a chance. Its such a sad situation. Anyone that has ever owned and loved one knows they are very loving dogs and require lots of attention and obedience.
I hope that we will not encounter to much trouble on our travels but if we do I guess the only thing to do would be to learn to be full time Boondockers.
I hope you have safe travels with your Pit mix and that people will give the dog a chance.

Does this look like a vicious dog? He nothing but 80 lbs of Love!
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Look at that adorable face! Chiyome (The tan and white in my avatar) is Staffordshore and boxer we think. She was a death row inmate at the shelter. Usually, I just say boxer mix. Love your boston too!
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Don't refer to your dogs as 'pit-mixes'. Assuming that that is your crew in your Avatar, I look at them from right to left and see, a lab-mix, a couple of whippet mixes, and a Pointer mix. It's all subjective and since I don't see any pit in any of those four dogs, I would choose not to use 'pit-mix' for any of them. Let their manners and good training speak for them. Don't handicap them with a subjective label. If anyone suggests that they are pit-mixes, put the onus on them to prove such.
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Wow! That's a great looking Staffordshire!
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Is that a full sized bull terrier or a mini? I recently saw the minis at a dog show, and of course fell in love!
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Is that a full sized bull terrier or a mini? I recently saw the minis at a dog show, and of course fell in love!

Where you asking if Zeus is a full size or mini? Didn't know who you were directing that question at.
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