NOTICE-THIS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK BLOG (Somewhat).
We have new neighbors here in the plain Plains place where I live. The family consists of one young demur looking lady, and her three dogs.
I don't want to get sued from here to the dog pound by posting a photo of the lady, so I went on line and found a resembling person.
Truly, this looks almost exactly like her. Now the reason you need to see this lovely lady is, I need to prove the point that looks can be deceiving. For example, as I said, she has three dogs, which I always find a bit odd, a single young person with THREE DOGS, but...hey, not my business.
Before I saw the dogs, I envisioned cute little lady dogs. But that was my assumption mode. I ASSUMED they were lady like doggies. The first one I saw, she letting crap in her front yard...a big old black thing, which began going bejeepers the minute I stepped out my door. Not exactly a good start to our neighborlynessness.
Next, I saw her medium brown doggy taking a bodacious dump in her driveway, on the concrete, which has still not been cleaned up two weeks later (in her defense, it has been snowy and cold, but still...). A few days ago, I looked out our front window and she was being pulled rapidly, down the street (she was in the street) by a blond and white dog. Then it hit me. Holy Mother of Whatshis/her, that's...that's...a...NO...NO...PIT BULL.
For those of you who don't know what a pit bull looks like...
Different color than our neighborhood pit, but a cute little thing, isn't it?
Being the father of two daughters, one of which is only six years old, coming to the realization of this third dog's lineage, well it couldn't be much worse if it was this:
This is of course, a hyena. They are used in an African country, the name of which I forget, for bill collecting purposes. I did a post of this about a year ago. But I digress.
My concern is mainly for the six year old. In the warm months she likes to ride her bike down our driveway and onto the sidewalk. She likes to do her sidewalk chalk things, and she hangs out with dad back by the garage at the end of our driveway. We play ball, cook out...just sit and talk.
Our house is the flip of our neighbors, and our driveways butt up to one another. When we are at the back end, near our kitchen door, and the neighbor's kitchen door, we are very, very close.
Last Sunday I was out getting something out of our car when I noticed the neighbor was out with the pit (doing it's business...in her front yard...of course). I said hi, commented on the weather, said, I'll bet you will be glad to get your new fence done so you don't have to do this any more (Mr. Devious friendly). Yes. BTW, is that a pit bull? Oh, we (we?) don't know for sure. We (we again) think it's a mix (pit bull lovers always claim they are "mixes" and in fact say there is no such thing as a pit bull ((so why is it that when I google pit bull, it pulls up photos of YOUR FUCKING DOG?)) ). They also use this logic to contend that pit bulls get a bad press...that there are as many Lab Retriever bites in the U.S. every year as pit bulls (see, they acknowledge the nomenclature of pit bull for statistical purposes, but deny there is such a thing as pit bulls). This of course is balderdash, poppycock, and bullshit.
Back to the conversation. She then tells me that she just got this dog...she "rescued" it from a bad situation (FUCKING GREAT...a rescued mistreated pit bull...shit...FUCK...did not need to hear this). Me, is it obedience trained? Yes (yes, so why does it have a triple wrap heavy ass chain around it's neck, and why is it pulling your ass down the street when you walk it?). Then I express my concern about my children playing in the driveway, and how close we all are here. She says, she will never leave the dogs outside when she's gone, and not to worry.
I am not reassured. And there is nothing I can do about this dog living next door to us...legally.
NOTE - all you pit bull lovers out there, don't tell me about your dog owning rights, and how they are great family pets, and how they are usually provoked into attacking, ad nauseam. I will simply delete your dumb ass comments. Pit bulls are dangerous animals, set to go off like time bombs. I no more want one living next to me than I would want rattlesnakes living next door to me.
I have no patience with philosophies that contend dogs have more rights than my children. And I resent having to alter our lifestyle so that someone else can indulge their lifestyle, by owning dangerous dogs. Fuck you.