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post #31 of 44
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Thank you for the info. I'd appreciate the links.

I'm going to e-mail her in a few days to see how she's doing (and give her those links). I never got a response from the group that she says is working with her.

Keep your fingers crossed for me! I don't mean to contribute to the bad reputation that pit bulls have, but I am concerned about the kittens I placed with her. She lives in a very mixed area, and there are pit bull fighting rings with the gangs in the area (it's kind of the ghetto)... so I am worried that the dog she picked up has been exposed to some bad things. I'll post an update once I know something!
post #32 of 44
Check your PMs

Best of luck with everything, for the kitties and the pit bull.
post #33 of 44
I have a soft-spot for well-bred, well-trained APBT's...what a powerful, beautiful breed...and what a bad rep we humans have given them!!! Some of the biggest sloppy babies I've known have been APBT's...and one thing they all had in common were their PEDIGREE, and their HANDLERS/owners.

Since this dog is apparently a stray, there is literally no way for anyone to know if he was a fighting dog or not...however, I do realize you mentioned he has been known to attack cats in the neighborhood. He could also be frightened, hungry, timid around people, and anxious...and you mentioned he is still a puppy under a year old. Extensive temperment testing is in order, for sure, before he is adopted by ANYONE...it sounds like he needs a lot of professional intervention before entering into someone's home as a pet...and so will the potential owner. I do not feel that a home with other dogs and cats will be appropriate...if he has this type of a history, it will just take one moment for someone to be off-guard before tragedy strikes.

I would call your local Humane Society, and ask that they intervene with this situation...this pup needs some help to become a good companion, and the owner of your former kittens may need to hear this from a professional standpoint.
post #34 of 44
It does NOT matter what type of dog it is. Any dog can be a danger to cats, let alone little kittens! Unless you are 100% confident that the dog has no interest in chasing or injuring an animal I would not leave them alone together.

I know someone who thought it would be nice to foster 2 shelties. She let them run around her house with her 2 cats. She left them unsupervised ONCE. When she came home one cat was dead and the other had been attacked but managed to escape to where they couldn't reach.

ANY dog can be animal aggresive. If you are not confident that this dog will be well mannered with the kittens, I would tell your friend to either not get the dog or find a home for the kittens. It's too great of a chance to risk!
post #35 of 44
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I have great news! Coco was rehomed. She figured out that he was too aggressive... I am so incredibly relieved!! Thanks for all the input, everyone.

Unfortunately, Coco got her other dog pregnant... and she had her puppies earlier this month. She's a Malamute and gorgeous, but very shy. I asked her why she wasn't spayed and she said she wanted to breed her. Ugh. At least my kittens are spayed.
post #36 of 44
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Thanks... that is what I feared. I'm trying to figure out how to tell her it's not a great idea. I already told her I wouldn't risk it and asked her what she'd do if it doesn't work out, she said she didn't know... Ugh! Perhaps the rescue organization will advise her properly, and their word is better than mine (the overprotective former owner).

At least the kittens are fixed now and are well taken care of otherwise... \\
Having gone through this, with a rescue dog that wasn't even trained that way, to the devastating loss of my most beloved cat...the "not working out" is going to be the death of one of the cats. It's not going to be a no go until the dog proves that it can't be fixed and the cats are at risk.. which means.. one of the cats is going to die, and possibly even the resident dog.

I don't have any problems with pit bulls, but fighting dogs never lose that instinct.

On the same pages as GoldenKitty..I wouldn't risk it.

Regarding what Tavia'sMom said... having had the troubled dog.. I am on Cesar Milan's email list, and they were taking videotapes for dogs that need help. Now is the time to send that video tape. It's on his website which I believe is cesarmilan.com If you do a search on the dog whisperer.. his site comes up.
post #37 of 44
I wouldn't even trust a dog like that around people. I would feel really unsafe if my neighbor had a dog like that.
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by CatsAreBetter View Post
Having gone through this, with a rescue dog that wasn't even trained that way, to the devastating loss of my most beloved cat...the "not working out" is going to be the death of one of the cats. It's not going to be a no go until the dog proves that it can't be fixed and the cats are at risk.. which means.. one of the cats is going to die, and possibly even the resident dog.

I don't have any problems with pit bulls, but fighting dogs never lose that instinct.

On the same pages as GoldenKitty..I wouldn't risk it.

Regarding what Tavia'sMom said... having had the troubled dog.. I am on Cesar Milan's email list, and they were taking videotapes for dogs that need help. Now is the time to send that video tape. It's on his website which I believe is cesarmilan.com If you do a search on the dog whisperer.. his site comes up.
I have good news... I posted an update last night. It's the post right before yours.
post #39 of 44
That happens to me fairly often.. I'll go back and read it!
post #40 of 44
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I wouldn't even trust a dog like that around people. I would feel really unsafe if my neighbor had a dog like that.
What kind of comment is that?
post #41 of 44
It's actually a valid statement, for some dogs. Some are able to be rehabilitated, but some, no matter how hard you try.. just aren't. It's a sad thing that people do what they do to animals, and then the animals suffer the consequences of what they learn and what becomes habit due to how previous owners have taught them.

We just went through this with a Great Dane that ultimately killed my cat (after two years of living with her), and was never good around people, children or other animals. Fortunately, we found a home with her being completely honest about her issues..

We got blindsided by her original owners, who lied about everything.
post #42 of 44
I'm glad she has a new owner, one with no pets. I don't even trust regular pit bulls around other cats or dogs without extreme supervision not because I dislike pit bulls but because as terriers they chase cats (or any other small moving objects) and as pit bulls they are dog aggressive. i love pit bulls and if I did not want more than one dog I'd get a pit, but I want at least two dogs and maybe a cat so it would not work out for me

I'm very sad the other dog got pregnant, how sad. I hope she can find homes for all the pups. Some people should learn a lot more before owning a certain pet.
post #43 of 44
Glad the other pup was rehomed and the kits get to keep there little toes! Just wanted to share.... I had actually adopted a pit during the summer and was told how great she was with cats. the womans was worried cuz she was about to get pts so lied to me. A friend and I drove all the way to NJ to get her from RI. Guess what? She wanted to eat my cats like I've never seen in my life. I knew cuz of her breed if I brought her to a shelter around here she'd be pts in a heart beat. seperation was very hard from the cats. got her in july and she wasn't rehomed till sept(which is a long time when you have 4 cats she wants to eat). In a wonderful home now. She was great other then that one....HUGE thing.
post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by ladycat View Post
Glad the other pup was rehomed and the kits get to keep there little toes! Just wanted to share.... I had actually adopted a pit during the summer and was told how great she was with cats. the womans was worried cuz she was about to get pts so lied to me. A friend and I drove all the way to NJ to get her from RI. Guess what? She wanted to eat my cats like I've never seen in my life. I knew cuz of her breed if I brought her to a shelter around here she'd be pts in a heart beat. seperation was very hard from the cats. got her in july and she wasn't rehomed till sept(which is a long time when you have 4 cats she wants to eat). In a wonderful home now. She was great other then that one....HUGE thing.
I'm so glad you were able to find a new home for her before she hurt your kitties... Gosh (in place of a stronger exemplative here), it makes me *so* mad that people will lie to get their dog taken.... I had the exact same thing happen to me, and to my dismay, one of my cats didn't make it. That story is under Crossing the Bridge, so I won't go into detail. I'm so happy that you were more fortunate.
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