My name is Kevin. I'm 28, currently living in NYC. I do not currently own any dogs, but have my eyes set on a pit come February 2014, when I move to a more "dog-friendly" neighborhood in NJ. I'm here to learn as much as possible about the breed, and converse with passionate pitbull owners before I make the transition into soon becoming a dog owner myself.
Why a Pitbull?
My interest in the breed is a result of multiple encounters with loyal, well-balanced, friendly pitbulls. This, in direct opposition of the general public's consensus of the breed, led me to become even more interested, and subsequently the front-runner as my breed of choice. I believe pitbulls exude all the characteristics that I'm looking for in a dog: loyalty, love, companionship, intelligence, and strength. It will be my personal goal as a pitbull owner to completely shift the minds of those who are afraid and/or do not understand the breed, into believers. As we all know, there are many! I take this responsibility very seriously, and hope all pitbull owners realize the weight of responsibility they bare as ambassadors of the breed.
In my quest to find my future pit, I'm faced with the decision of seeking out a breeder or rescuing from a shelter. I understand that this forum very much in favor of the latter. My concern with rescuing is simply the fact that I do not have the ability to see to the parents and will not likely know the history of the pup (what brought them there, etc.) which inhibits my ability to assess its temperament. I know this forum is not about posting links to kennels, etc, but I would love to hear what other pitbull owners have to say about this topic. Additionally, I would like to reach out to the community about dog aggression in pitbulls. Maybe this is better suited for its own topic, but again, any feedback on training your pitbull to be dog friendly is very much appreciated.
In my day to day, I'm a programmer, designing and building for the web. This is the first forum I've joined since '01.
Excited to learn and converse,