THE PITS

I love the fact that I live in an area where I can let Tippy run free and roam a bit on her own.  However, I have found I am a little hypocritical because I don’t like the fact that other people’s dogs have that same freedom.

As an example, about 3 weeks ago, mom and dad took Tippy for a walk in the neighbor’s field.  When they got back near the house, there were two Pit Bulls down the hill, barking at them.  They didn’t seem to be aggressive, but I was not happy that they were out roaming around.  I was a little concerned that they might come over and hurt Tippy when I left her tied out or that Tippy would start roaming with them and get in trouble.

A few days later, Tippy and I went for a walk.  I heard a bark from behind me and glanced back.  Seeing a black dog, I thought it was Tippy and said, “What are you barking at?”  That’s when I noticed it was one of the Pit Bulls.  I continued on my walk, which included going back toward where the dog had been.  I remained calm, because, again, he didn’t seem aggressive, but picked up a walking stick, just in case.  He and his friend were down on the side of the hill when I got back, both barking.  I just walked on.  When I turned around to close the gate, both of the Pits were standing there.  I said something to them, Tippy heard me, and came running from the house.  She looked at them through the gate for a minute.  I started to grab her collar and make her go back to the house, but I was afraid that would convey the wrong energy.  So, I just watched to see what would happen, ready to intervene if needed.  Tippy went through the fence to where they were and, fortunately,  they greeted each other in a very calm manner.  So, at least I know they aren’t aggressive towards her.

It is now pretty much a daily occurrence that I see them, either in the field, in my yard, or on my porch.  Tippy gets very excited when she sees them, but, like a mom who doesn’t want her kids to hang around with the “wrong crowd,” I won’t let her out until I think they have been gone for at least 30  minutes.  Here is how it played out a couple of days ago.

Tippy and I heard one of them barking at the gate.  It was the white one, which seems to be a little more timid.

Pits 1
Mom, my friends are back.

While Tippy was busy at the front of the house, I heard something on the back porch.  Sure enough, it was the other one.  He seems to be more bold.  When I saw this picture, I thought it was interesting that my eye is reflecting in the glass on his neck because I was “keeping an eye on him.”

black pit bull
On my back porch.

A few minutes later, they were both out back.

Both pits
Heading back to the field.

Tippy tried her best to get me to let her out so she could go play, but I persevered.

When I did decide to let her go out, I had her sit/stay until I got the garage door open and made sure they were gone.

sit/stay
I’m being really patient mom.

Once I gave her the okay, she started smelling where they had been.

She did go to try to find them, but was back in about 10 minutes.  So, either they were gone or she tired of them quickly.  At least, for now, she isn’t wandering away with them.

back home
Resting after the search.

I will just continue to keep an eye on them and Tippy and, if something needs to be done in the future, I will address it then.  Hopefully, that won’t be necessary.

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26 thoughts on “THE PITS

    1. The neighbors have been there for a while – maybe 2 years. It is just recently that the Pit Bulls have been roaming up this way. We don’t know if the owner is just giving them more freedom, has quit taking care of them, or what. He used to keep them in a kennel at least part of the time. He may has just quit doing that. I really don’t know. I hope it all works out. My only real concerns are her wondering off with them or them finding some high value food – like a dead rabbit, and fighting over it.

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  1. It looks as if they have been friends for a while already and they came to see where Tippy was. She may have gone to hang out with them too at times. You may want to check with your neighbours what the situation is and take it from there.

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    1. Could be. One of the problems is that I really don’t know this neighbor. I hope that Tippy has not wondered to their house, because, in my case, “neighbor” is a relative term – they live about .3 miles (.5km) as the crow flies. However, they could have been having clandestine meetings in the field between here and there. We’ll see. If it becomes a problem, I may have to go talk to him.

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  2. I think she’s made some friends. If the neighbours are taking good care of them, it could be good thing. But if they’re not, or if these dogs are looking for food rather than company, it might not be. But the photo you took of the black and white one looks like she’s in ‘happy greeting’ stance. Her ears and tail are up.

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    1. I agree. It does bother me that they have been on my porch at 6am. Makes me wonder if he is putting them up at all anymore – he used to keep them in a kennel behind his house. Hopefully they continue to play nice.

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      1. I agree. If I see them, I don’t let Tippy out and she isn’t happy about that. She wants to go play. I want to complain, but I do let Tippy roam into my neighbor’s field and I really don’t know where else she goes. I just know that she usually doesn’t stay gone too long, so she couldn’t have gone far. I’m just hoping for the best. If I find that she is running off with them or have other issues, I’ll have to modify what I let her do.

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  3. Choppy and the dog who used to live next door to my parents had a love-hate relationship. They would visit each other and steal each other’s toys, bark at each other through closed doors, but then get mad at each other when they got together. You really don’t know how dogs are going to get along, particularly when you aren’t too familiar with them.

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    1. At least I did get to witness them together and getting along. I just hope nothing happens to change that relationship. BTW, I haven’t seen them in a couple of days, but I think they were here before we went out this morning, judging by Tippy’s reaction.

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  4. Reblogged this on Bold Blind Beauty and commented:
    Poor Tippy she can really pour on the “woe is me” look. I remember a few years ago we had someone from the local Animal Rescue League bring in a Pit with several other dogs. She was telling us that there was a time when the breed was just your average pet and somewhere along the way people thought it’d be a great idea to have dogfights and use other methods to cause them to behave aggressively. Since that time I’ve met some very nice Pits but they and a couple other large breeds still make me nervous. I lived in a neighborhood a while back and a neighbor had two shepherds who were constantly getting out of their yard. One time when I was walking Mollie the run came charging and barking at me, I froze (probably because my blood felt like ice flowing through my veins) but then I did something so out of character it was almost like an out of body experience. I picked up Mollie, screamed at the dog and was prepared to attack it. Either I was really lucky or the dog was a chicken because it backed down. But I was so angry I was shaking.

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    1. Thanks for the reblog. I have met some really sweet Pit Bulls too, and fortunately, for now anyway, I think these are. I really don’t think it is the breed, but the owners, for the most part. The experience you describe with the shepherds sounds very scary. I think you did what you did because you were protecting Mollie. I have a feeling I would do things out of character too, if something was going to attack Tippy. That dog probably knew that you meant business and he no longer had an easy target, so he turned tail. I had a bad experience with 2 Rottweilers when I was a teenager, so I am always leery of that breed too. I was walking from my house to a neighborhood country store, where I worked on Saturdays. The neighbor I had to pass on the way was keeping her son’s 2 dogs. They both came charging down their driveway at me. The lady yelled at me and told me to not move and to not look at the dogs until she could get them. I did as she said, because I figured she knew them, but I was scared to death!

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      1. Yes on the Pit Bulls that’s exactly what the woman who brought them to my job said. Negligent or rather abusive owners are responsible for the bad reputations of Pits. But if I thought Pits were scary Rottweilers are downright terrifying. I don’t know that I could have stopped and stood still like the woman told you to do. I’d end up as a snack. I’m so glad you had the presence of mind to trust her and that it worked out okay for you. I’ll bet she didn’t let that happen again.

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  5. Our problem is that I cannot let my dog run free. We are surrounded by thousands of square klms of empty bushland. Apart from two mines, goodness knows what is out there, deadly snakes, dogs, Kangaroos to name but a few of the hazards of the Australian Bush.?? The chances of seeing him again are not all that great.

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    1. Oh no! I hate that. I’m sure he would love to run free, but totally understand. I have always wanted to visit Australia, but I know it can be a very dangerous place. There are some very, very deadly snakes. We only have a couple of deadly varieties in my area of the USA and they are rarely sighted. Tippy will bark at the harmless black snakes and is really good at staying far enough away to not get bit.

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