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i had a racist dog... he was a pitbull too

he didnt like black people - men, women, and children included

his anger and prejudice were not things that i taught him, but rather something he picked up on his own by living with an abusive black Family before living with me

the article said that the dog was found, so no one knows its history. i had gotten my pitbull at 9 months old, and he was taken away from an abusive family at 5 months old... yet those first few months of his life were enough to change him forever

i had black friends who my pitbull learned to accept and love... but any black people aside from my friends were threats and to be attacked

my pitbull ended up having to be put to sleep as he was a danger to people (especial black people), animals (especially dogs), and myself



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Gavin wasn't always racist. When he was a puppy, we took him everywhere. He loved everyone. Then one day Tim took him to a friends house and like all other times let his friends little girl take him outside to play with all the neighborhood kids. A little black girl hurt him. Ever since, he has not liked children or black people. He is okay with some black males, but not all and he hates black females. I want to work with him so that he gets over it, but who is going to volunteer their kid to a wolf?

One of my other dogs, Ashley, has socialization problems too. She has been that way since we first adopted her. Her previous owners were clearly heavy drug users and she was in bad condition. The woman was white though. Yet Ashley seems to dislike black people more. I think maybe the man was black.

I hate it. I live in a predominantly black area and my dogs can't stand quite a few of the neighbors. Everyone seems to think I have mean dogs, but they have never bitten anybody. I just wish both dogs and people could understand that they don't need to be intimidated by each other.
 

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Erin_Sword2Sky, ScareyVegan, and *sprout,* isn't it interesting that animals, as well as humans, are affected by their childhood experiences? So many people say that animal lovers anthropomorphize; yet experience shows that animals are not instinctual only, acting and reacting solely on genetic programming;but can be shaped, like humans, to an extent, at least.

Anyone who has a dog knows they have individual personalities!
 

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wow. i saw that on a king of the hill episode where his dog didnt like the repairman and they thought he was racist but it turned out he wasnt, it was b/c, well nevermind, anyway that's really interesting that this can really happen. ive never heard of that. well i grew up with a collie who hated men, but that i can understand.


thats too bad about your pitbull being put to sleep
i got bit by a friends german sheppard who was very sweet and never bit anyone until that moment. my hand was swollen hurt very bad for a few weeks but i didnt tell my parents or anyone b/c i knew he'd be put down or something, but told her she should watch him very closely. well he bit someone else a week later. instead of putting him down they ended up making him a K-9 dog which i didnt know they could do but i was really happy about that.
 

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Wow that's weird. We used to think my dog Jack (cross Newfoundland-Golden Retriever) was 'racist' because he used to throw himself at the door when any of our friends of Asian origins (Philipino mainly but also Vietnamese) came around. But then a friend of my sister's came over and Jack didn't do anything but roll over and beg for a belly scratch. We found out that the difference was that Daniel (the last guy) owned a few dogs and was a 'dog'person whereas the others either didn't own dogs or didn't really like them.
 

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My foster dog Mikey doesn't like men with facial hair. If you have a beard, he's automatically afraid of you. He believes men with beards are inherently evil and will naturally try to beat him. So, I try to shave regularly.
 
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