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CaptainJayATP
I am having to move out of my RV park next week. This is my 2nd year here. A nice friendly park in Callahan FL, Kelly's Countryside RV Park. This all came about when the park owners moved in a month-to-month RV with a Pitt Bulldog nextdoor to me. The dog is nasty and growls at everybody. I have two very friendly Springer Spaniels who I keep in my RV 24/7, and go out only to do their business or walks. I am a responsible pet owner, and keep all my RV windows closed 24/7 and the stereo or tv on. This way, if my dogs happen to bark while I am away, they are less likely to disturb the neighbors. I asked the park owners for another campsite, and was told no. "you can't have that site up front because you keep too messy of a campsite". I was furious. My campsite is immaculate! And I have a nice 98 Jayco Designer 5th wheel. The only thing on my patio is a small 4 ft table with a black mini frig and a convection oven, and a patio chair. I can't believe they let Pit Bulldogs and Rotweilers in this park! We have 2 other nasty dogs that snarl at everyone that come down for the winter with their owners. So, I am moving to another campground next week that does not allow Pit Bulls and Rotties. True, there are some friendly pitt bulls & rotties, but the ones in this park are NASTY! sad.gif
mastercraft
We had that problem at the Bozeman KOA in July. We told the owners the first night and the dog was gone the 2nd day, but others had told us that the dog had gotten loose the day before and the police were called. If the dog had been in an RV, I would not have had a huge problem, but the dog was in a tent and when the owners walked it, they could hardly control it and they let their teenage daughter walk it and their was no control. I had to carry by bear spray anytime I walked my golden out of fear that that dog was loose. Best of luck with your move.
Beastdriver
CaptainJayATP:

I am sorry you had such a bad experience at this campground, and it shouldn't have happened. I do, however, compliment you for your review of the campground. In your review you noted the positives of the camground, nearby features, some good points about the owner, and so forth, plus your experience with the pitbull next door, and then you rated the campground a 7--very commendable on your part. So many people act silly and rate a park way down (with a 1 or a 2) because of a problem or two, and overlook the positives. You did not, and I think that speaks highly of you.
CaptainJayATP
Dear Beastdriver. Thanks for the very nice comments about me. I am a classy guy. I'm a retired FAA air traffic controller and currently a captain on biz jets and King Air's. I'm also
a gourmet chef and my favorite hobby is fine dining at first class restaurants and a bottle
of Brordeaux. I am a frequent traveller to Paris too! CaptainJayATP, JAX FL. smile.gif
Nolan
Sorry to hear about your problem. Some dog owners are very inconsiderate. We are next to one with a black lab. The owner lets it ut at 7 AM every morning and it barks at anything that moves. It's my wake up call. Although I'd rather be able to sleep in a little later, I can't with this dog.

Last winter we were in Arizona City, AZ. Felt like we were lving in a dog kennel. Campground was in the middle of town. People of the town would leave the dogs outside day and night. When it got warm the dogs would shut up, otherwise they barked from 7 PM until 9 to 10 AM. Gets old fast.
czimm
QUOTE(CaptainJayATP @ Jan 20 2008, 06:20 AM) *

I am having to move out of my RV park next week. This is my 2nd year here. A nice friendly park in Callahan FL, Kelly's Countryside RV Park. This all came about when the park owners moved in a month-to-month RV with a Pitt Bulldog nextdoor to me. The dog is nasty and growls at everybody. I have two very friendly Springer Spaniels who I keep in my RV 24/7, and go out only to do their business or walks. I am a responsible pet owner, and keep all my RV windows closed 24/7 and the stereo or tv on. This way, if my dogs happen to bark while I am away, they are less likely to disturb the neighbors. I asked the park owners for another campsite, and was told no. "you can't have that site up front because you keep too messy of a campsite". I was furious. My campsite is immaculate! And I have a nice 98 Jayco Designer 5th wheel. The only thing on my patio is a small 4 ft table with a black mini frig and a convection oven, and a patio chair. I can't believe they let Pit Bulldogs and Rotweilers in this park! We have 2 other nasty dogs that snarl at everyone that come down for the winter with their owners. So, I am moving to another campground next week that does not allow Pit Bulls and Rotties. True, there are some friendly pitt bulls & rotties, but the ones in this park are NASTY! sad.gif


Please, Please, Please do not lump them into the same pile. I have a rotty pup. My other rotty passed in January. This dog had a list of references about her behavior as long as your arm. Yes there are bad ones but look at the owner not the dog.
Thank you
FosterImposters

Hello Czimm and welcome aboard!
Well said concerning the owner not the dogs. rolleyes.gif
We too had a rottie for many years. A rescued version to boot. Would calmly look to us when someone came into our 'zone'. All I had to do, was quietly say..."its ok bear" and she would just sit on her haunches (usually on my foot).
MUCH happier when we boondocked. At crowded campgrounds: she preferred to be inside the RV sleeping on the couch.
Lowl growls...never barked. unsure.gif
However, let a police/fire siren go off... AAAAhhhhOOOOOOoooo !!! laugh.gif
czimm
QUOTE(FosterImposters @ Mar 14 2008, 07:04 PM) *

Hello Czimm and welcome aboard!
Well said concerning the owner not the dogs. rolleyes.gif
We too had a rottie for many years. A rescued version to boot. Would calmly look to us when someone came into our 'zone'. All I had to do, was quietly say..."its ok bear" and she would just sit on her haunches (usually on my foot).
MUCH happier when we boondocked. At crowded campgrounds: she preferred to be inside the RV sleeping on the couch.
Lowl growls...never barked. unsure.gif
However, let a police/fire siren go off... AAAAhhhhOOOOOOoooo !!! laugh.gif


Thank you for the welcome and for the wonderful story. My rotty needed to be around people and she absolutly loved camping. The more people the happier she was.
Big Ben
Let me start by saying I am a dog lover. I have never been with out one. That being said I understand why There is a problem with some breeds. I agree to a point that it has some thing to do with th owner. Like it or not Pits and rotts are involved in a lot of awfull cases. And in almost every one the owner will testifie as to how wonderful there dog is. Never have I heard one say" yes I knew they had a mean strick.
Insurance companies don't want to insure them. They can and do hurt people and other pets.
When is the last time you heard of a beagle killing some kid? By you saying "not my dog" you fit right into the mold. I would rather have an owner say "yes they are big and powerful and yes they can hurt you."
Critters n Me
[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#663366]I'm brand new to this site (and to RV'ing!!) but had to reply to the first topic I read on the message boards!
I bought my first (old, or I guess "classic" hehehe) last fall, and travelled from my lifelong home in Missouri across the country to the Oregon Coast. I've been living my DREAM since!! I guess this is one place I don't need to explain that eh?
Anyhow, I'm travelling with my "critters". Two kitty cats, and my three dogs. Well, this 24' RV is supposed to sleep six...and there are six of us!!! All the critters are doing great.
This topic caught my attention right off, not only am I the recently resigned president and founder of a regional Humane Society, but I am also the very proud 'owner' of a very wonderful and sweet Rottweiler.
Josie isn't just my buddy, she's also my Certified Assistance Dog, as I have Multiple Sclerosis. She has gotten me through many tough times with her gentle help, and her caring doggy soul!!! Yes, also, as a single lady travelling alone, I am also kinda glad that she DOES sound sorta mean when she barks!
However, I am always very careful to warn everyone around that she is just a darling sweetheart of a dog, and let them pet her etc so they understand. Her bark isn't just worse than her bite....it's all she's got smile.gif She wouldn't hurt a flea. She barks, yes, and it almost ALWAYS means "Let's play!!!".
In my role as director of the Humane Society, I saw MANY aggressive dogs. Yup, some of them were Pit Bulls or Rottweilers. But many of them were chihuahuas too. Or Cocker Spaniels. Or "mutts" (which are my second favorite kind of dog!!). I'd just about rather be bitten by a large dog (Rott or Pit) than a little one (mini poodles come to mind....OUCH!)

The problem is the aggressive dog....NOT the breed. If you look at the statistics, the actual truth is that mixed breeds bite more than any other kind of dog (of course, there are more of them!). It's the bites by these larger breeds, though, that make the news. It's the society we live in, and the horrid criminalistic PEOPLE who try to "train guard dogs", that cause aggression to happen in some dogs.

It's my suggestion that if this original poster can't get the RV park to cooperate, it is her RESPONSIBILITY to report this aggressive animal to the local Animal Control Authorities, Police Department or Sheriff's Department. They will be able to evaluate if this animal is truly aggressive, is a threat to her or to others. Maybe this dog is a "Josie" and just barks mean..... imagine if you felt threatened everytime one of these yippy yappy little dogs (sorry Pomeranian owners!!!) barked and barked at every leaf that blew. But, if you are truly worried the thing to do isn't to just vent here....you should call local authorities and find out who is responsible for checking on vicious dog reports.

I'm amazed that even here in Oregon, where it seems EVERYONE has a dog (or two or three), that there are some parks that just have blanket "breed bans"....and don't allow Rottweilers or Pit Bulls (many also ban ChowChows, German Shepherds, Dobermans etc). Of course, since my Josie is a Certified Service Dog, she isn't included in that, and I could challenge this in her case, but I wouldn't because it's not worth the stress!!!

I think ANYTHING that causes a nuisance in a neighborhood, whether it's an RV campground or a large, expensive gated community of mansions, should be dealt with by those in 'authority'. However, when it comes to what has become known as Breed Specific Legislation, I am very opinionated too!!!
"Ban the deed NOT the breed".
Poster: Please report this aggressive dog, for evaluation, before some child is harmed. The main problem should be the threat of physical danger...not the inconvenience of an occasional dog bark!!!!
Kathey and the Critters
Big Ben
I am surprised that you blame the parks for the ban. They have to do what there insurance companies want them to do, or no insurance. Many home owners policies ban certain breeds also. It has been 15 years since I lived in a house but even back than some breeds were band.
True all breeds can be aggressive. Which would you rather be attacted by a aggressive toy poodle or 110 pound rott? With the amount of bad pubilisity they have had can you really blame people for being scared
Beastdriver
I fully understand the park's position if it bans a specific breed of dog that has a reputation for being vicious, or a very large dog that can do damage to someone else. As Ben pointed out, the insurance companies are the ones that refuse to cover parks that allow any type of dog, and I can understand their position, too. If you are the gentlest, kindest, 65 year old guy in the world, with a perfect driving record, and you go out an buy a 400 horsepower sports car, you are going to get slapped with a huge insurance premium, if you can find insurance, because of the statistics regarding high horsepower sports cars. The same thing is true of dogs. It is regrettable that our pets, especially those who serve the handicapped, have such restrictions, but it is justifiable in my opinion.
Big Ben
Dam I may end up liking this guy.
czimm
QUOTE(Big Ben @ Mar 20 2008, 09:09 AM) *

Let me start by saying I am a dog lover. I have never been with out one. That being said I understand why There is a problem with some breeds. I agree to a point that it has some thing to do with th owner. Like it or not Pits and rotts are involved in a lot of awfull cases. And in almost every one the owner will testifie as to how wonderful there dog is. Never have I heard one say" yes I knew they had a mean strick.
Insurance companies don't want to insure them. They can and do hurt people and other pets.
When is the last time you heard of a beagle killing some kid? By you saying "not my dog" you fit right into the mold. I would rather have an owner say "yes they are big and powerful and yes they can hurt you."


Yes they are involved in some awful cases. But,why does an owner put his/her dog in a position to hurt or be hurt. I have been bitten twice by dogs. Neither a rotty. I am on my second one now and still have all my fingers.

By the way, as far as insurance go to Calgary Canada and there is an insurance company that will give you a discount because you have a rotty.

I have no problem with sites that do not allow my dog. I just wont stay there and I will ask family and friends not to stay as well. My biggest issue is when I ask if the have any pet restrictions and am told no. Just pick up after them and keep them on a leash. When I show up with my reservation they say no because of my dog.

Sorry,I know I go off on this subject but I have issues with my dog being lumped into the description of a bad dog. She was socialized with other dogs and people not just a few but hundreds. She was never put into any situation where harm could come to her or people.

My dog has many references from vets, campsite owners, neighbors, friends. If you want names and numbers just ask.
Beastdriver
Ben: Now, don't get carried away.
Farmerswife
I feel compelled to comment on this issue as I am a dog lover, responsible owner, and an open minded person (or try to be!) Pit bulls in public access places--RV'ing, dog parks, loose on the run, auctions, flea markets, etc. trouble me greatly whether I am with my dogs or without. I know people say look to the owner, not to the breed--but that is AFTER THE FACT. There may be many wonderful pits--but I don't know the great ones from the killers and I can't look at an owner and predict the future, mostly. (Some owners are quite predictable by virtue of their behavior and their lack of sensitivity.) Responsible pit owners need to understand the reasonable fear people have and keep their dog out of public access places where there are other dogs or young children. I will not stay in a private RV park that allows pit bulls, and will leave an event or location where a pit bull is mingling in a crowd. This decision is an informed decision, not an irrational bias.
westernrvparkowner
I have to agree with Farmerswife, When I see a dog, I see the dog, not the owner. Dogs don't have a picture of the owner tatooed to their side. My park isnurance exempts Rottwiellers and Pit Bulls from my coverage. If a guest has one of these breeds and it harms one of my other guests I am on the hook. THe insurance company will not pay a claim or defend me in court. Heaven forbid someone gets seriously injured. I am not willing to risk my business and all my personal assets because someone tells me their dog is "friendly" I will not be surprised if when my policy comes up for renewal more dogs are added to the exempt list. The fact that someone pronounces their dog as "friendly" is not sufficent for the insurance company and consequently we must regretfully refuse any guests with these exempt breeds.
FosterImposters
Well said Farmerswife.
Long ago, in another life, we were owned by a rescued rotty. She was a lovable lump...but you sure couldn't tell that from looking at her.

Mostly boon-docked then, middle of local deserts...so she looked the part of a protective companion for me as I hiked alone.

In retrospect...2 adults and a large dog was comical in our first couple 'weekend warrior' RVs. Thank heaven for overhead beds. She couldn't reach us to jump in. laugh.gif

Remember wide-eyed State and Federal park rangers when we'd pull up to kiosks to check-in. She could stand on the couch behind the driver's seat and stick her entire head out the window to check them out...at eye-level. Just wanted a free petting. wink.gif

Miss her...but that was then. I wouldn't subject her to our current 'RV park mode' world. Neither would understand.
czimm
QUOTE(Big Ben @ Mar 20 2008, 09:34 AM) *

I am surprised that you blame the parks for the ban. They have to do what there insurance companies want them to do, or no insurance. Many home owners policies ban certain breeds also. It has been 15 years since I lived in a house but even back than some breeds were band.
True all breeds can be aggressive. Which would you rather be attracted by a aggressive toy poodle or 110 pound rott? With the amount of bad pubilisity they have had can you really blame people for being scared


No I can't blame the campsite for following their insurance company's policy. What I can blame them for is the way they treat me when they tell me my dog is not allowed.

While in campsites my rotty is always on a leash as was my previous one. This is not for the general publics protection but it is for my dogs protection. There are bad people out there, the big ones are the worst, it hurts more when they hit you.

I guess long story short is I would like people to give my dog a chance. If you ever see her come and say hi. We are saddened that the breed has a bad reputation, but we are doing our best to help change that. All we ask is for a chance to prove ourselves.

OK I have a question.

Do people view rottys with a tail different than ones without?


meghann
I wantedt to say thank you. It's people like you that help others to realize that it's not the breed. I too have a rottie! Yes she is a big girl and yes she is a sissy! The reason that these big dogs get a bad rap is simply because they are big. When you are attacked by a beagle, poodle or other little dog do you really think that they are any less interested in killing you then a large dog? The difference is that they can't NOT that they don't want to. Most of the time when you hear of a rottie attacking the story starts with my dog was sweet but they always investigate and find out that there was much more to the story! People abuse animals, all they do is defend themselves. You must remember that! They defend themselves. When was the last time you heard a rottie try to explain himself.... duh, they can't! mad.gif The pet owner is ALWAYS the problem. Puppies aren't born mean.... none of them! I take me rottie camping every where. When people say"is she nice" I resond with "very... but she is still an animal so don't get in her face. At that point she usually sits on them and holds them there so that she can turn around and lick them in the face anyways!!! As a matter of fact everyone that I have ever met was the same way!! Have a little respect people. Everyone had a right o there own dogs as long as they are responsible so don't pin it on the breed, pin it on the owner. I think someone should apologize it the pit bull in question. Maybe he/she has a rough life living with the owner that they have.
QUOTE(Critters n Me @ Mar 20 2008, 11:20 AM) *

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#663366]I'm brand new to this site (and to RV'ing!!) but had to reply to the first topic I read on the message boards!
I bought my first (old, or I guess "classic" hehehe) last fall, and travelled from my lifelong home in Missouri across the country to the Oregon Coast. I've been living my DREAM since!! I guess this is one place I don't need to explain that eh?
Anyhow, I'm travelling with my "critters". Two kitty cats, and my three dogs. Well, this 24' RV is supposed to sleep six...and there are six of us!!! All the critters are doing great.
This topic caught my attention right off, not only am I the recently resigned president and founder of a regional Humane Society, but I am also the very proud 'owner' of a very wonderful and sweet Rottweiler.
Josie isn't just my buddy, she's also my Certified Assistance Dog, as I have Multiple Sclerosis. She has gotten me through many tough times with her gentle help, and her caring doggy soul!!! Yes, also, as a single lady travelling alone, I am also kinda glad that she DOES sound sorta mean when she barks!
However, I am always very careful to warn everyone around that she is just a darling sweetheart of a dog, and let them pet her etc so they understand. Her bark isn't just worse than her bite....it's all she's got smile.gif She wouldn't hurt a flea. She barks, yes, and it almost ALWAYS means "Let's play!!!".
In my role as director of the Humane Society, I saw MANY aggressive dogs. Yup, some of them were Pit Bulls or Rottweilers. But many of them were chihuahuas too. Or Cocker Spaniels. Or "mutts" (which are my second favorite kind of dog!!). I'd just about rather be bitten by a large dog (Rott or Pit) than a little one (mini poodles come to mind....OUCH!)

The problem is the aggressive dog....NOT the breed. If you look at the statistics, the actual truth is that mixed breeds bite more than any other kind of dog (of course, there are more of them!). It's the bites by these larger breeds, though, that make the news. It's the society we live in, and the horrid criminalistic PEOPLE who try to "train guard dogs", that cause aggression to happen in some dogs.

It's my suggestion that if this original poster can't get the RV park to cooperate, it is her RESPONSIBILITY to report this aggressive animal to the local Animal Control Authorities, Police Department or Sheriff's Department. They will be able to evaluate if this animal is truly aggressive, is a threat to her or to others. Maybe this dog is a "Josie" and just barks mean..... imagine if you felt threatened everytime one of these yippy yappy little dogs (sorry Pomeranian owners!!!) barked and barked at every leaf that blew. But, if you are truly worried the thing to do isn't to just vent here....you should call local authorities and find out who is responsible for checking on vicious dog reports.

I'm amazed that even here in Oregon, where it seems EVERYONE has a dog (or two or three), that there are some parks that just have blanket "breed bans"....and don't allow Rottweilers or Pit Bulls (many also ban ChowChows, German Shepherds, Dobermans etc). Of course, since my Josie is a Certified Service Dog, she isn't included in that, and I could challenge this in her case, but I wouldn't because it's not worth the stress!!!

I think ANYTHING that causes a nuisance in a neighborhood, whether it's an RV campground or a large, expensive gated community of mansions, should be dealt with by those in 'authority'. However, when it comes to what has become known as Breed Specific Legislation, I am very opinionated too!!!
"Ban the deed NOT the breed".
Poster: Please report this aggressive dog, for evaluation, before some child is harmed. The main problem should be the threat of physical danger...not the inconvenience of an occasional dog bark!!!!
Kathey and the Critters

FosterImposters
QUOTE(czimm @ Feb 18 2009, 12:35 AM) *

Do people view rottys with a tail different than ones without?

Not just rottys... rolleyes.gif

Once knew a Great Dane mutt with nub-tail. Unmistakeable head...but that short tail scared the "zyz" out of folks. Sigh.

Great news is the flip-side: rotties can (and do) live among us if they are allowed to go undercover. Full tail. wink.gif Hint, hint...
czimm
QUOTE(FosterImposters @ Feb 18 2009, 02:51 PM) *

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Not just rottys... rolleyes.gif

Once knew a Great Dane mutt with nub-tail. Unmistakeable head...but that short tail scared the "zyz" out of folks. Sigh.

Great news is the flip-side: rotties can (and do) live among us if they are allowed to go undercover. Full tail. wink.gif Hint, hint...


In many places it in now against the law to dock tails. My rottie's mom has a tail, she came from Serbia when she was young. Her dad is a Canadian Champion.
catman2130093
QUOTE(czimm @ Feb 18 2009, 06:45 PM) *

In many places it in now against the law to dock tails. My rottie's mom has a tail, she came from Serbia when she was young. Her dad is a Canadian Champion.

I would like to add, and I'm not commenting on anyone here specifically, but every dog owner I've ever met says the same thing..."MY dog is very sweet, MY dog is under voice command"etc., and as farmerswife said, I can only see the dog. If the owner won't leash the dog because "it's under voice command" , then why would I trust the owner? I like to ride my bicycle, and I keep a night stick atrached to the frame. If someone's little angel jumps me, I will defend myself.. and have mercy if it tries to come through my screen door to get at my 2 cats. mad.gif
czimm
QUOTE(catman2130093 @ Mar 8 2009, 07:18 PM) *

I would like to add, and I'm not commenting on anyone here specifically, but every dog owner I've ever met says the same thing..."MY dog is very sweet, MY dog is under voice command"etc., and as farmerswife said, I can only see the dog. If the owner won't leash the dog because "it's under voice command" , then why would I trust the owner? I like to ride my bicycle, and I keep a night stick atrached to the frame. If someone's little angel jumps me, I will defend myself.. and have mercy if it tries to come through my screen door to get at my 2 cats. mad.gif


Well from the looks of the quote it looks like you are commenting on me. My dog is always on a leash when not in her fenced backyard. That is for her protection not yours. As for your cats, she already has two here that think the world of her.

If you doubt what I have to say I can send you a book full of references echoing what I have said in previous posts.

I can say these things about my dog and she WILL back them up.
n2travel
I am one who doesnt trust these types of dogs. I have been attacked by a staffordshire terrier who traveled great distance to get to me. The dog was actually trying to get to my dog a collie, but because i seen what was about to happen, and there wasnt anywhere i could run to I saved my dogs life by picking her up and running around in circles while the stafforshire terrier attacked me... I have a few scars to remember this awful incidence.

People who choose this type of breed know these breeds are frowned on by most.. so rather than fight the system its something they need to consider while making the decision to own one. Unfortunately most don't and frown on those who dont understand their mindset.

ph34r.gif
Gunnar
QUOTE(n2travel @ Jun 26 2009, 01:54 AM) *

I am one who doesnt trust these types of dogs. I have been attacked by a staffordshire terrier who traveled great distance to get to me. The dog was actually trying to get to my dog a collie, but because i seen what was about to happen, and there wasnt anywhere i could run to I saved my dogs life by picking her up and running around in circles while the stafforshire terrier attacked me... I have a few scars to remember this awful incidence.

People who choose this type of breed know these breeds are frowned on by most.. so rather than fight the system its something they need to consider while making the decision to own one. Unfortunately most don't and frown on those who dont understand their mindset.

ph34r.gif


I'm sorry you were attacked by another dog but why does that make mine bad. I have a rottie as you would know having read all the posts in the thread (czimm). If you would like I can give you a number of a camplite where we camp. They can tell you what my dog is like. I'm sure you wouldn't use that number to call because your mind is already made up.

These breeds are not frowned on by most. I would say more but right now I am vibrating because once again someone is black listing my dog and they don't even know her.

I would guarantee your dog would bite before my dogs butt stopped wiggling. I would bet my house on it.
Gunnar
Just one more thought.

It makes me sad that you wouldn't even give my dog the opportunity to show what she and most of her breed are really like. This is because your mind is already made up.
n2travel
I understand your voice of reasoning... 100%. I really do.. and honor and trust your judgment but because I have alot to lose ... (I was pregnant and lost the child when attacked) now as I did than I would more than likely go to another park way before any sort of negative or positive connontation. Your probably the greatest person if not in the camp site but of all the world... and same with your dog.. but it doesnt change the fact that I would feel uncomfortable. Id like to think Im a rather fair minded person, direct of course, and definitely a risk taker but this is one I will not choose and instead move on.

I know many of friends who have one, but I just think differently and would not feel content around a dog like that. Doesnt mean I don't like you or your dog, I just wouldnt feel like I was doing myself justice by sticking around.

Any other voice of reasoning would not change my mind. So it is with hopes you understand my choices as I do yours. I wouldnt ask you to leave.. I would just choose to move on down the road as there are so many other places I could be and visit....

Do know I am not the sort to go back and forth on something. This is all I have to say. Happy travels!!
gilda
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Kirk
There is also a little bit more to the problem for an RV park. There are breeds which have been developed for their aggressive qualities. Some of them were originated to fight, while others were intended for security purposes. There are probably several other reasons for creation of aggressive breeds, and most or all may even be valid.

The catch for the park owner comes from the fact that many people fear these breeds. In addition, some of them will instinctively attack another pet if it should do something which the dog interprets as threatening and in rare cases that can even happen with a person. For the RV park, it is nearly impossible to make rules that are selective. If you allow one person to bring in his pit-bull, rottweiler, or any of a bunch of other breeds considered to be aggressive, then that owner must allow all of them to enter until there is some incident. If customers are afraid, they will not return and they won't send their friends to that park either.

There is only one breed that I truly fear and that happens to be the one breed that was involved in all three instances when I have feared for my well-being due to the actions of an unknown dog. For that reason, I am not comfortable around this particular breed, no matter who's it happens to be or how well trained it may be. That isn't the dog's fault, it is mine but even so I do not stay in places where this breed is common. Park owners know that this is a problem and so must try to keep as many of their customers as possible.
abbygolden
Gunnar,

I haven't read all the posts, but I gather you have a Rot.

In the "old" days, Rots, Dobs, and even GSDs were considered "vicious" dogs and were not accepted in CGs. Unfortunately, that continues to hold true in many places even today. I have a Golden which was refused by a private CG (on the phone when I called to make a reservation), which just shows you how little is known about dogs in general, and specific breeds in particular.

I have bred, raised and shown dogs in both conformation and obedience for many years and there is only one breed I would not accept - the pit bull. Unfortunately this breed has gotten a very bad name because of the many incidences of violence over the past few years. I'm not sure whether the problem is because of the nature of the dog or because their owners don't take the time to properly train them. It really doesn't make any difference as I'm convinced that it is best for me to avoid them.

As for the other "dangerous" dogs, I love them all when they are properly raised and trained. They would cause no more harm than my Sheltie, unless you have an inordinate fear of being licked to death. Sadly, you won't educate many people about your dog as their mnds are already made up and you can't change that. So, just blow them off and enjoy your dog wherever you can.
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