[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
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