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azpops
Hi all,

I’ve been making a lot of calls and I need some help. I fulltime & work in my 40’ rig and would like to add another rescue to my clan (presently, it’s myself and Harlee a 75lb Lab).

The only problem I have, and one that I need to solve before committing to the rescue of an American Staffordshire Terrier is to locate a Park that will allow this breed. Within or around the cities of Los Angeles and Phoenix. One in each in these areas would be OK but, two would be great, if the Park is full due to an event.

I’m in hopes of finding this Park/s to stay at between my contracts. Usually stay is between two weeks to a month plus.

When I traveled in my previous 30’ rig with my 75lb American Staffordshire Terrier “Baby”. I found three Parks, one each in Las Vegas, NV., Wickenburg, AZ. and Phoenix, AZ.

The problem with these Parks is that they are older Parks and cannot accommodate my 40’ rig or have been sold to developers. I would like to add that these folks were great and always asked about “Baby” when we checked in.

Recently while looking for a park in Phoenix. I was turned away before finding a Park that would allow Harlee into their Park. I found that most parks that can accommodate my 40’ rig has breed (Black listed) and or weight (30 or 40lbs.) restriction in their rules.

If you could help me, I am sure that the rescue would love you for it…

Sorry for the long post but, felt I needed to provide you with this information in order that you could better understand my situation.

Thanking you in advance for your time and help.

Lance aka. Pops
Denali
You might try this site: Dog Friendly Parks, but having a dog that folks will identify as a Pit Bull is certainly going to make it very difficult to find a park.

Good luck. These dogs need folks who will rescue them. When we were looking for our current dog, we visited shelters in each town we stopped in, and this breed is by far the most common one we saw. They are very hard to place.
laytonian
QUOTE(azpops @ Jun 12 2009, 11:00 PM) *

Hi all,

I’ve been making a lot of calls and I need some help. I fulltime & work in my 40’ rig and would like to add another rescue to my clan (presently, it’s myself and Harlee a 75lb Lab).

The only problem I have, and one that I need to solve before committing to the rescue of an American Staffordshire Terrier is to locate a Park that will allow this breed.



Hi -

Have you checked with Best Friends Animal Shelter in Kanab, Utah? (they have a website).

They are the shelter that adopted Michael Vick's dogs....and just might be able to help you find the information you need. (They have a small campground for their volunteers, too -- and some of those campers might have imparted some information)

Good luck



azpops
Thank you for the replies, I’ll try contacting the shelter in Kanab.

I have looked at the dog friendly.com and Petfriendly.com web sites, but finding the use of their list difficult. Since I am getting the same, answers pertaining to this breed.

Thanks again for the quick responses.

Lance
azpops
I emailed “Best Friends Animal Society” in Kanab. They couldn’t help me directly to my request but, did provide me with a few links that they though might help.

Pops
gilda
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azpops
Thank you for your thoughts, however I was hoping someone may be able to recommend a Park.

The condition of the Park or it’s amenities are not a concern, since all I need is a place to stay for a short while. Again, till I am needed at the next project.

In the mean time, I am in hopes that someone may see this post and will be able to help me in my quest as I haven't quit yet... smile.gif

Thanks again,

Pops
Picea Mariana
That's truly amazing.
Here on the east coast campgrounds are empty but business must be booming out west when they are turning away guests that have dogs that aren't to their liking. If I were you I'd stay in a public campground. They usually have 14 day limits but don't bombard you with a bunch of silly rules on how to behave and how to dress and where to relieve yourself and how fast to drive and how many guests you can have and what kind of dog you can have and all this other nonsense.

Recreation.gov lists the federal parks and campgrounds. I have yet to find one of these I didn't like.
dancyn
Goodness Picea Mariana......just because we do not accept certain breeds of dogs, and do care where you relieve yourself, and do care how fast you drive in the resort, doesn't mean we are ridiculous. It means we care about our property and our guests. I really won't tell you how to dress, unless you come into the check in/store without a shirt on.

As for certain breeds of dogs not allowed in most private parks, insurance is a major issue. We must verify with our insurance provider that we do not allow specific breeds. But most important is the safety of the guests.
Gunnar
I have an issue when I read reputable park. Does that mean the parks I stay at are not reputable.

I live in a small town in British Columbia and yes I have had problems with parks not allowing my dog. I can respect the insurance issues, also I know it is the owners call what they allow and don't allow. It's their park after all. I don't like rude responses when I let them know what kind of dog I have.

Anyhow I was in a town about 2 hrs. away today and while I was there I scouted out a couple parks. And yes I would consider these parks as reputable. Very busy and family oriented. Of course I asked about my dog. They seemed quite surprised that this breed is turned away at any park.

By the way I have a rottweiler.
azpops
Being new to the forum I thought I’d refrain from giving my opinion in regards to the remark “Reputable”.

I will say however that the parks I found when I had my 30’ rig where all reputable, although the one in Vegas was an older Park with a nice indoor type pool and close to the nicer casinos in the area.

The Park in Wickenburg is really nice and this park is usually full during the winter months.

The Park in Phoenix that could have accommodated my 40’ rig. I don’t know what your definition of the term reputable is. You can say, however that this park was extremely large and you will find some high end rigs such as Prevost as well as many new DP’s at this Park. The problem is that this Park was sold to developers.

We’ve always been welcomed to stay at these parks and most visitors were very nice to Baby.

I am saddened that I have decided against this rescue and that this decision is dictated to my given life style. This breed as many breeds like it are so misunderstood and have been grossly misrepresented by journalist in the media.

Lastly when I walk Baby we would often times confronted by very aggressive tinny breed dogs. But, since they are so small and cute in the eyes of the owners. They dismiss this bad behavior of their dog. As this type of behavior is in my opinion unacceptable, regardless of size or breed, period.

That said, for the members who responded, thank you!

Pops
FosterImposters
QUOTE(azpops @ Jun 28 2009, 05:19 AM) *

...I am saddened that I have decided against this rescue and that this decision is dictated to my given life style. This breed as many breeds like it are so misunderstood and have been grossly misrepresented by journalist in the media.


Good thread...
With time the American Staffordshire breed will become more acceptable. Remember the furor over the Doberman breed? Also a 'media driven' event.

Although we were not full-time RV'ers when I rescued a Rottie many years ago...we did have to take extra precautions when camping at an RV Park. Mostly desert-boon-docked in those days so nobody cared. In hindsight: we had NO problems with folks cutting thru our campsites...ha!

Bear (probably like Baby) would have sat on their feet or rolled onto her back to get her tummy scratched...but she LOOKED like something from a bad TV movie. Loved her dearly, but would not replace her with another in this current lifestyle.

Agree with your observations on tiny-breed nightmares. I walk with a golf iron these days...and not to protect myself from pit bulls...

Cheers!
Gunnar
It's too bad you felt the need not to do the rescue but, I can see why you did not.

When I lost my first rottweiler we knew we would get another dog as our other dog became very lonely.

At first I wanted another rottweiler but after some thought about all the discrimination towards them I was having some doubts.

Then I thought no, it will definitely be another rott. Why you ask. I decided we would show as many people as possible what this breed is all about. She is doing a fine job of showing what the breed (for most of the breed) is really like.

Just dogs with wonderful personalities and temperament.

I have had many of the small pocket sized dogs go after her only to have the owner say something like oh look he thinks he's a rottweiler.

I sometimes look at it this way. My dog is like the big guy sitting in the bar. Just wants to have a beer and not be bothered. The small dog is the short small guy that is yapping all the time and wants to show how tough he is.

That's it for now.
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