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Report: Rachael Ray’s dog attacked another

rachaelrayx-Rachael Ray’s pit bull mauled another dog, and the talk show host is worried that the attack could lead to her dog being put down, Radar Online reports.

Ray’s dog, Isaboo, recently bit off part of the ear of another dog in Greenwich Village, the website reported.

Ray’s husband immediately contacted the other dog’s owners and paid their vet bills, and a vet was able to save most of the ear. 

According to the story, it wasn’t the first time Ray’s dog has been involved in a violent incident, including one that left Ray injured.

Isaboo was in a fight with another dog three years ago. When Ray intervened she received a gash on her hand, the website reported.

In the most recent incident, Radar Online says — citing the National Enquirer as its source — Isaboo was walking past another dog in Greenwich Village when she bit the other dog, tearing its ear.

Comments

Comment from DieselDawg
Time February 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm

RR needs to learn more about the breed and its genetic makeup of being DA (Dog Aggressive). Then she needs to manage the dog better to keep Isaboo out of trouble…othwise she is setting the dog up for failure. She also needs to know that DA does not mean that her Isaboo is HA (Human Aggressive)…one does not lead to the other…

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Actually, the original report says that this is the FIFTH time Isaboo has attacked another dog.

As to the distinction between dog aggression and human aggression, tell it to Rosie Humphries, who was killed by a pit bull last November 30th when she tried to protect her beloved poodle from a pit bull attack. (The poodle was killed by the pit bull too, of course). And, in fact, Ms. Ray knows firsthand that people often get hurt when dogs are dog aggressive–when she tried to intervene in one of Isaboo’s previous attacks, she got a nasty dog bite.

It is hard to be a perfect dog owner. Having a dog aggressive dog makes it much, much harder and raises the likelihood that dog ownership will be more about stress and heartbreak than about joy. And MOST pit bulls are dog aggressive.

Rachael Ray is finding this out.

Comment from katherine
Time February 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

that’s rough – it could just be something about that dog that invoked it – another dog attacked my dog but i understand that my dog is a very, hyper annoying dog and some dogs really don’t like that. it wasn’t human agression though

Comment from Carey
Time February 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Getting bit or mauled while breaking up fighting dogs does NOT make the dogs human aggressive. Trust me, I’ve broken up plenty of fights and been hurt doing so.

I agree that RR needs to keep Isaboo on a very, very short leash, no pun intended.

I woould bet my dog (who you all know I adore) that they were not just walking down the street, passed another dog, and she bit the dog’s ear off.

Dogs attack for a REASON. Humans do not always know what they are, but they do not randomly bite other dogs just for the fun of it.

Comment from Zoe
Time February 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Thanx alot for the ”good” press Rachel. With friends like you, the breed sure doesn’t need enemies. Don’t own dogs if you are going to fail to properly manage them.

Comment from MaxxRocks
Time February 12, 2010 at 12:07 am

It is not unusual for pit bulls to be dog aggressive. Lives are destroyed when pit bulls attack pets and of course when they attack humans. The amazing part of so many of the comments state that pit bulls need special handlers. Then shouldn’t the regulations around breeding and owning pit bulls reflect that special handlers are required for pit bulls and pit bull mixes?

Comment from Brandi
Time February 12, 2010 at 1:30 am

That dog should be put down and she should be prohibitted from owning any dogs. Noone who owns a dog and doesn’t have it trained properly to not act violently should be allowed to own another dog.

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 12, 2010 at 7:46 am

It is true that breaking up a dog fight and getting hurt “doesn’t make a dog human aggressive.” It might make you dead, however, and then you probably won’t be too worried about the fine distinction between whether the dog primarily wanted to kill you or primarily wanted to kill the other dog (and just killed you because you got in the way.)

Anyway, I am always bemused by the pit bull community’s insistance that “human aggression and dog aggression are two different traits.” Maybe that is true, but so what? They are both severe temperament flaws that make dog ownership a source of stress, rather than a source of joy.

Why would you be so sure that Isaboo didn’t just attack the other dog and rip his ear off? Pit bulls are BRED to race across a pit, attack another dog with absolutely no provocation and keep on attacking until the other dog is dead.

Comment from Jill
Time February 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

No, Cygnet, Pit Bulls were bred for bull baiting. Now a days, only idiots breed for fighting. No reputable breeder would breed aggressive dogs. Dog aggression and human aggression ARE two different things – and before you ask, no I’m not a Pit owner. Dog aggression can be corrected with proper training, since this is supposedly the FIFTH time, obviously Rachel Ray hasn’t taken the time out to get it in check, which is very irresponsible, and gives all owners of “dangerous” breeds a bad name. Research your stuff before spouting such ignorance.

Comment from Robin Fravel
Time February 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Rachel needs to get her dog to a competent trainer ASAP. The dog could very well only be trying to protect her owner. This breed is so very misunderstood. With the resources available to her she should easily be able to find a good trainer like Victoria Stilwell or Cesar Millan. They could even make a TV show out of this (“It’s me or the dog”, “Dog whisperer”). What a golden “teaching moment”.

Comment from Amy
Time February 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Specific Dog Breeds should not be blamed for irresponsible owners. Pit Bull breeds are not the only dogs will go after other dogs. My pit mix has been bitten by a German Shepherd, a Pomeranian and an Australian Cattle dog. None of which she attacked back. Dog owners have a responsibility to the dog and to society to control and train their animals.

Comment from Ashley
Time February 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I think the dog should be put down. It attacts once, it will again. And any dog like a pit will fight, its in there blood. That what I think.

Comment from Jayne
Time February 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I own two female pit bulls and neither have shown any aggression toward other animals. But I am fully aware that they could – any breed could – and I have trained them accordingly. I do not ever, EVER allow my pit dogs around other animals except under strict supervision. Likewise, when I walk them, I cross the street when strange dogs approach. I do not walk them in crowded areas, where the possibility of brushing up against another dog might occur. And if I sense that either dog is getting excited when seeing another dog (or squirrel or other animal), I put a stop to it. The dog sits and stays until I release her.

I would train any dog this way, but I have been particularly responsible with my pits because of the poor press they receive. My dogs must always be model citizens.

Now for the good stuff: my pit bull terriers are, bar none, the most affectionate, funny, even-tempered, gentle dogs I have ever had. And that includes Labs and Goldens. They live inside (all pits should be indoor dogs), sleep on the bed, are terrific with kids, get long walks (pit bulls need exercise) and (supervised) runs in the park. They love being around people and are perfectly happy to spend their days lounging at their feet.

As those who know this breed will tell you, a well bred pit dog is, above all else, people friendly. Long ago, when they were bred for bull baiting, an important trait was that they remain gentle with their human handlers. A pit bull that displays aggression toward a person should never be allowed around children and may even need to be put down if it can’t receive the training it needs. Yet even dogs that are fearful or aggressive toward humans can be rehabilitated – look at some of the work the Best Friends organization has done with some of the pits confiscated from Michael Vick’s kennels.

These dogs are also magnificent athletes, so if you need an exercise buddy, this is the breed for you. Sure they are a lot of work, but the rewards are pretty priceless. In short, pit bulls are for people who have the desire to understand them, for all their real or perceived faults, and the TIME to train them properly. If you do that, incidents like those with Rachel Ray’s dog should not happen.

Comment from DavidN
Time February 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Pit Bulls are dogs. Dogs (all breeds) can be aggressive, but somehow stereotypes (some of them racial, I suspect) direct most of the public ire towards Pit Bulls. Out here in California we had a case a few years ago where a pair of Presa Canarias (I hope I’m spelling the breed’s name right) killed a girl’s high school coach. They both outweighed her.

RR has had Pit Bulls for some time, and she apparently has a rather indulgent attitude with them, letting them essentially do what they want. The difficulty is that such a dog gets the idea that it *should* do whatever it wants, and often Pit Bulls have a different idea of play than other dogs.

We have a Pit, and we crate him whenever we leave the house. He isn’t aggressive at all with people or with other dogs. What he is is very enthusiastic, healthy, and *very* strong. He wants to meet every dog he sees, and if he does he wants to wrestle and tussle, which of course with a dog who doesn’t know him can lead to trouble, so we have to supervise very carefully.

One of the things to note is that the breed isn’t necessarily the problem. I don’t think I’ve ever been introduced to a Chihuahua that *didn’t* have issues. Many of them snap and are pretty nasty. The difference is that it’s pretty much impossible one would kill a human, except perhaps an infant, and even then it would be easy to stop. Pits, on the other hand, if they *do* attack, are dangerous animals. It’s like the difference between a water pistol and one that shoots bullets. You don’t really want to get water on yourself, but a higher level of caution is necessary with the real gun.

I’m thinking that a serious intervention here is a good idea. The Dog Whisperer has dealt with Pits before, and he seems to be able to get them to control their urges and aggression. Someone call Cesar!

Comment from Carey
Time February 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Cygnet,

I can be so sure that the dog didn’t just randomly bite off another dogs ear because I have spent the last 3+ years watching dogs at a dog park and studying them in my free time…..

How about you?

Comment from mutt
Time February 13, 2010 at 3:42 am

100 years ago they were use to bring down 1000# steers. Then they were bred for pit fighting and still are. As with any breed 5 attacks labels it as a dangerous dog and needs to be put down before it kills. There are just way to many deaths cause by pits when there was no other dogs around to believe that they are just dog aggressive.

Comment from sab
Time February 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

I have known some wonderful Pitties but unfortunately I have known 10 times as many really dangerous ones. They do seem very territorial…

Comment from Stephanie
Time February 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

The stigma of pit bulls needs to b e removed. For those that are judging them by saying all of them are dog aggressive is absolutely ignorant, they are not all like that, it is taught to them. They are one of the most affectionate, sensitive and loyal dog breed. It is not Rachael’s faught that her dog attacked sometimes, like any dog or person for that matter, they are unpredictable. Pit Bulls have a bad name and for those that are judging the breed maybe you should get to know one and understand the inhumane treatment they endore before you are speak negatively on their behalf.

Comment from Stephanie
Time February 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm

And for those that no some wonderful pit bulls but a larger amount of bad ones. Well i no some good people but a larger amount of bad ones, so whats your point? The only reason anyone is even making a huge deal about this is because the attack was caused by a pit bull. If a lab attacked another dog it wouldnt be all of the news!!!!

Comment from Bob
Time February 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I hope everyone who is just writing negative things about “all” pitbulls off the cuff of their sleeve reads this because you dont know how ignorant you sound. Pitbulls are the only breed that is recommended for children where it is actually written in the a.k.c. breed description. And stephanie is right you never hear about labs or collies biting people or dogs. I own a pitbull and dont go to the dog park. Your only asking for trouble. If you could breed a 100# chihuahua, you would have the most dangerous dog in existance. I am a responsible owner and it shows in my dog. pitbulls are not for everyone, they take time, caring, and patience. those of us who own them know the rewards. If you want a dog as a fassion statement, this is not the dog for you! also those of you who can remember, dont forget that petie from the little rascals was a pitbull. Pitbulls are a breed where you can tell more about the owner than the dog just from meeting it. There is no room for irrisponsibility.

Comment from mutt
Time February 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

The reason that this made headlines is that she is a well known TV show cook that doesn’t know how to wok a dog. After 4 other previous attacks she is still allowing it to happen.

Comment from kim
Time February 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

My advice…call Cesar Milan!

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 14, 2010 at 11:33 am

Most pit bulls are dog aggressive. This is according to the UKC American Pit Bull Terrier standard. Do you think that the UKC thinks that “most” pit bull owners are felons who are training their dogs to fight other dogs? This is because pit bulls have been bred for a propensity to attack other dogs without provocation. (Read the “Cajun Rules” for dogfigthing–a dog fighting pit bull is disqualified if it doesn’t cross the line to attack the other dog).

No responsible lab owner denies that labs are likely to want to swim and retrieve. They are BRED to like to swim and retrieve. No responsible border collie owner denies that border collies are likely to want to herd. They are BRED to want to herd. Pit bull people live in a dream world. Despit huge amounts of evidence to the contrary, they proclaim that breeding doesn’t matter in pit bulls–and that despite the fact that many people are breeding them to be dangerous, it is still “all in how you raise ‘em.”

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

Stephanie,

Pit bull people always whine about “the stigma” and how pit bulls aren’t treated fairly by the media. Time to GET OVER IT.

Pit bulls are going to continue to be news as long as they keep killing people on a regular basis. (Last death, two days ago in Mississippi–a five year old girl mauled to death by a pit bull). It isn’t up to “the media” to clean up the pit bull mess. It is up to so-called responsible pit bull people. But they dont’ want to do anything but whine about what victims they are. Meanwhile, pit bulls die by the literal thousands in shelters every week because of pit bull community irresponsibility and occasional children die too.

Frankly, responsible dog owners are getting sick of pit bull people not doing anything meaningful to address the crisis.

If you can’t stop irresponsible pit bull breeding by “education” (and you can’t) it is time for the “responsible” pit bull community to lobby strongly for breed specific laws to curb irresponsible pit bull breeding.

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 15, 2010 at 7:23 am

DieselDawg,

Why do pit bull people so obsessively claim that “dog aggression does not equal human aggression.” You do realize, don’t you, that dangerousness toward dogs is a huge temperament flaw and any responsible dog owner is devastated if his dog is dangerous to other dogs? It isn’t like it is OKAY if your dog wants to bite off dog ears as long as he doesn’t want to bite off human ears, is it?

And anyway if Isaboo gets close to another dog (or if another dog gets approaches Isaboo) and there is a fight, it is very likely that somebody will be hurt trying to break up that fight, as Ms. Ray has already learned. People are sometimes killed trying to protect their dogs from dog aggressive pit bulls. Just ask Rosie Humphreys or Dorothy Sullivan. (Oh, you can’t–both are dead because they tried to protect their dogs from dog aggressive pit bulls).

I agree that Ms. Ray can continue to let Isaboo live if she can adaquately manage Isaboo’s dog aggression. There is still a risk involved, but with 120% responsibility, it can be minimized. I hope that Isaboo continues to appear on Ms. Ray’s tv show, but wears a muzzle and that Ms. Ray explains to her viewers that Isaboo has to wear a muzzle because of what you call the pit bull’s “genetic makeup of being dog aggressive.”

This might be a wake-up call to the “it’s all in how you raise ‘em” crowd and lots of people who don’t understand dog genetics might decide that, hey, maybe they don’t want a pit bull after all if you have to worry about dog aggression all the time with them.

Comment from keith
Time February 15, 2010 at 11:32 am

WOW its amazing how much ignorance is on both sides of this issue. first let me say I am a Pit owner a 13 yr old male red nose and a 2.5 yr old female blue nose. Both are great dogs and very well behaved. But like with any dog if you do not properly train and socialize them they will not behave in a manner that you can predict. Remember at the end of the day they are animals not people so their behaviors are much more instinctual. A dog any dog does not rationalize what is doing or about to do. A conscience is a human attribute all dog owners need to remember this just because your dog stares at the floor and gives you those “sad” puppy eyes when it wets the floor or chews your fav boots this is the result of repetition of action and reaction. Nobody would expect their dog to come when they call or not “mark” the legs of the table if they had not taken the time to “train” their dog. without this repetition your dog has no choice but to rely on its instinct. This is where R.R is way off base just because her dog wags its tail when she comes home,licks her face, and sleeps in her bed doesnt mean a darn thing except that through repetition her dog has learned that if it wags its tail and licks her face that it will get the attention that it instinctually desires as a pack animal. All this talk about dog aggresive or human aggresive really isnt the issue or shouldnt be. Instead dog owners need to realize that they need to “train” their dogs for each and every situation they plan to expose their dog to. To walk your dog around other animals is not something that should be done without first training the dog how to behave with other animals. You can not assume that since your dog is “friendly” when people come to your house that it will behave the same in a totally different enviroment. R.R’s dog may feel very secure in her home and “knows” what the result of different behaviors will be. But until this dog “learns” how to behave outside the home it is totally irresponsible for RR to subject her dog to situations where it is expected to resist instinctual behavior when it has never been properly “trained” to do so not to mention how unfair this is to other dogs and their owners. Again they are animals and dogs are pack animals and until dog owners realize this and adjust how they train their dogs these types of situations will continue to happen. And one more thing to all my fellow Pit bull owners there is a drastict difference between a 10 lb poodle thats not properly socialized and my 80 lb. 2yr old blue. Not to say that its not very annoying when a little yapper is barking and antagonizing you or your dog but you as a pit owner have the responsibility to be able to control your dog in every situation, from cat crossing the street to little kid coming up to your dog. And to all the pit hatters out there remember Pits are not a new breed yet is is only in recent years that you have begone to hear about these evil dogs. I would submit that the breed is not the problem but insteed its the owners and breeders who are looking for a dog that will some how make them feel like a tough guy. Those of you 35+ must remember when it was dobermines that where said to be a “mean” by breed dog and that they always turned on their owners etc. Rotties the same. I wish people would educate themselves better before they spout about a certain breed. As far as tempermant goes Pits always score very well in indepentant test and any true dog trainer will tell you that for protection ie “attack” dog Pits are poor canidates as they are to trusting of strangers that is why German Shepards are the preferred dog for this type of duty. Pits did not get the name “nanny” dog for no reason. There was even a “first dog” that was a pit I forget which Pres it was Roosevelt maybe but it was before all the hype thats out there now about this great breed.

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Keith,

I mean this in the nicest way possible: You are full of baloney. Most people don’t “train” their dogs not to rip other dogs’ ears off. They don’t have to. Most dogs actually do know (without any training whatsoever) that ripping other dogs’ ears off is a bad thing to do. Do you think that the average owner of a pack of hunting beagles has to train each and every one of them not to rip the others’ ears off?

The reason pit bulls do have to be trained not to be aggressive toward other dogs (and the reason many of them will still be aggressive toward other dogs, despite all the training in the world) is because evil people have BRED them for artificially heightened levels of dog aggression.

I do love it how a certain kind of pit bull owners always refer to their dogs by the color of their noses, though. Hmm…I have a black nose mutt, does that make me cool?

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

And, of course it is the “owners and breeders” of pit bulls that are the root of the problem. Pit bulls (and every other breed of dog) are products of human intervention. Pit bull BREEDERS are the ones who selectively bred pit bulls for dangerous levels of dog aggression. You can’t “blame” a pit bull for behaving as he is genetically programmed to behave, but that doesn’t make that behavior safe or acceptable.

Comment from Keith
Time February 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Cygnet you seem like a very angery person I refer to the color of my dogs nose because it is the way you diferentiate within the breed like a white german shepard or even a “tea cup” yorkie. it has nothing to do with being cool. You refer to most dogs knowing its wrong to “rip off another dogs ear” first of all the dogs ear was not ripped off second when a dog bites something be it a person or another dog it doesnt reason with in itself and say im gonna rip its ear off again its an instinctual action based mainly in fear. This is evidenced in a dog like a toy poodle known to be very prone to snapping at people and other dogs. Dogs do not bite to show their bravado dogs bite for one of three reasons fear, (self protection), to eat (hunt), or they have been trained to do so (attack dog).The third is usually acomplished using fear but anyway my point is that all dogs share these insticts. My son was bit in the face when he was six by a beagle! So it is ignorance like you showed in your comment that people think that their dog , like your “black nosed mutt” does not need to be trained not to bite. Your dog does not know it is wrong to protect itself if it feels threatened. Any trainer will tell you this, a scared dog is a dangerous dog. This is at the heart of most dog bites. If a dog has learned through repetition that people are to be feared then you will have a dog that is very dangerous to people, otherwise if the dog does not feel threatened it has no reason to react. ive got to go i will check back later tell me what you think Cyg

Comment from keith
Time February 17, 2010 at 12:42 am

Cyg to listen to you one would think that only pit bulls bite, you cant really be that ignorant. I have been bit three different times once as a child by a neighbors mutt once while rollerblading with my wife by a lab mix and the last time was at a customers home after being told “she’ll only bark till you come in” I was lying on my back with my head under the sink when it latched onto my thigh . I asked my wife and she said she was bit as a child again by a neighbors dog, and my son was bite by a beagle. And your Genetic programing comment come on are you kidding. Do your research if you buy into that line of thought then you must believe that pits are genetically programed to NOT be aggressive toward people. The next time you see or hear about a pit attack look at the owner any dog can be made aggressive. Dogs are still animals and most of their behaviors are learned, this is not debatable its just a fact. Both good and bad behaviors are taught if your dog jumps on company or if you cant leave your food on the coffee table you taught your dog these bad behaviors. So in reality every dog is trained you just may have trained your dog to behave in a way that is not acceptable. Its no different in people look around how many times do you see a child acting out ,screaming etc the child is acting this way because he or she has learned that if they raise holy hell mom will give in and they will get what they want. Its not only good behaviors that are learned. Any and ALL dogs can bite they are dogs its that foolish thought of “not my dog” that gets us in trouble. Ask any knowledgeable vet or trainer they will tell you any breed is capable of this behavior thats why so many people and pets are bit each year. I hope you realize most are not pit bites.

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

Nope, I am not “angry” that pit bull people are into the ridiculous practice of talking so much about their dogs’ nose color. I think it is funny, since nose color is about the least important thing about any dog.

It is true that some dogs bite because of fear. Pit bulls, however, do not typically attack other dogs because of “fear.” They are bred to race TOWARD the other dog (remember those Cajun Rules require the pit bull to cross the pit to engage the other fighting dog) and attack him. A fearful dog would run away from the other dog and jump out of the pit. (Some pit bulls do, but they typically don’t survive the night because their devoted owners kill them for being “cowards” and “curs.”)

And no training is necessary. The UKC American Pit Bull Terrier standard explicitly says that “most” pit bulls are dog aggressive. Do you think that they are saying that “most” pit bull owners are felons who trained their dogs to fight? (If so, all the more reason to pass laws that regulate pit bull breeders).

Comment from Cygnet
Time February 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

Really, pit bull people, no need to tell us about all the times you have been bitten by non-pit bulls. Nobody is denying that dogs sometimes bite people.

Pit bulls, unfortunately, are bred to be very easily aroused and to not stop biting once they start. Pit bull breeders even have a name for this characteristic. THey call it “gameness” and they value it (and breed for it) above all other characteristics.

Why do YOU think that the UKC American Pit Bull standard says that most pit bulls are aggressive toward other dogs?

Comment from juan
Time February 21, 2010 at 3:12 am

in my opinion its not the dogs faults and should not be put down, all dogs deserve another chance we are not perfec we make mistake like everyone does.

Pitbulls are not mean the people make them look mean, but their actuallualy very loving i feel your pain im with you because i also have pitbulls and i love them with all my heart.

Sincerly us

Comment from Lois
Time March 19, 2010 at 2:17 am

Ok, enough said. Let me address a few points. The color of the nose is indicative of describing the dog. So u can get a visual. i.e. blonde golden, a black lab, etc. I happen to own a blue pit, Izzie, that is the most lovable dog in the world. I treat her and train her just as i did my Golden. I respect that she is strong and have trained her with that in mind. Many responsible organizations are making sure pit bulls are being put in the proper hands of responsible owners…not the Michael Vicks of the world. I am fortunate i can take her anywhere. But i don’t put of with bad behavior. Where i fault Rachel Ray and her dog walker is as such…if there was even one incident with her Isaboo, then Isaboo needed be put into a strick training regimen with someone who has been successful with bully breeds as well as walked with a muzzle on. I don’t care what dog u own, Rottweiler or Yorkie, if it goes after another dog, you need to take proper precautions. That is just being responsible. I agree with keith and the others, any dog can bite. I had a cockerspaniel and a beagle come after me as a child. Family dogs, right? My point being take the time to temperament test any dog u are buying or adopting. Be responsible. If u are uncomfortable with a situation that translates to your animals. My Izzie lives harmoniously with Gucci -and Eskipoo, 9 and Tessa, maltepom, 12. They weigh 10 and 5 pds respectively. Do pits dislike some dogs, yeah, probably, but not all. I dislike quite a few people, but not all. If u take the time to get to know a pit you will see why families like ours love them and I never thought i could find a dog as lovable as my Golden, Baily but I did my Izzie and my daughter’s pit, Petey. God Bless.

Comment from smart person
Time March 20, 2010 at 1:36 am

Most of you are ignorant. If you look at the statistics of dog attacks (both human and animal), you will learn something. First, the number of attacks per year has been constant for the number of years that this data has been recorded. However, the number of attacks by breed changes every five to ten years in relation to the popularity of certain breeds. You can find this information in the book called What the Dog Saw (which is a collection of editorials, not a pro-dog book – in fact, the same book is quite critical of Cesar Millan). The short story is that people who want aggressive dogs seek out certain breeds based on what they think will be agressive. Thus, the trend for biting breeds is actually caused by stupid people looking for aggressive dogs. Then, laws against certain breeds get made and another breed quickly becomes known for being aggressive and wanted by the same stupid people. Within the next five years, this is the next breed on top of the bite list. The pattern has been well documented for decades. The fact is that all animals have the potential to be aggressive. Some animals are larger and therefore more dangerous, but all have the potential to defend themselves or strike when scared, confused, or dominant (ever been bit by a pet rodent?). People who think any less of animals are dumb and likely to be bit. People who are aware of this fact likely supervise their animals around all other people and pets and have taken proper precautions to avoid as many potential problems as possible. There are many wonderfully balanced pit bulls and “aggressive breed” dogs in the world, and at least as many poorly behaved, potentially dangerous “family firendly” breed dogs. I give credit to the owners like Rachel Ray and others who publicly provide positive, responsible ownership of breeds that are otherwise discriminated against despite the ignorance of the general public. Personally, I still have to lie to get my two pit bull mixes accepted by others. We call them boxer mixes (though they are clearly pit bulls) and they are highly valued members of our community, including the local school. Both have their Canine Good Citizen certifications and are on their way to being therapy dogs. In fact, there are several organizations utilizing the pit bull’s strength, intelligence, and human loyalty to be service dogs for vets of war in need (american pitt bull registry.org). For those that are really behind in the times, pit bulls are dogs that are more commonly used in dog photography than any other breed. However, if you think pit bulls look like the broad boned/headed, blue coated, trimmed-ear dogs you see on the cover of rap albums, you are again mistaken. These are known by the enlightened as ‘street pits,’ and usually owned by aggressive, irresponsible owners (labs in their possesion would be aggressive). True pit bulls (recognized in the UK and others’ clubs) are actually a medium sized dog with good proportions about them. When people see them, they often don’t recognize them as pits. The unfortunate element being that pit bulls are everywhere, but only recognized when bred or raised for fighting or protection by stupid people. If you doubt me, just contact your local positive pit bull club – no doubt your city has one and they take their pit bulls to all of your parks without incident!

Comment from Jennifer
Time May 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

I think it is absolutely ridiculous to say that just because Isaboo is a Pit that she’s DA. Unfortantely these dogs get bad raps bc of the retards that fight them for a sport. I have a pink nose pit bull who we rescued from a local animal shelter and spent $500 on to train. She is well behaved and I feel confident she would NEVER hurt another animal or human. It’s not because she’s a pit that she attacked. If you keep dogs confined and don’t have them interact with other dogs as they should, they will play the dominent role. As I believe was the case with Racheal’s dog. Dogs need to be around other dogs, it’s in their DNA. So shame on her for not doing so. People need to wake the hell up and realize there are plenty of other breeds that attack as well, not just the pit so please don’t be so ignorant to say “well it’s because she’s a pit’!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you’re research on them and maybe you too can be a Pit rescurer!! Be Good!

Comment from Nichole
Time May 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Rachael,
Don’t listen to any of these people. Pitts are not born danerous, just placed in those environments. I have one, actually looks almost exactly like yours, named Isabella. She is hard headed(literally) and a pain sometimes, but my little jack russel fights more with other dogs then bella. she has never gone after another dog unless that dog came at her first. Pitts have better tempers then German Shepards and are awesome pets. I wouldnt trade her for the world. Honestly, I want to resue another one. :]

Comment from Tasha
Time June 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

Jesus, reading all of this just about gave me a headache.

Without writing a dissertation, I will just say this simply. Pit bull dogs are smart, strong, and loyal dogs. Those traits are both a blessing and a chance to take full advantage of them (i.e. those who train them to fight). And for all that bullcrap about their aggressiveness being embedded into them over time, that’s about as brilliant as saying that people are born racist. So for all of you who have never owned a pit bull but feel the need to spout out all these “statistics”, you really have no ground to stand on.

Comment from ashley
Time July 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I own a 2.5 yr old red nose female pit & she is the sweetest dog and I don’t like or trust any dog but when my husband brought her home 2 yrs ago I feel in love. She isn’t aggressive towards Ppl or other dogs. We even walk her without a leash. She is great with our kids even when my four yr old jumps on her & chokes her my poor dog just lays down. She is however very protective of me & my family which in my opinion is a good thing.

Btw, that article that everybody is commenting about & condemning Rachel for cites its source is the national inquirer. How truthful are they?

Comment from Kathryn
Time July 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

Yes, I own the notorious pit bull – Babies and puppies are born innocent – We screw them up – This breed is naturally animal aggressive – It usually surfaces (not always) at about 3 years old – But as non owners spew their venom NOT ALL PIT BULLS ARE THE SAME – In the states we cross breed for size and temperment and have truly mixed up a beautiful dog – My APB is commonly referred to as a “red-nose” – She has a pure blood line, only weighs 50 lbs and loves people – But I never trust her off leash or in close quarters with other dogs – Trips to the dog park stopped “just in case” – If you have the need to own this breed of dog be ready to invest lots and lots of time – This is not the dog you raise in a kennel all day while you are at work and allow out only long enough so as not to pee on your fancy rugs – I raised a son and a pit bull – I know what to expect out of my dog – My son, not so much – Remember, babies and puppies are all BORN INNOCENT – Be open minded enough to do your research – I am almost 60 yrs and it was Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottis and this decade has pit bulls – The only difference is you have a society with no morality and good ole’ in your face world wide web – Any dog can bite – Most dogs over 20 pounds can do serious damage – And more than one death has been attributed to other than pit bulls – If you’re not a dog person maybe you should just keep your comments to yourself -

Comment from Evan
Time October 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

OK, to all the Pit Bull lovers and haters please read on the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. This is a great alternative to a Pitt Bull. This was the orginal Bull Terrier and is nick named the “Nanny Dog”.

Comment from Ashley C
Time February 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Actually cygnet you are extremely wrong. In dog fights the dog is starved and then provoked to become very angry before they allow it off the leash to fight the other dog. Did you know that they were bred specifically to be non-aggressive to humans? That’s right, in a fighting ring the dog has to be okay with people handling it not just it’s owner because they switch handlers and bathe the opponents dog before the fight to make sure no poison was put on the dog that would harm the other dog. Did you also know that up until after World War 2 they were America’s number one family dog? And saying that most of them are dog aggressive is ignorant as well and you can tell that to the two pit bulls snoring on the floor infront of my feet alongside the 4 other dogs in the house. Did you also know that they have one of the highest temperament scores according to the american temperament testing society? That’s right, the American Pit Bull Terrier beat out even the beloved golden retriever. If you want to blame anyone blame theirresponsible owners who keep their dogs on a chain. Did you know that every country and state who has banned pit bulls have reported that their dog bite numbers have NOT gone down and that the numbers in many places have actually risen? This is why so far both Toronto and Toledo have lifted their breed ban and replaced this with responsible ownership laws where it is now illegal to keep your dog on a chain for more than one hour unsupervised, keeping a dog on a chain is the number one cause of aggression. Oh and also to add to the thing about most of them being dog aggressive did you know that its estimated that more than 80% of the dogs trained to fight fail and won’t even pass the scratch line to go after the other dog? So before you try to condemn an entire breed of dog perhaps you should do some REAL research about them. Oh and to the person saying Staffordhire Bull Terriers are the original no actually the bully hreeds stemmed from the now thought to be extinct original bulldog which some people think Pit Bull Terriers actually are, Pit Bulls are also considered nanny dogs and are great with children…just look at the Little Rascals Petey. Oh and yes actually themedia does inaccurately bias reports against pit bulls. Not too long ago two weimeraners attacked and killed a pit bull and it was barely reported in the news at all and it was reported as “two weimeraners attack terrier” and never mentioned that it was infact a pittie who was the victim. Most pit bulls never harm anybody and are often the victim of other dogs just as much as they are the aggressors so yes, it is very biased.

Comment from What Idiots
Time March 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

WHAT FLIPPING IDIOTS THERE IS NO SUCH BREED AS RED OR BLUE NOSE PIT, AM I MISSING SOMETHING OR IS THAT A BREED REGISTERED WITH ANY BREED ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD. YOU GUYS SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF DRUG DEALERS AND DOG FIGHTERS TALKING ABOUT YOUR RED AND BLUE NOSE PITS. I MAY BE THE IDIOT BUT I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THE COLOR OF A DOGS NOSE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH TEMPERMENT BUT I HAVE ONLY OWNED FIVE AMERICAN STAFFORSHIRES – FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW THAT IS THE ACTUAL BREED THEY ARE CLASSIFIED IN THE TERRIER GROUP- END OF LESSON GO STUDY FOR YOURSELVES.

Comment from Sharon
Time April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Time for Rachel to contact Cesar Millan, don’t you think? (He’ll train Rachel to handle Isaboo correctly.)

Comment from Alesha
Time November 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Cygnet is an IDIOT. Very IGNORANT. (I cannot stand people like you). I own 5 Pit Bulls and I have never had problems with any of them, and I work for 2 Pit Bull rescues that I work with Pit Bulls everyday. BLAME HUMANS ALWAYS!!! Training is a necessity. Aggression can be bred out of any dog , and the reason there are such an over population of Pit Bulls is because of breeding for quick money. If aggression is a problem, training is a way to desensitize the dog to follow your command and not react. (Caesar Millan can show you this) Oh and Caesar Millan LOVES Pit Bulls. Daddy and Junior are his training role models he brings to correct other clients aggressive / problem dogs! Daddy and Junior are Pits!!!! He has worked with a man scared of Pit Bulls. Caesar states “all breeds are the same, it’s the way your raise them.” People do not take the time and responsibility to train their dogs. Working for Pit Bull Rescues, yes some are dog aggressive and others are not, just like ANY other breed. My trainers dog, a YELLOW LAB, is incredibly children aggressive. (I don’t think anyone could possibly think a yellow lab could be aggressive). Yet loves other dogs an adults. He has never had a problem because he has trained his dog not to react. And by the way, the Media always puts the attacks on Pit Bulls because they already have a bad rap, when in fact the attacks aren’t by Pit Bulls at all. Our rescues work with shelter dogs constantly and the dogs labeled as Pit Bulls receive DNA testing, and it turns out almost 90% of them are not Pit Bulls at all. Get your heads out of your asses and do research on dogs in general. Ashley C is correct in her responses regarding fighting. Pit Bulls bred for fighting are DOG AGGRESSIVE and not HUMAN aggressive, therefore the owners can pull them from the ring at any time. HUMAN and DOG aggression, yes there is a difference. HUMANS ARE TO BLAME!!!!! WAKE UP!

Comment from Alesha
Time November 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

What Idiots,
(Yes, there are many idiots on this site commenting)!

Blue nose, Red nose, are the color of the coat not breed. They are all Terriers. Hah, I never seem to be amazed!

Comment from Selina
Time July 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My friend has a big beautiful pit an a 2 pound chihuahua and they sleep in there little dog bed together ! Not all pits are dog aggressive . You have to be a responsible pit owner!

Comment from Lindsey
Time August 7, 2012 at 12:35 am

All dogs can be dog aggressive if they are not raised properlly its not the breeds fault so dont punish all pitbulls because some are bad i have had four and raised them with my children and other dog as well as cats. And the pitbull was not bred to fight in pits until after people discovered that they were good for a fight they were first bred to hunt.

Comment from kn
Time June 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Keep your mutt at home. And away from children. Problems solved.

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