Originally Posted by mamallama
Putting the pitbull discussion aside, this sounds like a problem to me. The OP isn't sure if she wants a dog or a ferret, but she's getting one or the other tomorrow. If she gets a dog, it might be a second hand pitbull.
Gabysmom, please take a little more time to think about it. This is a pretty big decision, and you're talking about two entirely different species.
I've thought about it for about 5 years now. How much longer must I wait to think on it? I want a ferret or either a dog, (maybe eventually both) and I realize how drastically different they are. I've always wanted a ferret, done tons of research on them, but never had one.
As for dogs, I grew up from babyhood up with dogs. I'd like to think I know a good deal about dogs, and about the whole "dominance submissiveness" things. After spending a little bit of time with a dog, I can pick up whether or not it is a submissive dog or dominant dog. When you grow up lonely, and spend all day outside with the dogs, you get to know dogs pretty well.
So, while I'm not exactly a newbie at dogs, (my most recent experience being a couple of years ago, prebaby, when I had to bottle raise some less than week old puppies for several weeks because their mother died
Sigh, all of the nights of whining and bottles of puppy formula mixing and wiping little butts to stimulate them to "go", paid off, because all four of them survived and are big and yappy today... )I have to say that we've never had a pit bull. My dad had a boxer/pitt mix once, but I did not spend much time with it. I have a lot of love for spaniels, hounds, pointers, labs and english bullies, though, because I spent a lot of time with them growing up.
I was just wondering, what, if I speak with a foster, and a wiggle-butt obviously submissive minded pit mix seems to be right for us, should I turn it down just because it's a pitt? Doesn't seem right to me. But I dunno.
But just because I've spent 5+ years thinking and researching on the type of pets I would like and I come out with two drastically different species that I would eventually like to settle on doesn't mean I haven't thoroughly thought the decision through.
And also, Adding here, I haven't decided on a pitbull. I want to go in looking for a dog that is right for the family, regardless of breed. I was only wondering about rethinking my decision to automatically and indiscriminately omit pit and pitmixes from the lists of otherwise suitable pets for us that we come up with.