With the nicer weather lately, the streets of Chicago have been crowded, and we've been taking longer walks and meeting even more people. I am always proud when parents come running over to our pitties and ask if their child can pet our dog. We show the child how to put out its hand first and that our dogs will give them kisses on their fingers.
It does amaze me that parents so excitedly will want their kid to pet a pitbull, until the point, when their child's hand is already half-way down our dogs' mouths, the parents ask "What kind of dogs are they"?I've answered this a couple of different ways. If I say that they're "types of pit bulls" you usually see the parents' faces change to horror as they snatch their child away, glaring at us as if we tricked them into petting our dogs.
Sometimes I say an American Staffordshire Terrier and an American Bulldog/ Boxer mix; this usually doesn't register with the parent that they are pitbulls. This also makes me feel bad because we do want to do our part abolishing the pitbull stereotype, which could help seeing how friendly and well-mannered our dogs are.
What does everyone think? What is the best way to answer this question to demonstrate how pit bulls are friendly dogs without frightening and alarming people?