Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shame, Shame, Shame

Pardon me, I need to rant for a moment.


noun: Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience 

I'll be the first one to admit that I was prejudice.  Having never had any personal experience with them, I thought they were mean-spirited, easily agitated, and fierce.  Just their appearance gave the impression that they were bad, vicious, and violent.  All you have to do is mention their name and people suck in air, gasp, or get squeamish:


Picture courtesy: Randy W.

Yep, I had a "preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience" about the very breed of dog that is now such an integral part of my life.  Of my family.  (Please, note, I'm not one of those "the dog is my kid" people - but we have made Diesel a part of our everyday lives now, including our camping).

And that's what brings us to this rant.  I booked a site for this weekend, last minute, since we missed out on last weekend with the rain.  Just one night - and since I had wanted to visit Lake Texana earlier (such a lovely park!) I thought I'd give them call and book.

So, the booking was no problem.

Getting to reserve a specific site - no problem!

You guys allow dogs on-leash - no problem!

Well, until you read the fine print.  I received my confirmation email and get to the second to last paragraph, and find this:

Pet Policies:
PETS are to be kept quiet and secured by a leash of six (6') feet or less, OR confined. Pets may not be left unattended. Please clean up after them.  Pets other than seeing-eye dogs are NOT PERMITTED in the buildings.

AGGRESSIVE PET BREEDS such as Doberman, Rottweiler, Pit Bull or any mix of these breeds will not be allowed in any part of the Recreation Complex. If a pet demonstrates aggressive behavior, regardless of breed, it may be asked to leave the Complex.

(The emphasis, by the way, is all theirs.)

So, I called back within less than 10 minutes to cancel my reservation.  I get it, you don't.  You don't understand that just because a dog is, or looks like, a certain breed does not automatically make it a raving mad rabid lunatic of a creature that is hell bent on death and destruction.  You don't understand that it's more about the owner (and their choice to train and teach and nurture), than it is about the type of dog (or the nature of that dog).  You don't get it.  And I understand.

I expected that I would be refunded for the booking as I paid the deposit over the phone.  And they willingly did - minus a $5 cancellation fee.  I get penalized because of their lack of communication regarding breed specific restrictions? (I had asked if it was ok that I brought a dog along, they simply said, yes.)

So, here I am - ranting over $5, right?  No.  I'm ranting over the injustice of judging my dog simply by the breed type on his AKC registration.

Shame on them for being closed-minded.
Shame on them for being uneducated.
Shame on them for being prejudiced.

Shame, shame, shame.

Picture courtesy: Randy W. 


  1. That's horrible! Dobie's are great dogs... You need to talk to the AKC and send them some current data.

  2. I am sorry you had that experience. We had a dobe for 14 years, she was a sweet and gentle girl. She was well socialized and always good with our kids. She has been gone for 10 years now and we still miss her. It is sad that people ruin the reputation of good dogs by the way they train/treat some breeds.

    1. Before getting Diesel, I had always thought dobe's were mean and viloent dogs - and these past 18months have completely chattered that opinion! Not sure I've met an un-freindly one yet!!

  3. Hi...just discovered your blog. Love it and have pinned several of your recipes! I totally understand where you're coming from on this subject. We have a pit bull-type dog named Mayzie. She is a total lovebug and according to her DNA results, she's technically not even a pit bull. But people think she LOOKS like one so we encounter all sorts of discrimination. I don't know why it's so hard for people to understand that dogs are INDIVIDUALS, just like humans. Small, fluffy dogs can be aggressive and big dobermans (and pit bulls) can be sweethearts. It's stupid to lump all dogs of a certain breed (or look) into one category.

    We make sure to carefully look at and ask about pet policies before we make reservations. I figure those who discriminate are the ones who are losing, not us.

    Oh, and if you want to check out my dog blog (written from the POV of Mayzie because yes, I am that crazy...ha!), I actually have a post up today about our latest camping adventure: http://mayziesdogblog.com/2013/07/09/shall-ay-adventure-trinidad-lake-state-park/


    1. Amber! I am totally in love with Mayzie!! what a sweet blog you've got going on over there! (bookmarked!)

      "I figure those who discriminate are the ones who are losing, not us." - and I agree with this 110%!

  4. I found your blog a little over a year ago via Pinterest when I was doing Pop-up mods and this post stuck in my mind after February 2nd when I adopted a 'Bully Breed' name Kodi Bear.
    I now completely understand having a dog people react negatively to. My 2 year old American Bull Dog is often mistaken for a Pit Bull (There is probably Pit in him but ABD is the dominate part of his genes) and his 85lb frame scares most people but he is a love. It's hard to let him interact with other dogs because the barking/growling he does while playing sounds like he's out for blood (deep DEEP voice). I often get 'the look' or 'the question' while we are out as a family - "You let that thing around your kids?" That THING has a name and I trust him more than most people! So yes! I absolutely trust him with my children (who are VERY aware of how you treat a dog) We have recently added Sadie, a Blue Heeler/Pit mix who might just be sweeter then Kodi (though I wasn't sure that was possible) Many of my friends have Pit Bulls and I ADORE the breed as well as all the other 'Bully parents' I've met at the dog park, including a brother/sister Dobie team who were once afraid of a rabbit (they were only 5 months old at the time) You are clearly a GREAT ambassador for your dog as well as his breed and I try to do the same for mine! I also ADORE your blog and while I live in the PNW, and will most likely not camp in TX or the surrounding areas often, your campsite reviews have inspired me to review the ones around us! I also am very careful to read all the information before booking now and have discovered several campgrounds I was considering to have these same rules, I contacted them voicing my displeasure and hope to see some change in the coming years.