[quote name='Alan'][quote name='BuddysMom']This was all very interesting; the article and responses. Thanks![/quote]
I also agree but let me throw in something to make you scratch your head. I am not saying I believe this, just asking.
When I grew up, it was common for everyones dogs to run loose in the neighborhood. Everyone knew whose dogs were whose and everyone got to know each others dogs. People didnt fear the Pit Bull because they knew it belonged to the Jones family and the big Mastiff belonged to the smith family and everyone petted and fed everyones dogs.
The bad part is, everyones male dog was getting everyones female dog pregnant. So stiffer laws came and the dogs were secluded from all the neighbors and only a select few got to meet them. When a strange neighbor saw a strange dog, he reacted in fear, and was bitten, wich made other neighbors fearfull and escalated into an epidimic. Could it have happened anything like that?[/quote]
Maybe ... The part about people reacting more fearfully to dogs is a good point.
But I remember a similar kind of "good old day" and it wasn't really so good. Such as when I was a kid, our lab-shepherd mix killing a neighbor's small dog. (No one knoew what exactly happened; they were both running loose as was the norm.)
I personally see almost an epidemic fear-to-hatred of dogs among people who grew up in ghettos, etc ... I think that can be traced back to the 1970s when dobes, especially; followed by other breeds, began to be used on a large scale as an accessory; a bodyguard, status symbol, security system ... but not a friend or a pet.