I, as you might expect, follow several dog-blogs as well as even more dog and dog related pages on Facebook and I absolutely love looking at everyone’s pictures. The great poses that the humans capture as well as the clever captions are a true source of enjoyment for me. I know I am not by any means very talented behind the camera. I’m more of a point, shoot, cross your fingers and delete kind of gal, so I seem to have a long running internal debate. Should I buy a better camera? As you can tell from the low quality of the majority of my pictures, I rely heavily on my crappy Droid for capturing moments and the few times I get a better quality it is because I’m borrowing my daughter’s Kodak. Should I invest in a camera? How high of a quality should I choose? At what point would my limited knowledge of photography make a new camera….wait. I’m not wording this well. What I mean is I don’t want to get too much camera for my limited skills because that would just be a waste of money.
Well. That paragraph went in a direction that I wasn’t planning. My original point was that I’m always curious as to the acutal size of the dogs I’m seeing online. How is that for the stream of consiousness to take a wild turn! My first experience with a Pit Bull type dog in person was my sister’s dog who was gigantic. Tai Chi weighed nearly 100 pounds and he was tall, so for the longest time, I thought that is what Pit Bull looked like.
Then I started reading about how much variation there is and about the whole lumping of several breeds into the general term “Pit Bull” and I’m fascinated by all of the differences I see. I love it.
I’m wondering though, about Ray of course. I wonder how long he will continue in his physical growth. Because he has excellent manners out in public, people forget or just don’t realize that he is still a puppy. I take him with me each month to the Veterinarian’s office to get his heartworm “cookie” so that I can weigh him and give him more exposure to people and that office in general. Not surprisingly he keeps growing at exponential rates and every time they read a new weight from the machine I have to remind them he is a baby. “He weighs 73.5 pounds today but a month ago he was 66 pounds?” Yes, but don’t forget he is not quite ten months old. Oh. Yeah.
|Big baby with his binky|
So here is what I believe I remember: Miss M. is 85 pounds, Wallace was under 55 pounds, Audie is 45 pounds and of course baby Ray is 73 pounds at 10 months. The point? None, I guess. All of the above are “Pit Bull-type” dogs though none of them look at all alike. True, they all have blocky heads and muscular chests and short hair but even that varies. Miss M has a very different kind of head that Audie’s whose is very different from Ray’s whose is very different from Wallace’s. So while they are so different-looking from each other, why do so many people want to attribute blanket generalizations to them?
*Excuse the rambly-ness today, although I have no excuse…oh wait, let’s just call it Friday-itis.