I told you about our new dog. The perfect dog for non dog people. He's great. We have an issue though. Of course we would.
He is lovely. He hasn't had a single potty issue, he's great on a lease, he doesn't bark, he doesn't chew on things or get into things. He seems to like the kids, he's tolerant to their laying on him, he wants to be with us, but is alright hanging out in the other room too. He sleeps a lot. He's just really nice.
Here's the issue. We were told that he's a black lab mix. We knew full well that his past (apart from the month he was in the shelter and the two weeks in the foster home) was a mystery. He was an owner surrender, so they knew the story that someone gave, but it's basically not known. All the paper work we saw, the online profile and the page hanging on his crate at the adoption event all said black lab mix. The mix part was the mystery. So, as we've been walking him around the neighborhood, we've had two separate people mention something about him being a pit bull. I didn't see it until they said it. Maybe that's the mix. I'm pretty much not wanting a pit bull who has a mystery background. It's scares me. Now it's all I see.
So it's technically a mystery, but since googling pictures of both Labradors and pit bulls, I frankly feel stupid. So do we just deal with it, be happy that he seems gentle or pursue it with the adoption group, tell them we feel tricked and insist they take him back? That seems cold. We really like him, I just don't want a dog that when people see him they cower their children behind them, or make up an excuse to not let their children come over to play. I don't feel like I can defend a dog that I don't know to a friend's parent. What if we go to board him at some point and they won't take him? I don't think I feel right about sending him away. The cats wouldn't mind, but I don't think I could do that to the dog, let alone the kids. Should I mention, the big lug of a dog is sleeping next to me on the couch. Maybe he just has a big head. Darn dog.
Goodness, I don't usually come here to rant, but I did. Geesh.