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It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

White House Administration Does NOT Like Bullies

Posted Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 4:42 PM
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  • My first thought was........why the muzzle?

    -- Posted by older and wiser on Tue, Aug 27, 2013, at 4:34 PM
  • Older and wiser; Boomer is not wearing a muzzle. I have a muzzle and it encompasses the entire snout/mouth of a dog. What Boomer is wearing is a Gentle Leader. It is similar to a horse halter without the bit. Boomer is a strong dog and when we are out on walks you will most likely see him wearing one. He can still open his mouth, drink water, eat food and I suppose bite something if he wanted to. It gives me control of his head which in turn his body follows. They are an excellent tool for walking any dog that pulls. I've had Ike, my 18lb. Jack Russell Terrier wear one because he is horrible on a leash and pulls until he chokes himself.

    I also am aware of Boomer's apprehension and would never want to put him in a situation where he felt threatened. He also can play rough and I would never put him in a place where his playfulness could be mistaken for aggression.

    There are so many things to take into consideration when you have a dog that has been labeled a ''pit bull'' and people have fear of the dog to begin with. One wrong move, whether it be by Boomer, myself, or anyone else and his life would be jeopardized. I know my dog and all of his quirks and I choose to take extra precaution for his sake.

    So again, it is not a muzzle which would not allow him to get anything in his mouth, but rather a tool to help me contain control of him.

    By the way, this picture was taken with hundreds of people surrounding us, in an unfamiliar place and with unfamiliar noises, smells, sights and sounds. This was a huge step for Boomer and he did awesome!

    Thanks for the question and I hope I clarified things for you.

    -- Posted by Foster Mom on Tue, Aug 27, 2013, at 6:27 PM
  • Good article, Steph! I know that's Boomer's gentle leader, but when I first met him I also thought it was a muzzle. So keep educating people, it brings us a step closer to understanding and acceptance.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/08/27/newday-vo-kitten-pla...

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Aug 29, 2013, at 11:00 AM
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