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Maybe we should leave our dogs in our car? Everywhere we go we have a risk of a unplanned encounter. To blame Jay and his staff is ridiculous. if your dog was attacked by an owner who has no control of their dog then your concern should be with those owners. Not the excellent people at chow down. The service and community support of this business is legendary in my mind and many others. (i will not even go into the the horrible other pet store in this town) Being the owner of 4 dogs an owning over 100 in my life i find most owners not well educated and naive about how dogs tick. The down fall of the breed is only their loyalty to their owner. without proper use of that emotion there can be trouble with any breed.

I hope you took the time to follow the logical path to remedy your complaints with the owner of the dogs that attacked you dog. I hope you will also be a little more alert to your surroundings.

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Maybe we should leave our dogs in our car? Everywhere we go we have a risk of a unplanned encounter. To blame Jay and his staff is ridiculous. if your dog was attacked by an owner who has no control of their dog then your concern should be with those owners. Not the excellent people at chow down. The service and community support of this business is legendary in my mind and many others. (i will not even go into the the horrible other pet store in this town) Being the owner of 4 dogs an owning over 100 in my life i find most owners not well educated and naive about how dogs tick. The down fall of the breed is only their loyalty to their owner. without proper use of that emotion there can be trouble with any breed.

I hope you took the time to follow the logical path to remedy your complaints with the owner of the dogs that attacked you dog. I hope you will also be a little more alert to your surroundings.

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No matter who throws blame dog fights and aggressive dogs are ALWAYS the OWNERS fault. Blame the people not the breed. Any breed dog is capable of attacking another. To blame Pit Bulls is ignorant and proves the blamer has no idea what they are talking about. DO THE RESEARCH and learn the truth before you jump into the fray if you want to SOLVE THE PROBLEM. By their own figures areas with breed bans around the Denver area such as Aurora report over 95% of bites causing injury are caused by non banned breeds.

I wasn't there and neither most of these posters. Regardless someone not controlling their dogs always creates a dangerous atmosphere. People that knee jerk react also create a biased/bigoted atmosphere that is just as dangerous. Politicians are forced to knee-jerk which is why Denver's dog bite incidents are still the highest in the state despite the ban. Banning Pits obviously did not work because it was not the problem. The same out of control humans buy different breeds. The problem is educating & punishing the owners who own biting dogs and allow their dogs to roam uncontrolled.

Pits make good fighters because they are so biddable that they do whatever their owner asks. No dog wants to fight; they are willing to do something horrifically painful to please. The blame goes to people ignorant and inconsiderate enough of their own animal and other people and animals around them that they do not train to control their dog. A Pomeranian was recently banned from Aspen. ANY BREED can bite. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090924/NEWS/909239980/1058

DO THE RESEARCH BEFORE BLAMING. To do otherwise is just as bigoted as racism.
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2009/09/3497_dead_dogs_and_other_numbe.php LOOK at the graph-PITS are a tiny percentage of all bites each year. People in Denver County where there is a Pit ban showed more hospitalizations for dog bites than anywhere else in the state. Goldens, Labs, and Chows actually do most of the biting. The severity of Pit bites are the same as Australian Cattle dogs, Akitas, American Bulldogs, Dachshunds, and Dalmatians.

In 2005 Aurora banned pits yet their bite rate since banning is still higher than surrounding non-ban areas like Broomfield, Boulder, and Lakewood. The Pit ban there in three years still has record high dog bites by non Pits.

Chow Down is a great place and I will continue to give them my business. I choose to not blindly throw blame on locations or breeds but on the people that created the dogs who attacked. Do your research don't perpetuate the reactionist legislation that costs everyone money and doesn't work. It cost Denver Co about $256/dog to confiscate and kill a Pit. The bites are still just as high in incidence and severity requiring hospitalization than before the ban and our wallets are lighter. Almost 3500 Pits are dead today since the ban in Denver. Many of these dead dogs never bit anyone.

Of nine reported dog attack deaths since 1980 only two were Pit Bulls.
http://www.westword.com/2009-09-24/news/for-two-decades-pit-bulls-have-been-public-enemy-1-in-denver-but-maybe-it-s-time-for-a-recount

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No matter who throws blame dog fights and aggressive dogs are ALWAYS the OWNERS fault. Blame the people not the breed. Any breed dog is capable of attacking another. To blame Pit Bulls is ignorant and proves the blamer has no idea what they are talking about. DO THE RESEARCH and learn the truth before you jump into the fray if you want to SOLVE THE PROBLEM. By their own figures areas with breed bans around the Denver area such as Aurora report over 95% of bites causing injury are caused by non banned breeds.

I wasn't there and neither most of these posters. Regardless someone not controlling their dogs always creates a dangerous atmosphere. People that knee jerk react also create a biased/bigoted atmosphere that is just as dangerous. Politicians are forced to knee-jerk which is why Denver's dog bite incidents are still the highest in the state despite the ban. Banning Pits obviously did not work because it was not the problem. The same out of control humans buy different breeds. The problem is educating & punishing the owners who own biting dogs and allow their dogs to roam uncontrolled.

Pits make good fighters because they are so biddable that they do whatever their owner asks. No dog wants to fight; they are willing to do something horrifically painful to please. The blame goes to people ignorant and inconsiderate enough of their own animal and other people and animals around them that they do not train to control their dog. A Pomeranian was recently banned from Aspen. ANY BREED can bite. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090924/NEWS/909239980/1058

DO THE RESEARCH BEFORE BLAMING. To do otherwise is just as bigoted as racism.
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2009/09/3497_dead_dogs_and_other_numbe.php LOOK at the graph-PITS are a tiny percentage of all bites each year. People in Denver County where there is a Pit ban showed more hospitalizations for dog bites than anywhere else in the state. Goldens, Labs, and Chows actually do most of the biting. The severity of Pit bites are the same as Australian Cattle dogs, Akitas, American Bulldogs, Dachshunds, and Dalmatians.

In 2005 Aurora banned pits yet their bite rate since banning is still higher than surrounding non-ban areas like Broomfield, Boulder, and Lakewood. The Pit ban there in three years still has record high dog bites by non Pits.

Chow Down is a great place and I will continue to give them my business. I choose to not blindly throw blame on locations or breeds but on the people that created the dogs who attacked. Do your research don't perpetuate the reactionist legislation that costs everyone money and doesn't work. It cost Denver Co about $256/dog to confiscate and kill a Pit. The bites are still just as high in incidence and severity requiring hospitalization than before the ban and our wallets are lighter. Almost 3500 Pits are dead today since the ban in Denver. Many of these dead dogs never bit anyone.

Of nine reported dog attack deaths since 1980 only two were Pit Bulls.
http://www.westword.com/2009-09-24/news/for-two-decades-pit-bulls-have-been-public-enemy-1-in-denver-but-maybe-it-s-time-for-a-recount

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Being a professional dog trainer of over 23 years, and specializing in aggression rehabilitation and behavior modification, I have found that 9 out of 10 dogs, whether a Pit Bull Terrier or any other breed of dog, become aggressive BECAUSE of loving and/or naive owners, not abusive owners. The reason behind that is this: Every time a dog approaches its owner asking to be petted, most 'loving' people simply do so, therefore lowering their status in the 'pecking order', in the dog's eyes anyway. This is a major problem for two main reasons - 1) The dog demanded its owner's attention and received it immediately without having to work for it. 2) The dog invaded the personal space of the owner without a formal invitation and was praised for it. No true pack leader would put up with that from an animal that is sexually mature. After months or even years of this 'butt-kissing' on the owner's part, why would any dog view its 'loving' owner as any kind of an authority figure? There is a right time and a wrong time to share affection with a dog and the worst possible time is when the dog is either demanding attention or is not in a totally calm and relaxed state of mind.

People can train their dogs until they're blue in the face, they can even beat the dog bloody, but if the dog does not view the owner as 100% pack leader in every situation the dog's instinct will take over and the dog will never get to the 'finished product' stage of the relationship. Most Pit Bull owners are so very careful with their dogs and are so very loving, but this is usually to a fault and with a dog that has been bred for decades to be a 'gladiator' simply loving the dog will not train the dog, nor will it command respect from the dog. Dogs DO NOT follow loveable leaders, spiritual leaders or emotional leaders.... they follow dominant leaders, period... and most humans have no idea that something as simple as petting the dog every time it wants to be petted, or petting a dog that is sitting with its back to the owner is causing the dog to slowly but surely become its owner's leader. If you are not the leader, the dog will be.... period.

Many people often hear of horror stories of a dog 'turning on the owner on day' and this simply does not happen. The real and difficult to hear truth is that the dog was allowed to dominate his 'loving' owner (who also continues to 'bother' the dog with nagging leash corrections or obedience training) since puppy hood and when the dog finally reaches mental maturity, between the age of 2 and 4 years, he's had enough of his owner's annoying attempts to correct bad behavior, or trying to now get him off of their bed now that he's too big for the bed and corrects the owner in the same manner that he would a subordinate animal, with a bite. Too many dogs are put to sleep each year because of 'softie' owners who do nothing but 'humanize' their dogs. These are dogs, not little furry kids, and they should have rules, boundaries, limitations and structure if they are to become truly calm, relaxed, stable and balanced members of doggie society.

A note on the dog that was attacked: Border Collies are known to be very energetic animals and very rarely are they calm and relaxed in a new environment, especially with that 'loving' owner. Dogs will attack instability in an attempt to control it. A nervous, anxious or hyper-active dog will actually draw an attack from a dominant dog. Even an overly submissive dog will sometimes cause more dominant dogs to attack it.

I know many people will argue these points with me, but after 23 years of experience in dealing with severely aggressive dogs the problem ALWAYS lies in the hands of the human... always! There is only 1% of all dogs that have a 'screw loose' or a brain tumor that causes them to be unpredictably and/or unnaturally aggressive. The reason for breed specific legislation is nothing more than certain dogs just simply do more damage when they do attack. The tiny Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher are usually the cause of the attack, since most owners of the tiny breeds think it's cute when their dog is 'protective' and again, this energy, body language and eye contact from the little dog will quite often draw an attack from a dominant dog.

I am always so sorry to hear about an owner having to watch their dog attacked by more than one dog, or a more powerful dog. My heart goes out to the owner of the dog that was attacked at Chow Down and of course, I am extremely dissapointed in the owners of the Pit Bulls that did the attacking, but again my experience tells me that in reality the Border Collie more than likely was allowed to lead the owner through the door of the store instead of the other way around and this one simple behavior probably gave the dog a false sense of security and dominance over the owner, causing it to act differently than it would have around just dogs, with no humans present.

Thanks for listening,
Colorado's Own Dog Whisperer~

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Being a professional dog trainer of over 23 years, and specializing in aggression rehabilitation and behavior modification, I have found that 9 out of 10 dogs, whether a Pit Bull Terrier or any other breed of dog, become aggressive BECAUSE of loving and/or naive owners, not abusive owners. The reason behind that is this: Every time a dog approaches its owner asking to be petted, most 'loving' people simply do so, therefore lowering their status in the 'pecking order', in the dog's eyes anyway. This is a major problem for two main reasons - 1) The dog demanded its owner's attention and received it immediately without having to work for it. 2) The dog invaded the personal space of the owner without a formal invitation and was praised for it. No true pack leader would put up with that from an animal that is sexually mature. After months or even years of this 'butt-kissing' on the owner's part, why would any dog view its 'loving' owner as any kind of an authority figure? There is a right time and a wrong time to share affection with a dog and the worst possible time is when the dog is either demanding attention or is not in a totally calm and relaxed state of mind.

People can train their dogs until they're blue in the face, they can even beat the dog bloody, but if the dog does not view the owner as 100% pack leader in every situation the dog's instinct will take over and the dog will never get to the 'finished product' stage of the relationship. Most Pit Bull owners are so very careful with their dogs and are so very loving, but this is usually to a fault and with a dog that has been bred for decades to be a 'gladiator' simply loving the dog will not train the dog, nor will it command respect from the dog. Dogs DO NOT follow loveable leaders, spiritual leaders or emotional leaders.... they follow dominant leaders, period... and most humans have no idea that something as simple as petting the dog every time it wants to be petted, or petting a dog that is sitting with its back to the owner is causing the dog to slowly but surely become its owner's leader. If you are not the leader, the dog will be.... period.

Many people often hear of horror stories of a dog 'turning on the owner on day' and this simply does not happen. The real and difficult to hear truth is that the dog was allowed to dominate his 'loving' owner (who also continues to 'bother' the dog with nagging leash corrections or obedience training) since puppy hood and when the dog finally reaches mental maturity, between the age of 2 and 4 years, he's had enough of his owner's annoying attempts to correct bad behavior, or trying to now get him off of their bed now that he's too big for the bed and corrects the owner in the same manner that he would a subordinate animal, with a bite. Too many dogs are put to sleep each year because of 'softie' owners who do nothing but 'humanize' their dogs. These are dogs, not little furry kids, and they should have rules, boundaries, limitations and structure if they are to become truly calm, relaxed, stable and balanced members of doggie society.

A note on the dog that was attacked: Border Collies are known to be very energetic animals and very rarely are they calm and relaxed in a new environment, especially with that 'loving' owner. Dogs will attack instability in an attempt to control it. A nervous, anxious or hyper-active dog will actually draw an attack from a dominant dog. Even an overly submissive dog will sometimes cause more dominant dogs to attack it.

I know many people will argue these points with me, but after 23 years of experience in dealing with severely aggressive dogs the problem ALWAYS lies in the hands of the human... always! There is only 1% of all dogs that have a 'screw loose' or a brain tumor that causes them to be unpredictably and/or unnaturally aggressive. The reason for breed specific legislation is nothing more than certain dogs just simply do more damage when they do attack. The tiny Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher are usually the cause of the attack, since most owners of the tiny breeds think it's cute when their dog is 'protective' and again, this energy, body language and eye contact from the little dog will quite often draw an attack from a dominant dog.

I am always so sorry to hear about an owner having to watch their dog attacked by more than one dog, or a more powerful dog. My heart goes out to the owner of the dog that was attacked at Chow Down and of course, I am extremely dissapointed in the owners of the Pit Bulls that did the attacking, but again my experience tells me that in reality the Border Collie more than likely was allowed to lead the owner through the door of the store instead of the other way around and this one simple behavior probably gave the dog a false sense of security and dominance over the owner, causing it to act differently than it would have around just dogs, with no humans present.

Thanks for listening,
Colorado's Own Dog Whisperer~

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I've been fortunate to have been going to Chow Down for years; we see them as our source for all things dog-related. Jay and his knowledgeable staff have always been great to deal with; and really know the pet business.

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I've been fortunate to have been going to Chow Down for years; we see them as our source for all things dog-related. Jay and his knowledgeable staff have always been great to deal with; and really know the pet business.

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I am personally withholding judgement about this matter.

Chow Down's owner is known in the community as a good guy who gives to non-profits, community efforts, etc.These are good people that run Chow Down although the owners comments (as reported) were ill advised.

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I am personally withholding judgement about this matter.

Chow Down's owner is known in the community as a good guy who gives to non-profits, community efforts, etc.These are good people that run Chow Down although the owners comments (as reported) were ill advised.

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I am absolutely appalled by what happened at Chow Down this past weekend! I had just discovered this petstore being a fairly new Evergreen resident and was happy to know that they carried Natural Balance.

I was shocked after reading the article in the Evergreen paper yesterday about the pit bull attack. To blame this incident on "the people" in the room for creating negative energy is absolutely ludicrous and absurd. I will never ever shop here again period. I find it funny that in just about every incident I read about pit bull attacks, the owners have been loving and wonderful caretakers.

The bottom line is you never know what is going to happen with a pit bull. The attacks are random. I feel the ignorance and explanation of Chow Down for this attack is just beyond belief. I called Chow Down today to voice my concerns over the attack and all they did was offer excuses and blame the owners. They apparently have 3 pitbulls...more reason not to go there. More chances of incidents like this to reoccur.

Trish, I am truly sorry for your experience Saturday. Thank you for letting everyone know about the incident so we may also protect our pets from random attacks. I did find a pet store in nearby Conifer and called the owner and they do not let any pit bulls in the store at all. I will be taking my business here from on. The name of the store is Buster's Natural Pet Supply.

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I am absolutely appalled by what happened at Chow Down this past weekend! I had just discovered this petstore being a fairly new Evergreen resident and was happy to know that they carried Natural Balance.

I was shocked after reading the article in the Evergreen paper yesterday about the pit bull attack. To blame this incident on "the people" in the room for creating negative energy is absolutely ludicrous and absurd. I will never ever shop here again period. I find it funny that in just about every incident I read about pit bull attacks, the owners have been loving and wonderful caretakers.

The bottom line is you never know what is going to happen with a pit bull. The attacks are random. I feel the ignorance and explanation of Chow Down for this attack is just beyond belief. I called Chow Down today to voice my concerns over the attack and all they did was offer excuses and blame the owners. They apparently have 3 pitbulls...more reason not to go there. More chances of incidents like this to reoccur.

Trish, I am truly sorry for your experience Saturday. Thank you for letting everyone know about the incident so we may also protect our pets from random attacks. I did find a pet store in nearby Conifer and called the owner and they do not let any pit bulls in the store at all. I will be taking my business here from on. The name of the store is Buster's Natural Pet Supply.

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Within moments of entering the pet store Chow Down on 3719 Evergreen Parkway, 2 Pit Bulls attacked and latched on to my 10 month old Border Collie, Sagan. A black and white Pit Bull came up to Sagan and within a blink of an eye a Brown Pit Bull lunged from around an obscured corner and locked on to Sagan??s throat. Then the Black one bit on to Sagan??s knee. 5 people rushed to separate the cacophony with Sagan??s high pitched cry over all. The Black pit bull was pulled off first leaving the Brown pit bull locked on for what seemed like an eternity. We punched and kicked it when finally the pit bull owner recommended someone grab a stick to pry the jaw open. The Chow Down owner broke a wooden ruler in the first attempt when I grabbed what was left of the ruler and repeatedly stabbed it down the pit bull??s mouth finally freeing my dog. All 3 dogs had been leashed. After I rushed Sagan to Evergreen Vet in Bergen Park, I later returned to Chow Down to pick up Sagan??s collar that came off during the attack. I asked the owners what they thought of the incident since I knew they encouraged Pit Bull adoption and ownership in Colorado.

The owner of Chow Down blamed it on ??the people? in the room for creating the energy for the attack and not the Pit Bull breed. Confused by her reasoning, we reviewed the details of the attack described above. The Chow Down owner concluded that the Brown Pit Bull ??misread? the interaction of the Black pit bull with my dog. She said her Pit Bull would never attack anyone, because her dog knows she would kill it if it did. She said the two Pit Bulls that attacked Sagan were frequent visitors to their establishment and had never previously had an incident. It??s not the breed, it??s the owners and their training ability, she insisted. She added that the owners of the Pit Bulls were actually there shopping for ??more aggressive? training collars and that they offered them some ??training advice? after the incident.

I will never go there again. I feel their ignorance is unsafe for dogs, children and adults alike. If you agree that their judgment is flawed by continuing to allow and encourage Pit Bulls in their store and in our community, I ask you to join me in their boycott.

Trish McGinity
Evergreen resident

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Within moments of entering the pet store Chow Down on 3719 Evergreen Parkway, 2 Pit Bulls attacked and latched on to my 10 month old Border Collie, Sagan. A black and white Pit Bull came up to Sagan and within a blink of an eye a Brown Pit Bull lunged from around an obscured corner and locked on to Sagan??s throat. Then the Black one bit on to Sagan??s knee. 5 people rushed to separate the cacophony with Sagan??s high pitched cry over all. The Black pit bull was pulled off first leaving the Brown pit bull locked on for what seemed like an eternity. We punched and kicked it when finally the pit bull owner recommended someone grab a stick to pry the jaw open. The Chow Down owner broke a wooden ruler in the first attempt when I grabbed what was left of the ruler and repeatedly stabbed it down the pit bull??s mouth finally freeing my dog. All 3 dogs had been leashed. After I rushed Sagan to Evergreen Vet in Bergen Park, I later returned to Chow Down to pick up Sagan??s collar that came off during the attack. I asked the owners what they thought of the incident since I knew they encouraged Pit Bull adoption and ownership in Colorado.

The owner of Chow Down blamed it on ??the people? in the room for creating the energy for the attack and not the Pit Bull breed. Confused by her reasoning, we reviewed the details of the attack described above. The Chow Down owner concluded that the Brown Pit Bull ??misread? the interaction of the Black pit bull with my dog. She said her Pit Bull would never attack anyone, because her dog knows she would kill it if it did. She said the two Pit Bulls that attacked Sagan were frequent visitors to their establishment and had never previously had an incident. It??s not the breed, it??s the owners and their training ability, she insisted. She added that the owners of the Pit Bulls were actually there shopping for ??more aggressive? training collars and that they offered them some ??training advice? after the incident.

I will never go there again. I feel their ignorance is unsafe for dogs, children and adults alike. If you agree that their judgment is flawed by continuing to allow and encourage Pit Bulls in their store and in our community, I ask you to join me in their boycott.

Trish McGinity
Evergreen resident

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Chow Down has the widest selection of high quality food for pets that I've ever seen. They even have the stuff that needs to be refrigerated! They also carry lots of toys, leashes, vitamins, pretty much anything you need. Their prices are also very reasonable. Other services they offer is a do-it-yourself doggie wash (so you don't have to get your bathroom dirty!) which includes everything you need - you just bring the dog. They also have a separate area for cats that need homes and give lots of support to the local animal rescue group. Finally, they have someone there that sell homeade pet treats!

PROS: Huge selection - good prices
CONS: none

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Chow Down has the widest selection of high quality food for pets that I've ever seen. They even have the stuff that needs to be refrigerated! They also carry lots of toys, leashes, vitamins, pretty much anything you need. Their prices are also very reasonable. Other services they offer is a do-it-yourself doggie wash (so you don't have to get your bathroom dirty!) which includes everything you need - you just bring the dog. They also have a separate area for cats that need homes and give lots of support to the local animal rescue group. Finally, they have someone there that sell homeade pet treats!

PROS: Huge selection - good prices
CONS: none

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