I forgot to congratulate you on your cause.
I am old enough to remember when The Doberman was the big bad wolf. er...you know what I mean. Then it was the Rottweiler, and now it's the pitbull.
So good luck on your PR campaign, k? Remember to keep it safe and friendly.
Unfortunately, I just disagree about the school bus stop. The kids more than likely don't have an option but to be there.
I think that maybe a park is more appropriate, and just allowing others to see your kids playing with the family dog is more appropriate. I tend to be cautious because I have a dog who happens to be a "bad dog". (She was a rescue from a home that bred dogs to fight. This was obvious by the wounds on the other dogs and they were bold enough to build the fighting cages on the front lawn.)
And yes, she's nervous, and can be aggressive, and now that she is aging, I have to remind my kids that our dog is unable to tell them if she isn't up to fun. And she has this peculiar sensitivity to anyone touching her tail. Now she can't tell anyone to not touch her tail, so she growls, barks, and if they persist, I suspect she will bite.
I also remind my kids that dogs get headaches, colds, arthritis, etc. and our Annie might not be up for the same fun and games that she once was.
She has been pepper-sprayed by a mailman, and nearly tazered by a police offer who knocked on our door one evening. And yanno? She's a goofy looking yellow lab/german shepherd mix, and when she's not chewing on the metal fence she looks harmless enough.
So nod. I have total compassion for your fear that your dog might be "put down".
It's a little different for you I guess, since you fear that would happen out of prejudice.
I knew when I took her on that she was high risk, but so far, she's done no harm.
*shrugs* and hugs
I just wanted to let you know where my stern sense of caution comes from.
We had to replace a bay window in our former home with plexiglass.
She jumped right through it. sigh
So yeah, it's a very real fear that I have, not paranoia. By all means, Ringo, keep up the cause and I urge everyone to speak out against animal abuse and most especially the exploitation of those abused animals for profit.