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Monday, September 5, 2016

In Praise of Pit Bulls And All Dogs


                                          Good Day World!

There is no bad dog breed. 

I don't care what some people say, ALL dogs are the best animal companions we humans could ever hope for.

I really think it's sad that pit bulls have gotten such a bad reputation over recent years. How did that happen? Once upon a time the American PitBull Terrier was considered a family dog.

Remember Petey? He's that good looking dog on the top of the page and was a star in The Little Rascals, a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures.

There's a number of reasons why pit bulls were given a bad reputation. Because of their ancestry, pit bull's (once used in war by the ancient Britons, and later Romans) were used as sporting (in other words fighting) dogs in the 19th century.

That cruel practice has continued into the 21st century. It's illegal, but cases are still coming up across the country.

Just think, during World War I the country itself was personified as a pit bull on Army recruitment posters. There were even several pit bulls who became famous in the American military.

For example:

Believe it or not, Sgt. Stubby, the most Decorated US Military Dog, would be banned from bases today!

Why? Because Stubby was what would today be a considered a pit bull mix. 

Pit bulls (including American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers), along with Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers and Chow Chows, are not allowed to live in housing on military bases because they're considered "dangerous dogs."

Despite being illegal in all fifty states, dog fighting made a comeback in the 80s, and the pitt bull was the dog of choice. Drug dealers and gangs preferred them for guard dogs.

The final straw in getting the bad rep pit bulls face today can be traced to a highly publicized attack in 1987 in which a pit bull, guarding a marijuana crop in California, mauled and killed a two-and-a-half year-old boy.

That was it. Pit bulls became the victims of a lot of bad press in the following decades. 

What the hell happened to common sense? If you raise your dog, any dog, with love they will be your best friend. 

Granted, some breeds need extra TLC and training, but any dog properly taken care of becomes a family member if you let them.

One of the big problems with people who buy pit bulls, and other supposedly dangerous dogs, is they don't take the time to properly raise and train them.

Not all dogs do well in all environments. Kinda like humans. So let's stop demonizing a dog that propaganda has persecuted for far too long. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

3 comments:

Romilda Gareth said...

thanks

Linda Fairy said...

America has profiled humans and now dogs, and it's such a cruel thing to do. I have a pittbull named Ada and she is the most wonderful dog in the entire universe, bar none! I cannot understand the hate for this breed and more than ever, I am more afraid to go out with Ada since I can see that she can sense the aversion that some people have towards her. Thank goodness that I have neighbors who see beyond color and breed and it made Ada's life fruitful. This timely article that I found is very spot on, I'm sharing with everyone: http://dogsaholic.com/breeds/info/how-to-raise-a-pitbull.html

Dave Stancliff said...

Thanks Linda! Glad to hear someone stick up for Pit Bulls. I don't have one, but I do have friends that have Pit Bulls and their all great dogs.

Thanks for sharing.