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The Truth about Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:00pm
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“Pit Bull.” There is no other breed of dog—or arguably, any other animal at all—whose mere mention can elicit such strong opinions. Try a word-associate game with your friends: Ask them what they think of when you say “Pit Bull.” Chances are that by the numbers, their responses will be more negative than positive. And it’s no wonder: No other type of dog is as widely banned from housing, legislated against, or incorrectly vilified by the media.

How did we get here?
Pit Bulls were once widely considered ideal family pets—affectionate, loyal and gentle with children. But in recent years, these dogs have suffered tremendously from a combination of overbreeding, bad publicity and irresponsible owners. In reality, the overwhelming majority of Pits and Pit mixes are sweet goofballs who have gotten a very bad rap.

Learn the truth.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day, on October 27, is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about Pit Bulls and their responsible owners. Please take a moment to learn the truth about these wonderful dogs and consider rescuing one of them from a shelter.

Are you a proud Pit Bull parent? Please participate in National Pit Bull Awareness Day, and help us dispel the myths about these dogs by leaving a comment below about your wonderful pooch.

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Kathleen

Hi there, I am not a proud owner of a Pittie but I am a proud sitter of one. A friend was in need of someone to watch over their pet DeBeau, well my daughter said she would, but I fell in love with him, he sleeps with me and all my other dogs and I am going to be very sad when he goes home next month, he is a fantastic guy, funny, loving, licks my face so much that I think my skin will licked away. He loves everybody, including my dogs, even when they don't want anything to do with him. He is so strong and doesn't realize that but we are working on the run and no stop before he knocks you down. He is great and the only reason I will be able to let him go is because I know he is going back home with his people who love him too.( and of course he isn't mine, but I would not mind if he was.)

Kathleen

Hi there, I am not a proud owner of a Pittie but I am a proud sitter of one. A friend was in need of someone to watch over their pet DeBeau, well my daughter said she would, but I fell in love with him, he sleeps with me and all my other dogs and I am going to be very sad when he goes home next month, he is a fantastic guy, funny, loving, licks my face so much that I think my skin will licked away. He loves everybody, including my dogs, even when they don't want anything to do with him. He is so strong and doesn't realize that but we are working on the run and no stop before he knocks you down. He is great and the only reason I will be able to let him go is because I know he is going back home with his people who love him too.( and of course he isn't mine, but I would not mind if he was.)

Kathy Bracewell

I never knew what a pit bull was having grown up in Wisconin; when I moved to Flordida years ago,, I wanted to have a dog, and I knew my husband's favorite dog was the pit bull, so my son and I went to our local Humane Society and adopted out "Bart" - - a black and white pit bull who was picked up on the streets of Daytona Beach! He turned out to be one of the best dogs I have ever had - a true part of the family and best buddies with my husband and son! Nothing pleased Bart more than to wear a bandana and ride up front in the work truck with my husband! he was loyal and affectionate. He passed away in our living room some years later, but his portrait still hangs in our home!

Monica

They are wonderful dogs - Two of my friends have one. Buster huge male pushing 100lbs, biggest head I have ever seen on a dog. But he is the biggest baby. He is afraid of baby birds LOL He lives with a cat that dominates him and a young child. He is so gentle with children. He stil thinks thta he is a lap dog. Love him so much!

autumn

I am a proud and responsible owner of two pits. They are the kindest most loving dogs ever. I would trust them around children and adults more than I would trust most people. I am thankful every day that I have them in my life. We need tougher laws for the owners that abuse these dogs giving them a bad rep., not tougher laws on the victims...who are the mistreated pits.

I have 10 berautiful grandbabies that 3 of them are bitbulls. one is Isabella (red nose), Big Jefferey (rose bud), Big Boy who is a mastive mix pit. My grandbabies are the world to me and I am a animal lover, so if I see or hear of any abuse or unleased animal any breed I call the police and our animals control. People think that the pitbull breed is here for the wrong reasons. it is the owner that shows the animals not the animal show the owner. everything bad person that has a pit and does not take care of it or mis treats their animal should be chained up and not fed and see how they like it. We has pet owners should be loyal to our animals theya re loyal to us. Have a great day everyone. PITBULLS ARE MUBER ONE. As TIA TORRES and her family fight for the PITBULL now in New Orleans, was in Los Angeles and the city pushed them out. We need people like her and her family. The breed needs her also. Everyone go to their website and purchase there clothing or decals to support the PITBULL Breed. Ginny a very proud GRANDMA.

Manda

I am a proud owner of 2 pit bulls. They are brother & sister their names are Tonka T. & Tiffany. They are 9 1/2 years old and are the best pets ever. They love our family, friends & kids. I feel sorry for this breed of dog because they do not get the credit they deserve. I have never had a problem with mine & actually when I take them to their doggy day care I always get told how good they are. I hope that some day Pit Bulls will have a more positive outlook to their breed because they really are a loving, caring, loyal breed of dog.

Jenn D

The pit bulls I have known in my life have been some of the sweetest, playful, and affectionate dogs I've ever dealt with. I don't have my own dogs but the pit bulls I do know are awesome! It makes me sad they get such a bad rap :(

Rachel S

You would think a dog that was "inherently dangerous" wouldn't have the capacity to love, right? Wrong. Two years ago, we had to put our older pitbull to sleep. He had prostate cancer and there was no cure. His brother knew when we came home that something was wrong, and we cuddled him that night. The next morning, I let him out into the backyard, and, instead of bounding out, he sat on our hill and howled, softly. "Ohh, ohhh", he called. I don't know if it came from a place of immense sadness, if he was still hoping Shocka would come back if he could just talk to him, or if if he was calling out one last tribute to his brother, telling him it was OK, but those low bass notes, called out into the misty September morning, were the most beautiful, heart-wrenching eulogy I have ever heard. I stood in the house, listening, my head up against the door, crying, because he spoke for all of us. None of my other dogs have ever openly loved like that, and I feel so fortunate that I got to experience it from him, a dog who has been so misunderstood for so long for no reason.

Sarah

Here is a link to a slideshow I made with pictures loaned to me by pit bull owners Ive met on the web. It shows the facts about pits and that the media has been spouting old misinformation for too long. Please share it so more people can know the truth about Pit Bulls. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRj1HJEfU4o

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