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The Truth about Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 4:00pm

“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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I have had boxers all my life. Last year I rescued an 8 week old pit mix - Biscuit...who was abused, starved, neglected and abandoned to die. She was basically a skeleton with fur and so full of worms and demodite mange...and had multiple hernias. We support a local rescue called Saving Sunny, Inc....but had never owned a pit bull before, or fostered a dog. I wanted to help somehow, so against even my husband's wishes I took her home. We were only going to "foster" her until she was spayed and we could find her a home, but SHE adopted US! She is the BEST dog I have ever had. So gentle, smart and wonderfully behaved in spite of not having any formal training. She LIVES to please us. Everything she does, she looks back at me as if to say, "is this ok, mom?". When she potties, she looks back at me...waiting for my smile and praise. Everywhere we go, she follows. She loves water, car -rides and her sister and brother boxers. She adores our three children, the neighborhood children and any other person who cares to pet her. I have heard her bark MAYBE five times....and it was because she wanted up on the bed....lol. We take her to the farmers market every weekend and she is quite the celebrity. She's a scardy-dog of chickens and geese, squirrels and rabbits. Her only flaw is that she likes to dig.....but we just watch her and tell her no...and she stops immediately. She is such a wonderful dog. I will probably never have another breed....and I most certainly will never purchase another animal. I will ONLY adopt.

Gentry

When I tell people that I have three rescued pit bulls, I get some surprised looks. Some people seem to think that by having dogs of this breed that I'm crazy and some people approve of my rescue work. Either way I'm happy that I made three of the best decisions of my life.
I adopted Yuuna two years ago at age three. She was found wondering Nowhere, Oklahoma with one eye, a bloated tummy and harness digging into her. Now she's my shadow- she follows me every where I go and loves to just be near people.
Harvey was left tied to a post outside of my vet clinic nearly six years ago. My vet had kept Harvey at the clinic hoping some one would want him. As he aged, his arthritis got worse, the grey started to take over his dark brindle coat and no one took him in. After much debate and getting a better living situation, I decided to bring Harvey home. He still has to take some medicine for the ailments, but he's happy and always hungry.
Last year, my co-worker brought in a scrawny, 8 month old brown red nose that she had found on a wooded property. He seemed to be a sweet dog, so I took him to my vet clinic to get him checked out. Shortly after, I brought him home to terrorize me with his antics and constant butt-wiggling. He's been through obedience training successfully and harasses my older dogs constanly.
Even though my pitties have come from tragedy, I believe that I'm giving them them the best lives I possibly can.

s williams

Tell the parents of mauled and dead children as a result of a pit bull attack how cute and "golfball" like they really are.

Georganne

I have a Black Lab/Pit Bull Mix. She is the sweetest dog there is and my best friend. I adopted her when she was 8 weeks old from a rescue, she is now 3 years old. I have trained her to be gentle and loving to both young and old, as we have both in our house. She has never bitten anyone because I trained her not to and give her huge doses of love and affection. Dogs that bite, like people, have a need that is not being met. Either mental, emotional, or physical. If your dog or any dog is acting aggressive, it is for a reason. The intelligent, responsible, and compassionate thing to do, is to find out why! What is causing the aggressive behavior? In the same way, we take children to doctors or counselors to find out the source of a problem, we need to figure out what is causing our beloved pets to have a problem. Then we can apply a solution to correct the situation, BEFORE ANYONE GETS BIT OR HURT! Be responsible and meet their needs - all of them!

Matt

I have two lovable dogs one being a Pitt/husky and the other being a chunky weiner dog lol. My feince and I recued our pitty mix from a kill shelter at 8 weeks old. His whole litter and parents were also rescued by the way. His name is Sherman and is the most lovable dog I have owned. All he wants to do is snuggle especially on my fiancées baby bump. I think he is just as excited as I am for the baby and can't wait my sweet boys to meet there sister. He hears my car pull in and looks out the same window everyday dancing with excitement I am home. I am a proud owner of a pitty and if someone has something to say my chunky weiner dog will let u hear it cause Sherman will just be chilling on my lap.

Rex's Mom

I am the proud owner of an almost 3 year old pit mix and he is the love of my life. When I adopted him I knew that he changed my life forever and I will never live in a home without a Pitty. All the stereotypes are just that, false notions put on these animals by people who don't know any better. Rex will sooner run away from you, the garbage truck, thunder or any other "scary" thing then bite. He is a joy and the sweetest most loving dog I have ever had. We of course get the looks, the "can you handle that dog?" smart remarks (he's 90lbs, I'm 5' tall 110 lbs) but that's okay, I brush it off because I feel sorry for those people. I couldn't be more proud to own this breed of dog and I will always educate anyone that will listen. If people would open their eyes and their minds they would see that Pit Bulls are just like any other dog, mans best friend.

ROBERT

Had wanted & planned to tell the story of my best friend LUCKY whom I've enjoyed for 4 years now after saving him at about the age of 1.5 years.He had been fought & apparently lost, thrown in a ditch covered in mud & blood and shot twice with a 22.He's my second pit rescue from same area. Would love to share more but the ignorant have invaded this wonderful subject!

Tessa

I have a pit mastiff rescued almost 6 yrs ago who at just over a year old was highly animal aggressive not house trained and jumped fences daily to escape. My red nose we rescued a little while after her was found at 2 months old with both knees and one hip socket broken. I got him at 7 months and 25 lbs. sugar and j.r are the best of friends and just adore the cats and kittens we have/foster. Then about 3 months ago someone dropped a 18-24month red nose pit on our very fast road. She looked so confused and lost that I knew to leave her there was a death sentence. I litterally stopped in my car on the side of the road and put this completely unknown pit in my SUV. She was crawling with fleas and ticks, had already had puppies at some time and had a huge wound from an imbedded collar all the way around her neck. No shelters could help save her life. So we put in the time and effort to get her house trained, kennel trained like the rest, and healed from injury. She is now spayed and has all shots and is a great girl! This stray from the streets loves dogs and people and is good with cats (99%) of the time. She still thinks its fun to chase when the cars are chasing each other lol. But my point is that all 3 of my street pits had very hard and different starts and shouldn't like anything relating to humans. But they do. J.r loves people that he doesn't like it when you play rough and he will stop you from" hurting" that person and he barks uncontrollably when our cat with seizures is having one. With time and love my dogs and house really show how amazing they really are. Lets get back to the true beginning of these breeds and recognize them for the heroes they truly are.

Florence Thompson

I wholeheartedly agree with all the positive things you've said about pit bulls. I have shared my home (and my love) with a darling little pit mix for 9 years. We believe she had previously been used as a bait dog (so cruel)and she is now the sweetest, friendliest dog I have ever had. And I've had many in my 79 years. Yes, I'm not the usual pittie owner, she is a very strong dog but also a very loving and smart canine and I don't know what I'd do without her. Keep up the good work.

Jeannie Celaya

We woke up one cold Sunday morning (October 16 2010) & while getting ready for Church, we noticed a big dog in our backyard. My husband went out to her, she was cold, skaking, very scared & had a collar on with a leash still attached. We made a little shelter for her, & gave her food & water. We made signs, ads in paper & called shelters, but very litte response, & IF someone did respond, we tested them & was not going to release her to just anyone! We named her Lilly & she's still here, her forever home. She is one of the greatest sweetest dogs we've ever had. We also have a chihuahua & 5 cats (all rescues in one way or another). Lilly is great with them all. I was one that wasn't sure about pitbulls; Lilly erased any negative feelings I had. We will rescue more animals, even pitbulls, as soon as we can. They all bring us so much joy & unconditional love! My heart breaks for any animals being abuse & mistreated! A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal... Proverbs 12:10

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