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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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Libby Smith

We adopted a brindle pit-mix about two years ago and she has been fabulous, (we had 4 others dogs in addition). Hilariously, she is actually afraid of other dogs. She adores her pack, is very intelligent and is a lap dog. It is a good thing we have two couches to accomodate all of our rescues.She plays well with our little 14 pound female terrier as well as the others who are bigger than she is. We love her immensely.

Joel Laurance

7 months ago my son discovered a 10 week old female Pit that the owner had locked in an unused bathroom and rarely fed or gave her water. All she got was a few table scraps every other day or so. No shots or other care. The room was never cleaned. My son brought her home and pleaded with me to let him keep her. At first she was scared, nervous, a little nippy, could hardly stand on her own, and extremely thin with all bones showing. Today she is about 10 months old, healthy, best friend of our 2 English Springer Spaniels, and is the most loving and spoiled creature we have ever encountered. She is immediately friendly with everyone who visits. She is a quick learner and now obeys numerous commands. She has absolutely no tendency to bite people or other dogs. She only wants to play and be friends with everyone. A wonderful side benefit is her favorite activity chasing the deer out of our 6 acre yard with glee. Now she thinks she is human. When we give her a treat, she rolls on her back and holds it with her two front paws as she eats it. Maybe she is part raccoon.
Please help defeat legislation against Pits. Maryland’s recent law that establishes increased liability for owners of Pit Bulls is extremely unfair and was obviously promoted by people with no firsthand knowledge of this breed.

AprilMarieSky

My Jersey is so smart and sweet. She knows when I am upset or sad and is there to be affectionate when she senses it. She is funny too, esp. when she snorts, or plays. She is a hard-headed and willfull dog but after a long life together she has understood my requests, demands, needs and she still loves me. She's a good dog.

Yules

I rescued my female pitbull in december of 2010 she was found wondering around homeless in waltham, MA she was just 6 months. I fell in love with her as soon as i saw her.. she came out of her kennel just wanting to kiss and hug whoever would allow her to. she IS one of the very best things to have EVER happened to me and my boyfriend. she is sweet, happy, loving, protective and most of all she LOVES PEOPLE. i cannot picture my life without Pink aka the pinkbull. she makes my little family complete and will be a great nanny dog for the baby boy in my belly!

Jamey

I have a 5yr old named Soda Pop. My granddaughter got him at 4mos old. I was not sure at first about getting him. But have since grown to love him very much. He is so friendly and loving. At 5mos old we got him a kitten Dominick, whom he loves as well. Everyone who meets him tells us what a great dog he is. At 118# he could very easily hurt someone if he wants to, but he is a lover not a fighter. When my granddaughter went to college he stayed with me and will always be my best buddy.

I haven't watched it yet but I wanted to share with you all about a new documentary. You can purchase it online via amazon or even catch it at a screenings near you. Sadly they don't have anything scheduled for LA so I might have to purchase a DVD.

this is the site: http://www.beyondthemythmovie.com/

tammy

I am now a proud owner of a pit boxer mix As I call her my big ding dong The sweetest even tempered dog I have ever had. I am a retired vet tech in my twenty years I never had a bad experiece with this breed well maybe I got urinated on from a over excited one but the scars on my arms,hands and many other places have been from the sweet breeds that would never hurt a fly. I wish people would educate themselves on this wonderful breed! I will always have one in my home from now on.

Patricia Wagner

My pit bull - Winnie was a rescue. We adopted her from a shelter about 4 years ago. Out of all nine dogs that we have had over the years, she is absolutely the gentlest - people, other dogs, cats, squirrels, you name it. She was even bitten by another dog in a dog park and she never even growled back. I take no credit for raising her because she came to me this way. But she is absolutely not viscious or a killer in any way.

Richard

I got my AmStaff Kalli about 2 years ago from a High kill shelter in Los Vegas Navada, A friend volenteers there and one thing led to another. Many people pitched in and drove and flew her(the airline people said she was a complete angel)all the way to the SW washington coast. poof I had my little girl on my doorstep. I love my girl. she's a great gard dog(not really) unless they have a truck, then she is ready for a ride. She sleeps(snores) on her back and gives nibbles too(we call them love nibbles). I love pittie's and will always have one in my home.

heather

My brother has a female Pitt bull about 2 yrs old and she is the sweetest, most gentle dog ive ever seen. We have cats and she plays with them and my 2 chihuahahs everyday. We have had her since she was a small puppy and never once had an issue with her.

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