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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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STEPHANIE

Three years ago i rescued an abandoned pit bull a few months old.
She only weighed in at a whopping 11 pounds. It was unfathomanable how emaciated she was. As i nursed her back to health and decided to keep her, i am grateful everyday for that decision. She is named Angel and truly is just that. Her personality makes me smile when i feel i don't have anything else to smile about; her loyalty squeezes my heart every day. I would not take anything for this wonderful animal. Every chance i get i tell anyone who will listen just how wonderful a breed this breed is.

Ginny Csider

As a shelter operations manager, I was privileged to work with these beautiful, misunderstood dogs. I was initially leery, but came to see them for the affectionate, sweet, loyal animals that they are. We adopted out many to carefully screened, loving homes and continuously received positive updates and inspiring photos. My favorite was of a pit named Trudie carefully cradling a newborn. Clearly, she had taken on the roll of baby sitter. I hope to own a pit bull as soon as the ban is lifted in my area!

stacy

We have a 4 year old pitty. He probably fits the stereotype people have made out of them. He absolutely loves his family but doesnt like strangers he tends to bite. As far as we are concerned he is a big baby he weights like 75 lbs and he's scared of storms and thinks hes a lap dog.

Vicki

Belle showed up on my doorstep 7+ weeks pregnant, I ran an ad for 2 weeks with no response except the delivery of 11 puppies. After the adventure of a lifetime I rehomed all of the puppies and kept Belle. Spayed, licensed and chipped she's settled in with my household of 3 other dogs and numerous cats. She sleeps on the floor next to my bed and lets out a serious growl if she hears anyone outside. She's done nothing but lick and happytail everyone she's met. She likes the cats and other dogs...all of my neighbors have commented on what a good dog she is. She even got to meet a burro nose to nose the other night - she was sooo excited. Never a harsh sound from either of them. She is the epitomy of what pit bulls really are - sweet, loyal, fun-loving and happy dogs. She'll never leave my care.

Leslie Clark

In the mid-eighties my husband at the time found a puppy and brought it home. He told me it was a pit bull and I had never heard of the breed before. Over the next few years this pit and I became very close, not dog/owner close, but one being. She was and still is my soulmate! When people found out I had a pitbull they told me the normal stories and I did not believe this dog would ever or could ever hurt me. She slept with me, she was a lap dog and I miss her every day. When I would spend the night at my parents house she would see me packing and she would sit by the front door, because she was not letting me leave without her, not that I would. She was my first pitbull and she was not my last, but she will live in my heart forever. I had her for about 9 years before I lost her to mast-cell cancer. When I finally put her down, the vet said that she held on longer than she should have to be with me... I will always stand up for this breed! If raised correctly they are as sweet as any other dog, they just need responible mommas and pappas. I have a few boxers now and they are very similar, both very loving, loyal, lap dogs. As I write this my eyes fill with tears thinking of my soulmate and how I wish I could have had her longer, but she touched my life and soul more than any person or animal since! RIP Kaliga you are not forgotten!

Jan Baker

we don't have pit bulls in Australia...only a mixture of english staffies, amstaffs, mastiffs....but to the idiots who don't know what a pit bull looks like they they are the ones who will yell pit bull after a labrador bights another dog as they haven't got a clue....they are lovely dogs in the right hands....just like any other dog....

Mary

On Sept. 1st., I lost the most precious dog that I have ever had. My pit bull red nose JAG. He was so loveable and friendly, he loved everyone..I will miss him till the day I die. Jag was with me for 11 1/2 years. I wish that he was still here..My heart is broken and I have a void in my life that will never heal. Some day when I think I'm ready another Jag will find me or I will find him..May my most bestest friend and love of my life rest in peace..

Jacqui

I took Sadie from a friend who could not keep her, she is now 5 months old. There's so much we love about her: Beautiful green eyes, her mahogany and white coat which shines like pennies, the way she snuffles, her eagerness to please. Sadie is smart as they come, quick learner. I love it that she almost never barks, except when someone comes to the door, which I want. Sadie is a happy, sweet little girl, and we look forward to socializing her, and watching her grow into a role model for the breed.

Mary

On Sept. 1st., I lost the most precious dog that I have ever had. My pit bull red nose JAG. He was so loveable and friendly, he loved everyone..I will miss him till the day I die. Jag was with me for 11 1/2 years. I wish that he was still here..My heart is broken and I have a void in my life that will never heal. Some day when I think I'm ready another Jag will find me or I will find him..May my most bestest friend and love of my life rest in peace..

Stephani

Our pitt is Dexter he is almost 2 years old and is and american terrior pit. He is like having a third child in the house. He is fun, loving, caring playful obnoxious(when hyper) and the best dog ever. He is a gaurd dog, but he just stands there barking at you. He would never bite or hurt anyone. He loves to play have treats and loves to snuggle up and cuddle with you. He weighs in at about 100lbs and is very tone. We couldnt have asked for a better member to join our family! He's great with the kids and we wouldnt trade him for the world!

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