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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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stacy gienty

Buddy is almost 12yrs old. He is 1/2 Dalmatian and 1/2 American Pit Bull. he's done pet therapy at the nursing homes and done programs at the school with the humane society. My Beau was a Staffordshire/American pit mix. he lived his life on a short heavy tow chain. I spent the last 4 years caring for him and finally got him away from his situation. he passed away Oct. 9 due to heart disease. everyone who met him fell in love with him and were amazed that after all he had been through, he had so much love to give... I pray that people can rethink their views of this wonderful breed....

Mama Kim

We had really wanted to get another lab mix puppy ever since our "Stewie" passed over to the Rainbow Bridge many many years ago. So, the search began & when a local rescue group had a litter of black "lab mix" puppies, we jumped at the chance. Well, that was 5 months ago & Mac, renamed TYSON, is ALL pitty & we could not be happier!!! He is such a joy to have in the house & brings so many smiles to the entire family - especially when he "wallers" on his back & makes pig noises. LOL!! He's such a love bug & so amazingly smart!!! Perfect example: the back patio door to our fenced-in back yard is in the sunroom, which we can't see from the living room. Tyson would run into the living room, look at us & then run back thru the kitchen into the sunroom & sit by the back door, waiting for us to come let him out. Well, a couple of times we did not notice him doing this & he did his business right in front of the back door....he is just a puppy by the way! Since it didn't seem he was into barking yet, I decided to try the jingle bells on the door handle. OMG...he knew EXACTLY what to do, with only about an hour of training!! He knows all his commands (sit, down, leave it, NO, ready..) & we're easily working on more. He's not a morning dog & loves to sleep in until 10am...under the covers of course. He shares the house w/ 2 male cats, Willy & Lucky, just fine. However, Willy now likes to chase TYSON around the house - it's SO funny to watch those two play together. Our house is now a home & we plan on rescuing another pitbull very soon :)

Awesome Girl

i adore pit bulls i hate it when somebody says i hate pit bulls they are ALL SOOOOOOO AGGRESSIVE first of all they cannot help it, most of the time something had to make him/her react to his/her instinct, and second of all not ALLL of them are like that. I have seen many pit bulls and not all of them were aggressive, not even close, but they were the complete opposite( loving, caring, affecionate and such a good dog with very handy protective instincts.) I wish just one day everyone in the world could just open their eyes and see that these beautiful, majestic dogs are just as loving and cariing as a Shetland Sheepdog ( like my dog Pizca, the Shetland Sheepdog) take that "Pit Bull" ( the rapper ;P)

Laura

My boyfriend has a 5 year old Pit Bull (female)that "we" have had since she was 8 months old. She is the sweetest, most lovable dog I know, and thinks she is a lap dog :). She is protective of course, but she is very well-trained. It is the irresponsible and abusive owners who give these dogs such a bad name.

Dana

I got my Lucy while shopping with some girlfriends. A guy was selling her in a parking lot. She was the last of the litter. I could not bear the thought of this guy just selling this beautiful baby to just anyone and not know what would happen to her so handed the guy all the money I had in my purse and walked away with this 9 pound roly poly red nose pibble. My gut told me I needed her and come to find out we needed each other. I named her Lucy after another famous goofy, comedic red head - lol - Lucy is now 8 years old. She was diagnosed with early onset idiopathic epilepsy and immune compromised syndrome at 1 year old. My vet and I never thought she would make it to 5, but with the right combination of medications, the right food and lots of faith and love, she's now healthier than she's been in years and has been seizure free for 3 1/2 years. She is the eldest in my pack of rescues and has taught each that have come after her all the ropes. She loves "her" babies. This includes her cat brothers & sisters, her dog brothers and sisters and 2 birds - one of which loves to ride on her back. I remember thinking the day I brought her home "what am I going to do with a pit bull?". Love her with all my heart is what I'm doing with my Lucille Ball of pibbles and everyone she meets fall in love with her too xoxo

gary spicer

if u treat pittbulls right they will do right and if u dont treat them right then they will be mean. i had 2 pittbulls of my own when i was younger and they were really great dogs and never turned on anybody. its totally wrong when bad people treat them to be mean and they are not.

Kate in CT

I LOVE MY MURPHY!!! My little guy has lived with me for 8 yrs now..he just turned 13 last week! He was taken from an abused household when he was 5, stayed in a shelter for 8 months until his "Mommy" adopted him and a mutual love evolved. He has NEVER showed signs of aggression and is subserviant to my other non-pitty rescues. He is loyal, never strays and loves his rides in the car. He's my BOY and would never hesitate on this breed. They just make me smile when I look at their "little square faces".

Ann N.

So sorry I missed the awareness day. I am glad to hear that more is being done to help disspell the negative press Pits have gotten. They are indeed truly loving and loyal. I am so very glad I was able to rescue a wonderful girl (pit) and enjoy 4 wonderful years with her.

Cheri

I have had the extreme privledge of being the proud parent of 2 pit bulls. Brandy, my first, was my best friend. I rescued her when she was about a year old from a shelter. The only time she ever showed any unfriendliness to people was when someone came into our back yard that I didn't know. She firmly but politely escorted them to the gate and sat by the gate until they left. We used to joke about how if a burglar came into the house she would help them carry things out and then leave with them. She loved children and would let them do anything to her. When she had enough she walked away. She was also good with other dogs. We had a male dachsund at the time who thought he was bigger and tougher than she was. He challenged her frequently and she would just shake her head and walk away. I adored her. She died over 8 years ago of cancer and I still think of her every day. The pit we have now, Bosco, came to us after being moved around several times due to a divorce. He loves everyone and every dog he has met. He is far better behaved than my dacshunds. All dogs have the capability of having a bad disposition. My best friend recently had to put down her cocker because he attacked her granddaughter without provocation. Some dogs have brains that are wired wrong just like humans. Pit bulls have strong personalities and are highly intelligent and do need strong owners who are smarter than they are. The problem is that there are people who own pits and train them to be aggressive. This is why pits have a bad rep. You don't hear things in the news about how a pit did something good. No, you always hear about when they do something bad. That's the way our society is. I was one of the "haters" of pits until I met Brandy and I've been a lover and supporter ever since. I don't have a cat now but I had 3 when I had Brandy and she was scared to death of them. They could send her under the couch with one hiss. And both Brandy and Boscoe were comedians and consumate actors. I love pits and I always will.

Lu

This is my second Pit. The first I lost to hemolytic anemia. They are the best of breed, wonderful dogs. I have had a lot of different breed of dogs in my life but the Pits are wonderful. Just as good as the Dobermans.

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