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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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Alana Paz

Sad to say that I used to be one of those people that when someone mentioned "Pitbull" I cringed. Then one day my boyfriend bought a one-month-old Pitbull pup and I totally flipped out. First, because I am totally against buying dogs (I have seven and all rescued off the streets) and second because it was a Pitbull. Anyhow, I am a dog lover and as aoon as I saw this cute little thing and I looked into those small noble beady eyes I was hooked! We named the little pup Blu and raised him with my seven mutts (all ranging in size from Yorkies to Border Collies), 2 cats, my rabbit, guinea pig, 2 parakeets, my five-month-old nephew, and my neice of age 6. Working at PetSmart as a trainer, I started to train Blu on my own with the same techniques I used to train other dogs. What did I find? Blu is not only my favorite student but my best student. He learns so quickly! I can teach him a new trick in less than 15 minutes and he gets it!!!! I am truely amazed at how intelligent these dogs are. Now Blu is a year old and he has become the model dog at my store. We use him for demos on the weekends and it is so awesome to hear so many people say how cute and well behaved he is. People's favorite thing to see are Blu giving me a high-five, rolling over, and playing dead. New tricks we are working on are praying and bowing. I see Blu as a blessing. He not opened my eyes and changed my perspective about Pitbulls but has done so for so many others as well (including my mom and dad and in-laws). Now I have become a Pitbull advocate at my store and everyday strive to educate those owners with pitbulls (and of course without) on the importance of being responsible dog owners and how it is up to us to change the negative perspective society has about this breed. Blu, my one-year-old Pitbull is my hero!

Jill

I have two pit 'nieces'. Blue is an American Blue Nose and is the sweetest goof! She always knows when I come over there are treats in my pocket. She loves to dance - puts her paws up on my shoulders and then I take them and we dance, then she gets a treat. She snuggles (all 55 lbs of her) up behind my back while we all watch tv. Gets along w/ Boots the cat who came to them as a kitten - Blue took him under her wing, now Boots is the boss!

Cookie is another Blue Nose, sweet, loving, listens so well to commands. Walks beside me, protects me when someone approaches. Isn't mean or nasty, just lets the approacher know until she knows you're a friend, you won't mess w/ my auntie!!!

I never was a big dog fan period, but I'd rescue a pit in a heartbeat. Being around these two goof's and reading/learning more about Pits, has taught me Pits are kind, gentle, loving, protecting FRIENDLY animals. Currently have 2 cats and a small house - when I have a place w/ a yard and more room, no doubt I'd rescue a pit or two :)

megan

I also have two pit bulls! One is named Pie, she is such a sweet and loving girl! I also have a dog named Ghandi, Pies son. Ghandi has a huge head and love to give kisses! I love my pitties and I dont know what I would do without them!

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