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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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Kimberly Roberts

I am a very proud momma of 2 amazing Pit Bulls. Titus is an American Pit Bull/American Staffordshire Terrier (1/4) mix, red and white. he will be 3 in december and is the sweetest most loving and scaredey dog I have ever known. Hes a great "guard alert" dog, but all he will do is stand right in front of you and bark. If you put your hand out he will bark and give it kisses. He loves to swim, and play chase and football, and sometimes frisbee. He is AKC Canine Good Citizen certified.

Apollo is 100% American Blue nose Pit. He is 1 year old and almost bigger than Titus and certainly has way more muscle. He is a total mess who loves to sleep and waller on his back. He affectionately flee nibbles to say hello. Once we put him through a little more training we plan on getting his CGC also, but hes still a WHOLE lot of puppy!

Both of my boys LOVE the dog park, meeting new dogs and people and love all 4 cats that live in our house. I am hopelessly in love with my sweet babies and wouldnt ever have another type of dog...ok well I really want a Dane...but having them makes it hard not to want more.

Jody

I rescued Sydnee March 17, 2006 from a local "kill shelter." I was there to pull 2 other pooches that I knew I could find homes for once I took them to the vet and had whatever medical attention they needed taken care of. Well, I saw Sydnee crouching in the corner of the kennel, her coat was dull, she was so depressed, scared and underweight so I grabbed her along with the other 2 dogs and off we went to the vet. She was so excited she practically flew into my SUV. Long story short, I discovered the first week that Sydnee had a raging yeast infection throughout her entire body which took me 9 months to cure using holistic methods, she also had a tongue that was too long for her mouth so it rolled up, she couldn't eat kibble easily so I every meal was freshly prepared with brown rice and chicken and veggies, she packed on the weight and her coat was so shiny and beautiful. And of course she loved her treats! Sydnee did not like a lot activity or noise around her so I kept my home quiet, it took her 30 days before she felt comfortable being in the house so I know she was never allowed in a house before she came to me, cats made her terribly nervous but she finally gave in because my cats loved her and liked to curl up with her. I had the pleasure of having Sydnee in my life for 5 years before she passed away from congestive heart failure. Once she knew she was safe and loved which took about 30 days, she showed me every day with a big silly smile and a "high five" how happy she was to be in a home that showed her love 24/7. She was a very, very, very happy girl and she loved people and they all loved her. Everyone would commend on how "sweet" she was. She and my Black Lab/Chow mix, Lexi, were inseparabale, they did everything together and we both miss our Sydnee girl very much. She brought so much joy and love into my house. She isn't the first dog I have ever rescued and won't be the last. I recommend a bully breed to anyone, they are so loving, gentle and good natured. R.I.P. my little girl :-)

Ruby

My red and white pit and pit mix are angels. The cats sleep on top of them! They might be a danger to frogs or rabbits if they could catch them, which they can't. They can live in an apartment because they almost never bark. The purebred boy would rather die than be naughty. It humiliates him to displease me. Our girl is rather short and fat (1/4 beagle is our current theory) and she is a little naughty sometimes! She was rescued at 11 months, having had a litter already, from a horrible rural kill shelter. Our boy was rescued at 3 years old from the city pound. It isn't how you raise them, because we didn't! It's how they are!

Eva

Our Pitty is a very smart goofy guy. We adopted him 2 years ago from our local humane society. He is supper smart and learns new tricks very fast as long as you have food in your hand. He plays with our kitty at home and loves car rides. He is sometimes really naughty and for 2 years, he chewed 3 pairs of my shoes and 3 remote controls. His favorite food is banana and will do anything to get the sweet treat. He doesn't have any mean bone in his body. He's our baby and he is a pit bull!

Amanda

I am the proud parent of 2 wonderful pitbulls. I have my baby Kabela she is a 7 year old red american gatormouth pit we rescued her off the side of the road in Dallas 4 yrs ago she is so sweet and playful. She had been abused and bred many times she was very malnourished and heartworm positive. Now she is healthy and beautiful she spends her days with her sisters sun bathing playing ball running around and loves her walks. She is a snuggler and loves to sleep between me and my husband and loves all people. I also have my baby Kahlua she is a 5 year old black and white american staffordshire/bull terrier mix she is a charecter lots of personality. We got her from a litter she was the last one that nobody wanted because she was the runt and not a purebred she looks like the Target dog half black and white face with the black ring around the eye so adorable and unique. She loves to play ball swim in her pool run around with her sisters and loves her walks. She is our shadow and everywhere we are loves to snuggle and sleep with us as well loves all people. They are the best dogs and the most loving affectionate breed they are our protectors great guard dogs only when necessary. I am positive we will have many more to come and me and my husband plan to have our own pitbull sanctuary when we get property with acreage later on so we can give all the unwanted and unfortunate ones that need love and nuturing a home:)

Susana. Jennings

I am the proud owner of wonderful pity. This is my second one, my first one Duke passed away at 15 years old. He was my baby. Pit bulls love to be cuddle they are very loyal and very funny. I rescued my second one his name is Mako, he came with that name, even though he had a missarable life he kept his spirit . He is so loving. It brakes my heart to see how much people abuse this breed. Love conquer everything and everyone. We humans need the nurturing and love to grow up and become decent humans been there is not difference among animals.

Susana. Jennings

I am the proud owner of wonderful pity. This is my second one, my first one Duke passed away at 15 years old. He was my baby. Pit bulls love to be cuddle they are very loyal and very funny. I rescued my second one his name is Mako, he came with that name, even though he had a missarable life he kept his spirit . He is so loving. It brakes my heart to see how much people abuse this breed. Love conquer everything and everyone. We humans need the nurturing and love to grow up and become decent humans been there is not difference among animals.

m. koster

I've always been a fan of bully breeds, but 8 weeks ago I took in my first Pit as a foster... and what a treat! He is a total marshmallow! He loves to play, sleep on his back, and is so curious about everything! He loves to play with and in water. He is great with people and dogs, even in large crowds. He has a wonderfully generous personality, and is always a clown! He and my Mastiff mix are Gilligan and The Skipper!!! Love the bully breeds... wouldn't be without them!

Doyle Hubbs

I rescued a female Pitbull about 4 years ago. I now consider her my best friend. She will sit on my couch next to my chair and watch television with me. Also she sits in the passenger seat of my car while I drive and appears to be a small human, she will reach over with her paw and hold my hand. She is a amazing animal that I have grown to love and respect. She is also a big show off who loves to entertain.

Ari Hlawek

I have a beautiful 5-year-old brindle Pit Bull Terrier named Trina. I love my baby more than anything and have such a sweet bond with her; she's my family. She came into my life after I rescued her when she was 1 1/2, and it's almost like she's aware that I saved her. Trina is the sweetest, smartest girl ever. She loves other dogs, can't get enough of people, and could just go swimming for days. Really quick learner, gentle with kids, I could go on forever. It makes me sick to think of how horribly mistreated and misunderstood these innocent creatures are. :( They don't want to fight, and I seriously doubt they have one mean bone in their bodies. After all, Trina lived the first 1 1/2 of her life with neglectful crackheads that kept her chained up in the backyard, barely interacted with her, and when they did, it was rarely pleasant. But she still turned out like a completely normal dog. All these guys want is a little love. And maybe a meaty bone or two.

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