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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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Tina Marie

For 10 years I had the best friend anyone could ask for. He was obedient, kind, loving, and the biggest goof ball I ever knew. I never feared him and loved to bring him out to meet people because he loved everyone. At night Homerdoo would sleep in bed with me. With the way he slept I couldn't tell if it wsa my bed or his. I loved him so much that it didn't matter, he could take up the whole bed and I would gladly give it to him. The day I lost my best friend was the hardest day of my life. I miss Homerdoo every day. If you ever get a chance to own a Pitbull take it. You will never regred it and you will find the true meaning of LOVE.

Erin Hastwell

I have a 6 years old American Staffordshire Terrier. I LOVE HER TO DEATH!!!! She is the greatest sweetest happiest dog in the world. She has tought me how to bo responsible and loving and she keeps me on my feet. There is nothing I wouldnt do for her. Shes my kid, and everyone in my family considers her just as much as any one of us! She has also made me passionate about other Pitts in Need so I help with some recue aork and advicate for them as much as possible. All I can say is Saddie is the best thing that Ive ever recieved and I couldnt live without her!


Penny has been, by far, the best dog I have ever had. She watched over my boys like she was their mom. Every child in the neighborhood was always at our home and she kept watch on all.

We had a kid's pool and Penny would sit in the middle and all of the children would use her as a sliding board. Too funny!

Kindest regards,


My daughter's Pit Bull, Roxy, is part of their family. She sleeps with them, watches over them and gives immeasurable love to everyone in the house! She knows it is her job to bark at strangers who come onto the property which makes her even more loved. She would die before she let anything happen to her family. Once when I visited the animal shelter in our area I was told by one of their long-time workers how he was bit by more Cocker Spaniels than any other breed of dog! So, how about that? Cocker Spaniels are more vicious than Pit Bulls! Anyhow it is sad that bad people have exploited this breed and were only able to do so because these dogs will do anything to please and protect their masters, and now the dogs suffer because of it.


babygirl came to my boyfriend and I through some friends who said she wandered up on their shop in austin texas, I wish we could take credit for how well behaved she is, but her nature speaks wonders as to how inaccurate the general publics opinion is. She hides when it rains, allows smaller dogs to boss her around, tiptoes in the wet grass so she doesn't get her feet muddy, she allows a thirteen year old put goggles on her face and char her around the house with a toy chainsaw, she gingerly tugs at the toy rope so our rat terrier doesn't turn into a flying rat terrier, she wants sooooooooo badly to play with the new puppies from another momma but respects her boundaries, if she has to potty and is locked inside the house, she uses the bathtub, she stays attached at her mommas hip when she isn't feeling well, she chases rabbits when she dreams and wakes me up in the middle of the day with the meekest whine just to tell me its potty time. I could go on for hours, but it's plain to see that pit bulls are loving, awesome domestic animals that are positively deserving of an equally loving home. Cheers!

Sally Weiss

Patches was rescued at 6 months; he's now 13; and still a goofball who loves to lapsit, "sings" to the morning sun, is very talkative (I now speak fluent Pit), and loves to "cornball"--jump stifflegged around the room when joyous, which is often. O and he sleeps under covers every night, thank you very much. One of our rescued ferrets loved to jump and grab (ow!) his lower lip, and Patches would just bring Loki to me to remove. Vicious pit, ha! Lexy is a Staffy/Pit mix who has her own cat: first Little Girl with whom she was inseparable, and then when Little Girl passed on, Lexy adopted SmokyJoe, a very loving feral rescue. Lexy naps on my bed every day--after she has had her 2 milk bones for snack. And if I forget the time, she reminds me with a series of gentle "woofs". She's 12 and now has melanomas. We're treating her with prednisone and interferon (the vets had a liquid made up by a compounding pharmacy; they love my pits so much) and so far there is no diminishing her quality of life. At those first signs, tho, I will do the next right thing so this gallant lady does not have to be embarrassed or in any pain. What joys they both are. Our local rescue group now has The Pit Stop that is focused on pulling pits--bless them all.

Wendy Harvey

Pitbulls have the same reputation nowadays as rottweilers and dobermans when I was growing up. I have been around all 3 and they were as sweet as pie. I was attacked by 3 poodles when I was a kid and think they are more vicous then a pitbull.

My niece has a pitbull that is as sweet as pie and is a little goofball. I would much rather own a pitbull then a little freaky poodle. (sorry poodle lovers but they scare me)

Diana Guerra

Pit Bulls are wonderful dogs, sweet,loyal, and very loving. My Pit Bull JR Ewing is absolutely the best, he thinks he's a lap dog. I wish more people would consider this breed.


I too had read all the negatives but after owning rotties, dobies, shepherds full and mixed breeds I knew it was time to see for myself. Beanie turned out to be the worst choice for a name since she seems to be full of bean farts. She can clear a room with her SBD's while sound asleep. She is a great sleeper - on her back with all four feet in the air. She is the worst watchdog I ever owned, she is suspicious of most things new or different. Move a chair and she circles it ( from a safe distance). She does not miss the slightest deviation from her norm.

She loves her treats and sits patiently while my other 6 dogs hog her space. She outweighs and outreaches them all yet she has manners and never steals from our other dogs but my little rescue mutt can take food right out of her mouth.

ALl in all I am so glad I got her, she was the runt of the litter but she towers over her littermates. Her build is solid and awesome. The breeder was sick when he saw her and offered to buy her back. Nope Beanie is mine - farts and all. As she ages they are becoming a bit less frequent . Tried switching diets , no luck so we moved her bed a little safer breathing distance - she circled it for days before she accepted the new location. She is strange, has quirky reactions to things, indpendent and a wonderful addition to our menagerie.

We intially got her as protection due to a heightened state of local robberies. She doesn't need to be agressive , her imposing stature keeps everyone at bay so she is able to do her job by just being her breed and looking the part. Hope the local thieves don't figure her out!

Non belivers need toread the book about the rescue and rehabilitation of Michael Vicks fight trained pits. I did before I got Beanie and it sealed my enthusiam for this very misunderstood breed.

Malissa Hudson

My Pitt will be celebrating her 2nd birthday soon! SHe is the sweetest "little" baby in the world... yes she gaurds my house with a bark that would have you runninig for the hills, but once invited inside by her owners, she just wants to lick you and sit in your lap and be cuddled. I have a baby on the way and would not dream of having any other family pet than her to watch out for the little one. I know she is going to be an amazing family pet. She adores my friends children and thinks that all children were put on this earth to play with her and for her to cover in kisses. When people question having my dog around in public and me having a baby soon, I look at them as though they have 2 heads, and say I wouldn't own anything different. Ban bad owners not pitt bulls!